Sunday, 2 January 2011

The Sunday Salon – And the band marches on

Hey it’s the first Sunday of 2011, and it’s time for the weeks round up or the Sunday Saloon. I have done nothing but being ill with a dreaded cough for the past few weeks and eat and of course read so it’s going to be a bit of a moan  fest…

On the blog


Although it’s just the second, you may have notice I am doing the NaBloPoMo thing again this year – Last year I had so much fun posting everyday about one theme that I have decided to try it again..

Not sure if I will go the whole year with it, but definately doing January.

I will be going back to what my blog was originally about - the reviews or my version of reviews as I do it. So some features wont disappear but they wont be on a weekly basis – more like a treat or just plain old pimping as the bits and pieces come together.

In light of that I do have some reviews all prep to go, which I am so pleased about as it does give me room to get on with my day and not worry about getting back to posting something. Schedule, schedule schedule is so going to be my theme for 2011.

As for the kids

The kids are good, and funnily enough they are reading more than ever. I am not sure what Santa spiked their milk with but even the boy child who don’t read have a book under his pillow. I swear I almost pass out from shock when I saw it. (it wasn’t porn – it was an actual fiction book)

I am so keeping my fingers cross this will last forever and forever.

I am such a big reader and was always a little put out that both kids don't read but now the balance in my world has been put to right all is well again in my world.

On reading

As mentioned before I have reviews to come some are longer sum up as I am prone to do and I am trying out the Recent Reads sum up as quite alot of my bloggy friends do .

I do find it a nice way to mention quickly my initial thoughts on a book that I have read without making a production of it and I think it helps with the whole book pimping process in the long run – so some of that will be on here for the foreseeable future.

I must say though that some books that I have seen being raved about just did not make the grade for me as good reading. They filled the time, but could have been missed if truth be told. I am hoping the lot I have lined up for this week is worth the time – so far Collateral Damage is all kinda good…

Doing more ME stuff

This is all part of the plan to find that elusive time for myself that I keep hoping for every year. Firstly I am cutting back on some of my charity work – don’t look shock,  I see you.

It hasn’t been a bed of roses in that department for the pass few months, and honestly my heart can only take so much. I need to re-group and find that place where I know who I am and what I value and just basically centre myself.  I will get back into it at some point this year, but I find I need to surround myself with hopeful things and not have to worry about death and trauma and drama so much – because believe me these thing do follow you home and wear you down.

In light of that  - I am going back to my journaling for one. I am a big “journaller” ( is that even a word) Just writing words or phrase about my day or just doodling – believe me it does help at the end of my day.

(This is a 2011 diary that I mocked up the cover and will be using it for the year )

I am also doing loads more creative stuff, paper, beads, metal,  liquids – just about anything that can make a mess, I will be all over that this year. Depends on how good or how bad they turn out I just might share a few with you over the year.

I am also hunting down more book related events where I can actually interact with readers – it’s not that I don’t love you guys at the end of my mouse but I NEED to talk to people about books, characters and plot and also moan and groan about the things we love and hate about books in general.  I am hoping I find something as the UK does not have alot of these things in any given year, but a whole lot of genre have opened up so lets see if the tide washes up a few authors on our shores along the way…


Once again wishing you all the very best of the New year and for 2011 in general.


Until next week – cheers

From  site –

What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....

That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book.

10 Speak To Me:

gautami tripathy on 2 January 2011 at 12:28 said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a wonderful reading 2011!!!

Here is my Sunday Salon post!

Lily on 2 January 2011 at 14:24 said...

Happy New Year!

It sounds like 2011 will be a great year for you. :)

Tracy on 2 January 2011 at 17:50 said...

So glad to hear that everyone is happy and healthy. And kids reading...without being forced? That would be a sight to see. :)

I completely understand about the needing to meet fellow book lovers - it's so nice to sit and talk to people who share your love of books!

The ME time - I get it. You need to do what you have to in order to feel centered and right in the world and though it's hard to break away from events and in your case, charity work, it has to be done at time. I think you're making the right choice. :)

Take care and have a happy 2011!

Chris on 3 January 2011 at 02:55 said...

Happy New Year! Yay for doing good things for yourself, and double yay for kids who read!

wren boudreau on 3 January 2011 at 04:24 said...

Yay for kids reading! I love it when my son and I can discuss the books we've read.

I understand how you could get a little burned out on charity work - there is so much need, and you want to help in so many ways, and it gets to be overwhelming.

Good luck with the journaling!

Erotic Horizon on 4 January 2011 at 12:07 said...


Thanks hon..

Well wishes to you and yours as well..


Erotic Horizon on 4 January 2011 at 12:08 said...


Thank Lil'..

Good cheers to you and yours as well - I always love the beginning of a New Year..


Erotic Horizon on 4 January 2011 at 12:12 said...

@Tracy ..

me and Mine are good and may the reading fest continue with the boys..

Fingers cross and wiggles for you and the girls and the rest of the family..

I am so hoping I find book fairs over here this 2011 - I get jealous of you guys with your big old conferences and book love events..

ME time - just a few days in - so not feelnig the effect yet - but I am cutting paper like crazy - so something is definately working...


Erotic Horizon on 4 January 2011 at 12:13 said...


Thanks hon..

All the best to you and the demon kitties this year...


Erotic Horizon on 4 January 2011 at 12:15 said...


I love it when my son and I can discuss the books we've read.

it is a thing of beauty...

There is so much need, and you want to help in so many way

Too much - I tell you and sometimes just within spitting distance of the affluences of society - but I am burned out, I need a break..