Camp NaNoWriMo update — with Mr Tickle

As Camp NaNoWriMo hits the halfway mark, I too find myself at pretty much exactly half my target number of words for the month. That is: 12.5 out of 25K. OK, I might have kept writing tonight until I reached that point, might even have thrown in an extra paragraph at the end to stack … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo update — with Mr Tickle

Journeying through Middle Earth again

The imminent arrival of the new Hobbit movie (part 1) to our cinemas has me indulging in yet another viewing of the movies that started it all: Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I love these movies. I'll never forget the first time I saw Fellowship of the Ring. I went a couple … Continue reading Journeying through Middle Earth again

Celebrating 25 years of The Princess Bride

OK, so I've lost count of the number of people who have told me The Princess Bride is their favourite movie in the whole wide world. It's certainly one of mine... and this short tribute is in honour of its 25th birthday -- which I understand was last week. The Princess Bride is one of … Continue reading Celebrating 25 years of The Princess Bride

Olivia Joules: when audio rules

There are some books that are so good as audiobooks that I can't really imagine 'reading' them any other way. One of these for me is Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding (of Bridget Jones fame), read by Suzy Aitchison. I had a situation this week, when the audio I was listening … Continue reading Olivia Joules: when audio rules

Seven fantasy favourites

It's funny, but when I sit down to list my all-time favourite fantasy novels or series, most of them are not what you'd call recent. In fact some of them are just plain old. Maybe this is because I believe favourites must stand the test of time and re-reading. Or maybe it's because I just … Continue reading Seven fantasy favourites

And now for some blog joy

A few days ago I was talking about writing with joy -- but now it seems blogging with joy can be good too. I was thrilled a couple of days ago to be tagged by The Hyperteller for the 'Tell me about yourself' award. Perhaps I'm a little more excited than is warranted, but it's so … Continue reading And now for some blog joy

Five favourites: quotes or sayings

What constitutes a quote? Something short, snappy and meaningful? Or can it be long and eloquent -- such as the soliloquy from Hamlet I recited at every ancient ampitheatre I came across when travelling in Greece, France and Italy? Or maybe a quote from a favourite book -- or a quote that inspired a favourite … Continue reading Five favourites: quotes or sayings