Hey everyone, how’s it going?
June was a mixed bag, with some good moments, at the beach and car boot markets, and some stressful, like the ongoing Covid situation and a family meal with good and bad points. Anyway, here’s what happened in the writing cave in June!
I wrote three posts in June, an updates post, a post on Trigger Warnings, and a post about random finds from a local boot market, including pirates and Demogorgon’s. This month there’ll be two posts, including this one: A review of the Shadow and Bone TV series!
I wrote nothing in June. As the date the government set for easing lockdown restrictions inched closer I became frustrated, checked the news too often, and couldn’t switch off. After lockdown was extended until 19th July I did some research for Merlin Second Chance and thought about my other two projects a bit. I’m still struggling to write, but at least the desire to write is slowly returning.
I’ll aim to write 6 hours a week in July, words or research. I’m not sure how it’ll go, as I’m still recovering from the stress of my MA, but I’ll try. And yes, my MA was stressful, despite being scoffed at and told ‘I don’t know what stress is’ when I mentioned it at a family meal! I don’t want to force myself to write, but I hope I can, and I’m thinking of writing short stories again to post too!
I realised my problem with reading is it’s usually done in silence. I’d lost the ability to focus at home where there are lots of distractions, like games and TV, so I took my new book, Six of Crows, to the beach with me and reading was much easier:
I’ll review the book when I’m done, and I’ve already bought the sequel, Crooked Kingdom! I’m also reading The History of the Kings of Britain, in particular the sections about Merlin and Arthur for more background for my retelling. After that I’ll activate my free trial for Kindle Unlimited and try to catch up on my ‘book a month’ challenge, which I’m so behind on this year.
Merlin’s as fed up of the crazy weather as I am. Some days were cold and miserable, which makes him sleepy, and others were so hot he didn’t want to move. To stay cool, he sits in our bathroom sink or on top of my laptop when it’s off. Thankfully the cooler, but sunny, days were most common!
Merlin got to visit my mum for the first time in ages though, which he loves as she gives him chicken, and every time we cook homemade pizza he hangs around the kitchen hoping for chicken too!
The new Dead by Daylight Resident Evil expansion is fun, especially the zombies, but although the new killer, Nemesis, is cool, I still prefer Demogorgon. I’m playing killer more now, because survivor is getting frustrating or boring, but my gaming laptop is 5 years old and I can’t run the game well as killer! I’m looking at an Acer laptop, but I’m unsure about the brand as I’ve had HP for years.
Cycling and the Beach:
I’ve been cycling at least, even if I haven’t accomplished much else. My latest route is to cycle to the beach, drag my bike across the sand, and lean against it close to the sea. At first it was the only way I could read, as I’ve become easily distracted by technology, but after a few visits I’m relearning to switch off at home!
The views are lovely, the beach is very quiet at the moment because it’s not school holidays, and listening to nothing but the sound of the waves is great 🙂
Thanks for Reading!
How was your June? Had any awesome weather? Do you have a difficult relationship with some family members? Know anything about Acer laptops? If you write, why do you write?
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Why do you write?
I want to write the types of stories I want to read. As a teen I adored M/M romance, but there was little choice in books or TV: Gravitation was one of few options, and whilst it’ll always have a fond space in my heart, especially the music, it’s not great. I also loved some popular shows/books, like Merlin and Harry Potter, but I preferred to ship Arthur/Merlin over Arthur/Gwen or Harry/Draco over Harry/Ginny!