Life Lately #46

Life Lately #46

Last month’s Life Lately post was pretty doom-and-gloomy, what with the world having seemingly gone up in flames over the course of 2020, and this month the world is still much the same in that sense. But on a personal level, this has been a really amazing month! In fact, I have some pretty huge news: my boyfriend Jay and I got engaged! To be honest, we’ve been saying for a long time that we’re both basically in this for life, and have kind of known we would get married…but we’ve officially formalised it, just in time for our fifth… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘I Was Born For This’ and ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’

Mini Reviews: ‘I Was Born For This’ and ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’

It has literally been so long since I’ve posted any reviews, and I am so behind! I’ve been really struggling to find motivation to write reviews recently though, so I’ve decided to try mixing up my format a bit to see if it makes it easier and more fun to write them. I’m still going to be doing two mini-reviews in each post, but I’m going to be using subtitles to try and make sure they actually stay mini-reviews, instead of turning into my usual lengthy rambles! Anyway, today I’m reviewing two contemporaries I read recently, both by authors whose… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Here I go again!

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Here I go again!

I’ve already done Camp NaNoWriMo this year, but here I am, getting ready to do it again! I was actually pretty successful back in April, surpassing my goal of 60,000 words, which I’m really proud of. The only problem is I now know that it is possible for me to write such huge word counts in a month, so I don’t really have any excuses to not meet the same goal this time! So I’m doing it again! I’m hoping to write 60,000 words in the month of July, but whether or not I can pull off the same feat… Read more »

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5 Books I’d Like To See On Screen

5 Books I’d Like To See On Screen

I don’t know about you, but I have a weird love/hate relationship with book-to-screen adaptations. On one hand there’s something exciting about the thought of a story you adore being adapted, and the characters coming to life in a more physical way than they do in the book…but the potential for it to completely miss the mark is pretty high. Because let’s face it, however much the author may describe the characters and settings in their books, we all picture things a little differently in our heads, and our image of the book might not be what makes it onto… Read more »

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Life Lately #45

Life Lately #45

Remember six months ago when we were all like: ‘woo, 2020! New decade, new start!’? Seems like a long time ago now, doesn’t it? I think we can all agree that so far, 2020 has sucked. I mean, we’ve been dealing with a literal pandemic that has sent countries into lock downs, interfered with daily life on a huge scale, and sent economies crashing and burning. And we’re not even close to being on the other side of it yet. And then in the past few weeks the news and social media have been reporting the horrific killing of George… Read more »

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My Reading Recommendations: Fantasy

My Reading Recommendations: Fantasy

I’ve been a little slack on the blogging front recently, and whilst some of it has been to do with concentrating on fiction writing, at least some of it has been down to lack of inspiration. I mean, with the world the way it is right now, I think a lot of us aren’t feeling our best selves, so I guess it makes sense! So I thought, what better way to reignite my love of blogging than by writing a series of posts just talking about my absolute favourite books, and encouraging other people to read them? This post is… Read more »

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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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