Hey everyone, I hope you’re all well 🙂
July was very hot and very windy, with birthdays to celebrate, pizzas to make, and takeaway to eat. I didn’t get as much writing done as I wanted to, but I figure easing myself back into writing with a few hours a week is better than rushing back to loads of hours and burning out again.
Anyway, here’s what happened in the writing cave last month!
I reviewed Shadow and Bone in July, and plan to review the book Six of Crows in September. I’m still not done with my review of my MA in Creative Writing either, which is proving tricky to write. I’m hoping I’ll have the perspective to write a balanced review by the end of the year though, and I’m also thinking of writing the occasional short story again.
I’m taking a break from blogging in August to focus on writing, drawing and enjoying the sun. The hotter it gets the harder it is to use my laptop, which overheats massively, and since most UK houses don’t have aircon I need to use the computer less to avoid melting!
In July my goal was to focus on writing for 6 hours a week. In the first week of July I managed 3 hours, as for the first eleven days of the month I had minor cold symptoms, a bit of a cough, ran a little hotter than usual and was exhausted for no real reason.
In week 2 I looked at some of my writing files but I don’t think I managed more than an hour. For week three I adjusted my goal to 3 hours a week, and managed 11 hours, including falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole looking for inspiration for Blaise/Leo from The Frozen Rose and sketching Blaise.
In the last week of July I wrote for an hour. After our second trip to the arcade since Covid restrictions ended, I caught an awful cold that left me too exhausted to write. Unlike whatever I had earlier in July though, this time I was physically exhausted but mentally raring to go. I can’t stop thinking about my projects, and when I’m well again I’m sure I’ll write!
The hardest part of a 6 hour a week goal was not beating myself up if I failed to meet it. It was also tricky to adjust to counting writing time by hours, not words. Not counting words meant I struggled to feel like I was making any progress, but it felt way less stressful so I’m going to stick with it.
All in all, 16/24 hours of writing in July. Goals for August? 3 hours a week. I’m setting my goal low, in the hope I can exceed it, but low enough that I shouldn’t miss a week!
I read Six of Crows in July and plan to review it in September. Crooked Kingdom is next, probably quickly as Crows had a bit of a cliff-hanger. Normally I hate cliff-hangers, but in this case I wasn’t too bothered. A lot of the main plot was resolved, and I’d already bought Crooked Kingdom!
My partner’s birthday present, Jelly Beans, arrived in a big box, which Merlin has taken for his own:
He’s also learned how to turn on his interactive toy by pressing the button at the top. Good to help keep him amused, bad if we leave it lying around at night!
Discount Store Problems:
The problem with discount stores, like the one where my partner works, is they have nice things in for a few months, like dairy free cheese, dairy free ice cream, or chocolate fudge syrup to add to hot drinks, but after that the stock vanishes and reappears in a supermarket for double the cost. I now need these things, because they’re so delicious, but can’t justify paying twice as much!
Beach & Other stuff:
I was cycling along the seafront the other day at sunrise when I spotted a seal near the shore. If you look closely, you can see him between the waves. I love living near the sea!
I’ve also decided to unsubscribe from emails that teach me things I’m not ready for, like marketing. I can’t action the advice yet, and by the time I publish things will likely change. I need less pressure, less clutter, and more focus on what’s important right now, like my first drafts.
Truthfully? I don’t want to treat writing like a business anyway. I want it to be fun, to write stories without worry over trends or marketability. If my stories sell, great, if not, I told a story I loved and had fun doing it. I think my MA made me lose sight of that, as the focus was on making things ‘publishable.’ Time to move on from that mentality and finish a draft of the stories close to my heart.
Thanks for Reading!
How was your July? Do you have any interesting wildlife where you live? Hate discount stores and their temporary bargains?
Chat in the Comments, and I’ll be back in September!