Writing Recap for January:
Right on the writing goals this month!
My aim has been to have my latest manuscript reach the highest level of editing I can before I sent it out to my writing group for some further feedback. It’s gone very well and I’m pleased with where it’s at, at least until this next round of feedback comes in.
In reading news, (because apparently that’s something I’m doing now?), in 2018 so far I’ve read a few books, one of which was a Ryan Graudin novel, Wolf by Wolf.
Ryan Graudin is potentially one of my absolute favourite writers now.
It’s interesting, sometimes I like a writer because of their gorgeous writing style (Vikki Wakefield), or their great ideas (Jay Kristoff) or their ability to write such addictive romance (Cassandra Clare) or the sheer emotional depth of their stories (Melina Marchetta), amazing world-building (Alison Goodman) and so on and so forth. Ryan Graudin has a lot of those elements I love, but seems to wrap them up in a way that is particularly suited to my tastes.
She is EXTRAORDINARY. Her writing is BEAUTIFUL. And her stories are DARK (which I love! I don’t want stuff to be too censored) and so filled with EMOTION and her stories are just freaking INTERESTING!
Gosh I love her.
Life Recap for January and the end of December:
Did I mention we went to China? Cos we did.
We spent 9 nights in Beijing over Christmas and New Years (so we are talking COLD) and it was spectacular. Beijing is a beautiful city, an exciting mix of new and old, modern and traditional.
I loved everything about it and so did my husband.
It turned out to be our best holiday ever.
And we have been to a lot of BEAUTIFUL places already (Cambodia, New Zealand, Croatia, Korea etc. etc. to name some favourites). The whole trip got me thinking a lot about happiness, about how much your mindset changes when you’re holidaying, and how we could try and bring a little bit of that happiness back home with us.
And basically that’s been the life aim for January (and you know.... forever). Since we returned from Beijing, Gus and I have been getting out and about more often instead of just wasting away in front the TV (but oh gosh I LOVE the TV too!), enjoying the summer and visiting the beach and the river.
It’s been going pretty great so far.
It was a New Year resolution of sorts I suppose, just to be happier. Do better at it. If I think back, I think it’s been a tough three years, and bloody hell, am I ever ready for some change, for some happiness!
So on that note, here are some photos of China. Go there! Go to Beijing! It is beautiful!
It is stunning!
It is extraordinary!
So that’s it for me, if anyone reads this, please let me know your own goals and achievements for the month! :)
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