Book Review: Insight, M.Rees

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“I’m not an ordinary child. I’m the daughter of Ian McRae – an assassin. That alone is big. But a hit-man who can read minds and can make you do and forget things by the touch of his hand? The word ordinary will never apply. Not in a million years.  Especially, since I have the same ability.” In general, Elle’s main concern is to keep her secret life a secret. Act normal. Live as normal. Blend in.  But when a boy saves her from a near mishap, Elle has no idea that this boy will unravel her, she has no idea that she will make decisions that are unheard of, she has no idea that she will be pulled in the middle of a dangerous hunt – between her own…
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The write way to go? part 2…

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Recently I made my blogging debut, documenting my newly embarked journey of crossing the realms from reader to writer. I feel it important to clarify (for those more seasoned writers amongst the blogging world) that my reference to being a writer is to be taken in its most literal form: 'one who writes'. I have written a book. In fact, I have actually written a 71,000 word draft manuscript, that now requires a whole lot of fine tuning, editing, reviewing, some further fine tuning -and so I'm told- further reviewing, editing, and then yes, some more fine tuning. Actually, I'm beginning to think the hard work starts now! But joking aside, I have accomplished what I set out to do. I have completed my first novel. I have a story I adore, and characters I have completely fallen in…
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Listen, are you hearing me?

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We are constantly listening. We listen to news reports on the radio or TV, we listen to our partners telling us about their day at work, we overhear conversations at work or in the street. We are forever being bombarded with auditory information that we have to listen to and digest. But how much do we actually listen? In the Level 2 Counselling Skills I am currently attending, we are being trained to be 'listeners'. Yes, I know what you're probably thinking. Does one need to actually be trained in how to listen? Well apparently yes, yes one does! Anyway, so each week we spend half an hour working in triads, role-playing 'listening encounters', in which one of us plays 'listener', one plays ' listenee', and the other observes the interaction. We…
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The write way to go?

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If someone had asked my ten-year old self, what I wanted to be when I was older, 'author' probably wouldn't have been one of my responses. I always wanted to be a solicitor. But then in college I developed a love for Psychology and went on to do a BSc in Psychology and Criminology. University provided me with an array of volunteering opportunities and I spent my Saturday's taking out children in Foster Care; giving them a little bit of fun and freedom from their turbulent and inconsistent lives. My passion for children's and youth work was born. Four years later, I graduated from an MA in Youth Work and Community Development, and spent the next four years working for a National Children's Charity. And then I fell in love. I was…
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