Life Lately #9

05/06/2017 Lifestyle, Personal 10

 

Life LatelyI hope everyone has had a good May! I really don’t know why I’m so late with my end of month update, seen as it isn’t like I don’t have anything to write about… But oh well!

I think my biggest announcement this month is that I’ve finally finished the novel I’ve been writing! It’s only taken a year, one NaNoWriMo and one Camp NaNoWriMo but I’ve finally done it, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! This is the first full length manuscript I’ve ever finished in the years I’ve been writing, so I think this will really boost my confidence, seen as I now know that I can do it. I can finish a novel!

Whether or not it’s any good is kind of another question…I haven’t looked back at it properly yet – I thought I’d best leave it for a month or two so I can look on it with fresh eyes – but I have the sneaking suspicion that this may just have to be a practice novel. When I think over the plot and characters and world of the story I kind of feel like it’s just a dull, run-of-the-mill fantasy set in a medieval-style world, and is a bit too derivative of basically everything I’ve ever read. Maybe it’s just me expecting too much out of a first draft, or me being overly critical of myself, or perhaps I’m right and this is going to have to just be a practice at writing something full length… But for now I’m just going to savour having finished it, and I’ll worry about how good it is when I dare go back and look at it!

In other news, I had a few days off work this month which I got to spend with my boyfriend, and he took me to see Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone In Concert at the Liverpool Echo Arena. It was absolutely fantastic (it was a live orchestra playing along with the music to Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone, as you can probably guess from the name!), and it was really good to watch the first film again after so long. The early Harry Potter films always make me feel so nostalgic – I remember my parents taking me to see it in the cinema when it came out – and I’m always so shocked at how young Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the cast look!

I’ve also taken up another new hobby this month, and it’s pretty random! I wrote about me being a serial hobbyist a while ago, and how I constantly like to try new things, but this one I feel may stick. My sister and I have started quilting – so making patchworks essentially – and so far we’ve made a cute little baby quilt for my niece, and I’m currently in the process of making a pirate themed cushion cover (don’t ask me why I thought pirates + cushion cover…I guess I just saw the pirate material and liked it!). I even bought a cute little sewing machine from Hobbycraft the other day to speed things up, and so far I’m loving it!

Oh yeah, and I dyed my hair green!

Life Lately #9

Reading

May has been another good reading month for me! I’ve been getting more into thrillers recently and have read two this month, one of which was recommended by my Mum, and the other which someone from work told me about: I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh and Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil.

I also read A Gathering of Shadows, which I loved even more than A Darker Shade of Magic! I have A Conjuring of Light all lined up, and I think I may read that next after I’ve finished my current read (A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet, which has so far been very good!).

I also finally read Voyager, which was another great instalment in the Outlander series, and of course I read the much awaited A Court of Wings and RuinWhilst I did enjoy it, I did have a few little gripes with it, which you can read about in my review if you’re interested.

Life Lately #9

Writing

As I mentioned before, I finally finished my fantasy novel at the start of this month, which I’m really pleased about. However, there’s now this sense of ‘what next?’ hanging over me. I’ve been working at the same project for so long it seems a bit daunting to launch straight into something else huge so I’ve been playing around with a few short stories, although none of them have really stuck.

I guess I just feel a bit at a loss right now, until I decide on something else to work on, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. This is the exciting bit at the start of a project where it can kind of go anywhere and be anything I want!

Blogging

I still haven’t totally got over my recent blogging slump, and whilst I’ve produced a few discussion posts and reviews I’m pretty pleased with (and my review of Emma Gannon’s Ctrl Alt Delete actually got tweeted about by Emma Gannon herself which is pretty cool!), I haven’t been posting as often as I would have liked. And I definitely haven’t been getting to comments as quickly as I would have liked, so I really am sorry!

Here’s my favourite things I’ve posted this month:

So how has your month been? What have you been reading/writing lately?

10 Responses to “Life Lately #9”

  1. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    Congrats on finishing your book!!! That’s so awesome, and a wonderful achievement! Don’t stress about the quality of it right now; just treat yourself for being great and finishing. You can address all your worries in editing. XD
    I hope you have a great June! 🙂

    • Laura

      Thanks! I’m definitely going to take your advice and try and worry about the quality of my book in the editing! 🙂
      Have a great June too! 🙂

  2. Victoria

    Hooray! Congratulations on completing the novel! That really is a brilliant achievement, one that I’ll try to take inspiration from – I can imagine it must take a lot of dedication. I’m also loving your new hair colour (mermaid green!)

    I’m sure it won’t surprise you to learn that I cannot wait to discuss ‘Voyager’ with you.

    Oh, and thumbs up from me for the pirate themed cushion cover!

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂
      And yes, we definitely need a discussion of Voyager very soon! We really are due a good catch up 🙂
      And I really don’t know what’s with me and pirates recently…I’ve started planning a new novel and it’s ended up being about pirates too!

  3. Dina

    You finished your first manuscript? That’s incredible! Eh, you’re probably being too harsh on the novel. It’s probably just needs some revisions and stuff. I haven’t finished a single novel in years. Would love to hear some ideas on how you made it through this process.

    Um. YES, READ A CONJURING OF LIGHT PLEASE! I love those books so much and it makes me happy to see other people reading them.

    Pictures, please of this pirate themed cushion cover! I have a question, actually: do you find sewing comforting? Like, say you’re feeling anxious, does it calm you down? When I was in uni, one of my professors often talked to me about knitting and how it helped her with anxiety. But, I haven’t really tried it.

    It’s awesome to hear from you again, green haired friend!

    • Laura

      I hope I’m just being harsh on my novel, and it actually turns out to be not as bad as I thought, but I guess I’ll find out when I look back on it. Hopefully revisions and all that will be able to turn it into something decent! 🙂
      And I’m pretty excited to read A Conjuring of Light! I know so many people have loved it. It’s now next on my TBR list! 🙂
      I actually have been finding the sewing really comforting. It’s very therapeutic just to have something physical to concentrate on, because you’re just thinking about what you’re doing and not worrying about anything else. I’d definitely recommend it as a good, relaxing hobby anyway! 🙂
      Thanks for visiting my blog again! 🙂

  4. Greg

    Congrats on your novel! That’s an awesome achievement and like other commenters have said, it’s a first draft so it’s not supposed to be perfect. You can worry about all that in editing. Definitely savor it, must be a great feeling! 🙂

    And yay for thrillers, I’ve been reading a lot of those too. I seem to be on a mystery/ thriller kick lately…

    Have a great weekend!

    • Laura

      It does feel pretty great! And I’m going to try and take everyone’s advice here, and just worry about all the flaws and stuff in the editing stage 🙂
      I really hope you’ve been enjoying all your thrillers!
      Have a great month 🙂

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