It can be difficult to dedicate a lot of time to things you love when you have a full time job, unless of course you love your job (the dream!). If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you might know that I’m researching a book, a project which I’ve undertaken on the evenings, weekends…… Continue reading How I Stay Productive
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” There is something so familiar and comforting about reading Jane Austen’s novels, rather like feeling the warmth of a cosy jumper on a chilly,…… Continue reading Book Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen
I have a confession to make: I hate long-haul flights. Think about it. You’re being forcibly confined to a small space, with hundreds of strangers, for hours on end. No thanks. But then, you arrive at your destination. You experience the thrill of seeing somewhere new, or the joy of revisiting a place you love.…… Continue reading How to Prepare for a Long Haul Flight
Behold, my very first Tea & A Catch Up, in which I talk about blogging, reading and life in general, with the hope that you’ll have a warm beverage to hand as you give it a peruse (I certainly do. Yorkshire Tea, forever and always). So it’s been around 2 months since I got started…… Continue reading Tea & A Catch Up #1
“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.” There are few books that have caused me to experience anger, discomfort…… Continue reading Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This February, my boyfriend and I decided to escape the sub-zero chill of Ontario, in favour of some good ol’ British rain showers (more pleasant than an ice storm in -15°, I assure you). We’ve been visiting my family and friends, indulging in some comfort foods, and walking as often as we can. The harsh…… Continue reading Winter in The Lake District
This year, I’ve challenged myself to get started on my own novel, a historical fiction set in the Tudor period. The process has got me thinking about the importance of research when it comes to attempting this genre. Unlike say a fantasy or a romance, historical fiction is largely based in fact. As a reader,…… Continue reading How Important is Research in Historical Fiction?