24 Jun 2017

An Effective Beginner's Guide to Writing Books from GrammarCheck

The infographic below, from GrammarCheck, contains some useful tips for writing and planning a novel.


An Effective Beginner's Guide to Writing Books (Infographic)
Source: www.grammarcheck.net


Book and Film Update

Here are some of the books and films I've read recently as well as some I've recently added to my collection or my wishlist. Reviews coming soon!

Books I've Read Recently:

Well, I say recently, but some of these I read quite a while ago but haven't gotten around to reviewing yet.  




I'm Back! What Happened on Hiatus?

After a super long hiatus, I'm finally returning to blogging! My absence has largely been due to my maternity leave ending in September last year and finding it hard to juggle hobbies like blogging and reading alongside the demands of full-time work and looking after my daughter.

I have really missed sharing my book reviews and artwork on Creative Therapy and engaging with my book blogging family. The time now feels right to get back into regular posting again, so stay tuned for the announcement of a new blogging schedule!

So, what have I been up to all these months? Here's an update below:

9 Aug 2016

Introducing The Glorious Dead by Tim Atkinson

Photo courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

If you're a fan of historical novels, you may be interested in author Tim Atkinson's latest novel: The Glorious Dead, which is set in the aftermath of World War One.


"When the guns stop firing, Jack starts digging - not trenches now, but graves. But will those who bury the dead lay their own wartime ghosts? And what secrets remain on the battlefields of Flanders?"

Atkinson is crowd funding the novel through Unbound and as of writing, it is 51% funded. Supporters can choose from a range of options, some of which come with extras that would make fantastic gifts. If you'd like to be part of bringing this book to life, you can learn more here.

Read on to discover the synopsis, watch the pitch video and learn more about the author.

4 Jul 2016

Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: September 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
No.pages: 409


Synopsis


Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.


30 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge Z is for Getting Some Zzz's

Today is the final day of the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'Z' I have chosen to talk about Getting Some Zzz's, in other words, getting some sleep. Looking after a newborn is obviously exhausting and you need to look after yourself in order to care for your child effectively.


29 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge Y is for Yelling

Today I'm continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'Y' I have chosen to talk about Yelling, a.ka. crying or screaming-something which most babies do plenty of. Read on to discover why babies yell and what you can do about it.

28 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge X is for Xmas

Today I'm continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'X' I have chosen to talk about Xmas (Christmas) because I couldn't think of anything else vaguely baby-related apart from xylophones and what could I write about those? X is hard!

27 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge W is for Wearing Your Baby

Today I'm continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'W' I have chosen to talk about Wearing your baby. 
'Baby Wearing' basically means wearing your baby in a carrier or sling as you go about your daily life. The benefits of wearing your baby are that it comforts your baby to be close to you, they get a good vantage point from which to watch lots of activities and you get to carry on with your usual chores and errands with your hands free. 

26 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge V is for Vaccinations

Today I'm continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'V' I have chosen to talk about Vaccinations. Vaccinations (usually injections) are administered from infancy to help stimulate a child's immune system and cause them to develop immunity to certain viruses and diseases.

25 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge U is for Useful Apps

Today I'm continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'U' I have chosen to share some Useful Apps. Nowadays we are so lucky to have so many useful apps that help us track our babies development or play them calming sounds. Here are a few of my favourites.

23 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge T is for Tummy Time

Today I'm continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'T' I have chosen to talk about Tummy Time. This is when you put baby down on their tummy on a blanket or mat on the floor and let them play. It's now recommended that newborn babies have a little tummy time every day to help strengthen their muscles and to encourage them to try new skills such as rolling over. 

22 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge S is for Soothing and the 5 S's

Today I'm continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'S' I have chosen to talk about Soothing and the 5 S's. It's a fact of life that babies cry and sometimes despite your best efforts you just cannot calm them down. You've tried all the usual things like feeding and changing, but nothing is working and you're quickly getting stressed and upset yourself. Read on to discover my tips for surviving those difficult moments.

If your baby seems unusually fussy or upset and/or makes a high-pitched or 'wrong' sounding cry, seek medical attention immediately.

21 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge R is for Routine

Today I'm continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'R' I have chosen to talk about Routine. It seems as if from the minute you come home from hospital you are bombarded with well-meaning friends and relatives asking about whether you have 'established a routine' yet. Usually it's the last thing on your mind for the first few weeks, when you are just managing day-to-day and all you want to do is sleep. But eventually you might want to get some sort of regular schedule in place. 

20 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge Q is for Quotes

Today I'm continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'Q' I have chosen to share some funny and inspirational Quotes about parenting.