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August 2, 2017

Good evening! Well, it's been a bit of a grim end to July / start to August, weather-wise, hasn't it? However, despite this unseasonal, wintery weather, there's been a lot of fun stuff happening too...

 

A couple of weekends ago, my charity had the pleasure of covering the World Para Athletics Championships at the Olympic Park (see our report here: http://www.supportthroughsport.co.uk/worldparaathleticschampionships). Once again, the British team did brilliantly and the atmosphere in the stadium was reminiscent of the atmosphere during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics (did I tell you that in 2012 I nearly exploded from the excitement of there being a home Games? (Fortunately I didn't actually explode as that would have been messy)).

 

There's also been exciting things happening on the entertainment front - namely Game of Thrones Season 7. I find Game of Thrones utterly compelling and have approximately 672 different theories as to how it might end (all probably wrong). I also saw Dunkirk last weekend and the words I'd use to describe it would be: tense, powerful, gripping and almost immersive in places due to the way that it was shot. I really hope that Christopher Nolan gets an Oscar for it. Soundtrack-wise, the way that Nimrod was slowed down and used throughout the film was really powerful and brought a tear to my eye (but don't tell anyone). 

 

On the book front, I did an interview on Linda's Book Bag (https://lindasbookbag.com/2017/08/02/an-interview-with-helen-keeling-marston-author-of-two-hundred-very-short-stories/). I'm massively grateful to Linda (who was the 2016 Book Blogger of the Year) for interviewing me and reviewing my book. Book bloggers read and review books in their own time and they act as a vital conduit between writers and readers. Maybe I've just been really lucky with the ones that I've approached, but my experience of bloggers is that they're all lovely and incredibly helpful people. I'm also really appreciative that my reviewers have taken a chance on something by a first-time writer with a terrible sense of humour.

 

I shall endeavour to post again soon and hopefully summer is coming*.

Helen

 

*If you don't watch Game of Thrones, that won't make much sense (actually, it probably will as you'll just think: "hhmm, yes, hopefully it'll be more summery soon.")      

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