Goodreads book challenge

2 07 2013

So I finally decided that I might liek Goodreads a little bit more if I ever actually used it.

I know hey, rocket science!

So after adding a few books I have read recently I came across a link whereby you can create a challenge for yourself to read a certain number of books during the calendar year.

Of course I had to give it a go and have settled on the very achievable target of 100 books throughout 2013.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Tom has
read 26 books toward a goal of 100 books.
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Give it a go, the site of a little line increasing in length might encourage you to read more than you ever though possible.

Or not.

 

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Discworld reading order

11 06 2013

I was having a discussion with a colleague at work this morning about Terry Pratchett’s wonderful Discworld series.

He has only just stumbled upon Discworld and was wondering what order to read the books in.

I was busy drawing up a little flow chart when I realised that someone, somewhere on the internet had probably beaten me to it.

Lo and behold the good people at lspace.org have indeed created such a chart which is really very good.

the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20

Suffice to say I am very, very impressed!

 





NEW BLOG!!!

10 05 2013

After years of smoking and reviewing cigars I have finally decided to bite the bullet and start a blog dedicated to these tubes of dried, fermented leaves and the pleasure they provide.

If you would be interested in reading about my experiences as cigar smoker than you can find my new blog “Tales from the humidor” here.

Happy Smoking!

 





Hello chums!

3 04 2013

So yeah you might have noticed I haven’t been around here much….1 post in 6 months, hardly going to set the World alight with that pace!

Guess it is cliche in the extreme but life kind of got in the way visitors from the UK and Germany have all demanded time as has a more permanent visitor. If you have still been bothering to come around here you might have seen my most recent post.

Yeah, she is kinda the “BIG” reason that I haven’t bothered myself with too much blogging. 

That will change though I promise….sort of.





Waiting

13 07 2012

They tell me you’re small,
Like a Lego man.

I don’t believe them.

You’re the elephant in the room,
As big as a house, at least in my head you are.

I’ve never met you or seen you from a far,
We’ve never chatted on the phone.
Ten weeks ago you didn’t even exist!

Who made you so important?

I’ve realised that I’m waiting for you,
Everything else is frozen on hold.
We are ALL waiting.

We don’t talk about much else now,
Overnight you’ve become the VIP, the main man, the guest of honour.

All the time it’s just questions, questions, questions
What will he look like?
What colour is her hair?

I haven’t got any answers,
Hell, we don’t even know your name!

But you are important
And I’m waiting
For you.





Hunt

6 07 2012

A flash of white catches the eye.
A ripple of movement passes through the scrub.

Rising, drawing, aiming in one fluid movement,
Head turning, eyes tracking,
Release!

Barely breathing, daring not to hope,
The World blurs. All that exists is the arrow,
So slow, as it bridges the gap between hunter and prey.

A tidal rush of emotion fills the void;
Pride, elation… relief,
We eat today.

Just a little something I wrote yesterday evening when I was trying to get a few more pages of my novel knocked. Guess I got a little distracted, again.





A poem from the past

4 07 2012

I was going through some old notebooks that I found in one of the boxes I hadn’t gotten round to unpacking after I left the UK.
Looking back on some of the stuff was quite funny,did I ever really write like that?

There were a few bits and bobs that caught my eye though, one was this little poem:

Raven hair
Snow white skin

Something strong hides something sweet
You are the honey in the lion.

It’s short and certainly wouldn’t win any prizes but you know what, I kinda like it. If I had to try and date when I wrote it based on entries around it I would say it was over ten years ago…. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!








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