Life Lately #3

28/10/2016 Blogging, Lifestyle, Personal 14


Life LatelyLife:

It seems like so long since I’ve done one of these posts! Probably because whilst things have been pretty hectic recently, it hasn’t been for any particularly interesting reason.

Work has just been crazy due to us being super understaffed, and I’ve been busy trying to sort out moving in with my boyfriend. Whilst it’ll be lovely when we’re all moved in and sorted, actually finding somewhere and dealing with all the boring, admin stuff is just such a pain!

Not to mention Christmas is now creeping up on the horizon, which means I’m really going to have to start thinking about what I’m going to buy everyone (plus where I’m going to get the money…I’m going to have two more nieces to buy for than I had last year!).

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here lately (or maybe you didn’t…in which case pretend you didn’t read that last bit!) – partly it’s down to all the stuff I’ve had going on, and partly it’s down to my complete lack of inspiration. I’ve just been feeling lazy all round recently, so I haven’t posted as much, or even been out and about with my camera (hence why there is no photo section in this post). My lack of inspiration really doesn’t bode well seen as I’ll be taking part in NaNoWriMo this November (I keep having to remind myself that it’s now mere days away!), but I’m hoping it will give me the (metaphorical!) kick up the butt I need to start getting some stuff done!


Life Lately #3In complete contrast to the two-week slog that was Outlander, I’ve just got through Second Life by S.J. Watson within two days, and absolutely loved it (look out for a review, coming soon!). I always think that I’m not that bothered with crime fiction or thrillers, but then every time I read one I zip through it within days and absolutely love it, so I don’t know why I rarely read them! Any thriller recommendations, anyone?


As I said, I’m going to be taking part in NaNoWriMo this November, and want to add 50,000 words to my current work in progress (which you can read extracts of here). I’ll be posting weekly updates of my progress on here, and I’m really hoping I’ll be able to report back that I’m a NaNoWriMo winner by the end of the month!

To aid me in my NaNoWriMo quest I’ve finally taken the plunge and bought the Scrivener app on my phone, which is something I’ve been considering for ages (I was just put off by the hefty price tag!). So far though it’s been great, and I love that I can sync it up with my Macbook and work on my book whilst I’m on my break at work. I’m hoping it will help me bump up my NaNoWriMo word count, in which case it’ll be worth every penny! I’ll try and post a review of the app on here soon, for anyone else who’s dithering.


My favourite posts I’ve written recently have been:


There should be lots of new things going up on my Etsy shop soon, because I’ve started making bookish beaded stretch bracelets! Hooray!

Life Lately #3

I’ve made lots of different bracelets with all sorts of different things on them, from general book-related words/phrases (eg. ‘bookworm’, ‘bookish’, ‘blogger’) to specific quotes and book names (eg. ‘winter is coming’, ‘so it goes’, ‘the raven boys’), so look out for those!

So what’s been going on in your reading/blogging/general life recently?

14 Responses to “Life Lately #3”

  1. Greg

    I hate slumps but they definitely happen. And sounds like you have lots going on. I get the inspiration part- for weks I couldn’t think of very many post ideas, and especially discussion posts- I wanted to do them but couldn’t come up with any topics! So frustrating.

    As for thriller recs, i don’t know if these are thrillers per se but The Blue and City of the Lost were good I thought. The Blue is by Lucy Clarke and City is by kelly Armstrong. Second Life looks good.

    Good luck with NaNo!!!

    • Laura

      Slumps are the worst 🙁 I’ve definitely had that with discussion posts too where I can’t think of any ideas, and it really is so frustrating as they’re my favourite kind of post to write.
      Thanks so much for the recommendations! I’ll definitely have to check them out.
      Thanks! 🙂

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Eeek, slumps are definitely the worst, so I hope you get your inspiration back soon! AND YAY FOR ETSY STORE THINGS. It’s a very pretty bracelet! ? And oh I hope the Scrivener app is awesome and helps you out with the word count!! I’m in love with my Scrivener on my laptop…omg, I can’t even remember how I wrote without it. hehe. It’s so convenient and organised. *pets Scrivener* Best of luck with NaNo!

    • Laura

      Slumps really are the worst 🙁
      I’m totally in love with Scrivener on my laptop too, which is why I decided to splash out and get the app as well. It just makes it so much easier to organise things and plot the story out (which is something I’ve always been rubbish at!)! Best of luck with NaNo to you as well! 🙂

  3. Fleur @ Frankly Books

    Ooh yes, loving them but barely reading them is the same for me, but with contemporaries! I usually end up adoring them, but they’re usually not my first choice. A thriller recommendation would be ‘The Book of You’ by Claire Kendal.

    Fleur @ FranklyBooks just posted Stacking the Shelves (1)

    • Laura

      It’s so strange isn’t it when you have a genre like that, that you like when you read, but hardly ever do? ‘The Book of You’ is a booK I keep seeing around but haven’t thought to pick up (like The Girl On The Train, which I eventually loved when I finally got to it). I’ll definitely have to give that one a go, so thanks so much for the recommendation! 🙂

  4. Elisabeth Wheatley

    Oh, lord. Christmas IS almost here. NNNNOOOOOOOO! Speaking of Christmas, I’m seeing all these bloggers with Etsy shops. I need to start making my wishlist…

    Between reading of books and NaNo, I’m sure you’ll find your inspiration soon. 😉 And congrats on the move!

    • Laura

      I know, I can’t believe Christmas is nearly here! It seems like so little time since the last one. And I know what you mean about all the Etsy shops! I was inspired to start my own when I saw how awesome a lot of other blogger’s shops were, and I’m always so tempted to buy stuff! 🙂
      I’m hoping to find some inspiration soon! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  5. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    Brand new visitor to your blog but slumps are horrible. 🙁 Sorry you’ve been in one.

    I see you’ve just read Outlander – I’ve been reading that one for AGES (I read multiple books at once) and I really want to try and get through it soon but I have other reading commitments and … let’s face facts, it’s a bit of a slog!

    Good luck with Nano – I hope the app helps you meet your goals!

    • Laura

      Ah, welcome to my blog! 🙂
      Yeah, slumps really suck though, but I’m hoping I’ll come out of it soon.
      Outlander is such a slog! I did enjoy it but there are quite a lot of slow bits, and let’s face it – the book itself is HUGE! I think the same story could really have been told in about half the time! I hope you manage to get through it soon!
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Rachel

    I’ve read few thrillers this year for some reason… it’s not a genre I tend to gravitate to. I recommend You by Caroline Kepnes, Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, and The Ex by Alafair Burke. All really enjoyable reads! R xx

    • Laura

      I never seem to gravitate towards them either, which is weird, because I’ve loved all the ones I’ve read. I actually bought a copy of You by Caroline Kepnes the other day because I’d heard it was good, so I may have to give that one a read soon! Thanks for the recommendations! 🙂

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