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Faffing vs procrastination   Leave a comment

I can’t decide whether I’m faffing or procrastinating. Sure I’m contemplating some very serious questions – Is my daylight clock possessed? Will my only run this year give me rock hard abs? (Yes & unfortunately not).


Posted July 14, 2014 by Susan in Uncategorized

Another holiday has started – will this be the one for success?   Leave a comment

I’m busy thinking about writing – that counts, right? Just like when I think about going on a diet or I think about going for a run. It all helps, subliminally. So maybe I’ll just subliminally write a book, and lose some weight and become a marathon runner. In the same way that my hair will miraculously grow and my feet will shrink. Or maybe I could just get a grip and get on with it. Unfortunately for me that plan is currently not on for 2 reasons;

1. I’m waiting for my laptop to charge. I’m hopeless at typing on the keyboard for my desktop so I really am doing well if I finish this blog post (& the screen is so far away that I’m struggling to see it!

2. I’m totally and utterly fresh out of ideas. That amazing and wonderful novel that was going to be my key to wealth (film rights and merchandising included) is pretty crap. I suspect that I’ve left it far too long between chapters. 17k words of setting the scene and I have no idea how to jump into the action.

My options (including only the sensible ones) include switching it all off and getting hammered (althogh I’m syncing my iTunes match so I can’t actually switch off) or just sit here staring for long enough that something comes to me. Which so far has worked, in that I have had a brilliant idea for a middle grade reader. Problem being it totally sucks and only seems brilliant because I have nothing else going on. Another option is (as always) to do some housework. But I think I’d rather stare into space because as rubbish as my writing is, my dusting is much worse. Kidding! I don’t dust – I find that keeping surfaces cluttered really helps out in the whole dusting department. Dust can’t settle on the furniture if it can’t reach said furniture.

I was really hoping a rant would kick start my writing for the day. Obviously not 😦 Maybe I’ll do my tax return instead…

Posted July 3, 2013 by Susan in Uncategorized

Review: The Mystery of Mercy Close   Leave a comment

The Mystery of Mercy Close
The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book – very surprised at how life turned out for the youngest Walsh sister. I had worked out the mystery pretty quickly (but I won’t spoil it for you!). I’m happy to admit that I did not really have the romances pegged properly, however do feel that the right decisions were made. I think thst some of the subject matter is a bit too dark for this to become a favourite, although that is what will make the book stay with me for a long time.

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Posted October 15, 2012 by Susan in Uncategorized

Review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother   Leave a comment

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I gave this book 4 stars immediately after reading it. I had raced through, wondering what this lady was going to do next. However after a few days of contemplation I changed my attitude. The author is this super intelligent woman who has an academic role at a leading university. I don’t think that this book is in her normal writing style. Who cares? Well I think I do. I feel a bit patronised as a reader. Maybe I’ve just got the ‘nothing to read’ blues but I think it’s more. I’ve been writing a children’s book over the last few days and I’m finding myself using more simplistic language than I would for say a YA book. This is because I know that most YA readers will have more words in their reading vocabulary than most under 10s. Looking back at this book it strikes me that the author perhaps wrote down to her audience (ie me) and now I feel a bit disheartened. Initially I liked the book because it was such an easy read, now I’m wondering if it being such an easy read has ruined it for me.

Anyway the book offered an interesting insight into how the author has chose to raise her two daughters. Whilst her methods are unconventional (in the UK) they have obviously worked for her. I don’t think I’ll be taking any parenting tips from her but I appreciate that she really does want the best for her kids.

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Posted April 7, 2012 by Susan in Uncategorized

Review: I’ve Got Your Number: A Novel   1 comment

I've Got Your Number: A Novel
I’ve Got Your Number: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I promised myself that I was finished with ChickLit books. Then I found out that Sophie Kinsella had writted a new book. Now I like to think that I grew out of the Shopaholic series but truthfully I just enjoyed the first three more than the rest. I didn’t really enjoy Twenties Girl as much as I would have liked. So I was prepared to read this book and then stop reading Sophie Kinsella books. Oops. I really enjoyed this book – despite being prepared to endure it rather than enjoy it. It was very much in the vein of Can you Keep a Secret and Undomestic Goddess, which I really enjoyed. Now all I can think about is how much I want to reread her books.

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Posted February 17, 2012 by Susan in Uncategorized

Review: Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz   Leave a comment

Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz
Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz by Ron Jeremy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t normally read non-fiction books; I much prefer to be taken on a journey through the author’s imagination. However this was recommended to me by a friend so I though why not? I am so glad I acted on this recommendation because I actually was really entertained by this book. It is so unrealistic that it seems like it must be a work of fiction. But it’s not. Insane.

What I found most intriguing is the argument that all actresses are equal partners in the adult entertainment industry. Some of the incidents in this book make me question this. How can the women be equal partners when it is the men who decide partner swaps and ‘give’ each other a present, where the present is intimacy with a woman. Why the men make this decision and not the woman only highlights a huge inequality in this industry; men make decisions and women are property.

I did enjoy the book and I am more likely to pick up another biography or autobiography.

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Posted January 22, 2012 by Susan in Uncategorized

Review: The Family Fang   Leave a comment

The Family Fang
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book and read it over a few days. It was quirky enough to be almost incomparable to any other book that I had read yet I felt quite a strong attachment to some of the scenarios in the book. I appreciated that the damage inflicted on the children was obvious in their characters, particularly in their self-destructive behaviours. I also appreciated that both children were able to be successful in their own artistic endeavours, despite their controversial upbringing. It was impossible not to get caught up in the artistic ‘pieces’.

My only big criticism of the book is the title. I understand the emotional vampire theme and the humour in the story BUT every time I recommend this book I can see friends’ eyes glaze over. IT IS NOT A VAMPIRE BOOK I scream but to no avail. Maybe I need more open minded friends. But it would have been easier if the book had a different name.

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Posted January 22, 2012 by Susan in Uncategorized