May 31

Another Murder Mystery Party… Murder Among the Mateys… Arrr…

It was that time of the year again – my birthday! And what better way to celebrate it than with an awesome murder mystery. Since the success from last years’ Murder in Sin City, all my friends kept on asking when I’ll host one again. Who am I to deny them such a reasonable request? So ahead we went and decided on something that required a lot more dressing up and a lot more role playing – pirates! Continue reading

December 8

Leisure Books’ Festive Picks

Leisure_Note1I remember way back when I was a little girl, probably around primary school, my mother was a member of Leisure Books. Every quarter we would have the opportunity to pick a new book and just couldn’t wait to get it. It is one of my first happy book memories and probably the start of my book obsession and hoarding. Yes, I have more books I haven’t read than what I have, hence I’m a self confessed book hoarder. 😛

So needless to say when I was asked to help spread the news of Leisure Books and talk a bit about their festive season media release, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give back. Continue reading

December 1

My NaNoWriMo 2015 Adventures: Part 5 of 5

winnderMy journey with NaNoWriMo 2015 has finally come to an end and it is time for me to reflect on this adventure.

NaNoWriMo 2015 started on 1 November 2015 world wide where aspiring novelists, writers and, to be honest, anyone with an interest in writing came together and started their journey towards writing 50 000 words in a single month. Yesterday, 30 November 2015 at midnight, was the last chance to update our word count after which the month’s hard work was locked in forever.

I’ve documented my NaNoWriMo 2015 adventure with a weekly update which you are welcome to go check out for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4. All I can say is that Week 4 was by far my best writing week ever where I managed a massive 25 937 words in just seven days. It was a feat like none other and I still don’t know how the hell I managed that. All I know is that I’m completely tapped out, creatively speaking.  Continue reading

November 28

My NaNoWriMo 2015 Adventures: Part 4 of 5

Turns out I miscounted the number of weeks. There are actually only four weeks in November with two days left over in the first week of December. Nevertheless, I thought I’d still count those last two days as week five. Why not expand my NaNoWriMo adventure series? Nothing is stopping me, right?

This week was one hell of a writing week! I really set out to meet my word count and make that elusive 50 000 milestone. All I can say is that I’ve never written so much in my life, especially not in such a short time span. This is a great indication of my ability to work under pressure and toward a deadline, great qualities for an engineer. Alas, this is not a job interview so let’s get down to business. Continue reading

November 24

My NaNoWriMo 2015 Adventures: Part 3 of 5

Ok, so last week I said that novel writing is by no means my forte and guess what? That is still holding true. Last week I managed to not conform to history and fall into the Week 2 dip, but I think I almost made up for that this week. LoL! The worst is, I have no excuses. I just chose not to write as much. Instead I was working on my outfit for my year end function. 😛 The theme was Back to the Future and I had this idea to go as Marty in the Delorean (that is the time travelling car for those that don’t know). So I dusted off my crafting kit, bought a few new supplies and for three days I was engulfed with this project. As a result NaNoWriMo took a back seat, but the Delorean looked amazing! Continue reading

November 16

My NaNoWriMo 2015 Adventures: Part 2 of 5

Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResSo week 2 of NaNoWriMo has just finished and wow, what a week! I think I did a lot better than last week, almost doubling my word count. I actually made a concious attempt this week to at least write everyday, even if it was only 10 words. Every word counts, right?

This week we also attended our very first write in (every Thursday at Mugg & Bean Menlyn), which is basically just a social get together where we ‘pretend’ to write. :) Just kidding, we actually did two word sprint sessions where you try to write as much as you can in 10 minutes while changing up the scene you are busy with. Continue reading

November 12

Guest Review: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

LeavingTime

I picked this one up and just had to buy it. From the moment I read the blurb I was intrigued by Leaving Time. I was hooked before I had even read the first page.

Jenna Metcalf’s mother – Alice Metcalf – mysteriously disappeared in an elephant sanctuary many years ago. Jenna was too young to remember anything but she’s desperate to find out what exactly happened. Many believe that Alice is dead; others believe that there are just too many loose ends concerning the day of the disappearance. As you delve deeper into the story you realise that there was much going on behind the scenes at the sanctuary. The various characters that worked there all had their own secrets and demons. There is a healthy (or shall I say unhealthy) dose of betrayal, mental instability and revenge thrown into the mix.

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November 8

My NaNoWriMo 2015 Adventures: Part 1 of 5

Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResNaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo is an international novel writing challenge which originated in the US and challenges the participant to complete 50 000 words in the month of November. That is 1667 words per day. It is the ideal platform for aspiring writers who have tons of ideas, but just never managed to put them down on paper. It forces you to switch off your inner editor, put your OCD and perfectionism on the back burner and get that dreaded first draft done. Continue reading

October 28

Skrapnel deur Irma Venter

***Waarskuwing: As jy nie die einde van Skoenlapper gelees het nie lees verder op jou eie risiko. ***

Skrapnel

Skrapnel is Irma Venter se tweede roman wat net mooi op tel waar Skoenlapper af geëindig het. Alhoewel ek gehoop het Ranna en Alex kom bymekaar uit het dit nou nie so uitgewerk nie. Ranna het weggehardloop en sit in Indië. Ek kan haar nie blameer nie, sy word tog gesien as ‘n reeksmoordenaar – hoe kan hulle dan ‘n toekoms saam hê? Ten spyte van dit haal die verlede haar in en Alex word in die middel vasgevang. Ons gunstelling rekenaar geek, Sarah Fourie, is op Ranna se spoor aangesien sy die enigste een is wat kan help om Alex terug te kry. Sonder om te veel weg te gee sal ek net sê die soektog na Alex is vol interessante draaie wat elke keer iets van Ranna se verlede ontbloot. Continue reading