Week #20 | Top 10 favourite films

Part of the 52 Week Blog Challenge

I don’t have particularly eclectic taste in films. Usually I like things that will make me laugh or help me relax after a long day. I’m particularly fond of beloved childhood films but occasionally I will find an off-the-wall piece of cinema that really appeals to me. With special mentions to: Moon Child, Disney’s Hercules and Mulan, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Santa Claus: The Movie (not the Tim Allen one), Les Diaboliques and The Mummy (Fraser, not 2017 Cruise)…

moonchild Hercules mulan ace ventura santa claus the movie diaboliques mummy

…here are my current Top 10 Favourite Films… Continue reading

Week #19 | My quirky habits

Part of the 52 Week Blog Challenge

This title from the blog challenge was originally ‘My OCD habits’, but I changed it as I don’t actually have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD is a real condition and you can find out more about it here.

In the spirit of the question, I’ve listed a couple of my ‘charming quirks’… you know the type of thing; the ones that really annoy the people around you when they experience them every day.

Knives and forks

I’m aware imageit’s stupid, but I like to eat dinner with a particular knife and fork set. This is purely because they fit comfortably in my hands and the knife cuts better than the others in the drawer. Yet it has become a habit everyone in my family knows about and has indulged over the years. It’s entirely possible for me to eat with other sets, but even my partner knows the ‘skinny fork, fat knife’ rule. The pictured pair belong to my parents, who were completely unsurprised to find I’d commandeered a few sets of them when I moved out. Continue reading

Assassin’s Fate is out! | Meeting Robin Hobb

hobb signingLast night, I headed over to Shaftesbury Avenue for a Robin Hobb book signing. It was pouring with rain but trivial things like terrible weather have never stopped me celebrating my geekdom. Robin Hobb, for me, is the Holy Grail of fiction writers and apparently I’m not alone in thinking that. When I got there, the queue was very long. Fortunately my friend Maria had arrived in plenty of time to save a space for us. S.E. Berrow rocked up a short while later, bringing clear skies with her, and the door to Forbidden Planet opened.  Continue reading

Week #17 | My biggest fears

Part of the 52 Week Blog Challenge

I have two big fears. Spiders, which is pretty usual, and people with entirely black eyes – especially if those people happen to be young girls.


cute-green-spiderA fear of spiders is pretty commonplace, but I do remember a time when I wasn’t afraid of them. Until age five, I would quite happily catch them for my mother and sister and put them outside. At some point growing up, this changed. I believe wholeheartedly that my arachnophobia is a learned behaviour, given that both my mother and older sister are afraid of spiders; however, my brother did hide plastic spiders in my bed and throw them at me, so perhaps it developed naturally after all. Continue reading

Week #16 | My favourite fashion accessory

Part of the 52 Week Blog Challenge

Hat photoFashion is not really my thing. I’m not known for keeping up with the latest outfits or even knowing half the designers in London Fashion Week. But…

I really love hats.

I own surprisingly few of them, considering they make me so happy; the reason for this is that I’m always losing them. I can never resist trying them on whenever I pass that section in shops and I don’t even care if they make me look stupid (which they often do).

Week #15 | Time management

Part of the 52 Week Blog Challenge

learning-english-with-michelle-time-on-your-hands-idioms-of-time-StFytV-clipartIt’s funny that this question should come smack-dab in the middle of my current race against time. For those of you who missed it, I made a bet with my partners which requires me to finish editing my novel before 3rd May, or else give up the right to read Robin Hobb’s new book, Assassin’s Fate. You can see the countdown on the side of this blog page.

I have never considered time to be on my side. I have a full time job which frequently requires extra hours. I have a house that requires cleaning, a family that requires maintaining weekly, and then there’s The Boy, who I apparently I need to spend time with just because we’re dating. I know, right? Ridiculous. Plus I love reading, which is a time-consuming hobby in itself and not one I’m willing to give up.

So how do I manage my time to get all that done, plus write and edit without going insane? Continue reading