Personal, Poetry

2018

the sounds of 2018

operatic voices rising, my own included, then falling away
the whirr and grind of the sanding machine
the builder rolling paint onto the walls: up, down, up, down while I worked in the other room
the purr of an engine as I turned on the car and started to drive
screech and yank and bang of furniture moving and plumbing
floorboards giving a sharp loud smack as I pulled them up
beeping hospital machines (I thought I was done with those)
the murmur of danish tv shows
the blissful sound of silence
a finally tuned piano
my first strum of a guitar
and, towards the end, the new cat miaowing and galloping around. Continue reading “2018”

Books

2018 Reflections: Non-Fiction

The difficulty with writing this post is that almost all the non-fiction books I read this year were excellent, but I suppose that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get a shout-out here as well.

So here are my favourite non-fiction books from this year. (Note that not all of these were published this year, that’s just when I read them.) Continue reading “2018 Reflections: Non-Fiction”

Books

Books I Read In 2018

Every year I say I’m going to keep track of all the books I’ve read, and every year I fail. I think I might finally have stumbled across a reliable way of doing it, but I only worked it out at the beginning of December so that’s not very helpful. However, here is a list of the books I’ve read this year and recorded somewhere; it’s probably missing 20-50 more which I read but didn’t review / make notes about / remember.

Where there are reviews, I’ve linked to these in the titles; and I’ve added notes to some of them too.

Continue reading “Books I Read In 2018”

Books

2018 Reflections: Novels

Here are my favourite fiction books from this year. (Note that not all of these were published this year, that’s just when I read them.)

The following are abridged reviews; where there’s a longer version on the blog, I’ve linked to it. Blurbs are either from the back of the book, or from Amazon. Continue reading “2018 Reflections: Novels”

Weekly Round-Ups

How Do You Fit It All In? #4

The fourth instalment in a series in which I answer the ongoing question “How do you fit it all in?”, which people ask me when I tell them what I do. Continue reading “How Do You Fit It All In? #4”

Weekly Round-Ups

How Do You Fit It All In? #3

The third instalment in an ongoing series which was born of me not wanting to keep dealing with people’s incredulous looks when I tell them what I do.  Continue reading “How Do You Fit It All In? #3”

Weekly Round-Ups

How Do You Fit It All In? #2

The second instalment in a series in which I answer the ongoing question “How do you fit it all in?”, which people ask me when I tell them what I do.

Last week was especially busy and I’m not even sure why. Sometimes things just go like that. I also find it difficult to work efficiently when I have a lot of meetings and calls scheduled, and last week was full of those.  Continue reading “How Do You Fit It All In? #2”