Category Archives: adventures in the world of today

Gender traditionalism leaves so little for girls

The other day I posted about Disney’s worries that fairytale princesses are unappealing to boys. Another reminder came today that they are also unappealing to girls. Viv Groskop writes in the Guardian about trying to take her 3-year-old daughter on a feminist journey: Despite my best efforts, my three-year-old daughter Vera hasn’t exactly been celebrating […]

Things I read on the internet

The Guardian asked writers for their ten rules for writing (part one and part two available here). I like lots of bit and pieces of advice and might take one rule from each author. But overall I liked this advice the best: Ian Rankin 1 Read lots. 2 Write lots. 3 Learn to be self-critical. […]

Birthday bookswap woes

Twenty five children are invited to the party and each is asked to bring a (wrapped) book. At the end of the party each child takes away a different (still wrapped) book. The problem is that the children hate it.

Melissa in Wonderland, Romeo and Leanne

I am disturbed by the concept of personalised classic books: found here on iwantoneofthose. Have you always dreamed of starring in your very own novel alongside your friends? Well, here’s your chance. The Personalised Classic Books take 5 well known classics and lets you choose who you want to be the central characters. The plot […]

Living in the future

I’ve been thinking recently that I should make more blog posts about the things I talk about to my friends. I’ve not really got a purpose to this blog beyond telling people about me so one of the things you might be interested to know about me is that I like to live in the […]