Day 2: The Fun of the Fair

12 Days of Short Stories DAY 2: THE FUN OF THE FAIR
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Tiffany is ready for her life to start but for now, she must suffer another season working at her local seaside amusement park. On Halloween, the last and busiest shift of the year, an unusual drama might just be the excitement she has been waiting for.
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The Reading List 2019

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46 books this year, which I think is the lowest in a few years. But that’s ok. And very exciting that I will be finishing the year reading my own self-published collection of short stories!

Happy new year!

A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon

Frankenstein – Phillip Pullman

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Simon Stephens

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeymoon

Scattered Servants – Alan Scott

The Winning Conversation – Gareth Morgan

The Lost World – Arthur Conan Doyle

There Will be No More Good Nights Without Good Nights – Laura Van Den Berg

Roar – Cecelia Ahern

Isle of Youth – Laura Van Den Berg

Funeral Platter – Greg Ames

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

The God of the Small Things – Arundhati Roy

The Way of the Warrior – Erwin McManus

The Library Book – Susan Orlean

A Thousand Mornings – Mary Oliver

Sleep – Nick Littlehales

Centuries of Stories – Ed. Wendy Cooling

Telling Tales – AQA Anthology

The House with Chicken Legs – Sophie Anderson

Normal People – Sally Rooney

Presence – Andy Hunter

War of the Worlds – H.G Wells

Letters to the Church – Francis Chan

Skellig – David Almond

Moon on the Tides – AQA Anthology

Daring Greatly – Brenè Brown

Give Me Your Heart – Joyce Carol Oates

The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

Driven by Eternity – John Bevere

The Woman at 1,000 Degrees – Hallgrimur Helgason

Dog Songs – Mary Oliver

The Emotionally Healthy Leader – Peter Scazzero

Self-Actualization Through Literacy – The Carnegie Writers, Inc.

The Whitsun Weddings – Philip Larkin

Oh my Gods! – Alexandra Sheppard

Autumn – Ali Smith

God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

The Strawberry Thief – Joanne Harris

Nevertheless – John Kirby

Simplify – Bill Hybels

The Vocabulary Gap – Alex Quigley

Tell Me The Truth About Life: A National Poetry Day Anthology – curated by Cerys Matthews.

When Strange Calls You Home – Kelly Punton

The Reading List 2018

Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again. You can read what I’ve been reading if you’re interested.

You can also check out my photoblog which will have some new posts too! Link here: https://kpnupappearances.blog 

nicole-honeywill-704526-unsplashUncommon Type – Tom Hanks*

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli*

How to Write Short Stories – Courttia Newland and Tania Hershman

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: Parts 1 & 2 – Jack Thorne*

Wolf Hollow – Lauren Wolk

Does the Sun Rise Over Dagenham & Other Short Stories – ed. The Independent

The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Glimpse of Truth – The 100 Finest Short Stories Ever Written – ed. David Miller

God’s Blueprint – Andy Elms

Shine – Candy Gourlay

Smart – Kim Slater

Jesus Culture – Banning Liebscher

The Guardian: Review – Book of Short Stories

Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

Beyond the Bright Sea – Lauren Wolk

Dennis Kelly – Plays: Collection Two

Prayer Through Paradox – Charles Elliot

The President’s Hat – Antoine Laurain

The Life of Lee – Lee Evans

Leadership Pain – Samuel R Chand

The Mindfulness Playbook – Dr Barbara Mariposa

POSH (The Fascinating Stories We Tell About the Words We Use) – Michael Quinion

Release – Patrick Ness

The Boy, The Bird and the Coffin Maker – Matilda Woods

The 15 Laws of Invaluable Growth – John Maxwell

The Shell Collector – Anthony Doerr

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Full – Asheritah Ciuciu

What The Dog Knows – Cat Warren

The Reason Why I Jump – Naoki Higashida

Where Things Come Back – John Corey Whaley*

Beyond the Stars (12 Short Stories) – ed. Sarah Webb

This Book Will Save Your Life – A. M Homes*

Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan – Ruth Gilligan

Noggin – John Corey Whaley

Rooted – Banning Liebscher

Empire Falls – Richard Russo

My Rock, My Refuge – Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller

Three Cups of Tea – Greg Morstenson & David Oliver Relin

The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

The Sad Part Was – Prabda Yoon

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Highly Illogical Behaviour – John Corey Whaley

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Beyond the Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

The Man Who Ate A 747 – Ben Sherwood

Divine Direction – Craig Groeschel

Lonely Planet Guide to California

Children of a Lesser God – Mark Medoff

The Economy of Desire – Daniel M. Bell Jr

The Tortilla Curtain – T.C Boyle

Jamaica Inn – Daphne du Maurier

The Casual Electrocution of Strangers – Ed. The Literary Salmon

The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

54 books this year!

The Reading List 2017

Another year, another reading list. Every year I publish what I’ve been reading for the last 12 months. And in the last few years, I have been inadvertently trying to read more each year. In 2016 I read 54 books and this year 59. A small margin, but margin nonetheless. As usual, I’ve also picked out my top 5 with an asterisk*.

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

The Little Red Chairs – Edna O’Brien

The Tempest – William Shakespeare

The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder John Ironmonger

Talking Heads – Alan Bennett

The Picador Book of Contemporary American Stories – edited by Tobias Wolff

Maggot Moon – Sally Gardner

The Understudy – David Nicholls

Wolverine: Origins – Marvel Comics

The Book of Happenstance – Ingrid Winterbach

The Artisian Soul – Erwin Raphael McManus

Imagine (How Creativty Works) – Jonah Lehrer

Wolf Wilder – Katherine Rundell

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave

*The Museum of Extraordinary Things – Alice Hoffman

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon

The Buried Book – D.M Pulley

Curious Reality – D. K Cassidy

*Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

*The Versions of Us – Laura Bennett

*The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry

Orlando – Virginia Woolf

Worldkeepers – Jo Tilley

Love Does – Bob Goff

*How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

The North Water – Ian McGuire

Capitalism – A Graphic Guide

Leaves of Grass (Poetry Collection) – Walt Whitman

The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

After Tomorrow – Gillian Cross

How to Look for a Lost Dog – Ann M Martin

We Are Called to Rise – Laura McBride

The Circle Maker – Mark Batterson

Spilt Milk – D.K Cassidy

Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger

Mind the Gap – Phil Earle

A Little, Aloud, for Children – Angela Macmillan

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

Centuries of Stories – Wendy Cooling

Simply Jesus – Tom Wright

Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

Macbeth – William Shakespeare

Lily and the Octopus – Steve Rowley

Things Fall Apart— Chinua Achebe

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

Stumbling Blocks – Gavin Calver

Long Shot – Dick Francis

Face (The Play) – Benjamin Zephaniah

The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan

The Reading List 2016

This year I’ve beaten the 33 on 2015 list and have managed to read 54 books. I was close to making 55 but I chose to read a 700 page novel so that one will crept into the 2017 reading List!

My top 5 books are marked with an *

The 2016 Reading List:

A Boy Called Christmas – Matt Haig

Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee

Impossible – Unknown

Garden City – John Mark Cromer

The Blind Willow (Short Stories) – Haruki Murakami

The Sleeping Baobab Tree – Paula Leyden

The Man Who Was Thursday – G. K Chesterton.

Red Moon Rising – Pete Grieg

Stoner – John Edward Williams

Sabra Zoo – Mischa Hiller

Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Heaney

*All The Lights We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro

Trail of Broken Wings – Sejal Hadani

The Eagle Tree – Ned Hayes

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

Vegetarian – Han Kang

A Year of Marvellous Ways – Sarah Winman

Bear – Claire Cameron

The Irresistble Revolution – Shane Claiborne

The Light of the Fireflies – Paul Pen

A House for Happy Mothers – Amulya Malladi

In a Land of Paper Gods – Rebecca Mackenzie

*Midair – Kodi Scheer

Boy, Snow, Bird – Helen Oyeyemi

The Shelf Life of Happiness – David Machado

Pierced by the Sun – Laura Esquivel

*The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

The Red House – Mark Haddon

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Winning Keys – Gareth Morgan

Strange Pilgrims – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Good Son – Paul McVeigh

*Us – David Nichols

The Stories of Your Life and Others – Ted Chiang

STORGY Short Story Prize Anthology 2014

Nexus – Ramez Naam

The Ice People – Maggie Gee

Short Stories from The New Yorker

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly – Sun-Mi Hwang

*Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain – Barney Norris

The Autograph Man – Zadie Smith

Echoes: An Anthology – First Story National Writing Competition 

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa

*The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

A Snow Garden & Other Stories- Rachel Joyce

The Girl Who Saved Christmas – Matt Haig

The Reading List 2015

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To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

City – Poetry Collection – Black&Blue

N W – Zadie Smith

Boy, Snow, Bird – Helen Oyeyemi

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Theseus and the Minotoar (Adaptation)

One Day – David Nicholls

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

*What the World Will Look Like When The Water Leaves Us – Laura Van Der Berg

Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman

The Vagina Monologues – Eve Ensler

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller

Holes – Louis Sachar

*The Other Hand – Chris Cleave

*The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Red Rising – Pierce Brown

The Coincidence Authority – John Ironmonger

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo

The Tempest – William Shakespeare

Blood Brothers – Willy Russell

Skin (Short Stories)- Tobias Hill

How To Be Good – Nick Hornby

Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel

The Urban Circus – Catriona Rainsford

How to Read the Air – Dinaw Mengstu

Trash – Andy Mulligan

Selected Poetry – e.e cummings

Rickshaw – David McGrath

*We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

Prayer – Timothy Keller

*Oh the Places You’ll Go – Dr Suess 

* these books were probably my favourites!

Restoring a Hermes Typewriter

Originally published on August 27, 2014 on KP’n Up Appearances

I was supposed to do this project almost a year ago and shamefully I never got round to doing it. But, I have now! It was my grandma’s well-used typewriter when she was a clerk assistant. When she died many years ago, I was given her typewriter as a budding writer. It’s been well-loved and cherished since then. My parent’s agreed that cleaning and restoring it from its older days would be a great way to give the typewriter a new lease of life in the twenty first century. Even more so, it’ll soon be connected to my iPad so it can be the coolest iPad stand and keyboard around (thanks to Ben’s technical skills!).

The Guide

  • I dissembled the green Hermes Baby and cleaned it using a damp cloth and soapy water.

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  • I seperated out all the parts that needed spray painting
  • Remember to cover silverware and other parts you don’t want painted with masking tape!

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  • Choose your colour and spray evenly

Tip: hold the can about a 6 inches away from object.

  • I used White Matt spray paint from a DIY store and used 2x 400ml cans, (although that’s probably more than enough, it was my first attempt and I probably got a little too excited.)

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  • Whilst the first coat is drying for 1-2 hours, I cleaned the keys up with a damp cloth.

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  • Apply another coat of paint and leave for another 1-2 hours.

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  • After leaving the second coat to dry, it’s time to put it all back together again!

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  • It really helps to know how to put it back together again.

Tip: Don’t lose any screws or loose ends whilst you’re spray painting elsewhere.

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  • Hoorah! I now have a reconditioned Hemes Baby Typewriter in white and green. It looks so much more fresh, almost like new.

IMG_3179Just for a picture reference, this is what it’ll look like when the USB converter magic has been finished and my iPad will sit where the paper feed is and *hopefully* it’ll type onto the iPad from the typewriter keys. I’ll keep you posted.