A Dark Anatomy - by Robin Blake
I found the book in a local book store that got a small section of English books. While I do enjoy reading books in Danish, I prefer reading English books in English. I didn't know anything about the book, but was drawn in by the cover, and after reading the back cover, I knew I had to take it home.
I started reading it that night but actually ended up stopping before getting really into it. Now that wasn't the books fault at all, but I had just finished reading a very interesting book in a series, and my head was still filled with it, so I simply couldn't concentrate on new characters. I put the book back in my to be read pile and it stayed there for a few weeks before I got back to it.
And then I started reading, and I didn't stop until I reached the end.
In 1740's England, a squires wife is found dead under a great old oak, her throat slashed. Coroner Titus Cragg and Doctor Luke Fidelis are on the case and have to navigate politics, superstition, and the different social layers of life, to try and find the killer.
The story isn't fast paced, but it fits the setting, and the overall feel of the story. The characters truly come to life, and I was completely caught up in the story and the characters lives. The murder investigation drew me in and I couldn't stop reading because I needed to know what happened next.
The setting seemed very authentic to 1740 England, though I admit my knowledge of that time period is limited. But nothing made me go "Oh, this seems wrong." But at the same time the story isn't trying to be pretentious about it, so the author really managed to pull of a great balance.
The main character, Cragg, has quite a personality and his way of thinking is interesting. He is both a progressive man and very much a man of his time, and the mix is a nice blend that makes him more than just your normal "detective".
I highly recommend the book to anyone who loves a good mystery.
Yesterday it was my birthday. Yes, I turned 34, but I don't feel a year older than 33 years and 363 days ;) It was a quiet day, with just me and the kids and it was lovely.
The kids woke me up at 6 am, and they had set a breakfast table and we ate and I opened the presents from them. They got me a cat teddy, that I can "Hug when you miss Katsu" as they said. (Katsu is what they call my boyfriend who is currently living in Finland studying at university). They also got me a awesome rainbow pinata with candy, and I almost felt sad when we had to destroy it that afternoon.
While the kids were at school, I enjoy a completely selfcare day. Long shower, lots of coffee, and I managed to listen to a whole 6 hour audiobook. I played around a bit on social media and tried to keep up with all the congratulations.
When the kids got home we had coffee and cake, smashed the pinata (which was great fun even if it was sad to destroy it) and then my oldest was off to her first day in her new after school club. So me and the youngest had a fun night on the couch with pizza and movies.
And I got two absolutely beautiful bouquets of flowers delivered too.
First I got one from my parents. Since my birthday hit a workday they couldn't make it this year, so they sent me some absolutely wonderful autumn colored flowers.
And not long after another delivery guy arrived with the biggest bouquet of flowers I have ever gotten. Hehe it was so big I had to place it on the floor to get a full picture of it. As mentioned my boyfriend is in finland, which means that days like birthdays are sometimes held apart. So he sent me flowers and I have been told more surprises are to follow. Not sure what that means, but I do love surprises.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.
As I mentioned in my last post, 2019 haven't been the best year for my creativity. But, things are starting to look up now, so with that in mind, and to motivate myself a bit more, I wanted to share how my writing time works.
My writing time is divided into different parts, but every part is connected and I can move between them easily. Each part have a set of things I need to do. Some of them are daily, some of them I do a few times a week. Knowing what each part contains help to build a habit, and rhythm in my work:
- Check that everything is up to date
- Answer any new comments
- Write new posts
- Find pictures
- Post a few new things
- Share blogposts
- Check out new followers and follow back
- Answer comments
- Engage with people
- Join post sharing and blogging threads
- Read blogs, and comment on them (one of my favourite things to do. It can be such a time stealer but I love it.)
- Write (I try to get at least 400 words down every day)
- Edit (I am not an edit as you go person. So I'll write on one project and edit on another project)
- Checking up on schedules
I know it doesn't seem like a lot of writing for an author, but the 400 words is my minimum (5 days a week). I know people who can easily write 5000 words every day, and I think they are amazing, but I simply can't do it. That is one of the reasons I no longer do NaNoWriMo (National novel writing month - where the goal is to write 50K words in one month). I can do it, and have done it more than once, but I'm also completely burned out when I get to the end, and the product I end up with is often such a mess it ends up needing a complete rewrite anyway.
Thanks for reading.
Hello all you lovely people :)
As some of you might have noticed, it's been a long time since I posted. 4 months actually.
Let's just say that 2019 haven't gone as planned. And I had planned it all. I had all my blog posts planned, and social media and everything else. And then life happened. But, I'm trying to make the rest of 2019 better. Gonna get back on the horse as they say <3
Good things have happened though.
I finally got my ankle operated and hopefully they got it fixed up. I still don't know what the future will bring, but I'm trying to be hopeful and if nothing else I'm hoping the pain that's been my constant companion for a year is finally going away, or at least gonna be better.
And of course, I've gotten to spend a lot of nice time with the boyfriend, and my and the kids went to Finland this summer to spend 12 days with him. It was absolutely lovely.
The last year haven't been good writing wise. The pain have drained my creativity, and it's been very sparse with any writing on my projects. But I'm slowly getting back into it, which feels so good. Just having the brain capacity to do it is such a freeing experience.
I hope you all had a great summer, and here's to a wonderful autumn.
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