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July/ August Wrap Up 2018

It’s definitely been a summer of creativity for me. So much so, that pretty much everything that happened in July carried through to August. So I decided, again, to put my wrap ups together.

Double the fun!

Enjoy!

JULY

The UK heatwave continued throughout July. ☀️ I loved it, spending most of my time out in the garden, wearing playsuits and sunnies. The only negative really was not having much motivation to work with wool! All my projects at the time were big, heavy and warm. However, what I did instead made me just as happy…

I did some writing in the garden.

I took my laptop outside and did some writing in the garden. This writing in particular was a synopsis for a chick-lit that has nothing to do with any of my current projects. 😂 However, it was an idea I just couldn’t get out of my head, unless I wrote it down. And well, Nanowrimo is just around the corner…

I started reading Unravelled. ❤️

This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but also something I absurdly kept putting off because of what it might look like to outsiders. There is so much pressure on people these days that derives from what other’s think. With social media literally being a window into our lives it’s easy to get caught up in it all. However, this July I decided to push that all to the side and sit down and enjoy my own work and be damn proud of it too! This book took me ten years to create, so what if my neighbour’s, brother’s, cousin’s dog spots me reading it in Starbucks and deems me self indulgent? More fool them.

I got a haircut!

Okay, okay, so I’ve had a couple of haircuts and hair changes over the years I’ve been doing brionymarshallauthor, however this one was a first… I went short!!! Never, to my memory, have I had short hair but well, the heat just got too much and I decided to take the plunge and …

I love it!

What do you think? Should I keep it short for Autumn/ Winter or let it grow back a little?

I started reading Patrick Melrose.

During the month of July I had a couple of solo train journeys to embark upon and if there is one thing I love about solo train journeys, it’s audiobooks. ❤️ After developing a little CumberCrush recently, I opted for the Patrick Melrose books. Plus, with the DVD on my birthday list, I wanted to try and get a head of the game. Edmund St Aubryn’s writing style is so vivid and his use of imagery is something I aspire to. Although at times his work is a little uncomfortable to digest, it all makes for a story I can’t leave alone.

I visited Northampton.

So about those solo train journeys… I travelled down to visit my friends in their new home in Northampton and what a wonderful couple of days I had. 💕 Not only was I treated to amazing food, shown some really cute places and visited every wool shop in the area, I also got to talk to a lovely group of ladies about Unravelled, after accidentally walking into their Knit and Knatter. The woolly community really is like a secret club, once you know the handshake your in, no matter where in the world you may be. 🤝

I had a day at the seaside and left Unravelled behind.

If you don’t know about the Book Fairies, then I think you better click that link I just left. I’ve loved this idea ever since I first heard about it, so when I was given the opportunity to do a similar thing of my very own, I jumped at the chance. Thus came the birth of #unravelledontour.

On a random day I will take a copy of Unravelled out into the big wide world and leave it somewhere as a present for a stranger to find. Using the power of social media, I will leave hints across my platforms as to where Unravelled may be, but really whoever finds it first will be a mystery to me. I hope that whoever finds it will carry on to document the books’s journey online and we get to see how far Unravelled will roam all using the hashtag: #unravelledontour

Drop number one was a great success! I left Unravelled in a cafe right on the sea front in Wales.❤️ The next day, I was connected with the lovely Michelle, who picked up my book the same evening and after reading my note, thought she’d give it a go. Her story was so lovely to read. It’s amazing what the gift of words can do. I believe she’s planning to pop Unravelled back out into the wild soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. I’m also planning another drop of my very own, so watch this space. 👀

I became a pattern tester.

As the temperature started to cool, I threw myself back into woolcraft by applying to be a pattern tester. I got in touch with Becs of becspaddockdesign to test her Granny Square Bardot Jumper and she picked me! I was so happy to be picked as I fell in love with the jumper as soon as I saw it and well, it was a huge compliment to my own crochet skill to be picked for my first pattern test! I am so happy with my finished jumper, so much so, that I’m going to wear it to Yarndale later next month. 😁 Thanks again to Becs for picking me to be a part of this jumper’s journey. 💕 If you love the jumper as much as I do, you can now purchase the pattern from Becs’s Etsy Store.

I tired (and failed) to make another crop top.

Do remember the disaster crop top from my previous wrap up? Well it happened again guys! This time my top didn’t look all that bad. it just came out huuuuuuge! (Despite me using the correct brand of yarn and the right hook for my size!) I don’t know what’s going on. I’m definitely going to have to blog about this at some point though. It’s kind of becoming a running theme. 😂

AUGUST

Unravelled went on holiday!

At the end of July/ beginning of August I received some lovely photos from you guys of Unravelled on holiday. On the back of my own #unravelledontour experience, it was great to see so many pics of Unravelled by the sea. The truth is out guys, Unravelled is the must-have holiday read!

Be sure to tag me if you take Unravelled away with you, I’d love to see how far it travels and I’ll be sure to share you pics on my social medias. 😊

I was part of The Quiet Knitter’s Celebration of Indie Publishing.

I did write a full blog post about this here. However, I just wanted to say, upon reflection, Kate wrote a wonderful review of Unravelled and I am so grateful for all of this beautiful, positive feedback. ❤️ I know the internet can be a scary place at times, but I’ve known nothing but love as of late and I’m so thankful. Thank you Kate, thank you everyone, for all your kind words, love and support on this beautiful, crazy journey of mine. ❤️

I celebrated my local wool shop’s birthday! 🎉

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; if you support a small business, then you’re supporting a dream! And having a wool shop practically on my doorstep has always been a blessing for me. Although I may visit wool shops across the land, I’ll always find my way back home to my local, my roots, the place it all began! So of course I headed on down to join in with the celebrations of Beacon Crafts’s Birthday. And really, do we need more of an excuse to have crochet, coffee and cake? I didn’t think so. 😋 Congratulations Helen, nine years of keeping the local community knitted together. 👌

I was asked to pattern test another top!

After the success of my Granny Square Bardot Jumper test, I was so chuffed to be picked again to pattern test. This time it was for the lovely Marcie also known as homemadebymarcie. Currently on my hook is her very lovely Grecian Top. 😍 More on this as it develops.

– B xo

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The Reader Problems Book Tag. 

Hi everyone! 

I want to start this post with an apology. For a multitude of reasons my blogging has been rather sparse as of late and I am sorry about that. I’m not going to start reeling off all the details as to why I haven’t been blogging much these last couple of months, but what I do want to say is most recently it’s been because I’ve been sorting out some very exciting things! And although at this stage I can’t say too much until I’ve got all the right confirmation, I didn’t want to say nothing at all and leave you in the dark. So stay tuned! 2017 is already looking pretty peachy from where I’m standing. 😁 (More on that as it develops. *squee*)
So for now  I’ve decided to do something a little different. As I’ve said before I love reading and discovering other blogs, so I was very happy when Between The Pages’ Reader Problems Book Tag post landed in my inbox.  I instantly loved the tag and decided to give it a go. Here are my answers and if anyone else fancies doing this tag, go ahead, but be sure to link me to it in the comments. 😊

The Reader Problems Book Tag.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you choose what to read next?

I feel like this question isn’t at all hypothetical. 😂 As soon as I finished the book I was reading I would walk over to my bookshelf and pick whatever book took my fancy in that exact moment. This may be influenced by the last book I read and what I thought of it or by what I’m currently writing or by the current season or by what is currently in media etc. However, I have seen on Instagram people who use jam jars filled with all the books currently on their TBR pile written on pieces of coloured paper. Whenever they need to decide what to read next they just pick one at random from the jar. I think this is a super cute way to organise your reading life. 

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I quit. I have a shelf on my Goodreads for the books I “started but never finished”. Life’s too short and there are so many books out there. Don’t force yourself to finish something you’re just not into when you could be starting something you’ll love. 

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Again, I’ve been here. I do try and catch up, even if I fail trying. (I feel like this is the first year I’m actually on track to finish my challenge! 😁) How? I read children’s books. Usually they’re shorter and easier to read. 

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

Surprisingly, I’m ok with this. It is annoying but, especially now I have a Kindle, I find that my series’ are in different formats, let alone have different covers. I think things will be different though when I get my new bookcase and my shelves turn into more of a display. I’ve asked for the new covers of the Mortal Instruments series for Christmas purely because I think their spines are really pretty. I think I won’t feel the same way about this question come next year. 😋

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I find it difficult to read in places where I don’t have quiet, so I hardly read in public. However, if a book has the power to draw that kind of a reaction from you I believe, let it out, it’s a compliment to the author. I deal by always carrying a pack of tissues. 

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book?

I’m a slow reader, so I tend to just dive straight into the sequel regardless. If I’m really struggling, I’ll flick back through the previous book to jog my memory but I won’t read it again cover to cover. I’d like to, but it would end up being like a month until I got to the new the story and if I was super excited about it, I’d get impatient. 😋

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

E-books have got me out of this dilemma so many times. Haha! I normally say I’m lending it to my Mom/ boyfriend (which is true 90% of the time!) Then take note of what book it is and buy it them as a gift. 

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I do something else creative to help boost my imagination. If I’m not reading, I’m writing. If I’m not writing I’m knitting. I’m blessed with more than one hobby, so if the first one doesn’t work I move on to the next.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I have soooo many books already that I do have to restrain myself when book buying. I’ll probably choose the one I’m most excited about and buy that one. (Unless there’s an offer on at the book shop and then it would be rude not too.) After that I tend to watch the price of the e-book and wait for a baragain or check out my local library. 

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf for before you get to them?

It depends. I was super excited for Red Queen, but it’s still sitting on my shelf right now. However, I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the week after I got it. Again it depends on my mood and the time I have to spare as well as any external pressures like the likelihood of spoilers. 😱

And there we go. Hope you have fun doing your own tag and that you enjoyed reading mine. 

Speak soon! 

– B xo