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    Roses aren’t romantic: A novel excerpt - Aug 30th, 2013
    Note: This is just a small draft idea for my most recent novel attempt. It follows on from a bit that I shared in May and includes a small glimpse at the main male character I've been struggling with. This is about two-thirds of the way through the book, and I'll need to decide on my final ending soon! [more...]

    The life of a character - Aug 30th, 2013
    A few weeks before Paul died I began the outline of a book. I was excited about it; Paul was excited about it. He was, after all, the inspiration for the story’s hero. But after he died I realised that I couldn’t write the book as planned. The central story was still there, but the characters would have to change—as would the path that would lead them to the end of the book. [more...]

    Clutter-flies - Aug 27th, 2013
    Oh my goodness! I have just realised that I never told you all about the lovely swirl-fly I created way-back-when. But, thankfully, when I was packing up for my upcoming move, I ran across a bit of clutter that reminded me all about it. [more...]

    The complexity of simplicity - Aug 21st, 2013
    Love is one of the most basic, simplest of emotions. It just happens. It just takes up residence in your heart and soul and it multiplies. You don’t have to work at love. It’s just there waiting for you to acknowledge it. [more...]

    Stepping from the train… - Aug 17th, 2013
    I step off the train and into the bustling activities of the ancient city centre. Wandering through the windy, cobbled streets, I find myself smiling at the excitement all around me. My eyes and ears are constantly stimulated and my sense of smell is jolted awake. [more...]

    Random memories: Dog days of summer - Aug 13th, 2013
    I think I was about 12 or 13 that summer. I was certainly still in junior high school and I was spending most of my days with my best friend, Rachel, in between my house and her parents’ auto supply store. [more...]

    Holes in my head - Aug 12th, 2013
    I was 14-years-old when I got my ears pierced. One hole per ear as an 8th grade graduation gift from my parents. And I knew that it was strictly against the rules to have any further holes added until I was 18. [more...]

    Love hesitates - Aug 10th, 2013
    She stood staring at the ticket in her hands, her mouth trembling as she tried not to cry. As she crept further along the security line, she focused her attentions to the terminal ahead. She was too afraid to look back, for if he was there watching her, she might run back into his arms. [more...]

    Operation hanky rescue - Aug 7th, 2013
    I have rescued a lovely white handkerchief. On the way to work on Monday I saw this poor little handkerchief on the ground getting all stomped on and dirty(er) but didn’t really think much of it until I saw it was still there on my way home. [more...]

    Toy-nados - Aug 1st, 2013
    I was three or four years old when I first learned about the devastation of toy-nadoes. It seems that one of them ripped through some town somewhere I’d never been—and had never even heard of—leaving so many children without toys and clothes. [more...]

    The number you have dialled - Jun 17th, 2013
    I am rubbish with numbers. I think that’s a pretty common understanding and it’s not really something I’m embarrassed by. I can’t do mathematical equations (in part because I am so intimidated by numbers that I don’t even try) and I am the queen of flipping numbers around. [more...]

    A good week - Jun 9th, 2013
    Another week is winding to an end so I thought I’d reflect on the good things that have happened throughout the week. So, here goes! [more...]

    Even happier if… - May 29th, 2013
    Today’s post is a list. You would be forgiven to think that lists are an easy-out when it comes to writing, but they are really hard work because they make you think and reflect. So, it’s not a total cop-out. [more...]

    A novel idea - May 23rd, 2013
    As soon as she walked in, she felt the tension. She didn’t want to be there, but her friends insisted she go and enjoy herself. So there she was, scanning the crowd for people she wanted to talk to—and those she wanted to avoid. [more...]

    How to peel a banana - May 18th, 2013
    For years, I have secretly (or maybe not-so secretly) been annoyed by the way people open their bananas. I would watch people do it the wrong way and I would cringe at their sloppy ignorance because—obviously—my way was the right way. [more...]

    To rule the world - May 5th, 2013
    My dream to rule the world began when I was a young child with much smaller aims. I can vividly recall the start of my dream: Whilst taking a cross-country road trip with my family, I noticed that there was a gap between the “Now Leaving [blank] State” and “Welcome to [blank] State” signs. [more...]

    Acting scribbles - Apr 19th, 2013
    As part of Monday’s fun video shoot, I had to pretend to be hard at work doing academic-y stuff. So I sat and scribbled away in my notebook for a while. Of course, the scribbles were just a load of nonsense because I was so self-conscious about the filming that I couldn’t think of anything clever to write. [more...]

    Superstar! - Apr 15th, 2013
    Today was a very different—very fun!—day for me because I got to be a big important film star for the day. There were script reviews, costume changes, and everything. I even had someone opening and closing my car door as we drove between filming locations. [more...]

    Innovative memories - Apr 7th, 2013
    I was ten years old when, along with my 14-year-old neighbour, I developed the world’s first carpenter ant extermination system. It was genius. Pure, simple genius. And we would have made a lot of money out of the patenting and selling of our innovative pest control solution, if it hadn’t been for those mean ladies who stopped us. [more...]

    Searching for happiness? - Apr 2nd, 2013
    I read an interesting article today about happiness. Specifically, it outlined the one thing you should do to be happy, and that was to stop trying to be happy; to stop searching for happiness. [more...]

    No, not really - Apr 2nd, 2013
    Well, it would seem that yesterday’s story about my fantastic opportunity to cross the Atlantic in a hot air balloon was believed by at least a few people. (One friend even woke her husband to share the news. I doubt he smiled as much as I did at it!) [more...]

    My ballooning PhD fund - Apr 1st, 2013
    When I was accepted to my PhD programme, I went straight to work trying to determine how I would pay for it all. After all, the three-year journey will cost me a minimum of £75,000—and I just don’t have that kind of money. [more...]

    A happy challenge - Mar 20th, 2013
    Today is International Happiness Day, so I thought I'd talk about happiness; my happiness, your happiness, and the world's happiness in general. [more...]

    Running with music - Mar 15th, 2013
    There was an interesting piece in The Guardian’s Running Blog yesterday about running with music. The post offered insights from two runners—a pro-music runner and a no-music runner—and it got me thinking about how my own stance has changed over the years. (Just as the no-music runner’s did, only in reverse.) [more...]

    Crazy for Doritos - Jan 27th, 2013
    When I eat Doritos, I smile. And sometimes I even laugh a little bit. All because of my obsessive-compulsive way of eating them—and the memory of when the habit was pointed out to me. [more...]

    Things found by accident - Jan 15th, 2013
    A while ago, I shared with you the found things I pick up when I’m out and about; every time I find something new to add to my collection—it brings a smile to my face. So when I saw that the Brooklyn Art Library's newest project was titled Things Found ... By Accident, I knew it was right for me! [more...]

    Holey-sock monkey - Jan 13th, 2013
    I love my knee-high stripey socks and was a bit sad when I wore a hole through the toe of one of them over the summer. But I decided that maybe I’d make a sock monkey with them. So I put the socks aside for my future crafting project. [more...]

    Before we blogged - Jan 11th, 2013
    Today I stumbled upon a new blog by the Stirling Library Archives. The blog will post highlights from the 1813 entries in Dr Thomas Lucas’ diaries, a Stirling-based surgeon. [more...]

    My Martini intervention - Jan 9th, 2013
    You may know by now that I'm a big fan of Martinis. It's not that I'm a big drinker; I just like my RyanCentric Martinis a bit. So much so that I've composed an ode in their honour. [more...]

    I’m back! - Jan 8th, 2013
    Welcome back to Just Frances! I’m really excited to be back up-and-running, and hope you’re excited, too. I must start this post with giving credit to the amazing Martin Ridgway for taking time out of his personal life to re-build and re-design Just Frances as a beautifully simple site that focuses on content and design. [more...]

    Coming soon… - Jan 6th, 2013
    Regular Just Frances readers might know that the 'real' site has been down since mid-October, with my last post happening on October 5. When the decision was made to take the site down for much-needed upgrades, I think everyone involved (i.e.: me and my awesome Web Guru) thought it would be a short-lived disruption. [more...]

    It’s an onomatopoeic day - Dec 14th, 2012
    I do love a bit of onomatopoeia. But I don’t like experiencing it first-hand. Achoo! Of course, since I’m home, snuggled under my duvet, experiencing the agony of a cold, there is a lot of onomatopoeia going on. [more...]

    Downgraded - Nov 30th, 2012
    Remember when I told you that I moved into a lovely new flat? And how I went on about how massive the place is? [more...]

    October: The missing month - Nov 14th, 2012
    I’ve thought long and hard about how to handle the month of October for my blog. You know, since I only posted twice before the site went down for essential maintenance. [more...]

    Temporarily yours - Nov 14th, 2012
    Hello and welcome to this amazingly awesome Just Frances temporary blog. If you’re a regular Just Frances reader, you may have noticed that I’ve not posted since the first week of October. [more...]

    Warming up with a faded flag - Oct 5th, 2012
    It’s starting to get cold outside and that means cuddling up on the couch with a cosy blanket. And for a double-dose of warmth, I like to crochet one blanket whilst cuddled under another. [more...]

    A case for the interrobang - Sep 24th, 2012
    Today is National Punctuation Day in America—a day to celebrate the amazingness of punctuation. Today also marks the start of Social Media Week—a world-wide event looking at social media’s impact on modern-day society. [more...]

    New digs - Sep 15th, 2012
    Today is moving day! Which means I’m kind of busy. Which means just a short post to share a video tour of the new digs. I had meant to do that last night, since I did a walk through of the place after work yesterday, but video editing issues meant that I didn’t get around to it. [more...]

    A step toward the future - Sep 4th, 2012
    I’m working on a big step toward a happier future. Well, I’m working on several big steps at the moment, but there’s only one that’s a certainty at this moment. [more...]

    Boxes from home - Aug 30th, 2012
    I’ve written in the past about foods I miss from the Homeland, and I’ve shared tales of the amazing boxes I’ve received from family and friends back home. And, well, it’s time to tell those tales again! Only this time, the boxes have really stacked up! [more...]

    Do you want to help? - Aug 29th, 2012
    Hello, Just Frances readers! I’ve been thinking about updating the ‘look and feel’ of Just Frances for a few months now, and now that I’m done with my dissertation I figured it was a good time to make it happen. [more...]

    Payday treats - Aug 28th, 2012
    Today is payday! I’m so excited because it’s my first payday in more than a year and it’s so fantastic to see my bank balance to up for a change, after watching it steadily decline over the last year. [more...]

    Braving it alone - Aug 10th, 2012
    Tonight, I decided to brave it alone and took myself to the theatre (sorry, to the cinema) to see Brave. And why not? Friday nights are great nights for going to the cinema, and what better date is there than myself? [more...]

    Found things - Aug 8th, 2012
    I like shiny things and pretty things and interesting things. And often, as I’m walking down the road, I’ll stop to pick these little things up. In fact, when I’m on an outing or holiday, I almost dedicate myself to finding something shiny or pretty or interesting. [more...]

    Sing a song - Aug 3rd, 2012
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to sing—or hum or whistle or la-de-da. Now, I’m not saying I’m any good at it, I’m just saying I love to do it. And, often, I find myself doing it without even thinking about it. Yes, I just break out into a tune. (In a very out-of-tune kind of way.) [more...]

    (K)impossible - Aug 2nd, 2012
    This is Kim. Kim Possible, to use her full name. She began her life as a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy way back in 2003 and has been serving as my office power back-up since August 2004. [more...]

    First flowers - Jul 21st, 2012
    Every once in a while, my mind wanders back to the first time a boy gave me flowers. Or, rather, the first time a boy tried to give me flowers. And each time I recall that moment in time, I feel bad and I wonder if the boy remembers it, too. [more...]

    I broke it! - Jul 19th, 2012
    Yikes! Were you on Just Frances yesterday? Well, if you were you may have noticed a 12+ hour period where the site was broken. The main page worked (mostly) but all of the other pages were kicking up an error. [more...]

    Hair today - Jul 10th, 2012
    Today I’m going to give a bit of a rave. It’s kind of about how awesome my hair looks, but really it’s more about how it got looking this awesome. [more...]

    Swirl sets - Jul 8th, 2012
    I almost wasn’t going to post anything today, but then I remembered my promise to post more often so I thought I’d best post something. And so, I thought I’d post my first ‘series’ of swirls for you. [more...]

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