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Diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of eleven T L Spencer turned to writing as a way to cope with her condition. Her vivid imagination and love of all things paranormal influenced her writing. T L Spencer enjoys all forms of literature and is currently studying at university, hoping to become a teacher.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Recommended Read!

Now, I've mentioned the film before, but now I'm going to chat about the book!


am talking of course, about The Princess Bride by William Goldman :)

If you love the film, with its love and swordplay, it's prince, revenge and miracle making, you will definitely love the book. 

Go on, give it a go! :)



Picture by Joey Paur.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Another random fact...

Hi!

People with epilepsy are just that: they are people. With epilepsy comes misunderstandings. Epileptics do not swallow their tongues, are not always 'retarded' and can lead perfectly normal lives.

Men, women and children suffer with epilepsy. It can start at any age and for any reason, whether it be from illness, injury or from an unknown cause. 

:)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Top Study Tips!

Bonjour! :)

Today my post is all about getting back in the swing of things, and by that I mean the 'school' thing. Because (let's be honest) everyone seems to have that September feeling when it comes to education and studying. It just seems really hard to work and write assignments after a nice long summer of not doing anything mind-bogglingly taxing.

What you really need is a GET TO IT guide, some tips on how to get back into that studying mind-set which can often prove so useful. Here are some awesome tips for you!

One: Be Organised

Know what classes you're in, when - and where - they are and who they're with. If you're unsure about the location, try and check it out ahead of time so you don't get lost or end up late. Being on time to classes is important. Not only does it say to a tutor you're eager to learn, it allows you to get to know other students and/or get to catch up with friends.

Also buy any paper, ink, files and pens etc. before the start of the term/semester so you don't have to worry about supplies.

Two: Read Your Study Material

As soon as you get the material for your course/subject, READ IT! Being ahead of the game is useful in education as you can plan assignments, ask questions and prepare yourself for future classes.

Three: Make Paper Copies

There's always time for paper copies! Print outs of important presentations, notes, assignments etc. can be extremely useful in both the classroom and out. You can make notes for assignments and then afterwards improve on your own work. Paper copies are also a great way of backing up any useful or essential files just in case of emergencies.

Four: Have Back-ups for Your Back-ups

Computers aren't always the most reliable things, so having back-ups of your work is always a good way to go. Backing files up can be anything from emailing yourself a copy of your work, putting files on disk or memory stick to printing copies or filing them away in a DropBox. An emergency can crop up at any time so it never hurts to be prepared.

Five: Timetables Rock!

Everyone says this and many people think it is totally useless, but having a study timetable is a good idea. Even if all your timetable says is how long you plan to study each subject for a week - eg, Non-Fiction, 3 hours, English Lit, 4 hours - as long as there's something to stick to, that's fine.

Another great thing about timetables is that they give you a 'stopping' time. There are only so many hours a week in which you can study; after you have done these, it is healthy to stop.

Six: The Hierarchy of Needs...

In life, all of us need certain things, food and water, comfort and shelter - all the things people need to be 'happy and fulfilled beings'. In order for you to study properly - or just get used to studying again - make sure that you are well hydrated and have a full stomach, are comfortable in your surroundings and have everything with you that you need.

Seven: Have a Study Area

As mentioned above, having the right place to study, that meets all your requirements, is a must when starting to study. It could mean the difference between a good grade or a bad one...

A study area could comprise of a laptop, desk and printer, with plenty of lighting. It could also have extra screens or a radio for music (if you like background noise). Most study areas should be well-lit and located somewhere that you as a student wouldn't be easily disturbed. These places should also be comfortable and separate from your living/sleeping/chill-out spaces. Mixing up the areas can cause stress and conflict.

Eight:  Take Time to Chill

Remember that while grades are important, so is your health. And too much work can seriously damage that.

Studying, at any time of the year, is hard work. And with hard work comes the need to chill out. Take the time to do this; find the time everyday to relax in some way, whether it be listening to music, playing a video game or reading a book. Whatever floats your proverbial boat, just take the time out and unwind from your hard work as a serious student.

Nine: Read Through Past Assignments

If you can't remember how to structure an assignment or are a bit hazy on the details of referencing, then looking back on some of your old essays is always a good way to go. This does two things: it gets you back into the subject you're studying and jogs your memory about essays all at the same time!

Ten: Study Little and Often

Don't go overboard. Working too long is detrimental to your learning experience. I'm sure many of you will have noticed how, when you've been studying for long periods that your body seizes, or your head starts to ache? This is your body's way of signalling that your mind is in need of a break. We only absorb so much information - in fact, adults are said to work more effectively in 40 min blocks - and pushing yourself over the limit makes your brain act like an information sieve. Any data that you've been trying to store will just trickle away. But it doesn't have to that way...

Studying is something that you can do - no matter the age or school - whenever and wherever convenient, and learning little and often is most often the healthiest and most beneficial route to take when studying. You can read/revise on the bus, in the car, on the train. You can conduct research in the library for 30/40 minute periods... As long as you chip away, you're well on your way to achieving.

I hope these things help you and your friends to kick start the year with success. Remember that education is supposed to be an experience, and that you're meant to enjoy it while it lasts!

Chow xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Squash

Note to self:

If you want to feel awful, refreshed and exhausted all at the same time...

Play Squash.

A Witch Dark Background!!!

Three posts in one day! I'm practically on a roll - a nice fresh an crispy one I hope...

As you know, Witch Dark (Powers of Witch-Haven) is on sale @amazonkindle. While it has been receiving favourable reviews - thanks people! - I thought I'd give people some pictures to looks at/have for themselves. These can be accessed via the Witch Dark Pintrest board (see left hand side for link).

Here is just one example, a screen lock for phones, iPads etc.


I hope you like it. I've had a lot of fun designing some of them :)

Always x

To Rise Above It All...

Nora Ephron once said: 





:) That goes for the guys too!!! Be heroes!!! There's always need for more of those in the world. :)

x

An Epilepsy Post

As many of my readers will know, I champion those with epilepsy. I like to raise awareness of the condition and help out those who have been newly diagnosed.

So this month, I shall be posting random facts and pictures to with epilepsy, as well as inspiring words from authors and sufferers of the illness.

Here's one to get the show on the road:


Monday, 1 September 2014

The Naughty Girls' Book Club, by Sophie Hary

Hi guys!

I know! I haven't written anything in ages. To tell the truth, I've been busy writing book number three and reading some new books! 

The Naughty Girls' Book Club by Sophie Hart is something I promised to review for you all. 

So here it is... You won't be disappointed !



Book Description: 
A quaint suburb. A quiet little book club. A very naughty reading list.

When Estelle sets up a book group in order to increase custom to her struggling cafe, what follows is more mind-blowing than she could have ever imagined...

As the first book club meeting flounders, Estelle suggeA quaint suburb. A quiet little book club. A very naughty reading list.

When Estelle sets up a book group in order to increase custom to her struggling cafe, what follows is more mind-blowing than she could have ever imagined...

As the first book club meeting flounders, Estelle suggests a spot of erotica to spice things up.

Inspired by their naughty novels, this group of shy suburban readers shake off their inhibitions and soon discover that their own lives can be just as scandalous...

Review:
Okay, let me say this: Sophie Hart is a genius! This book has humour, love, family adventure and sex all in one hot romantic package.

You'd think with the title, that the book would be sex and guys all the time. To my extreme enjoyment it's more about friendships, family and the importance of the two combined. While romance is a large factor, with marriages and new loves blossoming throughout, it isn't the dominant theme (pun intended).

But that isn't the only great thing about this book. Sophie Hart has done a great job with the characters. Each of them are completely different, yet come together seamlessly to create a story so intricate and charming, that you get a cheesy grin on your face while reading.

From the mumishness of Estelle, the retired naughtiness of Sue to the feminist fashion of Gracie and the reserved yet charming manner of Reggie there is a character for every personality to associate with. More importantly, as they each have their own story to tell, we get a multi-layered tale filled with proper issues and wondrous delights (and innuendo galore). None of this soap opera rubbish. (Let's not forget Rebecca, the tired teacher and newly wed... Now she's a personality and a half!)

As an avid reader myself, I just love the fact that they actually discuss the books. Kind of like a meta narrative! Books within books... They talk about some interesting and even some controversial topics - race, social status etc - all the while under the guise of raunchy romance. So as we get our kicks reading about Mr Grey (or Alexander in case of the book), the characters chat away about what they want from a man, about life - about what's acceptable in a relationship. 

The 'raunchy' aspects, in both the discussed novels and the characters' lives also gets a big thumbs up for me. The romantic actions of the characters are subtle and realistic, making the characters that much more believable and some of the more graphic sexual content of the novels discussed was only alluded to- with no outright quotations, the novels within the book didn't detract from the story, merely added an extra dimension. Sophie Hart seems to have taken great care and sensitivity when writing this book, especially regarding the more aggressive aspects of S&M. Her research was very thorough and I commend her for it.

This book is a fabulous addition to any bookshelf or eReader and I recommend you get yourself a copy immediately.

It gets a five star from me. I've read it six times!

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