March 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!
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.
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!
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:
- Why do we love anti-heroes?
- Being OK With Being An Introvert
- What makes a ‘strong’ female character?
So how has your March been? Has it seemed long and slow like mine, or flown by? What have you been reading recently?