It seems like an eternity since I last posted a recipe. I’ve been working on a redesign for this site so in 2014 there will be loads more recipes and a specific home for them. I need to apologise for the picture too, I need to stop using my iPhone and start picking up my SLR (New Year Resolution – sorted). But anyway, on with the post…
I try not to eat too much white pasta but when its cold outside and you can’t be bothered cooking it’s the perfect dish. It’s quick, filling and tasty – not to mention cheap.
Caramelised onions, creamy mushroom and spinach with pasta
I’ve become increasing worse at making plans. Some of the best holidays I’ve had have been the subject of a last minute booking. Take my last trip to Spain for example, I had the flights but with three days to go, I still had no place to sleep and you know what? I didn’t care.
What’s interesting is that this seems to be a bit of a theme. Lastminute.com has seen a 300% growth in the use of mobiles for holiday bookings with more than 50% of people booking to travel the same day.
I remember my first trip to New York (more…)
Today is world kindness day…
As a freelancer I’m always looking for new places to work. I find myself at odds with working in coffee shops, I just can’t settle. My nosiness takes over and I end up flitting between facebook and listening to other people’s conversations.
Not good for a productive work day.
So here are 3 places where you can get your work done without over dosing on caffeine and inane chatter…
A public library…
On Friday I visited Birmingham’s new Library. WOW. With wifi, big open work spaces and a roof garden, it’s a shame that more libraries aren’t like it. But most libraries are pretty good workspaces. They’re quiet, calm, full of resources and woefully underused these days.
Some more images from Birmingham Library – amazing right? (more…)
At last The Conversation has arrived in the UK. If you’re not familiar with the brilliant project by Amanda De Cadenet then hop on over to http://www.theconversation.tv where you can see a whole host of videos from the American series. If you have sky, then you can catch The Conversation on Lifetime Channel (sky 156) Monday’s at 8pm.
It’s a brilliant series, it’s refreshing to see women being able to talk in an honest, authentic way without judgement. Something that current media (society too perhaps?) doesn’t embrace (thank goodness for the internet and honest female bloggers!). (more…)
So it takes me ages to download pictures from my camera (almost as long as it takes me to unpack – I know, I know)…
So here are a few snapshots from my trip to Suffolk back in August…Despite the claims, I’m yet to visit Suffolk when the sun is shinning. However, I discovered an amazing place in Orford called The Pump Street Bakery which is all about slow food and real ingredients – just up my street. Click on read more for their Sourdough Celery Salt Croutons recipe.
When I started this blog, one thing I wanted to do was to share my experience about blogging. I’ve been blogging since 2006 and I’ve made some pretty crap decisions, I’ve made some pretty good decisions and I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to carve a career change out of it and well, make money.
But one thing I didn’t want to do is to become all preachy. I didn’t want to tell people what to and what not to do because you know what? No one is an expert on blogging or social media – no one. We can share our experiences and opinions for sure but can we call ourselves gurus? I don’t think so.
So rather than this post being a “how not to blog” I wanted to share with you 5 reasons why your blog will turn me off (i.e. things that make me click the close button before even finishing the title…)
*reposted from 1st november 2012*
This post was going to be specifically for those who are taking part in NaNoWriMo but I thought I’d expand it for anyone whose interested.
If you’re wondering what NaNoWriMo it stands for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place every November and it’s purpose is to write a novel in just one month. So that’s 50,000 words in 30 days! THIS link should give you all the information you need to know!
I’ve decided that I’m *not* going to take part this year. Well, not officially. I have 2 non-fiction e-book projects which I want to work on so I’m going to use the NaNoWriMo structure and get shit done! Plus, I’m not much of a fiction writer, I cover lifestyle, travel and current affairs topics but I do (in my spare time) write the odd piece of fiction so here are a few writing tips that I try to live by (a mix of tips for fiction and non fiction).
Know in advance that it’s going to be hard - writing isn’t easy or glamorous. There are times when I have no money, stress from pitching and deadlines and I think what’s the point? But then I remember this poem by Charles Bukowski entitled “So you want to be a writer” and it sets me right.
Here’s a small excerpt:
If you have to sit for hours staring at your computer screen or hunched over your typewriter searching for words, don’t do it.
If you’re doing it for money or fame, don’t do it.
If you’re doing it because you want women in your bed, don’t do it.
If you have to sit there and rewrite it again and again, don’t do it.
If it’s hard work just thinking about doing it, don’t do it.
If you’re trying to write like somebody else, forget about it.
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