Tiffany Aching, Terry Pratchett Quote 2

Another quote from Terry Pratchett. Same book as last time (The Shepherd’s Crown), same portion of the book:

Granny smiled. She had always liked the scullery. It smelled of hard work being done properly. Here there were also spiders, mostly hiding around the bottles and jars on the shelves, but she thought scullery spiders didn’t really count. Live and let live.

She went outside next, to the walled paddock at the back of the cottage, to check on her goats. The itinerary of her thinking was declaring that once again all things were in their rightful place.

Satisfied, or as satisfied as a witch ever could be, Granny Weatherwax went to her beehives.

‘You are my bees,’ she said to them. ‘Thank you. You’ve given me all my honey for years, and please don’t be upset when someone new comes. I hope that you will give her as much honey as you have given me. And now, for the last time, I will dance with you.’ But the bees hummed softly and danced for her instead, gently pushing her mind out of their hive. And Granny Weatherwax said, ‘I was younger when I last danced with you. But I am old now. There will be no more dances for me.’




Hope, Joan Aiken’s greatest gift to us? — Joan Aiken

What Joan Aiken brought to her stories was her own voice, with the assurance that the stories are written for you. By reading them, and so taking part in them – not unlike the beleaguered protagonists she portrays as her heroes – struggling doctors, impatient teachers or lonely children – she shows that you too […]

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Finding the story — Calmgrove (Essential reading)

Terry Pratchett: Wintersmith Corgi 2017 (2006) Find the story, Granny Weatherwax always said. She believed that the world was full of story shapes. If you let them, they controlled you. But if you studied them, if you found out about them . . . you could use them, you could change them . . . […]

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I want to go to there — Lizzie Ross

A Walk through Wales, Anthony Bailey (Harper Perennial, 1992), my first contribution to BookJotter’s Wales Readathon. I reviewed Bailey’s book back in 2010 for my other (now defunct) blog, so some of what follows is shamelessly cribbed from that post. Some travel books relieve me of the desire to take a particular trip: Jack Hitt’s […]

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Black Panther Score: African Music in Hollywood — a pianist’s musings

Film scores are the symphonies of the 21st century. John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Alan Menkin (just to name a few) are some of today’s top movie composers because they have helped define the genre of film music. Today, let’s talk about how the Black Panther score, composed by Ludwig Göransson, has earned its place…

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The Watcher on the Shore — Joan Aiken

Sometimes anniversaries spark memories, sometimes they seem to open chasms back into the past; sometimes it is the birthdays that are celebrated, sometimes the deaths are remembered… This has been a week of discoveries, and strange coincidences, weaving family history into odd new patterns. The first of March was the birthday of Joan Aiken’s mother […]

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