August seemed like one of those months where literally all I did was go to work and come home, which kind of sucks. Especially as the weather has been so beautiful, and it really doesn’t feel like I’ve made the most of it. I haven’t done a single summery thing: not one trip to the beach or barbecue! I haven’t even read outside!
And now summer is quickly coming to a close, and soon it’ll be all gloomy and rainy again… Although at least then I might feel better about being stuck at work! As I say every month, time seems to have absolutely flown, and I can’t believe it’s September already.
Still, I have been pretty busy this month when I’ve not been at work, mostly with writing…so more about that later!
This month has been a pretty decent reading month! I started out on a bit of a Philippa Gregory binge (which is always good!) and absolutely devoured The Taming of the Queen and The Lady of the Rivers. I still have quite a few Philippa Gregory books to read, and so I really need to get to them soon, as I almost always enjoy them.
I also read the second of Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles, Enemy of God, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. The only problem I had was that I bought my copy of it off eBay, and it smelt seriously dusty… I didn’t even want to take it to work with me in my work bag (and have it sat there next to my lunch!), so it took me ages to read.
Instead, I took my Kindle to work and was reading Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life alongside Enemy of God. Sometimes I find self-help books a little cringy, but I really enjoyed this one and did find it super inspiring, even if some of the stuff about ‘the universe’ wasn’t really to my taste.
I also read the entire of The Couple Next Door in a morning, which even for me is pretty fast! I had heard great things about it, and so picked up a copy cheap in the local supermarket, and spent an entire Saturday morning reading it from cover to cover. I’d highly recommend it to any thriller fans!
And finally, I just finished Not Working by Lisa Owens. I heard about this book a while back (and where else would I have heard about it but on the ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ podcast?), but I finally got round to reading it. I really enjoyed it, and it didn’t take me long to read, but the main character was a little frustrating for a lot of the book (although I think that was probably intentional?).
I actually haven’t bought all that many books this month (thankfully…my bank account hates me and my book addiction at the moment!), as I’ve been literally stockpiling different stuff from previous months on both my bookshelves and my Kindle. Hopefully, I’ll be able to start getting through them in September!
Writing is what has been keeping me so busy this month, as I finally decided it was time I acted on my wish to become a freelance writer. I’ve always wanted to do this but had this ‘I’ll do it later’ kind of attitude to mask the truth: I was scared and had no idea where to start.
Well, I still have no idea how to start, but I’ve started anyway. I’ve spent this past month obsessively reading stuff online about how to start out as a freelancer and gathered two things: I needed a professional looking website, and to pick a niche.
So I’ve set up a second website (www.lauracookson.com) as I thought this blog looked a bit quirky to be a professional website, and I didn’t want to have to change the kind of content I was publishing on here. The website still needs tonnes of work doing to it (which is why I haven’t really been promoting it yet), but it’s definitely a start!
As for picking a niche…well that was the hardest part. I’ve gone with writing about writing (because I’ve enjoyed writing about that on here) and blogging/digital marketing (because I like writing about that too, plus I hear it’s relatively profitable), but I may change and narrow down my niche later, depending on the kind of work I end up doing. I’m going to try and post at least one post a week on my freelancer site about blogging though, so check that out if you’re interested!
So I guess my next step is the scary one: I have to actually start pitching to places! Wish me luck!
And as for my ongoing novel…it is still ongoing. I haven’t stopped writing it, but it has slowed to a crawl. Hopefully, once I get a handle on running a blog, a website and any freelance work I (hopefully!) get, I’ll be able to devote more time to it again. I’m still absolutely in love with my idea though, which is a good sign!
This month I’ve caught up on some reviews, which is good, and I also posted a few discussion posts:
- 15 Book Blog Post Ideas
- Do you have to own the books you love?
- Has blogging changed your reading habits?
And on my new website I published:
- The Beginner’s Guide To Starting A Blog (warning, this post is super long!)
- How To Make Your Blog Content Easier To Read
So how has your August been? Have you been making the most of the summer weather? What have you been reading/writing?