Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Pendulum: A Flash Fiction

This is a creative piece I wrote in the autumn of last year. I was hesitant to post it as first, but then I thought, why not? I never share my creative work online but as it’s a short piece I thought it would be a good place to start if I ever want to share more in the future. I rather like it so let me know what you think! (TW: death, suicide).

(photo credit)


Pendulum

Her body twirled, weightless and gentle
Toes at a perfect point
Suspended by air
Creak creak, said the rope
As it strained against the beams

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Friday, 1 February 2019

My 2019 Reading Goals


Happy 1st February, one and all! I hope 2019 is treating you well so far. For those of you who were waiting for the January slog to be over (and I think I speak for all of us there), you can now rejoice in leaving those January blues behind for another year. The nights are getting shorter, little green buds are starting to show, and even though it’s still bitterly cold, I’m hopeful that February will be a good month.

Despite January being the month of New Years Resolutions, I found it really difficult to motivate myself in the first few weeks of 2019. I blame it on the cold, dreary weather, or the fact that I was looking forward to a few weeks of relaxation after a busy Christmas. Either way, this post was something I wanted to write at the very beginning of the year but as my energy for creativity was at a serious low, it’s come a little later than planned. My Reading Goals For 2019.

I’m not really one for having strict TBR’s or set ideas of where I want to go with my reading – I’m very much a mood reader. This year however I have a few goals I’d like to dedicate some more time too.


READ 40 BOOKS

I’ve taken part in the GoodReads reading challenge every year since 2011 and 40 books is my go-to reading goal. Last year I didn’t make my target due to the slump of a slumps I was in for the first four months of 2018, but this year I’m back to reading at my usual pace and I’m confident I can hit it this year.

READ ALL OF SARAH WATERS NOVELS

Since reading The Little Stranger back in October I’ve been desperate to read some more Sarah Waters, and I thought why not read all of her work? I have a terrible habit of finding a book I adored and then not reading anything else from the author for months, even years, and it’s something I want to seriously amend. I’d love to find some new favourite authors and I have a feeling Sarah Waters might be a contender, so 2019 is the year I’m going to pick up all of her books. I’ve got five to go – including a re-read of Affinity – so I’m going to aim for one every two months or so.

READ SOME AGATHA CHRISTIE

I enjoy crime fiction and in recent years I’ve realised how much I actually love it. I love novels that keep me on my toes and crime novels do just that, yet I don’t read very many. To try and amend that I’ve decided this year I want to try some books written by the Queen of Crime herself: Agatha Christie. Shamefully, I’ve never read any Christie and I think it’s because I’m a bit at a loss of where to start. This post from The Book Riot has given me a few ideas so I might start with one of her more well-known novels first. If you have any recommendations of which book would be a good one to pick up first let me know! I’m open to suggestions.

PRIORITISE BOOKS THAT ARE ON MY TBR

A bit of a toughy since – like all bookworms – I love buying books. However, there are some books on my shelves that have been there for far too long. A little rule I have (which I’ve currently bent due to a post-Christmas book haul. Oops) is that I have a single shelf of book to-be-read and I tell myself I can’t purchase any more books until there’s room for more on that shelf. This is something I’m going to try and stick to this year because I do find it works for me most of the time.

I also want to prioritise some books on my digital TBR, that have been lying on my GoodReads to-read shelf for years. With the plethora of new fiction that’s constantly being released some older books get forgotten, so I’m going to go through my digital shelf and pick out a few to read this year. I may potentially dedicate another post towards the books I pick.


What are some of your reading goals for 2019? Any new authors you want to check out? Is there a particular series you’d like to finish? Let me know in the comments!

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