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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Book Review: The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon

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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

Writer’s Accessory: Litographs Scarf

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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

Writing Wednesday: The First Draft Is Just You

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Artist Date: Exploring Tutankhamun’s Treasures

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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

Five Steps to Making Today Your Favourite Day

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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

Recipe: Summer Corn Salad

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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

Book Review: Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay

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It’s time for more book reviews of the British Library Crime Classics!

One author which I discovered through the BLCC that I really liked is Mavis Doriel Hay. Of all the BLCC books I’ve read so far, hers have probably come closest to the bar set by my beloved Agatha Christie. Sadly, Hay only ever wrote three crime novels in her lifetime. Her third and last novel was published just a few years before WWII began. READ MORE