Book review: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Permalink

I’ve heard of Anthony Horowitz but not read any of his previous novels. In my little world, Hororwitz is equally known for his work in television, having created Foyle’s War and the never-ending long-lasting Midsomer Murders. And then there’s his newer work, New Blood, recently on ABC TV here in Australia (and enjoyed by my mum).

Interestingly he authored the James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, but if I had my way, Horowitz would be been responsible for the revitalisation of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. Horowitz worked on the TV show and, though Sophie Hannah is certainly talented, I think the screenwriter (and obvious Christie-fan) has her style down pat.


Cat’s in the Cradle

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Permalink

I saw this meme the other day which reminded me of a blog post I’d started some time ago. For reasons I cannot recall, though laziness probably featured highly, I did nothing with it at the time – perhaps thinking there was no story ‘arc’ or point to the piece.

Regular readers will know however, I rarely let that stop me, so here I am again… pondering the notion of history repeating itself. Or karma. Or similar.

Ten things I like about me

Monday, October 10, 2016 Permalink

I’m again linking up with the lovely Denyse Whelan who’s challenged us to share TEN things we like about ourselves. But first… because I’ve endured this earworm, it’s your turn.

Weekly check-in

Sunday, October 9, 2016 Permalink

It was a shorter working week for me (god I love my two-day working weeks) and I managed to cram a heap of stuff into the last seven days. Thankfully – given I call myself a book blogger – I did manage to do some reading and blogging as well!

Book review: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Saturday, October 8, 2016 Permalink

In mid 2001 I was heading to a health retreat for three decadent weeks of pampering, healthy eating, exercise and seclusion; and was in need of some reading fodder. I stumbled across a deal involving three books by an author I’d not heard of. They all sounded good so I snapped them up. And my love of Jodi Picoult was born.

I should mention I’ve now skipped a couple of books and haven’t adored them all equally, but her early ones – in particular – I loved, so I awaited her latest with great excitement.


Problogger Event 2016: my next steps

Friday, October 7, 2016 Permalink

I’m a lover not a fighter. Okay, so that’s not true. I’m actually neither, but it sounded better than the first thing that popped into my head: I’m a dreamer not a doer. Or a planner not a follow-througher-er. In fact, my lack of follow-through is something I’ve talked about again and again. And again.

But I’ve spent a little bit of time contemplating how to improve my blog following my recent attendance at Problogger Event as (at the conference), we were encouraged to prioritise a couple of things and bloody well do them.

Feature walls: yea or nay?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Permalink

I’ve come to the interwebz before for advice. It occasionally works, other times… well, not so much. But I’m pondering on something so thought I’d check with my learned friends online.

You may remember I’ve previously sought online advice about: indoor plants (did happen); decorative curtain thingys (didn’t happen); covers for my TV and computer (did happen); and even a complete apartment makeover (didn’t happen).

And today I’m talking feature walls.

Problogger Event 2016: content creation

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Permalink

In my ‘lessons from Problogger Training’ post the other day I mentioned that I stayed securely in my comfort zone and attended sessions I assumed to be of interest – predominantly about content creation and writing.

My favourite session by far was one by Emily Toxward – a Gold Coast-based blogger and journalist. I love her Have A Laugh On Me blog and was keen to meet her at the event. I’d also enrolled in a workshop focussed on copywriting, but found Em’s session to be far more useful, covering more than the other sessions I attended.