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slight break from the writing norm.

Hello everyone.

It has been a while since I have felt able to provide a new post on here and for that I apologise. In my last post, my quarter update, I informed you that I had suffered a bereavement in my family.

Truth be told, 2015 wasn't a good year for me. They say bad things come in three's and this is true. I posted my last update to you a few weeks after I lost my Mum. A few months later, at the end of August (at what should have been a celebratory time for me for my anniversary), I lost both my Uncle and my eldest Half Brother in a week of each other.

Needless to say, I haven't felt like my usual self and it has taken a lot for me to start feeling like myself again. I actually wondered if I would ever be able to get back into my writing stride and that scared me - losing my writing ability would be like losing a limb.

Still, here we are nearly at the end of 2016, and I can say that after a break, after taking some time for myself, I do feel a little bit as I had before. Yes I'm different as a result of my losses, but that makes me stronger and more determined than ever to suceed.

Writing wise, I haven't stopped or given up, I have notebooks all over the place with different drafts in, one idea to a notebook - you can imagine how many notebooks I have can't you? I could open my own stationers store.

These next few months are going to be all about change for me. Change for the better to be sure. I'll keep you posted, I promise.

On a different note, I have found a new Author that I really enjoy reading, and have enjoed reading over the last few weeks. You may know him as a movie of the first of his novels is due to be released in the cinema in the coming weeks. "Miss Peregrine's home for Peculier Children" by Ransom Riggs. What drew me to this? Actually, it was the trailer for the movie. I thought it looked interesting and would be the type of film that I would want to see.

True to form, I wanted to read the book before the movie came out, and I've now read the two sequels as well as the first. "Miss Peregrine's home for Peculier Children", "Hollow City" and "Library of Souls".

If you haven't heard of these, I urge you to give them a go. The combination of the story (it draws you in and doesn't let go) along with some amazing old photos really bring the characters to life, like the characters were real people and you're being taken along for a ride on their adventure.

I try to avoid full on ratings and reviews of books if I can help it (I wouldn't want to offend anyone - I'm known to say exactly what I think and not always restrained!) but these books are pure gold. As much as I can't get a handle on the reading age range that they are aimed at, for example, hard to know if they were meant to be young adult or adult; I really enjoyed reading them, to the point I read the last two in the space of around 4 days! I was hooked.

I'm actually hoping that Mr Riggs is in the process of writing another volume to the story - I'm hoping that the story isn't finished - they're that good.

Well that's quite enough of me gushing over a book or three. Just promise me that you'll give them a go!

I promise that it won't be quite so long before I update you again.

In the meantime, stay safe and as always, Keep Reading.

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