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September Reads

Somewhat late but here nonetheless, here’s the sketch re what I read and wrote in September. HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS.

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January Reads

You know how writers sometimes beat ourselves up about not having achieved enough? It’s a pretty regular occurrence, so I thought rather than pitching headlong into the depths of despair over this, I might try a little exercise to help myself not do that this year. Continue reading “January Reads”

Read Me A Story – Some Pros and Cons of Audible

When I was a child I listened to loads of books on tape. Some came from the library (The Pinballs by Betsy Byars and a compilation of fairy tales from around the world including Baba Yaga and The Tongue-Cut Sparrow were borrowed multiple times). Others were owned and shared by my sister and I, and listened to again and again. Amongst these were George’s Marvellous Medicine and the Narnia books. I loved the whole series, but The Horse and his Boy was a favourite for reasons that escape me now. Maybe just because that one was definitely ‘mine’ – I was quite possessive. Continue reading “Read Me A Story – Some Pros and Cons of Audible”

How To Make a Book Christmas Tree (blogmas day twelvety)

Unable or unwilling to get a real Christmas tree this year? Here’s yet another blog post on how to make one out of books. Continue reading “How To Make a Book Christmas Tree (blogmas day twelvety)”

When Writers Move House

A few months ago our letting agency hiked up the rent on our Edinburgh flat, using some flimsy pretext of ‘current market conditions’ to justify themselves. Heartbroken, Mildly irritated, my poet husband and I set about looking for a cheaper garret to hang our moleskines. Continue reading “When Writers Move House”

Why I’m Taking The Goodreads’ Reading Challenge

Last week there was a piece in the Guardian by Richard Lea called The Bad Side of Goodreads’ Reading Challenge.  I clicked because I’ve actually signed up to said challenge.  For the most part, I disagreed with the piece – and I’ll tell you for why.

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