Tuesday 19 October 2010

Really Random Tuesday

Really Random Tuesday is a meme created by Suko at Suko's Notebook which is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of.

Halloween is approaching fast and in our house it is a big deal. Roll on next Friday, when my hallway becomes a haunted mansion, my beautiful girls become evil witches, I become something out of The Witches of Eastwick and the neighbourhood children become something to be feared. I have started preparing early and bought extra decorations and music to give an eerie atmosphere. I am soooo excited. I have even had my nails painted Halloween style. Do you like my spider's webs?

We brought the girls some serious bubbles this weekend and they have been creating havoc in the garden with them.

On the bookish news, the lovely Kate Kerrigan popped over to my blog on Friday to comment on my post about Ellis Island. I was thrilled to have her visit. It turns out that Kate has her own blog and you can visit it here. It is definitely worth a visit.
I managed to finish Mockingjay over the weekend and I have to say I was rather disappointed with it. It really didn't leave me enthused at all, which is such a shame as I loved the first two books. More on that tomorrow though.
I am planning to read a lot of rather thin books over the coming month, as with NaNoWriMo coming up, I know my reading time will be slightly diminished and yet I still want to be able to review books. So books with a smaller page count will be the norm until the end of November.
My writing this month has really taking a good turn. I am so involved in the story that I struggle to pull myself away from the computer. I am definitely on target to finish the first draft by the end of September. I am presently fleshing out the story idea for November with the help of my lovely hubby. He will only help if I make sure I credit him with helping me with the idea if I ever get it published. He is so easily pleased.
Well that is all for my really random Tuesday post. Do pop over to Suko's site to see what she has been up to?


  1. Ooh exciting Halloween ... love the nail art! I'm hoping my Halloween baby will be home to celebrate his 19th birthday.

    I found Mockingjay just a little disappointing, nothing tops The Hunger Games :-)

    All the best with NaNoWriMo!

  2. I am hoping that I will experience being so engrossed in writing that I can't pull myself away. Right now I am afraid that I will be looking at a blank screen for hours on end.

    LOVE the halloween nails!!

  3. So happy to hear your writing is going well. Spiderweb nails are perfect for the season!

  4. Lovely spiderweb nails! I'm sorry Mockingjay didn't work for you. I quite like it, actually. My favorite book of the trilogy is the first one.

  5. I love your nails and hope there will be some more pictures to follow - I'd love to see your decorations.

  6. Your nails are awesome! And my boys absolutely adore those bubble wands (though they tend to spill them pretty quickly). Sorry you were disappointed with Mockingjay - it was one of my favorites so far this year.

  7. Your nails look fantastic! We won't do much around here except give out candy.

    I'm so glad to see your writing is going well!

  8. Love the nails! Sorry to hear you were disappointed with Mockingjay!

  9. Great photos! Your nails are perfect for this spooky season, and your girls are adorable!

    I'm sorry you were a bit disappointed with Mockingjay. I haven't read it, but we have the trilogy at the house and my daughter has read all three books (and I really must!).

    I hope your writing streak continues in full force!

    Thank you for doing this meme, Vivienne. I really should, too! :)

  10. I love your nails! And I'm glad to hear your writing is going well. I love that you're doing NaNo!

  11. Love your spooky nails! I love Halloween - my favorite holiday! You have to post pics of your haunted mansion :)

    I'm getting concerned about Mockingjay - I am not hearing very good reviews about it. What a shame - the first two books were really good. I'll look for your review.

    Way to go with NaNo!

  12. I love your nails Viv!
    lol bubbles are always fun.

    very cool about Kate Kerrigan.
    thats great about your writing!


  13. OMG Vivienne--your nails are so gorgeous!!!! I am positively oozing envy! Sounds like you've got a lot of fun planned for Halloween! :D Hope you all enjoy!!!

  14. Thank you ladies for all your lovely comments. I shall definitely keep my photos up to date as I change my nails!

  15. LOVE the nails!! I'm not brave enough to sport something like that, but I love them on you.

    I haven't read Mockingjay yet, so I skipped your review (sorry), but I'm sorry to hear it disappointed you!! After I've finished I'll have to come back and see why.

    And hurrah for your writing!! That's amazing that you're so into the story that pulling yourself out is a chore. I bet that's a great feeling going into November!


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