This page lists every article in the “Personal” category.
On the cover of my first novel, twenty-five years ago.
On the place I'm always drawn to in bookshops.
On the power that names hold.
On growing up surrounded by belief in the supernatural.
On the one morning each year when our living room door led to another place.
On the things you become familiar with, whether you choose to or not.
Sometimes, I can almost remember how.
There's nothing shameful about feeling.
Having a large audience brings both privileges and consequences.
On the natural fear we feel when allowing others to read what we're written.
There's a gap in my identity.
On the season that heralds change, and reminds us of the work we've yet to do.
Today marks eleven years since I started writing at mattgemmell.com
On the spark of fresh inspiration, as both the ally and nemesis of creative output.
Whatever you grew up with seems ordinary, even if it's not.
If you have praise to give, don't wait until it's too late.
On finding the essentials in life, and how our perspective on what’s important alters over time.
The other voices inside us, and the one I turn to in times of trouble.
Today marks the end of my 35th year.
On science fiction, and how it embodies hope.
My shifting relationship with money, during the major changes in my life.
On the points in life when we make decisions that define our future.
We show versions of ourselves to others, to help us hide.
There's no finer substance than single malt whisky.
On motivation, and the darker emotions that can lie behind it.
On death, and its true face.
The power that smoke has to evoke my memories.
On the nature of depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Thoughts about the year that's just ended, and my goals for 2015.
Chasing the Northern Lights, and finding wonder in our world.
I wasn't always called Matt Gemmell.
My dark dreams as the year draws to a close.
Ten years ago, a friend and I decided to try being together.
Sultans of Swing has accompanied me through my life.
Today marks a decade since I started writing at mattgemmell.com
My anthology of personal essays is free today on the Kindle Store.
An anthology of my personal essays, on the Kindle Store.
On our unpreparedness for being thrust into the decisions of adulthood.
Thoughts on the psychology of pointing out first world problems.
Ten years ago, I met the woman who became my wife.
Lessons I've learned about pain.
I am one possible version of myself.
It's easy to disdain wishes until you have something to wish for.
My experience with anxiety and panic attacks.
Our nostalgia traps us.
The difficulty I have in defining myself, and how I don't feel like I'm primarily a software developer.
My compulsion to leave something behind, and be remembered.
A tour of some of the less desirable subspecies of Twitter user.
Reading (and writing) horror fiction controls the fears we already have.
The tools and accessories I use for writing; both software and physical.
Rediscovering the short stories I wrote as a teenager.
A gallery of photos of my wife and I over the years so far.