Friday Bits and Bobs.


Oh happy, happy rain! At last, I can think.

And my head is filled with all manner of randomalia, because I’m currently in fun-research mode for my book. This entails faffing about with characters’ names, learning about bee-keeping, and also the history of syphilis, (I promise, though, that the story is not about the latter).

In the mean time, I have some Friday linkies here…

This delicious giveaway courtesy of Susannah Conway. Which ends very, very soon, actually.

These pertinent comments, concerning social mobility and the arts in relation to the recent deaths of Alan Rickman and David Bowie. This is not just relevant to England either, as Australia is pursuing a similarly neo-liberalist, user-pays line in education, (and well, just about everything).

“Advice from my 80-year-old-self: an artist’s bittersweet legacy of real wisdom from strangers ages 7-88”

Many of us are aware of how ancient the root of many fairytales truly are. But now they’re saying the Bronze Age. This was before the invention of the glass slipper, clearly.

I’m thinking Mr Splitfoot, and Rivers of London may be next on my reading list. Anyone read these? Or any other recommendations? You know I’m always up for some!

Wishing you an excellent weekend indeed. xx

7 thoughts on “Friday Bits and Bobs.

  1. So very happy for you, for the RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!! :-))))))))

    I understand when you say; “Now I can think.” It’s scary/amazing, how much “the weather conditions” can effect our whole selves.


  2. ah, i remember well, the ecstatic celebrations following rain! I hope you get more…very soon!

    lovely linkies, as always — I’m especially moved by the ones regarding David Bowie and Alan Rickman — because I feel, very deeply, the money-gap. Autism services are very much if-you-can-pay-you-can-have-em in these parts…and those of us who can’t, are stuck on never-ending waiting lists and have to fight for every scrap that’s tossed our way. So it’s no surprise to see that the gaps are widening in the arts…especially considering the precarious states of various economies. *sigh*

    I’ll have to look into those books…I’m always up for a recommendation. I’m thoroughly immersed in the All Souls trilogy just now, after a doddery beginning! xoxo


    1. Ah, indeed Mel. The inequities in regards to health, education, and arts seem to be getting worse. Like many places, here in Australia we’re currently under (being the operative word) a conservative govt, which is eroding further what has already been slashed and burned. I could go on for hours…

      Happy to hear you’re enjoying the All Souls books – it took me a wee while to embrace them, but I really am loving them now. The historical detail is wonderful, and fascinating, (particularly in the second book!) – and written with such joy.


  3. i’m late in commenting, as i have been on a mini-retreat with several friends, and then happily snowed-in since…

    austerity is never good for the arts, but it’s such a difficult time now, especially, because many people are essentially disenfranchised after decades of failed “trickle down” economics and other policies that have amounted to an undeclared war on the poor and the middle class. schools barely address the arts and so many parents cannot afford much beyond basic necessities. those who can seem to find team sports and exam-coaching more compelling than arts, sadly.

    the “advice from my 80 year old self” article was moving. no certainties, indeed. make your life authentic—whatever that means to you—because life is too short to do halfway, or to go through as a stranger to yourself. yes.

    loved the link about the antiquity of fairy tales! the endurance of motif and concept in folk culture is a subject dear to my hear, and another is the deep relevance of fairy tales to our souls.

    i’d been eyeing “rivers of london” for a bit, but i’m always irrationally hesitant to start a series. it’s a mad weakness of mine that has its origin in my obsessive desire to know the end of a tale. i HATE not knowing how a thing turns out, so much so that i will wait—for years and years—to start a book series until the last book has been published. all so i may greedily tear through them all without fidgeting during the wait for the next book in the series. i cannot bear uncertainty and i hate surprises and narrative curiosity is an overwhelming force. sometimes, when i’m especially involved in a story and hit a suspenseful or worrisome part, i will page through the rest of the book and peruse the last chapter, so i can resume reading with less anxiety for the character(s). i do know this is, ahem, *odd*, to say the least.


    1. A mini-retreat would be idyllic! I’ve been dreaming of doing something similar with a couple of my friends. And now snowed in – if you’re not careful I may come and land on you! Just once in my life I would love to experience being snowed in…(as long as I have food, heating, and wine, that is).

      What you describe in regards to the arts and sports, and austerity in general absolutely applies here. Although Australian culture is particularly sports-mad and has always maligned the arts and intellectuality.

      I giggled at your account of reading a book series. I’d never thought of that. I must say though, I do sometimes have a reluctance to begin long, long book sagas. Trilogies I can handle, but I’m not good with the long-term committment of tales that go on for 5,6 or more books. I tend to glaze over unless I’m really loving the characters. For instance, I gave up on Game of Thrones after two books. Although, that was also due to it being a festival of violence. xx


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