Sunday Songs

Broods – Mother and Father

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Tove Lo – Stay High

Taylor Swift – Blank Space

Iggy feat. Mo: Beg for It

Nick Jonas – Santa Barbara

Echosmith – Talking Dreams

What are your favourite songs right now?

Victoria

xoxo

Looking up 2

About this time a year ago, I published a post called LOOKING UP showing all the photos of the sky I had taken on my phone. I thought it was time to do a second post with newer pictures. It’s amazing the beauty that can be found by just looking up at the sky sometimes. Enjoy!

 

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Victoria

xoxo

 

Once upon a time

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This is a pretty well-known quote and often applied to writing because so many people think about something but only a few actually start it and just starting a story can feel like a huge leap to take. But actually find I feel the opposite when it comes to writing. I find the beginning to be the the easiest, and thebest part!

I just started a new story and I love the moment when you open up a blank Word document and write those two words ‘Chapter One’ (although sometimes it could be ‘Prologue’!) because all you have is empty space to fill with whatever you want. In that moment all you have is you and your imagination, and laptop of course, and you can just let the words flow.

Every time I write something new it feels like it’s the first time again because the story could turn out to be anything. It could be something wonderful or just languish on your hard drive, there’s the thrill of just not knowing where this story will take you or what it will end up being.

The more I write, the better I get at editing my work and taking on feedback from beta readers and my agent but I still prefer writing that first draft as you can just write and not worry about what the finished product may turn out to be.

So whilst I would never say writing is easy, I feel like the beginning is the exciting part and if you don’t worry about the rest of the journey the story may go on and just enjoy filling up that white space with words, then it can be wonderful.

What about you – is the beginning the easiest or the hardest part for you?

Victoria
xoxo

Countdown to Christmas

There is always colour to be found

There is always colour to be found

Autumn is drawing to a close now, the fallen leaves are losing their colour but I don’t mind because that means December and Christmas is fast approaching. The Coca-Cola holidays are coming advert has been shown on TV which traditionally means the holiday season is upon us. I love this time of year and am already preparing.

I have a Christmas jumper and slippers all ready to go!

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The shops are starting to decorate and I bumped into this big guy in a local garden centre and naturally I had to get a picture with him :)

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I have also started my annual mince pie addiction :( I have also made my annual Christmas CD purchase . This years is Leann Rimes’ One Christmas, which this appears on:

I realised that the one area that I never really festive up is my reading so I decided to purchase a Christmas themed novel this year – Christmas Party by Carole Matthews and am looking forward to diving into it!

And now to start the present buying …

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How do you start the countdown to Christmas?

Victoria

xoxo

A sea of red

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On Tuesday, I headed into London to meet up with blogging buddy Rachel from Freelancing to Freedom (check out her blog if you haven’t already!) who has recently moved over from Canada. We had a lovely lunch then went to see the poppy installation at the Tower of London.

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The art installation is called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red and marks one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. There are  888,246 ceramic poppies – each poppy representing a British military fatality during the war.

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There is literally  sea of poppies surrounding the Tower of London and is a beautiful sight to see. It’s supposed to be taken down next week so hurry along if you haven’t seen it yet!

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It was lovely to meet up with Rachel after knowing each other for so many years here on WordPress (more bloggers should definitely come over to see me!) and London was looking beautiful:

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Victoria

xoxo

I carved a pumpkin and I liked it

My first pumpkin carving experience went like this:

The pumpkin BEFORE

The pumpkin BEFORE

So the pumpkin skin was tougher than I thought but I managed to get the top off and clear out the pretty gross insides. Harry was confused by the process.

So the pumpkin skin was tougher than I thought but I managed to get the top off and clear out the pretty gross insides. Harry was confused by the process.

I do not think I had the right knife. I blaming my tools! But I managed to carve a face. Possibly the happiest pumpkin in the world?

I do not think I had the right knife. I blaming my tools! But I managed to carve a face. Possibly the happiest pumpkin in the world?

It took a few attempts (ahem) to light the tea lights inside and put the lid on without them extinguishing but hurrah it is lit!

It took a few attempts (ahem) to light the tea lights inside and put the lid on without them extinguishing but hurrah it is lit!

Harry decided to help out and give me a scary pose to compensate for the too-happy pumpkin.

Harry decided to help out and give me a scary pose to compensate for the too-happy pumpkin.

He then agreed to pose with the pumpkin and candles to create a pumpkin display. He's still there. (just kidding!)

He then agreed to pose with the pumpkin and candles to create a pumpkin display. He’s still there. (just kidding!)

The pumpkin AFTER (poor thing). The moral of the story is I need some more practice at pumpkin carving.

Happy Halloween!

Victoria

xoxo

A new season

After an unusually warm summer, the season has changed and we’re in the midst of autumn here complete with lashings of wind and rain. On the plus side though, the leaves are changing and one of my favourite things is seeing the colours swirling in the air and laying on the ground for us to crunch through.

I took these walking through the park feeling all autumnal:

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As I type this, my hands are freezing – I may need to invest in fingerless gloves!! Writing in autumn and winter always makes me cold, probably because only your fingers are moving. I have had to pull out my leopard print snuggly throw to drape over me and Harry is a fan of it too:

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I love this quote about this season.

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s always exciting to think that a new season can bring new possibilities. And beautiful skies as well. I think is this my favourite season.

This sunrise caught my eye the other morning:

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What are your favourite things about this season?

Victoria

xoxo

Sunday Songs

This week I’ve been mostly listening to ….

Colbie Caillat – Try

James Bay – Let It Go

Jillian Jensen – I’m Movin On

The Veronicas – You Ruin Me

What about you?

Victoria

xoxo

I’ve been meaning to read that

Working in a bookshop means I walk past books every day that get added to my virtual to-read list. Some are new but others are books that are have been classes as ‘great’ reads and are ones I feel I should have read.

I recently picked up Memoirs of a Geisha based on a colleagues recommendation. It was a book that I’d heard of and knew to be popular and acclaimed but hadn’t thought about buying before. I’m so glad I did! I really enjoyed being transported to a different world, one I knew very little about, and found the first person narrative compelling from the first page. I rooted for the main character through her often harrowing experiences and would highly recommend it.

I’m sure there will be books that make those “100 books you must read” lists that I won’t enjoy, reading is so subjective after all but I like the idea of mixing up new and older books on my to-read pile.

So I’ve decided to buy some other books that I’ve been meaning to read before and am looking forward to diving into them:

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What books have you been meaning to read?

Victoria

xoxo

New agent news

Hi everyone!

In case you missed the announcement on Twitter or Facebook – and really why do we not hang out in those places as well as here?!! – I have a new agent yay!

Really excited to announce that I’m now represented by the lovely Hannah Ferguson at Hardman and Swainson.

You can (and should!) follow Hannah on Twitter here.

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In other news, today I’m hanging out on Comet Babe’s Books blogs talking about my book boyfriend.

HINT – Lake Scene.

Read my post HERE.

whoa cute guy alert

Victoria

xoxo

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