5 Happy Things: July 2019

Happy things for July!


We got to put up more bookshelves, and wheeee! I enjoy doing DIY as it’s something practical and constructive and you can see the end result, but bookshelves are a favourite as it means space for more books.

Although, as a friend pointed out, those books are usually already in folorn heaps on the floor, so it’s not really more books. Just relocating those I already have.

But anyhow. It’s the brief hope of additional books that makes it all worthwhile.


Home-made scones (with clotted cream and jam). Mushroom risotto. Salads. Rye bread with poached eggs and spinach. Porridge with berries and honey. Cheeseburger and chips. Katsu curry.

When I’m not doing too well, one of the things that goes is eating: I often feel sick, and it’s hard to eat much – so it’s always a pleasure when I start feeling better, and start wanting food again!

It’s also been a pleasure to find an egg-poacher that works, and get a toaster, and make scones again (yogurt is the key – it replaces buttermilk. I want to try cheese scones with Philadelphia, too…)

3.Terry Pratchett

Otter and I have picked up Soul Music again as an audio (ok, we’re reading it) and I still adore Pratchett so much. I picked up Guards! Guards! again recently as well, and chatted to someone about Thief of Time, and… just so much wit, and humour, and pithy insights.


I’ve been picking up The Beatles, and Cats, and some old favourites from when I was a teenager: REM, Bruce Springsteen, The Pet Shop Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Smash Mouth (for which I entirely blame my colleague David!)


I’m doing more training for my SFEP Professional qualification, and it’s been quite fun to learn things again! (It’s also been very frustrating as it’s an Introduction to Fiction Editing and like, that’s my job, so… but still.)

I’m also still doing Norwegian, which is fun! I’m slowly starting to pick up more vocab and construct sentences, which has been good. My partner’s been laughing at me (mostly when I use a Norwegian noun as an English verb… spieser’ing is totally a word, right?)

Also pondering if there’s anything else I want to learn… still considering more dancing, and thinking about picking up my flute again…

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.