It was wonderful to chat with David ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald and Michael Chequer this morning on BBC Radio Devon – a funny and fascinating natter all about board games and shopping. It was also lovely to talk about my work on Unimole for lifeslittlerecipes.co.uk; a great Devon-based company that’s doing so much to spread love and positivity.
Have you seen the wonderful E-cards created by Plymouths own Pushed? They’re amazing, as are Dave Meadows illustrations for the UnimoleTails bedtime stories.
It’s so great to be at the centre of a project that is doing it’s best to make a positive change!
To hear today’s show, click here from 00:00 to 60:00. Unimole at 50:20 onwards.
One of the great things about my job is it gives me the chance to work on a whole range of engaging projects.
Over the last few months I’ve been working with the team at Life’s Little Recipes on the launch of Unimole & Friends. Working alongside LLR’s founder, Fiona Thomas, I’ve had the pleasure of helping to shape and tell some truly magical stories about a little mole who wants everyone to feel valued and loved.
I’m so proud of the bedtime stories or ‘Unimole Tails’ that can now be found here on the dedicated Unimole website. They’re so full of positivity and beautifully illustrated by the amazing Dave Meadows of Pushed. Talking of Pushed, they have created a breathtaking series of animated personalisable E-cards starring Unimole. They really are incredible.
Please take a moment to check out the amazing Unimole content that’s available on the Life’s Little Recipes site: including free colouring in downloadables, Unimole Tails and more.
I’m so lucky to have wonderful clients. A few weeks ago the lovely team at Pushed sent me some cookies after a particularly hectic week. I’d love to say I gobbled them all, but my kids got there first. Luckily, I did manage to taste a few crumbs – they were delicious! Thanks guys! This morning I received some amazing brownies from Fiona Thomas from lifeslittlerecipes.co.uk as a thank you for the work I’ve been doing on their Unimole project. It made my day! Although my kids (once again) ate more than I did! Anyone else who wants to send my kids (and me) some tasty treats, please do.
If there isn’t a saying that ‘Happy clients mean a happy writer’, there should be.
It’s always wonderful to get positive feedback from the people I work for.
Today I received a brilliant review from the amazing folk at Pushed – a production company, specialising in design, animation & film. Run by Dave & Karen Meadows, Pushed has been setting the standard for innovative content here in the Westcountry for years. So, to have them say such nice things about me, was a total thrill.
Chris is such a talented, nothing is too much trouble, witty creative. Full of energy and ideas, thinking outside the box, Chris listens intently and always delivers. An absolute pleasure to know and work with. You won’t be disappointed, highly recommended.
Karen Meadows, Marketing Director at Pushed.
I really am so pleased to have been able to bring my writing to some great Pushed projects.
If you’d like to discuss your project with me, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Father’s Day Everyone. I’ve been working with Brush-Baby to talk about a new age of fatherhood.
You see, right now, there’s a whole generation of dads bringing up children without an instruction manual. Yes, I’m aware that there’s never been an instruction manual for parenting. What I’m saying is that we are at a point in history where things are really changing. What it means to be a dad has evolved. The ways in which things were done in the past, even by our own fathers, are increasingly foreign to us modern day dads.
Ours is a new age of fatherhood.
Chris McGuire, Celebrating a new age of fatherhood – Brush-Baby
It’s time to celebrate all the dads out there who are embracing a much more involved parenting role. So please, if you see a dad doing well, tell him. You’ll make his day.
It’s always rewarding to get great feedback from clients.
For the last few months I’ve been working with Inspiration Space, an amazing organisation that helps entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and achieve their goals.
I crafted scripts for a series of animated videos that accompanied Inspiration Space’s innovative ‘New Beginnings’ programme. I thoroughily enjoyed the project and was thrilled to receive the following feedback from Liana Fricker-Wilson, Inspiration Space’s founder.
Chris’s experience in both TV and ghostwriting meant he was the perfect unicorn to help solve our challenge of distilling MBA-level content on entrepreneurship into bite-size videos that were easily accessible to those outside of the C-suite or academia. Chris’s creativity, agility and attention to detail helped us create and deliver our flagship product, ‘New Beginnings,’ in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic (and homeschool).
I would highly recommend him to anyone thinking about creating bespoke educational videos with flair. He was a pleasure to work with a valued member of our extended team.
Liana Fricker-Wilson, Inspirer-in-Chief, Inspiration Space
If, like Liana, you have a project you’d like me to bring my writing skills to, please do get in touch.
It’s so important that the way we view fathers, in our society, changes. If we are ever to have true equality between men and women in the workplace, the value and status we place upon those providing childcare needs to be transformed.
Here’s a column I wrote for Eastern Daily Press on the subject, click here for the full piece.
As Father’s Day swings into view once more, it’s essential we recognise that our families have changed. The roles taken by parents are no longer defined by the accident of gender. When it comes to childcare, mums and dads occupy almost identical spaces and its time our culture’s narratives caught up.
I’m a stay at home father. I’m part of an ever-growing group of men taking a ‘hands on’ role in raising our children. We are a very necessary part of the workforce – especially in a culture that claims to want gender parity for anyone climbing the career ladder.
Essentially, dads looking after children are a necessary by-product of mums taking their rightful place in the workplace.
What’s my point?
As Father’s Day arrives, too many of us are worrying about the superficial: “What can I buy for the man who has everything?” Let’s face it, it’s usually socks. Such clutter is placed in ‘that’ drawer with a multitude of similar gifts from down the years.
Instead of token items for dad, wouldn’t it be great if this year we could talk more openly about the role of fathers within our society?
The day of the distant dad has passed – so let’s celebrate the 21st century father.
Here’s a piece I wrote for Mirror.co.uk, giving a guide to the perfect gifts for dad on Father’s Day. The suggestions I gave were (a little) unconventional:
In the course of human history, more arguments have started over who’s in charge of the TV Remote Control than any other subject.
You know it’s true.
So give your dad the ultimate gift: 24 hours of the TV he wants to watch – without criticism. Yes, this may well mean a whole day of football, or West World or Ru Paul’s Drag Race (depending on the dad). It doesn’t really matter what dad watches, what counts is he’s allowed to make the decisions. I’d recommend the kids design a special ‘I’m in charge of the Remote Control’ voucher, to present to dad.
Trust me, he’ll appreciate this far more than the engraved nasal hair trimmer you were thinking of!
4 years ago I wrote a piece for ‘West’, the glossy magazine for Western Morning News, giving my views on fatherhood as I experienced my first Father’s Day. Lots has happened in the years since then but, as another Father’s Day approaches, it’s nice to look back at the beginning of my parenting journey…
Suddenly you hit the water…
You’ve always seen yourself as a pretty good swimmer. But the pool is colder than you expected, and just treading water is hard. You try to touch the bottom with a foot, it’s well out of reach.
It’s then that you realise you’re out of your depth and struggling under the sudden weight of responsibility that’s landed on your shoulders.
Welcome to fatherhood.
Chris McGuire, “Our First Father’s Day” – Western Morning News