Sunday Summary – January 29, 2017

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This week in writing

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My total word count this week is a bit over 2000 words. I ran into a couple of curly plot holes that stopped me from really getting on a roll this week. I think I’ve worked them out; this will be something for beta readers, I guess.

I’ve discovered that getting up a bit earlier and doing beta reading while I eat my breakfast is a good way to ensure it gets done! I am making progress on my friend’s manuscript and hope to have it finished in another few weeks.

This week in reading

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I finally finished The Creeping Shadow, Book 4 in the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud, and gave it 2.5 stars. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron, however, got four because I absolutely loved the characters. I am just about finished Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. At first, I thought it might be my first 5* read of the year, but my thoughts have become a bit more mixed as it’s gone on. Still definitely enjoyable, though!

This week in blogging

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With Thursday being a public holiday, I got around to all the blogs i intended to. I also have managed to keep to my review schedule of Mondays and Fridays, and I’ll definitely be continuing that into the current week. I also have a February TBR post scheduled for Tuesday, as I have quite a lot on my reading plate at the moment!

This week in health and fitness

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I lost another half kilo this week, which takes my total weight loss for January to 1.6kg. Not much, but pretty much exactly ono track to lose 5kg by the end of March, which is my goal. I’ve managing this gradual loss while still eating a fair bit of tasty stuff, so I could probably even lose a bit more if I tried. But I’m all about everything in moderation, so I’m probably going to keep it that way.

Other Highlights this week

highlightsthumbWith all the stuff that’s been going on in the world lately, I decided to look into some volunteer work to try to make a difference in people’s lives. I’ve ended up putting an expression of interest in to run a choir at an aged care facility, and I’ve also got some other work in mind for a bit down the track when I’ve got more time. Watch this space!

That’s it from me for this week. How is your week going?

~ Emily

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December 23 – Only for one night…

Author’s note: Prompt is the opening line. All my writing is becoming Christmas-y lately. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 😀 I was actually hoping it would end up a little longer and deeper, but not to worry.

It was only for one night. Darren supposed he could manage that. Maybe earn some karma points. His girlfriend, Erin, had volunteered them both to help out at the local soup kitchen on Christmas Eve. She hadn’t consulted him, but how do you back out of something like that?

When they arrivead, they were each presented with a Santa hat and loud wished for a Merry Christmas. Since neither of them had been there before, they were introduced to the regular organisers, before being led around into the kitchen area, where three Bain-maries were full of various seasonal foods. Darren and Erin were put on stations there, along with two others.

It wasn’t very long before the recipients of the food began arriving. Those who volunteered regularly greeted several of the guests by name. Darren flinched at a couple of them. Their clothes were tatty, some had holes where you didn’t really want holes to be, and some of them really did smell like they hadn’t showered in a week. But he found that the other volunteers seemed to be able to ignore all that, and that once he got chatting, so could he.

Once the food had been dished out, the volunteers sat down with their guests. Toasts were made, grace was said, and then they all tucked in together. Darren was sitting next to a man who was trying to find a job so he could begin supporting his kids again. As they talked, Darren found himself thinking about how he might really help this guy out. He would certainly have wanted some sort of support if it were him in the situation.

When they got back in the car at the end of the night, Erin turned to Darren. “That wasn’t bad, was it?”

“Actually, it was kind of awesome,” Darren admitted.

“And who was grumbling all the way here?”

“All right, you win. Maybe we should come back in the New Year. Do this more often.”

“I like the sound of that.”