• Lifestyle,  Shopping

    Cute, Cool or Quirky Mother’s Day Gifts

    The last couple of days have felt like spring here in Scotland, so I’ve started thinking about spring holidays. Here in the UK, Mother’s Day is just around the corner as we celebrate it in March. I’ve started looking around for cool Mother’s Day gifts that aren’t the usual, unimaginative rubbish. I know, I know, candles, cushions, flowers and wine are universally loved by all women (except me) who have given birth – according to those who work in retail and prepare the Mother’s Day promotions. I know I would appreciate something with a little more thought though. Here are a few suggestions for cute, cool or quirky Mother’s Day…

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    January 2019 In A Nutshell

    I want to do a monthly wrap-up post at the end of each month where I share what I’ve been reading, listening to and photographing. Because affiliate links are basically how I make a large chunk of my income. If you click one of the images below and then go on to buy that item within 24 hours, or if you go straight from there to something else on Amazon, I receive commission. I got the idea from the Girl Who Reads blog and since I’m crediting her, I hope she doesn’t mind me pinching her idea! What I’ve Been Reading Sex Drugs & Opera by Roland Orzabal is a…

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    Shopping,  Writing

    What To Pack For A Novel Research Trip

    I’m going to be called a neo-luddite for this post, but I’m not really too bothered. Despite having Internet access everywhere we go now, nothing compares to getting out into the world and doing some proper research. Internet access can’t tell you how something smells or feels to the touch. You don’t get the same vibe and you definitely won’t get the same off-the-cuff responses from people you interview if you do it by email. There really is no comparison. That’s why I wanted to write this post – to encourage more indie writers to get out and away from the computer when they research. Also, I wanted to make…