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August Update

This month has been a bizarre one, what with the kids being off school, me taking a writing hiatus, yet at the same time, joining the #authortoolboxbloghop.

Let me break down my month for you:

Writing

As you may know, I was struggling to get anything written with my daughter off school and my 1 year old son to entertain. I was feeling guilty for not having written, and I decided a hiatus was what I needed for the holidays. It seems that knowing I don’t have to write takes away the guilt of not doing it. I’m still on my hiatus until Sept 5th.

Blogging

My hiatus didn’t extend to Writerly Bookish Stuff. I still posted my First Draft series each week, but with the hiatus, I had no new teasers for my Teaser Tuesday posts.

However, I was approached by Raimey Gallant to join the Author Toolbox Blog Hop every 3rd Wednesday of the month, and I jumped at the chance. Keep your eyes peeled for those posts.

Reading

I read a lot of short stories this month, and I reviewed them in 2 posts.

3 in 1 Book Review Part 1

3 in 1 Book Review Part 2

What’s Next?

First things first, I shall be setting back to writing Zombies and Budgie Smugglers. I am being kinder on myself and not setting a deadline. It will be done when it is done.

I shall continue on with #authortoolboxbloghop . This month’s post will be joined with my First Draft series post as the concept is the same: writing tips and advice.

I am currently reading Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. I need to give myself more reading time as I let it fall to the bottom of my to do list.


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3 in 1 Review

Always You by Elizabeth Grey 3/5

I know this is free to encourage you to read it, and then continue onto the main series, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I didn’t like character. It is well written and a good introduction, just not the story for me.

We’ll Meet Again by Cathy Bramley 4/5

I didn’t realise this book contained 2 short stories. The first one was a lovely tale set around the time of the D-Day landings about an injured soldier and one of the nurses. It felt real and had the message of happiness after sadness.

The second story is about a woman finding ber place and discovering what she truly wants after divorce. It’s nice to read a women’s fiction story that is based on the woman’s strength rather than a love interest.

Just a Matter of Time by Charity Tahmaseb 4/5

Interesting concept that could easily be expanded into a something bigger. Well written and makes you think. There’s not enough hours in the day… or is someone leeching off you?


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June Update

June is fast becoming a fleeting memory. Seriously, it just whizzed by. However, my family and I did have a lovely mini break at a holiday park, so thumbs up to June.

Reading

I have been in a reading slump of late, so I chose to read non fiction in June.

I read 3 short books on frugal living/ cooking. I did a 3 in 1 book review that you can find here.

Writing

I’ve still been plodding along with Zombies and Budgie Smugglers. Now that I have signed up for July’s CampNaNo, I know I should be finished (or very close to) by August. CampNaNo is great at motivating me.

Blogging

The Character Interview series came to an end on Wednesday. I have been spending the last 2 weeks, writing and scheduling my next series that will start on July 17th. There will be more on that series in an upcoming post.

What’s Next?

Like I said, I’m doing CampNaNo in July. 9k words is my goal. If things go well, there may be a cover and blurb reveal soon.

I hope to read at least 1 novel during July and a couple more non fiction books. I am behind on my Goodreads challenge, and I can’t stand it.


Stay tuned for my new blog series update.


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March Update

March has been a strange one. On a personal front, I have been productive. Lots of things have been planned and organised, and we’re steaming ahead into spring. My writing, however, has floundered yet again.

Writing

Floundered is the right word. I feel like I’m treading water – badly – with my WIP, Zombies and Budgie Smugglers. (If you missed the title reveal, that is what it will be called.)

It’s not that I don’t know where I want to take it, but that I have been fixing a plot hole before CampNaNo starts on April 1st. I think I’ve been slacking with the writing because I know I have the motivation of NaNo to come.

Reading

This month I finished one book, and I am half way through another. I buddy read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas with Sarina Langer and Alyssa Victoria. We all gave it 5*. It is such an important book, and I highly recommend it.

Find my review here.

Blog

I have announced all three of my remaining blog series for 2019. Of course, it’s with thanks to those of you who got in touch with ideas on what you wanted to see.

First up, is the character interview series starting on April 10th. This will run for ten weeks.

Then, we will have a series all about writing the first draft, followed up with a picture prompt series.

CampNaNo

Yes, I signed up despite being adamant I wasn’t going to. I need the motivation, and I have joined a cabin of writer friends to hold me accountable. I shall post weekly updates on a Sunday about my NaNo journey.


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Book Review: How to be Champion by Sarah Millican

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How to be Champion by Sarah Millican 3/5

Part autobiography, part self help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny, Sarah Millican’s debut book delves into her super normal life with daft stories, funny tales and proper advice on how to get past life’s blips – like being good at school but not good at friends, the excitement of IBS and how to blossom post divorce.

If you’ve ever worn glasses at the age of six, worn an off-the-shoulder gown with no confidence, been contacted by an old school bully, lived in your childhood bedroom in your thirties, been gloriously dumped in a Frankie and Benny’s, cried so much you felt great, been for a romantic walk with a dog, worn leggings two days in a row even though they smelt of wee from a distance, then this is YOUR BOOK. If you haven’t done those things but wish you had, THIS IS YOUR BOOK. If you just want to laugh on a train/sofa/toilet or under your desk at work, THIS IS YOUR BOOK.

Review:

This book reads as part autobiography, part self help book. Sarah Millican came to the world of stand-up a little later in her life. She recounts her childhood on the breadline, loneliness and bullying at school, her various jobs, her divorce and subsequent depression, and meeting her now husband, Gary. The story of how she got into stand-up is woven in between her personal life narrative.

Sarah’s humour transfers onto the page, and this appears to help her reflect on the more serious issues (such as the bullying) with her infamous humour. It may be a coping mechanism, but it is definitely rallies the victims and de-sensationalises the bullies. Thumbs up!

That being said, I found the book didn’t read with a true sense of fluidity. There are many footnotes telling the reader to see a later chapter, or to wait for more on a subject until later in the book.

If you like blunt, no nonsense autobiographies, then try this read. If you don’t like a potty-mouthed comedian… maybe not. I do like the raw, honest recount that Sarah gives. I even read the book with her accent in my head.


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January Update

How are we already a month into 2019? I hope you have had a productive month and are on target with resolutions if you made them. I am pleased with my achievements this month. This is a round up post for January, and a way for me to see exactly what I have accomplished.

Reading

As I have more writing plans this year, I have set a Goodreads reading challenge of just 25 books. I have read two books in January. (Links to full reviews).

My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen

Demon’s Bloodlust by Brianna West

Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Blog

Writerly Bookish Stuff has had a revamp. Teaser Tuesday, Sharing Sundays, and my new Prompt Me series have started this month, and I’m thrilled to welcome new followers.

Writing

I promised myself that I’d write everyday of January. I stuck to my promise and have had a productive month progressing my WIP. Granted, some days I only wrote 200 words, but I’m proud of myself for finding time, even 15 minutes, to get something on the page.

I’m currently prepping for a title, cover, and blurb reveal of my WIP in the nearish future. If nothing else, it’s great motivation to get this first draft finished.


Has your January been productive? Do you have any big plans for the coming months?


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Book Review: My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen

My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen 4/5.

So, this is me. Lily Allen.
I am a woman.
I am a mother.
I was a wife.
I drink.
I have taken drugs.
I have loved and been let down.
I am a success and a failure.
I am a songwriter.
I am a singer.
I am all these things and more.
When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change – for the better.
This is my story.

Review:

I listened to Lily Allen in my teens, saw what the media spat about her, and never thought much on what was fact and what was fiction.

I’m not normally a fan of autobiographies because they’re usually all ‘this is the truth about that, and yes, I am the victim in the scenario’. People tend to glorify themselves too much, but Lily hasn’t done that. Yes, she has stated when she was actually the victim in fake media stories etc, but she also states when she was in the wrong.

This is a frank, brutally honest recount of important episodes in Lily’s life, and if you are a fan of her music, then you might find this read interesting.

My only niggle was that it got repetitive in places, hence the 4 not 5 stars.


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