Friday, 17 February 2017

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 posted my flash fiction for this month's WEP challenge on Wednesday, and I got some amazing feedback on it. I'm glad I forced myself to write it! You can find it here if you want to read it. 

- I mentioned in my WEP post that I haven't been very well this week, and I'm glad to say that I'm finally starting to feel better! Work has been super hard this week just because of how ill I've been, but I'm glad I powered through. 

- I went to visit my Dad on Sunday, and I had a great day with him. We went out for lunch and then played a game on his xbox. Next time I go over, he's going to teach my chess, which should be fun!

- It was Valentine's Day on Tuesday, and while Jamie and I don't really celebrate it, we did get a takeaway and spent some time together, which was lovely. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WEP - Back of the Drawer

So here is my contribution to this month's WEP - Back of the Drawer. I've literally written and edited it in one day (today) so it's not great! I had such good intentions for this challenge, then I went and got ill so I've had to force myself to write it. Still, I'm pretty proud that I'm even posting anything, so it's a win in my eyes! Hope you all enjoy it, anyway. 


Forgotten Life

Coralina sighed. She’d just opened the garage door, and an unpleasant sight awaited her.

She carefully climbed over the junk on the floor so that she could reach the light switch. She switched it on, and sighed again. There was a reason she’d been putting this off for so long.

She rolled up her sleeves and surveyed the mess, trying to decide where to start. There was an old cabinet pushed up against the wall closest to her that looked as though she could have it cleared by lunchtime. Tripping over a couple of old toys on the way, she started clearing.

Half an hour had passed before she found it, folded up tight and pushed right to the back of the second drawer from the bottom.

She pulled it out carefully, smoothing her hand over its silky surface. It was more beautiful than she remembered; it had been a long time since she’d allowed herself to think of it. She had forgotten where she had hidden it, all those years ago. Age hadn’t affected it at all. A few minutes passed in silence as she gazed down at the velvety folds, remembering. Her past life, her original life, seemed almost like a dream, now…

Shaking her head, she hurried into the house, taking the bundle with her. She needed to snap herself out of this. The red light was flashing on the answering machine; she pushed the button to listen to the message.

“Hey, sweetie. Guess you’re still working on the garage! Just calling to let you know I’ll be home early tonight. I’ll pick up the kids from school; you’ll be tired from your big cleanup! I love you, see you later.”

Coralina frowned, her hands stroking the soft object in her arms. She strode over to the window, watching the waves lap against the shore across the road. An overwhelming urge was overcoming her, one she had hoped never to feel again. She wrenched her gaze from the window, to focus on her tidy living room. She tried to master herself; this was stupid. This one, tiny thing couldn’t ruin everything she’d built over the years. She had a husband now, a family she loved more than anything.

Well, that’s what she had thought. Her family seemed to glare at her from the pictures on the mantelpiece, as though they knew exactly what she was thinking.

But how could they? They didn’t know her biggest secret.

She raced across the living room, slamming the door on her way out of the house. She flew across the road without even checking for cars first, and dashed across the beach.

Just one more time; once more, and she would hide it away forever. She’d burn it if she had to. She just wanted to feel it one more time, that sense of belonging, the joy of being truly free.

She took one look back at the house; the garage door was still open wide, and she could see the mess within, calling to her, along with the rest of her mundane life that, until today, she thought she had loved so much.

One big breath, and Coralina threw the bundle over herself. The skin fixed onto her seamlessly, and she transformed, feeling whole for the first time in years. She threw herself into the waves, long-hidden flippers propelling her quickly through the water, all thoughts of her family erased from her mind by the sea.

She was finally home.



581 words
Critiques welcome.

Friday, 10 February 2017

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 made blueberry muffins at the weekend; they were divine! I made a batch and froze them, and I've been warming them up for my breakfast every morning. A great way to start the day!

- I had a really relaxing weekend; I barely left the house, it was fantastic! Sometimes it's nice to have no plans. 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Goals for February

I didn't set myself any goals for January; I wanted to focus on getting settled in at my new job. I'm all settled now, and I have a lot more spare time than I'm used to, so I'm definitely setting goals for February.


Here they are:

- Read 4 books - I've set myself 50 books for my Goodreads reading challenge this year; the same amount that I've set myself for the last few years, but I haven't hit it for the last couple. I had a strong start in January, up until I picked up my current book; it's a slow starter! I'm determined to hit 50 books this year, so I need to get reading!

- Put up at least 2 blog posts a week - For such a long time the only regular posts I've been putting up have been my Celebrate the Small Things posts on a Friday, and that needs to change!

- Write my story for WEP - I've got a few ideas for the challenge this month - it's just a case of deciding which one to go for!


What are your goals this month?

Friday, 3 February 2017

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:

- Another good week at work, I'm pretty much settled in now.

- I'm planning on spending this weekend working on my story for the February Write Edit Publish challenge, and I'm looking forward to it. 

- Jamie and I have started house-hunting this week; we've wanted to buy a house of our own for a while, so I'm excited that we've started looking. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

IWSG - February


This month's question is: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

I think being a writer has changed my experience as a reader in a lot of ways. It's made me a less tolerant reader; if I'm not enjoying a book that I'm reading, I give up much quicker now! I suppose it's knowing that if I don't like the way something is written right from the start, that's not going to change if I soldier through. (For the most part!)

Sometimes I've found that being a writer has made it more difficult to just sit down and enjoy reading a book; you have to turn off the writer inside you, so that you're not constantly editing, or thinking about what you would have done differently.

On the other hand, if I'm reading something really good it motivates me to become a better writer - because I want to write something that someone else will love as much as I loved that book.



And now, an update on me:

My new job is going fantastically well; I'm really enjoying it, and getting used to the hours, so this month I'm determined to start my new blogging and writing schedule. This will include blogging more than once a week - at the moment the only regular post I have is my Celebrate the Small Things post on a Friday! Of course, I'm aiming to visit other bloggers a lot more as well, and hopefully actually do some writing for a change!

Friday, 27 January 2017

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:

- My first week actually on the job has gone really well - I'm learning fast, and haven't had any major issues so far. Most importantly, I'm really enjoying it! 

- I went to visit my uni friends on Saturday, and we had a great day.

- It was mine and Jamie's anniversary yesterday; seven years together! We couldn't do anything last night because he was at work until 10pm, but we celebrated with a takeaway on Tuesday. 


What are you celebrating this week?