The room was quiet, oppressive. The sound of her own breathing filled her ears. Continue reading


Top Ten YouTube Channels I Discovered This Year

With billions of visitors daily, YouTube is one of the most well-known and popular video streaming sites on the internet. With millions of channels on the site, and more being added every day, there is always something new to discover.

Sometimes the channels we discover are brand new, with only a handful of videos available. At other times we may discover for ourselves, channels that have been producing content for years, with thousands of subscribers having found them before us.

This is definitely the case when it comes to myself. Due to the fact that I don’t watch YouTube nearly as often as some, I am often a latecomer when it comes to the discovery of channels. Many of the channels I discovered this year are neither new or unknown. They were, however, new to me. Continue reading

X53Za Update

I just want to take this opportunity to apologise to those people who were looking forward to part 2 of X53Za. There is not going to be a part 2 to this short story. Before you all mob me, let me explain. Continue reading

Top Ten Sites & Tools I Found Helpful in Prepping for NaNoWriMo


Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Those of you who follow my blog will know that this is my first time participating in NaNoWriMo, or National November Writing Month. As this is also the first time I have written anything longer than around 1500 words, I was understandably feeling overwhelmed.

Thankfully, writers on twitter and in the NaNoWriMo forums, are incredibly kind and helpful. They give loads of encouragement, share plenty of resources and are always willing to point newbies in the right direction. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo 2017

A few days ago,  on the recommendation of my daughter, and with the encouragement of people who had already done so, I did something I never thought I would do; something exciting, exhilarating, incredibly frightening. I signed up for NaNoWriMo.

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30 Day Book Challenge – Day 28

Book Cover of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Favourite Quote From A Book I am actually going to include more than one quote here, but I think it should be acceptable because they are all from the same book – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: Quote 1: … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 8:

Letters of an Indian Judge to an English Gentlewoman book cover

Most Underrated Book In my opinion, one of the most underrated books I have read is a little known book called Letters of an Indian Judge to an English Gentlewoman. First published in 1934, the book takes the form of … Continue reading

Blogging for Fame and Fortune by Jason R. Rich

Book Cover for Blogging for Fame and Fortune by Jason R. Rich

Just about everybody has a blog these days. They are so prolific that it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. Yet this is exactly what you must do if you wish to make money from your blog. … Continue reading

The art of letter writing

International Letter Writing Week, October 4 -...

International Letter Writing Week, October 4 – 10, 1959 :*Denomination: 60 Filler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As some of you may know, I am planning a holiday in 2016. in the meantime, I am researching what I can about Japanese customs and etiquette, learning the language and picking up any little titbits I can along the way. I plan to write these things in a letter for my mum so she can learn along with me. This isn’t the kind of thing that can be communicated effectively over the phone, and Mum doesn’t have regular access to a computer, so it will have to be snail mail. There is just one problem. I haven’t the faintest idea how to go about writing a personal letter (never having had to write one in my life). I’ve written cover letters, of course, but the format seems a tad formal for a letter to my mother.

Unfortunately, letter writing is a skill that has been in decline since the invention of the telephone, and the introduction of the internet, with its ability to send an email almost instantly, has sounded the death knell to snail mail. About the only thing we are likely to receive in the mail is bills and other official correspondence – not to forget the advertising, of course. This is a sad state of affairs. If you speak to your grandparents, they will describe the excitement of listening for the postman in anticipation of a letter from a much-loved relative or friend. They will tell of the indecision when writing a reply – which news to include, which to leave out? Finally, they will tell of the nostalgia they feel as they look over old letters which they can hold in their hands. Letters are more than just words on a computer screen. They are memories. They are emotions. They are records of the past – not just dry facts, but the true history of real people. They contain a magic that cannot be obtained from an email or a phone call.

Fortunately, there are a handful of people striving to keep the art of letter writing alive. A simple google search will reveal several sites devoted to this very thing. Letter writing is a skill and it is a skill I intend to learn. Have you ever written or received a personal letter or do you rely fully on telephones and email?