Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

‘And, ah! his castle. The faery solitude of the place; with its turrets of misty blue, its courtyard, its spiked gate, his castle that lay on the very bosom of the sea with seabirds mewing about its attics, the casements opening on to the green and purple, evanescent departures of the ocean, cut off by the tide from land for half a day…’ Warning: Spoilers I first read Angela Carter’s short story collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories for a fairy tale module I did at university, and having… Read more »

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 2

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 2

Sarah from Aphonic Book Reviews tagged me for my second Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award a while back, and I’ve finally got round to answering the questions. Thanks so much to Sarah for the tag, and if you haven’t already checked out her blog, you really should! So here are my answers:

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NaNoWriMo 2014: The Fourth and Final Update

NaNoWriMo 2014: The Fourth and Final Update

Today is the last day of November 2014, and the final day of National Novel Writing Month! So have I successfully completed my 50,000 words? That would be a resounding no! My final word count stands at 42,049, so I’m short of the 50,000 word goal by 7,951. I very briefly caught up on Monday, but then it all went down hill again, and I only managed a few hundred words for the next few days. Then the last couple of days, I have been really busy and haven’t managed to do… Read more »

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My Trip to Haworth (Home of the Brontës)

My Trip to Haworth (Home of the Brontës)

Last week my family and I took a trip up to Haworth, which is a lovely little village in Yorkshire. It’s also where the Brontë sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) lived and penned their famous novels, which include such greats as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It was a cold, drizzly day, and so naturally, as soon as I got out of the car, the humidity sent my hair crazy (which is especially bad when your hair is pink – it starts to look like… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 3

NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 3

So, it’s finally happened: I’ve fallen behind. By yesterday I was supposed to have completed 35,000 words, but last night I had just hit 33,088 words, putting me almost 2000 words behind. Now that’s by no means an unrecoverable amount, so there’s still hope that I’ll make it, but it just seems to be getting tougher! I’ve had kind of a busy week this week, and finding the time has been hard, hence why I have been getting behind. Whilst in my last update I was on track, last Saturday was… Read more »

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Review: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Review: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

‘I remember Prince Hal, William! I remember the lion! Just ten more years and he’d have had the rest of France at his feet. Henry of Monmouth was my king, no other. God knows I would follow his son, but this boy is not his father. You know it. Instead of a lion of England, we have a dear white lamb to lead us in prayer.’ Stormbird is the first in Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses series, and is set in the reign of Henry VI – the frail,… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 2

NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 2

So, Week 2 of NaNoWriMo is almost over, and to my great surprise, I am still on track, having written 23,338 words as of Friday night. I haven’t written today’s word quota yet, but I’m hoping to pass the halfway point! This week has definitely seemed like more of a struggle than the week before! By Wednesday it was seriously beginning to feel as if I was running out of steam, and I was struggling to write any words at all. I seemed to have lost all control of the… Read more »

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The Autumn Tag

The Autumn Tag

So recently I was tagged for the Autumn tag by Carla, so thanks so much to her! Here are my answers: 1. Ok we’re talking coffee’s – What’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc? I don’t actually drink hot drinks. To me, drinks should be cold (and therefore refreshing), and if I’m honest, a lot of the time I just drink Diet Coke, which I know is terribly unhealthy! 2. Accessories – What do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves? I have a pair of black fingerless gloves that… Read more »

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Review: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

Review: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

‘It may be I fancy I have seen more of the ways of this world’s Maker than you – for I have sought his laws, in my way, all my life, while you, I understand, have been collecting butterflies.’ Warning: Spoilers Considering I’m quite a fan of science-fiction (and attempting to be a science-fiction writer for NaNoWriMo!), the fact that I have never read anything by H.G. Wells before now is pretty shocking! Whilst The Time Machine and War of the Worlds are better known, I managed to pick up… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 1

NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 1

As we’re now a week into NaNoWriMo 2014 I thought I would give a quick update on how I’m getting on. Surprisingly, I haven’t yet fallen behind! I managed to do slightly over the 1667 word daily target every day up until Day 6 (Thursday), where I had a bit of a slip and only managed 500! However, I managed to catch it up yesterday, and as of last night, I was up to 11,679 words (I don’t know how many words I’ll manage today yet!).

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