Literary Life: July in Review

This month I turned another year old, I’m now on the fast track to thirty –  I feel surprisingly optimistic.

Around the Web:
I have written a guest post for Charlie at The Worm Hole – you can view it here.

Currently Reading:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Poetry: Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

This poet was recommended by my friend Xena.


Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

This is such a fantastic metaphor! – powerful!

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Some may call this reclusive or anti-social, but I spent the whole weekend alone reading. It was marvellous! I have not felt this recharged in a long time.

First devoured was The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison:

tswA chilling psychological thriller portraying the disintegration of a relationship down to the deadliest point when murdering your husband suddenly makes perfect sense.

Todd Gilbert and Jodi Brett are in a bad place in their relationship. They’ve been together for twenty-eight years, and with no children to worry about there has been little to disrupt their affluent Chicago lifestyle. But there has also been little to hold it together, and beneath the surface lie ever-widening cracks. HE is a committed cheater. SHE lives and breathes denial. HE exists in dual worlds. SHE likes to settle scores. HE decides to play for keeps. SHE has nothing left to lose. When it becomes clear that their precarious world could disintegrate at any moment, Jodi knows she stands to lose everything. It’s only now she will discover just how much she’s truly capable of…Synopsis from

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