ROW Check in (Sunday 3rd August.)

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Hello all.

Just a quick check in for me. It’s slightly late too. I did try and check in yesterday (Sunday) but WordPress was being temperamental and not letting me upload photos for some reason. As I had already had a long day at work, I lost patience with it and in the end, I had to give up and go to bed.

It’s been a bit of a busy couple of weeks (explaining the lack of checking in.) I’ve been working a lot and I also had the dentist (I had to have a tooth out) so that also just made me feel a little sorry for myself.

It’s a new month for Novel Kicks. We turn five tomorrow. I can’t believe that it’s been five years. I do feel a little proud of that. The book club is reading Before I Die by Jenny Downham if anyone fancies joining in? It’s the book the film, Now is Good is based on.

Over to the goals…

31stMy novel (Camp Nano and 750 words.)

I finished Camp NanoWriMo with one day spare. Yey! My word count was just over 25,000 words. This also meant that I also completed the July challenge for 750 words. Very happy!


Photo Diary:

OK at taking one a day but rubbish at uploading. All up to date now though.


Day 29: July 29th. My lovely new Fairytale bag.

Reward Jar:

I completed my writing challenge and I put the money toward this fabulous bag. Now I am onto the August 750words challenge and already have £1.50 in the pot.


Non ROW blog posts:

My goal is one a week which I’ve managed over the last couple. This week just gone I reviewed One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley and the previous week, I posted my ‘Books I’d Like To Read This Year,’ list.


Comment on three ROW blogs:

Will be done shortly. I’ve not done this last week as I didn’t get a chance to check in so I didn’t have a chance to comment either.



Cough. Um, I’ve fallen behind here but hoping to get back into the swing of exercising at least fifteen minutes a day but I’ve not been well and I can’t exercise when I am ill.


Hoping everyone has a good week. How has everyone done?



Review: A Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley.

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amillionIn the summer of 2011, aged only 22, Jodi Ann Bickley contracted a serious brain infection that would change her life forever. Jodi had been performing at Camp Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Returning with pockets full of glitter, and her favourite bands’ songs still playing in her head, She thought the happy memories would last forever. A week later, writhing in pain on the doctor’s surgery floor and unable to put the pain she was suffering into words, Jodi found out that she had been bitten by a tick and contracted a serious brain infection.

Learning to write and walk again was just the start of the battle. In the months that followed Jodi struggled with the ups and downs of her health and the impact it had on her loved ones. Some days the illness was too much for Jodi to bear and she found herself wondering whether she could go on. She had two choices: either to give up now or to do something meaningful with the time she had been given. Jodi chose the latter. This is the story how she turned her life around, and in doing so, touched the lives of millions.

ONE MILLION LOVELY LETTERS is one woman’s inspirational journey to recovery, and is a witty and uplifting testament to the power of words to heal heart and mind.

This book was recommended by Carrie Hope Fletcher (who’s got a channel on Youtube called It’s Way Past My Bedtime.) I do love books like this (yes, I admit it, I loved Chicken Soup For The Soul as it just made me feel happy,) and as this sounded just as positive, I decided to give it a go. Just as a side note, the cover is very pretty.

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