• 2016,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile (2016 Edition) – Week Eight

    There is actually very little to say about reading this week but I don’t want to get out of the habit of writing these posts.  I’ve read part of a book – Bone by Bone by Sandija Kay – but I’ve not finished any books.  I plan to finish reading that either tonight (or more likely tomorrow). In terms of Reading Down My TBR Pile that’s basically a failure for February. I’ve read seven books/short stories/novellas this month. And I’m currently four or so books behind on my Goodreads challenge. I’ve bought three books and read none of them. I downloaded a free short story and read that. And over…

  • 2016,  honesty,  mental health,  perceptions,  personal,  Self-Care,  sharing,  Things I am proud of,  twitter,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Safe Space

    A couple of weeks ago, a new collaborative blog – Safe Space – was launched. For the past year or so I’ve been unconvinced by the concept of “safe space” on the internet – a space where people can be free to share/be who and what they are completely without fear of abuse, hate, ridicule, triggers or trolling.  It seems like too big a goal both with how massive the internet and it’s trolling problems have become and the fact that for some people what is acceptable and OK can be what’s triggering, abusive or upsetting for others. Online (and in person) safe spaces are a worthwhile goal and one…

  • 2016,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile (2016 Edition) – Week Seven

    A mixed week for reading. I binge read The Cake Shop In The Garden by Carole Matthews over two days and read the first 300 or so pages in pretty much one sitting.  I’d been wanting to read that for ages (borrowed it from a friend) and it was a fun read.  It was the sort of chick lit I really like – frothy and fun but still with a point to it and substance. I’ve been missing reading that sort of chicklit, so much of what I’ve read in that genre has felt like there was nothing to it. And I finished listening to the audiobook of Lady Oracle…

  • 2016,  Decopatch,  Uncategorized

    My First Decopatch Projects

    As I mentioned a few weeks ago I got some decopatch materials for Christmas and planned to try them out this year (as an aside, a couple of the other things on that list are either booked or in progress). Someone asked when I wrote that earlier post if decopatch is the same as decoupage? Basically they are very similar but decopatch is less involved. I found this blog entry which explains it in more detail. Mum had done some decopatch last year so we planned that I’d go to her house and she’d help me with my first project. Then that had to be cancelled twice when first I…

  • 2016,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile (2016 Edition) – Week Six

    I didn’t do a lot of reading last week (although I did listen to part of an audiobook – Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood which I’m finding intriguing and hope to finish this week.) apart from ridiculous amounts of fanfic and then all of a sudden on Saturday I binge read many short things on Saturday, mostly on the trains to and from Birmingham. I finished Waiting for You by Catherine Miller which I mentioned reading in the last of these posts.  Full review here.  TL;DR I enjoyed it. I picked up The Ladybird Book of Mindfullness for a flick through whilst in Foyles and ended up skim reading the…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Waiting for You by Catherine Miller

    Yay my first full book review of the year! It’s taken my much longer to get to my 2016 review books than I meant it to and I regret that now because this was good. Waiting for You by Catherine Miller is being published by Carina as an ebook on 10th March 2016.  I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review. You’d never guess that Fliss Chapron doesn’t have it all All Fliss wants is to see two blue lines telling her she is pregnant with her much longed for second baby. But as the negative tests stack up, dreams of completing her perfect family feel more hopeless…

  • 2016,  Uncategorized

    Floundering or Drifting or Something Like That…

    I don’t want to say that this week has been a bad week because I think on the whole the good things do outweigh the bad.  But it feels like it’s been a bit of a bad week and like I’ve not really achieved much. Oh I’ve been to CAB and I’ve done most of what I usually do in terms of going out and about but I’ve done very little else and pretty much if I’ve been at home I’ve been on the computer, reading fanfic. I’ve been saying I’m going to have a real bash at novel writing because 1) I really want to and 2) I’m going…

  • 2016,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile (2016 Edition) – Week Five

    I’ve read one book this week and most of a second.  I’ve also downloaded the short story next installment of a novella I read at Christmas – it was free so why not? This week I plan to do a lot of reading so if all goes according to plan I’ll have a lot to write about in next week’s update. I read Star Trek: Titan – Sight Unseen by James Swallow.  And I really enjoyed it.  It was a good reminder of how much I enjoy Star Trek books.  I love this this has a mix of Star Trek: The Next Generation main characters, some bit part characters from…

  • 2016,  Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    You Know You Have CP When…

    … you arrive at CAB, your supervisor lets you in and says “uh, Emma, you’ve got something pink on your footplate.” and offers to pick it up for you. And before you even see what it is you know it’s a pair of knickers. And just lamely say “it’s alright, they’re clean.” while tucking them in your handbag. And then giggle and tell your other colleague. Because why the hell not? In my defence my powerchair lives in front of the dryer and I’d gotten in it then swung round and fished for a fleece out of the dryer right before leaving the house. But it’s not much of an…

  • 2016,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile (2016 Edition) – Week Four

    I’m linking this post up with both this week’s It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? over on The Book Date and with the January check in for the Read Your Own Damn Books Challenge over on Estella’s Revenge. I read one book this week. Spectacles by Sue Perkins.  That’s her memoir and I listened to the audiobook of it.  She reads that herself and I have to say that really increased my enjoyment of the book – it felt in a way like she was telling me the stories, anecdotes and memories herself.  Plus it was laugh out loud funny in places and more so when she’s giggling quietly whilst…