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

Writing Wednesday: If You Want to Be A Writer

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Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Over the past few months, I’ve been feeling a definite dearth of creative inspiration. Some of it’s to do with feeling the blues over rejections for my last piece of work, some of it is from a general creative block and also a lack of inspiration over the new projects I’ve been trying to move onto. Basically, I’ve been feeling flat, uninspired and pretty worried about it at all.

Well, no better time than now, then, to pick up Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  READ MORE