Life Lately #13

07/10/2017 Lifestyle, Personal 8

Life Lately

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!

Reading

Life Lately #13

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!

Life Lately #13

Writing

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.

Blogging

Some of the discussion posts I posted on here this month include:

And on my writer website I posted:

So what have you been up to this month? What have you been reading/writing? 

8 Responses to “Life Lately #13”

  1. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    Yay for writing progress! That’s awesome! 🙂 I’ve been busy writing too, preparing my novel (third draft) for beta-readers, so my life has been editing, editing, editing at the moment. I’ve discovered I don’t mind editing that much though, which is funny! Are you a fan of novel editing?
    Have a great October! <3

    • Laura

      Well I really hope your editing is going well! I’ve yet to fully edit my one and only finished manuscript, but I generally enjoy editing shorter pieces I’ve written, so I’m hoping that will transfer to longer editing projects! It definitely sounds like a big job anyway, so I’m glad you enjoy it 🙂
      I hope you have a good October! 🙂

  2. Angela

    I love having fun things to do look forward – it helps make the drudgery of the workweek more bearable! Enjoy your time off, I hope you get to do a lot of fun stuff!

  3. Nordie@writing aBout books

    I’ve just got a new slow cooker, and with the winter coming in, there are some fabulous veggies coming in. Time to do look at stocking up your freezer with some yummy food, that can be shoved in the micro for lunch, or when you come home late? Or switch it on as you go out, knowing there’s no cooking when you get home? Having lots of colourful food, such as tomatoes, pumpkin soup and curries certainly helps lift the mood during the dark nights!

    You’re doing better than me in the reading front, though it has picked up for me in the last month or so.

    • Laura

      That’s such a good idea! Slow cookers are great like that, because it’s nice when you’re coming home in the dark after a long day at work to just have some nice home-cooked food waiting for you. I hope you enjoy your new slow cooker, and have a good reading month! 🙂

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Don’t worry, we all find ourselves feeling like we haven’t done a whole lot. WOrk sounds crazy and exhausting, but hopefully working the long hours will be worth it in the long run. It’s exciting some friends coming back from Canada it’s always catching up.

    I’ve seen a few people reading Sarah J Maas and loving her lately and I kind of feel like maybe I should give her series another shot, we’ll see. And I feel you about all the Kindle bargains going on, my bank balance doesn’t thank me but some are just too good to say no to.

    • Laura

      Yeah, I think everyone probably goes through phases where they feel like they haven’t done much, but thankfully things have been picking up a bit this week. I’m only halfway through my week off and I’ve already met up with my friend and had a day out in Chester, so that’s been nice 🙂
      And I’d definitely say Sarah j Maas is worth another shot, but I’m probably kind of biased because I just love her books. I know a lot of people went off her books as they got later in the series, and to an extent I can see why. They did take a huge shift tonally! And my bank balance totally hates me too, what with all of these Kindle bargains I’ve been buying. They’re cheap, but they add up! 🙂

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