Most recently, I checked in from Hebden Bridge.

Current status, as of December 4th, 2017: I’m leading an Arvon week for writer/facilitators at Lumb Bank. If you’re not familiar with Arvon, it’s a creative writing institution built around a network of remote, residential centres. Arvon weeks are typically based on a schedule of facilitated group sessions and afternoon one-to-one tutorials. As such, I’m going to be pretty much unresponsive to email until my return. And: advance warning— I’ll be shutting down from December 15th until Jan 10th. More about that later.

If you’d like to get in touch, put words in the appropriate spaces below, and scroll down further for some notes on the way I manage communications, just so you know.

Rules of Engagement

Whatever you’ve written above will turn up as an email in my inbox. FYI, I don’t have notifications for messaging enabled on any of my devices, which means I only see email when I’m actually clearing my inbox, and the same with text messages. I’ve been that way for a while now, as part of an effort to reclaim focus and attention for deep work. Oh, and my phone is silent by default. Whether writing, making, producing or facilitating, most of my best work happens away from inboxes, with proper focus and attention paid.

Like most, I have a real love/hate relationship with email. I typically don’t visit my inbox after 19:00. I rarely check email at the weekend, and pretty much never on a Sunday.

I check Facebook VERY occasionally. Which means maybe once every few weeks. I check Twitter and Instagram a couple of times a day. Direct email is still the best way to get hold of me if you have a work-related request/enquiry.

If you’re thinking about sending me a list of dates or a task list or a document that might be updated through future conversation, please don’t. Save it as a Google doc and send me a link to that instead, then bask in the warm glow of knowing that we only ever have to look in one place for the most up-to-date version of that information.

Last thing: if we’re going to spend any time communicating via email, please read the Email Charter. I might just love you forever if you know when to throw in a good NNTR or EOM.