January Questions

I found the image below on Pinterest and it linked through to a website about journalling and had a year’s worth of questions (click here to visit website). I thought I’d answer the January ones as I way of sharing bit more about myself. It’s a helpful writing prompt if anyone is interested. I’d love to know your answers.

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Those are the questions, and here are my answers: Continue reading

My Reading Challenge

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.

– Charles William Eliot

Reading is a way to broaden your living experience, to travel to a new place, to meet a person from the past or the future, someone like you to empathise with, someone different from you to learn from. So this year I’m focussing on broadening my reading experience as much as possible and thought setting myself a reading challenge would be a fun way to do it. Anyone keen to join me? Continue reading

Two-toned gift wrapping

Well Christmas season is over and we are straight into birthdays in my house. It’s mum’s birthday this week so I’ve been making plans. She is a crazy-obsessed Luther fan so I bought her the dvd box sets. At the moment she has them all on record on the tv and basically, it’s taking up valuable recording space for more important things … like the shows I watch.

Tip 1: Always a good idea to buy presents for selfish reasons 🙂 Continue reading

The Rights of the Reader

English cartoonist, illustrator and children’s writer, Sir Quentin Blake, best known for illustrating Roald Dahl’s books, turns 83 today! To celebrate this wonderful artist’s work, I’d thought I’d share ‘The Rights of the Reader’ – 10 rules every book-lover should live by! Continue reading

Happy Birthday to my blog!

‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’

‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’

― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

One year old today! Continue reading

Instructions for writing about Africa

A satirical, very pointed, quite painful, set of instructions for writing a novel about Africa (for Non-African readers). I thought my clichéd “white person on safari” photo accompanied it rather nicely. Continue reading

There is nothing you cannot do

When I wake up in the morning, I don’t think what am I going to do today, or tomorrow, or think about what I did yesterday. I think today is going to be the best day of my life.

– Tao Porchon-Lynch 

It’s Monday, and I thought a little inspiration was in order … Continue reading

The danger of a single story

The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns of the danger of hearing only a single story about another person or country. Continue reading

Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt’s “You learn by living”

It’s your life – but only if you make it so.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

I took a lot of insight from Eleanor Roosevelt’s book. Towards the end I lost interest a bit as she begins to focus more on politics, though her thoughts on this are worthy of a read – she makes some excellent points about our trend towards political apathy, something I am certainly guilty of.

I was surprised to find that the book offers a lot of advice on raising children and I wonder if it’s ever been recommended to people as a parenting book. It certainly has a lot of philosophical insight into raising children, if not practical information. Continue reading