About me:
By day I help businesses change. At all times: father, romantic, dreamer. Frustrated apprentice writer and seeker of ‘the good life’.

Why can’t I sing like Frank Sinatra, dance like Fred Astaire, and act like Humphrey Bogart?

About me writing:
For twenty or more years I absorbed writing advice waiting for the magical moment when I’d ‘write’. I aspired to write and that’s what happened – I aspired, nothing else. Then I read this on Chuck Wendig’s terribleminds blog:

“Here are the two states in which you may exist: person who writes, or person who does not. If you write: you are a writer. If you do not write: you are not. Aspiring is a meaningless null state that romanticizes Not Writing.”

So I write. Not a lot, but I write.

It’s time to strike out six little words:

In June 2017 I decided to take redundancy and semi-retire. I’m perhaps a bit young to do that, but I’ve personal experience of how quickly a life can end and how little choice you have when it does. I decided it’s time to approach life on my own terms, not those of others. I’m acting on my dream, living my ‘good life’, growing vegetables and writing words, that one day I hope, others will want to read.

About Of All The Bars:
A deliberate misquote of Rick’s line from Casablanca (simply the best film ever made): “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” @ofalltheginjoints is too long for twitter, @ofallthebars is just right, but you’ll find me as @russellbowman.

This is my digital space.
Everything I say here is said on behalf of myself.


I think it is worth noting that I ‘launched’ this blog on January 30th 2012 (my 53rd Birthday as it happens) to “encourage me to achieve a long-standing desire to write fiction“. Yea, right. Procrastination lives on!