Author: Laura

Life Lately #44

Life Lately #44

So what can I really say about this past month? With the UK still in COVID-19 lockdown I’ve pretty much just been going to work and coming home, so I haven’t too much to report. I did have a week off work last week though, which I’d booked ages ago. It was a shame that I couldn’t really do anything or go on holiday or anything, but you know what? I feel like I really, really needed that week off. I know that right now a lot of people would give anything not to be cooped up at home, but… Read more »

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I won Camp NaNoWriMo 2020!

I won Camp NaNoWriMo 2020!

Hooray! I did it! At the start of the month I set myself a pretty crazy Camp NaNoWriMo goal of writing 60,000 words in the month of April, and I’m so happy (and amazed!) that I actually achieved it! In fact, I technically surpassed it, having written 63,096 words in total. Since I’ve only completed the regular 50,000 word NaNoWriMo a couple of times, this is easily the best month of writing I’ve ever had. I was averaging 2,000 words a day, but there was three days during the month where I did no writing (one of them was my… Read more »

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Choosing A Blogging Laptop

Choosing A Blogging Laptop

Recently, my trusty old Macbook breathed its’ last breath. It had been coming for a long time as it got slower and more glitchy, but it was still a blow! For one thing, I really loved that Macbook: I’d bought it back when I graduated university and had started working full time, so it was one of the first big things I ever bought for myself. And for another, Macbooks are crazy expensive, and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to fork out £1000 for a new one. It was around Christmas, so I knew I would struggle… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

It’s the middle of April and the middle of Camp NaNoWriMo 2020, so I thought it was time I did a little update on my Camp NaNoWriMo project. I actually set a pretty crazy goal of adding 60,000 words to my WIP for this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo, fully expecting not to hit that goal. It was more of an incentive to at least make some sort of significant progress on my current project, especially since there isn’t much else to do at the moment because of the lockdown. Well, no one is more surprised than me that I’m actually on… Read more »

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Life Lately #43

Life Lately #43

I don’t have a huge amount of things to report this month, since the UK is officially in lockdown, and so obviously I haven’t really done anything other than go to work, and then stay home. But needless to say, things are still crazy and scary in the world, and like so many others, I can’t wait for things to get back to normal (or whatever the new normal will be!). It’s horrible knowing that no one knows when that is going to be though, especially as I can’t see my family in person until then. But at least we… Read more »

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Can I write 60,000 words in a month?

Can I write 60,000 words in a month?

It’s April 2020, the world has gone crazy, and apparently so have I. With the UK officially in lockdown, life feels very weird and scary, especially as I still have to be out and about in public as part of my job (I’m a postwoman, so I’m still out delivering mail and parcels). At times the streets seem kind of eerie, like a ghost town, and at other times it still feels like there’s far too many people out and about, and it makes you feel kind of panicky knowing you need to keep your distance. And let’s not even… Read more »

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Life Lately #42

Life Lately #42

So this months Life Lately post is pretty late, but I have been so hopeless at blogging these past few months! And considering how crazy things have been and how the world seems to have randomly gone to hell this past month, I haven’t really been in the mood. On a personal note, I haven’t really done anything of note this past month. I’d say I’ve just been staying at home other than going to work because of all the panic, but to be honest I’ve always been pretty anti-social! In terms of how things are in the UK right… Read more »

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I want a book hangover!

I want a book hangover!

Recently, I seem to have been reading a lot of really great books. In fact, of the twelve books I’ve read so far this year, eight of them have been four star reads, which is a pretty high percentage! But at the same time, I still feel like there’s something missing… I’ve loved books like Heartless by Marissa Meyer and A Tapestry of Treason by Anne O’Brien, but neither of them left me bereft at the end of it. That might seem like a good thing, but I just feel like it’s been way too long since I loved a… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Red Seas Under Red Skies’ and ‘The Republic of Thieves’

Mini Reviews: ‘Red Seas Under Red Skies’ and ‘The Republic of Thieves’

Last year I read and loved The Lies of Locke Lamora (the first book in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series), and this past month I finally got around to reading the next two instalments, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves. Check out my reviews below! Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch ‘“I want to hug you. And I want to tear your gods-damned head off. Both at once.” “Ah,” said Locke. “Near as I can tell, that’s the definition of ‘family’ right there.”’ Following an almost fatal fight against members of the Camorri underworld… Read more »

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Life Lately #41

Life Lately #41

January seems to have dragged on, as Januaries often do, but on the whole I’ve had a decent month. Work has been relatively quiet and unstressful compared to the Christmas rush, and I’ve been enjoying taking it easier! It also helps that I’ve been off work for two weeks thanks to some annual leave I had to use up (I’m back in tomorrow unfortunately though). I haven’t really done much with my time off to be honest, other than staying at home and chilling in my pyjamas, but I feel like I really needed the break. Plus I got in… Read more »

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