Monday Motivation: Change Your Life Today

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2017 Resolution: A Sketch A Day

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So I’ve already spoken about my reading resolution for 2017. But I have one other resolution for the new year and that is to attempt a sketch a day for 2017!

I used to draw heaps when I was younger and even tried my hand at creating some anime graphic novels. I eventually returned to writing instead because drawing a single scene took up so much more time than writing ever did and I was impatient to get my story down as fast as possible. But every now and then the itch to draw hits me again and I find myself longing for a sketchbook and some pencils. READ MORE

2017 Reading Resolution: A Philosophy Book a Month

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We’re creeping toward the end of the first week of the new year and it’s time to announce my reading resolution for 2017. Can you guess what it is?

Yup, this year I’m aiming to read 12 philosophy books in 12 months!

Like with science, I’ve been meaning to learn more about the subject of philosophy, or philosophia (literally, the love of wisdom) for ages. I’ve made some headway previously after having read Rebecca Goldstein’s Plato at the Googleplex and Jostein Gaarder’s Sophie’s World. The latter, in particular, is a favourite of mine and one I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about philosophy, but is uncertain where to start. Like my first book for my 2016 science reads resolution, Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, Sophie’s World provides a marvellous basic overview of the history of philosophy. The only reason why I’m not including this in my 2017 philosophy reads is because I’ve already read it and it seems a little negligent to re-read it here. But if you’re looking to start learning about philosophy, I would definitely recommend Sophie’s World as a starting point. READ MORE

What I Learned from Reading a Science Book A Month in 2016

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So. I finally did it. I stuck to my new year’s resolution and read a science book a month for 2016. 12 science books. 12 months. Done and dusted. Mission accomplished.

I have to admit, I was really surprised that I managed to achieve this! I thought I’d give up halfway through, that I’d forget about it or find the books too hard to follow – or bother trying to follow -and eventually instead return to another re-read of Harry Potter. (Which I ended up doing too, but I also managed to finish my science books aka my homework of 2016! 😉 )

But that’s the beauty of today’s popular science books, though. One thing I’ve learned this year is just how many popular science books there are out there and how they manage to explain everything in nice, easy-to-understand layman metaphors.  And believe me, this is coming from the girl who struggled through algebra and didn’t touch one science subject outside of the general science classes – no physics, no geometry, no chemistry, no nothing. I somehow managed to scrap through school while understanding nearly zero about science. READ MORE

Book Review: Seeing Further

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Well, here we are at last – the final review for my 2016 science reads resolution!

I have to admit, I felt a little teary finishing this final book for 2016. I read the final chapter on the last day of the year and it felt a little sad as I shut the book – and also proud that I managed to stick to my resolution.

But more on that later. First, the review of my final 2016 science read, which is none other than Seeing Further: Ideas, Endeavours, Discoveries and Disputes – The Story of Science Through 350 Years of the Royal Society. 

Phew. Now, that’s a title! READ MORE

Monday Motivation: New Year, New Mistakes, New Challenges

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Happy New Year and Happy 2017!! I thought I’d start the new year off with this quote from Neil Gaiman to remind us not to be afraid in this new year to make mistakes, to take risks and fearless leaps into the unknown, to pursue our dreams, to learn and challenge ourselves. May you make many glorious, wonderful mistakes this year! And may 2017 bring you everything you are hoping for!

New Year Planning: Volt Planner

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I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas!

We’re now in that strange limbo period between Christmas and New Year’s where everyone’s recovering from the Christmas splurge and making plans for next year. There’s a new sense of anticipation in the air, anticipation of wiping the slate clean and making fresh starts. And of course resolutions! READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: Make Time to Write

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Monday Motivation: Just When the Caterpillar Thought the World was Over…

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Agatha Christie’s Christmas Reads

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More Christmas reads for the season – this time featuring the Queen of Crime herself, Agatha Christie!

I’ve been having a good time reading Agatha Christie’s Christmas-themed mysteries (overall, have you noticed I’ve been in quite the mood for mysteries – and in particular murder mysteries – this Christmas? In my defence, I would say they’re all cozy mysteries, rather than the gory kind, and all of them Christmas-themed in keeping with the season!) READ MORE