Wednesday, 26 November 2014

What's Up Wednesday

It's time for What's Up Wednesday, hosted by the lovely Jaime and Erin :D

What I'm Reading

I am reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I have to admit I didn't like The Dream Thieves nearly as much as The Raven Boys, although I did like the focus on Ronan. Good news is I'm enjoying Blue Lily, Lily Blue waaaaaay more :D

I'm also working my way through this fun piece of educational material:

The more you know... ;)

What I'm Writing

So, as I mentioned during Monday's tea review, I ripped a 20 page chunk out of Magical Girl!Story. This tends to happen with my manuscripts, and I've never regretted it. Right now, I'm just bridging the gap I created... and realising how the final chunk of the book will require heavier edits than expected.

This book will be great when it's done. I am SO determined.

What Works For Me

Night time iPod listening. After I'm done with my day, there is nothing I love more right now than putting my headphones on, shutting out the world, and letting my imagination run away from me.


What Else I'm Up To

To Do lists. Lots and lots and lots of To Do Lists. Ah, the joy that is the end of a year :P

Have a brilliant week! And Happy Thanksgiving to all my US readers :D Save some turkey for me!!!!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Miss Cole's Tea Time: Teapigs

Readers, we are not having tea bags today, we are having tea temples. Biodegradable tea temples. Hooray for environmentally friendly tea!

I really like Teapigs everyday brew. It's a good pick me up tea in the middle of the day as it has a good, strong taste. Which is exactly the kind of tea I'm going to need after I ripped over 20 pages out of my manuscript yesterday. It had to be done, but it's always daunting when you do stuff like that, so I am, of course, seeking support from tea ;)

Now, as we are having tea temples, you should know that part of the reason the tea tastes so strong is because the leaves within the bags are big. Part of Teapigs' appeal is the size of the leaves in the bag, so it's a good tea to have if you want the fullness of leaves without buying all the necessary extras for loose leaf tea. It therefore can be easy to over-brew, so I'd say three to four minutes should do the trick.

And yes, they will deliver tea internationally, hooray! :D

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Hi everyone :D It's Wednesday again, woo hoo! Join in the bloghop, hosted by the delightful Jaime and Erin ^_^

What I'm Reading

I have read The Raven Boys. I understand now, everyone. I truly do. I sure do love it when a book lives up to all the hype ^_^ I'm just reading James Smythe's The Testament before diving into The Dream Thieves. I'm really looking forward to it :D

What I'm Writing

Editing is finally back on track. Something cracked and fell into place last week. Aaaaah! Feels good to be moving forward again. I even renamed my MC. She didn't feel much like her original incarnation from Resistance, so I had to give her a new identity. Now all I need is a title for the actual book ;)

What Works For Me

Perseverance. If you want to get somewhere in life, you better learn how to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep going.


What Else I'm Up To

Kingdom Hearts. Hahahahahahaaaa, I never seem to fully remember what I'm getting myself back into with this fangirl love ^^; I just finished 1.5 the other day and damn, the end of 358/2 Days gets me every time. The music from all the games is so perfect to edit with, especially when my MC needs to be especially angsty.

Why oh why did I agree to wait until Christmas for 2.5?! The fangirl cannot be contained... I can't wait to play the Final Mix versions of Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! But AAAARGH SO MUCH TIME!

(You know I'm grateful, Jaffa ;) I CAN HAS HEARTLESS PLUSHIE?! :D)

Hope you all have a great week! I'm off to distract the rabid fangirl I have unleashed...

Monday, 17 November 2014

Miss Cole's Tea Time - Whittard Original Blend

Oh, how I wish we still had a Whittard shop in Brighton. I went all the way to *Edinburgh* for these teabags...

(Just to note, I don't actually have to go to Scotland for Whittard tea. I can just swing by London. But still! Please come back to Brighton, Whittard. I miss you ;_;)

Anyway! Today, I thought I'd share some of their lovely Original Blend bagged tea. It's got a smooth taste and it's so relaxing, just what you need after a busy day at work and need to transition your headspace from working to writing. This a good thinking tea, too. Thinking when I'm editing, thinking when I'm reading, thinking when I'm playing the violin. I also like to take some bags to work. Nannying can be pretty hectic, and this is such a perfect tea to have when I have a spare five minutes. It's one for the "aaaaah!" list ;)

This is another perfect replacement for Twining's Everyday tea, which I know can be tricky to find in some parts of the world. And Whittard's will deliver internationally, woo hoo!

Have you got a favourite thinking tea? ^_^

Friday, 14 November 2014

Meet My TBR Pile

I am desperately attempting to bring my TBR pile under control... Here's a photo:

On the left we have all my YA, and on the right all my adult novels. I should mention that everything from The Miniaturist up on the adult pile are books I'm borrowing from family members. As you can see, my adult pile does outweigh my YA. Just because I write YA doesn't mean I have to limit myself to only reading it. The more you read, the broader your horizons will be ^_^

So, here are some TBR pile stats!

Book Stuck In Here The Longest: I'm not entirely sure, but I think it's Everlost.

Newest Book: Not including what I'm currently reading, A Spy in the House and 172 Hours on the Moon.

Book I'll Be Reading Next: Oooooh... Probably one of the two James Smythe books... I really like his writing style.

Genres: Hmm, predominantly sci-fi and thrillers, although there's at least one alternate history in there...

How's your TBR pile shaping up? Share yours on your blog :D

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Hello again everyone. It's time to join in Jaime and Erin's What's Up Wednesday :D

What I'm Reading

Finished the newest addition to the Young Bond series, Shoot to Kill. The series has been passed over to author Steve Cole, and he's doing a great job. I loved the old Hollywood setting for the new book. I hope the next book is a bit longer though. Blasted through this one so fast, I just had to re-read my favourite in the series, Double or Die. And now I'm going back to Silverfin because I love it too... Although I shall have to be gentle as the book is falling apart...

Gosh, is that a good reason to buy the whole set with the new covers or what?!

What I'm Writing

Editing has turned back into writing as my main character was crying out for some major development. Progress continues to be slow. My working life is quite busy at the moment.

What Works For Me

Music, as always. After going to a Distant Worlds concert the other week, I've been very inspired, both as a writer and as a violinist.

What Else I'm Up To

Went to London on Sunday to hang out with Emma and Sophie. It was great, and it's always so good to hang out with fellow writers, readers and bloggers ^_^ Can't wait for our next meet up in 2015, and Laura, you'll be there too :D

Monday, 10 November 2014

Miss Cole's Tea Time - Willow Tea Rooms' Ceylon

Ceylon tea is a firm favourite, and when I was in Scotland last month, I was so happy to finally find Ceylon in loose leaf caddies rather than in bags. In fact, I found lots of Ceylon, so there will be more reviews in the future ;)

When I stopped at the Willow Tea Rooms for breakfast the second time, I had myself a pot of their delicious Ceylon tea. Now I'm home, I like to use it as my plot pondering tea. Editing has been a bit of a struggle lately, and so, with a cup of strong Ceylon (this definitely has a stronger taste than the Twinings Ceylon I've reviewed previously), I can sit down and mull over what it is that's not working in this book.

The issue is the main character. She's currently undergoing some major development, which will hopefully get the editing back on track.

How about you? Do you have a favourite tea to make when you need to sit down and think things through?