Month: March 2019

Fictional Friday #1

P R O P H E C Y THE ELECTRICAL STORM raged across the darkening sky, in complete contrast to what Arianrhod felt. Or, to be more exact, what she didn’t feel. She didn’t feel anything. In fact, she felt empty, devoid of any emotion. A fact which bothered her on many levels. Had she compartmentalized them all—as was her want in times of stress—or did she just not feel anything as many seemed to believe? It had been four weeks to the day since her mother—who they were now calling the great Don—had passed away. And, in that time, all hell had broken loose. In many ways it was fitting that a storm should rage tonight of all nights. The night she had to give her final answer to the Council. Would she, as her mother’s heir, give up the life she led and take up the reigns of power to become the next Mhor Rioghain? The next Great Queen? As Captain of the prestigious Star Cruiser, the Bright World, pride of the Prydain …

Reading Slump

After such a great start to the year, reading 8 books in January and then, 7 books in February, I seem to have hit a brick wall. Or something. I’m in a sump. I’ve only finished two books this month, and one of those wasn’t that great a read—FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW. I had hoped the next book, A LIFE TO KILL, would be a much better read and, it was. Up until a point. I was getting absorbed into the story and then? It moved elsewhere and, basically, changed focus. One minute we’re in Afghanistan with British soldiers on patrol, and all hell is breaking loose … and then the focus shifted to the platoon’s base camp back in the UK and the families waiting for their loved one’s return. It was a little jarring, so much so that I didn’t pick the book up for a couple of days and then? I’d lost interest. I tried reading the next chapter but all I wanted to know was what happened to the soldiers. Frustrated. …

Top 5 Tuesday: Fictional Friendships

Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm has come up with a topic for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday that, well, should be easy to fill. But, other than the usual ‘friendships’ which we all know—Frodo and Samwise, Harry, Hermione and Ron—I want to try come up with 5 different friendships to share with you—characters from my childhood. #1. Winnie the Pooh and Piglet — yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking, how far has this woman regressed that her first choice is a stuffed bear and a pig. But bear with me, I grew up with Pooh and Piglet and the occupants of the 100 Acre Woods, who were also great friends to me as a child, taking me on many adventures. #2. The March Sisters — Through thick and thin, and hell and high water, the March sisters from Little Women stick together no matter what. Proving that, sometimes, your best friends can be found in your own family. #3. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson — As I read a lot of Sherlock …