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A Bedtime Rhyme from Robert Louis Stevenson

A Bedtime Rhyme from Robert Louis Stevenson

In which I blame my terrible memory on Robert Louis Stevenson, because I can still remember his poems from when I was a kid, meaning I have no memory space available for shopping lists or appointment times. I mean, I’ve got to blame someone, right?

I also show off my favourite mercaticorn nightie, and the little furry muse makes an appearance, although she is suitably unimpressed.

 

 

I’m also going to allocate some blame (not for the memory thing, for the whole reading in a nightie on a public video thing), on my lovely Twitter friend M.L Moos, who may or may not remember telling me to read a bedtime story…

And how about you, lovely people? Do you have any favourite bedtime stories that have stayed with you? Let me know below!

 

The Phantom Tollbooth & Why I Read Past the First Chapter

The Phantom Tollbooth & Why I Read Past the First Chapter

In which I talk about a book that I can’t actually remember very well, but that I know I loved as a kid. I also blame it for why I have guilt over DNF (did not finish) books.

Well, not really. I actually thank it for teaching me to always give a book a reasonable chance, but the other way sounds more interesting.

 

 

Do you put books down unfinished? Why or why not? And what’s something that a book’s taught you? Let me know in the comments!

 

Folklore, Myths, Legends & King Otter

Folklore, Myths, Legends & King Otter

In which I talk about my two favourite reference books for discovering new critters to put in my stories, and show off an amazing book that I bought in Scotland, because it’s beautiful and it has King Otter in it.

 

 

Do you have any particular reference books you use for your writing? Tell me about them below!

 

Christmas Reading, Zombies & Penguins

Christmas Reading, Zombies & Penguins

In which I reveal that my tastes in movies are rather similar to my tastes in books, and talk about the Christmas books I didn’t read, as well as the not-very-Christmassy one I did.

I also forget to wish you Happy New Year, after spending all of last week’s video trying not to.

So, umm, Happy New Year?

 

 

What did you read and watch over Christmas? Do you have any books or movies you go back to every year? Let me know in the comments!

 

Talking Thank Yous & Fighting Over Cheese

Talking Thank Yous & Fighting Over Cheese

It being very nearly Christmas, this chat is, of course, partly to wish you happy holidays (very clumsily, as apparently I’m still having issues speaking. I should have got the little furry muse to help me out again). It’s also to say that I hope you’re looking after yourself this December, and have set some time and space away from the madness to do so.

The other part is to say thank you so much, lovely readers. You are completely and utterly wonderful, and have been the best cheerleaders anyone could hope for. Every comment, like and share has, without exaggeration, made my day. So thank you so much – and watch on!

 

 

How are you spending your December? How are you taking care of yourself? Let me know in the comments, and please know you can always message me if you need an ear.

 

 

Talking About Books & A Video

Talking About Books & A Video

My lovely friend A.S. Akkalon does amazing not-reviews of books on her website. They’re funny, entertaining, and make more sense to me than an actual book review. I know I did a lot of analysing books way back in the foggy years of school (and a year of English Lit at uni), but I didn’t enjoy it that much then, and I have no intentions of trying it again now.

Therefore, allow me to present my first chat about books. Also my first video (other than my old fitness and yoga ones, but I didn’t have to talk at the same time in those). I hope you enjoy it (and can understand it – I’m guilty of mumbling on a regular basis).

Let me know what you think, and if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to natter about in the future!

 

 

Have you read Sleeping Beauties? What are your thoughts on it?

 

Friday Frivolities – Aging Gracefully

Friday Frivolities – Aging Gracefully

As you already know, I’m not the biggest fan of aging gracefully. It seems a little overrated to me, and I figure I may as well continue as I mean to go on. However, there is some sage advice to be found in this video.

I particularly love: “Cultivate younger friends, otherwise yours will all die off.”

 

 

What are your thoughts? What piece of advice would you impart to your younger self? Mine would be – and probably still is – you don’t have to know what you’re doing in life. No one else does either.

Happy Friday!

 

Friday Frivolities – Black Books

Friday Frivolities – Black Books

 

Now, I’ve been sticking to the once-a-week blog type thing, because honestly, being organised enough to blog once a week is already plenty for me to handle. Plen-ty. However. This week seems to have been a long week for everyone. I’m not sure why – end of summer, back to school, just one of those weeks, take your pick. So it seemed to me that a little Friday pick-me-up was in order. And what could be better than a dose of Black Books?

 

It appeals to the grammar nerd…

 

The introvert…

 

The bookworm…

 

And the writer.

 

Which is all of us, right? If you haven’t seen it, it’s brilliant, ridiculous, and you can make Friday immeasurably better by watching now.

 

 

And if nothing else, you can think, well, at least I’m not that bad.

What do you watch when you’re feeling a bit down? Any favourites?

 

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