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

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...