He twiddled the thread at the end of his blazer sleeve. The deep silence was pierced by the reliable click of the Thomas the Tank Engine clock on the mantelpiece. Normally he had something to say to alleviate the awkwardness. This time, nothing. He just couldn’t speak. A drop of sweat traced its way down […]

Many years ago, I made the decision to avoid a corporate lifestyle at all costs and earn a living working for myself writing and making pretty pictures. The freedom of working for myself has brought with it joy and greatly reduced levels of office small talk. Having done this for over ten years, I would […]