The Desiderata by Max Erhmann

The Desiderata by Max Erhmann

The Desiderata by Max Erhmann: Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.…

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Sausage Hall by Christina James

Sausage Hall by Christina James

One of the joys of being a book blogger is being welcomed into the world of “reviews”. I rarely accept invitations to review books for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many books don’t interest me and secondly I’m very busy with multiple projects. I only blog when something grabs me, so when an email arrived in my in-box offering me a preview copy of Sausage Hall by Christina James I immediately wrote back to say, “the book’s blurb gives me the impression that it would be a book I would enjoy” and enjoy it I did. This is the third book of the Detective Inspector Yates series. Sausage Hall was the first book I’ve read, written by Christina James. I’ll be seeking out her other two soon.…

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Book Marketing is Dead by Derek Murphy

Book Marketing is Dead by Derek Murphy

A bookish observation: I’ve been following along with Derek Murphy’s blog from his website CreativeIndie for a few months. It’s full of interesting insights about eBook publishing and cover design. His conversational writing style is clear and easily accessible, so when I realised he had published several books covering self-publishing topics, I loaded down four of them:…

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The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

I read this story straight through over a couple of days. Good writing. I’d say possibly as good as Agatha Christie but different. The difference being the type of characters in Josephine Tey’s book, her characters were from everyday life more so than Agatha’s who seem to often be from the privledged upper classes. I probably won’t read any more from the series unless I feel the need for a very cozy mystery, which it is. I enjoyed it.…

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Learning iDraw (Graphic) software

Learning iDraw (Graphic) software

I love multi tasking projects. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Recently I’ve been teaching myself graphic design techniques in the graphic drawing software iDraw. My inspiration came from another book blogger, one of my favourites, A Work In Progress. In one of her recent blogs the blogger displayed a really nice piece of cross stitch. I was so inspired by it that I mirrored the pattern by way of a graphic design technique. Here’s the result:…

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Reading Hemingway using five magic keys

Reading Hemingway using five magic keys

For me, the world of classic literature is like an old locked cupboard in the attic, I’m keen to break it open to see what’s inside. I’ve heard there’s some wonderful experiences waiting for me if I could just find the key. Recently I did just that, I found a key, well five actually and accessed a classic written by Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. I heard a voice from the The Jazz Age for the first time.…

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