Reading Catch Ups

Reading Round-Up: 10th – 16th December 2020

Don’t run before you can walk, isn’t that the saying? Apparently that’s what I did this week because I’m only halfway through the novel I started. So in order to get a review up in time, I had to resort to short stories again. The shame.

Here’s my theory on this travesty: I’m still haven’t quite figured out a routine for my day to day yet. I’ve got a day planner and it’s sorting out my days quite nicely but reading used to fall under work. Now, reading has to fall under recreation and that’s a bit of a transition in itself. I used to start off my day with reading, followed by writing. But now I have much larger word count to complete every day, I need to start writing earlier. If this week has taught me anything, it’s that coffee is absolutely mandatory.

Reading has a super important place in my day, I just need to figure out exactly where. Hopefully, this is a question that can be answered over Christmas.

While not much reading has been done this week, lots of writing has. After a tentative few first days as a full-time author, I’m starting to get into the swing of things. Word counts are being met, to-do lists are getting ticked off and organisation is happening. Better yet, I’m starting to adopt the working from home mindset of sitting down and getting stuck in.

This week, three more chapters of my next book, Valkyrie Cursed, are complete and I’ve also received the book cover from the cover artist. I’m arranging to have a cover reveal in the new year and I can’t wait, it’s gorgeous!

I wake up every morning really looking forward to my day, I love my work now. Only one little issue has cropped up so far and that’s free time. I don’t know what to do with it. When I had a day job, all my free time was spent writing, blogging and trying to build a platform. Now I have evenings and weekends off (I don’t remember the last time I had a Sunday off!), I’m struggling to know what to do with the time.

My husband is encouraging me to start playing video games more regularly and I’m trying to build a good relationship with the neighbours so they won’t mind me taking up the violin again. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Maybe we should put the rest of the furniture together first and unpack all the boxes!

Next week I hope to say that I’ve spent a lot more time reading and settled into a routine. Until Christmas throws me off again, that is! Still, good progress is being made and it’s making the prospect of achieving my set goals both exciting and likely.

2020 was a big struggle by all accounts, thanks to the global pandemic and retail was one of the worst industries to work in. (Hats off to our doctors and nurses!) After the last amazing few weeks, I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings.

Thanks for reading! Did you know I also write urban fantasy books? Check them out here!

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