A quick glance at my stories will show that I haven’t written or published anything on Medium for almost four months. It’s crazy to acknowledge how fast the time has gone this year. Time flies, whether or not you’re having fun, as the year of the Covid pandemic has proved. Did any of us get up to much at all in 2020? At the start of this year, I was determined to make changes, and not come out of lockdown in the same place (physically, mentally, spiritually) that I have been for a number of years. …


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This essay was written in 1999 as part of my A-level Religious Studies coursework, and earned a 92% mark. It was written from an academic point of view, as I have no direct links with the Holocaust or its survivors, so it contains little of my own opinions. The text is mostly extant from the original, save for some necessary spelling and grammar corrections. …


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During my late teens I was a bit of a tragic poet. What I lacked in long hair and open-collared shirts I made up for in obscure rhyming verse that people either found depressing or just didn’t understand. Writing novels was always the long-term goal, but poetry seemed to come more easily to me in my teens, and I had won a few local prizes for my ‘work’ and even had a poem published in an anthology. …


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Father Molloy struck a match against the side of the box and swore as it broke. He looked skyward and apologised for his language, before selecting another match from the box and striking it against the sandpaper strip. The head of the match lit this time, but the stick snapped in his fingers, causing him to drop it. He stamped it out and tried again, striking lucky the third time.

‘Cheap matches, Father?’

Father Molloy hesitated, his hand above the votive candle, gripping the match to stop himself from trembling.

‘That they are, Seamus,’ he replied, keeping his voice level…


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This month, Seraphim Pictures, the company I co-founded in January 2006 with Welsh actor James Morgan, turns fifteen years old. I’ve written elsewhere about how and why our Company was formed (which you can read below) but I haven’t written much about what has happened since, and how it has affected me as an entrepreneur. So to celebrate the anniversary, I figure I’ll right that wrong, and hopefully impart some startup wisdom somewhere along the way.

https://link.medium.com/5OQhfeIjKcb

To back-track a little — I first became self-employed in May 2005 after I was let go by my employer following long periods…


Happy New Year to you all. I very rarely write New Year’s blog posts (not just because the opportunity comes around only once a year) or make resolutions, as I…


This week, thanks to the following article from Zulie Rane , I discovered Clockify, the time management app. Since I’ve started using the app I’ve discovered that I don’t spend…


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Another Religious Studies essay from the archive. This one from 2001 gained a 96% mark, and was an interesting, if not lengthy read whilst typing up. I’ve made a few amendments to spelling and grammar, but it is for the most part extant from the original text. I hope it’s of interest/use to somebody out there!

Moses Maimonides was one of the most illustrious figures in Judaism in the post-talmudic era, and some would say, of all time. The influence he had on the development of Judaism was incalculable, as no other spiritual leader of the Jewish people in the…


I had a dream last night that resulted in me waking today with a fully-fledged book idea present in my head. This rarely, if ever, happens to me, and now…


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Here’s the first of my new travel-themed posts. It’s a few days late, but I’m still hoping to continue with my daily writing regime…

I first went to Kefalonia on a family holiday almost 20 years ago. I had read Louis de Bernieres' Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (a book I highly recommend) a year earlier, and like many fans of the book, sought out the island where the story was set. …

Daniel Lyddon

Writer-producer and co-founder of UK indie film production company Seraphim Pictures. Welshman scratching the Hollywood itch since 2005. ko-fi.com/daniellyddon

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