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Celebrate the Small Things

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop hosted by Viklit over at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week. This week, however, Vikki thought it would be a great idea to celebrate the whole year, rather than the week. I have to say, I thought this was a brilliant idea.

So, the main things I'm celebrating from this year are:

- This little beauty is probably the best thing that happened to me this year. We had to get our dog put down in April, and the house was just so empty and depressing - I hated coming home from work. So my mum decided we should get a kitten. I was a little dubious - I'd always been a dog person. I've been converted, though; I never thought I could love a cat as much as I love Misty. Mostly because I didn't know cats could be as affectionate and loving as she is.

- I passed my Masters degree with Merit - definitely one of the best moments in the year. All that hard work paid off in…

Celebrate the Small Things

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop hosted by Viklit over at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week.

This week I'm celebrating:
- getting most of my Christmas shopping finished. There's only a few bits and pieces left to sort out now. I've wrapped them all up, too, which I'm kind of sad about - I like wrapping presents!
- Christmas! It's my favourite time of year, even if it did creep up on me a bit this year. I've got Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day off work, so I'm looking forward to relaxing. I'm doing 3am starts for the next three days, so I'll need the break!

What's Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow, and the idea is to let other bloggers know where you are with any writing and reading goals you may have.


1. What I'm reading
I just finished reading Angelfall by Susan Ee. I'd heard a lot of good things about it, and it didn't disappoint! I just ordered the second book in the series on my Kindle, so I'll be reading that next. I'm also reading Echo by Alyson Noel - the first in the series wasn't brilliant, but I saw this in a book shop the other day and thought I would give it a chance. 
2. What I'm writing

Not much at the minute - I'm barely keeping up with my blog posts. Once Christmas is over I'll be starting my NaNo edits, so I'll be spending a lot of time writing then.

3. What else I've been up to

Mostly working and getting ready for Christmas. I put the Christmas tree up on Monday, so it actually feels like Christmas now, and I've g…

Celebrate the Small Things

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop hosted by Viklit over at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week.

This week I'm celebrating:
- life in the new house is still going well, my Mum and I are getting used to it now, and I think her boyfriend and his son are getting used to us. It's starting to feel like home. 
- we went to a Christmas market on Sunday, and it was great. Very festive, and I actually managed to start my Christmas shopping! I've left it very late this year, but that's because I had to wait to get paid first!
- my Mum and I watched The Hobbit the other day in preparation for the next one. We won't be able to see it until sometime next week though, but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait!

Celebrate the Small Things

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop hosted by Viklit over at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week.

This week I'm celebrating:

- The move went well - we're almost settled in now, the hardest part is finding places to put our stuff! My new bedroom is really small, so storage is a bit of an issue, but I'm sure we'll find a way.

- I work in a supermarket, and I transferred to one here in Hull after the move. I've done two days so far, and it's going well. Everyone is friendly, and I already know what I'm doing, which is good.

- I have a lot of free time at the minute, and I'm just using it to relax for the time being. It's nice not having to worry about deadlines.

Goals for December

Is it really December already? I can't believe how fast November went. These are the goals I gave myself last month:

- Read 4 books - I only just managed this one, which means I'm at 45 out of my goal of 50 books for the year.

- Nanowrimo! - Done. I finished my 50000 words on the 25th of November, thank goodness. I can't wait to get started on editing in January.

- Get ready for moving, and move! - Phew, this was the hardest part of the last month, but it's all over now. We're all settled in our new house.

- Get started on Christmas shopping - One thing has stopped me from achieving this goal, and that's a lack of money. I'm going to have to wait until I get paid later this month - it's cutting it fine, but it'll get done.


Here are my goals for December:

- Read 5 books - I only have 5 more books to read to achieve my goal of 50 books for the year, so I'll be reading a lot this month, I think. That suits me just fine!

- See The Hobbit: Desolation of S…

What's Up Wednesday

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If you're looking for my IWSG post, you can find it here.
What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow, and the idea is to let other bloggers know where you are with any writing and reading goals you may have.


1. What I'm reading

I just finished reading The Faerie War by Rachel Morgan yesterday. I've really loved this series; I haven't been able to read it in the last couple of days, since I packed my Kindle away for the move and couldn't find it when we arrived here. I found it yesterday, and devoured the final book in a couple of hours.

Since I'm done moving, I'm going to go back to reading two books at once; one paperback, and one on my Kindle. For my Kindle book, I'm going to read Angelfall by Susan Ee. It's been on my to-read list for a while. For my paperback, I'm going to read Divergent again, because it's been a long time since I read it, and Allegiant kind of made me want to go back…

IWSG - December

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The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh as a place where writers can talk about their insecurities once a month, and receive encouragement and support from other writers. It's such an amazing group, it even has its own website now, which you can visit here.

I'm feeling pretty good about my writing right now, purely because I've just won NaNoWriMo; there's something about writing 50000 words in a month that really makes you feel good about yourself. I even managed to finish a few days early, something I never thought I could do.
My main insecurity dwells within those 50000 words. I have to keep reminding myself that it is a first draft; it's meant to be rough, there are bound to be a lot of problems with it. The ending is the part I have the most problems with; it just doesn't work. It'll be the hardest part of editing, I think; it needs a complete re-write. When I finished the 50000 words it took a while for the happiness to…