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

What books have influenced you?

You may have seen this question flying around Facebook lately. People have been tagging friends to find out which ten have stayed with them in some way. The rules are – Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be great works of literature, just books that have affected you in some way.

My ten books are:

1. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice (but really all her books!)

2. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

3. Dodi Smith – I Capture the Castle

4. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women

5. JK Rowling – Harry Potter (cheating a little by saying the whole series!)

6. Stephenie Meyer – Twilight

7. Kathryn Stockett – The Help

8. John Green – The Fault In Our Stars

9. Elizabeth Gaskell – North and South

10. Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’s Diary

What I like is the idea that the books are ones that have affected / influenced you the most. The ones that come to your mind first. It would be interesting to make the list again on the future to see if there are any changes.

What ten books would you choose?

Victoria
Xoxo

Checking in with Harry

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It’s been three months since Harry came to live with me so I wanted to share some more photos. Look away if you don’t enjoy cat pictures and really if you don’t, you need to reassess :)

Harry’s favourite place at the moment is the sink. He likes to lie down, play with a ball in there and drink from the tap:

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Harry loves taking selfies with me *ahem poor cat*

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He likes to sit and think about life a lot too:

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He also likes a good book to read AKA sit on:

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He also loves bags to hide in:

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But like most cats, his favourite time of day is sleeping time:

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Victoria

xoxo

Summer Reads

I realised that I haven’t talked about books on here so far this year because I haven’t quite felt passionate enough about any I’ve read to recommend. But this summer two books have stood out for me and I am compelled to share them with you guys!

Flowers in the Attic – Virginia Andrews

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This is a pretty horrific story of four children locked in the attic by their mother and grandmother all due to their greed for the grandfather’s money. I don’t why it’s so compelling but I tore through this book and was desperate to discover if they make it out of the attic. There are some disturbing parts to it, most infamously it deals with incest, and of course the main theme is child abuse but I was completely gripped by it and have the sequel on my shelf ready to read. It was my first Virginia Andrews book and I can see why I’ve seen so many people online say how much they love her books, she can definitely spin a tale. Just not ones for the fainthearted :)

The Invention Of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd

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This is  the story of two women – Handful, a slave living in the same household of Sarah Grimke who is presented with Handful as a gift for her eleventh birthday by her mother. Set in Charleston and spanning decades following these two girls as they grow into women, this book is a powerful story full of horrors of the time with characters you root for. I was surprised to read at the end that Sarah was a real person who became one of the earliest abolitionists and feminist thinkers writing manifestos and talking about slavery and equality for women along with her sister Angelina. This book left me wiping away a tear at the end and that was before I knew these women actually existed. An inspiring novel that kept me hooked from start to finish. I now need to read her earlier novel The Secret Life Of Bees, can’t believe I haven’t yet!

What’s been your favourite read this summer?

Victoria

xoxo

Sunday Songs

This week I’ve basically been obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new song! Shake It Off:

As a result, I’ve been sticking with other upbeat songs this week -

Ashley Roberts – Woman Up:

Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang:

What are you listening to this week?

Victoria

xoxo

Would you say no to Disney?

This week I watched Saving Mr Banks, a film based on the interactions between Walt Disney and the author of Mary Poppins P.L Travers as the movie adaptation was being developed. Mrs Travers was reticent about the film as the characters were like family to her and handing them over to someone else was a difficult ask.

Books and films are such different mediums and yet so many books have been turned into movies. Because both mediums tell a story and a good story in theory should shine through no matter how you present that story to an audience. Of course, some adaptations work better than others. Readers who have loved a book want to see it replicated as closely as possible but a viewer of the film who hasn’t read the book wants to experience a good film and not sit through six hours of backstory or scene setting.

Watching the film I sympathised with Mrs Travers but also with Mr Disney (or Walt as he liked to be called!) they both agreed Mary Poppins was a brilliant story with great characters but clashed on how to use these things in a film. As a writer I can’t imagine the fear that must come when you sign over film rights to someone not knowing how they will treat your baby. Obviously though I’d cry with joy someone wanted to turn one of my books into a film in the first place :)

I found the movie actually really moving. For me, the moment when she actually enjoys one of the songs they play her and ends up dancing is such a lovely moment because she was transported into the film story, still her story but with a new vision. Even though she knew Mary Poppins backwards, she still felt something.

That has to be what any author and film maker want. To make the audience or reader feel the story no matter the medium it’s being told in. I’ve watched Mary Poppins A LOT during my lifetime yet I wiped away a tear during Saving Mr Banks as I saw the story from a new point of view. And in a way whenever you re-read or re-watch something you see it from a new point of view. That’s why some stories have stood the test of time no matter what medium they were told in.

And if Disney ever call me for my film rights, I’ll shall definitely say yes with the proviso I get to go to the premiere with Mickey Mouse as Mrs Travers does :)

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How would you feel if your book was going to be adapted into a film?

Victoria
Xoxo

Sunday Songs

Ella Henderson – Glow

Family Of The Year – Hero

The Pierces – Creation

Yuna – Falling

Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One

Professor Green and Tori Kelly – Lullaby

What are you guys listening to?

Victoria

xoxo

 

 

 

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