Teaser Tuesdays: The Kill Order by James Dashner

Teaser Tuesdays: The Kill Order by James Dashner

It’s time for Teaser Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker in which we share two teaser sentences from a book that we’re currently reading. If you’d like to take part, simply: -Grab your current read -Open to a random page -Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to ruin the book for others! -Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!   I’m about two thirds of the way […]

Posted 6th February 2018 in Blog Memes, Books
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Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2018

Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2018

Welcome to my monthly wrap-up post for January 2018, a time when I reflect on the month that has just passed, review what I’ve achieved and set my goals for next month.  January has been a busy month for me as I have made a lot of changes to the blog, including a name change, layout re-design and, of course, the switch to WordPress. I wanted to start the year as I meant to go on, dedicating much more time to the creative hobbies I enjoy. After a long time of feeling blocked, I’ve been inspired to start writing again and I […]

Posted 4th February 2018 in Blog Memes, Blog Updates
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My To Do List for the Winter 2018 Mini #Bloggiesta

My To Do List for the Winter 2018 Mini #Bloggiesta

I’m excited to be taking part in the Winter 2018 Mini Bloggiesta this weekend (3rd-4th of February). If you’re not familiar with the Bloggiesta, it’s a blogfest designed to help you improve your blog and tackle the things you normally put off or don’t have time for (admin, SEO, design issues, etc.) If you’d like to take part, simply post your ‘to do’ list and link it up here. If you need ideas and inspiration on tasks for your list, you can find them here. There aren’t any new mini-challenges this time around, but you can always try some of […]

Posted 2nd February 2018 in Blogfests
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WiP Wednesday (1)

WiP Wednesday (1)

Welcome to WiP Wednesday (short for Work in Progress Wednesday), a new weekly blog meme. Every Wednesday, I’ll be sharing details of a project I’m working on, whether it’s creative writing, art, web design or home decorating. I’ll ask for advice if I’m having any difficulties too. I’d love for you to join in with me! My WiP Type of project: Creative writing Working title: Shattered Hearts (The Mirror Universe #1) Description: I’m working on the first draft of a new adult sci-fi retelling of Alice in Wonderland (sort of Alice meets Star Wars).  Start date: 8th January 2018 Goal […]

Posted 1st February 2018 in Blog Memes, Writing
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“The Sun’s Return”, a poem inspired by Lincolnshire skies

“The Sun’s Return”, a poem inspired by Lincolnshire skies

When city-dwellers visit the Lincolnshire countryside, they often express their amazement that there is “so much sky”. My home county, the second largest in England, is characterised by wide open fields stretching right to the horizon. Apart from a beautiful cluster of hills known as “the Wolds” and the aptly-named “Steep Hill” in Lincoln, the area is mostly flat, allowing us to gaze upon some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the country. Below is a photograph I took of a sunset back in October (left) alongside a photograph of this morning’s sunrise (right). I just love the striking […]

Posted 29th January 2018 in Poetry
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Hello, WordPress! We’ve had a move and a makeover

Hello, WordPress! We’ve had a move and a makeover

Welcome to the newly revamped blog, Dusting the Soul (formerly Creative Therapy). I’d been wanting to move over to WordPress for some time but it took quite a lot of planning to make sure all my old posts and comments could be imported. After a lot of hard work, I finally made it and I think it was well worth it. There are a lot of changes which I’ve outlined below, but please rest assured that the content of the blog will remain the same. I’ll still be blogging about all things related to books, creative writing and art. So, What’s […]

Posted 29th January 2018 in Uncategorized
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Reading Challenge Addicts 2018

Reading Challenge Addicts 2018

This challenge is hosted by Cheryl, Gina and Bev from Reading Challenge Addict. It’s all about how many reading challenges you can complete.  There are four levels: Easy as Pie (1-5 challenges), On the Roof (6-10 challenges), In Flight (11-15 challenges) and Out of This World (16+ challenges). There will be mini-challenges, updates & extra giveaways throughout the year. The sign-up post is here. Target: I’m going for Easy as Pie (1-5 challenges) as I think this is realistic for me. Progress: 0/5 (20%) Last updated: 06/01/2018   The challenges I am aiming to complete are: Full House Reading Challenge New Authors Reading Challenge […]

Posted 6th January 2018 in Reading challenges
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The Official 2018 TBR Pile Reading Challenge #TBR2018RBR

The Official 2018 TBR Pile Reading Challenge #TBR2018RBR

The Official 2018 TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader is all about reading 12 books from your “to be read” pile that have been on your shelf or e-reader for at least one full year. This is a good challenge for me as I am a habitual book buyer who can barely pass a Waterstones without getting a shiny new paperback, yet there are plenty of novels that have been gathering dust on my shelves for years. You only have to read and review 12 books to complete this challenge. If you want to join, please visit the […]

Posted 6th January 2018 in Reading challenges
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Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Bingo 2018 #SFvsFBingo

Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Bingo 2018 #SFvsFBingo

  This reading challenge is hosted by Curiosity Killed the Bookworm. You can choose to do a line, try to do as much as possible in your preferred genre, attack it randomly or go for the full house. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative and magical realism genres all count. The sign-up link is here and you can enter to win a SFF book of your choice. You can also link up your reviews here. Below are some of the books that are might read for this challenge, but I haven’t thought of all of them yet, so there are some gaps. […]

Posted 6th January 2018 in Reading challenges
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2018 YA Reading Challenge #2018YARC

2018 YA Reading Challenge #2018YARC

The 2018 Young Adult Reading Challenge hosted by Whole Latte Ideas is all about reading books from the young adult genre. This is perfect for me as I really enjoy reading YA sci-fi and fantasy novels. Anyone can participate, whether you happen to be a ‘young adult’ or not! You can set any goal for this that you like and any sub-genres ansd formats count as long as they are from the young adult or new adult genre. If you want to join, visit the sign-up post. Target: 15 YA/NA books Progress: 0/15 (0%) Last updated: 06/01/2018   The books that I […]

Posted 6th January 2018 in Reading challenges
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