Maybe this shouldn’t be titled ‘this week’ but ‘recently’, I have been rather out of the loop. Lots of things have been happening and they have either been boring or non-bloggable. I’ve been working on getting some of the older posts I wrote for my previous blog up and in the right format as well as tweaking a few things with the structure of this blog. There has been a little bit more work than usual going on and I’m blogging about branding on my business website if anyone is interested in that one.
I have also been doing a lot of fudge making. This is not at all unusual however the different part is that I have been experimenting with new flavours. It has been suggested that I should look into selling the fudge that I make in a few places but before I even think about that I need to play around with amounts and flavours etc. So that has taken up a lot of time in both research and actually making the various batches. Fudge is tiring! More about this to follow soon.
I have mentioned that I am hopefully buying a house. It’s not a quick process and I’m not trying to push the vendors into moving faster than they want to. The last time I moved house it was a nightmare from start to finish and I really want this time to be better. I firmly believe that just because buying/selling a house is a business arrangement that doesn’t mean that you need to be cold and pushy about it. I love the house that we are talking about and I want it to become my home, I want the whole process to be as pain-free for both sides as possible. Plus the vendors are lovely people. If you’d like to see what sort of things will be going inside said house, or whichever place I do end up living, I have a dedicated board on Pinterest for it!
In other blog news I have been working on having a new regular bit on here that’s just fun for me. That will (hopefully) be starting next week on either Tuesday or Wednesday. I’ll promote it in the usual places once it’s online!
I’ve been writing loads of poetry as well but I still haven’t found a way of sharing it that doesn’t disqualify it from all competitions so for now I’ll be keeping that under my hat. Lots of classical references are going on at the moment though which is something that I love. If you’re very keen to read some poetry I blogged about a poem I have had included in the anthology ‘Dark Currents’.
I have signed up to 500px which is an absolutely brilliant photo sharing site. I have had niggling problems with a lot of the photo sites that I use and this one still has a few glitches but overall it’s great. Easy to upload (although you can’t rotate afterwards which is annoying) and great portfolio sites. There are lots of lovely people on board as well as a very cheap upgrade to unlimited uploads. It also has a store attached if you want to put your images up for sale.
As a consequence of everything that has been happening I have, very sadly, not even got any reading books to share with you. Mainly I’ve been reading cookery books. I currently have a pile almost as high as my head ready to be reviewed. I think there might even be two going online this week to keep up with them. I’ve also reviewed ‘Eat London 2′ on the Huff Post blog.
I shall now get back to the *very* long to-do list which is staring at me and try to get a little more of it ticked off before the new week begins.
Hope you are all keeping well,
Posted by vclinde on May 6, 2012
This weekend I am at Alt.Fiction in Leicester. I love Alt Fiction which balances out having to be back in Leicester! To this end I spent Friday with friends putting things into goodie bags and generally being friendly.
This week I have read the complete Walter De La Mare poetry collection, Bloodaxe’s collection of 20th Century poetry, an awful lot of NYT articles, and ‘The Atlantis Code’ by Charles Brokaw.
I posted a review of ‘Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy‘ by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo on the Huff Post blog as well as a whole bunch of pictures of squirrels on here.
Everything was a little delayed by Easter but also things have been quieter here because my big branding series is happening over at Jackdaw 19 with blogs and links to sites that can help creative and small businesses brand and market themselves. Lots of things to read and exercises to do.
I hope everyone has a fab weekend,
Posted by vclinde on April 14, 2012
This week I started Kaz Mahoney’s SpringKazNo where I am going to attempt to write five poems each week. Yesterday I took the whole day off work and did very little other than write poetry and managed seven in one day so I have a total of nine for this week. It’s a good start but I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep it going!
I have read the first in a different series by Kate Ellis called ‘Seeking The Dead’, it was great and I liked how different it was from the Wesley Petersen series. I read a between-the-numbers Janet Evanovich novel called ‘Plum Spooky’, which was good but I didn’t enjoy as much as the ones in her series. I read the first Nicola Upson novel in her Josephine Tey series called ‘An Expert in Murder’ – I love Tey’s books and really did like this, I’ll be getting the second one as well, the twists were a bit contorted but the characters made up for it. I finally got around to reading a Clive Cussler and read ‘Pacific Vortex’ which is the first chronologically in the Dirk Pitt series. It’s exactly what I expected, with all the best and worst parts of thriller adventure writing but it was really well paced and set up the characters for the rest of the (very extensive) series. I’m so far behind on these ones that it’s actually proving quite hard to find them!
I reviewed ‘My Kind of Cooking’ by Mark Sargeant on the Huffington Post UK blog. I also created a complete list of all of the cookbook reviews that I have written since I started and that is now a static page on here.
My cousin has very kindly managed to ruin my productivity by letting me know about Stratocam. It’s deeply addictive if you like either photography or geography. I’ve already spent an hour on there.
The rest of today will be spent catching up on work, writing lots of emails, doing some marketing and answering emails. As long as I can stay away from the pretty pictures…
Posted by vclinde on April 8, 2012
This week I have been reading, writing and working. So not a huge change to every other week.
I read ‘Hounded’ by Kevin Hearne, kindly given to me by a friend last weekend. Once again I have taken back all of the books I was reading to the library so I can’t remember what they were. I’m pretty sure they were thrillers. I think I read another Kate Ellis as I seem to pick one up every time I’m in there. I’ve almost finished the next Stephen Leather book ‘Midnight’.
I’ve been trying to get lots of admin done for my business site as well as working on the Bio page over there which has led to me thinking back on my Who Are You post that I wrote here. Over on Jackdaw 19 I posted a list of links about people whose work I really admire. There are some hugely talented people on the list if you’d like to check it out. I also launched a new section of the business where I offer website, blog and social media critiques for people who already have an online presence. Fun – right? Right? Okay, well I’m excited anyway!
I’ve had my head so far into research and reading that I’ve been really quiet online lately and seeing as I never got out of the gates with G+ I’m trying to get going with it again. I’ve managed to get quite a lot of work done today but on the downside most of it has been done from bed as I seem to have managed to get a bug and so feel rather unwell.
I have blogged here about my alternate Flickr account as well as the not-at-all-easy decision I made to stop selling my art and jewellery (as well as trying to sell it wholesale).
My head is now getting far too foggy to remember what else I was going to blog about today. I have a feeling I might need to re-check all of today’s work when I’m feeling better! Hope everyone else is having a good weekend.
Posted by vclinde on March 31, 2012
This week’s been a busy week online and offline.
On this blog I posted a series of pictures from my fab walk last weekend in Monsal Dale, and then for World Poetry Day I put up one of my poems from my new ‘After Poetry’ collection that I am building, as well as writing one on the day which I posted later.
Then, very happily, Pinterest changed their terms! They had listened and changed, which I really appreciated. So I spent a lot of yesterday pinning new things onto my boards that I had been shying away from until it all got sorted out.
I’ve read a lot, mostly thrillers again. I read ‘Sister’ by Rosamond Lupton which I’m still undecided about, it was okay but not gripping enough really. On the other hand ‘Nightfall’ by Stephen Leather was brilliant, and I raced through it, I plan on getting the next very soon. I had wanted to read ‘The Fear Index’ for a while but it took a little time to come through from the library, I wasn’t expecting great things but my goodness it was one of the worst books I can remember reading. I managed to get another Sean Black book, ‘Deadlock’ which I didn’t like quite as much as ‘Lockdown’ but still enjoyed a lot. I finally got my hands on a James Barrington to read and decided to read the prequel of his Paul Richter series ‘Manhunt’ first, loved this one as well and I’ve ordered the real first in the series to read. I think I might need to read some non-fiction or something really different as my head is full of Russian spies and murder and guns.
On my business blog I was talking about what not to do (and a little of what you should do) on Twitter, and the second part of that is coming up tomorrow. I’m also working at the moment on getting everything sorted in my business schedule – for me that means staring at pieces of paper and getting confused. Good fun! I am looking this coming week at selling a lot of my art and jewellery wholesale as well so there will be a post on here very soon about what’s happening there.
I hope the sun is shining with you, we’ve got a lovely day here.
Posted by vclinde on March 25, 2012