Stepping WAY outside of my comfort zone

Thursday, February 23, 2017 Permalink

Last week I shared my reasons for not reading romance novels. I’d actually drafted that post for Valentine’s Day but a work trip (and general apathy) delayed its publication.

It meant just as I was ‘polishing it up’ (yes I know… you couldn’t tell I take the time could you?!) I received word that I’d won a ticket to the Australian Romance Readers’ Convention in Melbourne the next weekend.

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Book review: Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Permalink

Ragdoll is Daniel Cole’s first novel and it started life as a screenplay. Perhaps that’s where the problem lay a little for me. I mean, don’t get me wrong… I enjoyed this book, but I know many have LOVED it. And I didn’t. I think the book had great potential, but it felt like we were in people’s heads when we shouldn’t have been and timing and elements (on occasion) seemed bit confusing.

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Digby, the biggest dog in the world

Monday, February 20, 2017 Permalink

It may not surprise you to know that my love of books and television started in childhood. And although I don’t tend to watch many now, I was also a lover of movies. We weren’t avid movie-goers but – until the local cinema closed in my final year of high school – I went as often as possible. Back then it seemed there was something comforting about the fantasy world and unlimited potential movies offered via their outlandish plots… 

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Weekly check-in

Sunday, February 19, 2017 Permalink

It’s that time of the week again… and there’ll be no weather talk from me cos it’s still hot and dry in my part of Australia. Alas.

I also need to apologise to bloggers who participate in the Sunday Post or ‘It’s Monday’ linkups as I didn’t get around to read as many posts as usual last week. Don’t ask. Long story. 

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Why I don’t read romance

Thursday, February 16, 2017 Permalink

It won’t surprise regular readers of my blog or social media devotees, but I thought I should declare…. at this time… the most romantic time of year, that I don’t read romantic fiction.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not a snobbery thing. I have nothing against ‘genre’ fiction. I’m not the sort of person who refuses to read anything other than epic tomes by dead Russians. Or similar. Indeed, I tend to shy away from Literary fiction, with a capital L, cos it scares and confuses me and will most certainly leave me wondering what exactly I’ve just spent several hours of my life on.

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Five things I’m loving right now

Monday, February 13, 2017 Permalink

I’ve struggled with the last few topics the lovely Denyse Whelan has proffered for her Monday ‘Life this week’ link-ups. Indeed, my post about routines (and my to-do lists) is wallowing in my drafts folder, along with last week’s post pondering ‘how much money is enough?’

This week – as it happens – has been no different. The topic is love, and my immediate response was to write something about poor old 49 year old me who’s never been ‘in love’ or ‘loved’ (romantically). And how it shits me that others take that for granted (ie. being loved) while I blame my weight and various other nuances for my eternal singleness. 

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