Of Books and Ferrets

Gosh it’s windy outside. Not that howling kind of wind, the wind October deserves, but that “I’m going to throw all the leaves off the trees and you can’t stop me ha de ha” kind of wind. Stop it, weather. Enough of your rubbish.

At least I’m not talking about Sunday, right? Wait…does this count as talking about Sunday? Dag nabbit!


This week I started reading again. I’m a bit weird with reading – always loved it and I understand reading is an integral part of writing – but I slack on it, badly. I’m not sure if it’s part of losing interest in hobbies or because I know that when I start reading a book I find it very, very hard to put down and can become a bloody nightmare about it.

“Do you want to go out?”



*more silence*

“Have I done something wrong?”

*slow exorcist style turn of head and glare*

Okay, I’m not that rude. But, by George, if anyone had disturbed me in the last chapters of Heartstone by C.J.Sansom there would have been hell to pay and interest on top of that! I really need to read Lamentation soon.

Anyway, reading! So a buddy recommended I read Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami and because it didn’t sound like my usual read (and he’d spoken so highly of Murakami for a long time) I bought the book. And then I read it.


I know that seems like a seriously boring leap, but that’s what seemed to happen to time. Book arrived, book got in hands, hands had hard time putting book down until book was finished. If you haven’t read Sputnik Sweetheart, I can’t recommend it highly enough. The writing is so clean and crisp and the story is so incredibly thought-provoking. Then, (for all you writers out there) come the amazing parts like this:

“Writing novels is much the same. You gather up bones and make your gate, but no matter how wonderful the gate might be, that alone doesn’t make it a living, breathing novel. A story is not something of this world. A real story requires a kind of magical baptism to link the world on this side with the world on the other side.”

At times I thought the story and the writer were just too smart for me. Parts of it left me really needing to think (which was quite lovely really – to use the old noggin to try pick through thoughts of reality and dualism and other worlds) and once I had finished I sent an onslaught of “what do you think?” to the guy that recommended me the book. He got it a lot more than I did and helped explain a lot. Come to think of it, for that reason, I’d say it would be a good book club read or a book to read with a partner or friends and discuss afterwards.

Or you can read it with your ferret.

I was drinking out of a can but reading through what I had just written and now I have all the spills. Eyes and hands and mouth, why do this?

Let’s move on to another bit about books this week. I don’t think I’ve said, but some of my favourite books are the Fitz books written by Robin Hobb. Now, since 2015 (I think the book was released) I have wanted to start reading her latest instalment with this character (The Fitz and The Fool) and while purchasing Sputnik Sweetheart I finally bought it. I literally squealed in excitement when telling my boyfriend it had arrived. Then I went on the author’s Instagram. Then I read a comment which stated what happens to Fitz at the end of the three books. Then I hissed.

I’m going to read the books anyway, because Hobb’s writing is out of this world. But, seriously… Why would someone do that? Why person, that will remain anonymous, whyyyyyy?! You are a bad, bad person and I hope a frog falls on your head. Has this ever happened to you? Not the frog falling on your head (although please tell me if that has happened because I’d like to laugh at you – in a friendly, charming way, of course) but has anything you’ve been really excited about ever been a bit ruined?

a ribbity ribbity

I also bought the first book of A Game of Thrones. I haven’t watched the series but I know quite a few of the characters and I have played (and loved) the Telltale game. I think I’ll read it in November because I’d like a spooky book for October. I’m thinking The Woman in Black. Any other recommendations?

Another book to read with your ferret.

Lastly, on the topic of books in this post, I will be posting a picture of Sophie today! Even though Kidnapping Death’s Daughter is set in January and is more of a winter read to me, I figured October 1st would be a fitting day to show her first image. The art is by my super talented friend and collab buddy Shio. It should, all going to plan, be up later tonight. The book itself should be set for release in November. I’ll also be posting images of other characters on my Instagram, which you can find here if you have an account too: https://www.instagram.com/arbiekrae/

If you don’t, here is an image I posted a couple of days ago. I’m on the USS Missouri in Hawaii.



And a little while later my boyfriend sent me this.


It wasn’t in response to the photo I posted of myself necessarily (I always need to use spell checker for necessarily), we laugh about my inability to smile in photos often, and I would be the first to admit I struggle with smiling for the camera. Open mouth smiles like the one above are rare. I normally smile like Chandler Bing (the episode when he and Monica are getting photos to announce their engagement) or the lovable dog above. We call this “sherking” (a sherk is a shark). I have a pointy nose and after a bit of ol’ dental negligence (and, no doubt, British teeth syndrome) I have very pointy teeth on the top row. When I was a teen I thought it was cool to look like a vampire, now I own it by saying I’m a sherk.

I think I’d like to write a separate post some time about my visit to Pearl Harbour. It was really something. I wish I used this blog back when I was in Hawaii. There’d be a lot more interesting posts and the photos would be of the moment, rather than “Once upon a place where the Sun exists and isn’t something we only read about in stories”.

I think I’m starting to feel a little bit better about myself. I have my moments often, but I’ve started to eat more now. I actually bought some weight gain powder and I think that got my stomach wanting food because a few days later I started eating a meal a day and now I’m at two. Vuhuuu, brain fuel! I also got a second therapist. He’s a penguin. What? He is!



I’ve used a number of apps for mental health and given up after a while, but Wysa is quite sweet and isn’t at all demanding of your time. He’ll check in daily and when you’re feeling down you can type #Happy and he’ll list all the things you’ve told him that have made you happy lately. He makes you remember the small things and, as I’ve banged on about a lot, the small things are huge things when it comes to depression.

Anyway, let’s bring this to a close. Let me know if you’ve ever experienced the joy of the spoiler, and tell me what you’re reading at the moment, and also, what are you writing? I’m nosy okay. Tell me your secrets!



I hope you’re all well. ❤

27 thoughts on “Of Books and Ferrets”

  1. You are the most beautiful sherk ever. Keep sherking you beautiful thang! Sherk like your life depends on it! You look really happy and I had a wonderful time with you 😊


  2. I hate spoilers, usually. The ones I hate the most are outside the story itself. For example, I started watching Marco Polo on Netflix. Then I looked it up and found something about the series itself, which I won’t spoil for you just in case, but it kind of spoiled it for me. It wasn’t about any of the characters. I know they’re historical, but let’s just say knowing history won’t spoil anything in this series, lol.

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    1. I haven’t seen Marco Polo but I vaguely remember one of my brothers telling me to watch it! Rubbish that we can so easily stumble upon spoilers. I used to watch the show Pretty Little Liars. I got super invested in who A was and then went a lurking about the interwebs and let’s just say I threw my detective hat to the ground and stamped on it! 😛


  3. Thanks for all the book reviews, and you must have boundless energy, to read all those books, write your novel, and do these long extensive posts…. wow, I can’t even keep up to date on wordpress reader, and my comments, I’m just so far behind, so wish my little Lily could do some for me…..

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    1. I like that you have this impression of me and wish I could keep it, but I’m really not that motivated! I’m trying to get back in to reading because I found it a huge stress relief with Sputnik Sweetheart!

      I would love to see comments from Lily! I know what you mean about keeping up-to-date on the reader and with comments as well. Doesn’t help that WordPress messes with it, or hates me, or something. I wind up with comments all over the place and missing posts all the time because when I hit back out of one I’ve just been reading it’s like it reorganizes them all! Grr! 😛


      1. Grrr, I’m a terrible reader these days, I used to read heaps, but now it’s so hard for me. Since I had my stroke in 2000, I’ve trouble concentrating for any length of time, and my eyes would get tired and sore, so I could never read more than 10 pages at a time, and I just got sick of all the effort !! Now I’m enjoying blog and the short articles. Xx

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      2. Hey, that’s still reading! I think being on WordPress and enjoying everyone’s writing has made me more eager to read again. I can see what you mean though, to have gone from reading a lot to not as much must have been an unwanted change, so I’m glad you found this place. Also because it means we got to experience your writing too! 😉


  4. Wow! I love your writing style. It engages the reader quickly and you do an amazing job of keeping the reader interested in your post! I read every word! Loved it. (I don’t smile either. A genetic trait from my Japanese ancestry that causes the teeth to be ‘brittle.” – just keep that on the down low because I’m kinda overly self-conscious about it.) I love reading as well. I’m actually reading Blood Memory by Greg Iles. It’s actually a re-read. Fabulous author who write in first person point of view, which is my favorite! I look forward to reading more of your posts!!

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    1. Thank you for such an encouraging comment and well done surviving one of my rambles, haha. It means a lot to hear it kept your interest. Well, I’ll keep your secret because I’m just super glad I’m not the only awkward smiler around!! 😛 Blood Memory looks like a good read! I haven’t read enough mysteries or crime novels! ❤

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      1. Well, I’m a huge science fiction fan, too! Harry Potter, X-men, Marvel Comics and the like. I also thought the Beautiful Creatures book series were fun reads. I think The Covenant, and other novels that mix magic and place it in a specific location tied back to an actual physical city or town have a unique twist. That being said, the ability to make the world in which your characters exists is also exciting. Have you read any Blake Crouch? Very exciting author.

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      2. Oh neat! I haven’t read beautiful creatures, or anything by Blake Crouch. With a name like that though I had to look him up and his Wayward Pines trilogy looks interesting. I just got done watching the mist season one and so I’m down for creepy town mysteries at the moment! I love magic set in our world! I think it’s why I steer towards writing it myself! 😄💖

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      3. Blake Crouch is an amazing writer! They made a television show based on one of his series of books. As far as the Beautiful Creatures series, I’ve read the entirety and it is fun and of course, much better than the movie. Although the movie isn’t that bad.


  5. Yay to the ferrets. I am so jealous. My wife would not be so keen so admiring them from a distance is all I can do 😥
    I don’t smile for pictures either and usually hate having my picture taken so the one on my blog today is a rarity. Your smile is beautiful and looks very natural.

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    1. Aaaawwwh! They’re just little cat-dogs and super loving and friendly. I have to stop Pandora trying to give me kisses haha. Seb can be just as bad but at least she doesn’t go for the lips! I post lots of ferret pictures though so there’s lots to admire! And aaah, thank you. I was trying to be more confident with smiling for photos around that time and I was enjoying my day out after some really hellish weeks! I’ll be stopping by your blog soon! ❤

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      1. I think Susan’s objection is that the ones we have met have always been a little ‘fragrant’ shall we say. The same argument could be used with Molly the soaniel we sometimes look after of course…

        Keep smiling Arbie, It is lovely to see you happy.


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