Living a "stoic" life involves having a morning routine/ritual (and an evening one). And within that, it's suggested you should "manage your mood'. I would never describe myself as a real moody person. I don't suffer from PMS (my husband has been very lucky over the years considering the horror stories I've heard from women… Continue reading Managing My Mood
Every January...usually the first week, I have a tradition. I sit down with Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries (there are 3 volumes now) and plan what I'm going to cook during January. His Ginger cake is incredible! I do love a cookery book (and cooking), but Nige is my favourite. His books are more than just… Continue reading A January Tradition
We finished decorating the house a couple of months ago. The room (affectionately known as the back room) was going to be my study/library. But when we decided to move we made it into a bedroom to aid with the sale. So although my desk is in there, it's not really felt like my study.… Continue reading Spending Time At My Desk
I listened to a podcast last month (sorry I cant remember which one) where the guest was Hannah Papp. She talked about her book, The Mystical Backpacker and her adventures. It piqued my interest...so I ordered the book and have been reading it ever since. Last night (while the husband was watching TV) I took… Continue reading What If?
A few weeks ago I watched a video of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury giving a talk at a university. If you're a writer its definitely work a watch, but it is an hour long. One thing (amongst the many things) that Mr Bradbury said that I liked was his advice to read one short… Continue reading The Art of the Essay
When i'm busy (which seems to be all the time at the moment lol) I find it hard to fit into my day everything I want/need to do. One of the things that ends up taking a backseat is reading. Yesterday morning I listened to a Podcast, where KM Weiland was being interviewed about her… Continue reading Making Time
I have notebooks for specific things...a daily journal, a writing notebook (for story ideas, writing tips and advice i've picked up - like a commonplace book)), a fiction writing notebook, a writing diary/journal (where I whinge and moan about my writing projects) and a daily planner. But I also carry a small, rather tatty notebook… Continue reading My “Everyday” Notebook
The UK is currently gripped by storm Dennis, which started yesterday and is continuing on into today 😟 I don't really mind being cooped up indoors (Its an excuse to read and slump on the sofa), but the poor Puggies hate it. They still want to go for their walk, then get to the front… Continue reading Do One Dennis!
Yesterday was such a busy day. We had a carpet fitted in the spare bedroom which meant that everything had to come out, and then go back in once the carpet was down. By the evening (when the husband went off to chess) I was in desperate need for some quiet time. So I did… Continue reading A Quiet Moment
Last week I wrote a post about my love list and how making lists can be life changing (according to the BBC). We've decided to move house, so as i've been packing stuff up, to go into storage (to make the house look less cluttered lol) I came across a book that I think my… Continue reading The 52 Lists Project