These days I genuinely seem to be struggling to think of things to write about in these updates, which is probably a sign I need to get out more…
I say it every month, that hopefully next month I’ll get out and do more things, and then life happens and I find myself day after day getting home from work exhausted and wanting nothing more than to slump on the sofa. My weird hours at work are definitely starting to catch up to me (I have to get up at 5 am for work a few times a week, and then work until 9 pm another day) as I feel tired all the time, and I’ve applied for a promotion, which is really starting to stress me out. Plus it really doesn’t help that it’s starting to get darker earlier, and there’s a bit of a chill in the air, as that always makes me feel a bit weary and down.
But, on the upside, as of today I’m off work for 8 days! Hooray! I haven’t had a full week off since April, so I’m definitely ready for some proper time off. And I actually have some things planned too, for a change!
Today I’ll be meeting up with my friend who just moved back from Canada, which is exciting, and tomorrow I’ll be hanging out with my parents and my little niece and nephew. Then I’m going on a day trip out on Monday with my sister, niece and our friend, and then I’ll be spending most of the rest of the week with my boyfriend, and we’re planning a few days out.
So to summarise this update: September was a bit of a bust, but October is looking up!
September was actually a really good reading month for me! In fact, I’m not too far off completing my Goodreads Challenge goal of 50 books in 2017 (I’m currently reading number 45!) which is exciting, and I feel like I could probably do it by mid-November at the latest.
I started out by reading (and reviewing!) the first two books in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series, which is a series I’ve been meaning to read ever since reading Six of Crows. I had heard that the series wasn’t quite as good as the Six of Crows duology, and whilst I agree with that, I still really enjoyed them, and hopefully I’ll be reading Ruin and Rising in October.
Oddly, for the first time ever I completely forgot that Sarah J. Maas had a book coming out in September, so it was a really pleasant surprise when I just happened upon Tower of Dawn in the bookshop and thought, ‘oh yeah! that’s out!’ I don’t think I’d been quite as excited for this latest book in the Throne of Glass series because it wasn’t going to feature most of the main characters, but when I actually read it I ended up loving it as much as I usually love Sarah J. Maas’ books. I forgot just how much I liked Chaol as a character, and so I really enjoyed reading about what he was up to during the events of Empire of Storms.
I also read two books by the author Sarah Painter, after really getting into her podcast ‘The Worried Writer’ (which I discovered when Sarah Painter appeared on ‘The Creative Penn podcast a few weeks ago). I read her new non-fiction book Stop Worrying; Start Writing: How To Overcome Fear, Self-Doubt and Procrastination, and her novel, The Language of Spells. I would seriously recommend her book on writing as well as her fantastic podcast to any aspiring (or established) authors, and I really enjoyed The Language of Spells, as it was a little different for me to read a fantasy-type book set in the real, everyday world.
And now I’m in the middle of reading Wild: From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail by Chery Strayed, which has been on my TBR list since forever!
I also went on another of my little (ahem…big) book buying binges after getting paid this month, and now have a huge variety to choose from for my October reading! The Kindle store just seems to have so many bargains on these days, and so I ended up getting several more Philippa Gregory books (The Boleyn Inheritance, The Queen’s Fool and The Virgin’s Lover), three thrillers (The Girlfriend, Friend Request, and The Doll House) as well as Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King. It only cost me around £11 for all 9 books, which just goes to show how many great buys I got!
I also picked up a cheap copy of Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell off eBay too, so I can finally finish the Warlord Chronicles. It just arrived yesterday, and thankfully it doesn’t smell anywhere near as dusty as my copy of Enemy of God did!
September was such a weird writing month: after spending most of August focused on setting up my freelance writing website I seemed to switch gears and get into novel-writing mode. Therefore I started out the month by making great progress on my manuscript and neglecting pretty much everything else.
Then I had my little mid-month organisational epiphany and managed to sort out a method of properly juggling all my various projects (which I spoke about in this blog post), and thankfully I’m now getting back on track with everything. Hopefully, I’ll actually start sending out some pitches in October, and I’ll keep on flying through the first draft of my novel.
Some of the discussion posts I posted on here this month include:
- 5 Signs That You’re A Stationery Addict
- My Book Cover Pet Peeves
- How To Juggle Multiple Writing Projects
And on my writer website I posted:
- Why Your Business Needs A Blog
- How To Choose A Topic For Your Next Blog Post
- What To Post on Your Blog/Business Twitter Account
So what have you been up to this month? What have you been reading/writing?