Look, I just thought things were getting a little too predictable over here, what with me actually scraping in with a **somewhat** timely recap each month. So, surprise – I’ve saved April’s and May’s recaps to combine into one ultra-late, ultra-exciting double recap post! Yay! *Uncertain, unenthusiastic smattering of applause*
For real, though, I started a new job in April and went on an overseas trip in May, so that’s kind of my excuse for missing one recap and being late with the other.
Due to that overseas trip, I thought it was fitting to expand this double recap to cover not only what I’ve been writing and reading, but also where I’ve been…
Where I’ve been
At the time of my last recap, I was getting ready to go on a mini-getaway to Melbourne with Nate to celebrate our five-year anniversary. Well, after returning from that, life was all about getting ahead with my new job and getting ready for my next trip – a ten-day venture through California with my sister Liv!
Liv’s a travel agent, and through an industry trivia night last year, she managed to score herself a free flight and some accommodation in California. And being the wonderful sister she is, she invited me to come along with her (and offered to go halves in my ticket seeing as hers was free – again, best sister ever, right?!).
Of course, I took her up on her offer, so halfway through May, we set off on a trip to Sacramento, LA, Anaheim and San Francisco.
I’ve never been to the US before, and even though we only visited a small portion of it, I loved it and can’t wait to go back. San Fran was my favourite of the four cities we visited, but I was surprised by how much I also liked Sacramento (it’s California’s capital, but when you tell people you’re going there they’re like, ‘Why tho?’).
Our time in LA and Anaheim was mostly spent at Universal Studios and Disneyland, respectively – and you can imagine how exciting that was for this Disney freak and lifelong Harry Potter-lover.
Overall, it was an awesome (if not slightly whirlwind) trip, and I loved every minute of it.
What I’ve written
Hahahahaha, hahaha, haha. Writing. Yeah. That’s totally a thing I do.
I don’t know if it’s post-holiday blues or just a continuation of the feelings I’ve been having about writing recently, but I’m still just not really… feeling it.
TBH, it was a struggle to even sit down and start writing this blog post. I just feel like there’s something missing – some magical blend of inspiration, motivation and creativity that’s so vital to writerly types.
But I know as well as any other writer that the key to solving this kind of problem is usually just to sit down and do some goddamn writing. To shove all that doubt and uncertainty and negativity aside and put some words – any words – on paper.
So, once again, with hope for a much more productive second half of the year, I’m going to try.
A few times in the last couple of months, I tried out the concept of morning pages, and was quite pleasantly surprised by the results. So I might try that again, or at least give some kind of free-form handwritten exercise a go.
Hopefully I can work my way back up to actually progressing on my novel, which is sitting long-neglected in its Scrivener file but always buzzing around in the back of my head.
I might even try writing something apart from (late) monthly recaps on this blog every now and again! (Plz don’t hold me to that, my internal life narrator is already laughing and laughing at the very idea.)
Somewhere I’m always happy to put words down, though, is Writer’s Edit. Over the last couple of months I’ve penned a few pieces branching out into areas of freelancing and self-publishing:
- 8 Essential Components of a Self-Publishing Team
- Should I Freelance From Home Or A Coworking Space?
- 9 Handy Tips For Planning A Successful Book Launch
Wish me luck for a renewed sense of writerly vigour throughout the month of June.
Image via Unsplash.
What I’ve read
Since I’m doing a double recap this month (and, as I mentioned above, not really feeling it on the blogging front), I’m just going to list what I read in April/May, rather than writing a mini review for each book.
Even though I won’t be reviewing them, I really did enjoy all of the last two months’ books. Unsurprisingly, it’s been the usual fantasy feast, with a drop of dystopia and a single dose of straight-up fiction thrown in for good measure. ;)
Here’s what’s been occupying my lunch breaks and plane rides for the last couple of months…
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
- Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
- Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
- Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
My two favourites out of these were definitely Strange the Dreamer and Royal Assassin. Laini Taylor’s beautiful words and magical story had me practically glowing with delight, and the more I read of Robin Hobb’s incredible Farseer series, the more I fall in love with Fitz’s story.
I’m thinking that this month I need to change it up a little and read some more non-fiction. But to be perfectly honest, it’s hard when there’s so much amazing fiction already on my TBR… I’ll make an effort to expand my horizons, though! (Narrator, next month: ‘She did not make any effort to expand her horizons.’)
Well, that’s all from me on this sunny winter afternoon. Here’s hoping the second half of the year brings plenty of happiness, inspiration and generally wonderful things.