Thursday, June 30, 2005


Ooh! I was greeted by the Parcelforce chappie wielding this! And I only ordered it yesterday! And ruddy marvellous it is too!

In Da Club?

Am I now a proper mum? I got my Toys'R'Us gold card yesterday! Well, only because we went to buy a pushchair + baby monitor... feeling very organised! I'm sure it won't last tho!

If anyone fancies reading The Time Traveller's Wife, let me know.. I have finished it, and as it's a Bookcrossing book, feel obliged to pass it on!

How to write a children's book.

Writing competition (50 word fiction).

Ten international writers we should be reading, according to The Guardian.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Hi Honey, I'm Home!

Back in the Big Smoke. And can I just say that I got a cab from my parents' house to Newcastle Station, and again from Kings Cross to home, and the first taxi driver was extremely chirpy and practically told us his life story, and the latter one said not one word (not even when I told him where I wanted to go!).

Whilst up north, I visited Keel Row Books (yet again). For those that don't know, this is basically a 9-room semi-detached house FULL (in every room, floor to ceiling) of second hand books. obviously you have to be in the mood for a bit of rummaging, but bargains are always to be had. Especially at the moment, as (*sigh) they are having a 50% off closing-down sale.

Interesting site where people send in anonymous handmade postcards confessing a secret. [via Moorish Girl]

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Curried seagull?

Soon to be returning to sunny London (on Monday), have just been taking it easy here the past couple of days. Spent most of yesterday on the sofa as I was just too tired to do anything much else. Am enjoying the Time Traveller's Wife, which is a very unusual concept for a general novel, but I think it works. Am about 160 pages in, and it's good so far.

And can I just say that there is no better food than chip-shop chips with curry sauce eaten on the sea-front.

Fab! Collection of short stories by Donna Tartt, Patricia Highsmith, and many more, from today's Guardian.

Interesting article about Ismail Kadare, the Albanian writer who won the International Man Booker Prize this year. I really should get some of his stuff out of the library, it looks quite interesting.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


I'm blogging from Newcastle, well, Tynemouth to be precise. Tis a smidge cooler up here, which baby is grateful for! I seem to have had a growth spurt in the last couple of days, the bump is beginning to turn into a right 'shelf' in front of me!

50 tools to help with your writing.

According to Richard and Judy (I know!) at around 10-11pm tonight we will be able to experience the Moon Illusion.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Off on me travels (again)

Been up since 6am, probably because of the heat... has been a rather muggy night here in the capital. Pregnancy and a heat wave are not a good combination, had an ice lolly, sat in front of the fan all day, had 2 cold showers and a cold bath yesterday, and none of it seemed to help...

Off to Newcastle today, where hopefully the weather will be a bit cooler. Holiday reading this week will be in the form of The Time Traveller's Wife, which I have heard lots of good things about.

Managed to do a bit of writing yesterday, only 850 words but better than nothing right? Have an idea for a novel, the atmosphere is sort of Fight Club without the violence. Am aiming to get a bit more done while up north.

Is it really an arrestable offence these days to squirt someone in the face with water?

Big Brother? nah... Big Blogger.

Are your habits normal? Interesting website where you can decide if people's habits are normal or not.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

The American Boy

Just finished this book, a definite must-read. Set in 1819 in London, it is essentially a crime novel with tons of historical detail thrown in for good measure. The edition I got out of the library had an interview with the author at the end of the book, and the details about Edgar Allen Poe (the 'American boy' of the title) were fascinating, and demonstrated the length and detail of research that the author had gone to in writing the book (took about 8 years from the idea to the finished manuscript I think). Extremely enjoyable and something a little different from the average.

Friday, June 17, 2005


I'm back Back BACK! Had a nice time in Kosovo, weather was a bit weird, very very hot in the beginning, then like winter for a week (got the flu + a temperature) and then very very hot at the end. Global warming, anyone?

Yes, thanks Billy, I am bigger and fatter than pre-holiday, must be all those Kosovan cheesy pies! All is well with mum + baby, and baby seems to be doing her own version of the Amarillo dance most of the time.

Jammy Hubby has managed to get another job without even trying, someone rang him out of the blue yesterday and said they had a job for him. That has never happened to me! Anyway, he starts said job on Monday, and we are having a free night out tonight to have a look at the place (it's a gig venue, but he will be doing the daytime admin).

Only have the weekend and then I'm off on my travels yet again, only to Newcastle this time. Meeting the other Weeble Ladies tomorrow for lunch and another pedicure (as reaching as far as my feet is becoming a tad tricky these days!).

Almost finished The American Boy, and am enjoying it very much. Can certainly recommend it!