Today I'm tidying up my threads tin and actually enjoying the process because of these awesome thread and bobbin organisers from smartneedle.com which I discovered via the quilting community@massdrop The 'peels' curl around threads so they don't unwind (even my overlocking spools!), the 'bobbinis' do the same for bobbins and the 'tulips' insert in the … Continue reading Favourite Things: Peels, Tulips, and Bobbinis!
I've been using my Kinesis Advantage keyboard for three years now and that's a record for me. Before the Advantage, I changed my keyboard regularly either because I was hunting for a keyboard which would prevent RSI but more often because my keyboards would simply wear out. Every six months or so, despite regular cleaning, … Continue reading Writing Tools: Kinesis Advantage Keyboard Review
** This post is dedicated to my dear friend and sister in storycraft, Kim Koning. In the little corner of the online writing and reading community that I occupy, I often come across photos, memes, slogans and posts extolling the virtues of the printed book over the eBook. I usually avoid the discussion because my appreciation … Continue reading Don’t tell me eBooks have no soul
It's been almost a month since I completed the serialized re-write of As Long As She Lives and in an attempt to stop myself picking up the manuscript and fiddling, before I receive my editor's first notes, I've given some thought to the experience, which I hope may be useful to current or potential Wattpad users. … Continue reading 5 things I’ve learned from Wattpad (so far)
We all know that the best way to teach is to engage and entertain with the material – this book does it in spades; I couldn’t put it down! Rather than write another how-to book, Mittelmark and Newman have produced a book in a format which will be familiar to TV Tropes readers, naming, describing and creating … Continue reading How Not to Write a Novel, H. Mittelmark and S. Newman
I've always been one of those people who cannot work well in silence. As a child, when my mother told me to turn off my radio while I did my homework, I used to say that "silence distracts me", but she wouldn't accept that - and fair enough, it sounds like the excuse of a … Continue reading Review: Coffitivity, Ambient Sound App
Some Kind Of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce My rating: 5 of 5 stars"Fairy Tale" is a contemporary urban fantasy, rooted in British folklore, which explores a question those of us who read fantasy must often push to the back of our minds: why doesn't anyone just think the character is mad? I'm almost ashamed … Continue reading Review: Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce