Friday, 17 March 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

- I had a fantastic birthday weekend in York with my mum. We went for a lovely meal on Saturday night and spent far too much money shopping. It was a successful trip; over the last week I've acquired 12 new books (yay!) and I got given a voucher for my birthday for even more books, so I'm a happy girl.

- I've been off work this week, which has been nice. It's been my first proper break since I went to Greece last August.

- The ideas are still flowing for the story idea I came up with last week. 


What are you celebrating this week?

Friday, 10 March 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

- Stories, in any shape or form, whether it's anime (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) , machinima (Red vs Blue), novels, or anything else. There's just nothing better than a good story. I've been getting really sucked into stories lately, and it's just fantastic. 

- I had an idea for a novel the other day (probably because of all the amazing stories I've been absorbing) - there's nothing better than when you've had that spark of an idea, and the ideas just keep flowing. 

- It's my mum's birthday on Sunday, and mine on Monday, so we're going to York for the weekend, then I've got the week off work. I'm super excited! 

Monday, 6 March 2017

Goals for March

I'm very pleased with how I did on my February goals - two out of three isn't bad at all!

- Read 4 books - I've got so much more time to read now, which is just fantastic. I've also just started listening to audio books on the way to and from work (an hour a day) which is an interesting experience. I do prefer reading books the traditional way, but it is great that I can listen to a story while doing other things.

- Put up at least 2 blog posts a week - This one I didn't quite manage, although I think I did pretty well! I let myself down last week, as I didn't post anything at all - I completely missed IWSG and Celebrate the Small Things. I have posted more in February than the previous months, though, so that has to count for something.

- Write my story for WEP -
 Not only did I get my WEP story written, but I got runner up for it! I was super happy (and surprised) when I found out. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, you can find it here.


OK, so here are my goals for March:

- Read 4 books - I shouldn't have any trouble with this one - I really do have so much more time to read now.

- Plan for A-Z - I haven't done any planning for the A-Z Challenge yet, which is terrible! I don't even know what my theme is going to be. I'm determined to take part, since I wasn't able to last year. I'm not too bothered about getting all of my posts written in advance, but I'd like a concrete plan of what I'll be doing on each day.

- 2 blog posts a week - I should be able to do this, I just need to make sure that I plan ahead this time, instead of leaving my posts until last minute. 


What are your goals this month?

Friday, 24 February 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

- I got runner up for my WEP piece, which I'm super happy about! So glad I put the time and effort in.

- My sister's getting married in July, so we went to a wedding fair with her on Sunday, and she got a lot of things sorted, so that's good. She's starting to get stressed, now! We had a meal out with our parents, too, so that was nice.

- The nights are starting to get lighter! Don't get me wrong, I love winter (it's my favourite time of year) but I am looking forward to warmer weather and longer days. 

Friday, 17 February 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

- I posted my flash fiction for this month's WEP challenge on Wednesday, and I got some amazing feedback on it. I'm glad I forced myself to write it! You can find it here if you want to read it. 

- I mentioned in my WEP post that I haven't been very well this week, and I'm glad to say that I'm finally starting to feel better! Work has been super hard this week just because of how ill I've been, but I'm glad I powered through. 

- I went to visit my Dad on Sunday, and I had a great day with him. We went out for lunch and then played a game on his xbox. Next time I go over, he's going to teach my chess, which should be fun!

- It was Valentine's Day on Tuesday, and while Jamie and I don't really celebrate it, we did get a takeaway and spent some time together, which was lovely. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WEP - Back of the Drawer

So here is my contribution to this month's WEP - Back of the Drawer. I've literally written and edited it in one day (today) so it's not great! I had such good intentions for this challenge, then I went and got ill so I've had to force myself to write it. Still, I'm pretty proud that I'm even posting anything, so it's a win in my eyes! Hope you all enjoy it, anyway. 


Forgotten Life

Coralina sighed. She’d just opened the garage door, and an unpleasant sight awaited her.

She carefully climbed over the junk on the floor so that she could reach the light switch. She switched it on, and sighed again. There was a reason she’d been putting this off for so long.

She rolled up her sleeves and surveyed the mess, trying to decide where to start. There was an old cabinet pushed up against the wall closest to her that looked as though she could have it cleared by lunchtime. Tripping over a couple of old toys on the way, she started clearing.

Half an hour had passed before she found it, folded up tight and pushed right to the back of the second drawer from the bottom.

She pulled it out carefully, smoothing her hand over its silky surface. It was more beautiful than she remembered; it had been a long time since she’d allowed herself to think of it. She had forgotten where she had hidden it, all those years ago. Age hadn’t affected it at all. A few minutes passed in silence as she gazed down at the velvety folds, remembering. Her past life, her original life, seemed almost like a dream, now…

Shaking her head, she hurried into the house, taking the bundle with her. She needed to snap herself out of this. The red light was flashing on the answering machine; she pushed the button to listen to the message.

“Hey, sweetie. Guess you’re still working on the garage! Just calling to let you know I’ll be home early tonight. I’ll pick up the kids from school; you’ll be tired from your big cleanup! I love you, see you later.”

Coralina frowned, her hands stroking the soft object in her arms. She strode over to the window, watching the waves lap against the shore across the road. An overwhelming urge was overcoming her, one she had hoped never to feel again. She wrenched her gaze from the window, to focus on her tidy living room. She tried to master herself; this was stupid. This one, tiny thing couldn’t ruin everything she’d built over the years. She had a husband now, a family she loved more than anything.

Well, that’s what she had thought. Her family seemed to glare at her from the pictures on the mantelpiece, as though they knew exactly what she was thinking.

But how could they? They didn’t know her biggest secret.

She raced across the living room, slamming the door on her way out of the house. She flew across the road without even checking for cars first, and dashed across the beach.

Just one more time; once more, and she would hide it away forever. She’d burn it if she had to. She just wanted to feel it one more time, that sense of belonging, the joy of being truly free.

She took one look back at the house; the garage door was still open wide, and she could see the mess within, calling to her, along with the rest of her mundane life that, until today, she thought she had loved so much.

One big breath, and Coralina threw the bundle over herself. The skin fixed onto her seamlessly, and she transformed, feeling whole for the first time in years. She threw herself into the waves, long-hidden flippers propelling her quickly through the water, all thoughts of her family erased from her mind by the sea.

She was finally home.



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Friday, 10 February 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

- I made blueberry muffins at the weekend; they were divine! I made a batch and froze them, and I've been warming them up for my breakfast every morning. A great way to start the day!

- I had a really relaxing weekend; I barely left the house, it was fantastic! Sometimes it's nice to have no plans.