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What to read next….


As someone who loves to read and with so many great books out there and more and more fantastic books published each and every year, it’s not always easy to decide what to read next.

I never have a problem with finding something to read, it’s more a case of which one do I read next?!!

There may be no answer to this puzzle, apart from “just pick one”.

I’ve recently started reading “The Count of Monte Cristo” so that’ll take me a while before I need to choose what to read next. I stress need here, because us avid readers can never not have a book on the go! Many of us has several on the go at the same time!

I know that this is not really a real problem; there are much more ‘real’ difficulties in the world – but it’s a real problem for people who love books as much as I do!!

It’s not just me who has this problem right?

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If book lovers ruled the world…

I saw this and thought it was absolutely brilliant. I’m reblogging it here from Goodreads – “25 Things That Would Happen If Book Lovers Ruled the World”

What would the world look like if book lovers were in charge? We asked you on Facebook andTwitter, and after reading your answers, we’re ready to live in that world today. Check out the top responses—we think you’ll want to live there, too.

If book lovers ruled the world…
1. “Every rainy day would be Stay Home and Read a Book Day.” (A J MacDonald Jr)

2. “We would measure life by chapters, not minutes. Example: I’ll be there after a cup of coffee and two chapters.” (Rebecca Brewster)

3. “There would be a library on every corner…In other words, a library inside every Starbucks.” (Renee Bradshaw)

4. “We would get a free ebook version when buying a hardcover or paperback book.” (Tammy Hennig)

5. “Reality television would be replaced by story hour(s), and the grammar police would be real.” (Team Linda Gray)

6. “Libraries and public schools would be properly funded.” (Darcy Marwick)

7. “Book release days would be national holidays!” (Melissa Fetterman)

8. “You’d get a book, not money, under your pillow from the Tooth Fairy.” (CruzMissile)

9. “Book groups would replace political parties.” (Book Discussion Scheme)

10. “There would be a book hour in addition to a lunch hour at work every day.” (Cindy Bell)

11. “Libraries would never have missing or misplaced volumes.” (Katherine May)

12. “Everyone—no matter their gender, nationality, level of poverty, etc.—would be able to learn to read and have access to reading materials.” (Bobbi Harman)

13. “Tea sales would skyrocket.” (Alena Dolph)

14. “There would be a special lane on walking tracks just for readers.” (Misbah Ahmad)

15. “We’d be too busy reading for wars.” (Amanda Todd Sexton)

16. “Libraries would be open 24 hours a day.” (Chelsea Renee)

17. “There would be more support for English courses and degree programs.” (Grace Exner)

18. “The number of television channels would drop drastically.” (Toufiq Rahman)

19. “Reading would be an actual job! Paid to read!” (Akshay Kumar Bajpai)

20. “A tree would be planted for every book published.” (Becky Engstrom)

21. “We would have a peaceful and quiet world—apart from occasional squeals of delight, horror, long sighs, whimpers, etc.” (Chloe Lewis)

22. “This would be a valid excuse to get the day off: I was up late finishing my book.” (Joshua Dilts)

23. “There would be less ignorance and more tolerance.” (Alicia Aleman)

24. “Hogwarts would be a real school, Middle-earth would be our world history, and everything would be Wonderland nonsense.” (Aja Vinet)

25. “Bookstores would have shopping carts.” (Julia Andersen)

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Finding time to network and market (when writing is not your day job)


This is something that I have struggled with – and still struggle with – and have spoken about on several occasions: finding time to network and market.

So how I do it:

Firstly I don’t stress if I haven’t blogged or tweeted for a few days. People will realise that life happens.

But don’t let too much time pass.

Only take on a couple of different media platforms and concentrate on them; choosing which ones you prefer and work best for you.

Try to update them as often as you can – but as I’ve said before don’t stress about it if you miss a day.

Also find what works best for you in updating them – you may find that you have to be strict with yourself and pick dates and times each and every week to network and market; I sometimes find that this works for me but still my life pattern doesn’t always stay the same, so I just tell myself that as long as I update my blog several times a week I’m happy.

Don’t think you have to write pages and pages on your blog – short and sweet can work just as well and perhaps be even more effective.

I think that I’ve pretty happy with my blogging pattern, now that’s settled I just need to concentrate more of my time on my twitter and my Goodreads accounts.

Perhaps that may be a good way for you to start. Concentrate on one form of media first, until you’re happy and comfortable using it. Then add another. And then another. Again until you’re happy.

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When do you start a new project?


On a writing group on Facebook someone introduced themselves saying that they’re working on 8 (?) novels at once!!

a). I don’t have the time at present to do that, nor

b). do I have the organisational brain space to undertake that many projects at once.

But it got my wondering when other people start new projects?

Do you work on several projects at once? Do you wait until you have completely finished your current project to start another? Or do you start a new project when you’ve finished writing – before the edit begins?

Me? – I tend to wait until I’m at the (almost) final edit of my current project, the final edit of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s before I start another project when I’ll begin the initial research and planning; and that’s what I’m planning to do. As I’ve previously stated in other blogs I’m at the early stages of editing, but as soon as the initial ‘heavy’ edit is complete, I will probably start researching my next project.

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Where does the time go?


It seems as if every time I check the date a few days seem to have skipped by. Where does the time go? It’s already mid-September. And while it’ll be Christmas and the end of the year before I know it, I’ve still have so much to accomplish before then.

Writing deadlines that I’d set myself have now either passed or are fast approaching, but the time seems to be moving faster than I seem to be able to cope with.

I know the only thing to do is do as much as I can, keep my head down and not worry about the date or time, and just enjoy my writing. But sometimes I just want to stop time – just for a extra hour or three – to, well, get more writing in.

Oh well, time is time and I’ll accomplish as much as I can and just enjoy the time I have.


What I do as a Librarian


For reasons unknown many people think that all there is to a librarian is to stamp books when loaned out. I’ve had a few comments over the years similar to this point and I always try to stress that there is much more to being a librarian than people think. One recent such comment was made by two people in a conversation, within the library itself not two feet from me which went something along the following lines:

“I’d be bored to tears [working here] as its quiet.”

“Well you’d just read in between people coming in.”

Yes, that’s what we do. We sit back and read and only ‘work’ when people come in; there isn’t anything else to running a library. I must admit that I refrained from commenting, I just bit my lip. But this sort of opinion is much more prevalent than people imagine.

Perhaps this blog post is slightly out of spite – but I’m sure that my fellow librarians will agree with me that sometimes you feel that you have to shout out at the top of your lungs and list the many, many things that librarians do (on perhaps an almost daily basis).

[It is similar to being a ‘writer’ too, especially those of us who haven’t had anywhere near the fame and fortune of the likes of James Patterson; people don’t see the amount of work and the range of work that goes into writing.]

So…what I do as a librarian:

  • Yes, I loan and discharge books (including stamping them)
  • I’m also basically a nursery nurse at times
  • I acquisition new stock and material
  • I provide proper material for each age range from child to adult
  • I keep aware of new publications and new authors
  • I keep aware of what the local library users are interested to read
  • I plan, organise and run activities
  • I plan, organise and run events
  • I add new stock
  • I remove ‘dead stock’
  • I manage shelving
  • I recommend
  • I advise
  • I am a source of information including helping people access information
  • I signpost to a huge range and services (and knowing where to find them)
  • Data entry
  • The formulation, maintenance and editing of cash report spreadsheets
  • Cashing up and receipting
  • Handling cash
  • Training of new volunteers
  • Organising volunteers and their work loads
  • Providing volunteers with continued support and guidance
  • Computer and tech support
  • Managing the library catalogue
  • Troubleshooting
  • Electronic resources
  • Aid people with online facilities
  • Help people set up email accounts and get online
  • Run, organise and promote summer reading challenges
  • Being unfazed by complex enquiries which are often of a sensitive nature
  • Data protection
  • Liaise with police and schools, local and district councillors
  • Be aware and active in the safeguarding of children, including online
  • Block access to websites deemed unsuitable
  • Deal sensitively with people with learning disabilities
  • Be aware of legal/ethical issues and any changes in them
  • Provide a safe, family-friendly environment
  • Printing
  • Photocopying
  • Promote and market the library networking through social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and library website
  • Control the premises
  • Manage budgets
  • Chasing and collecting books back and enforcing fines
  • Digitization and digital preservation, making sure information will be accessible in the future
  • Liaising with other libraries and librarians
  • Stock support
  • Requests
  • Lone working
  • Team work
  • Knowledgeable about books and authors (new and old)
  • Working with the public
  • Running and managing the in-house café

and that’s just me, there are numerous different roles and environments open to a librarian, including within law courts, in academia, research librarians, archivists…..


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Seeking solace

We’re in the midst of another turbulent time at work, in which the library may – I must stress may – face closure in the near future, in which I may – again may – lose my job. What’s more, there is really not much I can do, it is basically out of my hands. All I can do – and will do – is campaign to keep the library open.

For me this next month may be much more stressful if I didn’t have my writing. I can burn the stress away in the gym, but it still lingers so it’s great that I have a outlet – a creative outlet – in my writing.

I can set my mind upon the writing in front of me and let go of the worry.


Writing has for me meant that I can manage the stress easier.

It does help that I enjoy it in the first place.

But I think that writing this month (and possibly the following months) will prevent me from thinking about this situation that I just can’t change. I’m not hiding my head in the sand, but when I’m not at work, thinking about it or talking about it, it’s nice that I have this escape.


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