Category Book Review

Letter 2 to Benj

Dear Benj, I finally found my Zap book where I’d started writing my latest book review letter! It starts with “I’m on a roll - reading wise!” which was true...

Letter to Benj

Dear Benj, It’s been a while, I know, I’ve been reading though. I swear! Have you? I finished two books this week: Claudian’s Keys by Krystal-Ann Melbourne and Lady Susan...

Approaching the Dhamma

“Obsession with Origins”: Attitudes to Buddhist Studies in the Old World and the New by Richard Gombrich Initially when I decided to read Approaching the Dhamma - I wanted to...

L'étranger by Albert Camus

L’étranger by Albert Camus L’étranger is to French students what To Kill a Mockingbird is to Anglophone students. A book everyone has underlined, scribbled notes in the margins, and stuffed...

The Buddha's Teaching: An Introduction by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

This book is freely available at Dhamma Talks. It is a short introduction to the teachings of the Buddha. Thanissaro Bhikkhu does not go into much detail, if you are...

The Hound of Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

I have never read a Sherlock Holmes book before. All my knowledge comes from the BBC tv series and I was a bit worried as I don’t like that version...

2020 Reading List

Last year, I did a reading challenge where I had to read 24 books in 2019. I accomplished this challenge and was a bit surprised that I did accomplish it....

Louisa May Alcott: Her life, Letters and Journals

As this is a non-fiction novel, I can’t use the criteria that I’d normally use. I will discuss my overall enjoyment. It starts off quite nicely, I always enjoy the...

A Tale of Two Cities

I’ve read a few of Charles Dickens’ books, and it’s always difficult to read the first time round. This was the first read through of this book and I struggled...

My 5 star review breakdown

Deciding how to rate a book is difficult. What criteria should I use? Looking it up online a lot of people go for how much they enjoyed the book. This...

Category Bullet Journal

New Bullet Journal

The Main Areas I’ve been waiting such a long time to use this bujo, I think I bought it in October. I carried over the same daily layout I had...

My Bullet Journal Story

Discovering the Bullet Journal I found the bujo method on my NaNoWriMo mentor’s blog, elldimensional. She had done a post describing the method. I, instantly, wanted to give it a...

Category Buddhism

Approaching the Dhamma

“Obsession with Origins”: Attitudes to Buddhist Studies in the Old World and the New by Richard Gombrich Initially when I decided to read Approaching the Dhamma - I wanted to...

December Review: Buddhism, Meditation & Mental Health

December review is a bit late, I know. You know how it is though, when you’ve plenty of free time, you end up doing next to nothing! Buddhism I read...

Buddhism, Meditation & Mental Health

This blog is a result of my meditations. I started to notice the amount of time and energy I waste scrolling through Instagram or playing games. I hope that writing,...

Category Journal

Seven-year Anniversary!

Dear Everyone! Today, 3rd of July is my anniversary of moving to France. At the beginning, it was rough - I’m not going to bore you with the details. I...

The Block

Dear Fiona, I’m so sorry! It’s been too long. I’ve experienced yet another block. After a solid month of flopping around and writing posts but not having the capability to...

Day 5

Dear world, Day 5 of isolation. The sun is splitting the rocks - mocking me! Scarlett is the only creature who ventures outdoors. Until today that is - we must...

Day 1

Dear World, The zombie apocalypse has arrived. In the shape of a virus. Which, come to think of it is how most of the zombie apocalypses came about. Interesting. France’s...

Holidays

School holidays in France. Even though I’m childless and don’t work a school orientated job - we’ve decided to take this week off and spend it in the Jura. It...

Fitness Journal

I started running in February 2017. Growing up, I hated every form of exercise. When I met my boyfriend, we started walking and hiking a lot. Every weekend we try...

Christmas Holidays

Since 2015, we’ve been lucky enough to spend our Christmases in the Alps, Champagny-en-Vanoise. This year was our last year going there. Knowing this, we both wanted to profit from...

Sick Week

I’ve been hit with a few different types of illnesses to finish off this year! I get quiet graphic in this post, this is my warning, if you don’t like...

Category Writing

Writing Prompts

What is happening? Every four weeks I will post 3-4 writing prompts I did. The prompts will be short: approx 200 words. There are two places where I get my...

Instagram Ban

I un-installed Instagram. I still have my account and can access it from my laptop. I will keep my Elegances Icy and French Scarlett accounts but my personal account…the days...

My Top 10 Books

Top 10 books of all time Tough! A surprisingly tough question. I included series instead of individual books. First, I thought of all the books I love to read again...

Creative Writing Exercises

Creative Writing Exercises for Dummies by Maggie Hamand I need help. My writings feel atrociously bad all of the time. I don’t think I’m improving. It weighs down on me....

The Block

Dear Fiona, I’m so sorry! It’s been too long. I’ve experienced yet another block. After a solid month of flopping around and writing posts but not having the capability to...

Writing Progress

Dear Penny, Sometimes it’s so hard to write a letter - just keep putting it off and then weeks have gone by and I haven’t shared any news. It’s the...

Writer's Block

Day 33 Dear Penny, Saying I have writer’s block is a bit dramatic. However, I’ve screeched to a grinding halt on the writing front. I can’t even finish the last...

Series Bible

Series Bible - a reference tool where the writer puts EVERYTHING about their story into. It can be a physical folder or electronic. At some point in the past, I...

The Writing Community

My blog is my journal. I wanted a place that wasn’t a social media account to express myself. When I publish my book (because I will, eventually) and if you...

Show and Tell

I’m back writing my novel and I’m doing it from scratch. I have an outline that gives me the basic points: point of view (PoV), time of day (ToD), weather,...

Writing Goals 2020

This blog is working the way I wanted it to, it has motivated me to go back writing. Many years ago, I joined a writing forum: Scribophile, when I started,...

Category Podcasts

Podcasts Part Three

The next 6 podcasts that I listen to. Click for Part One and Part Two. Beo ar Éigean RTÉ I subscribed to this podcast a year ago when I started...

Podcasts Part Two

The second instalment of the podcasts that I listen to! You can find Podcasts Part One here. Dr. Death Wondery Reported and hosted by Laura Beil, Dr. Death is a...

Podcasts Part One

Today’s post is very late. I struggled to think of what I should post and also I was super busy too. I scrolled through lists of “blog post ideas” and...

Category Goals

Goals: February & March

I’ve posted about my February goals in this post. February Review Writing I wrote 3,222 words and finished writing chapter 3 and 4. Both chapters are up on Scribophile -...

Goals: January & February

I’ve had an amazing start to 2020. This month has opened so many different avenues in my life. Normally, I write a Buddhism & Meditation update, I decided to do...

Category Paint

Happy Easter

Dear Fiona, Happy Easter! Day 30 It’s another Draw with Don challenge. What do you think? As I followed along with Don, I realised that I draw in the reverse...

Draw with Don

Dear world, Day 18 I went on a mad binge there - writing 1K words five days a week. I crashed over the weekend which is ironic because I’d signed...

Category Food

Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding is passed down through the family - got my recipe from my friend’s soon-to-be mother-in-law - or you can just Google/Pinterest it. Last year, I made my first...

Category Review

My Book List

What’s happening? I’m no longer going to do any reviews like all the other bloggers out there. It’s become something I fail at and it weighs on me. Instead of...