January Philosophy Book: Plato’s The Republic

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It’s time now to report my thoughts on January’s philosophy book, Plato’s The Republic! As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a book well worth reading, particularly in today’s turbulent political times.

The Republic is a Socratic dialogue written around 380 BCE by the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato. It begins with Socrates and his friend Glaucon, an older brother of Plato’s, bumping into Polemarchus as they are leaving the festival of Bendis, who is the Thracian equivalent of the goddess Artemis. READ MORE

Monday Motivation: Be Yourself

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Book Review: Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay

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It was with deep regret that I finished reading Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay – regret because it is the last of her three murder mysteries that I’ve read and there are no more to be savoured. If you’ve read my earlier reviews of her books, you’d know I’m an admirer of Hay’s novels and am very sad that she only ever wrote three mysteries before returning to her beloved rural arts.

Death on the Cherwell is also a sort of continuation from her first book, Murder Underground, and it was nice to see some old friends make a cameo in this book! READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: You Are Braver Than You Think You Are

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Writing Journey: Filling In the Blanks

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I thought it’d be interesting to keep some updates of my writing progress of my current WIP! Last week, I finally managed to find my voice and things have been moving along dandily. I’ve been working steadily on rewriting the first draft of my story (which I begun a little before NaNoWriMo). I turned out most of the first draft during NaNoWriMo but those were just the bare bones of it. Now that I have a clearer idea of the world my characters live in and what they’re all about, I’m now going back to fill in more detail – provide shading and colouring and filling in the blanks, as it were.

There’s still a lot more refining to go here. I call this my draft 1.2 because I still think of it as my first draft! Because I’m adding in a lot more detail now and stopping more often to consider my world, the progress is a lot slower but it’s also a lot more rewarding and exciting.

I’m loving this new world my characters live in – it’s bold, it’s brash and it’s definitely not dull. Is it dangerous? You betcha boots it is.

Monday Motivation: Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down

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The Voice In Your Words

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I’ve been working on my new writing project since the end of last year – and actually got a good bit of it polished off during NaNowriMo. Though I had a good idea of the premise and plot, I wasn’t exactly loving it though… there was just something that was missing, some indefinable spark. It was the voice of the story, the tone that carried the plot and the characters and everything that made you want to care about the story. And somehow it just wasn’t there.  READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: A Woman Must Have Money and A Room of Her Own

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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

A Conversation with Fabi Ghittoni

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I’m super excited to introduce my first writer’s interview of 2017!

Fabi Ghittoni is an Argentinian-based indie author about to publish her very first book, The Elven Tales: The Company of the Rose. I really enjoyed doing this interview with Fabi and I must say she totally blows me away. She’s gorgeous, smart (she’s a lawyer!), she loves to read, she’s super creative and now she’s about to put out her very first book!

The Elven Tales is the story of Prudence Clark, a seemingly ordinary girl who lives with her best friend’s family in Cambridge. But a wave of kidnappings and a brutal attack turns her life upside-down and suddenly Prudence finds herself a refugee of The Council of the Five Kingdoms and charged with locating the King’s runes. Accompanied by the warriors known as The Company of The Rose, Prudence is about to set out on a journey that will reveal new secrets about her past and her destiny.

Fabi has put an amazing amount of time and effort into writing and getting The Elven Tales ready for publication, and luckily for us, she’s willing to give an insight into how she managed to get all this done plus hold down her day job and other obligations. Read on to find out exactly how she does it! READ MORE

Monday Motivation: The Secret of Getting Started

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