Blogmas Day 21: Christmas Reads

One day I’d love to own and run a book shop. It would be called Pages and would also sell excellent coffee and big slabs of homemade cake. It would have comfy, buttery, deep-seated leather armchairs and wooden floors and the best events, workshops and literature based discussions. And at Christmas, I would have a […]

Blogmas Day 20: Seasonal Bookseller Throwback

Round about this time of year but back in 2013, I worked as a Seasonal Bookseller at Waterstones Piccadilly; the flagship store. And in short, it was the best job I ever had. That’s right. You heard it here first. I loved it, I loved being surrounded by books, stroking their spines and restocking them, […]

An update on NANOWRIMO: Quantity vs quality

It’s usually the other way around, isn’t it? It’s meant to be quality and not quantity but on this occasion the tables have turned. Or the laptop has turned…off. Oh good grief, I’m not making an ounce of sense. So before I carry on writing nonsense (something I’ve gotten to be very good at this […]

It’s November again and I really want to write a book.

I’ll start by saying that I got the redundancy. And that after it had fully sunk in and now that the dramatic dust has settled, I feel good about it. Positive in fact. Excited even. Because I get three full months off, all to myself whilst still getting paid. It’s a pretty sweet deal and […]

Thoughts on giving ‘NaNoWriMo’ a go…

The concept of National Novel Writing Month has always intrigued me. I mean, the idea of writing a whole book (albeit a very rough first draft) in a month is slightly insane. But simultaneously, brilliant. I’ve been *trying* to write a book for the past year and a half-ish, and to be honest, I haven’t […]

Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards, but it sure don’t taste as sweet.

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, getting back on the blogging horse has been on my mind more than ever recently. Now that I once again face unemployment. My contract is finished and it isn’t being extended. I can’t help but take that as a reflection on myself and my capabilities or […]

2012: The joy of last Christmas

I never got round to posting this last year for some bizarre reason. So here’s a blast from a Christmas past! This Christmas felt different. Yes, it crept up on me this year and with a hint of maturity in the air. I was excited, of course, but what I really wanted to find under […]

Week 40: The good, the bad and the unexpected (The caffeine edition)

Monday: The Good Meeting my lovely South African friend after work for an evening coffee. If I had my way I’d keep coffee shops and bookshops open until at least 10pm. Who needs a pub booth, when you can have a warm, chocolate leather armchair? The Bad Having a horrible day. Sometimes bosses are a […]

Week 38: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Monday: The Good The above. Treating myself to a gorgeous swedish pastry on a cold and wet September morning. The Bad Feeling guilty for not looking after Gray C better. I’ve been too busy being busy to stop and give my pet bunny some attention. So I’m making her a cardboard castle and vowing to […]