• 2014,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Book A Day

    Over on twitter people have been using #bookaday (hashtag book a day) to answer a set of questions about books – there was one for each day in June. This initiative was set up by @BoroughPress.  Being something of a book loving rebel I’ve decided that I’m going to answer the prompts on my blog. And do it in July (although that’s mostly because I didn’t realise when I first looked at the image that it was meant to be a June thing).  As July goes on I will edit the list below so the prompts link to the relevant entry on my blog. 1st Favourite book from childhood 2nd…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    “I Can See The Chimney Pots!”

    (If I were going to give this blog entry something of a melodramatic subtitle it would be “how will I know when I’m home?”) I try quite hard not to make specific mentions of where I live.  But at the same time given I’ve been blogging in various forms for almost 14 years (since before it was called blogging in fact) and that boundary didn’t always exist for me and also given that a lot of people who read this are people that know me I think the fact I live in Didcot is something of an open secret on here. So I grew up with Didcot Power Station as…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    My Life in a Nutshell by Tanya J. Peterson

    I received a free copy of My Life in a Nutshell by Tanya J. Peterson in exchange for reviewing it on my blog.  This review is being posted as a part of a promo blitz taking place today and you can see other reviews and posts about My Life in a Nutshell on the facebook event page. Here’s the synopsis:   My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel is the story of one man’s struggles with debilitating anxiety. Brian Cunningham has isolated himself to such a degree that his human contact is barely more than an hour a day. While lonely, he feels powerless to change his life. Unexpectedly, his…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    You Know You’re a Bookworm When…

    …you look at your twitter profile.  And the bit where it says “joined July 2008” catches your eye. And you think not “oh wow have I really been on twitter for six years?” but “oh that means it’s six years since I read The Time Traveller’s Wife.” Because I initially joined twitter so I could post updates when I went up to Rutland Water and took part in my first regatta (the sailability multiclass).  And whilst I was there I was also reading The Time Traveller’s Wife.  A bit whilst the others were on the water and I wasn’t because it was too much for me – although mostly at…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Memories

    The good thing about blogging is it’s an easy way to look back in years to come and be reminded of things you might otherwise have forgotten.  I’ve not been very good about blogging those moments lately and I need to improve on that! I could blog about a very funny moment at sailing yesterday when one of the other sailors drove past us with their dog in the car on their way out of the car park. It was hilarious and me, my Dad and the friend we give a lift home too were all killing ourselves laughing.  And about five minutes later I started giggling about it again…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  CP related,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy by Fran Macilvey

    I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy by Fran Macilvey in exchange for an honest review. She also answered some questions for me.  The fact that Fran sent me a free copy of her book doesn’t influence my review but I do attempt to be fair. I think this is the third memoir of a person with CP I’ve had to review (but not the third one I’ve read if that makes sense) and I think of those three this is the one I enjoyed the most.  I think the fact that as of this writing Trapped has 20 reviews on…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  interviews,  Uncategorized

    An Interview with Author Fran Macilvey

    Fran Macilvey contacted me a while ago and asked if I’d liked to review her memoir – Trapped: My Life With Cerebral Palsy.  I obviously said yes because I love reviewing books and discovering new authors and also I like reading about other disabled people (especially people who also have CP) and seeing how our experiences compare.  Despite one of my friends telling me point blank I shouldn’t read this book because I’d find it depressing I enjoyed reading it. My full review of Trapped will be posted tomorrow (edit: it’s now available here) but Fran was also kind enough to answer some interview questions for me and they are…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    It feels a bit soon for another Random Bullet Points of Life entry but I have things to say and none of those things are long enough for an entry to themselves.   I realised the other week that I’ve been seeing a lot of the same one or two friends but haven’t seen some of my others in forever.  So I’m trying to rectify that this month.  I had a drink (sneaky mid afternoon Sunday glass of wine) with a friend this afternoon and we talked writing and life and general stuff.  I see that friend fairly regularly in a group but it’s been months since we’ve been out…

  • 2014,  crafts,  Crochet,  knitting,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You know you’re a knitter (and a crocheter) when…

    …you declutter your house and gathering (almost*) all your yarn into one place looks like this Image description: Two clear 80 litre (aka absolutely fucking huge) storage boxes side by side on my bed which has a white frame and dark purple duvet. They are full to the brim of yarn of all different colours and textures – mostly DK but some is different weights. My collection of knitting needles of various sizes is sticking out of one of the boxes. The lids aren’t on in this picture and they are so full my mum had real difficulty getting them on when she put the boxes away. *I thought that…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Snapshots

    This evening I’ve been thinking about the fact that blogs are just a snapshot and no one ever gets the full picture. Particularly in my blogs because I try very hard to allow others to be anonymous or protect their privacy in what I write.  So much so that I’ve been known to go back to entries I wrote on here months or years ago and not have any idea what I was eluding too in my cryptic entries. After a week+ with no internet I got a new router and got it working this morning.  There are a couple of topics I’ve been thinking about writing during that week…