A Writers Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1 – In the beginning…

Writers live a solitary existence, much like a tiger, but at least tigers get to meet other tigers during mating season. Unlike actors or musicians, who tend to congregate in clumps, writers are by necessity solitary. And this is fine when you’re writing your book, frankly two’s a crowd at that point, but afterwards as you attempt to navigate the dark and murky world of … Continue reading A Writers Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1 – In the beginning…

How a Book Without a Single Teenage Vampire Became a Best-Seller by Word of Mouth

A few weeks ago a book I’d written became a best-seller. As you can imagine I was pretty happy about this and proceeded to get roundly drunk and throw up in a pair of trousers. All I can say in my defence is that the trousers seemed like a good idea at the time, though did produce a moment of shock the following morning. The … Continue reading How a Book Without a Single Teenage Vampire Became a Best-Seller by Word of Mouth

Plagiarists beware, I will find you!

Being a freelance writer has it’s ups and downs; I work from my own bed, but have to put up with my accountant laughing at me once a year when I show him my books. As bloggers go though I am one of the luckiest ones, my stuff goes out on the Huffington Post every week (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-miles/.) So imagine my surprise when during an aimless … Continue reading Plagiarists beware, I will find you!

The Morning After: An Etiquette Guide.

1) Establish Identity. Take a moment to perform a personal stocktake. Ask yourself, are you a good person, prone to acts of charity and forgiveness? If so this will help you in the trying times ahead. Should you not currently know who you are, focus instead on who you would like to be and cling to that. 2) Establish Location. Are you in fact safe … Continue reading The Morning After: An Etiquette Guide.

Fifteen Things You Only Know If you Worked bar in Queenstown

1) Queenstown has an official drink. That drink is Jägermeister. 2) The worst crime is throwing up in another bar’s wood bin. 3) The correct vessel for a cocktail is in fact a luke warm teapot. 4) The correct ratio of drinks consumed vs drinks payed for is approximately ten to one. 5) If you think 4.30am is a late finish you obviously didn’t work … Continue reading Fifteen Things You Only Know If you Worked bar in Queenstown

Neknominate – Must be a Slow News Day

Many of you by now will have heard of Neknominate, and if not, trust me, you soon will, probably proceeded by a bow wave of growing social outrage and phrases such as ‘dangers of social media’ and ‘culture of binge drinking,’ all in close succession. For those who haven’t, Neknominate or Neck and Nominate is a drinking game generally credited with having been started by … Continue reading Neknominate – Must be a Slow News Day

Drinking Tech: Ultimate Inventions for a Good Night out.

Technology is an incredible thing. Every week there is another astonishing breakthrough in the fields of medicine, computing, aviation, the list goes on and on. Sadly though one field does not enjoy the same kind of investment; The science of a good night out. In the hope of starting some serious debate and perhaps even funding on this subject here is a list of things I … Continue reading Drinking Tech: Ultimate Inventions for a Good Night out.