Books and Memories

Books and Memories

Sometimes it seems to me that books are like sponges, soaking up my experiences, not just of the story inside, but of my own life when I’m reading them. All it takes is for me to crack that book open again and the memories come flooding back, and I remember where I was when I first read it, and what I… Read more »

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My Top NaNoWriMo Tips

My Top NaNoWriMo Tips

Hooray! It’s that time of year again! November is fast approaching, and so millions of writers across the world will be preparing for the month-long writing sprint that is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. I’ve now done NaNoWriMo twice – firstly in 2014 where I wrote 42,000 words, and last year when I completed the full 50,000… Read more »

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On Being A Kindle Convert

On Being A Kindle Convert

Years ago, I would never have thought this day would come…the day when I, Laura, would be singing the praises of an e-reader. Literally, since the release of e-readers, I’ve been resisting them. Despite their obvious advantages, to embrace a digitalized way of reading seemed like a betrayal against my beloved books. And books had been my constant companion since… Read more »

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5 Happy Things

5 Happy Things

So the days are getting shorter, and there’s starting to be a faint chill in the air as Autumn creeps in. And as much as I love Autumn, I think it can make you feel a little gloomy when it’s pretty much pitch black outside by 6 o’clock at night, and you wake up in the morning to find it’s… Read more »

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Life Lately #13

Life Lately #13

These days I genuinely seem to be struggling to think of things to write about in these updates, which is probably a sign I need to get out more… I say it every month, that hopefully next month I’ll get out and do more things, and then life happens and I find myself day after day getting home from work… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Shadow and Bone’ and ‘Siege and Storm’

Mini Reviews: ‘Shadow and Bone’ and ‘Siege and Storm’

A while ago I read and absolutely adored Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology, and I’ve been meaning to read her earlier series, The Grisha Trilogy, ever since. I had heard from various people that this series isn’t as good as Six of Crows, but I decided to give it a go anyway and see what I thought. Plus I was pretty anxious to return to… Read more »

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How To Juggle Multiple Writing Projects

How To Juggle Multiple Writing Projects

Recently, I seem to be swamped with writing projects. I’ve been trying to working on: My novel. Blog posts for this blog. Blog posts for my freelance writer website. Blog posts to pitch to other websites (to build up my freelance writing portfolio). Short stories for a couple of competitions I want to enter. So, I think it’s safe to… Read more »

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My Book Cover Pet Peeves

My Book Cover Pet Peeves

We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s be real here: we all do it. However much you tell yourself that it’s the story and characters that are important, there are certain things that we see on book covers that really turn us off, and make us much less likely to buy or read a… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Winter King’ and ‘Enemy of God’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Winter King’ and ‘Enemy of God’

Bernard Cornwell is an author whose books I’ve been meaning to check out for a long time but hadn’t ever found the time to (even though I’ve had a copy of The Last Kingdom for ages!). However, when I found out he’d written a series of books based on Arthurian legend (a topic I love so much I wrote my dissertation on… Read more »

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