Early February check in: Spark & Shelley & Bowie (and abject misery)

  Screw April; February is the real Cruelest Month   February heard me telling it to sod off. It's only the 10th, and it's already wiped the floor with my pasty arse. Hell, so far all of 2018 hates my guts. Yes, I said I wanted an exciting year. But my definition of "exciting" is …

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Daily: Mind/Body balance for the extraordinarily lazy

I'm expanding the focus of Bluestalking to include more personal stuff, more about my life outside books and writing. We'll see how it goes. Today, it's personal.     Mum had a Charles-and-Diana wedding mug that had survived longer than the marriage itself. Mum had worshipped Princess Di and frequently lamented her passing. "Gone," she …

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Reading at the tail end of 2017: Ethical dilemmas thereof, and the future of my blog

  It's a real problem for the reading and book tracking obsessed: must you add books half-finished at the end of 2017 to that year's tally (post-mortem, as it were), even if you don't finish them until 2018, or is it morally justified migrating them to first reads of 2018? My Code of Ethics Regarding …

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