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Weekly Rundown -18th July 2018

Here's what I've been up to this week:

Listening to:
Music - I had my first listen through of Bullet for my Valentine's new album the other day - it sounded good.
Audiobook - Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I'm just over half way through, and enjoying it so far.

Reading: Less by Andrew Sean Greer - this book caught my eye in Waterstones the other day, and I'm enjoying it so far.
Writing: Besides this blog post? Not a whole lot at the moment, but I am looking at writing some short stories soon, and will definitely be making some headway on my WIP.

Cooking: I made spaghetti bolognese the other day, which was lovely, and we've also been eating salmon traybake, hot dogs and steak.

Baking: I'll be making rhubarb crumble today, one of my favourites.
Loving: The torrential rain we had on Monday night - Jamie and I were hanging out of the bedroom window to feel it; it's the first rain we've seen in about a month, which is very unusual for the UK! Back to glorious …

Weekly Rundown - 10th July 2018

It's been a while since I've done a weekly rundown post, but I do enjoy documenting what I'm up to every week, so here goes:

Listening to: 
Music - Five Finger Death Punch have a new album out, which I'm enjoying a lot. It's nice to have something new to listen to.
Audiobook Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I've wanted to try out Dan Brown for a while, and I'm finding it alright so far.

ReadingEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I'm loving this book so far, Eleanor is such an intriguing character and I can't wait to discover what actually happened to her in her past.

Watching: I'm still rewatching Lost with Jamie (we're on the last season now)and I've also been rewatching How I Met Your Mother (which I love except for the very last episode) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
As for new shows, I watched the first season of 13 Reasons Why with my mum over the last couple of weeks - I really enjoyed it, so much so that I went out…

IWSG - July 2018

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The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a group of writer's who post once a month about their insecurities, and then visit each other to offer help and support.

It's been a long time since I last posted, back in April. I really can't believe it's July already; this year so far seems like it's been both really short and really long.
There are a few reasons why I've been absent for so long; I've had a few health issues, nothing serious but it's been one illness after another this year. Then I was in a car accident in May, thankfully Jamie and I came out unhurt, but the car spent a month getting repaired. We've also been house hunting this year, we found two houses we really wanted but unfortunately both fell through. 
So, overall, it's been a bit of a rough year, and because of this I haven't got much writing done. However, I'm an optimistic person and I'm hopeful that the worst is over, so it's time to get back in the habit of …

Celebrate the Small Things - April 12th

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop 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've spent quite a lot of time working on my novel this week. I'm starting to get into the habit of writing every day, which is fantastic! I just need to get into the habit of blogging more often now.
- I found out a couple of weeks ago that I'm deficient in iron and vitamin B12, so I've been taking iron supplements and getting B12 injections. I'm starting to feel better, which is great; I didn't realise just how many problems it can cause if you're lacking in them!
- I made some banana muffins over the weekend which were lovely, and then cherry scones on Wednesday for a buffet at work - I haven't baked properly in so long, and it was lovely to do it again. There's nothing like the taste of something home-made.

IWSG - April 2018

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For anyone who doesn't know, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is a group of writer's who post once a month about their insecurities, and then visit each other to offer help and support.

April 4th question - When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?
As I write this post, it's pouring with rain outside - how apt! 
Whenever the negative thoughts begin to creep in, I try to remind myself of the reason I began to write in the first place - because I love it. I love stories, whether I'm reading them, playing them, listening to them or writing them. 
If ever I have doubts about a story I'm writing, I remind myself of the first time that idea appeared in my mind; the excitement, the rush of feelings, thoughts and ideas as the story began to take shape in my head. I look through the notebook I used in the early days of the idea, at the pages and pages of notes hastily scribbled as I tried to get the wo…

Goals for April

Here's how I did on my March goals:
- Start edits on first draft - I really enjoyed working on my novel, far more than I thought I would back when I read it. I've managed to put all my scenes in order, and re-write my scene list, including additional scenes I needed to make the story flow better. Next stop, rewrites!

- 2 x blog posts a week - I still haven't managed to get back into the habit of blogging regularly. I've been mostly focusing on my novel this month; once again I'm guilty of giving myself too many goals. 
- Visit other blogs twice a week - Same as above.

- Visit the gym at least once a week - I haven't been feeling great lately, and just found out why last week. It's nothing serious, but it explains why I've been so tired over the last few months. Anyway, because of this I haven't been going to the gym regularly, but that will change from this week.

- Write a meal plan every Sunday - I've succeeded in writing a meal plan for every week …

Celebrate the Small Things - March 23rd

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop 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've started my edits properly this week, and I'm really enjoying them! I've updated my scene list, and figured out where I need to add/remove/change a scene, which is something I've needed to do for a long time. Next on the list is to update my character profiles. 
- It was officially the first day of spring on Wednesday! You can't really tell at the moment; we're still due some snow over Easter, but it's light for longer and the sun shines occasionally, so it shouldn't be too much longer before we get some warmer weather. Winter is my favourite season, but it does get to a point (usually around now) when I just want it to get warmer.