Rather late Catch-up (from 18 January)

Writing fail this week. Have got a virus again, with an annoying cough (pretty much have been catching bugs every other week since August)-more worn out than full-on ill.

I had been beating myself up for not getting anything done this month, having planned on doing a full rewrite of my NaNoWriMo novel, and to write every day.

While I was browsing through my scrivener file for Nano 2017, I saw that my novel is now organised in chapters/ scenes,and chronological order.

This is some achievement considering I had done more pantsing than plantsing during November, which resulted in my novel being a mess. Each scene switched between different characters’ POV, time, and setting. I’d often mixed up past and present tense in one paragraph. There were endless side plots, which often went nowhere.

That was confusing enough, but I then had to organise time travel, portals, and alternate dimensions into some sort of coherent structure.

I hadn’t seen the bigger picture because I had been chipping away on it a section at a time, concentrating only on the scene I was working on. I’m feeling a little better about myself now. I have achieved something this month, even if I didn’t reach the goals I had set.

Sometimes doing nothing, or the minimal is okay (I am still dragging myself into work, despite not feeling great). Sometimes If you push yourself too hard, as I have done in the past, you end up more ill & likely get burnout.

Postscript 29 January

Not feeling too bad now, still not 100 percent, but getting there. I haven’t managed to write every single day, but am improving. Doing the 85K Writing Challenge is helping to spur me along. Though I am not writing the full 85K, just adding missing scenes to my novel, ready to start the 85K Editing Challenge in April.


Book Review-Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops-Jen Campbell

Weird Things Customers Say in BookshopsWeird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely book that made me laugh, cringe, & shake my head at the funny, ridiculous, and sometimes inappropriate things customers say. The witty illustrations throughout compliment the text. A great book for when you’re in need of a quick read that will cheer you up.

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Book Review -Jason-laurell. Hamilton

Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #23)Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I usually save reviews for indie titles, but felt I had to justify my scoring for this novel. I gave this a 3 as goodreads doesn’t have half stars. I love Anita Blake novels, but this one just didn’t gel with me.
First few chapters are exposition that seems like a ‘how to’ guide to polyamory & guide to lycanthrope social structure.
The rest is pretty much sex scenes, and not much plot or action (other than the sex). However, there is some character and story progression. By the end Anita has learned something new about herself -& some new ‘skills’. Also, relationships of characters have developed. Think there maybe hints of a new story line too. Will see when read the next installment of Anita Blake ‘Dead Ice’. I guess this story will appeal to readers who enjoy the sex scenes more than the violence, but it just didn’t appeal to me.

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Unique Blogger Award

Thanks to Richard’s Blog  for nominating me for the Unique Blogger Award.

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. Answer their 3 questions.
3. Include one meme and one quote you really like.
4. Nominate 8-13 bloggers to receive this award.
5. Ask your nominees 3 UNIQUE questions.
6. Add a link to the awards creator: Tara at Flower in Rainy Day.


  1. If you could direct a film adaptation of any book, which would it be?

    It has to be Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake novels, starting with Guilty Pleasures. I was disappointed when nothing came of the planned tv series, it would be great to see Anita kicking vampire and werewolf ass, and raising the dead. Also the ethical and emotional conflict Anita faces when she becomes romantically entangled with the beings she had always considered the enemy.

    I want The Silmarilion to be adapted into film, but will cross my fingers and hope Peter Jackson gets pulled back for another visit to MiddleEarth.

  2. Where in the world would you most like to visit that you haven’t been to yet?

    I would love to visit my Mother’s home of St Helena (a remote island in the South Atlantic Ocean). Hopefully the newly built airport will be operational soon, making travel there  more straightforward.

  3. Is there a particular animal you would like to see in the wild?

    Gray wolves. I saw a fascinating documentary a while back about a man who lived with a wolf pack. As a mad dog-mum I loved seeing the similarities between the two species, but also got a new perspective on the differences between my beloved dogs and their wild relatives.


My meme

Addams Family Memes Quotes

My quote

“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

Terry Pratchett, Jingo


Kanundra’s Blog


Patrick Whittaker



I am not lost…

Tracking the changes

Waiting for Awen

I am always write!

Witch In The Woods

Leigh Keating

Stephen Mullaney-Westwood


My questions

  1. Who is your most despised character from a book (aside from George RR Martin’s Joffrey Baratheon), and why?

  2. What is the furthest you’ve been from home?

  3. What writing/ other project are you working on at the minute?

Book Review-Spilt Milk-D.K Cassidy

Spilt Milk: A Collection of StoriesSpilt Milk: A Collection of Stories by D.K. Cassidy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightfully dark collection of short stories from D.K. Cassidy.
Her cast of dysfunctional yet bewitching characters provoke sympathy and revulsion in turn as their stories unfurl.
I especially love the humorous and grotesque story of Cinderella’s stepmother, and also the intertwining tales of collector George and psychopathic Caleb. Accompanying illustrations by Mika Sugano’s add sweetness to these exquisitely bitter tales.

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Book review-A House of Light & Stone-EJ Runyon

A House of Light and StoneA House of Light and Stone by E.J. Runyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the first page I was captivated by Duffy. Her voice is perfectly captured; a child’s naivety tempered by a wariness beyond her years from the hardships she experiences. This story is so beautifully written, drawing you into Duffy’s world from her perspective. After the first chapter I was hesitant about reading more, already caring for this character so much, that I was scared I would be distraught at what Duffy might have to face. However, I was compelled to follow as her many trials and adventures unfold. I am so happy I did; there is far more light than dark in this novel and by the end I felt so uplifted (though also a little sad to be leaving Duffy and wanting to know how her life progresses).

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