Posted in My Journey, News & Events

End of Year Wrap Up, New Year’s Resolutions And Blogversary! πŸŽ‰

Hello, hello, hello and welcome to 2019 everyone! πŸŽ‰

I hope this new year finds you all well and raring to go with the adventures this year will bring.

However, before I get fully stuck into 2019, I want to tie up a few loose ends, let you know my resolutions and celebrate another blogversary! 😱 πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

The end of 2018 was such a whirlwind of awesomeness that I ran out of time to do my wrap ups! πŸ˜‚ Therefore on reflection I don’t think they’ll be something I’ll be carrying on with in 2019. However, for those of you who have a good memory will remember, one of my resolutions from last year was the finish what I started. So here I am, doing just that…

SEPTEMBER

I went on holiday.

The annual family holiday was pure bliss. β˜€οΈ Taking little Bobby away with us too was just perfect. It’s lovely to get away just as summer fades to autumn.

I also managed to crochet a top in two days whilst on this holiday and I purchased a lot of wool. 🀫 (What can I say? My Mother is a bad influence. πŸ˜‰)

I went to Yarndale!

I know I’ve already blogged about this, but my wrap up wouldn’t be complete without mentioning it. What a wonderful day it was! I’m already planning my trip for next year. Who’s with me? If you’re a yarnivore and you’ve never been to Yarndale, I definitely recommend it!

OCTOBER

It was my birthday!

And I was treated like a princess! πŸ‘‘ Afternoon tea at the RSC, incredibly thoughtful gifts and lots and lots of love. Getting older isn’t so bad when it comes with days like that. πŸ’• Thank you to everyone who played a part in making my day so special.

I got my first tattoo!

Ever since I signed my publishing contract I knew I wanted a book tattoo. Books have always been a huge part of my life and Unravelled just sealed the deal. However fear had been putting me off for the best part of year. However, with some forward thinking from one of my bestest babes, I was booked in and well, I am utterly in love with the end result. It’s everything I ever wanted and more. ❀️

I finished my second pattern test.

The Grecian Top I crocheted for the lovely homemadebymarcie. πŸ’• Never have I had such lovely compliments about my body whilst modelling anything. πŸ˜‚ It was a definitely a confidence booster! You can purchase the pattern for this top now from Marcie’s Etsy store.

I went pumpkin picking!

I ticked another thing off of the bucket list last October by finally going pumpkin picking! It was fun activity gearing up toHalloween and I had a great time picking and then carving a ghost pumpkin!

NOVEMBER

I had my ebook launch!

Again, something I know I posted about already, but this was a fun one. I had a great time celebrating the launch of Unravelled as an ebook during our online party across Facebook and Instagram! Thanks again if you tuned in, we had such a giggle. And remember, if you haven’t got your copy already, Unravelled in ebook format is a bargain price of just Β£3.99. Available now from the Amazon Kindle Store!

I won NaNoWriMo!!!!

Again this is something I’ve already blogged about but it was such a personal achievement for me that I had to give it another shout out. I wrote a novel in a month. Yes it’s a mess, yes it’s no where near publishable but it exists. It’s on paper, I have a first draft and it’s longer than Unravelled. Now I know what the whole thing entails, I’m not sure it will be an annual affair, but for anyone wanting to give National Novel Writing Month a go I advise a month of dedication! You’ve got to be prepared to write every day. Because I know if I’d have fallen even just one full day behind, I would have been toast! If you fancy reading a bit more about my NaNoWriMo novel, the synopsis and an excerpt are still available on my NaNoWriMo profile.

I completed my Doctor Strange cosplay!

A year’s worth of crochet paid off on the 25th November as I attended the MCM Comicbook Convention in Birmingham in full Doctor Strange crocheted cosplay! I was so proud of myself putting it all on together and I had some really lovely comments on the day. πŸ’•

DECEMBER

December is always a crazy month for me. The Christmas madness kicks in and I always end up disappearing of the radar for a little while. This year was no different, however, I did try my best to fully embrace the festive season as best as I could so here we are…

I crocheted a peacock!

A bit of bizarre project for the time of year, but it was a special request. However, he went down a treat. The pattern I used was from Moji Moji Designs on Etsy, I definitely recommend checking out her store for super cute crochet!

I visited a German Christmas Market.

I had a lovely evening full of yummy food and drink and even picked up a really cute pair of mistletoe earrings. Which swiftly became my staple jewellery piece for the rest of the festive season!

I made a festive door hanging!

I took a couple years away from my annual festive foliage night, however I went back this Christmas, but was terrified I forgotten everything! However, apart from an unfortunate instance of the bottom falling out, I was proud as punch with the result. It’s actually still on the door! It’s just too pretty to take down straight away…

I went to see Elf on stage.

And I got so enthralled in it all that I forgot to take any pictures! πŸ€ͺ However, it was a magical experience and really helped me get into the festive spirit. I also got to watch Martine McCutcheon perform live during the festive season. Bonus.

Bobby thoroughly enjoyed his first Christmas and I got spoilt rotten.

Another tradition I’ll be skipping on the blog this year is my Christmas haul. I was absolutely spoilt rotten and a) I think I’d actually make my phone explode with all the pictures but also b) I had such a lovely quiet one that I don’t want to take away from anything by splashing it all over social media and having other people judge. (However, I’m sure inevitably things will crop up on my Instagram feed, so if you genuinely are interested, keep an eye out on there.) All in all it though it was a lovely, super cosy day and I’m actually kinda gutted it’s all over and done with now, if I’m honest. Again, thank you to everyone who played a part in making my Christmas a special one, you’re all angels worthy of sitting a top a tree. ⭐️

And there we have it, all up to date and ready for 2019!

And with the New Year came my 4th Blogversary! Honestly, I don’t know where the time goes. But it’s been amazing to look back and watch my journey unfold through these blogs. πŸ’• And with another exciting year ahead, I determined to keep it up.

So what can we expect from brionymarshallauthor in 2019?

Well…

As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to scrap the monthly wrap ups this year and instead just blog about something when it’s fresh and happening to keep you all more in the loop.

I also have two New Year’s resolutions that will most likely shape my content for 2019:

    Read more Chick Lit! – The hobby that suffered the most in 2018 was definitely my reading. Plus I definitely feel I could be more well read in my own genre, so I’ve given myself the aim this year of reading six chick lit books. Any recommendations? Be sure to send them my way!
    Write the first draft of book 2! – NaNoWriMo was definitely me joining the writer gym for a month. I knew a new manuscript was on the horizon but I was scared to jump right in after having such a long break from novel writing. However, after my NaNoWriMo success I’m ready to bring it on!

And there was go. I hope you enjoyed this mammoth post! And if you stayed with me all the way to the end then you definitely deserve a brownie point! πŸ˜‚

So once again Happy New Year everyone and if you have any resolutions of your own I’d love to hear all about them in the comments. πŸ₯³

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

E-book Release Announcement! πŸŽ‰

For #throwbackthursday this week I’m pulling this moment from the archives; the moment I sent the final draft of Unravelled to my kindle for my last ever read through before it went to print! 😱

I remember how once the document was open, it felt like I was reading an e-book straight from Amazon, already published, already out there in the big wide world. 🌎I know it sounds crazy, but it was one of the first moments I actually saw Unravelled as a β€œbook”.

Well today, I am very excited to announce that that day dream is about to become a reality. Unravelled’s 1st birthday is coming up and I thought what better way to celebrate than with the release of it’s e-book!

So on November 1st 2018, I will be celebrating the e-book release of Unravelled with an online party across my social media and you’re all invited!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ (Expect: wine, q&as and lots of knitting!)

More details to follow over the next couple of days. πŸ‘€

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled, Woolly Wonders

I just can’t stop bleating about it! πŸ˜‚

Yarndale
I’m just too excited to keep this to myself any longer, I’ve booked tickets for Yarndale 2018 and I cannot wait! 😁
Yarndale is a celebration of all things woolly! And a craft show I just could not miss again!
There are tickets still available if you’re interested. You can purchase them online at www.yarndale.co.uk.
Be sure to let me know if you’re going too, I’d love to know. 😎
– B xo
Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

Autumn Appreciation Post

So the time is almost here for woolly jumpers, comfy blankets, long nights, warm cuppas and a good read. ❀️ Autumn is by far my favourite season. I think it’s kind of obvious I’m partial to a chunky knit, but being an autumn baby has a lot to answer for in regards to my adoration of crunching leaves, copper tones, cinnamon scents, ankle boots and cosy nights in by the fire. πŸ”₯

But this year Autumn is going to be even more fantastic… I’ve been given the green light from my publisher that Unravelled will be here this season!!! πŸŽ‰β€οΈπŸ‚βœ¨πŸŽƒπŸ”₯

Words cannot describe how excited I am by that fact! Unravelled has been a part of my life for ten years now! It makes me smile when I remember at the beginning people questioning why I was writing about characters who were so much older than me however now, when Unravelled is released this October, I’m going to be the same age as Claire! Time flies when you’re having fun!

Also the three years I’ve had working with The Writing Hall are coming to a head and I’m so excited to be continuing this journey with them too. As release draws closer our plans and ideas just get better and better. It’s all very exciting. We’re getting so close now… Eee!

So I’m going to take the opportunity to really appreciate this autumn for all it has to offer and I hope you’ll join me. πŸ‚

Keep your eyes peeled because the closer we get to publication date the more amazing things I’m going to be able to announce! So stay tuned guys!

⁃B xo

Posted in The Notepad

The day we went conker hunting.

You took my tiny hand,
Wrapped it in the fortress of your own,
Safe, Sturdy, Protective.

I saw the wonder,
In the oranges and the yellows,
In the browns and the reds,
I felt the excitement,
All the way down to my toes. 

The bag rustled as we walked,
Crunch, Crunch, Crunch,
Across the bed of fallen leaves.

We finally made it to the patch where the shiny brown pebbles fell,
And the giddy feeling began to bubble in my stomach,
This was it,
Autumn was here,
Right in front of me. 

These are the golden moments,
The ones that form like polaroids in the mind,
Captured, stored and treasured.
And all it took was that moment with you, 

That glimmer of excitement in your eye,
As you looked down to the ground and grinned,
To bring all those memories flooding back,
With such force it almost knocked me off my feet.

The joy of discovery,
Transcending years,
That day we went conker hunting. 

Posted in My Journey

Taking a few trips down memory lane.Β 

Recently I realised although I’ve been editing, I haven’t been writing. This was not a happy realisation in the slightest. So as of late, I’ve been making more of a conscious effort to bring a little nostalgia into my life in the hope that’ll help me put pen paper. You see, I’ve always found life writing to be the kind of writing for me that just flows. Whenever I’ve been a little stuck for words I’ve turned to life writing to give me a nudge in the write direction. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that pun. πŸ˜‚) And now was no exception. Writing about what you know is the golden rule, and what, or should I say who, do you know better than yourself? I retell a memory of mine atleast once a day in real life anyway, so putting those retellings into fiction is just the next step really. 

To help bring back the good old days, I’ve been enjoying a few moments of nostalgia and I wanted to share what I’ve been up to because if you find yourself in the same situation as me, then maybe this will help inspire you! 😊

Conker Hunting.


One morning I woke up with the urge to go conker hunting. Collecting conkers was an autumnal tradition I did with my Dad every year as a kid, and that morning I just wanted to go and relive the experience without really knowing the reason why. I somehow managed to sweet talk my boyfriend into going with me and I’m so pleased we did. It was a beautiful sunny autumn day and it just got me and my boyfriend out of the house and spending quality time together. We walked all the routes I used to walk when I was younger and I took great joy in retelling little memories I had as we passed different spots. It was a really lovely day and the best part was it didn’t even cost a penny! 

Visiting Places I Haven’t Been in Years!

Sometimes you just have to go back to your roots! It was whilst I was at college that I made some of the life changing decisions that have led me to where I am today, so it will come as no surprise that it is also a place I like to check in on every once in a while. The town in which I went to college is a small but lively one and still  a hive of student activity too! I was pleasantly surprised to find many of the places exactly the same but I was evenier happier to find many more of them had changed and evolved into even better things. The day that I went back to my college town I made new friends, had amazing and new experiences and I came back feeling very refreshed and recharged. I found it very humbling to know that the place I called home for two years was still so welcoming and still has a story to tell.

Reading Old Classics.


A month or so ago I decided to join Lesley (WordsofaReader) with her Hundred Arce Read Along. As a way to celebrate ninety years of Winnie the Pooh, the challenge was to read as many of A.A.Milne’s Hundred Arce Wood books as could/ liked before the 14th October 2016. And what a delightful experience it was! As a child, I adored the tales of Winnie the Pooh and his friends but there was just something truly charming about reading them as an adult. The outcomes of every story, the innocence and the word plays, which as a child would have just gone over my head, were crystal clear to me now. These books were just so expertly crafted it really is no surprise that Pooh has happily celebrated his 90th birthday this year. Winnie the Pooh’s legacy is an inspiration to writers everywhere.

So my feedback from my publisher is due anytime now. But after my recent experiences, I am going to see what happens when I put pen to paper in any of the spare minutes I have between then and now. But before I do that I can already tell you I have so many ideas already buzzing around my brain. 

– B xo 

Posted in My Journey

Autumn, Birthdays, Halloween & BloglovinΒ 

I love October. The beginnings of crunchy golden leaves, crisp morning air, dark cosy nights, snuggley scarves, pumpkin carving, pumpkin everything for that matter!, scented candles and even an extra hour in bed! Oh and did I mention it’s also my birthday in October? πŸ˜› Hehe.

In fact, I can’t believe my favourite month of the year is drawing to a close already, it’s flown by! So here’s a little peak at what I’ve been up.
   
     

    
     

 Sorry for my short absence this month. As you can see, I haven’t been hibernating, I promise! I think instead I’ve learnt the importance of taking a break and returning to things with a clear mind. Sometimes all you need is a small amount of distance and some clarity.I hope you all enjoy your last day of October, whatever you guys and ghouls may be up too. And I’ll see you all in November. 

Happy Halloween everyone! πŸŽƒ

  

– B xo

P.S: I’ve finally joined the world of Bloglovin. For those of you who don’t know what Bloglovin is; it’s a clever little website that helps you keep all your favourite blogs all in one place. You can sign up for free today and find all your blogs on one, easy to use, interface. 

So it would be amazing if as a belated birthday present you could follow the link below and follow me on Bloglovin. Start discovering a vast array of new worlds, one click at a time. πŸ™‚ 

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