Monday, 30 April 2018

Five Things I Learnt From My Internet Detox


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I just finished doing 48 hours without internet in aid of Cancer Research UK. Here are the things that I learnt during this time.


1.       It is ok to use the internet sometimes 

I often feel bad that I use the internet as much as I do. I think that I should be doing other things instead. However, I have realised that it is ok to use the internet. It is ok to spend time on social media, post things and talk to others, as long as you are not spending too long on there or spending time on social media or accounts that make you feel bad about yourself.


2.       Without internet you can relive some good old times

Not having access to internet 24/7 reminded me of when I was younger and we literally did not have access to internet 24/7. We had to spend our time in other ways. The one activity that I spent most of my time doing was playing video games. I used to love spending time playing the same game over and over again and a lot of the games I never even completed because they were too difficult for me but it was still a lot of fun! Without internet, I actually played a couple of games that I had been thinking of playing for a while, without distraction. I could fully immerse myself in the game and in that moment. No muting the sound to watch a video at the same time, no pausing the game to check social media and it was good.


3.       Without internet you can have time to think

So I thought the most difficult thing about not having access to the internet would be not having a distraction for when I don’t feel great mentally or physically but I found that if I needed a distraction I could watch tv or focus on what I wanted to do. However, I actually had time to think and, this is not very often but it was a good thing. I got to think about what I want to spend my time doing and how I want to grow my work further. It helped me to see what I actually want to do and what is important to me.


4.       The internet doesn’t affect my productivity as much as I thought it would

I thought that the internet really reduced my productivity, I’m on it so much of the time. However, I found that my work productivity pretty much stayed the same and my free time activity increased a little but not as much as I thought it would. I thought that without internet I would get double the number of things done as I would have achieved with internet but this was not the case. Therefore, I know that I am ok with how I spend my time, as long as I focus on doing what I really enjoy and don’t spend too long online.


5.       My interests may have changed and that’s ok

For a while, I have felt a struggle to do all of the things that I used to love, for example, gaming and crafting. I thought that this was entirely my lack of motivation due to my mental health but I am starting to realise that my interests have changed. I no longer feel like playing video games in all of my spare time or spending hours doing sewing projects. Not to say that I don’t want to do these things at all, but just not as often as I used to. With no access to internet, I ended up listening to old music on my IPod and colouring in my Harry Potter colouring book that I had slightly forgotten owning and it was nice. I had trouble concentrating on some things and this is partly due to issues with my motivation and concentration, especially in relation to having trouble reading, particularly when I am in a reading slump like I have been experiencing lately. However, I now realise that how I really want to spend my time has changed and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.


So these are the things that I learnt from having no internet for 48 hours. Although there were times when I wanted to go online to look things up or to talk to people, I am glad that I had this experience. It really helped me to understand myself a bit better and made my focus clearer. Would you ever do an internet detox?

You can still donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucyinternetdetox

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Rapid Fire Book Tag

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This is a book tag created by Kate from GirlReading (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-46EzDWdSY). There are a series of book related questions to answer so let’s go:

Q: E-Book or Physical Book? 
A: E-book, I know this is a controversial answer but I love my kindle so much! It is light to hold, keeps my page open and tells me an estimate of how much longer I have left in the book which helps motivate me to keep reading.

Q: Paperback or Hardback? 
A: I don’t really have a preference!

Q: Online or In-Store Book Shopping? 
A: I love shopping in a book store. Being surrounded by books is one of my favourite places. I can look at all of the different books available and choose whichever is available at the time. I often find books that I wasn’t originally planning on buying!

Q: Trilogies or Series?
A: I love series because then there are more books to read, as long as the books still continue to be great and there is enough story to last across more books.

Q: Heroes or Villains?
A: Heroes but I do like reading from a villain’s point of view occasionally.

Q: A book you want everyone to read?
A: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. This is one of my favourite reads of this year and I love it so much. It has everything: action, magic, friendship, a strong protagonist and a page-turning romance.

Q: Recommend an underrated book?
A: So I checked my Goodreads and found that The Dating Debate by Chris Cannon has an average of around 3.75 which is not a bad rating but I really enjoyed this book. It is a great teen romance and I would definitely recommend it for a fast romantic read with a bookish main character.

Q: The last book you finished?
A: Cauldron’s Bubble by Amber Elby. You can find my review here.

Q: The Last Book You Bought?
A: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

Q: Weirdest Thing You've Used as a Bookmark?
A: A polo wrapper.

Q: Used Books: Yes or No?
A: Yes! You can get great books for free, usually in very good condition.

Q: Top Three Favourite Genres?
A: Fantasy, Contemporary and the third one would probably be Sci-Fi.

Q: Borrow or Buy?
A: Libraries are great and I will always recommend them but if it is possible I do prefer to have my own copies of books. I just love looking at them and being able to read them without having to worry about taking them back to the library.

Q: Characters or Plot?
A: This is a tough one. The characters need to be interesting and engaging otherwise I won’t really want to read the book but the plot is also important. I would say characters because if the characters are great then even if the plot isn’t so good, I may keep reading because I am invested in the characters.

Q: Long or Short Books?
A: I prefer short books because I can get through them quickly and they are less intimidating. If there was a big series with lots of short books that would probably be amazing for me.

Q: Long or Short Chapters?
A: This is difficult as it depends how they are done. I have read contemporaries with short chapters and that meant that I kept reading and read a lot in one go. However, I have read other books with short chapters and I just kept putting the book down. So, I will say long chapters.

Q: Name The First Three Books You Think Of...

Q: Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?
A: Cry because that means that I am emotionally invested and that the story will likely stay with me for a long time.

Q: Our World or Fictional Worlds?
A: Fictional worlds.

Q: Audiobooks: Yes or No?
A: Yes, they can be great for when you are doing things that don’t need your full attention but you cannot read. I am an Audible affiliate which means that you can get a free audiobook with a free trial that you can cancel at any time. Find your free book here: UK | US.

Q: Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?
A: I don’t think I really do!

Q: Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?
A: Book to TV because TV series can be longer!

Q: A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
A: I prefer the Winnie the Pooh TV show to the book. Find out why here.

Q: Series or Standalone's?
A: Series because then I can get more of the world.

I tag anyone who would like to do this! It was a long tag but very fun. Do you share any of my opinions or differ from any of them? Let me know in the comments!

Book Buddy Read with Eleanor May


I have wanted to buddy read with someone for a while. Buddy reading is where you and someone else read the same book around the same time and discuss it. However, I didn’t really have anyone who had the same reading tastes as me. I have become good friends with Eleanor from  http://www.eleaanormay.com/ and we decided to buddy read!

I am so excited to read a book with her and if any of you want to join in please feel free to. The book we are reading is: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare!

Neither of us have read the Mortal Instruments series before and it is such a popular series. From what I know of this series, it follows teenagers who hunt demons. I was accidentally spoiled with one plot point that occurs later in the story but I am hoping it won’t affect my reading of this book very much. I am really looking forward to discovering this series with a friend.

Have any of you ever done a buddy read?

You can buy City of Bones here: Amazon UK, Audible UK, Amazon US, Audible US, Book Depository

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Guest Post: The Psychology of Writer's Block by Kim from writersideoflife.com


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I want to talk about the dreaded realm of the tortured artist: Writer's Block. Anyone who calls themselves a writer has experienced it. Your coffee is hot and your fingers are poised over the keyboard. The cursor flashes black in a sea of white. All those ideas that were rushing around while you were trying to get to sleep are gone. Your mind is completely blank.


What is writer's block?


Writer's Block is defined as the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing. I love the quote by Thomas Mann; “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” So what makes it harder for us writers?


Fear of criticism


Writers are inherently sensitive people. They have to feel things deeply to be able to write about them in a way that feels relatable to other people. It follows that they will think deeply about others' attitudes towards their work.


In my experience, it is not a lack of inspiration or creativity that is the problem with writer's block. Rather, I would argue it is a side effect of anxiety or low self-esteem. It is the fear of your writing being judged badly, either by others or by yourself. Humans are wired to avoid threats, in order to keep out of danger. If the thought of your work being read brings you out in a cold sweat, your brain will avoid the task of writing.


Perfectionism


Jean De La Fontaine was a prolific author and poet of the 17th century. He is most well known for his Fables, which are still very famous in France. Yet, he was not immune to the challenges of writing. He stated, "Un auteur gâte tout quand il veut trop bien faire." I would translate this as 'An author spoils everything when he wants to do too much.'


A writer will always be disappointed, if they expect the first draft to be perfect. It is called a draft because it is there to be rewritten, edited, polished and scrubbed. Published authors have a team of people removing errors and pointing out plot holes. Wouldn't it be interesting to see the first drafts of some of those bestsellers?


The Answer


If Writer's Block is a symptom of fear, then it can be vanquished with some basic techniques. Mostly, free writing or writing thoughts without structure avoids that annoying inner critic. Writing sprints can be helpful for creating urgency. If that fails, I write another part of my book or a completely different short story. I might move my laptop outside or spend some time working in a café. A change is as good as a holiday and all that. Next, I flick through favourite novels by an author who inspires me. If the words still won't come, at least I can curl up with a good book and fall into another world.

Have you experienced writer's block? What do you do to overcome it?


Kim writes historical fiction set in 18th century France (when she is winning). Otherwise, she travels, blogs and reads anything and everything.

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Thank you to Kim for writing this guest post, I found it very interesting!

April/May Goals


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Hello! I have been spending a lot of time blogging and working on social media in relation to this. I love doing this but in between I am spending a lot of time just scrolling through social media and I am not getting other things done that I want to do. So here is a list of my goals to achieve over the next month or so:

Read

I really want to finish more books a week and I have been experiencing a reading slump in April! So my goal is to try to read even more. I need to actively make sure that I am fitting in reading time where possible because I love reading and there are so many more books that I want to read! My 48 hours of no internet is this weekend (28th-29th April) so I am hoping that will help kickstart some more reading (this is for Cancer Research UK and you can donate here).

Art

I have always wanted to be good at art and over the years I have experimented with different arts and crafts. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to obtain a drawing tablet to draw digitally and I have so far made a couple of drawings that I am proud of but I would like to try fitting in regular drawing time to practice and improve. 

Edit something

I have started uploading some different projects to my Wattpad page. I had a short story, a poem and a novel that I was working on but I looked around at my other book ideas and decided on the ones that I also wanted to work on. Now for each project I either need to write or edit to progress. I am planning on flitting between projects and writing whichever I feel like. However, I have been in a writing slump for a while so I don’t know how well this will go. My mind has been longing to travel and get inspiration but I cannot do that at the moment so I am hoping my creative writing motivation will return ready soon.

Poetry

I used to write poetry a lot when I was younger and I had quite a few poems published in anthologies. Over recent years I haven’t written as many poems as I used to and I want to try to get back into it. I love writing poems to themes so if you have any theme ideas please comment or send me them on Twitter! I may create a collection…


Those are some of the goals that I want to work on next month.


What are your goals for May?


Monday, 23 April 2018

Cauldron's Bubble by Amber Elby Book Review


I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Cauldron’s Bubble follows Alda, a young woman who has just lost her grandmother and Dreng, a cabin boy. Alda discovers a magical sphere that transports her across time and space. She discovers witches and Dreng meets Hamlet.

This is a YA fantasy book combined with Shakespeare’s characters. Amber Elby wrote this to help readers understand Shakespeare and encourage them to read his works. Having not read the specific works that Amber refers to in this book; Macbeth, Hamlet and The Tempest, I found that this book made me more excited to read the source material.

As the book is written like a fantasy novel, it is easy to understand. Shakespeare’s characters speak in the playwright’s language and it is a lovely mix between two points of time.

Each chapter alternates between Alda and Dreng’s points of views. They were both intriguing characters because not much information was really given away about their backgrounds. Alda grew up with her grandmother, who may have actually possessed magic without Alda knowing and Dreng grew up on a ship being physically and verbally abused. This is a book not just about the magic of Shakespeare but also of the development of young characters; learning and changing their fates.

However, I did have some issues with this book. Firstly, the pacing was a bit slow. Just as I got into reading about one character it would jump to the other and then when we got back to the original perspective, the story would slowly continue. This made it hard to keep turning the page.

Additionally, having not read the original texts, I did not understand some of the dialogue from Shakespeare’s characters that seemed to be alluding to something else.

In conclusion, I did like this book. It was really interesting to see Shakespeare characters in a modern text. I found the main characters intriguing and I wanted to see what happened with their stories. However, the dual perspective, pacing and some of the references made it difficult to give this book five stars. If you like Shakespeare, I would recommend this book. If you are new to Shakespeare or have not read these particular works but you are interested in this book and you like reading slow fantasies then you may like this book too.

Rating: 3.75/5 stars

The second book in this series comes out this year.
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Friday, 20 April 2018

Guest Post: Mental Health & Creativity by Hannah from thedysfunctionaldamsel.com

Today’s guest post is by Hannah from http://thedysfunctionaldamsel.com/ I am honoured that she wrote a post discussing dealing with her mental health issues to share with you all. 


Hannah often writes about mental health and trying to navigate through life while making weird metaphors, pretending to be dinosaurs with her toddler and ranting about her obese dog.

My relationship with mental illness and creativity has been evolutionary. I was diagnosed with depression when I was merely 11 years old. I can remember feeling like an outsider even then, and not in the cute “no one gets my preteen angst” sort of way. Instead it was insidious self-hatred. I always felt as if I was stuck behind a glass pane, with my nose pressed against the window while I voyeuristically watched others enjoying their lives. I wanted so badly to have effortless joy, but had no idea how to find it or if I was even meant to have it. My acceptance of what I felt, of what I was, and just of myself truly started with channeling my creativity.

I began journaling with almost illegible, big lettered handwriting when I was in middle school and high school. My mother would take me to Barnes and Nobel before my therapy sessions as a teenager and get me a new journal once I had rapidly finished yet another one. She could see how important they were to me. As much as journaling was cathartic though, for me it ended up becoming a way to enable my self-destructive thoughts. As an adult I turned away from it, realizing I had taken something beautiful and sculpted it into something that could hurt me.

I want to say the most helpful tool I was able to find that grounds me during my most overwhelmed moment is to write, but it’s not. Writing is how I make sense of things after they have already happened. When I find my fingers clacking away on my laptop, it is so I can play detective and investigate what sent me into the deep end. Today, I am lucky that my depression is managed with the right combination of medication and therapy. For the most part I am one of the joyful people that my 11 year old self resented. Having said this, my anxiety has not been as fortunate as my depression. If I am able to be cognizant of my anxiety level before the attack happens, before I feel that boulder on my chest and I struggle to breathe, then I can turn to traditional Ojibwe crafts.

I am a member of a First Nation tribe. It is something that I never recognized as being important until I was in my 20’s, struggling to figure out who I was and where I came from. One of the ways I took back my identity, and eventually figured out was a tool against my anxiety, was making asabikeshiinh (which is the word for dreamcatcher in Ojibwe). Making them gives me the chance to create something beautiful out of a hideous moment. They allow me to simply focus on being present; one slip of the finger and my tightly woven sinew will become slack. When I am burning the sinew, if my flame gets too close then all of it will melt. Making an asabikeshiinh in a traditional manner means I absolutely have to be cognizant of just that moment, of just what I am creating. They give me a place to be with my ancestors, and forget about everything that is overwhelming me.

Today I make asabikeshiinh when I need an escape. They are a place where I can hide for hours. They are a way to connect with a piece of me I had long denied. If there is one thing that can soothe my anxiety, it is feeling the pain of the sinew against my index finger. When my hands ache from braiding the saplings I know something beautiful will come. Anytime I have made one, and caught my need to run from reality, I have walked away breathing easier. I have fallen asleep satisfied at having better eluded an anxiety attack. I do not know what the state of my mental health would look like without them. Asabikeshiinh are the support which caresses my soul when I am at my lowest point, and they give me the strength to resume my life. I do not always use this tool, and they do not magically erase my anxiety, but they are a way for me to be present and to feel loved. I have a feeling my anxiety will be much harder to rid myself of than my depression, but with the asabikeshiinh at least I get snapshots in time stolen from my mental illness.


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Thank you so much to Hannah for writing this post for my blog!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

48 Hour Internet Detox for Cancer Research UK


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I am doing a 48 hour internet detox to raise money for Cancer Research UK between 28th-29th April! This was inspired by Eleanor May who is doing an internet detox for WWF in May.

Cancer is something that any one of us could get at any time and I have always wanted to fundraise for Cancer Research. I am constantly on the internet, from the moment I wake up to the moment I try to sleep. Not having access to the internet will be difficult for me because I am so used to picking up my phone and going online. I will be turning off Wi-Fi and might even give my devices to someone else to look after. During this time I won’t be doing my usual updates on Twitter or posting any blog posts.

It will be strange but I am going to spend the time doing other things (or just staring at the wall). If you would like to donate, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucyinternetdetox

Thank you.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought by Lily Bailey Review

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Trigger Warnings: OCD, Suicide

This is essentially a biography of the author, Lily Bailey’s life with OCD. Each chapter follows a different topic in her life. She talks about her experience with OCD from when she was a child until now. I felt really sad reading about her dealing with OCD as a child. The last chapter was my favourite as it was a positive outlook on the future and there was a particular quote that I felt inspiring for those with OCD.

This book is unlike other books that I have read that feature OCD. It is not fiction and it is not a book of advice. It is very much a biography and the advice in this book is limited so if you’re looking for a book on dealing with OCD, this book may not be for you.

The writing was repetitive, however that is the nature of OCD and I felt like the writing style complemented the topic.

The title originally seems confusing but it makes sense once you read the book.

Additionally, I found the sombre tone could potentially be triggering to someone with OCD/depression, such as myself.

Overall, I would recommend this book to those who would like to know more about what it is like living with OCD and to those who are looking for someone who also has OCD. However, be aware that this book could trigger symptoms.

Rating: 3.75/5 stars

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Deciding what to do with your life


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Finding what you want to spend your time doing- both for a career and for your free time, is something that can be really difficult to do. You may feel lost or you may have an idea. However, this idea can change as you grow older and that is okay. Even if you feel lost now, don’t worry, you will find your way. Here are some tips that may help:

What do you already enjoy? I have a passion for books, I love writing and reading and so it seems natural for me to hope for a career in this industry. You can always think of subjects that you enjoyed at school or people that you look up to.

What jobs stand out to you? It is okay to try different jobs, take work experience or internships or temporary jobs. Research related careers on job websites. For UK graduates, I would recommend Prospects.

For a long time I have wanted to be a published author and after starting this blog I have found that I really enjoy blogging and I would love to blog as a career too. I have so many different interests and I often feel lost about finding a ‘traditional career’ but, and here is the best advice I can think of, listen to your gut. My gut says that it wants to take this risk to keep writing and keep interacting on social media, to go for my dreams, no matter how unlikely they may seem to be. This is what I love, this is what makes me happy and this is what makes me excited to ‘work’. It doesn’t even feel like work because this is what I am passionate about. So, go with your gut. Even if everyone else thinks that you should focus on a more secure career, if you have a dream, listen to your heart because that is the most important one on this journey.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Manga Classics: Jane Eyre Book Review

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jane Eyre is a classic that I have wanted to read for a while. When I saw that there was a manga version of it, I was so excited. I love reading manga and I wanted to see what it would be like to read a manga adaptation of a classic.
I haven’t read the original so I don’t know how faithful the manga was but I will give my opinion of this book.
Jane Eyre follows a young woman from a child to an adult. She is an orphan brought up by her auntie who does not treat her well. She is then sent to a school for orphans, there she meets further bullying and sadness. When she is older she is employed as a governess, education a young girl in the care of Mr Rochester, a man living in mysterious circumstances.
Throughout this book I felt a variety of emotions; empathy, sadness, happiness, sadness again, hope and cheerfulness.
I feel as though the manga read a lot faster than reading the original classic would have been. The manga seemed to portray the story well, I felt the air of the period and I loved the characters even in an illustrated form. I wanted to discover the mystery and willed for Jane and Mr Rochester’s union.

However, I did have an issue with the end of the manga. I do not want to spoil the story for anyone so I cannot say exactly what my problem was but it was something that Jane said that I did not like. Additionally, there were some errors in the writing which was slightly confusing but if you have experience reading manga, this is nothing new.


Overall, if you like manga and you like classics I would definitely recommend this book! I really enjoyed it and I am glad that I read this manga version of the classic. I am now ready to read more manga classics!
Rating: 4/5 stars

Friday, 13 April 2018

Games that I am finding relaxing right now


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I have always been a gamer. However, when my mental health dipped I found it harder to focus on video games and I haven’t really played them as much as I used to but I do want to change this. I am trying to relax more and here are two games that I am finding relaxing at the moment. I am focusing on these as these are what I feel like playing at the moment!

Kingdom Hearts Unchained X

I recently restarted this game after losing the account when my phone broke. This is a free mobile game based on the Kingdom Hearts series. You play as your own custom character and you go through levels finding items, opening treasure chests and fighting heartless (the creatures in some of the Kingdom Hearts games). You don’t need to have played Kingdom Hearts before to play this. The game is separated into short levels which is relaxing and fun.

For those of you that do play Kingdom Hearts, this game is a prequel to the original game and I think that it connects to Kingdom Hearts 3!

Let me know if you play this game as you can add people into a group!

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a Nintendo Switch game. It is a spiritual sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles which was on the Nintendo Wii. However, I don’t believe that you need to have played the first game to play this one. This is an RPG that follows Rex, a boy who lives in the clouds on a giant creature, known as a Titan. The backstory is revealed at the beginning of the game so I don’t want to say too much here. There is a mystery and interesting characters. There is a main quest and optional side quests and there are many creatures that you can fight. The cutscenes are fully voiced which I really like. Although, some people do have issues with the voice acting. I like just being able to roam different lands and level up. The first game was one of my favourite games and I am so glad that this one is living up to that so far.



Do you play video games? If so, what games do you find relaxing? If not, what do you do to relax?



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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Renewing focus: keeping those dreams alive


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Lately I have been in a bit of a slump. I had a terrible cold and my mental health dipped. I didn’t really feel like reading or writing which made me feel worse. However, I tried to finish editing a chapter of my book for Wattpad and I did it! After feeling like I had fallen out of love with writing fiction, it was a relief to actually finish a chapter and feel good about it.
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After being unwell, I finally got back to the gym and I felt a bit better in myself after exercising.

I have been able to finally renew my focus on activities that I love and want to pursue further: writing, reading and blogging. I aim to continue writing chapters of my book, to read a lot more and of course to keep blogging. I intend to keep posting book reviews and discussing reading, writing and mental health so subscribe if you want to keep updated as to when I post! 

I still feel anxious but I am glad that I have reached this realisation of the things that I really need to and want to focus on. These are the things that make me happy and the stepping stones on the way to my dreams. I just need to enjoy the journey.

I hope you are all well and please feel free to comment!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

What I Have Been Up To #2



Hi everyone, so the plan was to read a lot and post more book reviews. However, my health had other ideas and I have had a terrible cold for over a week so I’m a little behind with what I wanted to do. However, I wanted to update you on what I have been doing and some of my future plans.



1.       I decided to provide some of my focus to photography:

I love looking at beautiful scenes and I want to share that with others. It is nice having another artistic outlet and it would be amazing to be able to sell some of my photos.



2.       I started a survey for my blog:

I created a survey to discover your views and to improve my blog. If you haven’t participated and would like to, you can still enter here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3N6QY7L



3.       I couldn’t decide what to read:

I have some books that I have been sent to review and others that I want to read from my shelves. I kept wanting to read so many different books that I spent more time thinking and carrying books around than actually reading! So now I am just going to pick up a book and start reading!



4.       I worked on my blog:

I’ve been doing some research and working on my blog. I want to write more book reviews and discuss mental health and personal development. If there are any topics that you would like to see please comment, message me on Twitter or email me. I want to help people more and I just need to work out how, I don’t know if I have enough to say. I am sure that inspiration will strike sooner or later.

UPDATE: Inspiration struck! I am going to read across psychology, therapy and self help books. I will review them but I will also write posts discussing ideas that I found interesting/possibly helpful, perhaps using some of my own experiences. (I am really excited and happy about this that I feel like putting a smiley face!) :)


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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Feeling Lost in Your 20s


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I don’t know about you but I always thought that once I finished school and university, I would find the perfect career, start in it straight away and scale the corporate ladder. Well, now I am past the university stage, I can tell you that this has not happened for me.

I took a Criminology degree, intending to go into the police and write novels on the side. I ended up changing my mind about the police service; it just wasn’t for me as I grew up. I realised that I wanted to write more so I worked part-time and tried to focus on writing. However, mental health got in the way. Fast forward to some time later and I am still working on the same novel. I started my blog this year. In the previous couple of years I had started a bookstagram (posting book photos on Instagram), moved to booktube (book videos on YouTube) and finally settled onto book blogging. To my surprise, I even started discussing lifestyle topics. I feel like someone who is really not qualified to do so!

Lately, I have been feeling lost. I am working hard, trying to make my dreams of being a full-time blogger and author come true but I feel like I’m blindfolded, walking around in circles with my hands trying to grasp the future. I read a post discussing this topic (https://chloemetzger.com/2018/04/06/im-in-a-funk/) and I really resonated with it. This is exactly how I am feeling! It made me realise that I am not the only one feeling lost. Even when I get into my 30s, 40s and beyond, there are still going to be things that I worry about.

I am trying to live in the now and reduce my worries which is not easy when you have anxiety. I am trying to just keep writing and hope that something comes along. After all, we grow on a daily basis and you never know what is around the corner.

Do you feel lost or have you felt lost in the past? How did you move past it?

Friday, 6 April 2018

Now We Rise Book Tag

This book tag was created by Rebecca at https://rebeccagough.wordpress.com/ and is inspired by Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I have yet to read this fantasy book but it is getting a lot of praise and I would like to read it soon. Here is the tag:



Iku Clan, Maji of Life and Death: What's a trope you'd love to see die, and one you'd love to see live, or flourish more often?

A trope I would love to see die is a love interest 'curing' another character's mental health. I would love to see more slow burn organic romances.
Emi Clan, Maji of Mind, Spirit, Dreams: What do you immediately connect with when it comes to a book?
A character who writes, reads or has anxiety or OCD.
Omi Clan, Maji of Water: If you could push a book on someone, what would you immediately recommend?
I have two! Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

Ina Clan, Maji of Fire: If your house was on fire and you could only save one book, what would it be?
The first Harry Potter book that I was given. 
Afefe Clan, Maji of Air: What's a book that had you floating on air out of happiness?

The Dating Debate by Chris Cannon.

Aiye Clan, Maji of Iron and Earth: A book that's made an impact (on you, or the world)?

The world- Harry Potter! Me- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, it made me see that you can write whatever you set your mind to.

Ina Clan, Maji of Darkness and Light: What are your favourite morally grey characters, who do you love that walks between darkness and light?

Victor from Vicious by V. E. Schwab, he does bad things but he seems to have a good side and I'm interested to find out more about him in the sequel which is expected this year!

Iwosan Clan, Maji of Health and Disease: Which book had a plot twist you DID NOT SEE COMING and it made you sick with feels?
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. If any of you have read it I would love to discuss it with you, if you haven't and you like fantasy I would really recommend it.
Ariran Clan, Maji of Time: Name your most anticipated releases for 2018!
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Eranko Clan, Maji of Animals: Your favourite underrated or side character?
There are some characters from the Chronicles of Ixia series that I think are underrated and that I would like to hear more about, including Irys.
I tag anyone who would like to do this!
Buy Children of Blood and Bone: Amazon UKBook Depository


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