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Category: Ramblings (personal)

Happy New Year! [Resolutions]

2018 is off to a flying start; so far all I’ve seen is endless optimism, it has absolutely dominated my internet interfaces. For shining out in a world that doesn’t always inspire it I’d very much like to extend a much coveted high-five to all you beacons of positivity! You go Glen Coco. In that same spirit I’m going to charge straight ahead with my new years resolutions in the hope that I can succeed with at least a commendable 50% completion rate. Wish me luck! Get my Netgalley percentage up to a healthy 60%  Whilst I’d love to hit the golden 80% this year I definitely over-requested…

I’m Taking part in #NaNoWriMo (!!) [SEND HELP]

I’ve recently become quite fond of being unreasonably busy; I periodically wonder if I’m losing my mind but, honestly, that’s fine by me. Madness in life (or busyness I suppose, more than madness) can be oddly grounding. NaNoWriMo, on the other hand, is a whole different kettle of fish: NaNoWriMo might be a step too far. For those of you that haven’t heard of it or are unsure of the ins and outs, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a month long writing event for anyone mad enough to sign up. It is, essentially, a public self-challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days (That’s…

Top ten reasons why you shouldn’t write a novel

Or, to be more specific, the top ten things stopping me from doing something great with something I love, things you might struggle with too. I’ve been battling an every growing need to create something big, something that makes me proud and something that exists as my tiny dot on the map. But, more than that, it’s that I’m bottled full of stories and I just gotta get them out of my system. So here’s a condensed list of my tiny growth-stunting fears (fears you might share) and rationalisation to help you, and to help me, push them aside. Fear of criticism Now, even I know this one is just a…

Books I didn’t like

Apparently it’s national honesty day! Looking back at my day I can hardly say it would’ve been any different had I known that sooner but still, I feel like I should honour it somehow in my own way.  So, here’s a few popular books that, at least first time round, left me disappointed. This is my confession.  The Fault in Our Stars Tearjerker books can be very hit-and-miss for me and this one just didn’t hit the mark. I don’t know if it had something to do with knowing how much of a following it already had or if, having entered my twenties, I just wasn’t…

Wolves in BC

Something a bit different today. Me, Taylor and our friend Jack went to the Northern Lights Wolf Centre on the outskirts of Golden, BC and I just felt like writing a little something about our time there. So here’s a crash-course on the fabulous creatures, inarticulately stitched together from the scraps of information I retained. The drive along Highway 1 from Revelstoke to Golden was full of spectacular views and beautiful scenery which was a pretty awesome start to the journey. I’ve always been a lover of animals (especially of the canine variety) so it was an exciting ride and the driving views in BC completely enhance any trip. Wolf- Socialisation We arrived just on…

My reading list

The ‘to-be-read’ list is a mysterious, and uncontrollable thing – it is for me anyway. It’s a many-tentacled monster, growing relentlessly every day. Because of this I’m going to share a few of my reading targets with you – I’m hoping that if I make a list of some of them and share it publicly, I’ll have a better chance of actually getting to a few more than I otherwise might.  Anna Karenina – by Leo Tolstoy This one has been one I’ve wanted to tackle for a good few years but it only resurfaced on my tbr a few weeks ago when I discovered…