As it's the beginning of the month (sort of. I started this post on July 1st, but then never finished it, because I'm terrible!) I thought I'd post an update on what's been going on since my last entry.
Family & Kids
Not much to report on the family front. Things are good, aside from a virus doing the rounds. But everyone is on the mend now.
The boys have only got three weeks left at school before they break up for the summer!
Our main plan for the school holidays is going to Weston Supermare for four days. We're staying at the same caravan park that we did last year, as it's only a ten minute ride to the beach/ peer, and there's a fantastic pub restaurant opposite that does amazing food. Apparently, it's been refurbished since last year, when we went, and the bar and children's play area have been upgraded. I'm so excited, and hope the weather is good, so we can go swimming in the sea.
We also want to go and see Spider-man: Homecoming, and are hoping to get a discount because we've seen four other movies this year, and the cinema does some sort of deal where if you save your previous tickets, they give you a reduced rate, I think. I suppose we'll see when we go.
Hopefully we'll have the chance to take a day-trip to Birmingham, too. There's some comics collectables shops Hubby and Oldest want to visit, plus a massive toy shop for Youngest. I wouldn't mind trying Five guys Burgers, too!
Work is ticking along nicely. Things are great since Wil joined the team. Me, him and Nina all get along well, and between the three of us, we're able to keep on top of most marketing duties.
I cannot believe I've been there for four years! I don't know what I imagined when I applied there. I was simply looking for something that allowed me to earn a living, while still having time for writing.
I never imagined it would turn into this full-time position I can see myself happily doing for the rest of my life. I'm so glad I found CQ, and that they were willing to take a chance on my.
Writing has been tough for me recently, and I haven't done much since early June. I just have felt no desire or motivation to write. :(
I've still been posting chapters of EVERY MOMENT WITH YOU, and getting some great feedback. The good thing is, as I've almost finished it, taking a writing break hasn't stopped me from serialising it.
Hubby is also finding time around work (he's freelancing for two different Minecraft magazines, and between the builds and then writing up the instructions, that takes up a lot of time) to go through and edit with me, so that I always have a new chapter ready to go.
Not only is it greatly appreciated, but I love the fact he's so into a romance novel! lol
Other writing isn't really happening - as I mentioned, I've had a severe lack of motivation recently. I've decided not to force myself in terms of the Christmas story I wanted to write. I've learned from experience if something isn't sticking, forcing it won't help. I need to find an idea I'm 100% in love with, because then it'll be more of a case of having to stop myself from writing (to work, eat, etc.) rather than forcing myself into it.
I'm also undecided about publishing Seeking The Truth. It needs some work before sending it to beta readers, but again, no motivation. I think this is a time where I do have to force myself, though, as I'm avoiding it as I don't like revisions. I think I need to pull my finger out my butt ... we'll see...
And that's about it really. Not much else has been going on. Just counting down the days until the summer break, and our holiday. I cannot wait.
So, I'll leave it here for today, and be back next month - when it's only 14 days before we go to Weston!
Happy Monday, Folks!Last week, Kyra Lennon and I announced our Miles of Smiles Challenge. Our way of spreading some happiness across the interwebs in these dark times.
The aim of the challenge if on June 12 (today) those taking part post their lists of things that make them smile/ make them happy/ cheer them up when things are crappy. The obvious things like family, friends etc. are excluded. What we're looking for is the little, almost trivial things, that brighten your day.
Here's my list of things that make me smile:
What's this? Another post so soon!
I probably won't be posting this frequently all the time, but there's something I wanted to share, and I thought it'd get maximum exposure if I posted on both blogs.
So, I think it goes without saying, but the state of the world sucks right now.
I live in the UK, and over the last few months, there have been several attacks – two in London, one in Manchester, killing and seriously injuring a lot of people.
All over the world, people are senselessly losing their lives, and you can barely turn on the news these days without dreading what you will see next.
The world as a whole is struggling right now, and what everyone needs is something lighthearted, to remind us that there is still so much good in the world.
That's why Kyra Lennon and I have come up with the Miles of Smiles Challenge.
Several years ago, I created the Bloghop of Joy with Kyra.
The idea behind it was for people to sign up and tell each other about the small things in their lives that always make them smile. Miles of Smiles will run along those exact same lines BUT we’re doing this all over social media.
That means you can use your blog, your Facebook, your Twitter or your Instagram to share your joys. The reason we’re opening it up is to spread this as far and wide as possible.
Things on your list of joy could be a random memory, something you see on TV, overhearing something that makes you laugh out loud - just that one thing that makes the clouds part, and the sunshine appear again.
We all know that our friends and families makes us happy – that is pretty much a given. We're not talking about life-changing moments here, just the little things that inexplicably make us smile and forget our worries for a while.
As an added thing - The British Red Cross has set up a fundraiser for the people who were affected by the attacks in the UK. The link is here.
Alternatively, if you want to take this chance to donate to a charity of your choice, or if you don't have the funds to donate, that's okay too.
This is a totally optional thing, we just thought, in light of what happened, it might be a nice thing to share.
Mostly, what we care about is spreading some happiness, so we would love it if you would join us on our #MilesofSmiles mission!
All you have to do to be a part of this happy hop is sign up on the Linky List, and on June 12th, post your list of joy.
If you want to join in and you don’t have a blog, just post your joys using the hashtag #MilesofSmiles on your social media posts (Facebookers using personal accounts will need to make the post public so we can find them).
And don't forget to visit the hashtag and the other participants on June 12, to see other people's joys.
Hopefully we can spread a little happiness online!
To join in with a blog, sign up here:
Those of you who still follow my Blogger blog will have seen the Times Are Changing post. But for those of you who didn't, here's the gist of it.
With work, writing, and many people preferring other forms of social media, regular blogging sort of slipped to the wayside.
But recently, a Facebook memory of an old Live Journal post I'd shared led me down a rabbit whole, where I realised I actually miss blogging.
Not only do I miss the interaction with others, but I miss having physical records of my life to look back on.
So, to that ends I'm planning on blogging regularly again. I think it would be overly overoptimistic to set a schedule, but I would like to update once a month. We'll see how things go.
It's been something I've been thinking about doing for a while now, and I looked at a few different sites a couple of months ago, but none of them felt right.
Now I've decided to keep everything neat and in one place - and have a fresh start as far as blogging is concerned - I'm moving to a blog hosted here on my website.
I'm not closing down my Blogger blog entirely. I'm going to leave it there for cover reveals, release blitzes etc. and to preserve my previous posts. But my 'main' blog, with frequent updates about both my writing, and my life, will be here.
So, what can you expect to find on my blog?