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A teacher’s weekend

Not complaining, 

just explaining.

Lesson planning,

image scanning,

paper grading,

vision fading,

props making,

tea taking,

song learning,

sleep yearning…

Not complaining,

just explaining.


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There is no such thing as too much Love actually…

Just finished watching Love Actually. Again.

Pure perfection every single time I watch it! I can’t help but wonder if all the members of the cast and crew were aware at the time that they were creating a classic masterpiece! And just seeing all those actors pull off their parts, and seeing them from today’s perspective… A single extra touching moment – seeing Alan Rickman. 

This is and will always be my Christmas movie destination, for the humour, the music, the ‘cheesy’ stuff we all yearn for, the love of the story Richard Curtis and his colleagues have poured into every single moment of this film. Even when I am 80, I hope my family is around to ask me if I can really still watch this movie. You know what I will reply, right?


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YIELD by B.J.Tiernan – my review

Having read Standing on a Whale by this author, and enjoying the writing of B. J. Tiernan, which posesses elegance and grace, modesty and strength, I rejoyced at her new book.

Yield has surpassed my initial expectations. It retains all the qualities of Tiernan’s first novel, but is also profused with intimacy, warmth, and finds such instances beauty in the overall ugliness in life, contrasting history with fiction, the Vietnam war with an average woman’s search for love.

Marley is a strong leading female character, a fighter, an imperfect woman in an imperfect world, trying to make her life as perfect as possible. She has no superpowers, does nothing spectacular, makes mistakes, but manages to preserve love in what she does. Marley Cover can teach girls and women a lot about yielding to the fact that life is imperfect, but it doesn’t mean we have to give up; that choices may be wrong, but they are ours and if we make them, we need to accept them for the sake of our peace of mind. 

Only when we have a peace of mind can we truly love ourselves and be a positive influence on the people around us. Nothing has to be perfect – it just needs to be the way we choose to make it. The writing shows the author’s remarkable strength of being able to teach so much by not preaching at all. 

All the plots and subplots, leading characters and the smallest details, from the intro quotes to the news and scenery, have been woven together into a wonderfully told life story. This is the kind of book that will not change the world, but it may change at least one person’s life, and one person’s life is that person’s world. And each person matters.

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Geoff Nelder on Creativity & Writing

​This post touches on so many things that I often wonder about, quotes some of my favourite instances, and has an overall insightful and slightly humourous appeal I found irresistible! Thank you, Geoff Nelder!

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NAKED WORDS 2.0: THE EFFECTIVE 157-WORD EMAIL by Gisela Hausmann – my review

This author has absolutely become my go-to author for simple and effective methods of communicating in various business and private situations. 

In simple words, with plausible examples and demonstrations, G. Hausmann explains what you may have heard long and boring lectures about, buther advice and suggestions actually make sense and are applicable. I have as yet to try them all in my correspondence strategies, but the ones I have tried, have always had positive results. I love how she explained the human desire for drama using the example of an old letter in the beginnings of world postal service – clearly demonstrates her point. 

Nowadays, people, myself included, always have an issue with judging the right quantity to prove quality. Everything in life concerns the right measure, and this book might just give you the proper nudge and motivation to find the right measure in your correspondence and actually achieve concrete results. There are some parts in the book which are repetitive, but I found that very useful  – in these busy times, it actually helped to have the most important stuff reiterated to focus on.

Here is a quote from the book which grabbed my attention: “One could make a case that we receive more ‘stuff’ than ever, but the way it is delivered is less exciting than ever;”. So true, isn’t it?

So count your words, but make your words count.
PS: On a slightly personal note, one of my favourite quotes was this one:  “If you cannot find a reason to send at least one thank-you e-mail per day, you are either working with the wrong people or for the wrong company. Most people work extremely hard and receive little thanks.”

This struck a cord.

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Work in progress

My beta readers have been asking me lately when I would finally publish my teen/YA fantasy novel… Well, I guess the time has come. Editing folder all ready, pink marker and editing papers added and I’m off on another adventure.

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True life’s joy

​I’ve just been thinking how truly blessed and proud I can feel. My family, both close and distant, is caring, as are my friends and acquaintances. My husband and I have been smiling all day because our daughter has been singing since morning and is enjoying her own little creative corner, and our son is playing some quality music on his electric guitar and laughing at typical teenage online jokes. 

Plus, I am about to go and meet a very dear friend whom I haven’t seen in a while, and she has finally received some proper public recognition in her field of work.

Yesterday we pulled off a major new project at work really well. I still keep in touch with some of my students who have all remained the wonderful people they were as children. Rejoycing in the little stuff? There is nothing little about it – it is the very fabric of life’s joy!

I am not tagging anyone – if you recognized yourself in this post, then you belong in it♡

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Meet B. J. Tiernan

The author of Standing on a Whale, the wonderfully positive lady named Beverly Tiernan, author B. J. Tiernan has a new book coming out! It is an epic story of a woman trying to live life through love in the midst of political, social and emotional trauma. Meet the author – B. J. Tiernan.

About the Author 

B. J. Tiernan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Florida in 1972 and has been following her passion for teaching ever since. She is a retired sixth grade World History teacher who has led various seminars, workshops, courses, and classes on writing for adults. She writes contemporary fiction to create a dialogue that gets her readers to ponder and question aspects of life, including living and dying and the merging of our dark and light sides. B. J. Tiernan dedicates her writing to all of her students who are hungry to tell their own stories through the written word.

Interview Time

1. Who are you in a nutshell? 

I am the female version of Yoda.

2. Why do you write? 

To free myself.

3. What’s your latest project? 

Canadian author, Wolf Schimanski, and I have teamed up as partners and formed an alliance called TierWolf Creations. Wolf and I have very different writing styles and when they collide it is magical. We look forward to producing some exciting books for our readers in the near future.

4. What was the most difficult thing for you to write so far? 

About the pain in my past, specifically my painful relationship with my parents.

5. How do you deal with criticism, promotional activities, editing/proofreading? 

I embrace constructive criticism because the editors are usually right. I love to criticize and proofread my own work, too. Proofreading and editing are essential to putting out good work.

6. What are your writing plans for the future? 

To keep writing.

7. Which books/authors do you admire and why? 

I love books that enlarge me. If I do not walk away a better person for having read a book, I feel disappointed. Three samples of good books for me are Zorba the Greek, Report to Grecco, and The Great Gatsby. 

8. What makes you happiest in the writing process? 

The freedom I feel when I am in my writing space. I can write for hours and not miss food, water, or bathroom. I am simply lost in the moment. Pure inspiration.

9. If you didn’t write, would you try any other arts or crafts? 

I can’t think of one art or craft I would enjoy as much as I enjoy writing.

10. If you could sit down for a chat with any famous author or character, who would it be and what would you talk about? 

Nikos Kazantzakis. I would ask him to talk to me about his beloved Greece.

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Here she is – all fixed and spruced up and now in paperback too. My old-fashioned romcom has been called charming, fun, funny and delightful. I do hope Priscilla is pleased.

Priscilla is happy being a successful, single, business woman. Or is she? With her best friend’s wedding approaching, she finds herself constantly daydreaming about romance with perfect men – doctors, firemen, secret agents, sexy chefs. Aiming for perfection, she ignores an ordinary guy she sees every day, although he makes her feel… something. When perfection finally comes, she finds herself torn between her dreams and the reality. Perhaps dreamy perfection is just not something that ticks all her boxes. Are couples supposed to be perfect or are average relationships the stuff of life? 

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