May Updates: University, Writing, Reading and TV!

Hey everyone!

The UK is beginning to lift lock-down, slowly. In June some school years will return, more shops will open, and people are being encouraged back to work.

May was surprisingly productive. Between university, blogging, writing, and trying to stay sane, I felt like I was constantly on the go, and I got more done than I expected.

May Updates

University:

This semester is far better than the last, so I’m going to finish my MA. On the 13th of May I realised my assignment deadline is the 15th of June though. I didn’t realise the deadlines were so tight, and the Covid 19 crisis makes it hard to focus on studying.

Past me would’ve had a meltdown but worked to the deadline anyway. (Past me was an idiot, who didn’t ask for an extension after a sudden death in the family during undergraduate). Thankfully, I know my limits better now and asked for an extension, because having a key worker in the family is stressful. I haven’t had confirmation of an extension yet, so until then I guess I work to the original deadline as best I can?

I’ve submitted to workshops three out of four weeks. I missed a week as some feedback brought up an issue that required huge plot changes and I couldn’t fix it in time. Next week is an email tutorial where the tutor gives us personalised feedback. I’ll talk about the top three things workshop feedback revealed in a future Author Toolbox post.

Health:

I’m on a bit of a health kick as I cycled for the first time in ages in May and I was exhausted. I’ve gotten a bit unfit from doing next to nothing, but at the start of lock-down, even though exercise was permitted, it felt a bit criminal to set foot outside!

The Beach During Lockdown
The Beach looks wonderful at the moment though, very few footprints in the sand!

Reading:

I DNF’d four books in May. Some weren’t for me, some were too slowly paced, and some started off so well but after that nothing seemed to happen. I still met my goal of finishing two books though, Leo loves Aries, an M/M romance, and The Cup, a historical novella recommended by a fellow student. I’m still criminally behind on reviewing though!

I also DNF’d half of my university reading. John Mullan’s How Novels Work was in depth but a bit out of date, and I couldn’t read most of the second person stories recommended, or those with pages of description and no plot. I still have an electronic pile of non-fiction books to get through, but most of those are for my giant summer university project.

I don’t expect to get much reading done in June, although I have an ARC copy of The King’s Bargain as I’ve reviewed a book by the author before and I couldn’t resist! Once I’ve submitted my assignment I’m buying Kindle Unlimited as there are so many books I want to read!

Writing:

I wrote 7586 words in May and kept my streak of 200 words a day going, despite how hard it was to write some days. In June I’m aiming for 250 words a day and hope to write half of my 15000 word university assignment.

Squirrel on Our Fence
Wildlife is taking over since lock-down began, the squirrels and other creatures are very distracting!

I also plotted more of my Merlin project, but university is stealing most of my time. Why aren’t I working on Merlin for submission to university? Because I don’t want to rush it. The Frozen Rose has been sitting around for years in fanfic form. It’s easier to work on right now!

Blogging and TV:

During April’s Camp Nanowrimo I realised Writing Demons were giving me issues, so I wrote a post on how to deal with them. I also wrote a short story, An Essential Quest: set in a post apocalyptic world, and an experimental poem in second person, The Willow Door.

I watched lots of TV in May. I’ve nearly finished Scorpion. I watched the Daybreak TV series and lots of films: Star Trek, Ni No Kuni, Kingsmen, and I tried to watch Castle in the Sky. Ghibli anime is supposed to be epic, but I got bored. I’ll probably review a few things in July.

My next series? Star Trek. All of it.

Merlin:

Merlin is as fluffy and adorable as ever. He batted my face with his claws last week, close to my eye, but he insists it was an accident! He’s developed an obsession with potatoes for some reason. Every time I put them on the counter he paws them with great interest.

Merlin helping with university
Merlin ‘helping’ me write my assignment!

He’s also been ‘helping’ with my university work. I have a computer free day each week to work on projects on paper, usually with Netflix on in the background. Merlin decided to flop on my stuff and knock my book off the couch!

Random Stuff:

We got a 3D printer and now we can make all sorts of weird and wonderful things, like Animal Crossing figures, Harry Potter chess pieces, and a new knob for our oven, which broke months ago. Adulting at its finest: Using a Β£260 3D printer to make a Β£2 oven knob πŸ˜†

The chocolate I ordered finally arrived, but because of the large delivery delay I’m eating it sparingly. Who knows when I can get more? On the plus side, because of the delay the store gave me a Β£10 voucher, which means free chocolate. I think I’m gonna need it!

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Thanks for Reading!

May was productive, despite having good and bad days. On the bad days I did nothing but watch Netflix. On the good I made progress on my assignments. That’s just the state of the world right now and I’m not beating myself up about it.

I’m taking a blogging break in June, because of assignment deadlines. Hopefully, by the time I return on the 5th of July*, I’ll have figured out the new WordPress editor!

*Extended until the 12th of July due to more university deadlines!

How was May? Watch anything awesome? Read anything cool? Does your cat love potatoes? Chat in the comments!

16 comments

  1. Hi Louise! Aww I hope you get the extension – and I think that you have the right plan in mind (aim for the deadline for now just in case you don’t get the extension). I support you and believe in you. And lol I know what you mean…when I took a walk to the park in March, I didn’t feel great about it (like I felt like it was wrong lol), glad you got to cycle though (I never really learned how to lol). Yeah some books are hard to get through and I still have many to read – I wish you the best with your reading! πŸ™‚ I think your plan for writing Frozen Rose is great and I wish you the best – you got this! Awesome job on blogging, cool that you saw a lot of shows, and have fun watching Star Trek (I have never really watched it much but I heard it’s great :D)! OUCH – I hope that scratch from Merlin wasn’t too painful and I hope your cut is healing quickly. And Merlin’s knocking your book off the couch so that he can write a book about potatoes :P. May was okay – got a lot of drawings done and finished a short story, but I’m having a lot of doubts about how I ended it (and may end up rewriting it when I’m not feeling burnt out like I am now). I started watching Stargirl and I like it thus far. πŸ™‚ Have a nice June :), take care, my friend and feel free to reach out if you ever need to talk.

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    • Thanks Alex πŸ™‚
      My tutor said not to worry, and to work to the agreed extension deadline as the admin team are backlogged. Pressure’s off a bit, at least!
      Now I want to write a poem ‘An Ode to the Potato’ by Merlin πŸ˜†
      Glad you got a lot of drawing done, sorry to hear you’re burnt out though 😦 I’m sure if you put the story aside and look at it later you’ll either be happier with it or know how to fix it πŸ™‚

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  2. Oven knobs can be expensive! The last time I priced them for my poor range, I came to the conclusion that it would be cheaper just to buy a new range. Seems every company has their own secret design. (As it turns out, the range died before the last knob gave out, anyway.)

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    • That’s terrible! I hate it when parts are more expensive than a new one. We’re having that issue with our washing machine: it seems silly to have to replace the entire thing because one tiny seal is broken!

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  3. I’m a bit late to the party, but I just wanted to say, I love your blog. Also, your cat is adorable! 😺 😊 Have a nice break from the blog and I look forward to more posts in the future πŸ‘

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