Dog play | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything.

The prompt for today is: Provoke.

The dog yipped at her owner, her best friend, and wagged her tail, hazel eyes shining with excitement as she walked through the back gate. She ran over to her best friend, and licked her outstretched hand to say hello and then ran around the yard in circles trying to find her ball.

Eventually she found it and gathered it in her mouth, and with a big grin ran up to her bestie and dropped the ball at her feet. Her bestie looked at the ball, and then looked back at her. She jumped up and down and yipped in excitement to provoke her bestie to throw the ball.

Her bestie picked up the ball and threw the ball. Her heart leapt with joy and excitement and she tore off across the yard.

Until next time.



Forest walk | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything.

The prompt for today is: Meander.

I closed my eyes and breathed in deeply, the fresh air of the forest calming my spirit, the morning dew giving the air a soft, sweet smell.

I opened my eyes and smiled, and took a few steps along the forest track, reaching my hands and letting them graze the trunks of trees, the leaves of the ferns, the rough and the smooth leaving gentle tingling on my palms.

I sighed in contentment and continued to meander through the forest, and allowed my senses to ground me in the present.

Until next time.


Body language | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything.

The prompt for today is: Fact.

I watched a TEDx Talk today, published a couple of years ago and it talked about body language and what it tells other people about you and how you can work to change your body language not only so that you feel better – more powerful, positive, but also so other people perceive you differently.

I’m not sure how much of this talk was based on fact, or if it was this woman’s experience in her professional field, but it was dang interesting to listen to. Much of what she said resonated with me, in the way I have trained myself to stand, to sit, and what I observe of others’ body language, such as arms crossed when they’re having a difficult conversation.

People are fascinating creatures, and if you’re wondering what body language is all about, try watching this video to give you a taste, it’s only about 15 minutes long.

Until next time.


Book Review | How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett

How to Live on 24 Hours a DayThis is a self-help book first published in 1908, and it talks about time. How much time I have in a day, is how much time you have in a day. No one gets more, no one gets less, we are all equal in that respect. But the question is, how does one get the most out of their life when they have only 24 hours to live on each day? That is one of the questions that this book talks about, and even provides some tips on how to achieve it.

If you haven’t read this book, I’d encourage you to give it a go, it’s not very long and you can pick up the electronic version for free via Gutenberg or even the likes of Amazon have the Kindle version for free. Ignoring the fact that this book was written in 1908 and so is a tad on the sexist side (it was written for men by the sounds), the main thoughts through the book about time, and how we can get the most out of our days so that we do feel satisfied with our lot in life.

It was a really refreshing look, and timely reminder for me, at how we spend our time, so I thought this book was great overall. The only thing I would have liked was for it to be a bit longer and have a bit more practical advice in it, but hey that’s just me, and I’m very into that sort of self-help stuff!

If you read it, let me know what you think, and if you haven’t read it, go read it – it’s free and won’t take up much of your time, promise!

Until next time.


Full Moon | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything. I’m not planning to do this every day, but once a week at least.

The prompt for today is: Above.

She turned off all the lights in the house. Already she could feel it calling to her. She stepped outside and quietly closed the door behind her.

She looked around at the yard, bathed in the glorious bright light of the Full Moon in the sky above. She walked down the street looking at the way the Full Moon caressed the houses and the trees in the forest at the end of the street.

She could feel it bathing her skin in a soft glow. She looked up at the Moon, and felt a calm spreading through her body, her skin beginning to tingle.

She sighed gently, relaxing, surrendering to the warm tingling spreading through her blood and her muscles as she changed into a wolf. She howled her thanks to the Full Moon and loped into the forest…

Until next time.


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Monthly Book Wrap-up | February 2018

This is a review of all of the books I finished reading in February 2018, plus a bit about what I’m currently reading and what I’m hoping to read next.

  • Books finished this month: 4
  • Books finished this year: 13

Books read

As expected, I didn’t finish reading quite as many books as I did in January. Kind of slightly disappointed with that though because I started catching the train to work and thought I’d be able to zoom through books! Oh well, four will just have to do.

  • Shadow of a Doubt by W.J. May | So I finished reading this one, and still don’t have a clue what the fuck a Shadow is. I mean seriously, give a girl a clue to actually entice her into reading the rest of the series… Which no, I don’t plan on doing.
  • Temple by Matthew Reilly | I liked this one, it was kinda two stories in one. One set thousands of years ago, and the other today, but both related. He shit me though, trying and failing to write “old skool,” like how a manuscript might have been written thousands of years ago. I think if you’re going to do that, at least research the writing so you get it spot on, not just chuck in a “thusly” every now and then and think you have it nailed. Nope!
  • Radium Halos by W.J. May | *sigh* a book about teenagers and they get special powers after getting stuck in a mine in a storm. Again, the book stopped before I got invested in the story and failed to pique my interest enough to continue the series.
  • The Fallen 2 by Thomas E. Sniegoski | The second book in the series was much more enjoyable, the lead character stopped being a whiny bitch and accepted he had to save all the fallen angels. Not a bad ending and conclusion either, nicely wrapped everything up.

Currently reading

I’m terrible, I always have a few books on the go at once. Usually something electronic that I can read on my mobile while I’m out (or while pretending to work, shh!), a physical book that tends to be my bed time and meal time read, and a non-fiction book on a topic of interest that I read over breakfast first thing in the morning – you should try it, it’s a great way to start the day!

  • Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio | I was really enjoying this book in the beginning, but am finding that it’s starting to become one of those extreme feminist books with a whole lot of man-bashing. Change takes time, darling, you can’t expect it to happen over night. Still there are some good parts, and I’d suggest if you have an interest in feminism to give it a go and make up your own mind.
  • Torments of the Traitor by Ian Irvine | I’m listening to the audiobook for this, it’s the first in a series which I think is set years after one of his other series but I’ll be damned if I can remember which series or what happened in it…doesn’t seem to make a difference at this point though. I’m maybe halfway through at the minute and so far it’s not very exciting, not much has happened yet, so we’ll see if I continue the series…
  • Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini | I’m reading this one as part of a book club, and I’m a bit conflicted. There’s so much good press about this, and sure it’s alright, but I think this would have been better for me a year or two ago when I first started my self-discovery journey. Right now, I’m not finding anything new to me, so I’m just using it to kind of reinforce some of the steps I’ve already taken.
  • Pig Island by Mo Hayder | This is my current “train” book, I’m reading it while on the train to and from work. It’s supposed to be one of those creepy horror books. So far not feeling it, it’s not quite descriptive or revolting enough.

Up next

I have a massive TBR so there’s always something to read next on my list.

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson | I read the other two ages ago, and figure it’s about time I finish this one, so I’ve got it waiting for me at the library when I finish Pig Island.
  • The Star King by Susan Grant | This will be my next Kindle read, can’t remember what it’s about, I saw it up for free and must have thought it was interesting at the time!
  • The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler | I dunno, I must be going through a feminist “phase” or something, but have found some really interesting books on the subject lately!

What books have you been reading this last month?

Until next time.


Know your stuff | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything. I’m not planning to do this every day, but once a week at least.

The prompt for today is: Conversant.

It was late afternoon as I walked into the kitchen at work to get a 3pm pick-me-up coffee. Caffeine was desperately needed after a full-on day of teaching the new guy how to use a computer.

“Hey,” I said to one of my colleagues.

“Hey,” he replied. “I hear the training with the new guy is going well,” he said, grinning.

I glared at him. “Don’t even get me started. He started a job at an IT company and isn’t even conversant with computers; even thought having two monitors meant he had two computers.” I rolled my eyes.

My colleague laughed. “That’s insane, why was he hired?”

“He has the business and education experience we needed, nobody thought a computer literacy test would be needed, it’s just assumed everyone knows how to use them these days,” I replied.

True story. I was completely flabbergasted by this persons lack of even the basics in computer literacy, when he’d accepted a job at an IT company. It was an incredibly steep learning curve for him, but a few years later he can now adequately use a computer and even touch types instead of one-finger typing. Just goes to show how much you can learn on the job when you need to!

Until next time.