Living the Good Life

Living the Good Life - Lauren Mayhew AuthorIt’s definitely been a while since I wrote anything on here (except for the blog I wrote last Sunday). There is a good reason for that, which I shall explain in full for you now. Just give me a minute to read what I wrote in my last blog so I know where to start from!

Well, that didn’t help much, so I’ll just let you know why I haven’t written anything since March. On the 1st April, myself and my boyfriend moved in with each other and I moved out of my family home for the first time ever. It was a big step for both of us, especially as I started a new job a week later. Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Season 8 – My Predictions

**PLEASE DON’T READ THIS BLOG IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED  GAME OF THRONES EPISODE 4 OF SEASON 8 YET! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS ALL OVER THE PLACE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. ALSO, I WON’T GET TO WATCH EPISODE 5 UNTIL MONDAY EVENING (13TH), PLEASE DON’D SPOIL ANYTHING FOR ME!!**

Photo Courtesy of HBO

Yes, I’m aware that I haven’t written anything on here for a while, but I have a good reason for that which will be explained over the next few weeks. Life has settled down a little, so I aim to write a blog at least once a week, unless I have something really exciting to say, then I might stretch to twice.

Anyway, I’m here to talk about Game of Thrones and what I think is going to happen at the end of Season 8 – who I think is going to end up on the Iron Throne and how they’re going to get there. There are a few theories here, and one thought that popped into my head a while ago that I hope isn’t what’s going to happen, but with this show, you just never know.

Theory 1

Arya has been sent to King’s Landing by Sansa/ John to get a head start over the armies and potentially slip into the city without Cersei or her minions noticing. She then has the perfect opportunity to kill someone close to Cersei, steal their face and kill the evil queen b***h before Daenerys sets the whole place on fire. This then allows for the rightful heir to take the throne (whoever that may be). Continue reading

Mobile Apps – An Addiction?

[Everything in this blog is my opinion and based on my personal experiences. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t download these games, I’m just saying that they weren’t great for me.]

Miobile Apps - An Addiction - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThere are so many things that I could be doing during my lunch break and spare time at home – writing, blogging, book cover design, reading – and yet I sit and play games on my phone for hours on end, wasting my life. I know I should be doing something else, but I can’t seem to drag myself away from the screen. It sucks me in and doesn’t want to let go.

It’s only recently that I started to have a problem with the amount of time that I spent on my phone playing games. I’d be sat at home after work with the TV on, dinner about an hour away. I could be doing research for a writing project, I could be designing a new book cover, I could be reading, and yet I’m not. I’m sat on my phone playing one of the various games that I’ve downloaded. And then once I’ve eaten my dinner, I’ll finish where I left off and start the game cycle again. It’s an addiction that I’m going to cut off – cold turkey.

Here’s a list of my main problems with games nowadays. I wonder if you agree with any of them? Continue reading

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge - Lauren Mayhew Authorthe lie tree – frances hardinge – 3.5 stars

Blurb: Faith’s father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree.

The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.

The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter . . . Continue reading

Book Cover Design – Finding My Style

The Wolf - Lauren Mayhew Author Book CoversIt’s been a little while since I wrote about my new found love of designing book covers, and things have definitely changed a bit since then. Before, I was mainly using stock photos to create bold book covers, but now I’m attempting to create my own artwork with Photoshop.

It’s something that I always thought was out of my skill set, but it turns out it’s a lot easier than I ever imagined, and now I just can’t stop! I have so many ideas in my head, I just need the time to get them all done.

One of the newer designs you can see above. The Wolf took me hours to create, though there were many distractions around me when I was creating it, so it might not have been as long as I thought! It’s almost a cartoon like style, but very serious at the same time. Does that make sense? Continue reading

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff - Lauren Mayhew AuthorBeautiful boy – david sheff – 4 stars

Blurb: What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. 

David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? The police? The hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll, but as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on him. Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional roller coaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

It took me quite a long time to read Beautiful Boy, but not because I didn’t like it. I either couldn’t find the time to pick the book up, or the story was getting too harrowing that I couldn’t bear to read on for that day. I must thank my boyfriend for chucking this book at me, (almost literally), and telling me to read it. I never would have found it if he hadn’t read it previously.  Continue reading

60 Miles in One Week – Final Update

60 miles in one week - day 1For those of you who are reading this for the first time, you can read all about this challenge by following these links here, here and here. However, if you don’t have that much time on your hands, and don’t want a truly fabulous reading experience, I’ll give you the short version – my boyfriend challenged me to walk 60 miles in one week for a night out at Zizzi’s (96.56km).

The last blog I wrote covered the majority of Day 5. Since the end of writing that blog, I only added 0.11 miles and I’d hit a grand total of 28.9 miles; 1.1 miles off my target for the end of Day 5. Here’s how Days 6 and 7 panned out. (Apologies, this is gonna be a very long blog!) Continue reading

60 Miles in One Week – Update 2

60 Miles in One Week Day 3A quick update again for those of you that haven’t read my previous two blogs – I’ve been challenged to walk 60 miles in one week, approximately 96.56 km. My boyfriend challenged me, I’m not entirely sure why, I have a feeling he thinks I can’t do it! Anyway, if I complete the challenge, he’ll take me out to eat at Zizzi’s. You can read my previous blogs here and here.

I left the last blog halfway through Day 3 with a prediction as to what my mileage would be at the end of the day. I wasn’t far off as you’ll see below.

The picture above was taken on my walk to the pub on Wednesday. It’s an air hanger in the middle of an industrial estate, right next to the airport. It look pretty when it was all lit up, so I just had to take a photo. Continue reading

60 Miles in One Week – Update

60 miles in one week - day 1So, if you’ve read my previous blog, you’ll know what all of this is about. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you go here and have a quick read to familiarise yourself. If you don’t want to go there, I’m walking 60 miles in a week for free pizza – that’s the short version.

I’m only three days in, but I feel like I’m doing ok. The majority of these miles are going to have to be done at the weekend, but I’m hoping to be able to skip a 30 mile weekend by adding a few more in the week! I’m not sure my poor little feet can take it.

I’ve run out of data on my phone, so it’s not like I can track any of the walks that I’ve been on properly, I’m purely relying on my Fitbit to give me my mileage. I know it’s not going to be 100% accurate – it thinks I take steps when I’m whisking batter – but it’s better than nothing. It can’t be that far off either. I definitely know it’s close to a 3 mile round trip to town and back and that’s what it records when I walk that way.  Continue reading

60 Miles in One Week – A Challenge

60 Miles in a Week - A ChallengeMy boyfriend has set me a challenge to walk 60 miles in one week. We both like walking, and our weekends together tend to turn into one big walk, so he decided to set a challenge for me. It’s going to be tricky, but I’m sure I’ll step up to the challenge. (Pun officially intended.)

I’m quite looking forward to it actually. Obviously, there is one big incentive for me – dinner out at Zizzi’s. I’ve never been before, but I do love pizza, so I know it’s going to be a winner.

I tend to average about 28 miles in a week, which is an abysmal 4 miles a day. With this challenge, I’d have to walk an average of 8.57 miles a day. That’s more than double what I do now, so it’s definitely going to be tricky! I love a challenge though, so I’m totally up for it. I’m probably going to be disappointed if I don’t get pizza, so I’ll just have to do it.  Continue reading