This evening the celebrations for Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) begin, ending tomorrow 1st November at sunset. Anglo-Saxons called November Blōtmōnaþ (blót month – blót means ‘blood sacrifice’) for that was the month they slaughtered their livestock in dedication to their gods. An entry in the Menologium seu Calendarium Poeticum explains that “this month is called Novembris in Latin, and in our language the month of sacrifice, because our forefathers, when they were heathens, always sacrificed in this month, that is, that they took and devoted to their idols the cattle which they wished to offer.” Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking … Continue reading Samhain

Finished Writing Book 3!

Holy cow. I did it! I finally finished writing the third and final novel in the Danethrall Trilogy! By “finished”, I mean I’ve completed writing the manuscript and now it’s time for a few rounds of reading, editing, rereading, and yet more editing before sending it off to be read and edited by a couple more pairs of eyes, considering and making recommended changes, etc, etc, etc. I was hoping to have this book finished, edited and published in 2020 – at this point it’s looking like it won’t be published until early 2022 if I’m lucky. Still, step one … Continue reading Finished Writing Book 3!

Amazon Advertising Campaign

2021 has been a bad year for business – and I mean bad. I’ve sold four books since 1st January 2021 to now (1st October 2021). Four. In the same time frame, only 3717 KENP pages have been read – that’s roughly a quarter of the usual pages since 2018. (For those who don’t know, KENP stands for Kindle Edition Normalised Pages where some of my earnings are determined by how many of my books’ pages are read.) Have some pretty charts to see why I’m a sad panda. Pretty abysmal, amiright? After having a whine on Twitter and feeling rather sorry … Continue reading Amazon Advertising Campaign

Halloween Week

Hey everyone! How is your Halloween going so far? My youngest and I kick-started Halloween by making an adorable (and delicious) cookie house. It was yummy and she was so cute and excited to make it. ❤ During Halloween, the kids and I like to attend at least three trick-or-treating events, including the 31st itself. This year, we’re doing four! We love dressing up, getting scared and eating candy; Halloween is our favourite time of year. Round 1 of Halloween was ‘Haunted Hallways’ – an annual trick or treat event held at the kids’ school. It was a lot of fun, … Continue reading Halloween Week

The Owl Service by Alan Garner

A couple of days ago I was perusing Amazon for a new book to read when I came across Alan Garner’s The Owl Service and instantly I was transported to my Year 5 classroom in Sacred Heart Primary School. My teacher was Mrs. Wynne (whom we [the students] called ‘Miss’ Wynne even though she was married, and before she was married we called her ‘Mrs.’ Goldsworthy – a reflection I can’t help but giggle at), and she had the class read The Owl Service for group reading. During group reading, she would sit with five or six students at a … Continue reading The Owl Service by Alan Garner