July 2018 Wrap-up!

July heat

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker

July…has been a heatwave. And I have changed my mind- I like the winter better than the summer when the summer is 30 degrees Celsius! It has been incredibly difficult to get anything done. My life has basically been sat next to a fan praying for the hot weather to go away. Not productive. Nope. Fingers crossed for a slightly cooler August!


Despite the heat and fan issues, I have got some writing done this month. I’ve gone through a bit of an editing-related learning curve in July. Into the Unknown, because I wrote it without even a hint of a plot, has a lot of plot issues. So it’s not a simple second draft – well, relatively speaking, anyway. I think I’ve come up with a system. I have a clear idea of how I want it to feel now, so I consider that progress. As a result of me changing my mind a few times about how to write the second draft, CampNaNo didn’t go to plan. It’s a mess. A mess I am not even going to think about.

As always, I’ve written a few flash pieces (maybe poetry? I’m not sure) on my other site. πŸ™‚



Interesting Internet Finds

  • Using the term High-Functioning – I’ve heard of this term, but I had no idea where it came from or how it came to be applied to those of us with relatively stable mental health conditions
  • Joanna Penn’s 2018 Breakdown of Book Sales – I’ve been following the Creative Penn for a good few years now. It’s encouraging to see how she’s grown her book sales, and how she makes an income from her writing.
  • 5 Reasons to Read a Poem Every Day/Night – this blog post caught my eye as I keep meaning to read more poetry, and as I’m going to be studying it in September (and writing it) I thought this would be an interesting thing to challenge myself to do.

Until next time…


6 thoughts on “July 2018 Wrap-up!

  1. Hey, your blog is back! Or, well, in the past when I’ve tried to visit, I hadn’t been able to….?

    Anyway, thank you for sharing the link to the Five Reasons / Daily Poem post. I’m glad you liked it enough to recommend it to your readers. πŸ™‚ Also really glad to hear about your progress with your writing projects, and to see you enjoyed FOUR books I also enjoyed.

    1. My blog has had a complicated year. I privated the wordpress one when I launched my new site, then decided to recreate it as a place for my fiction. I’m aware it’s probably confusing!

      I like to share what I find useful. πŸ™‚ And it’s thanks to you that I finally read three of those books, so thank you. πŸ™‚

  2. I’m reading through A Darker Shade of Magic right now! I guess it was on both our minds this summer. πŸ™‚ I still have to order the sequels.

    1. I guess it must have been. 😊 I really loved all three of the books. Are you enjoying a darker shade of magic?

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