When All is Uncertain

When all is uncertain,

I count the things of which,

I can be sure of.

Things I can count.

Things I can know.

Things I can see or touch.

Control is an illusion,

But today, this helps.

One.

Breath is in my body.

Two.

I will walk the dog.

Three.

We will see falling leaves.

Four.

I will touch a conker.

I love the feel of a conker.

And,

As it turns out.

Today, I only needed to count to four.

To be sure, to be certain.

When all is uncertain,

I count the things of which

I can be sure of.

The Reading List 2020

So 2020 is over… what a year it was and will always be remembered as “unprecedented” to me too.

Under the circumstances, I thought I might have read a few more books, but it seems there really never is enough time!

I managed 62 books this year which I am still very impressed with. Some have been quite sizeable too – 1Q84 is actually a trilogy and 928 pages – and I’ve also listened to a few books on audible which is a new habit for me now I’m regularly dog walking!

Anyway, here’s the list! Happy reading x

The Reading List 2020

Before the Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

First We Make the Beast Beautiful – Sarah Wilson

The Third Hotel – Laura van den Burg

Full – Asheritah Ciuciu

The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

Brooklyn – Colm TΓ³ibΓ­n

Melmoth – Sarah Perry

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry – John Mark Comer

Reappearing Church – Mark Sayers

Sweet Sorrow – David Nichols

That Glimpse of Truth – Ed. By David Miller

South America – A Lonely Planet Guide

Rules for Living – Sam Holcroft

The Heart’s Time – Janet Morley

Travels with a Mexican Circus – Katie Hickman

The Secret of Literacy – David Didau

Hotel du Jack – Dan Brotzel

A Call Less Ordinary – Rich Wilson

Unlocking the Reader in Every Child – Susan Elkin

The Names of God – Ken Hemphill

Night Theatre – Vikram Paralkar

Tin Man – Sarah Winman

The Circle Maker – Mark Batterson

The Carnelian Fox – Kay MaCleod

The Jesus Way – Eugene H. Peterson

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

Doggerland – Ben Smith

The Bible from Scratch – Simon Jenkins

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

IQ84 – Haruki Murakami

Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster

Toffee – Sarah Crossman

What if Everything You Knew About Education Was Wrong – David Didau

Foul is Fair – Hannah Capin

Unreached – Tim Chester

King of Shadows – Susan Cooper

Five Quarters of the Orange – Joanne Harris

The Island – Victoria Hislop

Mere Christianity – C.S Lewis

The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern

A Beginner’s Guide to Free Fall – Andy Abramowitz

Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Soul Keeping – John Ortberg

Becoming – Michelle Obama

Some Children I taught and What They Taught Me – Kate Clanchy

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

Out of the Ordinary – Tim Morfin

Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lefteri

The Gospel of Loki – Joanne Harris

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth – John C. Maxwell

Amsterdam – Ian McEwan

The Common Rule – Justin Whitmel Earley

The Many – Wyl Menmuir

Mother Tongue: The English Language – Bill Bryson

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Career Coach – Corinne Mills

Educated – Tara Westover

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Devotions – Mary Oliver

Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney

The Big Issue Presents: Letters to my Younger Self

In The Loop Newsletter

FInal

 

Now that I have a book released, I’ve been slowly trying to reach wider audiences that might be interested in my short story collection and other works, as well as keeping current readers and supporters up to date. With the help of a friend, I’ve been working on developing a monthly newsletter.

It’s still early days but I’ve been slowly increasing my reach through social media, book swaps, reader magnets, and giveaways through my newsletter (some of these things I had no idea about and thanks to Kay, she has been willing to give me an idiot’s guide along the way! (Go check out her writing at kaymacleodbooks.com).

Why am I telling you this? Well simply because I started this newsletter back in April and I have only just added this to my blog so I suppose it’s partly delayed housekeeping and partly to see if you’re interested in signing up to my newsletter. As I’ve said, it’s montly and it includes writing updates, book reviews, flash fiction, book swaps and deals for you and more!

To sign up – go to this link: SUBSCRIBE!Β 

Thank you and I hope you enjoy it!

 

Day 12: Fin Del Mundo

12 Days of Short Stories DAY 12: FIN DEL MUNDO

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Thanks for following my short story previews, I hope you have had a great Christmas and a happy New Year.

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Overwhelmed and fed up of New York, Artist Gee buys a desolate ranch in the New Mexico desert to focus on her painting and other creative projects. But as solitary and peaceful as her ranch is, she must soon face up to some old fears.

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Available to buy on Kindle or paperback soon!

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Day 11: Sculptures

12 Days of Short Stories DAY 11: SCULPTURES

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Small-town man Hugo has not had an easy life. But when opportunity beckons and he is employed at an art gallery, he is drawn into a whole new world of imagination; one that he finds close to impossible to describe.

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Day 10: A London Transport Encounter

12 Days of Short Stories DAY 10: A LONDON TRANSPORT ENCOUNTER

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Evelyn has been called home from university to discuss an important letter, but she doesn’t want to leave London for long. Then, on the train, she meets an unexpected stranger on one of the busiest days of travel.

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