Lorna K. Duff-Howie

351 Flips | 8 Magazines | 254 Likes | 10 Following | 28 Followers | @LornaKDuffHowie | Writer, reader, mother, wife, and more.  On wheels.  I blog at:  https://ginlemonade.wordpress.com

Dandelions and Bees: Why a Flowering Lawn is Healthier For Everyone

A flowering lawn is not something that most people see as being beautiful or positive. When my husband and I had our first child we decided to forgo …

2017 – the stats don’t lie!

<b>“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.” Mark Twain</b><p>Thoughts of a Destination Wedding by the Mother of the Bride, was my most read …

Move to self hosted WordPress on Bluehost: 10 Reasons for you to make the shift

Come December and it will be two years since I moved my writing blog to self hosted WordPress on Bluehost.com. Last year, in August, this blog, Diary …

How to avoid December stress

Good day, I hope your December is all joyful and peaceful.<p>It’s not? Oh dear.<p>Are you one of those people who still do Christmas perhaps?<p>Never mind. …

Boxing Day

Did I Just Say That Out Loud?

‘Did you enjoy your stay?’ ‘Well, no.’ I said. We were checking out of our hotel on our most recent road-trip to Edinburgh. My mouth gets me in …

Edinburgh

Have You Signed Up Yet!?

I'm starting to plan My Massive Winter Giveaway... I have space for all authors, bloggers, and small business owners.. Because it's during the …

What Kind Of Blogger Are You? #ThrowbackThursday

I often read some posts in amazement.<p>The time a blogger has taken to write their post, the attention to detail, the sheer beauty of their creation, …

The Five Stages Of NaNoWriMo Regret

I’m working through all of the stages. At once. Here’s a pep-talk from Christine. * While my blog, I’m Sick And So Are You, is a mere baby in the …

Nanowrimo

Blogging Re-Focus: The Same Gin, Only Stronger.

Consider this a belated ‘If we were having coffee’ post. Hi. First, I would like to thank all of you who recently, and not so recently, clicked the …

Blogging

To be opened April 16, 2007

I specifically remember taking this photo. I had a huge crush on the boy next to me and was trying to smile like I didn’t care about being in this …

Weeks Worth of One Word. In Whyme. Again.

I did it again. All the One Word prompts for the week in one little rhyme.<p>Now, honestly, I’m not going to make a thing of this, just Storm Brian was …

From one blogger to another…

On a day where I was frantically busy with work and last minute packing before we were to leave for our Singapore holiday, I unexpectedly received …

A London Weekend At The Twin Peaks UK Festival

I kinda hate talking on the phone. But I have this one friend who I’d like see every day, and we actually phone each other, on actual phones, …

Twin Peaks

Drinking Red Wine On Vacation

‘Isla, do you like America?’ ‘I love it.’ ‘Mumma used to live here.’ ‘Where? In the toilet?’ We were in the bathroom. Although, she can be sarcastic, …

Drinking

NaNoWriMo Prep & Other Words

NaNoWriMo and I have an interesting past. The first time I took part, I drafted something that I printed out on mint green paper, workshopped around, …

Nanowrimo

How I Became Pinteresting

I think I started using Pinterest back when I got engaged. I think scrapbooks are messy and stupid, but I wanted a way to procrastinate collect ideas …

Writing

Nonfiction, Fiction, and Stranger than Fiction

Hello! Today’s 3 Books, 3 Blogs is a guest post from Angela over at You Are Awesome. I am heading down to London today for a damn fine cup of coffee …

Non-fiction

My Favorite Books to Sell Over 20 Years of Owning a Bookstore

There is nothing more interesting than talking to people about books, so owning Books & Co. for 20 years was a dream come true. I adored being a …

Want to write a bestselling novel? Use an algorithm

In the first of a four-part series on earning money, we look at the fast-track route to a chartbusting book – with a little help from a computer<p>It’s the multimillion pound question that publishers and writers have been pondering for decades: what makes a bestseller? Attempting to write one could …

Writing

Let’s Connect!

Thought I’d do a little impromptu ice-cream/beer/cider/tea/coffee social – Post a bit about your blog and links to your social media you’d like me …

Social Media

A Day At Long Island Aquarium

One of my/our favorite days of THE TRIP was visiting the butterflies and penguins (and other creatures) at Long Island Aquarium. Neil and I went …

Aquariums

SUNSHINE AFTER RAIN

"I just can't take it any more! Where did all the flowers go?" Exasperated by her own flower garden ineptitude, Jena Scarsbury cried out across …

6 Book Boxes With International Shipping

I love mail that isn’t bills. And bookmail is THE BEST. I look for book subscription services that ship to the UK almost every month. I even wrote to …

United Kingdom

When The Accessible Hotel Room Is Inaccessible

The first thing we thought about when planning THE TRIP was finding a wheelchair-accessible place to stay on Long Island. I love my Mom, but having …

Rental Housing

3 Books, 3 Blogs With An Historian About Town

Today we have another 3 Books, 3 Blogs. I was supposed to share this while we were in New York. Pretend it’s a long weekend, wherever you are! Hello, …

Books

Globetrotters – Gin & Lemonade

Originally posted on thewanderingdarlings:<br>This weeks Globetrotter is the hilarious Lorna from Gin & Lemonade. Like myself, Lorna is an expat. Hailing …

Lemonade

Where Everybody Knows Your Name?

Hello! Picture it: A relaxed but working writer on her laptop in a coffeeshop. Sipping coffee and eating a complicated but delicious sandwich. …

Coffee Shops

3 Books, 3 Blogs With Wed In Central Park

A few days ago, I had the bright idea to open up 3 Books, 3 Blogs to some groovy guest bloggers. I’m (really) quite excited about featuring other …

Books

Finding Zen On An Ordinary Day

We travel down to Edinburgh on Saturday and fly to New York on Sunday. Things have been a little hectic around here, but we are nearly ready to go. …

Edinburgh

Read an excerpt from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's Obsidio

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, best-selling authors of <i>Illuminae</i> and <i>Gemina,</i> will publish <i>Obsidio,</i> the thrilling finale to their trilogy, on March 13, …