Sunday Summary – September 04, 2016

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This week in writing

writingthumbI missed two designated writing days this week. However, I feel I made up for them by writing on Thursday, which is not a designated day, and by writing about 2000 words today, rather than the usual 500. I am nearly finished the second draft of Operation: Sugarplum!

I also found out a local short story competition that I’m going to submit Unicorn Love to (remember that story? I like that one). There are also a few other short story competitions I have my eye on.

Goals for the week:

  • Continue with 500 words a day, 5 days a week where possible
  • Brainstorm some other short story ideas

Work out where to go next writing-wise

This week in reading

readingthumbI am finishing a lot more audio books than print books lately. I finished The Collector by John Fowles today, and have started The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins. I’m hoping to have Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine finished in time to review this Friday. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be getting a rating anywhere near as high as Ink and Bone.

This week in blogging

blogginthumbWhile I’m still on a WIPpet Wednesday hiatus, I managed to get to a huge number of WWW Wednesday participants due to not going to work on Thursday (wasn’t feeling well).

At the moment, I’m still keeping up with two book reviews every week, though I am not ahead of schedule, and not sure how much I’ll get read this week.

Goal for the week:

  • finish and post The NetGalley book tag.
  • write and schedule Paper and Fire review.

This week in study

studythumbI have an assignment due September 22, which I have made a bit of a start on. Ideally, I’d like to finish it early and start on the next one, which is due on October 13, five days after I get home from a cruise around the Pacific. But to be honest, I’m taking this as it comes and not stressing too hard about it.

Goals for the week:

  • Organise objects for hypothetical exhibtion
  • Write 3 text labels
  • Begin PowerPoint presentation “Visualisation of Ideas” based on response to email from lecturer.

This week in health and fitness

fitnessthumbThis has been a bit of an up and down week. My partner has been away, I’ve been a bit stressed about uni (I did initially think September 22 was the week after next, and I wasn’t sure I’d be ready in time) and also feeling overwhelmed about the material I have to learn for the show I’m in. I think I was reasonably healthy and such, and I definitely reached 10k steps each day, but I’m not sure that I did exceptionally well. I need to get back into my routine. Here’s hoping I can do that this week.

Goals for the week:

  • Continue to reach 10k steps a day
  • Get exercise on at least five days, regardless of weather
  • Continue to eat at least two pieces of fruit a day
  • Continue to try to go to bed at 10pm

That’s it for today. I’m going to go call my Dad for Father’s Day and then try to get in a decent amount of reading. Bye for now!

~ Emily

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Sunday Summary – August 28, 2016

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This week in writing

writingthumb Tuesday night was the only one of my five nights per week that I was unable to write, as my computer was, as I said in my word count spreadsheet, “being a poo”. At time of writing, the total word count on the second draft of Operation Sugarplum is 8865, and I should easily reach 10k by the end of the month.

This week in reading

readingthumbI finally finished the audio book of Votive by Karen Brooks, which was far too long and spent too much time from the POV of characters I wasn’t interested in. My new audio book is The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis, the first in the Marcus Didius Falco series of crime novels set in Ancient Rome. In print, I finished This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab and have started Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine.

This week in blogging

blogginthumbI decided to take a break from WIPpet Wednesday this week, and probably a few weeks more. I’m editing rather than writing, and since Operation Sugarplum is so short, I feel like I’ve already shared all the good parts in one form or another. Not only that, but the past couple of weeks, I made a pretty dismal effort to get round to fellow WIPpeteers, so I felt i t was better to not participate just now. I’ll do my best to participate over the next couple of months, but I’ve got quite a lot going on.  I do need to remember to get my review of Votive written up in time to go up tomorrow morning.

This week in study

studythumbI handed in my first assignment for the semester this week, and I was pretty happy with it. Now I need to get onto working out what I’m going to do for the hypothetical exhibition that I have to design. I have a few ideas, I’ve just got to see which will be the most feasible.

This week in health and fitness

fitnessthumbThis week was a bit of a mixed bag. I definitely reached 10k steps each day, but I was indulging in things  I shouldn’t have been more often than not. Having said that, in a rearrangement of my kitchen this evening, I found room for my fruit bowl on the bench, so I’ve filled it up with all my suppllies, so I won’t be able to forget to take a couple of pieces to work each day this week.

Other Highlights this week

I attended my first book launch! Actually, my first two. This weekend has been the inaugral Canberra Writer’s Festival, and while I wasn’t really planning on going to any of the events, I saw a Facebook event advertising the launch of Heart of Brass by Felicity Banks. As it’s a steampunk novel, there was Victorian dress, waltzing, and also tea duelling (you should Google that).  I ran into some people I knew who were also staying for the following launch, and I ended up buying that book and sticking around too. Here’s a photo, and there are some others at my Facebook (my author page, so the post is public):

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That’s it for today. See you later!

~ Emily

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Sunday Summary – August 14, 2016

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This week in writing

writingthumbI only worked on my writing three days out of this week, though that is not quite as bad as it may sound, as I am only officially aiming for five each week. Nights when I have rehearsals I am allowing myself to skip my writing obligations. In those three days, I have added over 2000 words to the second draft of Operation Sugarplum, which isn’t too bad.

I do need to get better at writing on Saturdays, though. I often have grand intentions to do it first thing in the morning, then the entire day gets away from me.

This week in reading

readingthumbI spent this afternoon reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I know some people weren’t fans but I actually really enjoyed it! It probably helps that I am certainly not as invested in the Harry Potter series as I was back in the days of the novels coming out, so whenever I read something strange, my reaction was basically “Heh, well, that was weird” and then I moved on. I am still reading The Rook by Daniel O’Malley and listening to Tallow by Karen Brooks on audio.

This week in blogging

blogginthumbI visited the majority of WIPpet Wednesday participants this week. Blogger wasn’t playing nice with me, so there were a couple of people who missed out. 😦 I also visited a bunch of WWW Wednesday participants, so all in all, blogging this week went well.

I do  need to make sure I write a review of the Cursed Child to go up on Friday.

This week in study

studythumbI actually did rather well this week! I have 700 words of a 1000 word assignment written. I still need to finish the text and then turn it into a presentation, but I should have no trouble doing that this week.

This week in health and fitness

fitnessthumbI lost about 650-700g this week! (That’s about 1.5 pouonds for my American friends). I bought a large supply of fresh fruit and made an effort to snack on that rather than my usual less-healthy snacks at work. While I didn’t officially exercise every day, I did make it to at least 10 thousand steps every day, and on several days it was 12 or 13 thousand. So yay! Let’s keep this up.

That’s it for today. See you later!

~ Emily

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Sunday Summary – August 07, 2016

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This week in writing

writingthumbThis month has been designated a revision month, and I have begun by working on Operation Sugarplum, which really needs a new title, but is basically a modern-day version of The Nutcracker, that I first began back in 2013, abandoned for a while, then revisited last year.  I did discover that I decided my first draft was finished when Max and Clara were still in the middle of a conversation. I think I must have been impatient to start writing Worlds Apart.

Anyway, I spent the first few days of August reading through the first draft and making notes, and last night at a writing group meet-up I started writing a second draft. I’ve done about 1500 words so far. A lot of it is staying the same, but there are a few plot holes to fill and that sort of thing. I’m leaving comments in the document about anything I think will still need work later down the track.

This week in reading

readingthumbAs I mentioned on Wednesday, I am reading Anita Heiss’ memoir, Am I Black Enough For You?. It’s going slowly, a) because I haven’t had huge amounts of time to read and b) memoirs aren’t really a genre I read much, so I find it kind of slow anyway. But I’m trying to broaden my horizons and read about other people’s experiencse and that sort of thing, so I’m going to see it through.

I have made a list of all the ebooks and books I own that I need to read, and I’m hoping to work my way through those over the next month or so.

This week in blogging

blogginthumbI visited all WIPpet Wednesday participants this week, which is a marked improvement on the week before, when I didn’t do any rounds at all (I was exhausted from various other things). I also visited quite a number of WWW Wednesday participants, and returned all my comments.

I need to make sure that I write a review of Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant before Friday.

This week in study

studythumbHa. Hahahaha. Ha. I thought I should add this section in, though I have done very little in the way of studying over the first few weeks of the semester. I do need to knuckle down, though. I have printed myself off a calendar for the semester with all my due dates in red, the days when I’m going to be overseas in black, and green and pink highlighters to designate other nights I’ll be away.

The course I am doing this semester is about exhibition design and display. My first assignment is a 1000 word exhibition review due on August 25. My goal this week is to decide which local exhibition to review and go visit it and make some notes. I should also do the readings and read through all the lecture notes so I know what sorts of things to look for when I’m making said notes.

This week in health and fitness

fitnessthumbWhile I’ve been reaching 10000 steps most days, I haven’t really been actively doing any exercise, which is a shame. I think I managed a walk after work on a couple of days. I seem to have messed up the brake mechanism on the front wheel of my bike when I removed the wheel a couple of weeks ago, so that’s currently out of action until I get it back to the shop. I did go to a high-intensity class at the gym today, and FitBit counts Sunday as the start of the week, so I’m hoping this week I’ll be able to get back on track. I have plans to walk each morning before work.

Other highlights this week

highlightsthumbIn my mission to find a way of developing good habits for myself, I discovered an app called Habitca. It turns your goals and to-dos into a RPG game. You get a little 8-bit avatar and everything. Achieving goals gains you XP and gold, while missing out on goals takes a hit to your HP. I’m still figuring it out, but there are boss battles and quests and things in later levels. It all sounds quite fun!

That’s it for today. See you later!

~ Emily

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Sunday Summary – July 24, 2016

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This week in writing

I only wrote about 1000 words this week. I’ve started a new position at work, and while I finally feel like I’m getting my head around it, it has completely exhausted me. Getting up each morning was hard, and in the evenings, I just hung about, reading.

I did, however, realise that my Camp NaNoWriMo project would work far better if my main character was a governess to her boss’ children, rather than just a maid in his household. Gives them a bit more of an excuse to be intereacting a lot. So that’s something I’ll have to work on. August is going to be revision month.

This week in reading

I’ve already finished two books this week. I’m currently trying to whittle down the number of unread books on my Kindle. There are actually far fewer than I thought, which is good!

This week in blogging

I got around to the mmajority of blogs I was supposed to. Yay! I think there are a couple of WIPpet Wednesday posts I still need to get to, which I’ll try to do tomorrow. I also posted two book reviews and scheduled two for this week.

This week in health and fitness

See “This week in writing”. The same applied to exercise. And my eating habits were not the best. I am hoping that the rain we’ve had for the past several days is going to clear up soon. I got my bike serviced a couple of weeks ago, so as soon as the weather is better, I hope to start riding to work again, which will definitely help with my fitness goals.

Other highlights this week

It’s my birthday on Tuesday, so yesterday my friends and I did a Build-a-Bear workshop. Here is me with Jordan, my “rainbow cuddle bear”. She’s coming to work with me tomorrow.

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Here’s all of us at the shop, with some bears more visible than others:

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That’s it for this week! See you all soon!

~ Emily

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Sunday Summary – July 17, 2016

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This week in writing

Despite being sick all this week (nothing serious, just a cold I couldn’t shake), I still managed to write 7568 words, and hit my Camp NaNoWriMo target of 15k only two days behind schedule (as uni goes back tomorrow, my plan was to reach 15k in 15 days, then let study take over). I’m going to continue to try writing each morning and see how I go. It’d be nice to hit 20k for the month.

This week in reading

I’m currently reading The Secret River by Kate Grenville but it’s slow going. I’m hoping to knock over a chunk of it on the daily commute this week.

This week in blogging

Being sick did at least give me plenty of time to respond to all comments on my most recent posts, and visit all the WIPpeteers and WWW Wednesday participants.

This week in health and fitness

My FitBit tells me I managed four days of “exercise” this week, but they were all very short bouts and were achieved quite accidentally (eg. walking around the supermarket). Mostly I was just eating whatever I wanted and lying about feeling sorry for myself. And blowing my nose an awful lot. It was pretty gross, to be honest.

Other highlights this week

 

I did see both the new Ghostbusters movie and Disney’s Zootopia. Two movies showing women succeeding in traditionally male-dominated fields made me very happy. :DI liked them both, though Zootopia wins out as my favourite.

Uni starts back tomorrow, so I will start including study goals in my Sunday posts as well. And make my weeks a bit more goal-oriented. As I haven’t had a huge amount to work on during mid-semester break, it’s been easy to just list what I’ve done instead.

That’s all for now.

~ Emily

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Sunday Summary – June 04, 2016

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This week in writing

I missed Sunday Summary last week, but since my last SS, I have reached 50k on Worlds Apart, my YA LGBT novel. I have now written the scenes that are clear in my head, and I will need to read over it as a whole and work out how to fix things and link everything up. Honestly, it needs a lot of re-working, which I am both dreading and looking forward to.

Over the past seven days, I’ve taken a break from writing. By last Sunday (June 19), I had written 16k this month, so after some really dire months of non-writing, I was feeling really pleased about that. I’m now going to spend some time brainstorming another WIP, Lessons Learned (working title which no longer really fits but for the moment I have nothing better). It has psycho ghosts!

This week in reading

My library record is down to two! I have finished a few books in the last few weeks, including I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I’m now reading All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which is by all accounts very good, but I don’t read a lot of Pulitzer Prize-winning novels, so we’ll see how it goes!

I also finished part 1 of  Amelia Browne‘s manuscript, which I am beta reading. I had intended to start Part 2 last night, but then I realised how late it was when I sent part 1 off. I’ll be getting onto that this week.

This week in blogging

Today I scheduled four book reviews! And I have the other WIPpeteers open in tabs in this browser, so I’ll get to them presently. I replied to all comments on my own posts and returned comments on all the WWW posters who commented on mine.

This week in health and fitness

I’ve finally rejoined the gym! And according to FitBit, I managed six days of exercise in the past week (including two group fitness classes). I’m now a bit sore because the class I did yesterday was yoga-based and I’m not entirely cut out for that, but I’m going to try to keep going and build up the strength.

I also ate really well one the weekdays, but let myself slide a bit this weekend, particularly with a friend’s 40th birthday yesterday. Back on the bandwagon tomorrow, though.

Other highlights this week

have no  photos of it, but my choir had its biannual concert last weekend. We had our biggest audience to date and raised $1500 for the charity we support. 🙂

That’s all for this week. See you soon!

~ Emily

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Sunday Summary – June 04, 2016

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This week in writing

I am writing this post on Friday and scheduling it, as I’m going to be away all weekend. As of 12pm on June 10, I have written 10k in the last 10 days, and I’m feeling very good about that. My laptop is playing up, but I have made up for this by getting to work super-early and doing a 30 minute writing spring in Google Documents before clocking on.

My current total for Worlds Apart is 42600 words (approximately). I have next week off work and my aim is to reach 50k, then take stock. I’ve been writing out of sequence a bit, so I want to put everything in order and work out where the gaps are. Then I’ll probably set up a new Writeometer project to reach the next stage.

I also need to do some work on my map.

This week in reading

I have a whole bunch of books to read from the library. I plan to clean my house on my week off, but it will be interspersed with a lot of reading.

I also plan to spend at least an hour a day reading  Amelia Browne‘s manuscript, which I am beta reading.

This week in blogging

I had intended to do another book tag post this week, but sadly, didn’t get any up.

I also had less time for visiting blogs, as I was getting ready for my weekend away, so that’s a down this week.

This week in health and fitness

I returned to swing dance class this week! I’d forgotten how much fun it is and how much of a workout it can be!  I rack up a couple thousand steps on my FitBit during that hour alone.

While I’ve been reasonably active this week, I was not so good at keeping track of what I was eating, and I know I indulged a fair bit. I’m hoping to get that back on track after my trip away.

Other highlights this week

Providing nothing goes terribly wrong and I end up with a broken leg or something, by the time this post goes live, I will have hopefully learned how to ski! I’m spending my weekend at the slopes in Thredbo, and have my fingers crossed I will not end up with any injuries!

That’s all for this week. See you soon!

~ Emily

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Sunday Summary – June 04, 2016

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Giveaway winners!

Before I get onto usual Sunday Summary talk, it’s time to announce the winners of the giveaway I hosted recently, where two signed copies of A More Complicated Fairytale were up for grabs. The two winners were…

*pauses for drama*

Meredith Anderson and Kasey Kubica!

I haven’t actually received my box of copies yet, but judging by past experiences with CreateSpace, they shouldn’t be too far away by now. I’ve sent you both an email to get shipping info, etc, and I’ll have them in the mail asap!

This week in writing

I have been sick this week, but fortunately, this hasn’t got me down too much. I didn’t write anything on Friday because I had tried going to work when I really shouldn’t have, and was thus exhausted by the evening. I made up for this yesterday, however. I typed up my old outlines and I made a map! Using oats! (Inspired by someone on Instagram who did the same thing using quinoa). This on top of getting 1000 words down.

My goal of a 30 minute writing sprint five days a week and possibly more if I feel I can manage it continues. New words added to planning documents also count. I use an app called Writeometer to keep track of my writing, and while my current project was to reach 50k by July 18 (when uni goes back),  it tells me that at my current rate, I will finish around June 26. So I might even have time for some revising before next semester.

This week in reading

I finally finished A Gathering Of Shadows! While I still love the characters, I found the plot a little lacking, though. I am hoping to have Last Call at the Nighshade Lounge finished in time for a review to go up tomorrow. I will then try to finish Edge of Darkness and then I’m not sure.

I’m also expecting a manuscript from Amelia Browne to beta read, so I’ll need to remember to budget in time for that!

This week in blogging

Being sick on Thursday did at least give me plenty of time to visit those who visited my Wednesday post. I think I at least reciprocated all the people who visited my WWW post, and all the WIPpeteers. Yay!

I am actually quite ahead with my reviews, and as I am taking a week of leave from the 13th, I may well get enough read to need to start posting three a week rather than two so that I don’t get too behind.

Only goals for this week are to write the usual Wednesday and also a book tag post.

This week in health and fitness

Did I mention I was sick this week? That meant that both health and fitness went out the window in favour of resting up and eating comfort food. Actually, my eating probably wasn’t too bad, since I had very little appetite, but I was eating things like creme caramel. I may have been under my calorie goal, but whether they were the right kinds of calories is another question.

The cold seems to come in waves. I went to work yesterday because I was feeling okay in the morning, but I ended up leaving at 3 because my head was stuffy and my eyes were watering again. This morning I was able to go to an art gallery, no trouble, but had a huge coughing fit around 2pm. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back on the wagon asap, though.

Other highlights this week

As you can probably imagine from the above, reading and map-making were about as exciting as it gets! Fingers crossed I’ll have something better to talk about next week. I do have at least one theatre outing on the agenda, so there will be that, if nothing else. Here’s my map, though, by the way. It still needs landscape, but the landmass shape is there.

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That’s all for this week. See you soon!

~ Emily

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Sunday Summary – May 22, 2016

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This week in writing.

This week I managed to write nearly 7.5k over six days (I gave myself today off), so I’m pretty happy! I achieved three days of getting up and doing a 30 minute writing sprint before work, though on Thursday and Friday I slept in. I only had time for a 15 minute writing sprint on Thursday evening (I had to run to choir rehearsal) but I managed 500 words in that time. My WIP now stands at 30.5k, only ten days after I was exclaiming excitedly about having reached 20k.

I’m going to continue trying to get up early and write first thing. It makes a difference! I had tried it before and always felt groggy and like I wasn’t making any progress, but I think that I am now making progress on the novel helps wake me up.

This week in reading

A Gathering of Shadows FinalI currently have nothing out from the library! It’s such a relief, as I’ve had some ebooks hanging over me for a while and now I can get back to them. I ended up returning the Kingdom of Little Wounds early. When it takes 4 days to read 90 pages, that’s a sign.

As such, I’ve returned to A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, which is the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic. I am having some trouble remembering all the details of the first book, and I did find the beginning a bit slow, but I’m a third of the way through now and our main characters are about to be reunited, at which point I think things will pick up.

I’m also listening to an audio version of Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill, which I will be reading as part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge.

My goal of reading for at least half an hour remains the same.

This week in blogging

After such a good blogging week the week before, this past week I was terrible! I blame the fact that I was trying to cram in writing on Thursday before choir, because that is when I would usually visit other bloggers. So that’s motivation to keep getting up and writing in the morning, to free up that time later.

I did, however, post two book reviews and schedule three more.

Only goals for this week are to write the usual Wednesday post and write reviews for any books I finish.

This week in health and fitness

I successfully exercised on five days of the week. However, one of those days was yesterday and I definitely consumed more than I burned. My healthy habits are improving though, which is good to see.

Other highlights this week

Last night some theatre friends and I went to see a local production of the musical Catch Me If You Can. I’m not sure whether it was the show itself, and the big closing number, or the catch-ups with our friend in the cast afterward, but either way, I left with a sore jaw from grinning, and a buzz that prevented me from getting to sleep until 12:30.

good lord, we are a bunch of dorks

good lord, we are a bunch of dorks

That’s all for this week. See you soon!