Self Education in 5 Steps

When I think about self education what comes to mind is inquiring minds who want to expand themselves and their skill set either for their own personal gain or for a current or prospective career regardless of their level of schooling.  I see self education as a personal endeavour open to us all no matter…

TBR Chronicles #14

April has had no shortage of good reading recommendations with all its shortlists and awards.  In addition to these discoveries I’ve been reminded of two classics which I have for a long while intended to read. The first is Meditations by Marcus Aurelius which is renowned for being a profound read and with all the…

Review: The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki

The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick is a broad but short book on all social media platforms. This book covers a lot quickly. It is the Fast and Furious of social media guides.

Photography Experiment: Rule of Thirds

Photography is all about a balance between artistic vision and technical skill.  Mastering your camera’s manual mode is the technical skill side which is important but your artistic vision is also key to great photography. Composition is your opportunity to express your unique take on a subject by framing a perspective that lets your subject…

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

In my part of the world the Pulitzer Prizes were announced at 9pm last night but no matter the time zone people all over were ready and waiting to hear the news of the 100th anniversary Pulitzer Prize winners. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen What a year for Viet…

2016 PEN Faulkner Finalists

The 2016 PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction finalists include five authors who I personally haven’t heard of before so this is a nice opportunity to discover some new reading.  Here are the 2016 finalists: Delicious Foods by James Hannaham “Darlene, a young widow and mother devastated by the death of her husband, turns to drugs…

Writer Spotlight: Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in Japan in 1949.   He grew up an only child in the coastal city of Kobe to parents who both taught Japanese literature.  Despite this, Murakami was greatly interested in western literature and counts Raymond Chandler, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Franz Kafka as some of his literature influences. Murakami didn’t plan on…

2016 Baileys Women’s Prize Shortlist

The 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize Shortlist has been revealed.  There are two books that were up for other lit prizes last year; Anne Enright’s The Green Road was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life was an NBA finalist and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among other prizes.  I’m…

Why Your Next Holiday Should Be A Roadtrip

Going on holiday is always exciting.  I love holidays and while flying to your next destination often means you can travel to more distant places much more quickly there is something special about loading up the car and hitting the road. Here’s why making your next holiday a roadtrip will be good for the soul:…

Review: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

I sat down and read this book cover to cover in an hour.  It is a fabulous, thought-provoking, and inspiring book filled with drawings, word art, and great advice.  In the way it is written and designed it gets you thinking practically and creatively.  I found it part inspiration and part workbook which was very…

TBR Chronicles #13

Some months I barely add to my TBR and others I seem to find endless new books that pique my interest.  March has definitely been the latter but I’ve selected just five of my most anticipated to share with you which I think will be great reads. The first on my March list is a…

5 Step Photoshop Elements Basic Editing Workflow

Photoshop Elements is one of my favourites for photo editing software.  I take a lot of my day to day photos in JPEG fine format so I like to use Ps Elements for these images where I need to do some basic editing.  In this post I want to show you my basic editing workflow…

2015 NBCC Fiction Prize Winner

The 2015 NBCC fiction prize winner is Paul Beatty for his novel The Sellout.  On the BookCritics website Karen Long describes The Sellout: “Try reading the first paragraph of The Sellout aloud. Better still, in public. It begins “This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I’ve never stolen anything” and…

Review: The Tao of Twitter by Mark Schaefer

This is the first book I have read about social media of any kind and I’m happy (and relieved) it was a good reading experience.  I suppose I was expecting a lot of jargon and details I wouldn’t understand let alone make use of.  The Tao of Twitter is a short and very useful book…

Review: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel G Marquez

Like so many people I read this book because it is hailed as a classic of South American literature and the master work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  The other draw for me was the magical realism element.  In short, this novel recounts the lives of generations of a founding family of the isolated town of…

Writer Spotlight: Herta Müller

Herta Müller was born in 1953 in Romania.  More specifically, she was born in a German speaking village to Banat Swabian parents placing her within the German minority of Romania which would influence a great deal of her experience of life. Müller is a novelist, poet, and essayist whose work has been translated into more…