December 11, 2016

Bipolar teachers – Stories From China 1

Hi all. I recently posted a video on Facebook here asking people what they would like to see on this site. So today in response to the commenters that took the time to respond to the video I will be sharing a story from China. Firstly, I took a job as an English teacher in China, so this story goes out to all the other teachers and English teachers in China. A little background: the classroom size is huge with nearly 50 students in each class. The school we teach at wanted to experiment with class sizes and used Petua’s and my classes to experiment with. So, I have my 25 students and I am trying to teach them basic English, the students are year one and some of them can be very cute. At one point during a lesson I was telling the […]
December 5, 2016

Emotional Stories.

Today, I would like to talk about dealing with character emotions. It is said that a good writer will have experienced a wide range of emotions from deep hate to running over with joy and love. I would have to disagree. Many writers have learned to write great emotions without having experienced them. However I do believe that a good writer does need to at least feel a certain sort of empathy for their characters. A writer needs to understand the motivation behind their characters emotions to really tell the story of that emotion. In my first book, ‘The Mind Hack’, my character gets confused about what is real and what is not real. I haven’t experienced that particular emotion myself, but I understand why my character felt as he did. I knew my character, and understood what was important for him. In […]
November 19, 2016

An Attitude of Gratitude.

Hi, Today is my birthday, so in the spirit of celebrating my birthday I would like to give back to the people that have been with me over the last year. But first let me take you on a journey. This time last year I was working as a teacher in Mt Isa Australia. I had been married to my lovely wife for about 11 months, and at this time last year she was preparing to go back to Uganda.  This is going to be the highlights of my journey for the past year, so buckle up and get ready to ride. Now my wife Petua hails from Uganda, and because of that when we had our wedding here in Australia her parent were not able to make the visit from Australia, the flight is about 27 hours with at least one stop. […]
November 15, 2016


When writing a book, many people will advise putting a theme into the story. For example, you might want to talk about ‘Redemption of a character’, or discuss societies flaws or strengths. In my first book, ‘The Mind Hack’ I look at virtual reality. I look at what would happen if the line between reality and the virtual got blurred to the point where you couldn’t tell them apart. For me, this was a theme that I talked about as the purpose of the story. As I wrote a secondary theme emerged. I will let you read the story before I tell you what the secondary theme is. Leave me a comment with what you think the secondary theme is. I believe a theme can be helpful in creating discussion about the book and helping the writer talk about the book.. What if […]