Life Lately #10

02/07/2017 Lifestyle, Personal 6

Life Lately

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!

Reading

Life Lately #10

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!

Life Lately #10

Writing

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!

Blogging

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?

6 Responses to “Life Lately #10”

  1. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I’ll have to check out the Take Off Your Pants book. My writing went SO much better when I had things planned out ahead of time for this last book, so I’m definitely going to try to keep that going. Hope you and your boyfriend have fun on your days off!

    • Laura

      Thanks 🙂
      I really would recommend the Take Off Your Pants book! I’ve been finding the whole writing process so much easier since I started planning, and Libbie Hawker’s method is really good!

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Ooh I hope you enjoy Wintersong! I have that one and am tentatively planning to tackle it this month? I HOPE.😜 I tend to suck at making monthly TBR piles but we’ll see haha. Ooh and so so super glad you liked ADSOM. That must be one of my favourite series of ever. 😍

    Also congrats on the new novel idea!! I’m tentatively working on a small sproutling of a fresh idea and also a 3rd book in a series. So much excite.🎉

    • Laura

      Thanks! I’ve now just finished Wintersong, and it was GREAT! I really hope you like it as much as I did 🙂 I’m pretty bad at the monthly TBR thing too to be honest. I usually just buy a load of books when I get paid, read some, and then let some roll over to join the ever expanding pile of books I still need to read! I never have too much of a plan because I’m a bit of a mood reader:)
      And ADSOM was awesome! I really don’t know why it took me so long to finally read the series. I’m glad you liked it so much 🙂
      And yay for your fresh idea! I hope it goes well for you! And working on a 3rd book in a series is pretty exciting! I’m hoping I’ll eventually get that far into a series, but one completed manuscript is my entire backlog so far 🙂

  3. Victoria

    Congratulations on 3 years of blogging, wow! And Happy Anniversary to you and Jay of course! I’m so hyped for you that you’ve got another novel idea in the works, I can’t wait to hear about it. You’ve inspired me to read more non-fiction books in the future, particularly books about writing. I recently ordered Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ in fact! I hope the weather is nice for you whilst you’re off work. The weather is pretty wild here. Far too humid with lots of rain and thunder storms. No fun at all!

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂
      Yeah, I’ll definitely have to tell you all about my new book idea, and see what you think! And yay for more non-fiction books! ‘On Writing’ is an amazing book! So inspiring! I hope you enjoy it 🙂
      The weather was reasonable, thankfully, whilst I was off, although it of course decided to rain the day we decided to take a trip down to the Lake District (not too badly thankfully!). Rain and thunder storms don’t sound fun at all! I hope the Canadian weather picks up for you soon! 🙂

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