A Bloggy Hiatus

I’m finding myself under motivated to blog at the moment.

I think I need a rethink. For a while, I was doing so many reviews, and so much reading that posting something every day was the only thing that made sense. It was the only way that I could get through everything that I wanted to in terms of review commitments, and wanting to post other content.

But while we’ve been doing out the spare room, I’ve not been reviewing. I have so many books, they take up so much space in my house. I need to read them and get rid of them, not keep acquiring more. Especially when the amount of space I have in the house is so dramatically reduced. And it doesn’t look like that situation is going to change any time soon.

I’ve also got my writing to think about. I’ve set myself the ambitious target of 90,000 words in about 10 weeks. It’s doable (current daily word count target is 1441, and I’m trying to chip away at that a little every day by writing closer to 2000 words if I can) but it doesn’t leave much time or energy for blogging.

Basically, I need a bit of an overhaul, but it probably won’t happen for a couple of weeks. I still have a few review books – particularly on my kindle – and I don’t intend to stop reading and reviewing, plus I have a few series posts that I’d like to finish off, but expect activity on here to be a bit spotty again while I have a think about it, and maybe in a month or so I’ll come back with something completely new!

Thanks for bearing with me regular readers and commenters. You know who you are and I appreciate each and every one of you!

New Challenge Parameters

As I’ve already said in one of my recent posts, the ‘Make £50 on eBay’ could likely be done already this weekend. If the wetsuit I have listed sells, along with a couple of other lots, I’ll have made that money (minus charges) and apart from a busy day of listing last week, I won’t have worked that hard for it. I certainly haven’t had to paint a million Warhammer models.

I still need to paint my Warhammer so I can have the pleasure of painting it then selling it on, but the urgency is somewhat gone.

I was talking about doubling my eBay challenge to £100, but honestly, the motivation isn’t there. I wanted to get a FitBit for the Fiance’s birthday. With this £50 that will be done. There’s no goal to the eBaying now, other than the rather nebulous ‘save some money for treats’ that doesn’t carry any urgency.

So, I’ve decided to change the goal up a bit. I said in mid-August that I wanted to have my current work in progress done by September. It was my plan to do 30,000 words a month, and have the whole series finished (in first draft form) for December. But that would preclude proper participation in NaNoWriMo, and to be frank, I just want it finished now.

With that in mind, my new goal is to complete the whole series by the end of October, which is 90,000 words (ish) in about 11 weeks. At my current state of progress, it comes in at just over 1400 words a day.

My dream is to write intensively for the next three months, completing NaNo using a brand new project, then spending December and January editing the reams of stuff I’ll have. It’s going to be hard to sustain that level of activity, but it’s getting colder, the days will be getting darker soon, and I’ll need some project to keep me company on the long nights while the Fiance is on the late shift.

Wish me luck!

Weekly Round Up #58

Weekly Round Up #58 (31/08-06/09)

It’s hard to believe that it’s September already. Hot on the heels of the first autumn days has been some truly autumnal weather. I’m half tempted to get the winter duvet out for when the Fiance’s on nights. I was having trouble staying warm by myself!

The Fiance has been in Ireland for a lads weekend most of this week, meaning I’ve been on my own. I was planning to use the time to get on with some jobs around the house, but an emergency at work meant I was drafted in to work some overtime, and after that I was too tired to function. I did, however, manage to have a good clear out in the study, which means it’s much better now for creative endeavours. And, you know, sitting in without feeling claustrophobic.

A ‘100 free listings’ deal on eBay has meant I’ve been able to get all the stuff I’ve had from the move, and some extras listed. I don’t expect all of it to sell, but two lots already have bids, and if even five or six more go, it’s going to mean I have so much more space in my little study. If it’s a more pleasant space to use, I use it more, simple as. I’ve been trying to write sitting in bed or in the living room lately, and it just doesn’t work. There’s something to be said for sitting at a desk and getting into the right mental headspace.

All these eBay listings hopefully mean I’ll be well away for completing my September challenge. Because I’m selling a couple of expensive things as well, if they go, I might have the challenge all but done this weekend! If that’s the case, I think I’ll double the target amount.

A Little Bit Lost

So, I’ve done a silly thing and misplaced my planner.

No doubt it’s somewhere really obvious and my tired eyes are just skipping over it, having come down with a serious case of ‘Man Vision’.

But I’ve sat down to do some writing tonight and I can’t find it and I’m lost without it. Which is ridiculously melodramatic, but I can’t remember what I was supposed to write about today, so you’re getting this ramble instead.

I feel slightly less bad about this because I was probably supposed to be reviewing a book I haven’t read. Silver linings. Silver linings.

Cover Lust #77 – Everything Everything

Cover Lust #77 – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

everything everything

I knew nothing about this book when I saw the cover scanning through my feed reader. But a brief glance at that spectacular cover was all it took to make me want to read it. I love the way the text at the top is made of a picture, and the text beneath is made from the white space between all the images. It’s vibrant and contrasting and just beautiful. Can I have this on my shelf please?

What covers are you lusting after this week?

Review: Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

deceptionsTitle: Deceptions

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Series: Cainsville #3

Genre: Paranormal Crime Thriller

Summary (from Goodreads)


Olivia Jones is desperate for the truth. The daughter of convicted serial killers, she has begun to suspect that her parents are innocent of their crimes. But who can she trust, in a world where betrayal and deception hide in every shadow?


Liv does have one secret weapon: a mysterious sixth sense that helps her to anticipate danger. The trouble is, this rare power comes with its own risks. There are dark forces that want to exploit Liv’s talents – and will stop at nothing to win her to their side.


Now Liv must decide, before it’s too late. Who does she love? Who is really on her side? And can she save herself without burning down everything that matters most?


Armstrong continues to deliver twists and turns in the latest instalment of her Cainsville series. The characters are more clued up about the Fae now, but the tricksy creatures can still manipulate them and cause problems.

The characters are so good in this series. From stoic Gabriel to charming Ricky, everyone is multi faceted and complex. Which is why the love triangle thing works here. You totally believe that Liv could love both, very different, men. And you feel for her. This isn’t ‘two hot boys fancy me, what should I do?’ Liv is caught in a prophecy of sorts – one where she’s reincarnated and destined to play out the roles of her predecessor again. She has a great respect for both Ricky and Gabriel, for very different reasons. Choosing between them is like trying to choose between your two favourite flavours of ice cream.

The banter that flies back and forth between the characters is great too. The dialogue is so snappy and witty, adding to the pace of what could perhaps be a slow burner – lots of the plot revolves around waiting to see people – and making every conversation fizz and spark on the page.

This is a series I really think I’ll want to reread once I know what happens. There are so many hints and clues being dropped, and I would love to go back and admire the careful construction of the story with the advantage of knowing the whole picture. In the mean time, though, I’ll just eagerly await the next instalment.

Rating: 4.5/5

5 Series I’m Hoping To Catch Up On

So we’ve recently gained access to Netflix via an account and it’s been both a blessing and a curse. Great because I’ve finally caught up on Seasons 3 and 4 of Once Upon a Time. Bad because it was too easy to do that in one weekend!

Now I’ve learned to regulate a little better, I’m looking forwards to catching up on these great sounding shows:

1. Grimm

We’ve actually started watching this one. In the vein of most TV shows, the first couple of episodes were ropey, but I’m really getting in to it now. It’s cheesy as anything, but the characters (with the exception of Nick, who is mostly boring and not good looking enough to excuse this) are hilarious, particularly the police sergeant. With three seasons available to watch, this will keep us going for a while.

2. Breaking Bad

Yes, I’ve never watched this. Yes I know that’s a crime. But now we can watch the whole lot and enjoy it without adverts. I think the Fiancé will really love this. He liked the Sopranos, so I think this will appeal.

3. House Season 7

We’ve watched all the other seasons to death, but haven’t seen the last one. I’ve heard good things, and I love Hugh Laurie, so this will definitely be one high on the list.

4. The Vampire Diaries

I’ve seen about four seasons of this. It was a guilty pleasure. A girl I used to work with used to tell me when it was coming on, but then I stopped working with her and have since fallen behind. I might just watch it all from the beginning anyway, because, you know, Ian Somerhalder.

5. Orange is the new Black

Again, I’ve heard good things. And I feel there should be one Netflix original on the list.

What else is good? Any other can’t miss TV shows lurking in the Netflix archives? Let me know!

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