Alaria Playlist

Sometimes when I write I like to do it in complete silence, sometimes when I write I like background noise from the TV and then sometimes when I write I have a playlist of songs going through my head which sum up situations, scene, dialogue etc.

Alaria conjures up a lot of songs for me, coincidentally mostly from the same band. They create the perfect atmosphere and imagery in my mind and help me pull scenes together.

My Alaria playlist is quite small currently but I am only at the beginning on my journey on it. As I write more I will undoubtedly add more to it.

Alaria Playlist

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Vogue’s 73 Questions

I was tagged by the lovely Debbie over at My Chaoctically Eclectic Life to take part in the Vogue’s 73 Questions tag and you can see her answers here

1. What’s your favourite movie?

Not sure if I can pick just 1 movie. My favourites are; Breakfast Club, The Goonies, Legally Blonde, Pitch Perfect, American Mary 

2. Favourite movie in the past five years?

How To Be Single

3. Favourite Hitchcock film?

Haven’t seen one.

4. A book you plan on reading?

I have a huge TBR pile but the ones I am really looking forward to are Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.

5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you?

I don’t think any if them positively shaped me but we did read Lord of the Flies and it’s stuck with me to this day.

6. Favourite TV show that’s currently on?

Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, The 100

7. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?

About a 6, I don’t really have a lot going on but I am on a path to seek a better future.

8. iPhone or Android?

Android

9. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram, I do love Twitter though . Both are very different.

10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now?

Hmmm, honestly Debbie who tagged me. The new blog relaunch and splitting with her other one is fantastic. 

11. What’s your favourite food?

Chicken

12. Least favourite food?

Heart, Liver, Blood urgh

13. What do you love on your pizza?

Pepperoni and cheese

14. Favourite drink?

Hot choc or Tea:)

15. Favourite dessert?

Rice Pudding, Apple Crumble, Lemon Cheesecake

16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Milk

17. Coffee or tea?

Tea, I like coffee but not often

18. What’s the hardest part about being a mum?

What a question, there are many parts that are hard. Right now keeping all of my children from killing each other is probably the worst part.

19. What’s your favourite band?

This is a hard one as I genuinely love lots of different bands. Foo fighters, 30 Seconds to Mars, Ed Sheeran are just a few.

20. Favourite solo artist?

Ed Sheeran

21. Favourite song?

I have many favourite songs, it totally depends on my mood. I’m loving Ed Sherman’s Bloodstream at the moment.

22. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

Ed 😍

23. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?

I learnt to play the drums at college but I’d love to play guitar or violin.

24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

I already have 6 tattoos but I’d like another few more. On my left shoulder, right inner arm and my right foot.

25. To be or not to be?

That is the question

26. Dogs or cats?

Dogs, but I own two kittens

27. Bird-watching or whale-watching?

Whale-watching 

28. Best gift you’ve ever received?

Debbie bought me a ticket for a planner event for March 2018

29. Best gift you’ve ever given?

I’ve just bought my friend a Night Court charm bracelet.

30. Last gift you gave a friend?

Wax melts

31. What’s your favourite board game?

Star Wars Monopoly

32. What’s your favourite country to visit?

Denmark

33. What’s the last country you visited?

Sweden

34. What country do you wish to visit?

Canada. I’ve wanted to move there forever

35. What’s your favourite colour?

Mullberry or Teal

36. Least favourite colour?

Brown

37. Diamonds or Pearls

Pink Diamonds

38. Heels or flats?

Flats. I do love heels but they aren’t practical for my life anymore.

39. Pilates or yoga?

I’ve not tried either

40. Jogging or swimming?

Swimming

41. Best way to de-stress?

Go for a walk alone.

42. If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation

43. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?

Spaghetti, no idea why but it’s odd

44. What’s your favourite flower?

Carnation

45. When was the last time you cried?

2 days ago

46. Do you like your handwriting?

Yes

47. Do you bake?

Yup

48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?

My body? Lol

49. What is your most favourite thing about yourself?

My hair

50. Who do you miss most?

No-one

51. What are you listening to?

Nothing right now. I was listening to Lighthouse by Mallory Knox

52. Favourite smell?

Christmas 

53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

The doctor

54. Who was the last person you sent a text to?

My mum

55. A sport you wish you could play?

Basketball

56. Hair colour?

Blue black

57. Eye colour?

Blue

58. Scary film or happy endings?

Both, depends on my mood

59. Favourite season?

Autumn

60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?

Jensen Ackles

Debbie Binnersley 

Kirstyanne Ross

61. Hugs or kisses?

Hugs

62. Rolling Stones or the Beatles?

Neither, not a fan of either

63. Where were you born?
Middlesbrough, UK

64. What is the farthest you have been from home?

Dominican Republic, on holiday a fair few years ago.

65. Sweet or savoury?

Savoury, nom those Pringles!

66. Lipstick or lip gloss?

Can I pick lip balm instead?

67. What book have you read again and again

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

68. Favourite bedtime story?

The Night Before Christmas 

69. What would be the title of your autobiography?

Chubby Girl Run

70. Favourite sound?

Silence, although I love listening to my kids all playing and having fun.

71. Favourite animal?

Sloth

72. Who is your girl crush?

Katheryn Winnick and/or Marie Avgeropolos

73. Last photograph you took?
New washi lol

I tag every single one of you reading this post!

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

TSG Book Club Review: Wintersong by S Jae-Jones (Spoilers)

Today I bring you a review for the monthly TSG bookclub book, Wintersong by S Jae-Jones. 

Blerb…

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Review…

Well let me just start with. I love this book! 

I was so unsure of using this book for the bookclub as the synopsis read a little like the story of Labyrinth and I know that for many it is a love hate situation with it. I however, love Labyrinth and I have never read a book about Goblins so I just had to take the risk and I’m so glad I did.

The story focuses on Liesl (Elisabeth) and her sister Käthe. It took me a good chapter or two to get use to the setting in another country and the whole musical atmosphere but I soon found my step with it.

I really liked Liesl as a character, she didn’t come across as anything other than what she was. 

I really felt for the Goblin King, it was clear he was only doing what was necessary for everyone’s survival including the world above.

The ending was so sad, I really hoped they would find a way to stay together as it was clear they loved each other. I thought that she would die down there if I’m honest so I wasn’t expecting her to end up free.

I also think the first bride that has managed to leave was Liesl’s grandmother Constanze.

I felt such affinity to this book I truly loved it and was so sad when it was over. I enjoyed it so much more than I had expected and I will definitely read this again and again for the sheer magic of it.

If you have read Wintersong I would love to know your thoughts on it, did you enjoy it as much as I did? 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x