Five by five: Every episode of Buffy as a limerick


Today is National Limerick Day and, a few weeks ago, I stumbled across something I need to share with the rest of the internet. I’m a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and also of jaunty poems. What could be better than a combination of the two? The wonderful team at Waffle Meringue Productions have recapped every episode of BtVS in limerick form, with brilliant results (click here for their lengthy take on my favourite episode: Once More with Feeling).

Here are a few taster poems from five of my favourite episodes… make sure to check out WMP’s website for the rest! Continue reading

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

Acreage closed for Easter


As this post goes up, I’ll hopefully be stepping off the train in Bruges for a long-awaited holiday with my partner. I say ‘hopefully’ because our Eurostar leaves at Stupid o’clock AM and neither one of us functions properly before midday.

Assuming we both arrived at our destination, my blog will be quiet for the next week whilst I soak up some architecture, foreign culture and literal tonnes of chocolate. After all, I’m in Belgium at Easter. What else would I do?

I’ll probably be offline for most of this time so, if you’re among those taking part in Camp Nanowrimo (especially those in my cabin), I wish you the best of luck with your goals. I’ll still be stealing some time away from The Boy to work on my own project, holiday or not. Ideally I’ll be in a Bruges cafe with some sweet treats rewarding my progress…

Have a lovely Easter / spring holiday!

Betting dangerously

It’s no secret how much I adore everything Robin Hobb does, and how badly I want to get my hands on Assassin’s Fate when it comes out on the 4th May.

It is also no secret that I’m incredibly gifted at procrastination and that 2016 was basically a black hole of progress for me. I have a book to edit and query and I’ve put it off for far too long.

That’s about to change, for I have made a bet. I agreed the terms last night: a book for a book.

I, K. F. Goodacre, will complete my edit of The Elder Throne before the 4th of May 2017. I will present it to my partner (and also my writing partner, S.E. Berrow) on this date. If I fail to do so, the novel Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb will be taken from me and I will not be allowed to read it until I have completed what I set out to do, whether this takes days, weeks, months or years.

It’s serious now.



Pantheon Pt.1 | Sigyn & Loki

The couple were young. Perhaps too young to be making the commitment they just had, but who was I to judge? Over 4,000 years of fidelity to my husband hadn’t made me any wiser.

At least this couple seemed happy.

The crisp Autumn day teased the breath from my mouth in delicate plumes as I watched the bride. She reached up, planting a chaste, mirthful kiss on her groom’s cheek. It looked the best of what my own marriage could have been. I pressed the shutter and the flash burned the image on the film permanently, filling me with the bitter-sweet satisfaction only my job could provide.

Photography. Of all the things humans have invented, photography is my favourite. Its simplicity and accuracy appeals to me like nothing else has in my lifetime; its ability to capture the most fleeting of moments, and preserve forever real and pure emotions.

There is a twisted vicarious pleasure in what I do.

Constance Evergreen, Wedding Photographer. Faithful photographs you’ll love as much as your spouse!

Admittedly, the tagline is a little garish for my taste, but it seems to work.

My husband finds my hobby amusing, but he is as supportive as he can be. He once offered to help me but, after he successfully encouraged the groom to sleep with his bride’s mother ten minutes before the ceremony, I declined further aid.

The new Mr and Mrs. Brown hold each other’s hands aloft for the final snap and I take it, dismissing them afterwards with a cheery promise of candid photos to follow. The crowd disperses and I see him standing still and alone. He leans disrespectfully on a worn headstone, his feet planted firmly on the grave dirt. I let the mortals disappear first before approaching him. Continue reading

#YALC UK | Authors, agents and amazing teens


This weekend, I attended the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) and it was the highlight of my month. That’s not to say the rest of my month has been rubbish – just that my day surrounded by books and favourite authors was really that good.

Some agent advice (and a bit of chickening out)

I got there early as, apart from book talks and signings with authors, the YALC provided chats about publishing: Q&As, How-To’s and general advice that I greedily lapped up. Some of you might know I’m querying my debut novel as we speak, so any snippet of information I could gather was a boon. I spent an hour listening to three very knowledgeable women talking about literary agents and the best approach strategy, and came away feeling slightly securer in my own plans.There was a later one-on-one opportunity to pitch to the agents, but I wasn’t brave enough or properly prepared enough to try that just yet. Baby steps, Goodacre. Baby steps…

Victoria Schwab is a Snorlax

My second goal for the day was to find the elusive V.E.Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, Vicious and This Savage Song. Continue reading