Christmas presents for readers on #smallbizsatuk

Reading Time: 4 minutes Today is #SmallBizSatUK, an opportunity to talk about some of the great things that small businesses are doing around the country. And, as Christmas is coming up quickly (eek!) I thought I’d put together a list of some of the literary inspired gifts that I’ve either received or bought as gifts. I love supporting small independent business especially at this time of year when there’s so many craft fairs local to me here in West Yorkshire, and think it’s really important to try to balance where I buy from, especially gifts for others. Plus I can usually be pretty sure that …

Who’s in your top ten secondary characters?

Reading Time: 5 minutes I saw this idea for a post on Helena Fairfax’s blog – she’s a local writer, I think, and I’ve read her stuff for a little while. It got me thinking: most of my favourite characters aren’t always the protagonist. For me, a secondary character isn’t the primary character or their antagonist – they’re someone who’s an adjunct to the main action, another character who’s got something in their own right that’s memorable and interesting, and they help you as a reader/viewer learn more about the main character. Particularly in series, which I love because you sink into a character for so …

2 weeks post-corneal graft

Reading Time: 5 minutes As it’s Thursday, it’s now two weeks since I had a corneal graft, and thought I’d just do a bit of a quick update on what’s happened since. Headlines – it’s going well. There’s a bit of improvement so far and more to come over the next year! The surgery The actual surgery itself takes about two hours under general anaesthetic, and that’s probably the most anxious part for me. I’ve had a couple of anaesthetics for other things, and always find it quite stressful but the anaesthetist was absolutely lovely, really reassuring and warm and friendly, which is such …

2 days to a corneal graft!

Reading Time: 3 minutes So, on Thursday morning I’m scheduled to receive a replacement cornea at St James’ Hospital. This is both awesome – we can replace bits of me?! – and a little frightening – what if it doesn’t work? I’m in that strange place between extreme optimism and thinking it’s going to really improve my sight, and that “what if” voice. Around 3500 people had a corneal transplant last year, receiving a donated cornea. I was diagnosed with Keratoconus about 8 years ago. I often describe it as extreme astigmatism; the eye goes from being normally curved to more pointed, which means light …

Linking loves

Reading Time: 1 minute It’s been a strange week this week – being off for two days really throws out your rhythm! Looking forward to getting more back into the swing of things next week and not being quite as disjointed 🙂 Pay yourself first – whether it’s savings, or time, make sure you put you first – or risk never getting to it t all. The planning fallacy – do you really know how much time it takes to do something? I’m terrible at underestimating, and it makes me crazy! Julia shares tips on how to overcome it. Why the British Tell Better …

Happiness Project week 24

Reading Time: 1 minute * An amazing hen do in Haworth with brilliant friends and family * Feeling loved and valued * Getting back on track * Keeping up with morning writing * Going to the gym and feeling it * Organising storage space at work (so geeky about organisation!) * Visiting school libraries to gather ideas together * Completing a piece of work that’s been outstanding for a while * Organising wedding table decorations * Making headway on more planning details * Visiting the venue and knowing next time we come down those stairs we’ll be married!! * Buying Dan’s wedding suit. Gorgeous. …