Something Spooky For The Weekend

Celia: I haven’t got any spooky Halloween pictures but here are two atmospheric ones – the sort of  moments when ghost stories might be told…

A night for horror movies?
A night for horror movies?
Holiday barn...when the candles were lit, it was shhhpoooky
Holiday barn…when the candles were lit, it was shhhpoooky
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Sue : I wouldn’t fancy walking down this road on my own
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Sue : Time to pick a pumpkin or two …
Heads at the Harry Potter Studio
Heads at the Harry Potter Studio
Pumpkin carving. Whose pumpkin is this?
Pumpkin carving. Whose pumpkin is this?

 

Something For The Weekend: Whatchya Reading?

We’ve brought you notebooks, pens and autumn over the last few weeks, and as the colder days come upon us and the nights draw in, we’ve turned to thinking about snuggling under a cosy fleece and settling down with a good book.

Here is a selection of what we’re reading right now.

Laura: Kind of Cruel: Sophie Hannah. I had the extremem pleasure of meeting Sophie Hannah at the Sherborne Literary Festival a few years ago. A great speaker.
Laura: Kind of Cruel: Sophie Hannah. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Sophie Hannah at the Sherborne Literary Festival a few years ago. A great speaker.
Laura: I'm also reading Yasmin Selena Butt's Gunshot Glitter, and loving it.
Laura: I’m also reading Yasmin Selena Butt’s Gunshot Glitter, and loving it.
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Sue is getting to know Andy McNab’s Tom Buckingham
Lucie is embracing her inner child and reading David Walliams' latest.
Lucie is embracing her inner child and reading David Walliams’ latest.

 

Jan’s halfway through Elle Turner’s debut short story collection ‘Tapestry’ and thoroughly enjoying it!
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Jan’s also started reading Lisa Jewell’s latest and has both thumbs well and truly up! 🙂
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Catherine’s reading Katie Fforde

What are you reading?

The Romaniacs xx

Something For The Weekend … and The Autumn

This week’s Something For The Weekend post has an autumnal feel about it as we say goodbye to September and hello to October.

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Rambling, chaotic borders, windfall apples, the last glut of runner beans, berries and long shadows across the lawn. Autumn has arrived in Debbie’s garden.

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Mother Nature at her best.
Mother Nature at her best.
Make the most of the sun, Bobby!
Swallows gathering, waiting to fly to warmer climes.
Swallows gathering, waiting to fly to warmer climes.

 

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The autumnal view from Jan’s bedroom window!

Something for the Weekend – Notebook Love

Sue : Which notebook next? Probably the dragonfly one my daughter decorated for me.
Sue : Which notebook next? Probably the dragonfly one my daughter decorated for me.
Laura: I love the chunkiness of this notebook. It's my short stories idea book.
Laura: I love the chunkiness of this notebook. It’s my short stories idea book.
The big one has my whole writing life inside.
Celia: The big one has my whole writing life inside.
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Vanessa: I have four notebooks on the go for my current work-in-progress!
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Lucie’s selection, from the plain to the pretty
Shh. Don't tell the other Romaniacs, but I'm sneaking this one in too. It's from a superb Times/Jodi Picoult event I attended in June this year. I'm going to use this notebook when I write book 5.
Guess who? Shh. Don’t tell the other Romaniacs, but I’m sneaking this one in, too. It’s from a superb Times/Jodi Picoult event I attended in June this year. I’m going to use this notebook when I write book 5.

Something For the Weekend : Writing Spaces

A glimpse at our writing spaces – I’m pretty sure that one of two of us have had a tidy up before taking the photos. And some of us, not. 🙂

Sue : One day I will get an office but, for now, it's the dining table.
Sue : One day I will get an office but, for now, it’s the dining table.
Laura: I work in the dining half of our kitchen/diner.  It's handy for the kettle.
Laura: I work in the dining half of our kitchen/diner. It’s handy for the kettle.
Laura: And when I don't need to spread out my research and photos refs, I work outside in an area I call my 'little piece of Italy.'
Laura: And when I don’t need to spread out my research and photos refs, I work outside in an area I call my ‘little piece of Italy.’
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Lucie – I reside in my spare room when I get the chance to write – lots of wall space for me to use up 🙂
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My cosy corner of the living room – Celia
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This is what it looks like from a distance!

SFTW – Our TBR piles

 

Sue : This is just a fraction of my TBR pile, but these are the ones topping the list at the moment.
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Jan: The first of the next two novels on my enormous TBR list!
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Jan: And the second.
Catherine’s!
Laura: This is the top shelf of my wardrobe. In places, books are three-deep. My Kindle has twenty pages of TBR titles ...
Laura: This is the top shelf of my wardrobe. In places, books are three-deep. My Kindle has twenty pages of TBR titles …
Vanessa - One of my TBR piles!
Vanessa – One of my TBR piles!

 

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