Matt Dorey

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A New Notebook

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On confronting a new notebook and the joys of where writing takes you.

Three Years On

Celebrating three years since my leap of faith.

In The Space Between This And That

Britain voted to leave the EU this week. It made for an angry and confused Friday morning. I posted snippy comments on Facebook at a rate of about one every fifteen minutes. I also knew that there was nothing I could do. Even when you feel like Charlton Heston at the end of "Planet of […]

A Letter to a Friend, 2014

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I found an old letter to a friend in my Evernote notes. After anonymising it and tidying it up, here it is.

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Rather than spill the beans about another idea for a novel, I’m going to set myself some exercise for blogs posts that tackle the technical problems the idea poses for me as a writer.

First Light, Last Light

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Is it better to get up early or stay up late? Who cares?!

Resolution Time!

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How time flies! It seems like just a few weeks ago that I wrote a post about new year’s resolutions and pledged to defer making any resolutions until today, the 17th of June. I confess I haven’t really come up with anything yet, save to apply for an(other) MSc and do really well at it […]

A Little Bit Intimidating Really

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Just a little post about getting over self-censorship and imposter syndrome, and just writing something and putting it out there.

On Planning, Cooking

I did it. Kind of. I made a shopping list for a week’s worth of meals and stuck to it. A small win, but a win nonetheless.

On conviction, whereas to the strength of and belief in the same

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A short piece about conviction and direction, written in the run up to the new year.

On Entropy and Star-shapes

Just a little ramble about various things now that I am pootling along in my own little slow lane again.

The Joy of Typing

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How re-learning how to touch type has made me feel happier and more in control.

My Amazing Subversive Revolutionary Adolescence

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The Orb’s “Live ’93” album is one of the artefacts that made me aware of the life of the mind.


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This is a great quote from Casey Neistat but I’m experiencing a disconnect between all that advice about doing work and the rewards that it’s supposed to gain you.

The Stopwatch Technique

If you’re stuck, set a stopwatch for a five minute countdown and just go for it.

How to Write on a Regular Basis

A good trick is to write a big long list of ideas for posts. A less good idea is to then include at the top of said list a post about dub reggae. Posts that require a lot of research are the enemy to writing regularly.

The Reset Button

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A couple of months after hitting the reset button on my life, I found myself floundering a little. Here’s how I tried to set myself straight.

The Telescopes of Mauna Kea Hawaii

“The wonder is not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man has measured it”, Anatole France.

Three Years

Today is the official birthday of this blog. Like the Queen, it has two birthdays: one for when it was originally started and another that is the date of the oldest remaining post. When I was starting out I faffed around a bit until I worked out what I was willing and able to write […]

UP and about?

I have spent almost four weeks with my new UP band and — inspired by an article I read — I am wondering whether it has changed my behaviour or not.