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We blog from Toothy’s Wordshop – mainly about writing, science, remote working, business, culture, parenting, tech and gaming. Sometimes superheroes too. Stick around for tips, tricks, hacks and perspectives.

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Our New Year’s (writing) resolutions

Ah, January – we meet again. Where exactly did 2020 go? Given that the vast majority of the year passed in a blur within the confinements of our own homes and/or fighting over toilet paper in the supermarkets (and that’s only for the lucky ones), it’s easy to understand why the saying “time flies” is […]

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A gin-tle reminder about alcohol consumption

Rumour on the sleigh is that Father Christmas is reducing his alcohol consumption this year after being caught ‘flying under the influence’ on Christmas Eve, 2019. Mrs Christmas was rather unimpressed her jolly husband got himself locked out, having somehow lost his keys… and Rudolf (don’t worry, he was eventually discovered at a reindeer sanctuary […]

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Fireworks: the science behind the sparkle

Burning metals on a Bunsen burner to see what colour they glow has long been the highlight of secondary school science classes. Years later, we all relish that nostalgia (perhaps unknowingly) when watching fireworks create colourful, pretty patterns in the sky. But have you ever wondered, as you’ve sat crunching down on your bonfire toffee […]

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Clean, green, word-writing machines

Going green is the new black when it comes to the way we work – and not just for the Autumn/Winter season. Evidence suggests that remote working is just one way you can save on costs as well as some serious CO2. The positives that remote working can bring, for your own wellbeing and for […]

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Your Med Comms Prescription

Breaking News! In Slim Toothy’s first on-tour interview, he was asked about the inspiration behind his new single. “The vibe just felt right in that moment, you know. We’d been cracking out slides all day, we’d hit go on a giant PromoMats upload and we’d won two new clients. Our mood was banging and the […]

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Ben Makin joins Word Monster

Ben Makin joins Word Monster as a Writing Monster. We’re busier than ever with new monsters and fresh offerings arriving thick and fast. Ben is passionate about science communication. The “science” part led him to move to Cornwall to get a PhD in biology, and the “communication” part drove him to run science chat shows […]

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From PhD to Principal Medical Writer

“Have you ever considered a career in Medical Communications?” “Yes… Tell me more.” And that was the big fat lie upon which my career in MedComms was built. The real truth being, up until that exact moment in time, I hadn’t the foggiest what MedComms was. Fresh (relatively speaking) from completing my PhD, the hunt […]

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How to fight coronavirus cabin fever

We are now in the sixth week of lockdown. It’s Groundhog Day #40. And if you are anything like us at Word Monster, you’re probably in the midst of coronavirus cabin fever. Working from home is our norm. We soon realised that our normal lives are what everyone else is calling quarantine! But it’s different […]

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How to stay cyber safe from home

Now that most of us are working from home, it’s more important than ever to keep yourself safe online. After all, hackers now have more people to target. We’ve worked remotely since Word Monster began, so we’ve implemented strict procedures and protocols to keep us and our data safe. Here are a few simple things […]