L’Anatomie Poster

It seems many of you love the poster I have in my dining room. A human anatomy print, in French. It reminds me of something my favorite  TV family (The Addams Family) would have in their home. Don’t you think? Well here’s the thing, it’s actually wrapping paper, with a perfectly fitting Ikea frame and mount surrounding it (Mossebo in white- possibly discontinued). The frame and mounting elevates it to something that is easily mistaken for a…

Slowing Down for December

This year has been huge for me in terms of chasing my dreams of writing a book. I did it, I wrote a novel! I’m now nearly halfway through rewriting it, jiggling it around until it makes sense to someone that isn’t me. The blogging side of my life has changed a lot. It’s no longer the be all and end all. I do still love this corner of the internet and although this year has…

Growing Up with Creativity

It’s funny how life works sometimes. As I’ve grown older I’ve realised it’s much more cyclical than I ever could have imagined. For example, I had a thought the other night, as I lingered in the place between sleep and wakefulness. It’s not unusual for this to happen to me, my brain is the most relaxed it’s probably been all day and I often get weird and wonderful ideas at the point just before falling asleep.…

Art Print Giveaway (NOW CLOSED)

Hello, you lovely lot. Would you like to win these three art prints pictured? I’ve been having lots of clearouts over the past twelve months and I’d stashed these brand new prints away, completely forgetting about them. We already have a lot of art and other stuff on our walls so these are surplus to requirements. I thought they’d make a great little giveaway prize. These are all brand new art prints, and still in their wrappers. You could…

8 Ways to Read More Books

Promising myself I read more Fiction this year is one of the best things I’ve done for my mental health. The escapism, the ritual, and the quiet. It’s brilliant, but it can be challenging to carve out the time. Today I’m sharing some tips on how to read more books. It’s also been great for my writing too. I get ideas on formatting, points of view, character development and story arcs. As you know I’m a huge advocate…

Bohemian Rhapsody

As a big Queen fan, I’ve been so excited to see the new film Bohemian Rhapsody at the cinema. There alone; me, myself and pie. Yes, the cinema I went to has vegan pie’s that you can take in with you. It’s been ages since I ‘ve done a solo cinema trip and it was bliss. I know Bohemian Rhapsody has had mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. The thing is there is no way…

Checklist ~ When Buying An Older Property

My home was build in the late 1920s, making it nearly 100 years old. It’s fair to say that although I love period properties, there is a lot of things that you should consider before buying one. To be frank, unless they’ve had gentle and caring owners, old houses are money pits. For us, there is always something that needs doing and usually, it unveils another three jobs whenever we get started on any work. Having said…

Using Pinterest for Writing Fiction

Pinterest is somewhere many of us collect idea for our lives. From home design to fancy dress party ideas, vegan cakes and small bathrooms. If you have an interest in something you can create collections and organise ideas. You can find my Pinterest profile here. I use the secret/hidden board function quite a bit for novel writing. I keep them secret as I don’t want people getting confused over what I’m pinning, but also because things change so much when…

Recent Reads Aug-Oct 2018

It’s time, in fact, I’m overdue to share what I’ve been reading over the last few months. I promised myself at the start of 2018 that I would read more and I’ve really loved it so far. I’m now on Goodreads, which I use to keep track of what I’ve read. You can see the previous Recent Reads post here. Books I have read since August The Geography of Witchcraft by Montague Summers. A book I read for…

My Favourite Science Fiction Films

Today I wanted to share a quick and easy list of my favourite science fiction films. Science Fiction is one of my favourite genres because it pushes the boundaries of what is possible when telling stories. My favourite sci-fi films, without spoilers, are; Interstellar bowled me over when I first saw it. The theories behind it, the dystopian life of on Earth and the journey into space. It’s all made so believable by Christopher Nolan. Everything about this…

Mother’s Little Helper

Today’s prompt for #BEDN (Blog Every Day in November) is Health. I thought I’d share what supplements I take and why. Vitamins and supplements can be expensive and although I prefer to use vegan brands, sometimes they are outside of my price bracket. Offers like 3 for 2, or buy one get one for a penny, make using supplements and vitamins much more affordable. FYI, I’ve no medical training, this information is my opinion and what works…

Most Inspiring Places to Write in Manchester

It’s actually rare, as in once a year maybe, that I work on my laptop somewhere other than home. But, I do carry notebooks everywhere, and I’ll happily sit and write free-hand for an hour or two providing the environment works for me. So here are my top five places to write (digitally or by hand) in Manchester. In no particular order; Waterstones Cafe- to sit amongst all the books on the top floor of Waterstones on…