My Interests

A small selection of my interests…

Reading This is a constantly-updated list of books I’ve completed, with a rating of how much I enjoyed them, since 28/06/09:

  1. Wild Magic (Immortals) [30Jun] (Tamora Pierce)        4/5
  2. Wolf Speaker (Immortals) [2July] (Tamora Pierce)       4/5
  3. Emperor Mage (Immortals) [14July] (Tamora Pierce)       4/5
  4. The Realms of the Gods (Immortals) [22July] (Tamora Pierce)       4/5
  5. Enchanted * [21July] (Nora Roberts)        4/5
  6. The Bell Jar [27July] (Sylvia Plath)        5/5
  7. Reinvent Yourself: 7 Steps to a Fresh New You [31July] (Fiona Harrold)      3/5
  8. Celestine Prophecy [2Aug] (James Redfield)    5/5
  9. Student Survival Guide [12Aug] (Phil Chambers & Elaine Colliar)        4/5
  10. Tranquil Thoughts: on Friendship [14Aug] (David Baird)         3/5
  11. The Sight [1Sept] (David Clement-Davies) 5/5
  12. Change Your Life in 7 Days [7Sept] (Paul McKenna)       3/5
  13. F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way [26Sept]   (John Parkin)     5/5
  14. Fell [13Sept] (David Clement-Davies)        5/5
  15. Becoming the Enchanter [19Sept] (Lyn Webster Wilde)         4/5
  16. On The Edge: My Story [30Aug] (Richard Hammond)       4/5
  17. Dear Fatty [2Oct]  (Dawn French)       4/5
  18. The World According to Clarkson [17Oct] (Jeremy Clarkson)        4/5
  19. Morrigan’s Cross [27Oct] (Nora Roberts)       5/5
  20. Dance of the Gods [2Nov]  (Nora Roberts)     5/5
  21. Valley of Silence [9Nov]  (Nora Roberts)        5/5
  22. Wisdom: Lessons from Successful Lives  [10Nov] (Psychologies Collections)       5/5
  23. The Mindful Woman  [3Dec] (Sue Patton Thoele)         5/5
  24. 279 Days to Overnight Success [28Dec]   (Chris Guillebeau)       4/5
  25. Minimalism: 7 Steps to a Simpler Life [28Dec]   (David Damron) 4/5
  26. The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness [30Dec]  (Alan Watts)         3/5

2010:

  1. Four-Hour Work Week [22Jan]   (Tim Ferriss)       4/5
  2. The Consolations of Philosophy [25Jan] (Alain de Botton)       4/5
  3. The Life Guide  [8Mar] (Psychologies Collections)       3/5
  4. The Wind Is My Mother [13Mar] (Bear Heart)     5/5
  5. Enchanted *again* [30Mar] (Nora Roberts)        4/5
  6. The Happiness Project [12Apr] (Gretchen Rubin)     5/5
  7. Eat, Pray, Love [26Mar]  (Elizabeth Gilbert)      5/5
  8. Committed [30Apr]  (Elizabeth Gilbert)      5/5
  9. Dewey [1May]  (Vicki Myron)         5/5
  10. The Sailboat Kit [5Jul]  (Eileen Corrigan Valazza)      5/5
  11. Love That Room  [6Jul]  (Lisa Baldwin)      4/5
  12. Creating Your Business Map [8Jul]  (Nona Jordan)      4/5
  13. Beginnings, Middles & Ends   [25Jul]   (Nancy Kress)      5/5
  14. Silent Power [4Aug] (Stuart Wilde)       3/5
  15. The Green Lady  [6Aug]   (Theresa Thomlinson)      5/5
  16. Child of the May [7Aug]   (Theresa Thomlinson)      5/5
  17. The Path of the She-Wolf  [7Aug]   (Theresa Thomlinson)      5/5
  18. Plot & Structure   [8Aug]   (James Scott Bell) 5/5
  19. The Importance of Being Earnest  [12Aug]  (Oscar Wilde) 4/5
  20. The Power of Deliberate Thinking: 5 Strategies for Staying at the Writing Desk  [5Sept]    (Joan Dempsey)        3/5
  21. The Magic of Physics [02Oct]  (Richard Weiss)    5/5
  22. Tickling the English  [28Oct]  (Dara O’Briain)     5/5
  23. The No Plot? No Problem Novel-writing Kit  [01Nov]   (Chris Baty)    4/5
  24. Butterfly  [08Nov]    (Nicola Lindsay)       5/5
  25. Brida  [20Nov]   (Paulo Coelho)    4/5
  26. Blue Jean Buddha  [18Dec]   (Sumi Loundon)    5/5
  27. Zen in the Art of Archery  [26Dec]  (Eugen Herrigel)   5/5

2011:

  1. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari   [5Feb]  (Robin Sharma)   5/5
  2. Of Spirits and Madness  [6March]   (Paul D. Linde)     5/5
  3. The Saddest Girl in the World  [9March]     (Cathy Glass)    5/5
  4. The Dog Who Rescues Cats: The True Story of Ginny   [11March]   (Philip Gonzalez)     5/5
  5. Living, Or Just Surviving   [4April]   (Ashley Ambirge)    5/5
  6. Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America   [12June]   (Elizabeth Wurtzel)    5/5
  7. Buddhism: Plain and Simple   [12June]   (Steve Hagen)    4/5
  8. Bushido: the Way of the Samurai  [18June]   (Tsunetomo Yamamoto)     4/5
  9. Promise of the Wolves  [17July]   (Dorothy Hearst)    5/5
  10. Queen of Shadows  [8Aug]    (Dianne Sylvan)      5/5
  11. The World According to Clarkson: And Another Thing (Vol2)   [23Sep]    (Jeremy Clarkson)      4/5
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray  [30Dec]  (Oscar Wilde)      4/5

2012:

  1. The Happy Prince and Other Tales  [4Jan]   (Oscar Wilde)    3/5
  2. Holding On and Hanging In    [5Jan]   (Lorna Miles)     5/5
  3. Shadowflame    [15Jan]   (Dianne Sylvan)     5/5
  4. Game of Thrones  [22Jan]   (George R.R. Martin)    5/5
  5. Dusk   [28Jan]   (Kenneth Oppel)   5/5
  6. Walk Like a God   [11Feb]   (Drew Jacob)   5/5
  7. Astonishing the Gods    [26Feb]   (Ben Okri)   3/5
  8. Fairytale   [28Feb]   (Monica Kulling)  4/5
  9. Wights and Ancestors  [26March]    (Jenny Blain)   4/5
  10. Why Now Is The Time To Crush It!  [16April]   (Gary Vaynerchuk)  5/5
  11. Shadow’s Fall  [20April]  (Dianne Sylvan)   5/5
  12. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening  [27May]    (L. J. Smith)    4/5
  13. The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle  [29May]   (L. J. Smith)    4/5
  14. The Vampire Diaries: The Fury   [5June]    (L. J. Smith)   4/5
  15. The Vampire Diaries: The Reunion  [5June]   (L. J. Smith)    4/5
  16. The Vampire Diaries: Nightfall  [10June]   (L. J. Smith)   4/5
  17. The Elements of Style  [28June]   (W. Strunk and E.B. White)  5/5
  18. The Vampire Diaries: Shadow Souls [29June]   (L. J. Smith)  4/5
  19. The Vampire Diaries: Midnight   [16July]   (L. J. Smith)   4/5
  20. unfin Mind and Matter   [Erwin Schrodinger]    4/5
  21. unfin Working with Young People [Roger Harrison & Christine Wise]   5/5
  22. On Writing  [16Nov]  (Stephen King)     5/5
  23. Getting through Dental Fear with CBT  [24Nov]   (Helen Chapman & Nicky Kirby-Turner)    3/5 

writtenword 002 During 2013, I’m planning to do “novel-swaps” and beta reading, which means I’ll be including “X’s novel” or in capital letters without grades just to keep track of my numbers.

  2013
  1. INKCHANGER [4Jan]
  2. The Parenting Puzzle  [4Jan] (Candida Hunt)  5/5
  3. Fire Bringer  [14Jan]  (David Clement-Davies)  5/5
  4. The Agency: Part I  [17Feb]  (Dianne Sylvan)    5/5
  5. The Agency: Part II  [16March]  (Dianne Sylvan)    5/5
  6. A Pagan Book of ABCs [24March] (Shanddaramon)  3/5
  7. The Spirit Thief [24March]  (Rachel Aaron)  5/5
  8. The Journey: Guardians #1  [02April]  (Michael Abayomi) 3/5
  9. Magic Tools for Raising Kids [04April]  (Elizabeth Crary)  5/5
  10. Of Shadow Born [07April]   (Dianne Sylvan)  5/5
  11. 2k to 10k: How to Write Better, Write Faster, and Write More of What You Love   [12June]  (Rachel Aaron)   5/5
  12. Time and Again  [28June]  (Kyeli Smith and Ellie Di Julio)   5/5
  13. The Agency: Part III  [07July]  (Dianne Sylvan)  5/5

  14. Artemis Fowl  [12July]  (Eoin Colfer)  4/5
  15. TTOCR Beta-read, Part I [03August]   (Ellie Di Julio)
  16. TTOCR Beta-read, Part II  [18August]  (Ellie Di Julio)
  17. The Fault in Our Stars   [07October]   (John Green)    5/5
  18. My Name is … , and I am an Indie Author [10October] (C. G. Cooper)  3/5
  19. Self Publishing Books 101   [11October]    (Shelley Hitz)  3/5
  20. The Light Keepers    [20October]  (Mande Matthews)   4/5
  21. The Forbidden Library   [01December]   (Django Wexler)    5/5

2014

  1. Throne of Glass    [7Jan]     (Sarah J. Maas)   4/5
  2. The Agency: Part IV   [10Feb]   (Dianne Sylvan)   5/5
  3. Planes Shifter WIP    [14Feb]    (K. R. Green)
  4. Beautiful Demons   [24Feb]   (Sarra Cannon)     3/5
  5. The Hunger Games [25Feb]  (Suzanne Collins)   5/5
  6. Mistborn: The Final Empire  [16Mar]   (Brandon Sanderson)  5/5
  7. Write Your Novel From The Middle   [4Apr]   (James Scott Bell)  5/5
  8. Warbreaker  [17May]  (Brandon Sanderson) 5/5
  9. Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey  [1Jun]   (Chuck Wendig) 5/5
  10. Summoned   [3Jun]   (Rainy Kaye) 5/5
  11. Queen of the Tearling    [3Jun]   (Erika Johansen) 3/5
  12. SOS Beta-Read [12Jul]   (Ellie Di Julio)
  13. The Gospel of Loki  [1Sep]   (Joanne Harris)   5/5
  14. The Well of Ascension  [10Sep]   (Brandon Sanderson)   5/5
  15. .
  16. ..

Photography

I also take photographs and wanted to share a little of my work with you:

Painting

I draw, paint and cross-stitch. Here’s a selection of my watercolours:

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