Best time, not free time?

Life has been a bit hectic lately. It’s something that sounds incredibly cliche because so many of us seem to say it all the time. But it’s so. Damn. True. Every day work seems to get busier or throw another curveball for one of us, and the weekends become one long to-do list of all … Continue reading Best time, not free time?

My favourite baby products

I’m not a consumerist, really. But babies famously come with a lot of stuff, and most of this is cheap and useless, but some of it is good. Like, really good. I thought I’d talk about a few products I wouldn’t have been without in our first year as parents, and why spending some money … Continue reading My favourite baby products

Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!

Last week the Hull Children’s Book Awards took place. It’s an event I’ve attended for three years now, first as a school librarian, second as a teacher, and this time I went as a volunteer for my old school, partly because I didn’t want to miss out, and partly because I was keen to see … Continue reading Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!

Zoella’s fans aren’t angry that she didn’t write her book, they’re hurt because she’s not like them anymore

Last week, Zoella was a name I wasn’t aware existed, let alone could be attributed to an actual person. But this week, her story (or more to the point, someone else’s story) is all over the Internet. In agreeing to a publishing deal with Penguin, where a ghostwriter was employed to transform her story into … Continue reading Zoella’s fans aren’t angry that she didn’t write her book, they’re hurt because she’s not like them anymore

NaNoWriMo day three: the dreaded first Monday

It’s Monday. This was never going to go well. Not only is it Monday, it’s the first Monday back at work after a week off, which puts me in probably the most opposite writing mood as possible compared to the weekend. I managed about 700 words today, and probably could go for more, but to … Continue reading NaNoWriMo day three: the dreaded first Monday

#NaNoWriMo day two: how long can this momentum continue?

Today I’d set myself a target of hitting 6000 words...and I did it! I didn’t actually think this was very realistic, honestly, I never write this much, ever. Because I’m back at work tomorrow and I know I won’t have as many hours to dedicate to writing again until next weekend, I was really keen … Continue reading #NaNoWriMo day two: how long can this momentum continue?

Two days to go until NaNoWriMo – why are you doing this again?

In just over two days, NaNoWriMo will be here. No, I’m not ready yet! I have stuff to do, people to see one last time and places I need to go before locking myself away for a month, oh, and a body I should probably stockpile with vitamins to make up for the large intake … Continue reading Two days to go until NaNoWriMo – why are you doing this again?

Why I won’t be watching the new Game of Thrones

This blog post contains information* from previous seasons of Game of Thrones. *Information, not spoilers, because if you do plan to watch old seasons and haven’t yet, you’re really late to the game (of thrones). (Sorry.) While typing this I can hear the unmistakable sound of a sword, bloodily and torturously being used to maim … Continue reading Why I won’t be watching the new Game of Thrones

My book nook – everyone should have one

This morning seemed pretty grey and miserable outside, and the perfect morning for making a hot drink and getting on with some sewing. Before embarking on yet another project though I decided to have a go at finishing one for once. Here's the result: I took some scraps of blue gingham and did a simple … Continue reading My book nook – everyone should have one