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I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and that you can still move after being gluttons.
I still have about a ton (rough estimate ha ha) of chocolate to eat. I’ll struggle on – somehow!
Over the Christmassy days I didn’t write but by Saturday morning I needed to write, like an itch that needed to be scratched, and so I entered three competions and I wrote a poem about my 2014 which I’ve pasted in below.
I’ve been reading a lot in the last few days, a little of War and Peace, that equates to a 150+ pages so I’m progressing nicely through Part 2, some of a biography about Alice of Athlone, one of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters, and a book that I haven’t read since I was at school (20 odd years ago.)
I found “The Very Bloody History Of Britain (Without The Boring Bits) The First Bit.” by John Farman by accident while browsing on Amazon and it was as funny to me yesterday as it had been then.
I recommend it if you are new(ish) to British history and want to learn in a “fun and with comic illustrations” kind of a way.
The rediscovery of a book from the past was a surprise bonus gift this Christmastime.
Tolstoy is beckoning today, War and Peace needs stamina but it’s a fabulous book.
I think the Russian influence is taking over my book purchases too, I’ve also bought a biography on Catherine the Great but I love history so no complaining here!
I hope you have a very happy and healthy 2015 and thanks for following me. It’s really appreciated. X
Speak to you next year!!
2014: Miracle Upon Miracle
At the start of this year my mental health was not what it should be
The weight of OCD and PTSD were expertly overwhelming me
But these last twelve months have shown me that miracles are real
That the hand of cards from the deck is not always a rum deal
Team Jo, as I’ve christened us, Mum, the therapist, doctor and I
Have worked solidly to strengthen me and answer the whys
But it must be acknowledged with gratitude and unrelenting zeal
That without God’s love, precious faith and His ears open to appeals
I, a mere mortal, may have let my fighting spirit gasp, stutter, die
But there’s a wondrous light peeking from my reawakening eyes
Life is returning, the illnesses are fading and to them I shan’t yield
I have walked a stony path but blessedly supported I approach healed
As the New Year bell sounds delicate buds of bountiful joy I can foresee
I reflect that in 2014 the true Jo came back and she is alive within me.
My Kindle is stocked with great books to read over the festive season and probably well in to 2015.
Just one teeny tiny issue though…I am going to need more eyes to read them at the same time!!
As I write I am part way through
Tolstoy’s War and Peace…a must read and a test of stamina!
Two historical biographies – research for articles/books etc.
A Maeve Binchy novel, A Week In Winter – it flows beautifully.
A book on writing articles.
And Lillie Langtry’s autobiography, she was one of King Edward VII’s conquests, in case you’re wondering who she is/was.
So, the fact that I have just bought two royal history books and another book on writing means that I need about 9 pairs of eyes!
I have always been an avid reader and I’ve forever been starting books and setting them aside for a day or two to read something else. E.g fiction for three days and a couple of days non fiction to mix it up – unless I am 100% engrossed in a book then the others can wait! The last book that I read which I couldn’t put down was Les Miserables and before that Jane Eyre.
I missed that book for weeks after I’d finished it!
The great thing about being a keen writer is that it goes hand in hand with being a dedicated reader. YAY!!
People who don’t read books are missing out on so much magic.
Anyhow, I have to go Christmas food shopping so there’s no reading time for a couple of hours yet today!
I’m Christmassy and a teeny bit excited…but not drunk, I just like the pic!…because I’ve put together some funny Christmas poems over the last couple of days and compiled a mini anthology called It’s Christmas! (Out tomorrow 19/11/14 or possibly late today.)
From Tommy Turkey: Legend to Party Animal Pete it’s been great fun and even if no one ever buys it, borrows it or even glances at the cover on Amazon I’ve had a fab couple of Christmassy indulgent days – I even ate my first panatone of the winter to be festive!
Yes, it was DELICIOUS! I wish that I could claim that it was homemade and I am a brilliant cook but hey, I can write and my sister got the culinary skills – seems fair to me!
A few years ago she sent us her homemade mince pies all the from Canada to the UK…mince pies travel well. (and if she happens to read this she can always take the last line as a walloping great big hint ;-)X
Tomorrow I’ll be back to non season related work…might sing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer to start the day…nope, I’m not a great singer, yep, you want my sister for singing ability! Athough be warned: I painted her recorder with nail varnish once because I was fed up with the screeching that her playing inspired so she can’t do EVERYTHING!
Heehee Naughty? Moi (innocent face!!) Her revenge: She started to ply the clarinet AND the guitar – or Guitaaaaaaaaaargh!
Have fun peeps
Joanne (only 36 days until Christmas…I just KNEW you’d wanna know!!)