1000 Followers!

This is unprecedented, unreal, unbelievable! To have reached 1000 followers on this blog of mine is truly humbling. If you had said to me, when I started uploading my ramblings, that I’d have reached a hundred followers I would have laughed. After that, I would’ve continued to face-plant my keyboard in the never ending search for inspiration.

But here we are, and I’m incredibly thankful for it. When I started writing this blog, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I actually wanted to do with it. It has certainly evolved from the haiku, clunky prose, and sparse verse of my past. The truth is the more I write on here, the more comfortable I become as both a blogger and a writer. It’s a lovely feeling, and as a community, you’ve all been wonderful to me – thank you.

*Gives you all an internet high-five*

That being said, I still have a long way to go! The good news? I have plans (muahaha) *rubs hands in anticipation*.  So yes, this blog post is a little bit more than a quick thank you, I have some stuff to announce.

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Thank You, Mum

A day, almost certainly, doesn’t cut it.

Mother’s day has long been associated with cards, flowers, and the general giving of gifts to a maternal figure, but it is about so much more than that. It is a celebration of a lifetime devoted to a child, a celebration of unconditional love, and a celebration of the influence of mothers in society.

I’m lucky to have a mum like mine — a great woman who I can thank for so many things. She has instilled in me a love of reading and writing that has become central to who I am; supported me through my every endeavour; and because she believes in me, I can believe in myself.

I can write all the poems, all the stories, and the speeches in the world, but it’ll be a drop in the ocean of all the things my mum has done for me.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mum. Here is a poem dedicated to you.


 

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Sharing a Favourite

I know that, for a lot of us, poetry isn’t just a one-day deal. There are plenty of bloggers here on WordPress that practically breath poetry.

But it is nice to see that the art form is being universally celebrated for at least one day a year.

Yes, today is World Poetry Day.

In light of this occasion, I would like to share with you one of my favourite poems. Invictus by W.E. Henley is the poem I turn to when I doubt myself, when I’m feeling down, or even just for fun! (Yes, just because I like poetry doesn’t mean I’m always sat in a dark corner somewhere feeling sad.)

Do you have a favourite poem? If so, tell me in the comments below.

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There is Nothing Sweeter than a Free Book!

A London Book Haul

You may have noticed that I’ve been to The London Book Fair, god knows my Twitter feed has been full of stuff about it.

For those of you who don’t know much about it, The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

It is an annual event that sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals, authors, and students arrive in London for the week of the Fair to network, attend seminars, and kick off the year of business.

Perhaps even more important, however, is the metric tonne of free stuff that one can acquire. Continue reading “There is Nothing Sweeter than a Free Book!”

I Went to The London Book Fair

We stumbled out of Baron’s Court tube station looking lost and feeling overwhelmed. I, clutching my new oyster card, walked over to a map and pretended that I knew what I was looking for. I had obviously failed because a kindly old lady approached me, observed my pained visage, and gave me and the group the directions we needed.

That was the first surprise London afforded me! I had been led to believe that everyone in London was stuck in tunnel vision mode. That they were too rude and/or indifferent to bother with a lost looking group of master’s students. At least, that is what I had been told.

Unfortunately, that soon became the truth as pedestrians elbowed us aside, people cut in front of us, and drivers beeped their car horns and swore under their breath as we failed to cross the road quick enough.

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I’m Going to The London Book Fair!

I’m going to The London Book Fair!

I’m incredibly excited, as both a writer and a publishing student, to be able to attend the book fair this year. This opportunity has been afforded to me, and fellow publishing students from my university, in order to expand and develop our knowledge and understanding of the business (in other words, our tickets were free. Huzzah!)

So what exactly is The London Book Fair? My immediate thoughts (before educating myself) were cast back to the little book fairs you had at primary school. Continue reading “I’m Going to The London Book Fair!”

An Open Book – Episode One

20150115_182548Coffee hour with Jordan.

My new weekly post where we all sit down for that wonderful drink that keeps us awake when we have anything vaguely important to do. It will be following my weekly shenanigans (or lack thereof) and sometimes a badly informed opinion on what’s been happening in the world lately.

So what’s been going on? Well…

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