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Weekly Rundown - February 14th

Listening to:
Music: I'm not getting too much music listened to at the moment - my mum started working where I do a few weeks ago, so we've been travelling to work together and that's when I got most of my music listened to. I haven't yet listened to the new Trivium album all the way through, which is terrible because they're one of my favourite bands, so that's next on my list.
Audiobook: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater - I've been listening to this for a couple of weeks now, more because I haven't had a lot of time to listen than because it's not good.

Reading: Mythos by Stephen Fry - Again, I've been reading this for a couple of weeks. I'm really enjoying it, it's Greek myths as I've never read them before!


Watching: Jamie and I have been watching Lost, which is one of those shows which is kind of overshadowed by its ending - you forget how good it is until you watch it again.


Feeling: Determined. I finally joined a gym last week (which w…

Celebrate the Small Things - February 8th

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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:
- Although I had a great week off last week, it was nice to go back to work on Monday - I like being in a routine. 
- I shared my insecurities regarding my WIP on Wednesday, and got some great feedback which should help me get through them. Thanks to everyone who visited and commented!
- Music! It really is fantastic inspiration. I can get lost on Youtube for so long just listening to random songs, going from one video to the next.

IWSG - February 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.

Last July, I wrote a novel for Camp NaNoWriMo. I got the idea for the novel earlier in the year, and I absolutely loved it - I was more excited about it than I had ever been for any other idea.
So, over the course of one month I wrote the first draft. 
Besides printing it out and reading the first couple of chapters, I haven't touched it since.
I really hate reading my early drafts. I know that first drafts are pretty much always terrible but that doesn't make it any easier to read my terrible writing! I also know that in order to start edits on the story and therefore make it better, I need to read it.
This has always been my pitfall - I write the first draft, and then nothing. I'm determined to get this story finished, to make it the best it can be; I just have to read the …

Goals for February 2018

I had a fairly good month in January, considering I didn't actually make any goals for it.

Here are my goals for February:

- Finish reading my NaNo draft - This has been haunting me since I wrote the first draft back in July for Camp NaNo - I can't believe I still haven't read it. I'm determined to get it read this month so I can start edits.

- Write and publish WEP entry - This month's theme is "In Too Deep" and I'm looking forward to writing something. I missed the December challenge, so it's been a while.

- Read/listen to 4 books - I'm ahead of my Goodreads reading challenge at the moment, and I'd like to keep it that way.

- 2 x blog posts a week - there was only one week in January that I didn't put two blog posts up, which I think is pretty good.

- Visit blogs twice a week - A huge part of blogging is visiting other blogs, and that's the part where I'm failing at the moment. I say I don't have the time, but that's not t…

Celebrate the Small Things - 2nd February

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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:
- It's February! January really does seem to go on for so long; Christmas seems like it was ages ago!
- I've had this week off work, and it's been lovely - I haven't got much done, but that's OK because I wasn't really planning on doing much. It's been nice just having a break from work, not having to worry about what time I get up or go to bed. 
- Banana baked oats - this is my favourite breakfast at the moment, but it takes 40 minutes to cook so sometimes I don't have time to make it. I've had it every day this week since I've not been at work, and it's been lovely every day. 
- My mum, her partner and I took their dog to the beach at the weekend - my mum and I always take him on long walks at the weekend down a country track near her h…

Weekly Rundown - January 31st

Listening to:
Music:
My usual playlist on Spotify.
Audiobook:Linger by Maggie Stiefvater - I finally finished Shiver, which actually had a pretty good ending. I've just started Linger, which is the second in the series.
Reading:Mythos by Stephen Fry - My mum got me this for Christmas, and I'm really enjoying it. It's basically a modern retelling of the Greek myths, written in a way I can actually understand. I would recommend to anyone who loves the myths like I do.


Watching: I'm still working my way through Friends, and I'm also watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia with Jamie. We also started watching Lost again from the beginning last night, which was fun.


Feeling: Relaxed. I'm off work this week; it's so nice to have a break.


Cooking: Because I'm not at work this week, I've been able to have my favourite breakfast every day, which is banana baked oats. You mix a mashed banana, some oats, baking powder, yoghurt and an egg and bake it for 40 m…

Celebrate the Small Things - 19th January

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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:
- It's been a little less hectic at work this week, which has been nice. I've only got next week then I'm off for a week, and I can't wait; I might just sleep all week!
- Long winter walks - my mum has a dog, and I try to walk him with her every weekend. We take him down the old train line near her house, and he absolutely loves it. I just love wrapping myself up warm ready to brave the elements, and sometimes it's nice to get outside for a while, even if the weather isn't ideal.
- I had a movie day with my sister and some friends on Sunday, and we watched Inside Out and Zootropolis - I really enjoyed both films, and it was nice to spend time with my friends.

Weekly Rundown - January 17th

Listening to:Music: My usual rock/metal playlist in the car, and while doing housework.
Audiobook:Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I haven't got through much more of this, it still hasn't really gripped me.

Reading: I'm still reading my illustrated copy of Harry Potter: A History of Magic - it's taking me longer to get through than Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, purely because there's a lot more information in it. I'm enjoying it immensely, and learning a lot about history.

Watching:
I've got two more episodes of Dirk Gently Season 2 to get through - it's just as addictive as season 1 was, which is why I'm still baffled as to why it's been cancelled. It's on Netflix if anyone wants to give it a go!


Cooking: I made leek and potato soup in my soup maker last night, and took some into work with me for lunch today. It tasted lovely, and my co-workers kept commenting on how nice it smelled, so I'd say it was a success. Soups are my favourit…

Celebrate the Small Things

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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.

It's been such a long while since I participated in this blog hop! I've missed it; even the smallest things should be celebrated.
Here's what I'm celebrating this week:
- This is my third blog post this week! I'm determined to get back into the blogging habit, and so far it's going well. Not only have I written and posted three posts this week, I've also visited other blogs and left comments (something I've gotten very bad at lately)
- Apps! I've downloaded two new apps this week. The first is a health app called Lose it, which I'm using to monitor what I'm eating. It's really helpful, as it shows how many calories are in everything I eat, and how many calories I should be eating in a day. It also monitors my steps, which is always interesting to see. 
The other app is called aNot…

Weekly Rundown

I've wanted to do a regular blog post like this for a while, and what better time to start than in the new year? 
Basically every Wednesday I'll post what I'm up to that week. I've seen a few people post regular "Currently" posts, and this will be a lot like that. I'll update you on my writing, my reading, my goals (monthly and annual) and my life. 
This week I'm:
Listening to: Music: The Pitch Perfect 3 Soundtrack. I've seen the film twice in the cinema already (With a friend and my mum, and because it's awesome). The majority of music that I listen to falls into the rock/metal classification, so it's nice to listen to something a little lighter every once in a while. Audiobook:Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I've been listening to this for a couple of weeks now; it hasn't really gripped me yet.
Reading: My lovely new illustrated Harry Potter books; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which I finished yesterday) and A History of Ma…

New Year Goals

I know that New Year's Resolutions are a cliche, but I still love to have them. I think it's important to have something to aim for, even if you don't keep them up as well as you'd like.

So, here are my goals for the upcoming year:

- To get back into the habit of blogging regularly - I haven't blogged regularly in a very long time, and it makes me sad - it used to be such a big part of my life and now it's fallen by the wayside. I'm determined to get myself back into the habit of blogging regularly - maybe not every day, but every other day at least. I have plans already for the posts I want to do - I'd like to put up at least two posts a week, preferably three, and they'll be a combination of blog hops, lifestyle posts, posts about my writing, short stories and book reviews.

- To read 45 books - for the last few years I've set a Goodreads challenge to read 50 books a year, and for the last couple I haven't reached that goal. I've changed …

IWSG - January 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.

So this month's question is: What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?
So, despite the fact that I was in a much better job last year, and had much more free time, I still didn't get a lot of writing done. I managed to do my 50,000 words for Camp NaNo, but it all kind of fell apart after that.
My blogging hasn't been much better - my only regular blog posts are the Celebrate the Small Things posts I take part in on a Friday, but even then I haven't done one of those in about a month.
But new year, new start! I know it's a cliché, but I really do think this is a good time of year for a fresh start, and to make new resolutions.
So that leads me back to the original question; the first step I'll be taking wi…