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Celebrate the Small Things

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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.

Sorry for the radio silence, didn't realise it had been three weeks since my last Celebrate post! Here's what I'm celebrating this week:
- I posted my story for the WEP bloghop on Wednesday, and got some awesome feedback. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to read it, if you missed it you can find it here.
- I've had this week off work, but it hasn't been relaxing! My sister gets married 4 weeks tomorrow, and we've been doing all the last minute bits and pieces this week, since we both had it off work. It's been stressful at times, but we're getting there now! It's also been great being able to spend so much time together this week, with our mum as well. 
- Just a week to go until Camp NaNo starts! I'm super excited, though a little nervous, of course. I just can't wait to start wr…

WEP - Bridges

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This month's theme for the Write Edit Publish challenge is Bridges. Hope you enjoy!

The Bridge
“They say it’s cursed,” Timmy whispered, his torch held up under his chin, making his face look skull-like. “Nobody who’s ever crossed it has ever come back.”
Annie shivered, inching closer to the fire in the middle of the camp. “That’s a lie,” she said. “Mr Jacobson crossed it once, didn’t he?”
Timmy sniggered. “Well it didn’t do him much good! He’s terrified of his own shadow!”
Carl shook his head. “Timmy’s right, he’s never been the same since. Nobody knows what happened to him, or what he saw! And he’s the only person who’s ever come back. Most people don’t even use it; they go around.”
“This is ridiculous,” Bernie said. “A cursed bridge, I’ve never heard of something so stupid. I’m going over it.”
“You can’t!” Sarah cried.
Bernie turned to her, sneering. “You’re not telling me you believe this nonsense? I thought you were smarter than that, Sarah.”
Sarah stiffened. “Of course I don…

IWSG - June

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So lately, I've been having trouble with blogging. The only post I've been regularly putting up is the post I put up every Friday for the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop, and I rarely visit other bloggers now. Blogging has become more of a chore than anything, which I absolutely hate because I used to love blogging so much.

Upon reflection, I think the issue is that my blog doesn't have direction; I see it as a writing blog, and that limits what I can put on it quite a lot. It's made it quite stressful trying to choose topics to blog about, so I just don't bother.

I'm not ready to give up blogging; I still love being a part of the blogging community, and taking part in writing challenges like Write Edit Publish, but on the other hand those can't be the only posts that I write.

I've decided to give my blog a thematic makeover; instead of only making it about my writing, I'm going to make it about me. There's a lot more to me than just my wri…

Celebrate the Small Things

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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 spent the weekend in my hometown with my dad and sister, the weather was lovely all weekend, which we took advantage of by having a barbecue on Sunday. 
- This month's WEP challenge has been announced; the prompt is Bridges, and I can't wait to start writing my piece.
- I've put my novel information in the Camp NaNoWriMo site, all ready for taking the challenge in July. I haven't participated in a NaNo event for a good couple of years now, so I'm excited to take part! I've pretty much finished my planning for the project; I just want to start writing!

Celebrate the Small Things

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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:
- Sunshine! It's been lovely, sunny and warm this week, a rarity here in England! I am a winter girl but I do like the odd bit of sunny weather.
- Looking forward to a three day weekend due to the bank holiday on Monday - hopefully the weather stays nice! 
- I can play a full piano piece now (albeit slowly, and with a few mistakes here and there) - I see this as a huge achievement, as I've never even been able to play anything on any instrument before, let alone a full piece of music.

Celebrate the Small Things

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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:
- The piano playing is still going well - I can almost play a whole piece now, just a few more bars to learn. I'm slowly getting better at sight-reading, but it's a hard thing to learn!
- I'm going to be bridesmaid for my sister when she gets married in July. The bridesmaid dresses arrived a couple of weeks ago, and we're all meeting up to see them and try them on tomorrow. I can't wait to see what they look like!
- Pottermore are hosting a Wizarding World Book Club in June, and as I am a huge Harry Potter nerd, I'm very excited about this! Any excuse to read and/or talk about Harry Potter is fine by me!

Celebrate the Small Things

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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:
- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. It's a huge book, and I finished it in 5 days, which is quite good since I've been at work. I stayed up until 1.30 Sunday morning reading it; something I haven't done in a long time! 
- Coffee - I'm really appreciating it this week!
- I've been teaching myself to play the piano, and it's going quite well - there's nothing like creating music with your own hands.

Celebrate the Small Things

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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 only had to do a 4 day week at work, so that's always a bonus!
- My dad and sister are coming over tomorrow and we're going out for lunch, so that should be nice.
- Mario Kart came out on the Nintendo Switch last weekend, so I've been playing a lot of that - I don't play a lot of games, but that is one that I like.

IWSG - May

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I finally finished the outline for my novel last week, which is great - I think it's the first actual novel outline I've done. All my previous ones were just a couple of sentences - I used index cards for this one, writing out all the scenes I wanted to include, and then used the three act plan to outline the novel.

However, I've come to a bit of a standstill working on my characters - every time I sit down to do a character outline, I go blank and then get distracted. I'm blaming it on names; it's really hard to come up with character names! I think I'm overthinking it; I need to just choose some random names, at least for now, otherwise I can see it taking me way too long just to come up with names for all of my characters. In my notes, they all have nicknames like "Mentor Guy" and "Villain Guy" - maybe I should just stick with those!

Despite this, I'm not feeling too insecure this month. I published a piece of flash fiction for the W…

Goals for May

So I didn't set any goals for April because of the A to Z Challenge, which I didn't see through to the end anyway, so April wasn't a great month for goals! However, I did put an entry up for WEP, and I got the encouragement award for it, which is just fantastic.

That said, I'm hoping I do a lot better with my May goals, which are as follows:

- Put up two blog posts a week - So I've been setting myself this goal every month, and I don't think there's been a month where I've actually achieved it yet. Pretty much my only regular post is my Friday "Celebrate the Small Things" post, which isn't great. I need to add some variety!

- Read 4 books - Even though I have so much more time for reading, I'm still not getting many books read. I'm 2 books behind on my Goodreads target, which I can easily catch up on if I really try.

- Story planning - I finished my main outline for my novel last weekend, but I've come to a standstill on character…

Celebrate the Small Things

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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:
- So unfortunately, as some of you may have noticed, I've given up on the A to Z challenge. I really wanted to see it through to the end this year, but it just wasn't to be. I was away for a long weekend a couple of weeks ago, and then of course there was Easter, so I just ran out of time. Once again, I gave myself far too much to do! I'm celebrating this because it was the right decision; next year I will plan all of my posts in advance!
- I put up a piece of flash fiction for this month's WEP challenge, and I got some really good comments back from it, which is great because I struggled with the prompt this time. If you want to read it, click here (it's really short!).

WEP - April, Love and Peace

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OK, so I've really struggled with this theme. It's very much a "happy" theme, and I'm not a "happy" writer - I'm trying not to think too much about what this means about me! Anyway, I almost gave up, but I was determined to put something up, so here it is.


Peace and Love
If you could give your life to create peace, would you do it?

I look at my friends around me. He was standing to my right, the usual calm, almost bored expression on his face. I was one of the only ones who could see through the mask. He knew we wouldn’t make it through this, and yet he stayed by my side, ready to fight to the death. She was on my other side, as always, that fierce look on her face. She never did know when to back down, just like me. I suppose we were a good match.

I guess I’ll never find out for sure.

I step forward, towards the approaching army. The leader sees my movement, and smiles, curious. He’s not worried.

He should be.

I take another step forward. My fr…

H is for Heartache

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My theme for the A to Z challenge this year is Storytelling. I'll be writing posts on what I think you need to create a good story; the posts will vary from basics that all writers use in their stories, to themes/tropes that I love to see in stories that I read, and that I use when I write.


H is for Heartache

My favourite kind of story is one that makes you really feel. When you're reading a novel, and you're so into the story that you feel like you're right there alongside the characters, experiencing their fear, their pain, their happiness.

The expression I use is a story that hurts my heart, because that's how I feel; my heart aches for these characters and the struggles that they are going through. I'm so invested in the story and the characters that when they are in pain, so am I. When they're happy, I'm happy.

This is my goal as a writer; to make my readers experience this. There's nothing like a story that stays with you long after you've…

G is for Goals

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My theme for the A to Z challenge this year is Storytelling. I'll be writing posts on what I think you need to create a good story; the posts will vary from basics that all writers use in their stories, to themes/tropes that I love to see in stories that I read, and that I use when I write.


G is for Goals

All of your characters need at least one goal to aim towards during the course of the story. This will add depth to the character, and make them more relatable. Goals provide motivation for your characters, and obstacles that get in the way of your characters achieving that goal provide tension to the story. If your character doesn't have a goal, they have nothing to motivate them throughout the story.

The goal is likely to change throughout the course of the story, which is a good thing; your character should be a completely different person by the end of the story, so of course they will want different things. Of course, they might achieve their goal, but they also might re…

F is for Flaws

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My theme for the A to Z challenge this year is Storytelling. I'll be writing posts on what I think you need to create a good story; the posts will vary from basics that all writers use in their stories, to themes/tropes that I love to see in stories that I read, and that I use when I write.


F is for Flaws
I think it's hugely important to give all of your characters flaws; it helps the reader to relate to them, and therefore care about them more.
Think about it; nobody is perfect. Everybody has personality traits, fears and habits that hold them back, and your characters are no different. Who wants to read a book about someone who does the right thing all the time, with no consequences for their actions? That would be boring, and really unrealistic. 
Your character's flaws should prevent them from reaching their goal; this creates an internal conflict for the character. They are basically stopping themselves from getting what they want. It also creates tension in your story…

E is for Evil

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My theme for the A to Z challenge this year is Storytelling. I'll be writing posts on what I think you need to create a good story; the posts will vary from basics that all writers use in their stories, to themes/tropes that I love to see in stories that I read, and that I use when I write.

E is for Evil
Good vs Evil is one of the most classic themes for stories. However, it's not always that black and white. The best stories are the ones that blur the lines; where the "good" guys have a bad side, or the villain of the story actually has a pretty good reason for doing the "evil" things that they're doing. 
All stories need to have one side that the reader can root for, and another side that the reader can root against. If you can blur the lines between the two, it gives the story so much more depth. I think stories where the good guys are perfect are boring, because nobody is perfect; it's just not realistic. 
The "Evil" guys in your story…

IWSG - April

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I've got a few insecurities this month, mostly because I've got so much going on. There's the planning for the novel idea I had a few weeks ago, planning for the story I need to write for the WEP Challenge, and then the A to Z Challenge, which I'm determined to take part in until the end this year.

Mostly my insecurities come down to the same thing they always do; time management! I know I can get all of these things done if I prioritise properly and manage my time well (which at the moment I'm not doing!)

However, I'm determined to complete all of these things, so I will start to manage my time better.


Do you have any insecurities this month?

D is for Darkness

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My theme for the A to Z challenge this year is Storytelling. I'll be writing posts on what I think you need to create a good story; the posts will vary from basics that all writers use in their stories, to themes/tropes that I love to see in stories that I read, and that I use when I write.

D is for Darkness
Now, this isn't something that is needed to create a good story; it's just something that I like to see in the stories that I read/watch. I'm really not one for soppy stories. You know the type; all rainbows and sunshine, where the characters all skip through life and get their super happy endings with barely any struggle.
Don't get me wrong; I do like my character's to get a happy ending (although I am also a fan of the bittersweet ending), but I'd rather they had to really fight for it. The best kind of character is one who's faced darkness, and beat it. 
My favourite stories are the ones that are so dark, you honestly have no idea how everything …

C is for Conflict

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My theme for the A to Z challenge this year is Storytelling. I'll be writing posts on what I think you need to create a good story; the posts will vary from basics that all writers use in their stories, to themes/tropes that I love to see in stories that I read, and that I use when I write.

C is for Conflict
Another thing that is absolutely essential in storytelling is conflict; without it, a story is boring. It has no teeth. Conflict is basically anything that stops a character from getting what they want, and this, as the author, is our goal. If you're writing a story and your character gets everything they want without having to work for it, you've got no conflict. 
Conflict keeps the reader hooked; they'll keep reading, wondering if the characters will ever get what they want, what will happen if they do, and which characters will triumph and which will fail. 
It can come in many forms; the main kind of conflict you'll have will probably be between your protago…

B is for Backstory

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My theme for the A to Z challenge this year is Storytelling. I'll be writing posts on what I think you need to create a good story; the posts will vary from basics that all writers use in their stories, to themes/tropes that I love to see in stories that I read, and that I use when I write.

B is for Backstory
Backstory is hugely important to every story; it gives your characters and your world depth. If they don't have backstory then they're just empty shells; they don't have any motivation, no reason for doing what they're doing. 
Now, I'm not saying that you need to include all of the backstory right from the beginning. In fact, I would advise against this; it would just lead to a huge info dump, which would stall the Action (which I talked about in the previous post) and bore the reader. 
It is a good idea, however, to be aware of the backstory before you start writing. You need to know what is motivating your character, why your world is how it is. The more…

A is for Action

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My theme for the A to Z challenge this year, is Storytelling. I'll be writing posts on what I think you need to create a good story; the posts will vary from basics that all writers use in their stories, to themes/tropes that I love to see in stories that I read, and that I use when I write.



A is for Action

No good story exists without some kind of action taking place. Action keeps the plot moving; if there's no action, there's no story.

There are small actions, like a conversation between characters that moves the story from one scene to the next, and then there are the bigger actions, like the inciting incident, that pushes the story into its next stage.

Basically, if there's no action in your story, the reader will get bored. Every single scene in a story needs to move the plot on in some way; if it doesn't, it needs to be cut.

The action needs to start right on the first page; you need to hook your reader straight away, throw them straight into the action so th…

Celebrate the Small Things

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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:
- The story planning is still going well - I have a long way to go before I'm ready to start writing, but I've got tonnes of notes. 
- The weather this week has been glorious - lovely and warm and sunny. I'm a winter girl at heart, but I must admit I do like when the weather starts to get warmer.

Celebrate the Small Things

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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:
- Story planning is still going well - I haven't been this excited about an idea in a long time! Other things are falling by the wayside, though - I still haven't nailed down my A - Z theme, or started on my next piece for WEP. 
- I've started teaching myself to play the piano this week - I've always wanted to learn. I started teaching myself a couple of years ago but then I moved, so it got forgotten. Since I've had a lot more free time lately because of my new job, I thought what better time to learn? So I've been watching You-tube videos to try to teach myself. There's nothing like learning a new skill.
- I've just changed my blog look for the first time in a good couple of years - let me know what you think! It still needs some work, it was a spur of the mom…

Celebrate the Small Things

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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 fantastic birthday weekend in York with my mum. We went for a lovely meal on Saturday night and spent far too much money shopping. It was a successful trip; over the last week I've acquired 12 new books (yay!) and I got given a voucher for my birthday for even more books, so I'm a happy girl.
- I've been off work this week, which has been nice. It's been my first proper break since I went to Greece last August.
- The ideas are still flowing for the story idea I came up with last week. 

What are you celebrating this week?

Celebrate the Small Things

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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:
- Stories, in any shape or form, whether it's anime (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) , machinima (Red vs Blue), novels, or anything else. There's just nothing better than a good story. I've been getting really sucked into stories lately, and it's just fantastic. 
- I had an idea for a novel the other day (probably because of all the amazing stories I've been absorbing) - there's nothing better than when you've had that spark of an idea, and the ideas just keep flowing. 
- It's my mum's birthday on Sunday, and mine on Monday, so we're going to York for the weekend, then I've got the week off work. I'm super excited!

Goals for March

I'm very pleased with how I did on my February goals - two out of three isn't bad at all!
- Read 4 books - I've got so much more time to read now, which is just fantastic. I've also just started listening to audio books on the way to and from work (an hour a day) which is an interesting experience. I do prefer reading books the traditional way, but it is great that I can listen to a story while doing other things.

- Put up at least 2 blog posts a week - This one I didn't quite manage, although I think I did pretty well! I let myself down last week, as I didn't post anything at all - I completely missed IWSG and Celebrate the Small Things. I have posted more in February than the previous months, though, so that has to count for something.
- Write my story for WEP -
 Not only did I get my WEP story written, but I got runner up for it! I was super happy (and surprised) when I found out. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, you can find it here.

OK, so here…

Celebrate the Small Things

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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 got runner up for my WEP piece, which I'm super happy about! So glad I put the time and effort in.
- My sister's getting married in July, so we went to a wedding fair with her on Sunday, and she got a lot of things sorted, so that's good. She's starting to get stressed, now! We had a meal out with our parents, too, so that was nice.
- The nights are starting to get lighter! Don't get me wrong, I love winter (it's my favourite time of year) but I am looking forward to warmer weather and longer days.

Celebrate the Small Things

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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 s…

WEP - Back of the Drawer

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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 befor…

Celebrate the Small Things

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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.

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?

Celebrate the Small Things

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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.

IWSG - February

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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 re…

Celebrate the Small Things

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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?

Celebrate the Small Things

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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:
- An excellent second week at my new job - the last couple of weeks have been training, but myself and all of the people who started with me go live next week! I work for a company that owns over 150 newspapers here in the UK, and I'll be working in their contact centre. Pretty scared to be going live, but they've trained us really well. Wish me luck! 
- I'm seeing my friends tomorrow, so that should be fun. It's excellent that I'm now free every weekend - we can see each other much more often!

Celebrate the Small Things

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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've had a fantastic first week at my new job; I already love it. We've learnt so much in a week it's unbelievable! I definitely did the right thing going for it. 
- This week's episode of Sherlock was amazing! One of my favourites so far from the whole series, I think! 
- I've been without all of my music for almost a year now, because itunes wasn't working on my old computer, but now that I've got a newer computer I've been able to finally update my phone and get all of my old music back! It was great today listening to some of my favourites again.

Celebrate the Small Things

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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 had my first day at my new job yesterday, and it was fantastic! There's a three week induction before I start properly, which is good because there's a lot to learn. I can't wait to get stuck in! 
- I went to Lincoln to celebrate New Years with my friends, and we had a great night. We played games until about 4 in the morning. We were all tired on New Years Day! 
- There was a new episode of Sherlock on Sunday! I've been waiting for it since I became hooked on the series last year, and it didn't disappoint! I can't wait to see the rest of the season, even if it is only two episodes! 
What are you celebrating?

IWSG - January 2017

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January is known as the month of new beginnings; new year, new resolutions, a fresh start. This is definitely true for me this year, as I start my new job tomorrow. I'm very excited about it for a multitude of reasons: regular hours, weekends off, no ridiculously early mornings, the actual work should be interesting, and it should give me more time.

What I lacked in my previous job was time to do the things I loved; I didn't get time to cook, I didn't get time to bake, and I certainly didn't get time to blog or write. This new job should change that.

So, this month I'm feeling optimistic. I haven't been around much lately, but that's all going to change! I'll be able to blog a lot more, and get back to the writing that I've been putting off for so long. In short, I'll be able to return to all of the things that I used to love doing, before work took over my life.