Sunday Post – 26th January, 2020 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost


This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

This week was another eventful one. Last Sunday, we were busy getting ready for Mhairi’s arrival on Monday. I was excited to see her, as she hasn’t been able to make the journey since before Christmas. We spent far too long talking into the night about all sorts of things – chiefly writing. We took the opportunity to set our annual Shoot for the Moon challenge and discuss the success of the 2019 targets we’d aimed for. And I have now established a really, really ambitious, long-term publishing schedule that takes me into 2023 – how’s that for long term planning? We also established a timeslot to Skype one another – something we kept promising to do, and yet didn’t… Her two-day stay flew past and all too soon, Wednesday morning came around and I was hugging her good-bye…

Not that I had much chance to think about it, as Himself and I were then planning our trip to London with Tim on Thursday to see the longest running play in the world – The Mousetrap. While the weather was a bit cold and dank, we counted it a win as it wasn’t snowing or pouring with rain and, apart from inexplicably getting lost on the way to the theatre from Leicester Square!!! (I STILL don’t know how we managed that one!) everything went according to plan. Tim was delightful company, thoroughly enjoying the buzz of being in London and coped really well with the Underground in the rush hour on our journey home. The performance was excellent, and sitting in such a beautiful theatre was a treat, anyway.

We have had a few quieter days, mostly because I seem to have picked up a minor stomach bug, which means I’m not keen to go anywhere too far away from my own bathroom. The upside to that is that I’ve managed to spend some time on my much-neglected novel, Mantivore Warrior, which has almost forgotten what I look like… As I’ve changed the dynamic, I’ve gone back to tweak the ending and the story arc in the outline and have been working hard on that.

Last week I read:

NOVELLA Sweep With Me – Book 4.5 of the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews
Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of [planet] Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone.
All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what’s a holiday without at least one disaster?
In the excitement of seeing that another book in this series was available, I missed the bit where it mentioned it was a novella. So though I thoroughly enjoyed it, I was rather upset when it finished far too soon.


The Zero Curse – Book 2 of The Zero Enigma by Christopher G. Nuttall
Caitlyn Aguirre is no magician … But that doesn’t make her useless.

After discovering her true talent and uncovering the long-lost secret behind Objects of Power, Cat returns to school – intent on showing everyone what she can do. But her mere existence is a threat to the balance of power, convincing some to befriend her, some to try to use her … and some to remove her.

And when she and her closest friends become the target of a deadly plot, she must use all her wits to save them and escape before she becomes the first casualty in a deadly war.
I am a sucker for school-based fantasy adventures, and this one of Christopher Nuttall’s is excellent fun. I like his writing anyway, and this series deserves to be far better known. Review to follow.

My posts last week:

Friday Faceoff featuring The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge – Book 4 of the Stainless Steel Rat series by Harry Harrison

Shoot for the Moon Challenge – 2019 Roundup

Sunday Post 19th January 2020

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last few weeks over the Christmas break, in no particular order:

Writing Advice, Ranked I always love Bill’s hilarious articles on writing – and that underneath the humour, there are invariably some nuggets of truth very deeply hidden…

Abstract Colors It might be because I’m writing a lot about colours, as they are part of the communication between my protagonist and alien – but I found myself staring at this for a long, long time…

Losing My Sweet Dog Such a moving tribute…

Wordless Wednesday What a fabulous image – a great prompt for a story. Or just looking at the shapes…

Celebrate #Maine Through Poetry Bette is always an inspiration – and this is one of my favourite poetry forms…

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you have a wonderful week.

35 responses »

  1. Congrats on your longterm publishing schedule! That’s awesome, Sarah!
    I’m glad you had such a good time in London – even if you got lost between Leicester Square and the theatre. You got there in time for the performance 🙂
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

    • Thank you, Linda:). It sounds a bit daft, but there is such a lead time, so that if I don’t line up all my ducks in a row at this stage and have a very clear idea where I’m going, then I won’t necessarily get where I want to be. If any of that makes sense…

  2. The play sounds wonderful. I always love just sitting back in a theater seat and enjoying a performance- it’s so relaxing. Glad you had a wonderful time. Sorry to hear about the stomach bug though- hope you are feeling better!

    Have a great week!

  3. I miss seeing plays and musicals, it’s something I just can’t fit in these days. Although my kids’ high school is doing Chicago in a few weeks and I will probably go see it, since we have unbelievably talented kids in our little town😁 Have a nice week, Sarah!

    • Yes – it’s funny how that ability to attend these things comes and goes in our lives, depending on our commitments and where we live. Glad you have Chicago to look forward to – I’ve never seen it, though I’ve heard great things about it:)). I hope you, too, have a wonderful week, Tammy!

  4. Aw. It’s nice that you got some time with Mhairi. I think any time you can go to London and NOT be rained on is a good one.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing my photo! Congrats on the long-time planning! I am lucky if I get half the year planned out 😂

    • You are very welcome – I thought the picture was absolutely lovely… Thank you! The thing is – I need to be really organised and focused if I’m going to get my self publishing career properly off the ground, hence the long-term planning.

      • Really good idea! If you would like help or want to be seen, you can check out Fae Corps Publishing here on WordPress. My partner and I run it and are helping Indie Authors be seen and we help with publishing. Good luck!

    • Thank you, Shelleyrae:)). Yes – it’s quite a thing to go and see it. They have the number of the performance on the front of every programme, too… I hope you, too, have a wonderful reading week.

  6. I’m glad to hear you had such a nice time at the theater. I love the theater so much! Even though I just saw several shows last month, I’m already itching to get tickets to see something else. Sorry to hear about the stomach bug. I hope you’re feeling better!

    • Thank you, Lynn. It’s great to have a solid plan – I don’t write all that fast in comparison to many other indie authors, so I need a strategy to ensure I don’t burn out and yet still enable me to continue to produce a reasonable output

  7. You had a very interesting week even if parts of it were a “sickie” week like mine!
    Here’s hoping this week has started well and will continue to be a good one.

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