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Tuesday 29 November 2022

Share your morning routine

 The actual topic this week from Long and Short Reviews was "Share your morning or bedtime routine", but my bedtime routine is boring, so I decided to stick to the morning. 

I am weird, apparently, in that I get up two hours before I'm due to log in to work from home. I know many would say it would be great to just jump out of bed five minutes before work started, but I'm not built that way - I like to have a relaxing morning before I start work. I don't like to be rushing around getting ready.

So after getting washed and dressed, I make breakfast, feed the cats, and then get online for an hour. I check my email, check Facebook, do any promo I may need to do, and get a small amount of writing done. I also waste a bit of time on the SongPop app, which for some reason I have never grown out of.

And then it's usually time to log in to work, and I won't get chance to write, surf or anything else until lunch.

Well, it works for me. I used to save getting dressed until I'd finished eating and messing around online, but I find I can't write in a dressing gown. My entire writer's routine consists of putting clothes on.

So what's your morning or bedtime routine?

Monday 21 November 2022


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Monday 14 November 2022

Favourite social media platform and why

 Okay, when I saw this prompt from Long and Short Reviews I felt old. My publisher Totally Bound has been asking for TikTok reviewers recently and I have to admit I never use it - I know people who do, but have never had any interest in it. I also have a personal Instagram but not a writing one, which I probably should sort out sometime. And I have no idea what's going to happen with Twitter.

My favourite social media platform is still Facebook.


It's easy to stay connected with people (although I can never figure out the algorithms they use for putting notifications on my feed), it's easy to share my writing, and I'm addicted to hidden-object games. Yes, I admit that - pointless as they are, I love them. I've played all the iterations of Criminal Case, much as my husband rolls his eyes at this.

It also introduced me to SongPop, although I have that on an app now.

So what's your favourite social media platform?

Tuesday 1 November 2022

What sci-fi/fantasy book I'd like to visit

 This topic from Long and Short Reviews took some consideration, as I don't read a lot of sci-fi or fantasy, and the few I've read tend to be either dystopian or just gloomy. I loved the "Red Dwarf" novels, for instance, but wouldn't want to be stuck on a mining ship three million years into space. And the "Foundation" series is about a failing society, so not exactly fun.

In the end it was remembering a story I wrote as a teenager that gave me an idea. Though it's thankfully now disappeared, I wrote a futuristic story about a girl who goes to a computer game academy on a different planet, and one scene took place in a dazzling restaurant which was inspired by Douglas Adams' Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

That would be where I would visit. I'm not too bothered about the rest of the planet-hopping in "Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but visiting the Restaurant at the End of the Universe would suit me just fine. Maybe not with the talking cow, though - that might be pushing it too far.

So which sci-fi or fantasy book would you like to visit?