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this bookish thing

This is a ramble. There is no other way of putting it. And worse – it’s a rambling ramble. I’m not sure what the difference is, but you have been warned.

// the lift of the book ban, the rise of my bills //

georgetteheyeronstairsI gave up buying books for the entire month of September. My bank account thanked me, but ohhhh white chocolate it was hard.

It’s now October. And the book buying ban has been lifted. Amazon is sending me books. Can I refuse them? No. No, I can’t. It would be rude.

Thus far, three books have arrived through the post box: a biography about Georgette Heyer, Simon The Coldheart by Georgette Heyer, and a look at the Regency world found in the books of … Georgette Heyer.

I’m starting to suspect that I might be a fan of hers.

// ‘anything you can polite, I can polite betterrrrr’ //

At work recently, I served a customer. This is not an unusual thing. I serve customers all the time. However, this customer chucked me headfirst into the most excruciating battle of ‘Who Can Out Polite The Other’ I’ve ever accidentally been in.

We thanked each other for every. little. thing. I was quite exhausted by the end of it. He won. For certain. He was the most determinedly polite person I’ve ever met.

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it was this, in verbal form … but worse

// words and words and words //

Due to one thing or another, I’ve been struggling to write. But no more! This autumn, I am finishing the rewrite of The Dragons We Hunt. Bring on the murderers! Throw in the dragons! Let the adventure and blood and sweat and late nights and tears begin!

25930798// … and he used an axe. AN AXE! //

At the moment, I’m reading Joan of Arc by Helen Castor. (Let’s not talk about how many times I’ve had to renew it at the library.) And it’s really good –it’s a bit of history that I’m not too familiar with, from a perspective that I’ve never really considered. It’s quite gripping.

I mean … plot twist I wasn’t expecting what happened to John of Burgundy to happen.

My jaw dropped and I wanted to grab a nearby co-worker and rant about it but:

  1. I didn’t want to go down in modern history as ‘The Mad Woman In The Staff Canteen’
  2. The co-worker wouldn’t have appreciated being grabbed and told ‘so, there was this bridge and this Dauphin and this duke and ohmergosh THEY ACTUALLY DIDN’T HAVE PEACEFUL INTENTIONS AT ALL!’
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Alas, I don’t think they would’ve shared my shock

have a great weekend!

2 thoughts on “this bookish thing”

  1. Picture of shocked kitten wins the day!! Lol. I feel like I can now perfectly visualize your expression when you read the book!
    I’ve never had a Polite Battle with a customer (as I work with customers on a daily basis too) but it does indeed sound exhausting. My job has conditioned me to thank people all the time… and its so habitual, I do it even when not at work. I thank people when I’m the one who has done something for them. I will also thank people instead of saying “you’re welcome”. It’s perhaps acceptable in the work place to overly thank people, but I wonder how odd it sounds outside of the workplace – like letting someone go in front of you in a line at the store and then thanking them for the deed that you’ve done, lol.
    Exciting! Back to writing. I need to do that – I am definitely attempting to attempt to write more…
    The Dragons We Hunt is an excellent name. I am already intrigued. đŸ˜€

    1. Haha! I know – isn’t it brilliant?

      Oh … now that’s hilarious! I feel your pain though … I once told MYSELF to do something – out loud – when a colleague was serving me before I went home from work. “If you could just do the thing … oh wait.”

      Even worse, I’m pretty sure that I’ve said ‘You’re welcome’ BEFORE the customer thanked me. Cue major face-palming!

      Go you! Let’s both endeavor to write more. LOTS more!

      Ohhh … I’m glad you like it. I was thinking of changing it but … I’ve had that as the title for too long. It’s an old friend to me.

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