My book review of The Almost Mothers by Laura Besley
I was so pleased to receive a preview copy of this book. The fact that the title had mother in it felt like I would be able to relate to it immediately. With a collection of 26 flash fictions and short stories about the joy, pain and strangeness of being a mother, this was a very interesting book.
A couple of stories were a little futuristic and slightly surreal looking at mothers through aliens eyes or into the future with dire consequences.
Initially, the second story I read shocked me. Calling the baby ‘it’ made me feel uneasy and then leaving ‘it’ in the garage sounded so wrong. I discovered had I read the title I might have guessed what’ it’ was earlier, although by the time I got near the end, everything started making sense.
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I have decided to go back to my roots and back to wordpress.com. I haven’t got the free version but I have definitely got the cheaper version to what I was paying. Hopefully, it will also be less hassle and less time-consuming in maintaining it. For now, all I want to do on the blog is to write and add some pictures – I LOVE CANVA!
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I love maths and I love solving maths problems. I have since learned that this is not quite normal but anyway. My husband was good at maths when he was at school, so we both thought that somehow our daughters would love maths. Apparently we were wrong. With both my daughters being at school, I feel like I need to sit down and do some Maths work with them.
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After over six months of the writing course, our efforts culminated into a short story collection, Tales from Garden Street, that you can download on amazon. The link for this can be found below.
It feels weird writing about a book in which my story is in because I still feel my writing is not that great. But it is out there and published and I do feel honoured and humbled to share this book with so many excellent writers.
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Here is my book review of To Love and Let Go by Rachel Brathen.
Wow! What a powerful and heart-wrenching book. I read this book on a weekend spa break and was openly crying over the pages. I felt like I was there with Rachel Brathen, feeling her pain as she dealt with the death of the three closest people in her life. At the same time, she had to deal with the fragility of her mum’s life and the heartaches that came with her mum trying to commit suicide several times for various reasons.
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It’s been ages since I last blogged about anything. I’ve started writing a few and drafted a few but never got round to finishing or posting it anywhere. Being back to work feels good and I think a catch up is long overdue.
After finishing my last job, I realised that I enjoyed working in an office but I did specifically want a part-time job. I also enjoy working for someone else rather than myself because I only have to worry about doing the work rather than everything else related to running your own business. There’s less responsibility and therefore stress. Also, unless I want to think about work, when I finish for the day, that’s it. I don’t have to stay up till late trying to finish off things.
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They ask you answer: A revolutionary approach to inbound sales, content marketing and today’s digital consumer by Marcus Sheridan. I finally got around to reading this book and it really did live up to its hype. I don’t work in sales or marketing but I do like blogging and writing so I thought it would be useful. This along with the fact that Karen Reyburn of The Profitable Firm recommends this book so much is possibly the only reason that made me even read this book.
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Last Wednesday I attended the final short story workshop. It was a brilliant session as always and I didn’t want it to end. This session was on publishing and beyond so there was more listening and learning rather than doing any writing.
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I’m not sure why I’m so obsessed with sleep. I’m sure when they are ready they will start sleeping through the night easily. Until they do, I think I will be obsessed with it.
When the girls were babies, I used to love getting the girls ready for bed. A little while after dinner, we would come up, give them a bath, gently wash their hair and then wrap them up in a big towel. Once in the bedroom, I would rub oil or cream and massage it into their chubby little bodies, then put their nappies and nighttime onesies on and then read to them. I would put some music on and then lie with them until they fell asleep. I too would ‘nap’ or fall asleep with them for a bit and then creep out the room trying not to wake them up. Even then some days were better than others but there were more good days.
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I love Bollywood films and Bollywood Wives captures this so well! I grew up in an era before the Indian film industry was known as Bollywood. My childhood revolved around Indian film songs and reading Indian filmy magazines such as Cineblitz, stardust and Cineworld (from what I can remember).
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