So the month of June has been fairly uneventful for me. For the most part the weather here has been nice, although this last week its been very changeable. As in, you can go outside in the sunshine in the morning, and be returning drenched and shivering from the rain in your shorts and vest top in the afternoon. Not cool English weather, not cool!
One outing I’ve been on this month was to Bury Market with my parents, which I really enjoyed. I always really like looking around markets, and Bury Market is a pretty famous one in the North of England because it’s absolutely huge, and we got so many great bargains there. I bought tonnes of cheap fabric for my latest hobby (quilting, and just general sewing with my funky purple sewing machine!), and my parents bought some cheap fruit and 4 sirloin steaks for £10, which is an absolute bargain (we had them for tea the following night, and they were delicious!).
Other things I’ve done this month includes going ice skating (and my friend pushed me around on one of those ride along seal things for kids, which was pretty fun – I’m even lazy when I ice skate!) and to the Trafford Centre.
I’m hoping the month of July is going to be a little more eventful though, especially as I have a few days off coming up over the next week in honour of mine and my boyfriend’s second anniversary. We have a few nice things planned, so I’m really looking forward to that!
Plus it’s my third blogoversary later on this month, so that’s pretty exciting too! Hooray for three years of Boats Against The Current!
I’ve had a reasonable reading month this month, having finally finished the Darker Shade of Magic books, as well as reading Claire Mackintosh’s second book I See You (which was fantastic) and a couple of awesome non-fiction books.
The first non-fiction book was an incredibly helpful book on outlining your novel that I heard about ages ago on the Creative Penn podcast, called Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books For Faster, Better Writing (great name!). It’s by Libbie Hawker and has been so useful as I’ve been preparing to write my second novel, and I’ve noticed she has one about writing historical fiction too, so I may have to check that out sometime.
I also heard about the other non-fiction book on a podcast (this time on Ctrl Alt Delete): it was Otegha Uwagba’s Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women, which was a short but really interesting book for women about careers. I’ve been wanting to change jobs for quite a while now, so it was a really useful read full of tips about productivity, building your brand, doing presentations etc. However, a lot of it is probably geared more towards people who are already in entry level positions in their chosen field, as opposed to those trying to break into it.
I’m pretty excited to have loads of great books lined up for reading in July, as this pay day prompted quite the book buying binge on my part! I’ve ordered physical copies of Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie and The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell off Amazon, and I can’t wait for them to arrive. I’ve been meaning to read the last First Law book since forever as I enjoyed the last one so much, and I’ve only just discovered Bernard Cornwell has written an Arthurian series (and he wrote it in the 90s, so how did I not know?), so I’m excited about that, especially as the new novel I’m writing is loosely based on Arthurian legend.
I’ve also bought ebook versions of Wintersong by S Jae-Jones, Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky, The One by John Marrs and Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant, all of which were less than £1.99!
This has been a pretty great writing month for me, as I’ve finally started work on a new novel. In my last update I was having trouble finding a new project after finishing my first ever, full-length manuscript, but I’ve been back to writing with a vengeance this month!
Whilst at work an idea for a novel suddenly came to me that I was super excited about, in a way that I haven’t been in years, and I just wanted to start writing straight away (although work unfortunately got in the way of that!). I feel like that was a lot of the problem with the last book – I liked the idea, but didn’t love it, and so I eventually started to get bored with it. However, I’m super excited about this new one, and I’ve been loving working in on it so much!
I spent quite a while planning it out (with a lot of help from Libbie Hawker’s awesome outlining book!) and doing some extensive world-building, and am now a couple of chapters in and still super excited about this idea. I’m hoping by my next update to be pretty far into the story, if my current pace holds!
I feel like I’ve been much better at blogging this month, if not in the frequency of my posting, then in my commenting. I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to visit all my favourite blogs every so often this month, and I’ve also been trying to get to my own comments a little faster than usual.
Some of the post I’ve enjoyed writing this month include:
So what have you been up to in June? What have you been reading/writing?