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Getting back to normality! (And the ridiculous route we took to it!)

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen! Firstly I think I owe everyone  a massive apology  that it has taken me so long to get back to the blog. When I signed off for a while we were poised to move into our new house and I was poised to have a small but necessary operation… well the best laid plans as they say!

The house turned out to be falling down and had illegal building work done on it so the sale fell through – which left us sofa-surfing while we scrabbled around trying  to find another house! On the plus side we got to spend lots of time with family and friends, visited some unusual places and had some fun caravan in the snow and wrestling with frozen pipes, no heating, filthy accommodation and all sorts of funnish things! We made some lovely memories saw some beautiful landscapes and wildlife and, looking back, our lives are undoubtedly richer for those experiences – but it is very, very, very good to finally have a roof over our heads that is ‘ours’ !

We have now settled into a lovely little house which suits us perfectly and our first house warming present arrived yesterday which I have to share with you…


THE FLUFFY DOOM! Made for us by the most talented, awesome and beautiful woman in the world Nimue Brown of

We had the very great privilege of spending time with Nimue and Tom at the Hopeless Maine Tourist Information Booth and Time Quake festival in Manchester last month and you can read all about that on the Hopeless Maine website here:

We also joined the Ministry Of Steam Wizards and there will be more about that in the coming months.

As I’m sure you can all appreciate, moving house and getting a truck load of little coglings back into their routines takes a lot of time and energy and I’d like to make sure I do that bit right, so there are going to be some temporary changes to the blog schedule to allow me to catch up with everything and not let anyone down.

My review list has grown slightly insane! So I’m not taking on any new books just now and any books I have promised to review will be done between now and December, when the list will open again with the usual Recommended Christmas Reads.

In order to make all this happen, elevenses and the soup kitchen will stop until either September or December, with the exception of very special and worthy promotions (ie folks doing non-profit, good cause  or exceptionally cool low budget / indie things). However if you are missing our kitchen witch and her culinary wisdom, if you feel you desperately need advice on housekeeping, moral living and general wholesomeness, you may want to keep an eye on the Hopeless Vendetta over the next few weeks … I will say no more but there will be links when links are available…

The lovely library will open as usual in the autumn and authors whose work has been reviewed or featured are, as always, welcome to submit short stories / extracts for this (see submissions above).

So things will be a little quieter than usual around here but the wheels will continue to turn and slowly gather speed as we settle in and whenever I get the chance I will continue with the Rromani Steampunk posts and Notes From Penny as well.

Next Friday (yes I know that’s weird)  Max and Collin will be back for the Army of Brass blog tour which begins today on Steampunk Journal  and continues across the web until the 13th May. You can join us all for the Facebook Launch Party on 28th – 29th April as well to chat to the authors and take part in giveaways and such but more about that next week.

For now I will just say thankyou so much to everyone who has continued to be patient and supportive and inspiring and awesome through this ridiculously uncertain and disorganised period of our lives.

Blessings on all your brews, whatever they may be

Penny 😀

7 responses

  1. Sorry you had trouble with the new digs, but it sounds as if everything worked out for the best in the end. Congratulations on your new home!

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    April 13, 2018 at 10:52 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thanks Icky, we took the scenic route but got there in the end! Thanks for your continued support, I can’t wait to dive into the next Temperance adventure!

      Liked by 1 person

      April 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm

  2. So glad to see you’re active again!

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    April 16, 2018 at 9:08 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thanks so much Felicity! Adventures are fun but it’s good to get back to normality eh?

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      April 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm

  3. Hugs for the difficulties but glad you could see some value coming out of it all. Hope you get settled in and have the chance to take a deep breath soon. (If this is a duplicate, sorry, but it said my first attempt didn’t post.)

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    April 20, 2018 at 7:05 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Aw thanks so much for all your support Margaret, it’s hugely appreciated! We’re getting settled and unpacked bit by bit, it’s a really lovely area which helps! xx

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      April 23, 2018 at 10:17 am

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