Friday, 23 September 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


Here's what I'm celebrating this week: 

- I had a great time celebrating my Dad's birthday last weekend. My sister and I took him for a meal, and it was lovely. 

- I came up with an idea for the IWSG anthology contest - I had a little spare time on Sunday, so I sat down to plan and got quite a lot done in the hour or so that I was writing. I can't wait to start writing it! 

- I made some banana bread on Wednesday, and it was lovely. I like to spread Nutella on it, yum! 

Friday, 16 September 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


This week I'm celebrating:

- I spent the day with my friends from university on Tuesday; it was really hot weather, so we spent the day in the park. It was a lot of fun.

- I bought two new recipe books on Tuesday, too; a bread baking one, and a cake baking one. I've got so many cake recipe books already, but I couldn't resist! As for the bread one, I've been wanting to branch out to bread-making for the longest time, so hopefully now I will! 

- It's my weekend off, thank goodness; work has been crazy lately. I'm going to my hometown tomorrow to spend some time with my Dad, since it was his birthday yesterday, so that should be fun. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Cover reveal: Self-Help 101 or: How to Select a Costume to Help You Deal With People by L. G. Keltner

Today I'm helping out L. G. Keltner with the cover reveal for her new release, Self-Help 101 or: How to Select a Costume to Help You Deal With People. I just started reading the first book in the series, and I'm really enjoying it.

Here's the cover:


Book 3 in the Self-Help 101 series.

Dani Finklemeier is adjusting to life in college and the realities of living away from home for the first time. She’s also learning to deal with the criticism that stems from sharing her writing with the world. Some of the online criticism is even spelled correctly, which somehow makes it worse.

Fortunately, she has a Halloween party, a group of friends, and a supportive boyfriend to distract her from the things that are bothering her. Of course, a holiday celebration wouldn’t be complete without something going wrong. Between an unpleasant confrontation with an infuriating classmate, some shocking costume choices, and a bizarre fraternity stunt, the evening will be anything but dull.

Dani’s detractors may not like it, but she’ll definitely have enough material for another book.


I think that cover looks great! I can't wait to read it. Here's a bit of info on the author:


L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.


Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.

You can typically find L.G. lurking around her blog, on Twitter, or on her Facebook page.





Here are some pre-order links:


Amazon US

Amazon UK

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Kobo

Add it on Goodreads.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


This week I'm celebrating: 

- Being a part of the IWSG again! 

- I've put three blog posts up this week, for the first time in about a year! It feels great to be blogging properly again. I've blogged every day this week after work, and I've loved every minute of it. I feel like part of the community again. 

- My mum's coming round today, and we're going to have a relaxing day baking and watching Orange is the New Black - I need it, work has been awful this week! 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

IWSG - September



It's been ages since I wrote an IWSG post, but it's one of the things I miss most about blogging!

I love that there's now a question every month; I always felt like I was writing the same thing every time.

So, this month's question is:

How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

My honest answer to this is, at the moment I don't. This is one of my major insecurities right now; I'm working 50-60 hours a week, and when I get home I'm so exhausted all I want to do is watch TV. However, I'm determined to change this; I need to get back into the habit of writing in any spare moment I have. If I keep pushing it back, and waiting until I actually want to write, or have a lot of spare time to do so, I'll never get myself back into the habit. 

So, my plan is this; I need to manage my time better. I'll set aside time every single day, whether it's half an hour or an hour, purely to write. Anything counts, as long as I'm writing; blog posts, outlines, edits, re-writes. As long as I'm putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) then it counts. 

Another method that works with me is setting myself a word count every day; this is why I love NaNoWriMo so much. I'll probably start doing this once I'm back in the habit of writing every day, then I can raise the word-count once I feel comfortable. The trick is to push yourself; don't stay in your comfort zone. 


So, what about you? How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Goals for September

Not such a good month in August! I was away in Greece for the start of it, and I've been super busy at work since I got back. I haven't actually completed any of my goals for August! However, I'm hoping to move onto a different department at work, where I should be working less hours; I should find out about this some time this week. If this happens, I'll have a lot more time for blogging, writing and reading.

So, these were my goals for August:

- Spend half an hour each day blogging - Although I didn't quite manage half an hour every day, I have been blogging more. I've visited other people's blogs more this month than I have for a long time, so I'm working my way up to half an hour a day.

- Finish my outline - This one I haven't done simply because the outline needs quite a lot of work; I've reached a point where I need to completely change part of it, and I need a large block of time in which to do it.

- Spend two hours a week writing - Once again, I didn't manage this one because of being super busy at work.


Here are my goals for September:

- Spend half an hour a day blogging - I've settled back into my routine now, so this should be easier to achieve. 

- Finish my outline - I'm hoping to take part in NaNoWriMo this year, so I need to get my outline finished soon! I'm determined to get it done this month. 

- Read 4 books - I caught up with my Goodreads reading challenge (50 books this year) while I was in Greece, so as long as I read 4 books a month I should smash it. 


Here are the 4 books I want to read this month:



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - I'm kind of late to the party with this one; I was midway through the Harry Potter series when it came out and I wanted to finish the series before I read it. I just finished Deathly Hallows on Sunday (there were lots of tears) and started reading Cursed Child on Sunday night. So far, I'm not convinced. It seems more like fanfiction than an actual Harry Potter story. 


Empire Of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas - The fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, and coming out today! I can't wait to read it, I love this series. 


United by Melissa Landers - This is the third book in the Alienated series, also new out this month. Apparently September is a good month for books! 


Soulless by Gail Carriger - This book is of the steampunk genre, which is why I want to read it. Those of you who read my Celebrate post on Friday will remember that I went to a steampunk festival in July, which I really enjoyed. It made me want to know more about it, hence the book. 


What are your goals for September? Are you planning to read anything interesting this month?

Friday, 2 September 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


This week I'm celebrating:

- Pinterest! I just discovered it this week, and I can't believe it's taken me so long! It's already given me so much inspiration, I would recommend it to anyone, no matter what your hobby is. Here is the link to my profile, it's a bit jumbled at the minute because I'm literally pinning everything in sight! 

- I had a fantastic time with my friends at the weekend; the city we usually meet at (Lincoln) was holding a Steampunk festival. I didn't even know those existed! We've all decided that next year we'll attend again, but we're going to dress up! 

- I'm steadily making my way through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (for about the 10th time) and I read one of my favourite chapters this week; Godric's Hollow. I just think the part with Harry in the graveyard is one of the most moving scenes I've ever read in my life. 

- It's September! From now until about January is my favourite time of year, I love Autumn, with the weather getting steadily colder, and Halloween, and then the run up to Christmas. I just love this time of year, and September officially signals the start of it. I've already got a lot of recipes featuring pumpkin pinned to my Pinterest boards!



What are you celebrating this week?