Life Lately #12

04/09/2017 Lifestyle, Personal 7

Life Lately

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!

Reading

Life Lately #12

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

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!

Blogging

This month I’ve caught up on some reviews, which is good, and I also posted a few discussion posts:

And on my new website I published:

So how has your August been? Have you been making the most of the summer weather? What have you been reading/writing?

7 Responses to “Life Lately #12”

  1. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    Oooh I like your new website! I shall be stalking both it and your blog, I think. XD I wish we had summer weather! We’re just getting into spring, but it still feels like the dead of winter, unfortunately. Hopefully we’ll get warmer weather soon!

    My August was quite busy, but I managed to sneak in some good writing time! Just. 🙂 Best of luck with all your writing, Laura!

    • Laura

      Thank you! I’m glad you like my other website 🙂
      I really hope you get that warmer weather soon! Our winter definitely seems to drag a lot these days too, and I imagine in a couple of months it’ll be all cold and dreary here 🙁
      I’m glad you got some good writing time in this month! Good luck with all your writing in September! 🙂

  2. Rachel @ Chocolate and Chapters

    That is such a bummer about your copy of “Enemy of God” smelling bad when you received it. Sometimes I have great luck with ordering used books, and other times, I hate that I did it and wish I’d spent a little more for a new one. It’s such a toss up!

    And good luck with your freelance writing! That’s awesome. And this struck me: “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.” That is exactly how I feel about writing a novel. I have an idea and I love it, but I’m scared to death and don’t know where to start. So that’s where it’s sitting right now… :/ I’ll figure it out, though.

    • Laura

      It is a bit of a gamble with used books – you never quite know what they’re going to be like until you get them (and I hate that when it’s a different, and usually uglier cover than it was on the listing!). I’ve never had one smell really dusty though 🙁
      Thank you! I think we all get those scared feelings and end up putting off doing things we’d like to do because we don’t know where to start, or because we’re scared we’ll fail. I’m trying to push through it, because you never know unless you try, and I’m sure you can do that too. You can write that novel! Having an idea that you love is an incredible start! Best of luck with it 🙂

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Your new website looks very good and professional. Good job in taking that first step in being a freelancer. I don’t think I could handle running two websites but it’ll definitely be worth the effort.

    I hear you about it feeling like you’ve just been to work and home. Some months are like that, aren’t they? Hopefully, September will be a better in terms of doing things. Sadly, I don’t think this summer was all that summery so that may be why you didn’t get to do anything summery.

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