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13 April 2011 @ 07:40 pm
I love looking at old pictures and imagining the lives behind the people in them. This one in particular really struck me. I found it on this ladies flickr photostream. It is a tintype photo of a girl called Ida Latimer, taken in 1875. As you can see she was an extremely beautiful young girl, with deep, soulful eyes.
I wonder what her story was?

12 April 2011 @ 09:06 am

This poem is so inspiring. If you read it carefully, you will see how successful it is in creating a creepy and foreboding atmosphere. 

The Listeners
by Walter De La Mare

'Is there anybody there?' said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
Of the forest's ferny floor:
And a bird flew up out of the turret,
Above the Traveller's head
And he smote upon the door again a second time;
'Is there anybody there?' he said.
But no one descended to the Traveller;
No head from the leaf-fringed sill
Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
Where he stood perplexed and still.
But only a host of phantom listeners
That dwelt in the lone house then
Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
To that voice from the world of men:
Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,
That goes down to the empty hall,
Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
By the lonely Traveller's call.
And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
Their stillness answering his cry,
While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,
'Neath the starred and leafy sky;
For he suddenly smote on the door, even
Louder, and lifted his head:-
'Tell them I came, and no one answered,
That I kept my word,' he said.
Never the least stir made the listeners,
Though every word he spake
Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
From the one man left awake:
Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
And the sound of iron on stone,
And how the silence surged softly backward,
When the plunging hoofs were gone.

11 April 2011 @ 09:50 am

I HATE my Work in Progress. Grrrrrrrrr. It's making me want to go stick pins in my eyes at the minute.

That is all.
01 April 2011 @ 08:08 pm

I've just finished reading Evermore by Alyson Noel (book 1 in the Immortals series), and was surprised to see the picture of the girl used on the cover of the novel is also featured on two other novels - Selina Penaluna by Jan Page and North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley.


This intrigued me, so on doing a bit more digging I came across this site which has a huge compilation of similar cover art, mainly used in historical novels.

I always believed cover art to be unique to the book - photographs taken just for the book in question, so it was interesting to see that it's not always this way.
13 February 2011 @ 06:24 pm
Just a short list of some books I plan on reading, more like a checklist than anything else....

The Last Apprentice - Joseph Delaney (I've just started the first chapter)
Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Wings - Aprilynne Pike
City of Fallen Angels (released 5th April) - Cassandra Clare
Dead Reckoning (released in May) - Charlaine Harris
Graveminder  (released in May) - Melissa Marr
Matched - Ally Condie

I'm also going to reread the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
Current Mood: stressedstressed
13 February 2011 @ 10:30 am
Why is it inspiration only seems to come at night?

I sat up to 3am last night, typing until my fingers were numb (ok, numb might be a *slight* exaggeration), but my lack of sleep has not fazed my darling kids who thought it would be great to get up at the crack of dawn this morning.


Well at least it's Sunday.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
12 February 2011 @ 04:51 pm

I have recently started using Scrivener for my writing, and I can't recommend  it enough - I mean seriously, I am in love.

(Sorry Microsoft Word, it was good while it lasted.)

Scrivener was origanally made for Mac and is currently only available in beta mode for Windows, which is good news because it means it is FREE (for now anyway.) I believe the rrp is $45, and I must say I'll be paying it because it's worth every penny. The free beta for windows can be found here.

I'm too lazy  busy to list all its uses so if you're interested check out the links or watch the video tutorial found under the cut.


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12 February 2011 @ 04:09 pm

This super gorgeous layout I am using right now is courtesy of Scholar's Layouts. I chose to customize the header, which I did using GIMP, 


and this beautiful picture, which is actually a set of PSP brushes made by Ghanima Atreides. I simply changed the picture to a more black/white/grey version and merged the layer under the frames.
Current Mood: Hungry
11 February 2011 @ 07:54 pm

Looking forward to watching True Blood tonight. Is it wrong that I'm going to be watching it with my other half and drooling over not one, but two hot guys?

Mmmmmmmmm.....Alcide, Eric, Alcide or Eric.....Stuff it, I'd take them both!

*Sorry Bill, nothing personal, but your not my particular cup of tea*
11 February 2011 @ 04:45 pm

Soooooo....I just signed up for Novel Big Bang. Today's the first I heard about it, and it seems pretty cool. I haven't had a chance to read any of the fics from 2010, but I had a quick look at the artwork and the artists seem really talented.

*Scratches head thoughtfully.*

Now I just need to think of something to write about!

 I have a feeling I'll end up doing something that is light-hearted and fun though, that doesn't take itself too seriously :) No drama-rama for me in this fic, I have enough of it in my life at the minute!