Tonight’s entry is bizarrely inspired by the carpet in my hotel room, which is printed with these words from John Keats: ASLEEP! O sleep a little while, white pearl! And let me kneel, and let me pray to thee, And let me call Heaven’s blessing on thine eyes, And let me breathe into the happy … More Walking on Words
I’m off to London in the morning and, of course, I haven’t finished my small amount of packing yet. All day I’ve been meaning to check the local weather forecast to be sure I’m bringing the right shoes and all day I’ve found other small things to distract me. If I’m honest, the closest I’ve … More Localised showers
Today I’ve been prioritizing reading over writing but someone thought she might take advantage of it being a quiet night and pop up to say hello! Allow me to introduce the transversal geodesic round these parts, otherwise known as Lil-Pups. LP would like it to be known that she is a big fan of books, … More Word of the day is …dog!
Do you know how sometimes you might be feeling a little all at sea but a couple of well-chosen words can give you a bit of perspective on things? And do you know those times when words won’t quite do but an apt piece of music can turn your day around? Well, sometimes there are … More Words to live your life by
(This post is part of an occasional series in which I highlight some of my favourite lines from an assortment of sources and try to offer a little bit of context.) This body of grief is not fit for human habitation. Let there be flesh. The song of mourning is not a lifelong song. Father, … More Laying it on the line 2 – Obasan
I’ve spent the day editing someone else’s words, in a field of study which leaves me a little uninspired. So tonight finds me both lacking in words and in search of inspiration. While I think a couple of hours of sleep should restore both to me, I’m hedging my bets and have lined up some … More Lyrical lullabies
Pups and I are just back from our walk before bedtime. On the homeward stretch it started to rain, but it was that pleasant sort of rain which doesn’t distract you by soaking you right through but instead leaves you free to think lovely thoughts about rain itself. These are my default ‘rain thoughts’ – … More In times of precipitation
Following Annabel’s lead, I’m all signed up for The TBR Triple Dog Dare. From the beginning of January to the end of March, I shall be reading only books already on my shelves. I have previously only undertaken reading challenges on LibraryThing so this will be something new. And sorely needed, let me tell you! … More Do you dare?
Grace note (noun) a notation in written music, indicating the presence of a note which is not essential to the melody or harmony but which instead provides a musical embellishment or ornamentation. Grace notes are used extensively in the notation of traditional Irish music and the main trad show on RTE Lyric fm takes its … More Word of the day
Today’s post is a short one about long books. There’s been a lot of talk recently at The Guardian about long books. Back in October, they published their list of the ten best long reads, followed a week later by a list drawn up from readers’ suggestions. Today, it’s all about Aristotelian poetics and the … More The matter of size