It has been a little while since I posted a photo diary; I think it was back in September, or October? Anyway, I thought that since today is the last day of November, I could share a few ‘snapshots’ of my month.
A lot of October, as well as this month, has been about research. (Keep an eye on Byline! You can support me here if you feel like it. ) Anyway: it all got bit too heavy-going at times, and I need something ‘lighter’ to read. Enter Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton; I re-read it, and loved it more the second time around. Sometimes I wish I could write like her..
I also worked on my Pilot erasable fountain pen collection, as you can see here. There’s always one in my bag for assignments; they are a wonderful pen for someone like me. (My handwriting is illegible at the best of times.)
I actually blogged! *Bows in mock adulation* I was sent Under Th Wig to review; I read it in two days flat, I was that engrossed. QC’s don’t tend to be very ‘public’ people, and it was fascinating to quite literally go ‘under the wig’. Not convinced? Read my review here.
I also visited Centre Paris for a weekend away..
Granted, this is not the best picture of what was a beautiful Christmas tree. But this was the first display of lights I had seen this year-and it went beyond the very commercial aspects you sometimes see. This made me smile, and I must confess to being excited for next month.
Come tomorrow, some of us will be like, “How is it December 1st? It was January 1st five minutes ago!” But these put a smile on my face, and there’s a stack of cards waiting to be sent. Say Nice Things will also be featured in the two gift guides that are coming soon. (Keep an eye on their blog. I may have written a thing…)
One of my traditions for the last two years is to have a gingerbread muffin in late November, or early December; enter…..! I was so sad to find the recipe had changed 🙁
Big Green Bookshops ran a #buyastrangerabook day on Twitter.
The lovely Misty bought me this book; Tell Me No Lies, a tome I had been trying to acquire for a long time. There’s a chapter in it related to a story I am working on…
Speaking of which, I got a commission for Indy Best!
I’ll be writing about books about Autism. M Is For Autism, and M In The Middle, were two that I adored particular; the latter made me cry. If you have a family member, relative, friend, who has just been diagnosed, M Is For Autism is a book they should read. I cannot emphasis it enough.
I was in a Twitter exchange with Envy Fisher about Stroopwafels, as I’ll be going back to Rotterdam next month. And, as a result, I’m very happy to be working with Stroopwafel world; that’ll be in the upcoming gift guides.
Not for the first time, I did something seen as socially unacceptable..
“Sorbet? IN NOVEMBER? YOU’RE MADE!”
Here’s a sneak peek of an upcoming guest post….
As I write this, I’ll be coming home from Aachen. For those of you who might not know, I write about Thalidomide for Byline, and the manufacturers invited me to their German HQ back in August. The crowdfunder didn’t work in the end, but due to a fee from this interview, I was able to fund my trip. (My first abroad, alone, no less.) Stay tuned.
How was your November?