Life Lately #7

29/03/2017 Lifestyle, Personal 12

Life LatelyMarch is drawing to a close, and I don’t know why, but its seemed like a really long month to me! Maybe because it feels like one of those months where I’ve done virtually nothing of interest, so I think I really need to make a concerted effort in April to actually get out and do things, especially as the weather is really looking up. I have a week booked off work for my birthday in about three weeks anyway, so I’m really looking forward to that, and hopefully I can make some interesting plans!

It would have been nice to be able to take the smaller camera that I bought months ago on whatever excursions I plan for April, but unfortunately it seems to have stopped working… I’m not sure what’s happened, other than that it’s a delayed reaction to it getting wet when I climbed Mount Snowdon, but it is most definitely dead, and I’ve only had it a few months which sucks! I haven’t done much non-blog related photography lately, so it would have been nice to get out and use it, not to mention the money I wasted buying it. I guess it’s my own fault though, and I’ll have to lug about my big camera in punishment!

Reading:

Life Lately #7

Last month I mentioned that I got a new Kindle and so far I’m loving it! I was hoping to get into ebooks more, seen as they’re cheaper and more convenient, and it’s definitely working. I’ve read three books on there now, and it has been so easy taking it to work with me, as it takes up so much less room in my bag and locker.

As far as my Goodreads challenge goes, I’m on track with 13 books read so far, and I’m on a great reading streak, as I’ve pretty much loved everything I read this month! I just finished My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, which was just as dark and enthralling as everything else I’ve read by her, and before that I really enjoyed Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake and Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory.

I’m now reading Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran (author of How To Be A Woman, which I read and loved years ago!), which I’m liking so far. It’s a collection of her columns, and I love how she can even make really serious political topics funny and interesting.

Writing

Much like the month itself, my writing has been pretty slow going in March. I really feel like I need a boost going into April, so I spontaneously decided to take part in Camp NaNoWriMo the other day, after seeing Michelle’s post on her prep for it. I had seen other people mention Camp NaNo on their blogs in recent years, but had never really looked into how it works until recently, but I’ve decided to give it a go!

I’m not going to do the full-on 50,000 words that you do for NaNoWriMo itself, seen as that was a pretty exhausting pace (I’ll wait until November rolls around to climb that mountain again!). Instead I’m doing 25,000 words – so 834 words a day – which is definitely manageable whilst maintaining a social life and my blogging (plus work!)!

I’m going to keep working on the novel I was writing for NaNoWriMo, seen as my writing pace has massively slowed down since November ended. Apparently to make any progress at all on things, I need to be given strict deadlines! I’m hoping this will allow me to finish the novel, or at least get very close to it, but we’ll see. This book just seems to be going on, and on and on!

Blogging

I’ve been really enjoying writing long, rambling discussion posts recently, and so hopefully that’ll carry on into April. The ones I’ve liked writing best were:

So how has your March been? Has it seemed long and slow like mine, or flown by? What have you been reading recently?

12 Responses to “Life Lately #7”

    • Laura

      Wow, rain and snow? That’s crazy! I guess that would keep you inside. I’ve had no excuse, seen as the weather’s been pretty nice here for March, so I should really have got out and about more.
      Thanks! 🙂

  1. Michelle @ FaerieFits

    Yay for joining in on Camp NaNoWriMo! (and thanks for sharing my post!) I totally know what you mean about needing to have a “deadline” to keep the motivation up. 25k sounds like a great plan! 🙂

    Sorry to hear about your camera — that’s a big bummer 🙁

    • Laura

      I am so terrible at getting anything done without a deadline, so thanks for inspiring me to do Camp NaNoWriMo! Hopefully this means I’ll actually get something done 🙂
      And yeah, I was really gutted about the camera! 🙁

  2. Greg

    Sorry to hear about the camera! Hope your upcoming break is nice. 🙂

    I get a lot of ebooks too, they’re often cheaper and I seem to read faster. Glad you liked Three Dark crowns, I thought that was pretty good too.

    • Laura

      Thanks! 🙂
      Yeah, there are so many advantages to ebooks! I’ve been really enjoying them after always saying I would never get into them! And I’m glad you liked Three Dark Crowns too! I’m really looking forward to the next book coming out 🙂

  3. Kelly

    I feel like I blinked and almost missed March! This past Sunday was the first where I didn’t have any plans in what feels like forever, and I had to spend it grocery shopping and cleaning the house! Haha

    I really enjoyed your anti-hero post – I don’t think I commented on it to say so, but the piece about them being complex really struck me. Their backstory is so necessary to understand their motives, so it often seems like its given the proper attention.

    • Laura

      I definitely have months like that sometimes! January and February seemed to go so fast, so I don’t know what happened in March! I’m glad you finally got a more relaxing Sunday, although I wish you hadn’t had to spend it shopping and cleaning!
      Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed that post! And I totally agree that backstory is essential to understanding their motives 🙂

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Oh no, sad times for your camera. I hate when things stop working and you can’t figure out a reason for it. I mean, maybe it took a while for the water damage to truly take effect but it’s still weird.

    And yay for you reading Moranifesto. It’s really good, isn’t it? There were some columns I just skimmed but I agree that she’s managed to make things fun and interesting. Good luck with Camp NaNoWriMo and hope you have a good month.

    • Laura

      Yeah, it’s so weird! I would have understood if it had broken immediately, so I’m just so confused why it’s taken so long before deciding to stop working 🙁
      I just finished Moranifesto and loved it! There was such a lot of topics in there that I can see why you skimmed a few – I did the same, because they weren’t all things I was really interested in. But on the whole I thought it was great! 🙂
      Thanks! I hope you have a good month too! 🙂

  5. Victoria

    That’s so sad that your new camera has stopped working! Thank goodness for DSLRs, I swear those things can withstand anything. Glad to hear you’re getting back on track with your writing though. I haven’t been out as much as I would like this month either. As of a couple of days ago it was still snowing here, it’s been a long winter!

    • Laura

      Yeah, it’s so annoying about the camera! My trusty DSLR is still going though, thankfully, and as you say, they seem much tougher!
      I hope you manage to get out more this month too! I think you have a much better excuse than me though for having not got out as much this last month though…the weather has actually been fairly bright here. It definitely won’t have been Canada level cold anyway (and there was definitely no snow!)!

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