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
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!
20 November 2013. I’m getting into the car around 7.45am to go to work and have the radio on, waiting for the engine to warm up. The radio is being broadcast live from Hull Truck Theatre, where hundreds of people are gathered, and have been since the earliest of hours, waiting for an announcement. It… Continue reading You’ve changed
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
November is here! The influx of freshly shaved faces ready for Movember on my Facebook feed this morning only made it easier to get straight into writing without the usual distractions. Yes, NaNoWriMo has officially begun, and my first day this year has probably been my best yet. I can’t quite remember how I did… Continue reading #NaNoWriMo day 1: Success!
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?
In January I began my first read of the year: 1Q84 by Murakami. I'd bought a combined version of book 1 and 2 and though tempted to pause at the end of book 1 for a break to read something else, persevered out of fear that I wouldn't return to it. I did the same… Continue reading I needed a new book and found a Banana
When I’ve been travelling I’ve often heard about the 6-8 week pangs people feel – those initial thoughts that maybe you’ve had enough and homeward bound is the way forward. Give it another week or so and you find your energy and love of backpacking renewed and ready to keep going. I think the same… Continue reading NaNoWriMo – because I wasn’t busy enough anyway!
After joining my new local library the other day, I was perusing their shelves when a book caught my eye. I’ve been craving a quick read that really engrosses me for a while, to break up some non-fiction I’ve been attempting. Always having been a fan of books of letters, Four Letter Word grabbed my… Continue reading Book review: Four Letter Word
Oryx and Crake is the latest title selected by my book club, and after having completely forgotten about it until most of the way through this month, I am glad it was a quick read. I saw my copy of Oryx and Crake on display in an Oxfam bookshop, and initially put off by the… Continue reading Book review: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood