The Twelve Months of Nuts

Uncategorized By October 6, 2010 Tags: , , 9 Comments

The Nut Press celebrated its first Blogiversary today. On 6th October 2009, I wrote my first tentative post about Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize win and ventured out into the blogosphere. Here’s my year in nuts… Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow. Each and every blog started with just one post and no followers. I didn’t worry about how much – or…

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Limbering up for NaNoWriMo

Online writing resources, Writing By October 3, 2010 Tags: 20 Comments

Last November I toyed with the idea of doing NaNoWriMo – the National Novel Writing Month during which you write 50,000 words. However, I chickened wimped decided against it because it was already a few days into November and I’d done no planning or preparation whatsoever. I was also worried about the prospect of having to get the word count…

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Pieces o’ Eight: Read Like a Pirate

Books By September 19, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

One of the blogs I regularly read is that of short story writer Nik Perring. (If you haven’t yet read his collection Not So Perfect: Stories, do. It is simply brilliant.) On Wednesday, Nik blogged and encouraged everyone to put word-of-mouth into practice and spread the word about good books and good writing by blogging recommendations or by writing an amazon…

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Wales Blog Awards longlist

Uncategorized By September 14, 2010 Tags: , 9 Comments

And I’m on it! I can’t quite believe it but I’m very happy. Especially as I’ve been longlisted in the ‘Best Writing On A Blog’ category. Thank you so much if you nominated The Nut Press. Equally as exciting is the fact that a lot of people I know, either through Twitter, blogging, IRL or a combination of those, are also…

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Finding a niche with Cardiff Bloggers

Events By September 13, 2010 Tags: , 6 Comments

When I first started blogging just under a year ago, I did it because I thought it might be fun. It was also part of my attempt at trying out different forms of social networking. (I’d recently joined Twitter and was finally getting around to using Facebook. I know, I know, a little late to the party on that last…

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Turning the Tide by Christine Stovell

Book reviews By September 8, 2010 Tags: , , 5 Comments

I loved this book. I don’t know about Turning the Tide but it certainly kept me Turning the Page. I had only meant to read a couple of chapters before bed but, each time I tried to put it down, I thought I’d just read the next chapter and then couldn’t put it down until I finished reading it at…

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Blog, not blag, your way into a Party!

Uncategorized By September 5, 2010 Tags: , , 8 Comments

The Nut Press is at a BBQ Blog Party this Labor Day Weekend (it’s a holiday in the US, hence the spelling!) If you’re dropping by, hello there! Squizzey and I baked some peanut cookies and a coffee and walnut cake (okay, so we bought the cake but we did actually make the cookies with our own fair paws) and…

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Trade Winds by Christina Courtenay

Book reviews By September 1, 2010 Tags: , , 7 Comments

I knew I had to read this book as soon as I saw its gorgeous cover. It promised the irresistible lure of adventure on the high seas and more than delivered on that. Set in 1732, Trade Winds tells the story of roguish and handsome Killian Kinross who is forced to leave his native Scotland and forge a new career…

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Without Alice by DJ Kirkby

Authors, Book reviews By August 31, 2010 Tags: , , , 21 Comments

I am thrilled to welcome D.J. Kirkby to The Nut Press today. D.J. is here as part of a blog tour to promote her debut novel Without Alice. I was lucky enough to meet D.J. Kirkby at a book launch* in May. Since then, I’ve read D.J.’s first book, From Zaftig to Aspie, which is an incredible sensory memoir filled…

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Like Bees to Honey by Caroline Smailes

Book reviews, Books By August 13, 2010 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

You know that feeling you sometimes get when you step off an aeroplane in a Mediterranean country? When the warm air envelops you like a deep sigh? Your whole body relaxes and that’s the moment when you realise that you’re in a foreign country, and now properly on holiday. That’s how it feels to open the pages of Like Bees to Honey and start reading.

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