Fragments Update

An update on the first draft of Fragments, my book of essays.

Austenite

There is no enjoyment like reading…

Weekend Coffee Share: Hygge, Poetry, and Baths

Theoretically, if we were having coffee, we wouldn’t be having coffee at this time of night. It’s twenty-five minutes to midnight on a Sunday. Instead, we’d be drinking a relaxing hot drink – herbal tea, hot chocolate, or warm milk (or a glass of cold milk, if that’s more appealing). I’d tell you that I’ve…

Horror

Halloween has been and gone, and all we’ve got are the Pumpkins and the leftover sweets. In the UK, the next big thing is Bonfire Night on 5th November, so there are fireworks going on most evenings, somewhere. I’m a fan of Halloween, even though being a HSP (highly sensitive person) you’d think that I’d…

Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

There are a handful of books written about writing by people I consider mentors. Usually, it’s because their books get it right – for the writer beginning work, the writer in the middle, and the writer with more experience. They aren’t writing manuals or writing workbooks, but they speak to every part of the writing…

The Wander Society by Keri Smith

I’ve always believed that sometimes, books come into your life at exactly the right time, in order to challenge, inspire, and offer a different perspective. The Wander Society is one such book. I’m still digesting the messages in it, and the philosophy, and intend to begin my own practice of wandering. Keri Smith isn’t the…

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Perfume, as the subtitle of the book proclaims, is the story of a murderer. Specifically, the story of a murderer, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, who is obsessed with scent. I decided to read Perfume because it’s my cousin’s favourite book, and she recommended it. I found it to be a wonderful, disturbing, and beautiful novel. It feels…