A-Z Blog Challenge – Theme Reveal 2018

A-Z Blog Challenge Theme Reveal - Lauren Mayhew Author

I can’t believe how quickly this has come around. I last did this challenge in 2016 and although it was a little stressful, I really did enjoy myself. I’m way more prepared for this year than I was back then though. I actually have each letter sorted, I just need to write the blogs!

My theme this year is completely different to 2016 but it’s still just as personal and is a better way of showing what my favourite things are. You can see all of the posts for the 2016 challenge here.

So, instead of my favourite characters from film and fiction, my theme this year is:

Most played songs from my iPod A-Z

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I’m Having My Wisdom Teeth Removed

I'm Having My Wisdom Teeth Removed - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe title pretty much explains everything, but here’s some context for those of you that are actually interested. Last November I went to the dentist because I was experiencing pain in my lower right jaw. I pretty much knew that it had something to do with my wisdom teeth, but wanted to get it checked out anyway, just in case. The tooth at the top left had been emerging for a couple of years already, so I knew the sort of pain to expect, but there is literally no room for the bottom teeth.

After the x-rays it was only made clearer how little room I have for any new teeth along my lower jaw. Both lower wisdom teeth are impacted. They’re practically growing horizontally into my back molars. There is no chance that they are very going to come through. The one on the right hasn’t stopped being painful since November and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was infected. The top right can be felt under the gum, but it hasn’t made any progress for at least six months, so I think that one might be impacted too.   Continue reading “I’m Having My Wisdom Teeth Removed”

A-Z Blog Challenge Preparation

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2018 - Lauren Mayhew AuthorIt’s only six days until you all get to find out the theme for my A-Z Challenge of 2018! Can you believe how quickly this month is disappearing? I officially signed up for the challenge last Monday and I’ve been working on it ever since. You wouldn’t believe the amount of stress I put myself through in 2016 whilst doing this challenge, so my aim is to make this a stress-free zone this year.

First of all, I’ve had my theme sorted for at least six months already. A bit premature, I know, but I joined really late in 2016 and didn’t have enough time to think all of the letters through. I was thinking up subjects for posts hours before they were due to be published. It was not good. I’ve already got a subject for each letter this time round. If I screw it up this year, I’ve only got myself to blame.  Continue reading “A-Z Blog Challenge Preparation”


My Current WIP

Writing and Editing - Lauren Mayhew AuthorAlthough I haven’t done a lot of writing on Cycles of War recently (read about it here), I have been working on it in a different sense. After picking out the most obvious grammatical errors, I decided to work on the characters. I created an excel spreadsheet for this – I really do love a good spreadsheet – that detailed the characters original name, job, physical description, which county they’re from etc. Not only will this make my life a lot easier when I properly start working on the book again, it’s been quite therapeutic too.

I suffer from the usual author syndrome of ‘forgetting what my characters look like’. I’m not even joking. In one of the first editions of my first book, Reality is in a Dream, Samson’s hair colour changed mid-way through the book. He was always blond in my head, so I don’t know why he then became brown haired at one point. Having a spreadsheet to reference all of this will stop mistakes like this from occurring, I hope! Continue reading “My Current WIP”


John O’Groats to Land’s End – A Challenge

John O'Groats to Land's End – A Challenge - Lauren Mayhew Author
Photo: The Walking Milkman Blogspot

So, you know when you have a moment of inspiration and you’re so filled with excitement about it that you get a little carried away? I’m sure some of you will know that feeling. This happened to me about a week ago when I decided that I wanted to walk from John O’Groats in Northern Scotland to Land’s End in the South West of England.

It’s 874 miles, or more, depending on which route you want to take. 874 miles or 1407 kilometres. I’m hoping to take the shortest route possible, as it’s going to take up a lot of my annual leave. About fifteen days I think. I hope to be able to complete the walk within twenty-one days or less, otherwise I’ll have to have a month off work, and don’t think that’s a possibility for me. Twenty-one days counting the weekends, though ideally, I’d like to have a few days to recover before I go back to work. Continue reading “John O’Groats to Land’s End – A Challenge”


Winter is Here

Winter is Here Snow - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, here in the South of England, snow isn’t always guaranteed in winter, despite what the Christmas movies might tell you. This winter has been a little bit different, though we still didn’t get a White Christmas! Since the beginning of 2018, we’ve had quite a few snow showers throughout the UK, all of which have caused ridiculous amounts of travel disruption. But none of these snowy spells hit Farnborough.

I have the weather radar up at work on one of my screens and love watching to see where the snow is, but I swear it would avoid Farnborough. We got a few showers, but nothing significant enough to settle. Until yesterday. Continue reading “Winter is Here”


The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe Lady of the Rivers – Philippa Gregory – 5 Stars

The fact that it took me a few months to finish this book doesn’t reflect on the quality. When I pick up a book and read it for the first time, it often takes me a few weeks, not months like this one, but I’m busy and have many late nights, so reading anything goes out of the window. I really wanted to love this book, and I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

Blurb: Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of nineteen she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a life for herself as Queen Margaret of Anjou’s close friend and a Lancaster supporter – until the day that her daughter Elizabeth Woodville fell in love and married the rival king Edward IV.

Of all the little-known but important women of the period, her dramatic story is the most neglected. With her links to Melusina, and to the founder of the house of Luxembourg, together with her reputation for making magic, she is the most haunting of heroines. Continue reading “The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory”


Black Panther

Black Panther Film Review - Lauren Mayhew Author
Image: Marvel Studios

Black Panther – 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and as Black Panther – gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Black Panther is another film from the Marvel universe, and there’s not many Marvel films that I haven’t watched. I’m always excited to see what Marvel have up their sleeve next, and off the back of Thor: Ragnarok, I was expecting big things. Continue reading “Black Panther”


A-Z Blog Challenge – 2018

A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 - Lauren Mayhew Author
The badge for 2016. Looking forward to 2018’s!

I did the A-Z Blog Challenge in 2016 and I loved it. Even though it was extremely stressful. I already know what I want to write about this year, a little premature, I know. It won’t be about my favourite characters this time, as I haven’t read or watched anything new that might change my favourites from 2016. It will be focused on music.

The challenge in 2016 introduced me to a lot of new bloggers and gained a lot of traffic for my website – which is always a good thing when you’re a struggling Indie author – so it’s definitely something that I want to try again.

I think I’ll start writing the posts soon. I got a little stressed when I did it last time, as I didn’t really think about how long the process was going to take. I’d find myself writing the posts a few hours before they were meant to go live, and some of them were absolutely terrible. I’ve known what I’ve wanted to write about for a few months now, so it’ll be great to finally get going! Continue reading “A-Z Blog Challenge – 2018”


I’ve Started Writing Again

Lauren Mayhew Author NotebookThere’s nothing worse than writer’s block, especially when you’re between projects. I know what I’m supposed to be doing, I’m just finding it hard getting round to doing it. I have so many projects in my head, but I don’t want to start too many. If I do, I’ll never complete any of them, I’ll just keep starting new ones.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve slowly been reading through the book that I wrote for NaNoWriMo. It’s got a Working Title – Cycles of War. This is what it’s been called for about ten years now, though I didn’t properly start writing it until November 2016. I finished reading the other day, adjusting a few things here and there, but not really editing properly yet. I just wanted to slowly get my way back into the world that I created. It was very eye-opening actually, as the book isn’t nearly as finished as I thought it was. Continue reading “I’ve Started Writing Again”