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Saturday, 27 August 2016


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Jenny @ Reading the End

I mean look, very well done you for running AT ALL. I am hugely impressed. I have been keeping up an exercise regime for the past, I dunno, nearly ten months? and feeling very proud of myself, even though it's only twelve minutes of running up and down the stairs each day, which is not very much in the grand scheme of things but feels like twelve minutes of MURDER every day. Pooh to exercise! I hate it!

Of course, my level of impressed-ness re: running pales by comparison to my level of impressed-ness that you've written a book. Look at you! That takes mad commitment!


Jenny - stairs! Every day! That is MOST impressive. Is this the place to mention that Belgium is renowned for its flatness?

Re the book: perhaps 'book' is a leetle overegging of the pudding as it really is very bad. Also quite short! But one important thing I did learn is that it's easier to not write a book than to write one.


Some lovely finds there, and I'm glad you survived Norfolk. And well done on the running! :)


Thank you, Karen!

Sadly I never did make it to any of the Ipswich charity bookshops, although I was briefly back this weekend and donated a couple of large bags to Oxfam. If you happen to be a fan of Baroness Orczy's lesser works (of which there are surprisingly many), do pop over there. :D


Oh this is wonderful! I hate running too that's why I cycle and it turns out I love that so much I go happily on 160 km rides. Maybe hop and a bike and see what happens? you could fall in love like I did :) Loved your kayaking story! And most of all, good work with the book! doesn't matter if it s terrible or prize winning as long as you are having fun working on it!


Good God, if I cycled 160 km in Belgium I'd find myself in Poland! (Belgium is very small except when you are walking upriver dragging a kayak in which case it seems insanely large.)

I do quite like cycling and I pedal about a bit, though not to the extent that you do! And I tend to cycle at a very sedate pace. I like to think that it all adds up - into something. The sad truth is that I am just plain lazy. ;)

Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

The Hounds of the Morrigan! I don't come across that many people who have even heard of that book. I've been wanting to read The Watchmaker of Filigree Street too, will have to see if they have it at the library yet.

As for exercise, I bought a stationary bike so I can read while biking - that's pretty much the only way to motivate myself to do it.

Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

I thought I commented already, but it got eaten. I hope you like The Hounds of the Morrigan - I have hardly met anyone else who has even heard of it. And bravo for writing a children's book! Writing a bad one is often the first step to writing a good least from what many authors say.


Lory, I'm so sorry! I completely forgot to enable your first comment.

I LOVED the Hounds of the M! Perhaps it was more popular here? But definitely one to press into people's hands. I also enjoyed The Watchmaker of Filigree Street - fun and inventive and atmospheric, though her prose was a bit flat, I thought. But not enough to put me off in any way!

Thanks for the kind remarks about the book - I managed to rewrite about a third of it before the beginning of term but I fear that writing a bad book may well be the first step to writing another bad one in my case!

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