• live blog,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >Live Blog of a Day Writing

    >Today my goal is to spend most of the day writing.  I’m planning to participate in the Introverted Words 7K All Day event.  And I thought I would live blog my progress as I go. 12:30 I spent the first hour or so after I was up making phone calls and checking e-mails and looking at cinema times.  I’ve just finished my first piece of writing for the day which was a book review.  It’s in the blog entry below this one.  Word count for that is 417, total word count so far today is also 417. 15:29 I took a long break and went into town. Where I got…

  • books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >Long Reach by Peter Cocks

    >I was given a copy of Long Reach by Peter Cocks by Waterstones in order to review it.  It’s aimed at people 14+, is a thriller and is being released on 3rd January 2011 (have I mentioned lately how much I love getting prerelease books to read? I LOVE IT).  This is Peter Cocks first book. Here is what Waterstones.com has to say about this book This is a gritty urban thriller set in the ganglands of south London. Seventeen-year-old Eddie Savage is shocked to learn that the body of his brother, Steve, has just been washed up in the Thames. But he soon discovers something even more disturbing: that…

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    >Stream of Consciousness

    >I’ve just seen the forecast for the next few days.  That doesn’t look good.  Snow isn’t forecast to start here for another day or two but because we have a power station here it always snows (due to all the steam).  I’m down at the arts centre right now.  I go to a knitting group (technically not called Stitch and Bitch any more although that’s what I call it) here on a Wednesday night.  I was pretty sure that our only other regular couldn’t make it tonight but I was also thinking I should come out just in case.  Being housebound because of snow really sucks.  But I do have…

  • blogging,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    >Thoughts on Blogging.

    >I feel like I need to write a “what’s going on with me” type blog post.  I’ve not written an updating type post for over a week.  It might even be a little longer than that, I’m not sure.  I’ve not looked to be honest.  If I’d been really dedicated to making an effort with blogging this month then I would have started blogging daily again once I got over my cold.  But I didn’t.  I really don’t want to give up blogging – I’ve been a blogger for 10 years now which is a scary thought – it’s definitely obvious that I’m not as in to it at the…

  • Christmas,  Uncategorized

    >Christmas comes but once a year

    >So early today I was lying on my bed reading a book.  I went to see Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 tonight (which was really good, I loved it) and I wanted to get some chair free time right before going out as my legs have been very tight and spasmy lately.  It didn’t seem to help but hey they might have been worse if I’d not done it.  Plus, I’m reading a really good book. Anyway, I was reading and I was wondering if the guy had written more, thinking about when and what I was having for dinner (6pm film not conductive for an easy…

  • Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    >I Saw A Mouse! Where?

    >Yesterday it was arranged that early this morning someone would be popping round for a few minutes to grab something. I let them in, getting out of bed only when I heard the doorbell and then went to the loo after letting them in.  They wandered into my lounge. The next thing I hear is them screaming “oh my god oh my god ARGH” They thought they’d seen a mouse running across the middle of my lounge. At just before 8 in the morning.  It’s safe to say they were freaked out. I was a bit ARGH about the idea of a mouse in my flat but didn’t have time…

  • books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela

    >I was asked by Waterstones to review Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela.  As is the case with all my reviews, I was not paid for it but I did receive a free copy of the book. Description of the book from Waterstones website:Set in 1950s Sudan, LYRICS ALLEY is the story of the powerful and sprawling Abuzied dynasty. With Mahmood Bey at its helm, the family can do no wrong. But when Mahmood’s son, Nur – the brilliant, charming heir to his business empire – suffers a near-fatal accident, his hopes of university and a glittering future are dashed. Subsequently, his betrothal to his cousin and sweetheart, Soraya is broken…

  • scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >Almost… but not quite

    >I almost managed to keep my for one week only promise and replace that 2 stone gone badge with the 30lb badge… but not quite.  I needed to lose one pound for that to happen.  And I lost three quarters of a pound.  Which I’m still really really happy about.  Next week I hope to switch over the badges in my sidebar but we’ll all (including me) have to wait and see.  My mum said that I did especially well because I ate a lot of sausages when we had hot dogs and jacket potatoes on Bonfire Night (and leftovers the next day).  Personally I didn’t think I ate that…

  • books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >Welcome To My World by Miranda Dickinson

    > The lovely folks from the Authonomy team at Harper Collins sent me a copy of Welcome To My World by Miranda Dickinson to review.  It’s coming out on 11th November (just a couple of days!) and is well worth reading. This is what Amazon has to say about it: Close your eyes and imagine the world is your oyster… And now imagine never seeing it. Welcome to Harriet Langton’s world. All her life she’s dreamt of travelling the globe – fate always got in the way. Working as a travel agent, the closest Harri comes to her dream destination of Venice is booking the trip for someone else. But…

  • cold,  NaNo,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >Why Deciding to Blog Daily is a Bad Idea if You’re Me!

    >I originally planned to blog everyday this month.  I am officially never going to make that plan again.  It was something I intended to do in September and then I stared the month off with a cold that ended up on my chest.  No month of daily blogging for me! And then I decided to do the same this month. Tuesday I had a bit of a sore throat but nothing major.  My Dad’s had a bad cold so I was a bit concerned I was getting one but didn’t worry about it too much.  Went into Reading for the day and bought the yarn for my Mum’s Christmas present.…