Pin of the Week – 2

Ahh – who doesn’t love The Hunger Games (if you don’t love it, please don’t ruin it for me – I do!) And I really like the image of “may the odds be ever in your favour” being shown as an infinity ring… the cycle of the Hunger Games coming back around year after year, until Katniss enters…

May the odds be ever in your favour

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Pin of the Week – 1

In 2014, I picked up a bit of a pinterest habit – for anyone who loves words and quotes, there are just too many to like! So, I thought I’d share here with you my favourites each week – because you’re a sophisticated bunch and will hopefully like them too :)

So, to get us started, here’s a nice quote on books, from Stephen King – because he knows a thing or two about them…



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Just some random surfing on a Sunday afternoon and I come across this on the lovely Reading Ape’s site… Who knew you had almost as many countries with a McDonalds, as there are locations around the world that you can become fast food yourself, for a great white shark? I do like quirky factoids like these.

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1. This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with a distinct colour) with each section containing 1 billion people.



2. This map shows (in white) where 98 percent of Australia ‘s population lives.


3. It may not come as a surprise but more people live inside the circle than outside of it.


4. This map shows what is on the other side of the world from where you are standing.  For the most part it will probably be water.



5. Apparently you can’t get Big Macs everywhere.  This map shows (in red) the countries that have McDonalds.



6. This map shows the countries (in blue) where people drive on the left side of the road.



7. This map shows countries (in white) that England has never invaded.  There are only 22 of them.



8. The line in this map shows all of the world’s Internet connections in…

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And this is why I write…

Everyone has their creative or artistic niche don’t they – the writer, the painter, the illustrator – and there are some lucky people who get morethan one of these skills. I am not one of those people – writing and a bit of dabbling (electronically) with book covers is my limit. If you are in any doubt to the truth of this, I present as Exhibit A my attempt at decorated gingerbread men (well, man and lady – you’ve got to have balance):

There’s just something weird that happens between the picture in my brain that I want things to look like, and what my hands actually manage to do. (The same goes for drawing, painting and pretty much any other artistic pursuit). A quick click-click on google and I discover some infinitely superior dressed gingerbread people to reinforce my theory…


But you know what, they still tasted good when I munched on their brains Walking Dead-style :)

Well, that’s how I’ve spent the last couple of hours, how’s your Saturday shaping up?image


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2014 My blog, in review

You’ll have seen lots of these little reports popping up around blogs over the last week or so I’m sure – we’re all getting the same message “The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog…” that intrigues us and makes us look back at what 2014 was like on your blog.

I’ve enjoyed reading these for the blogs I follow and seeing how they’ve posted, and sometimes, changed during the year – blog evolution, I suppose.

When I’ve looked back at mine, I had a more ‘eclectic’ year than before: I tended to post as and when I felt like it and not taken part in as many of the blog events as I have in previous years. It was a busy year, with less writing than normal, with the exception of NaNoWriMo month in November, but I think I actually blogged a little more than before. Talking about writing, rather than actually doing it – effective, eh? :)

Anyway, I’m not the type to do resolutions, why wait for January to make a change? But there are a couple of things I like the idea of doing in 2015 – so watch this space to see if I manage to do them!

Happy new year! Here’s to a blogging good 2015 x

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

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Nerd Gift of Christmas

I hope you’ve all had a lovely time opening gifts over Christmas, if you’ve been a good girl or boy :) For any other Harry Potter fans out there – I think there may be a couple – I had to share with you this fantastic stocking filler that came courtesy of my muggle sister (not Dumbledore unfortunately).



For little old me, who is always complaining about not having enough time to get things done, I’m hoping that this might be able to help me get more hours out of the day! It’s hung above my writing desk in my little bookish corner – all I need to do now is work out how the heck it works – the instructions from J K Rowling don’t seem to be working :)

Did you get anything super nerd-worthy or bookish in your stocking?


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NaNo Done – Delayed Post I

DecemberFor those of you who might have been wondering what happened to the end of November and NaNoWriMo – I did manage to complete the 50k word target… As usual, I was running right up until the deadline date and over, if I’m honest – finally stopping on 30th November with a grand total of 52, 242 words.

I wrote this post and thought I’d put it out on 1st December, but just came across it in my drafts now – so obviously I’d got writing fatigue or something :) So, here it is – two weeks after crossing the finish line!

After completing this, I went cold turkey for the last couple of weeks, returning to the normal world where everything isn’t measured in sentences and words counts; where people are real and not characters I can control with a few strokes of a keyboard… Unfortunately, when I went to input my final figures into the NaNo site itself, my attempt for this year has closed and I couldn’t add my final five days of stats – so they have me finishing at 46,109. Oh well, at least I know the words are written!

Looking at the length of the first two books in the series – which hover around 115k words – it looks like I’m well over halfway through Outlanders and with having a lot of the planning for it mapped out, continuing to write it will hopefully be less of a struggle than I’ve found so far.

I know everyone says there’s never enough time for things – perhaps I should try the disciplined ‘chip away at it’ style of writing a little every day…? The only problem is that I tend to have big writing spurts then nothing – any advice on how to keep going, or even get started on a sustainable plan?



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