Why Cherry Blossom Clichés Make Me Want To Scream

It’s cherry blossom season here in Japan and that means one thing: an abundance of clichés. Yes, blogs, newspapers and magazines will try to link the tired idea of cherry blossom being a new beginning, and a sad good bye, to any news story they can. Like all clichés it’s meaning has been anesthetised by overuse. Continue reading

How A Blog Helped Me Realise What I Thought About Suffering and Art

A.L Kennedy has one of the best blogs on writing I have found, and it is sad that she has been unable to write many over the last year. In the blog, she talks about writers who spend more time moping and wallowing than writing. I wish I could send this to myself ten years ago. In my early twenties, I fell into the trap of believing that art came from suffering as opposed to focus and dedication. Continue reading