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Bookcrossing and a whole lot more…


I am rather excited! I have been doing a lot of reading recently and I have decided that I need to get away for a little but. I have decided that if I am unable to attend the Jamberry International Conference in Utah in June, I will attend the International Bookcrossing Convention in Oslo. I WILL attend! I WILL attend! I WILL attend!


I am going to make the most of this trip to Norway. I will have some books to release while I am there and I will be naughty and read my Kindle on the journey. I have set myself a challenge of only reading 10 books for the Goodreads reading Challenge for 2017

My muse has also returned! I completed another assignment for my Writer’s Bureau  – which I am very excited about! I am sending that out tomorrow morning; hopefully I will get the feedback quickly. I have been thinking about releasing the assignment as a short story on Createspace…what do you all think?

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I cannot do it anymore!

I cannot believe that I have lost interest in my NaNoWriMo novel this month; it seems I am not destined to write a Science-Fiction novel. I have got bored of it at 12, 403 words. I haven’t even updated my word count on the site! Terrible I know! I have been focusing on my jobs this month.

My new job as a Retail Supervisor and Bar Tender has been rather busy since starting on November 1st. It has been very demanding on the body – as the shop is still being ‘created’ and is not yet completed. Which; is a shame as I would like to get on with my job.

Also, I have been trying to catch up on my reading. I have added more books to my TBR pile but it seems not to be going down! It must be, but I cannot see it!

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Goodreads, Life and Cross Stitch Updates!

Wow! I have had a massive burst of reading madness. Recently I have finished “Molly and the Cat Café” by Melissa Daley (review coming soon!) and I am already a fifth of the way through “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown. Both of these books are a part of my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I have also set myself a mini challenge to read both “The Lost Symbol” and “Inferno” before Tuesday 31st October – as my Mum and I had decided to go and see the film “Inferno” on that day. A mission I know, but I am determined to do it.

My current Goodreads Reading Challenge book count is at 10 out of 24. Fourteen to go and two months to do it in! I will complete it! I will! I am staying positive!

Also I have some interesting news about my ‘everyday life’. I am no longer a member of staff for my local county council. Well, almost. I finish on October 28th and on November 1st (the same day as NaNoWriMo begins) I will be working for my part-time as a full-time staff member. On November 1st, the Brewery will be expanding into a new building and I am going to be one of the staff members who are going to be working there. I am very excited about this.

I have also created a blog for my Cross Stitching ‘obsession’ it is called Dreaming in Aida. Please feel free to pop over and see it. Leave a comment and enjoy what you see!


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NaNoWriMo is coming…am I ready?

Oh yes, it is nearly that time once again! I have already started planning; yes I know that I am a month and a bit ahead – I REALLY want it this year. I have been inspired by a story starter that my current student was given.

The theme for NaNo this year is Space – I found that my Sci-Fi juices are flowing. I do have some Sci-Fi pieces started and I think that it is time to actually complete 50K in this genre. I know that I can work my way through November if my job carries on like it is – not much supporting students but being there for their medical needs.

Anyways; I am aiming to finish reading two books in the next few days. “The World According To Bob” by James Bowen and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling are the books I am getting near the end. I have also added some more Audiobooks to my Audible collection – head over to my newly added Audible Collection page.

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Reading Challenge Update…

I thought that I would give you an update on my GoodReads Reading Challenge. Sadly I am behind; very behind on my challenge. Ten books to be exact. Sadly I was unable to read many books while I was away in America – the join of using public transport at night (it is okay for them to chat loud upon their phones, but it is not okay for me to read?!).

I have found that my Iggle Books spreadsheet is a little out of date; so this evening I have spent searching through all the group discussions looking for the books that have been read since 2013 within the group. I am determined to read ALL of these books and Bookcrossing with some help of book tokens – the list is from 2013. I will complete this ultimate reading challenge.

How are your reading challenges coming along? Do you have any recommendations to be adding to my ever growing TBR pile.

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Joined a Blogging Community…

Hey everyone, just a quick post to say that I have joined Bloggers Required, after seeing a fellow blogger talking about it. It sounds like the inspiration that I need. I have signed up for a couple of posts; travel and book related. You can probably see that I have already added the ‘blog badge’ to my blog! Very exciting I should say…

I have also been working my way through my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year; I know that my travelling will help me crash through my list. I wonder how many have beaten their challenge and how many people, like myself, who are miles behind.

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Another book down…

A few days ago, I completed “Narrowboat Dreams” – yippie! Another book done and dusted!

As for Camp NaNoWriMo, I have decided NOT to take part this time around. I want to get myself all prepped and ready to go in November; which will arrive quicker than we all think it will.

It is not long until I am away on my holiday and I will be able to read to my hearts content! I will be taking my Kindle (yes, I know it is not a good word being a BookCrosser and all!) as I cannot carry five books with me. I will be taking a couple of BookCrossing books to release while I am away!

The closer I get to my holiday, the more excited I am becoming! JamCon here I come!

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Should I or should I not?

Should I or should I not do Camp NaNoWriMo this coming July? I will be away for the last three days of Camp (I will have access to the internet and I will be able to upload my novel at the end). However; I will be working every hour I can get my hands on working – both at The Brewery and with Jamberry to get as much cash as possible. This is due to adding an extra event on to my American trip…


I wasn’t going to originally; but I was persuaded by the rest of the girls in my team and being in the USA anyway, I thought that I could not miss the chance! I have been lucky that one of my team, can no longer go and has transferred her ticket to me – which I am very grateful! I think that I will give her some of the Swag I received as a thank you! I am sharing a room with four other members of my team.

However, there is a little, tiny, wincey problem – 33 and half hours on a bus (there and back)! JamCon is in Orlando, Florida, which is on the opposite end of the country to where I am staying – Buffalo, NY. I think that this will be a fantastic opportunity for me to see more of America and cross off some more of my “52 States Challenge”; which is currently ranking at five States visited!

I know that writing for Camp, will keep me focused and relaxed. I will be able to write on the bus down to Heathrow and on the plane; should I do Camp? I know that I will be doing a lot more reading over the holiday; as I am going to push on my books for my GoodReads Reading Challenge. I have 7 chapters left of “Narrowboat Dreams” to read and then that one can be “shelved”!

Let me know your thoughts…

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Another book down…

Last night I finished “The 100” by Kass Morgan. I do have the next two books on my TBR pile. However, they will have to wait a little longer as I currently have four books on the go! I am trying to get these four books read quickly as I will not be able to take too many books on my trip to America (67 days and counting); I will be taking the Kindle (blasphemy – I know!). There are MANY books on there to keep me going for my 7 hour flight, days and nights at camp and the 7 hour bus journey. That is not including the train journey to camp and if I can, my flight to Orlando and two night stay there! I am still working out the cost for that part of the trip – I’ll keep you all posted on that!

Anyway, back to “The 100”. I knew that it was going to be completely different that the TV show. I have to remember that the show is an adaptation and not the book! However, I did find that having a mental image of the characters helps with the reading (even though Clarke is a red head in the book but a blonde on the show?!). I did not like how book one ended, I know that I will have to get through these four books pretty sharpish to get to book two and three (my brother and his family bought them for my birthday in March).

I am currently focusing on “Narrowboat Dreams: A journey North by England’s Waterways” by Steve Haywood. I started this book months ago but got distracted by “The 100”. I am finding this book rather funny and a little nerve racking – I hope to live on a narrowboat in the future. I know that I will be fine, bur what Steve has written about so far does make me nervous!

Until the next time…

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A little bit of an update…

Yesterday I finished “A Street Cat called Bob” by James Bowen. It was amazing and I was reading it as a part of my Goodreads Reading Challenge 2016. It was book three out of 24. I was trying to read one ‘Fiction’ and one ‘Non-Fiction’ book a month. I have currently only read two ‘Fiction’ and one ‘Non-Fiction’ (see my Reading Challenges page for a full list). I am a MASSIVE cat lover; there are two within this household and another which lives with my brother. I knew within the first few lines I was going to love this book. I cannot believe that there is another five books afterwards. I will need to add them to my Bookcrossing Wish List. I received this book as part of a BookRay (or BookRing) through Bookcrossing – I am waiting to hear back from the next participant for their address so I can send it on to them. However; I have signed up for the second book. I can’t wait for it to arrive.

As for Camp NaNoWriMo; it has been very good. I am currently half way into my 20,000 word goal. I do have some editing to do as I have nearly finished a chapter. I am aiming to write at least two chapters over this ‘Camp’. I have been sticking to my daily word goal, which is under 700 words. However, as you can see I have been writing a little more than that. I wonder when it comes to November I can keep the flow and write more of the novel. I have also been looking into getting it published; but I am a little nervous about sending it off. I don’t even know which Publishing houses to send it to. I will need to do some more research on that.

Another exciting piece of news is that I had an interview with Fun Languages Viseu in Portugal about a teaching job out there (see “Some Job News” at My TEFL Adventures for more info) and I am now an official Jamberry Nails Consultant. You may have seen the image appear upon the sidebar of the blog. It is very exciting. I am one of the first people to have this opportunity here in the UK; I hope that you all have a look at my website; just click the image and it will send you to my site. I may not be a ‘girly girl’ but the Jamberry nail wraps are amazing. I have never seen anything like them ever. I was introduced to them by my long-time friend, Amy, who I have known since 1999. She was in the Girl Scouts (the same area that I am going to camp with this summer) and she was my Host for the camp. She is a ‘sister from another mumma’! I am going to see her too this summer, can’t wait! Jamicures will be taking place when I am there for sure! Here are some examples of the wraps; theyr are cute right?

I cannot believe that the Easter Holidays are almost at their end; I have a Training Day on the 11th (which I am not looking forward to!) and knowing me I will be writing some of my novel when I am there – I did that the Training Day we had in September last year. I have not received anything about the day other than the times; which I had to ask for. Oh well! I can just keep writing, can’t I.

Last night I watched “The Maze Runner”; have any of you seen the film or read the book? I have added all of The Maze Runner series to my Book Shopping Wish List; I swear it gets bigger every month! I found the idea of the story rather clever and I am looking forward to seeing the next two films.