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2014 Family Goals Review – and those for 2015

I know I'm a little late for doing a '2014 in review post' and, truth is, I nearly let this one languish in the drafts folder. However a bigger part of me wanted to acknowledge what we managed to achieve... and those things we didn't... in order to put a line under the exercise and move on. This made me a little hesitant about making big family … [Read More...]

Shift Your Thinking To Change Your Life

Shift Your Thinking to Change Your Life

If you had asked me five or ten years, or even 12 months, ago if I thought I'd ever run a marathon, I probably would've shrugged my shoulders and said brightly, "Oh, sure, I reckon. Probably. Maybe. Pass me some wine, please." The difference between that Karen and me right now... isn't all that … [Read More...]

year of creative engagement

Year of Creative Engagement – November and December and Overall Summary

Extracted from original introductory post: The Year of Creative Engagement (#yoce) will be my attempt to document my creative journey, put greater stock in accountability and output, while also showing what new work I’m reading or listening to. My monthly book reports already feature here on the … [Read More...]

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Thirty-Six

It was my birthday on Friday. I turned thirty-six. I've briefly flicked back and read a few birthday posts from years past. If I was a good blogger this would be where I link to these and chuckle over their joy (or melancholy - I tend to oscillate between the two at the thought of another year … [Read More...]

2014 Christmas Card Challenge

2014 Christmas Card Challenge

It's that time again! For those of you who are new to the blog, let me provide some context. I have a tradition at this time of year that aligns with my belief in giving back to the community. This is what I call the 'Christmas Card Challenge'. For each individual commenter who has left a … [Read More...]

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28. Wedding & 29. Race & 30. Fight #nanowrimoprompt

I am using the last ten days of the #nanowrimoprompt to post linked flash fiction-ish, non-chronologically ordered, pieces here on the blog. Here is 21 & 22, 23, 24 & 25, 26 & 27.  If you would like to read them in order, they number as follows: 25, 27, 28, 26, 29, 23, 22, 24, 30, … [Read More...]

circular quay

26. Kiss & 27. Funeral #nanowrimoprompt

I am using the last ten days of the #nanowrimoprompt to post linked flash fiction-ish, non-chronologically ordered, pieces here on the blog. Here is 21 & 22, 23, 24 & 25. I am running a little behind, but am aiming to finish off the final three tomorrow.   (Circular Quay, … [Read More...]

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24. Opening a letter & 25. Being Broke #nanowrimoprompt

I am using the last ten days of the #nanowrimoprompt to post linked flash fiction-ish, non-chronologically ordered, pieces here on the blog. Here is 21 & 22, 23. 24. Opening a letter Dear Frank, You shouldn't be surprised to be receiving this letter - I have been trying to contact you … [Read More...]

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23. Waiting #nanowrimoprompt

I am using the last ten days of the #nanowrimoprompt to post linked flash fiction-ish, non-chronologically ordered, pieces here on the blog. Here is 21 & 22. 23. Waiting Violet squatted awkwardly over the toilet seat, tilting her pelvis to angle the urine stream with as much precision as … [Read More...]

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21. Break Up & 22. A Phone Call #nanowrimoprompt

I will be using the last ten days of the #nanowrimoprompt to post linked flash fiction-ish, non-chronologically ordered, pieces here on the blog. I sat down yesterday and started plotting them out, and they felt like they were getting a natural connection. I'm not sure how this will go, but that's … [Read More...]

Karen Christmas

Christmas Gifts Ideas for the Exercise and Entertainment Lover (well, okay, me)

When asked what I want for Christmas I usually draw a big blank. I'm too busy worrying about getting gifts for other people sorted to even think about myself. Also, because December is my birthday and wedding anniversary, I've traditionally already been spoiled enough! However, this year, I thought … [Read More...]

What I'm Reading November 2014

What I’m Reading November 2014

Wow, it's a big month for books around here. First there was the big Christmas round up and now this post! Next, I think I'll take a break from book talk for a while. Rest up and read - hey, that sounds like a plan. I've got a few on the go. Here they are. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is one of … [Read More...]

5 books for Older Readers For Christmas

5 Books for Older Readers for Christmas 2014

I know this says 'older readers', but I'm also aware of the range of reading skills that children can have. What might be deemed appropriate, either in level of difficulty or thematically, for example, will be different from child to child of the same age. So I've chosen the following based on the … [Read More...]