5 Happy Things: September 2019

We’ve somehow got to the end of September? ARGH! But – happy things!

1.New socks

Do I need to say anything more?

2.New books

A.K. Larkwood, oh my…

Also, an adorable (free!) short story from Jennifer Lee Rossman, who also did Anachronism, which still rates very highly on my “amazing one-liners” meter.

And one from one of my favourite authors that I can’t talk about but eeeeeeeeeeeh I ADORE IT. (The problem with submissions piles!)

ALSO! If you have already read This Is How You Lose The Time War, then Scott Lynch did the most adorable fanfic! But only if you’ve read the book – so if you haven’t read it, go read it. Bring sniper rifles and neurotoxins.


I LOVE planning Christmas presents, and I’m already having ridiculous amounts of fun planning things for my partner. I want to do an advent calendar of sorts, so 24 presents – it sounds like lots but actually they mount up fast, and I’ve had an idea that will do most of them! It’s something that’s making me very happy.

It’s also their birthday in December so I’ve been plotting for that… mwahaha. So far, they’ve been very confused by my instructions. It’s great 😀

4.Family events

My partner sitting in a sunny garden

One wedding and one engagement this month! I find weddings a bit stressful (partly because they’re bittersweet and partly because OH MY GOD ALL OF THE PEOPLE and they take ALL of my spoons) but there is CAKE and that solves everything.

Also I got to catch up with my close family on a beautifully sunny morning, meet a new puppy and fuss old puppies (one of whom is 9 and should know better, the loon!) and play board games and then sit up the garden with a book – or a sketchpad in one case – which was lovely. It felt really good to enjoy the last splash of unexpected summer sunshine.


5.Nesting & Organising

Having moved, and trying to find places to put things, and needing extra things… it’s getting little bits (a huge stockpot! Kallax shelves that fit PERFECTLY! Spice racks!) and being able to use things I already have (wrapping paper in a basket! Cushions spawning endlessly on the sofa! Crafty things away in a box!) and fitting things into the space (hidden shelf under the oven for trays!) and it makes me so happy.

A place for everything, and everything in its place.

Plus, I’m a librarian at heart. My partner’s lucky I’m not adding a classification system for everything!

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.