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April 18, 2015

Hello! If you are new to Sweet Little Something, here’s how it works: one of us posts a picture from our week – a moment, something noticed, an image worth treasuring – and the other leaves a comment, haiku or link inspired by the photo. Please feel free to join in the game and leave your own thoughts, notes or poetry. We love to hear from you! H & R xo

 

From Ria:

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From Hannah:

I’m told – it’s my year!

But from where I am standing

Prospects look static.

( More about the Chinese Year of the Goat / Ram )

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Season of Salt and Honey : The Soundtrack! 4

April 15, 2015

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Like Ria I too have been living with children’s songs on repeat in my noggin for the last few years. In order to make them bearable I have a little secret : I make up rude or inappropriate alternative lyrics in my head. (No, I’m not going to share them with you; they’re naughty.) With that in mind I think it’s high time for a proper, grown-up musical playlist and what better playlist than… A SOUNDTRACK!

 

Love me a soundtrack. At school my friend Liz was so into soundtracks at least every second CD she owned was a soundtrack. We used to tease her about it. Our favourite was the Reality Bites soundtrack; we still jump out of our seats if My Sharona starts playing (I think I just gave away my age). I got the idea of pairing music with books or characters after I read Marissa Stapley‘s book Mating for Life and she wrote about listening to music while she writes as well as imagining the kind of music each of her characters likes best. Unlike Marissa I don’t listen to music when I write but I do listen to music when I run and running is one activity that helps me sort out plot tangles and character conundrums. I’m a huge fan of song lyrics too: the way they can capture an idea or mood so gracefully, in so few words, just like a poem. Somehow, among all that random music + book pondering I came up with the idea to match a chapter of Season of Salt and Honey to a song and create a playlist. Ta-da! As it turns out I’m not the only one with this genius idea. This business produces book soundtracks for real! (A bit more info here if you are curious)

 

The Season of Salt and Honey soundtrack is available here on Spotify for you to listen to, but if you want a bit more info about my song choices, read on to see the quotes I have selected from each chapter to match the chosen track. Have a listen and let me know what you think. Are they a good match? Love it or loathe it? Alternative suggestions? What do you think about soundtracks for books? Discuss!

 

* Warning: Great artists and snazzy tunes feature below. Also some sneaky quotes direct from the pages of Season of Salt and Honey. I have tried to ensure that the plot is not spoiled from the small extracts I’ve selected but if you have not finished the book and don’t want anything given away I suggest checking this post out once you’ve closed the last page! *

 

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April 11, 2015

Hello! If you are new to Sweet Little Something, here’s how it works: one of us posts a picture from our week – a moment, something noticed, an image worth treasuring – and the other leaves a comment, haiku or link inspired by the photo. Please feel free to join in the game and leave your own thoughts, notes or poetry. We love to hear from you! H & R xo

 

P.S. Just a reminder that you can WIN a signed copy of each of Hannah’s books – Season of Salt and Honey AND The Colour of Tea on the Hannah Tunnicliffe and Fork and Fiction facebook pages. Competition closes Wednesday, 8 April, 2015. Good luck!

 

From Hannah:

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From Ria:

Ah! So this is what

the launch party for Hannah’s book

looked like in the Hundred Acre Wood.

 

[And if miniature partying animals gives you a case of the aww’s, check this out. Especially if you were a Brambly Hedge fan. Ahem, or still are.]

 

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April 8, 2015

As someone who most recently had “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” stuck in her head, I was relieved to realise that there is a (somewhat) more mature song that goes with this post: “Honey Pie” by the Beatles. You can thank me, or curse me, later. As Hannah has already proven, having a soundtrack to eat by is a crucial part of the experience.

I’d go a step further and say having a book to eat by is also important. After all, it’s one of the questions we love to ask our interviewees. I suspect we at Fork & Fiction secretly judge a person’s worth based on whether or not they eat while they read. Prejudiced, yes, but it is in our name…

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All this is to say we are thrilled to be celebrating Hannah’s newest book accomplishment (a.k.a literary baby #2) throughout April and posting recipes, stories and other tidbits inspired by Season of Salt and Honey. (Have you seen the stunning cover yet?) So I set about trying to find a recipe with salt and honey and also a certain something–a charm and grace that matched Hannah’s eloquent writing–and I flipped through to Salty Honey Pie and knew I’d found it. The ingredient parallels are obvious, but beyond that, the contradictions of this pie fit perfectly. It’s rustic but refined, sweet but with that bracing salty note to balance it. This pie is more than the sum of its parts, a honey + vanilla +cream combination that equals caramel custard heaven in a pie crust. Something familiar but also unexpected.

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April 4, 2015

Wishing you a very happy Easter weekend!

If you are new to Sweet Little Something, here’s how it works: one of us posts a picture from our week – a moment, something noticed, an image worth treasuring – and the other leaves a comment, haiku or link inspired by the photo. Please feel free to join in the game and leave your own thoughts, notes or poetry. We love to hear from you! H & R xo

P.S. Just a reminder that you can WIN a signed copy of each of Hannah’s books – Season of Salt and Honey AND The Colour of Tea on the Hannah Tunnicliffe and Fork and Fiction facebook pages. Competition closes Wednesday, 8 April, 2015.  Good luck!

From Hannah:

 

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From Ria:

The thrill of the hunt, a glint

through blades of grass,

of chocolate secrets wrapped in foil.

 

[Amd check out who’s going to be on the RADIO in New Zealand on Sunday!]

 

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