Take a Mini Break: 20 Minutes or Less Away From the Computer

Whether writing, editing, or liaising with clients, I spend the majority of my day on the laptop. Staring at a computer screen isn't good for my eyes or for keeping my body moving, but with deadlines rolling in it can feel like time away from the keyboard is only going to stress me out further by giving me less time to work with. But to take the edge off, I have to step away from the computer and take a break from my assignments. Here are 5 ways to give yourself some headspace. Walk the Dog I don't have a garden, so with two dogs living with me I have to take three or four walks a day to keep them happy. In the winter or the rain it's a pain, but it's much more enjoyable in the summer, and i

Book Review: 'Open Pen Anthology' edited by Sean Preston

I've never reviewed an anthology before (or read that many, to be honest) but now that we will soon be announcing our winners for Stirling Publishing's inaugural anthology, I guess I'm in the mood to examine what other publishers are doing with theirs. I bought this anthology almost a year ago, but just couldn't get past the first two stories, which felt cold and difficult to read, but with nothing else to read this week I persevered with it. As a whole, the anthology has a definite literary feel to it, like the kind of thing you'd study at uni. The introduction and foreword both read a little pretentious at first, but maybe this lowly reader just isn't quite ready for the words of the great

Book Review: 'La Belle Sauvage' by Philip Pullman

It's difficult to review a sequel to His Dark Materials, one of the most evocative trilogies in English literature -- and particularly when we consider that they are children's books. With its dizzying array of alethiometers, armoured fighting bears, flying witches, parallel words, prophecies, the afterlife, and, of course, the animal-formed manifestations of the soul known as daemons, Pullman created an incredible world, different from our Britain and yet undeniably familiar. He revisits in La Belle Sauvage, the first book in his prequel trilogy, The Book of Dust. La Belle Sauvage follows Lyra in her infancy: after Lord Asriel kills her mother's husband, she is taken to a priory for safe-ke

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