5 Happy Things: January 2018

Things that are making me happy this month?

1.My job! I am loving doing formatting – I’ve had a stack of books from Grimbold to do over the last few months, and I’ve finally got to the stage where I’m a bit more confident with what I’m doing (and have just had confirmation that I am doing it right, with the correct formats and results) – and it’s great 🙂 I like being able to help people, and seeing something physical as the result of my work is just brilliant. We’re gearing up for a whole stack of releases over the next six months, so that’s going to be amazing!

2.Playing new games! I’ve joined a gaming group in Salisbury that meets in a lovely pub (The Pheasant) every Tuesday, and it’s great to be playing again. I’ve played some old favourites, and also been introduced to a lot of new games – my favourite was last week, which was Ex Libris. You get to collect books and shelve them! It’s pretty much the perfect game for a librarian.

3.Silly songs! Every time I knock on Grandma’s door, I get “Who’s that knocking on my door? It’s only me, from over the sea, said Barnacle Bill the Sailor” – no idea where that comes from, but it makes me laugh! And another friend (I say…he’s shortly becoming a mortal enemy if he keeps this up) has been sending me My Little Pony tunes from YouTube, which GET STUCK IN MY HEAD. You try waking up every morning with “Raise a barn, we’ll raise a barn, 1 , 2, 3, 4,” going round your head and tell me you wouldn’t go insane…

4.Salisbury Plain. In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s a chunk of countryside that the Army borrowed a while back, and it means the roads are tiny, there’s very few villages, and it’s pretty unspoiled (if you ignore the occasional tank). Think Wales with fewer mountains. I’ve been travelling across it for most of the last ten years as I slowly moved further and further north, but now I’m usually heading to the other side of Swindon to see friends, and I’ve been exploring different routes. I still can’t get used to going through Avebury – trundle trundle, country roads, HOLY FRICK THERE’S A STONE CIRCLE. I love the landscape of the area so much; having grown up involved in the archaeology in Salisbury, I love Stonehenge and the cursus, Old Sarum and Woodhenge. So getting to pass Silbury and Stonehenge as I go, and wave to the barrows and the white horses, is a real joy.

5.Dim sum. Our local Chinese in Swindon – which is pretty awesome anyway and does good fried rice – now does dim sum. I was randomly wanting it before Christmas and did some investigating, ad could only find a local buffet (which obviously involves leaving the house) so I was sad…but then accidentally discovered that the Chinese has it! I got ALL THE SUGAR BUNS. It was amazing. I haven’t had them for a couple of years…actually, probably about five…and I just. Gah. There’s something about the mix of sweet dough and different insides that just makes me so happy. Plus, I got a steamer for Christmas, so I can try making my own!

So that’s little things for January!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.