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Week Five 2019 Weekend Catch Up!

I fully intended getting all three of these posts out on time but then I got distracted with other things so lets have a weekend catch up xxx

Friday

Saturday

This week has been a mixture of something old  some thing new, and things I have been meaning to try out for a while

Podcasts

This week I have caught up on a few of the back catalogue of a podcast I only found towards the end of last year. My Favourite Murder is a mix of true crime and humour, not a mix you would think to put together but it works.  I love the fact that most of the crimes they cover are ones you will never have heard of and at their live shows they get the audience to contribute. They also do mini episodes reading listeners true crime experieces. Now. of course, I could just give you the link to the website but nope. I decided to share an animation one of their fans created to match one story, this perfectly explains how the humour is integrated and also why I love this podcast, because these two women could be your friends, you can easily imagine hanging our and swapping stories with them.

Music

I haven’t listened to much music this week but what I did listen to was amazing and took me back to me teens. I saw a post this week about the film and that inspired me to hit play on the soundtrack, while I love all the songs this is one of my favourites.

Reading

My current wip I am focusing on his quite dark themes including depression and suicide so I decided I needed something fun to read so I had a look at my book pile and spotted this old favourite. While this is the fourth book in the Wilt series I do think you can read it as a stand alone and enjoy it but you do get more from it if you have already read the other. The books are wittiy and although in some aspects they are a little dated interms of advances in modern technology they will still make you laugh out loud at the obsevational humour.

Watching – TV

I frequently lose interest in these sort of programmes once we are through the audition stages but occasionally The Voice is one I will continue to watch. I enjoy the fact that the main thing in these blind audions is the singers ability to perform a song, yes occasionally the judges will try to guess about the singer, but many times they are deceived by age or looks. Sadly once it reaches the viewers votes then you find those who are different do fail to get through as far as they should.

Watching – Film

This week I spotted an old favourite on Netflix that I have not watched for a while. It is interesting watching past favourites to see how they age, yes the clothes in this may be a little dated and we all know the technology would be different if this were made today but it is a faithful retelling of the book with, in my opinion, the perfect cast and pacing. The popularity of the series Hannibal is no doubt due in a large part to the charasmatic portrayal of Lecter in this and the subsquient film.

Watching – Netflix

I have been trying to decide if I want to watch this for a few months, then I was struggling to find something to watch a few nights ago, now I am half way through the second series. It’s funny and in a very light hearted way challenges the conventions of good and evil, the way the books are balanced and whether philosophy has all the answers. It has an amazing cast and even though I was a little unsure about Ted Danson (I still always think of Cheers) I decided it was worth a try and I am so glad I did but I am worried that I am soon goingto run out of episodes at this rate lol.

 

Sunday

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Three For One

I have been a little lax actually putting together the last three post, they have all sat in various stages of readiness so today you get them all…

Friday

Saturday

So, I have decided to bring back so it’s Saturday, but in this new year, it will be a round up of some of the things I have been enjoying the previous week that you might want to check out for yourselves, these will be divided up into categories…

Podcasts

This week I found and binge listened to a new podcast called Unobscured/History Revealed which is all about the Salem witch trials. I loved this because it looks at the whole event from beginning to end and analyses both court documents from the time as well as other texts available. It looks in depth not only into the what was happening but also the how, and why and even though I had a reasonable knowledge of the trials I also found information which I had believed that was incorrect. I really recommend this one.

Music

I don’t really listen to a lot of music but as part of my new year lans I decided I needed to start bringing things back into my life. This week I have listed to a couple of the 80’s and 90’s playlists on Prime Music however there are plenty of different sites out there to find the songs on, these decades are the ones where I went on girls holidays, went to nightclubs and danced around the living room doing the house work so they are the feel good songs for me. As one of my resloutions is to lose weight and to actually use my cross trainer more I will be listening to more music as I find as much as I love podcasts and audiobooks they just don’t have the same effect getting you going, so one track from the playlist I am listening to right now is….

Reading

I am currently reading Afterlife (Afterlife Saga #1) by Stephanie Hudson, now obviously I cannot give away too much about the book, because if I do, what would be the point in reviewing it when I finish it, but I will say, so far I am enjoying it. One interesting marketing point on this one was that I met the author at an event we were both signing at and she had booklets printed with what I assumed was the first chapter fro the book, now it did actually turn out to be an excerpt which did confuse me a little, I almost put the book down because I thought I had the wrong one but it certainly is a marketing ploy to consider possibly.

Watching – TV

This week I caught up on the last few Who Do You Think You Are from the last series, the one that I found most profound was the Ruby Wax one. It really was a heartwrenching journey she went on discovering her families past, dealing with deaths in concentration camps and mental illness seemingly inherited from one generation to the next. I know that the research is all done for the celebrities and most of us will never get quite the same levels of information if we do our own searches but the idea of knowing the lives those who go before endure to give you the advantages you have today are fascinating. Even when things seem hard in your life, looking at where your faily came from can often make you realise that we have a lot to be thankful for.

Watching – Film

This week we have not seen any new films however, I did settle down with my son the other evening and watch Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them. We had intended to try fitting in a trip to the cinema to watch the sequel over Christmas but we didn’t get there unfortunately but as with the music mentioned earlier I am determined to catch up on some films I have missed this year and get back into the habit of family viewing.

Watching – Netflix

My Netflix viewing this week has been an old favourite, the BBC version of Pride & Predjudice. although there are quite a few things I want to watch it was revisiting Love Actually over Christmas that inspired this rewatch, and one man in particular.

I promise by next week I will have watched something new, or at least new to me.

Sunday

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Happy New Year! Time for resolutions and reflection.

The last few years I have set out my resolutions in list form and failed miserably so this year I am going back to a general post at the end of each month rounding up how things have gone and my hopes going forward. So lets start with the new logo…

I am in love with this fabulous new author logo designed for me by Georgina Lambert you can find out more about her and her work here. She is incredibly talented I a hope to work with her again in the future, getting the right logo is such hard work, you want something that looks incredible, stands out but is also simple enough to be shrunk down or blown up depending on what you are putting it on, I am hoping to have badges with this on very soon.

Next up, the writing! This can be split into three different areas this year, first I intend to up my blog game here by preparing and scheduling blogs in advance and being a lot more consistant updating the website and getting the newsletters out quarterly.

Secondly, the number of books I am looking to put out in a year is going to go up, the last few years I have only dont one per year but this year I am looking to get at least four out, and to be fair three of them are half written.

The final writing aim is in the form of a Patreon page I am starting. on the 21st of each month subscribers to the Patreon page will get to read a short story that at that time will not be available anywhere else. at the end of the year they stories will be made into a book but those who have supported me for over six month will get a signed print copy of the book shipped to them. There are also other perks for different levels of suport and there will be extra giveaways exclusively on there. I am also hoping eventually to sort out some exclusive merchandise for those supporters. If you are interested in learning more or signing up to become a patreon supporter you can find out more here.

In my personal life we have the usual lose weight and get fitter, this is a definite must this year with a second grandchild due to chase round after and an already dodgy back. Plus I want to start planing to travel more and losing weight will certainly make that easier.

So, this is me, at the start of what I hope will be an incredibly exciting year full of fun, stories and craziness.

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New Years Eve

I just want to take a minute to thank everyone who has made 2018 such a special year but to invite you to join me in making 2019 the most exciting year on my writing journey so far. This video contains some of the people I have met this year old friends and new =, if you are missing I love you just as much but we were probably to busy chatting for me to remember to get the camera out xxx