Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf!
I thought this quote of Woolf’s was perfect for this week’s Writing Wednesday, particularly as we’ve just come off the back of the weekend’s Women’s Marches in the US and other parts of the world. The energy, strength and support I witnessed from hundreds of women around the world marching and sharing their experiences just blew me away. It was unbelievable, invigorating and fantastic and something that was much needed, especially when it was followed this week by Trump reinstating the global gag rule on US funds for international NGOs that provide family planning services.
Woolf’s quote – “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” originates from her 1929 feminist essay, A Room of Her Own, in which the Mrs Dalloway author explores the relationship between women’s literature and social and economic freedom. The implication here is the bar of financial and societal freedom that keeps women from being able to produce literary works equivalent to that of their male counterparts who did have the financial independence, the sanction of society and the free time to work on their own novels. READ MORE
It’s time for another British Library Crime Classic Review!
The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon is a book that I’m reading along with an Instagram book buddy for January. I’d previously read another of Farjeon’s novels over Christmas, Mystery in White, and enjoyed it so I was looking forward to this one. READ MORE
I was super excited when I received my Litographs scarf in the mail the other day!
As part of Nanowrimo, Litographs were offering writers a custom-made scarf printed with an excerpt of their story. I was intrigued and when I clicked on the link I loved the look of their scarf and the idea of wearing your story around your neck! READ MORE
Who here is not a fan of Ancient Egypt and its amazing cultural relics? I don’t think I know anybody who isn’t a fan and I’m always excited when a new exhibition featuring more Ancient Egyptian treasures rolls into town. This latest one is Tutankhamun – His Tomb and Treasures. It’s not a showcase of the actual treasures itself but reproductions of the items found in the tomb and last week I went to check it out on my first artist’s date of 2017. READ MORE
I love this quote and I think it’s great especially for a Monday. We moan so much about Monday, but I think if we really aren’t looking forward to the start of the week, there’s something wrong here and we need to change it. We should be looking forward to starting a new week!
And sometimes it’s not that we loathe Mondays but that we’ve let ourselves get talked into this mindset that we ought to hate Mondays. And since we’ve allowed ourselves to go along with this false mindset, it’s sometimes hard to get out of it.
So here’s some ways for waking up loving today – and especially for loving those ‘Monday todays’: READ MORE
As we progress further into January, everyone’s talking about getting back on the healthy bandwagon after falling off (with champagne and lots of fun) for December’s festive debauchery.
It’s summertime here in Australia so it’s also the perfect time to enjoy some delicious, refreshing salads! READ MORE