The Summer Of Impossible Things Release: Here’s What You Need To Know. 


Rowan Coleman’s latest novel, The Summer Of Impossible Things, is out later this month. And here is what you need to know about it.

  • It’s significantly longer than her previous works.
  • Expect some time travel throughout the book; it is sort of fantasy/thriller/drama. However, it forms quite an important part of the book.
  • This book will make you cry. Proper big gulpy sobs. Like her other books.
  • Family is the theme at the centre.
  • There’s one narrator, Luna.
  • It’s set in Brooklyn, United States.
  • There are so many twists!
  • What you read may surprise you.

The Summer Of Impossible Things is out later this month, on June 29th.

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The Lebister Award.

Whew! good morning. You’ll probably think that today’s post is really self centred, pretentious, but Blog Awards are a great way for Bloggers to connect, hence why I’m writing this for today. I was nominated by Daniella, whose blog you can read by clicking here.  For this post, you have to:

  • Post eleven personal facts
  • Answer the 11 set questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with a further 11 questions, whilst tagging them.

Sounds easy, right? Here goes-and my eleven facts are:

1.I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome in January 2015. Although that seems a long time ago, it really is not, in taking into consideration how long it took me to get diagnosed. (Because, well, to be blunt, it’s really obvious. I was the ‘different one’, the ‘freak’ who was picked on at various times. How horrible.) But I see it as ‘my job’ to raise awareness-because why should anyone be picked on?

2.The last book I read was called The Spy, based on the life of Mata Hari.

3.My hero is Jacqueline Kennedy, because she was a well educated woman, and restored the White House, spoke several languages, and was a book editor for the last twenty years of her life. *I’m always asked about her style-but I like her substance.

4.I LOVE Rock music-Queen, Genesis, Dire Straits…

5.You’ll probably find me in a library, enamoured with a dozen or more books, looking for something to read. (Or maybe with my cat, also reading.)

6.The first record I bought was A Night At The Opera (Queen) in a shop, and Resurrection (Anastacia) online. Quite the contradiction!

7.Of all the people that I wish to interview, Brian May, Queen guitarist and all around really cool person, tops the top of my list. (RT this, and @ him, okay? Ha ha!) I did meet him once, and he seems like somebody who could tell you a good story or two.

8.Funnily enough, my first cohesive memory is of listening to Queen-You’re My Best Friend. (who said I was a fan girl?!!)

9.I love to talk about politics, having taken it as one of my three A levels. Whilst I know that it can be polarising-just look at Brexit!-I think that we have a duty to hold those in power to account, and to be well informed.

10.Feminist? Yes.

11. In spite of the fact that I juggle being a full time student, a blogger, and a columnist-meaning that I have to be VERY organised-I am a very messy person.

And now for the set questions from Daniella to answer! (Still with me?)

  • Why did you start blogging? I saw an article in Shout Magazine, which was a place I could take refugee in, being a lonely pre-teen. (Not a lot has changed.) It looked really cool-and a way to write-so, with the permission of my parents, I jumped in1
  • Who inspires you, not just in the blogging world but in life? Oh lummy, that’s a tough one. Jacqueline Kennedy is my hero, but I am also inspired by Anastacia (I created my own version of one of her outfits recently), Brian May for being just a really cool person, Caitlin Moran for the way she writes, Jodi Picoult for the way she writes and tackles issues, and Lesley Ann Jones, the lovely and supremely cool rock journalist and author.
  • What social media app do you find you use the most for your blogging? WordPress to write posts from, Twitter to post.
  • One thing you are most scared of in life? Dying? (Yeah, about that…) I do believe that there is a God-because there just must be more to life than this-but I don’t want to have wasted the time I have on Earth. Oh and the Tube. Too many people-it’s an ASD thing.
  • Do you prefer a night in with friends or a night out on the town? Depends on the mood I’m in. I prefer town because I can go down to Brighton, and get lost for hours. Everything exciting seems to happen there! But I love to host Netflix evenings.
  • What topics do you blog about most and why? Too many to count! Lifestyle encompasses a lot-so books and autism, I guess. I love books-and you can never be lonely with a book-and Autism, well to raise awareness. 
  • Do you find the blogging community supportive? Largely yes. I won’t elaborate as to the ‘no’.
  • If you were an animal, what would it be and why? Always a cat-I love cats!-and my nickname is the crazy cat lady. Apt, no?
  • What is your favourite genre of music? Rock.
  • What’s the bravest thing you’ve done in the past week or so? Probably talking to a lecturer with eye contact, and I managed not to feel anxious at all. (Eye contact is a hallmark for those on the spectrum.) I also can find it hard to interpret what they mean. And yes-I’m being neutral in case they are reading this. But they are such a good teacher-it’s just me being me 🙂 This is something that I find happens frequently, in that I cannot maintain eye contact, but it is something I am overcoming. 
  • Do you prefer savoury or sweet treats? SWEET!

The Eleven Bloggers I wish to tag:

Kimberly Jessica

Country Katie Uk

This Stuff Is Golden

Lisa Kallas

A Beautiful Caos

Freya Creech

Youralmostalice

Envy Fisher

Grace Brown

Blogger Badger (Emily)

Faz

And anyone else who wishes to do so!

My questions for you:

  1. How do you keep organised, in terms of a planner?
  2. Ice cream-yay or nay?
  3. Manicure or pedicure?
  4. Apple or Samsung?
  5. First album you bought?
  6. What motivated you and why to start blogging?
  7. Dream job as a child?
  8. Would you call yourself a feminist?
  9. Who is your role model?
  10. And hero?
  11. Pineapple on pizza-yes or no?

Until tomorrow,

Lydia

XO

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Interview….With Jessi Cat

I’m not entirely sure how to introduce this interview, considering that it really is one of the funniest, and endearing ones I have done  yet. Jessi Cat is a four year old cat, who belongs to the Dillon household. One of the son’s, called Lorcan, has Aspergers Syndrome, as well as selective mutism ; two disorders which impact on his perception, as well as his speech. Since Jessi arrived, things have changed a great deal, as I hope you will see in this interview: say hello to Jessi.

*Words in response by Jayne Dillon*

Hello Jessi, thank you for agreeing to this interview for Mademoiselle. We are very honored to have you here.

Thank you for asking me! This is very exciting!

 You play a prominent role in the Dillon household. Can you tell us a bit about how you came to live there?

Hiya! I came to live with the Dillon’s under purrfectly sad circumstances. They had an elderly kitty named Flo who died of kidney failure. After Flo died Jayne got a bit freaked out thinking she could hear Flo’s paws on the wooden floor and decided to get another cat. They decided to get a pedigree cat rather than a rescue kitty as they live on quite a busy road and wanted a house cat. Happily, I was just old enough to leave my mamma and litter mates so they came to see me and fell under my spell straight away. The rest, as they say, is history.

Could you take us through your daily routine, hour by hour?

Ok, here we go. I tend to vary where I sleep at night but I’m usually upstairs somewhere. I occasionally sleep downstairs but the dog is a pawful snorer! I get up when ma humans start mooching about for the day and I meow loudly for food. They like me to do this, I think it helps them to wake up for the day! I like to help wake up ma young humans so they are not late for school. I also check they eat breakfast as young brains need nourishment to function well. When they have gone to school I either ‘help’ around the house or I settle down for a snooze. I do wander into the kitchen on a regular basis to meow for ma favourite treat, Dreamies. I just love them and I do get a bit cross if I get told I can’t have any more….

When Lorcan comes home from school I often greet him with an Eskimo kiss. He loves me doing this. Then we play. Sometimes Lorcan sets up rows of action figures which I like to step carefully through. On occasion I am a bit naughty and I charge through, scattering them. Lorcan doesn’t get cross with me.

He is always doing things of interest and I like to get involved. As you know, cats are curious creatures and small boys are fun to be with. In the evening I often climb up on the TV. It isn’t very comfortable but it is warm and the view is great. I often get lifted down because it is ‘dangerous’ and humans get annoyed when ma fluffy tail blocks the screen. When Lorcan goes to bed I like to go upstairs and make sure he is ok.

To you specifically, are the awards you have received worthwhile?

I have two very purrecious awards from Cats Protection. I won the first one for being Lorcan’s best friend. I wasn’t allowed to go to the awards which I think was a shame as I am a very well behaved young lady. I followed the awards ceremony on Twitter and was extremely purrleased when Lorcan and I won. I was the first purrson Lorcan said ‘I love you’ to which was a very purrecious moment to me. I feel very purroud to be Lorcan’s best friend and to help him and look after him. When we won the Cats Protection National Cat of the Year Award it was sooooo exciting! There were so many amazing cats who had helped humans but they picked me! I help out Cats Protection sometimes by going along and helping them fundraise, which is fun! Everyone makes a fuss of me because I am kind and loving and very adorable! We also support the charity Birman Welfare and Rescue which cares for and re homes lovely birmans like me. Obviously we also support the wonderful Selective Mutism Information and Research Association (SMIRA).

Could you tell us a bit about your relationship with Lorcan?

I am Lorcan’s best friend. Lorcan is my best friend. I am very good at sensing his mood and adapting my behaviour accordingly. If he seems sad for instance, I will sit quietly with him. I am always happy to see him and miss him when he is at school. I am a very social cat and I love his company.

 Do you have any beliefs in theories of what causes Autism, such as it being a combination of Genes?

 I am of the opinion that there is a genetic link. My favourite theory about the cause of Autism is that it is a form of evolution. A different way of seeing the world.

What is your favorite cat toy?

This is a difficult one. I like feathery toys very much indeed but my favourite ever toy is a Wiggly Worm. They come in different colours with a thread attached. I always recommend cat people snip the thread off as a kitty could get hurt. Wiggly Worms are nice and light and cats love to carry them about and throw them around.

When Lorcan is at school, what do you do?

I’m quite a busy little purrson so I can be found ‘helping’ with the cleaning on occasion. I like to follow ma humans about and meow at them. However, if I am an honest kitty I like to sleep. Hour after hour.

Do you have any tips, for parents with selectively mute/ autistic children?

The most impurrtant tip I think is for families to trust their instincts. Parents know their child better than any professional. Selective mutism is not as well known as autism but if it is treated properly children can make a full recovery. The first thing to do if a child is selectively mute is to remove all pressure to speak. Bribing, tricking or trying to force a child to speak will not work and can be very damaging.

I like to accept little persons for who they are and work with them to build confidence and coping strategies. Cats can do this in a number of ways ranging from slow blinking and head bumps to purring to alleviate anxiety. Some cats have to learn the skills of interacting with humans but some of us are born with these skills. When I first met Lorcan I was a very young kitten. I instinctively knew I must not bite or put out my claws as he wouldn’t trust me again if I hurt him. I behaved very gently with him and allowed him to cuddle me when he wanted to. I also knew it was important to look after him so I followed him around and offered a comforting paw when necessary. Meowing is good too as Lorcan learned that if he spoke to me I responded.

 Random question: 

 Out of the following singers, which is your favorite?

 A. Adele

B. Michael Jackson

C. Dire Straits

D. Anastacia

Hmmm, difficult. I think I would have to go with Adele out of those four but I also like to listen to Gary Numan. One of my favourite songs is The Lovecats by The Cure.

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