A New Direction

I’m alive!

It’s been noted that I don’t post much on here, and that’s for two reasons: I’m not a very ‘public’ person, and I don’t think I have enough useful insights into writing to share consistently. You may agree or disagree with the sentiment as much as you like, but I’ll leave that to you!

Recently I’ve taken up a few courses: a course on Ukrainian and two on Proofreading (supplied by the Publishing Training Center). In making the decision to undergo a vast change in career (proofreading is far from cheffing), I read through Philip Ridgers’s (Well-Tempered Proof) blog where he detailed his jounrey week-by-week to becoming a professional proofreader, and found reading an honest account of the journey to be incredibly helpful. Assuming we don’t have the exact same readership (who knows though, right?), I’m going to document my own journey in the hopes it may spark an interest in another potential proofreader.

Side note: Philip has a wonderful array of author resources on his website which are worth checking out – they’ve helped me immensely!

So, I’m going to start posting regular updates on my courses, my writing, and my gardening (the sweetcorn is looking GREAT!) and share the successes, the lessons, and, most importantly, the failures. It may be weekly, it may be fortnightly, or it may be monthly. We’ll see how it goes.


In the UK, and around the world, the cost of living is going up. People are struggling to find the funds to feed themselves, and while there are some charities around which can aid in this, I’ve decided to use my six years of cheffing (and roast dinner award) and make a YouTube channel which will focus on low-budget cooking and finding ways to get more out of the food you buy.

Various food channels have done ‘budget challenges’ with budgets like £2 per portion, but I don’t think that goes far enough. So while I will be sharing the occasional luxurious recipe, my main goal is to find ways to make that £2 last for many healthy meals. I’ll also be experimenting with saving seeds and growing a windowsill garden using things like old tins, mushroom tubs, and anything else we’d normally throw away. Sustainability and affordability are at the forefornt of this project.

I will price every recipe up, and share tips to improve it (with minimal added costs), but the idea behind the channel is to share the chef’s mindset, which makes use of every part of a food in one way or another. It’s better to learn a way of thinking than to learn a recipe. For transparency, I’ll not use the reduced to clear sections of shops for the pricing (even if the item was bought there) as it’s inconsistent and doesn’t reflect the true cost of living.

I’m not sure what I’ll call the channel, but I’ll share a link to it when it’s created for people to subscribe to.

If anybody has any suggestions or would like to work with me on this venture, get in touch. I’d love to hear your thoughts. All the ways to do so are below, including my social media links and the comments section, so don’t hesitate – open a dialogue!

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Published by cbpowellwrites

I'm a writer of science-fiction, fantasy epics, and other speculative fiction works and have a little blog focused on writing and how to become a better writer. Hopefully it is helpful to others, and I'd love to hear more feedback and have more in-depth discussions on all thing creativity. Before turning to writing I worked for a number of years as a chef, following on from my time as a writing and performing guitarist in the South West of England. Perhaps I will upload some music from these days at some point...

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