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Thursday, 30 April 2020

WHITE IS FOR WITCHING by Helen Oyeyemi

White is for Witching
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There's nothing better than starting a new book after a disappointing DNF, and falling headfirst into the story from the beginning.

That's exactly what happened with this strange and wonderful book.

Miranda Silver has an eating disorder, as well as other mental health problems that put her in a clinic for several months. Not to mention she recently lost her mother. Or that Eliot is her twin brother and has problems of his own. Their father, Luc, is trying to keep the B&B open, but the house on Barton Road has a mind and will of its own.

And that's before Ore enters the scene...

Wow. This is one fantastic and totally unsettling book. And I loved everything about it.

There's a lot of family drama and weird sibling dynamics. Relationship issues and uncertainty. Plenty of horrific imagery to keep horror fans happy. Relevant social commentary about immigrants and refugees. An awful mental disorder the character finds impossible to beat. And a racist, malicious house who likes to control lives and trap women within its demented walls. Yikes!

The story starts out in a way that purposely confuses the reader, as much as the ending. But completely loop back to each other.

This story pushed me into a delirious, sickly state that made me question every word I was reading, and had me trapped in a feverish nightmare. What a freaky trip!

There are several POVs in this story: Miranda, Eliot, Ore and the house. Just like everything else in this book, every POV switch is disorienting. Takes a few beats to make sense of who's telling the story, when. But totally adds to the experience.

While there are a lot of mysterious questions throughout the whole thing and some aren't answered until after you've finished reading--and some will never become apparent--I loved how everything flowed. The currents in these pages aren't linear, they ebb and flow, become waves that wash everything away. It's truly excellent.

This read like a dark fairy tale set in our world and manifesting through the souls and bodies of these tortured characters. All of them are conplex and broken, unreliable even to themselves and willing to push the limits every which way. But most of all, it's a totally wicked haunted tale featuring a vile monster taking the form of a house.

Anyone who can tell a story this messed up and still pull off such beautiful and lyrical prose, deserves a lot of praise. Helen Oyeyemi is one awesome author.

Loved it!


Tuesday, 28 April 2020

THE UNINVITED by Cat Winters

The Uninvited
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoy reading a Cat Winters book. So far, I've read In the Shadow of Black Birds, The Cure for Dreaming, The Steep & Thorny Way, and loved all of them. She's a great storyteller who drags you into interesting stories featuring various historical characters and settings.

When Ivy Rowan wakes up after a really bad bout of the flu, she decides to leave the farm she's been hiding in. She can't put up with her father's violent ways anymore, and is determined to start her own life.

But Buchanan has become a dangerous place. People are getting sick, prejudices are running rampant, jazz music is putting a spell on people, and she's getting involved with the enemy. If only the ghosts would leave her alone...

Just like the books I mentioned above, this one hooked me in very quickly. Ivy's voice was strong, yet tentative, even juvenile at times. She might be in her twenties, but she's lived a sheltered life at the farm away from other people her age. While this didn't benefit her socially, it did equip her with abilities other women don't have. Like driving. And determination.

As Ivy spreads her wings in the unstable world of an ongoing war, she also finds herself caught in the middle of an awful flu pandemic. She helps by driving an ambulance at night trying to help patients. While her days are filled with Daniel. A man she feels sympathy for and others shun because he's German. Falling in love with him seems impossible, but I enjoyed watching their connection flourish.

Also, the characters in this book are so compelling. I especially like Ivy, of course. But Daniel was another favourite. As well as May. I especially liked her tragic story.

This is a dark, yet hopeful book that deals with an awful time in history. So many of the health concerns echo what we are going through right now. It's sad, but humans just don't bloody learn from history, do they? Because here we are, living through another pandemic. πŸ˜’

Anyway, I loved this haunting story of love lost and found. About finding a place in the world during so much sadness and pain. It's full of tension, and danger seems to shadow everything Ivy goes through. There are also plenty of secrets, awful behaviour by so-called patriots, and a wonderful introduction to the stirrings of the jazz age.

Many times, while reading this book I felt like I was in the middle of a feverish dream. There's an air of the unknown that hangs over the narrative. It's something that kept me stuck to the pages.

Oh! And there's an absolutely amazing and shocking reveal that totally took me off guard. OMG. Mind blown.

This is another awesome book!


Sunday, 26 April 2020

A New WIP!

Hi! How are you today? 

Is this week treating you okay? Wish I could say things were getting better in this unstable world, but insane seems to be the new normal. πŸ˜’

Australia is still on lockdown, so hubby and I only leave the house once a day, for a nice long suburban walk. We also go to the grocery store every fortnight, instead of weekly. And when we do go out, we keep our distance from everyone.

A lot of people don't seem to get it, but we take our social distancing very seriously. There's a lot of jogging past, crossing the road, walking on the road and constant zigzagging. 

So, this week's projects were: getting stuck into a new WIP and reading NINTH HOUSE.

Let's start with how my word count went: 
  • Monday: 4,119 (added 2989w) 
  • Tuesday: 6,373 (added 2254w) 
  • Wednesday: 8,418 (added 2045w)
  • Thursday: 11,467 (added 3049w) 
  • Friday: 12,609 (added 1142w)
  • Saturday: 15,409 (added 2800w)
  • Sunday: 17,758 (added 2349w)

As you can see, it went well. LOL

I hadn't planned to get stuck into a new story this quickly, but when I started a Notes doc and wrote the first 1,130 words last week... I knew this new novella was ready to be told. And who am I to deny a new idea that wants to get out of my head? πŸ˜‰

As I mentioned in my last post, this story is SciFi. With a dark, noir cyberpunk slant. I'm having a great time writing it, and am loving this cast of characters. Some of them have been inside my head for a while, others popped up out of nowhere. But they all fit in with each other very well.

Although the bare bones of the novella is in my notes and I know where/how it's going to end, I've had a few writing sessions that were full of pantsing goodness. That's where/when unexpected cool stuff happens, and all the pieces start falling into place.

I'm hoping to have the first draft done by the end of the month. The way that it's going at the moment, I reckon I could probably do it because I'm very close to the end.🀞

My other goal was to read a book I've had my eye on for ages: NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo. I took my time and enjoyed it SO much. Actually, I loved it.

Asides from my usual writing and reading schedule, we've continued our yoga workouts every second day. They're really helping, since we had to cut our walks from two to one. Hanging around with hubby is always great. We have a lot of fun together. Also, he plays games while I read/write. He's now up to the Uncharted game on the PS Vita.

Oh, and THIS very awesome thing happened! I'm so excited about my short story making the cut at Crystal Lake Publishing. πŸ˜ƒ

Well, that was my week. Hope yours was productive or relaxing, or both.

Have a nice day!

 

Friday, 24 April 2020

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here's another book I've been meaning to read for months. And this week, I decided it was time to get stuck into it.

Alex Stern isn't your standard Yale student. She's suffered through a troubled childhood, even worse teenage years, and ended up in the hospital after surviving a horrific attack. When she's approached by a man who makes her an offer she can't refuse, she starts freshman class and is mentored by a rich guy who will teach her how to monitor Yale’s secret societies.

She's keen to watch and willing to learn, but when her mentor disappears and a young woman's body is found on campus, Alex finds herself falling deeper into the ghostly activity she's tried so hard to ignore and ruined her life...

Holy shit!

This book is amazing. I absolutely LOVED it.

Everything about this book is awesome: characters, location, backstory, magic, the writing... Like I said, everything. 😍

I fell into this book instantly. As soon as I started reading, I knew this was going to be my kind of story. It's moody, rich with the supernatural imagery, creates a mythology of its own, and is quite horrific in sections. Not to mention that I loved Alex, and the dark seedy world of secret societies is intriguing.

The POV is shared between Alex and Darlington. Her narrative takes place in the present, and his happened before the mysterious incident that leaves Alex alone. As the two timelines collide, everything comes together at a perfect pace, reveals a lot of darkness, and even more secrets.

Alex is such a great character with a very cool name: Galaxy. She's damaged, complicated and haunted by the things she can see but others can't. She's lived a hard life, experienced some pretty gross things and hits rock bottom in the most violent of ways. When she gets to Yale, she feels out of place but soon realises there's more to her position as Dante than she first thought. She's strong, determined and unapologetic. In other words, she totally rocks!

The worldbuilding is awesome. I loved how the Ninth House fits into the whole Yale secret society scene. It all starts out gory but simple enough, and quickly becomes so much more.

There's a lot of supernatural goodness within the pages of this fantastic book. It's packed with intriguing characters, very interesting locations, gory imagery and has a real gritty feel. Not to mention the twists and turns.

I can't wait to see what happens next, because that ending announced there's some really interesting stuff to look forward to.

This book is something special. ❤


Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Something really cool!


Check this out:


That's right! 
One of my short stories is a finalist in Crystal Lake Publishing's April Flash Fiction Contest.

Box of Trouble is under 1,000 words.

Here's the tagline:
Sometimes, what's outside the box is scarier than what's hiding inside. 

😈

 Voting will open soon at Crystal Lake Publishing for their patreons, and can read my story HERE.

 So exciting!

😁

Saturday, 18 April 2020

SEVEN LIES by Elizabeth Kay

 It all started with one little lie . . . 

Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties they both fell in love and married handsome young men. 

But Jane never liked Marnie's husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic now, of course.

Because if Jane had been honest - if she hadn't lied - then perhaps her best friend's husband might still be alive . . . 

This is Jane's opportunity to tell the truth, the question is: Do you believe her?


I love psychological thrillers, so when I found out about this one, I was definitely interested in checking it out. And thanks to Hachette Australia, who were awesome enough to send me a copy, I did.

Jane and Marnie have been best friends since they were kids. They did everything together, and Jane kept an eye on her friend to keep her safe and out of trouble.

Their friendship knows no bounds and time can't come between them. But when it does, and someone threatens to tear them apart, Jane will do whatever it takes to make sure Marnie still needs her...

O.M.G. This book is an addictive ride that I read in about twenty-four hours. I got so swept up in what was going on that I didn't want to put it down.

As soon as I met Jane, I knew she was going to be an unreliable character of the worst kind. Everything she says sounds excessive. She's manipulative and confronting. A total liar with so many secrets. All of her actions are questionable. And her thoughts are truly shocking.

I enjoyed how the story unfolds in a way that throws the reader all over the place. The timeline isn't linear. The lies start out small and increase in severity. But no matter what's going on, Jane manages to lead the narrative one way before swerving in another, unexpected direction.

The story is told in Jane's POV, so everything she narrates is seen through her hectic, obsessive lens. And once again, it's all questionable. The only thing I never questioned was how awful she was. Or even worse, that no matter how much I disliked her and didn't trust a damn word she said, I couldn't stop reading.

I seriously loved the writing style. It was intimate, sometimes insane and totally unpredictable. This portrayal of toxic friendship is all-consuming, and wickedly evil.

Seven Lies is the intoxicating story of one woman's quest to ensure she is always the most important person in her best friend's life. It's a slow burn psychological thriller that burrowed deep under my skin, festering so quickly I couldn't stop until the end.

It's insane, disorienting and told in a way that made me second guess every word, every sentence and every scene Jane described.

Also, I have be honest, there's one particular tragic event in Jane's life she kept circling back to... And I have to say, I don't believe it was an accident. Nope. I realise this is a vague observation, but I can't say more without getting into spoiler territory. But if you read it, you'll know exactly what I mean.

I really enjoyed this book, and how the frenetic energy leads to a shocking scene that filled me with so much nervous tension.

Yikes! What a great book.


Seven Lies, February 2020, ISBN 9780751578126, Sphere

The Week After Revision

Hey! How are you today?

How's this week treating you? The world is still insane, so I know it's weird to ask. But still, it's nice to check in. To make sure we're all okay.

So, Australia is still on lockdown and is going to stay that way for another four weeks. The restrictions seem to be working. People are still getting this horrid virus, but the infection numbers have started to go down.

It's all sad and scary. Never-ending.

Personally, the danger is always there in the back of my mind. Sometimes it gets to me and I have a bit of an anxious meltdown, but that's expected during such unstable times.

Mostly, we try to stay informed but busy with the stuff we love to do. Spending time with hubby is always awesome. We only go out once a day for a nice long walk in the middle of the day, do plenty of yoga and sometimes just hang out checking out YouTube.

Hubby is still working his way through the Uncharted games. I find reading and writing work best for me.

Since I spent the last two weeks working on my self-imposed revision goals, I didn't have any writing plans. Now's the time to go through my Idea Folders. To see what catches my attention, add and remove things. But, while I was doing this, one of those Ideas really caught on. So much that I sorted the inspirational pics, started a Notes doc, and even wrote the first chapter. πŸ‘€

This is a SF idea I've had for a while, but it wasn't clicking. Then last weekend, while sorting the pics a lot of the stuff started to come together. A location change, a character profession switch, and the story's ready to be told.

Love when this happens, so I'm going to go with the flow and let the words come when they're ready. I already know this is going to be a novella, anywhere between 15-20k. 😊

Asides from this, I've been busy reading the books that I feel like. A lot of the books I've been reading lately are stories I've been interested in for ages. I did start reading an anthology for review last week, but after only enjoying one out of the six short stories, I've decided to put it aside for now. I'll go back to it, but I need a break.

Well, that's about it for this week.

I hope you're all staying safe!


Wednesday, 15 April 2020

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I remember watching The Virgin Suicides years ago, and really enjoying the movie. So of course I wanted to read the book, and when I found a copy during our thrift store adventures last year, I picked it up.

The Lisbon sisters--Cecilia (13), Lux (14), Bonnie (15), Mary (16) & Therese (17)--are the kind of teenage girls all the boys who live near them or go to the same school are obsessed with. They all dream about being part of their lives, and watch them from afar.

But these girls are different and soon become surrounded by death. After the youngest sister commits suicide, the whole family begins to fall into a messy and dark void...

Wow. This is quite a powerful story.

While the book focuses on the five sisters everyone is so entranced with, the narrator is one of their many admirers. A boy whose life is deeply touched by these five girls. Even after he becomes a man, he's still haunted by what happened to them and is trying to get answers.

This writing style gives us the distance to watch the Lisbon Sisters in the same peeping Tom way these boys do. It also keeps the mystery growing throughout the book, and deals with something as dark as suicide in a way that mamages to romanticise the key figures.

One of the reasons (there are quite a few) why I enjoyed this so much is because of how the observer keeps the mystery at the heart of the story alive, all the way through. Although I knew what was going to happen, because it's no secret from the very beginning, I still couldn't stop reading. I was hooked and followed everything through until the end.

This is a great book, but it deals with some very heavy issues. There's clearly abuse going on inside the Lisbon house, in the form of a matriarch willing to keep her daughters so pure and away from sin, that she ends up making them prisoners inside their own home and minds. Controlling her daughters to the point of realising that their only escape is death.

And that makes me very, very sad. And angry.

The boys in their suburb look at these intriguing girls as ethereal creatures of love, who made them yearn. But at the end of the day, they wanted to do the same thing their parents did. In their own way, everyone was so mystified by these girls that they wanted to cage them. It says a lot about girls and what the world likes to do to them. Put enough restrictions, make them feel like exploring their sexuality is shameful, and try to smother their intelligence.

Teenage girls are so often treated like the Lisbon Sisters: like puzzles that need to be solved. When all they need is to be allowed to grow, expand and discover the world in their own way. And that's what happens to these poor girls. They're treated like objects, rather than people. And that, is just one of the many tragedies. That the only way for them to break free is via death, is truly awful.

The underlying messages in this book really spoke to me. That they were written by a man, featuring a puzzled male narrator, and still managed to get all of this through, is even more amazing.

I'm so glad I finally read this!


Saturday, 11 April 2020

What I'm Still Working On

Hi there! How are you coping with everything this week? Are things getting better?

Personally, I go from feeling great and productive and having a great time hanging around the house with hubby, to feeling the weight of impending doom consuming my brain. That's not a good feeling because the anxiety attached with those thoughts makes me feel crappy and overwhelmed. 😞

This week, we started focusing on yoga workouts every second/third morning because we decided to cut our two daily walks to one long one in the afternoon. After putting up with an influx of people on the river path, and the rude actions of people who have no fucking idea what social distancing means, we decided it was for the best.

It'll help our mental health and stop my blood from boiling every time the path gets unbearably swamped. Seriously, these people are terrible.

Besides, we also get to sleep in. So I'm happy with this decision. 😊

Let's get on with my goals for this week. This is what I wanted to do: 
  • Finish the creepy monster short story 
  • Continue revising noir-mystery novella
And this is how it turned out:
  • Monday: Completed the final draft of short story & subbed to an anthology. Total word count: 4,594
  • Tuesday: Started novella third draft & revised 19/52pgs + added 655w.
  • Wednesday: Completed third draft of novella @ 19,171 + added 811w (52pgs).
  • Thursday: Took a break from revision to get a little distance before last read-thru. 
  • Friday: Completed read-thru on my Paperwhite + made all the changes on Word doc: 19,293w (52pgs).
  • Saturday: My novella WIP is now DONE! Total word count: 19,306 (52pgs).

As you can see, when I set myself writing goals, I do everything I can to achieve them. And then some. LOL.

Getting the short story done so early in the week was awesome. This happened to be an idea that came to me quickly and demanded to be told. It was also a story I wrote with an anthology in mind. So when the deadline was moved forward, I made sure to get it done and subbed ASAP.🀞

The novella took a bit longer to finish, of course. But it was worth every minute I spent working on the third and final drafts. I'm proud and super excited about how this story turned out.

Even though my main focus was on finishing the above WIPs, I also managed to squeeze in a bit of reading. Reading helps me forget about the outside world for a while. Because there's a lot of awful shit going on out there, isn't there?

I finally read LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng and absolutely loved it. It's a book I picked up during one of our thrift store adventures and have been meaning to read for ages. And it was awesome. I was hooked from beginning to end!

While I've been working towards these two self-imposed goals, hubby has been making his way through the UNCHARTED games on the PS4. He finished the first two really fast, got to the third and the file corrupted (WTF?), so he's moved on to the fourth one.πŸ˜„πŸ‘

Well, that's it for now. Try and have a nice weekend!


Thursday, 9 April 2020

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another Book I've Wanted to Read for Ages and finally decided to crack open this week.

Shaker Heights is a tidy and orderly suburb in Cleveland. Everything and everyone has a place. Including most members of the Richardson family.

When Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl rent a house from the Richardsons, all that changes. Mia is an artist, Pearl becomes friends with the Richardson kids, and their presence threatens to turn all of their organisation upside down...

I got caught up in the lives of these characters as soon as I started reading. Everything about this book is so addictive!

The first chapter is snappy and throws the reader into the middle of a fiery incident that happens after. After what? Well, after what happens prior to the house fire. The story takes us back, so we can understand how/why everything turned out this way. And I found this style of storytelling to be very effective.

I really enjoyed this author's writing style. It's very lyrical and follows a bunch of characters, telling their separate stories in a way that flows very well. Slipping from what's happening right now, into the past, and back again with perfect ease. While cleverly revealing enough details to keep the interest high, and also keeping plenty of secrets lurking beneath the surface.

The more I read, the more I wanted to keep going because I just HAD to know how everything went so wrong, and why.

The story starts out simple enough--a single mother and her teenage daughter rent a house from a family and their lives begin to mix together. But before I realised it, it took off in so many directions. There's a lot going on, including a variety of very serious social issues. But I never lost the thread of any subplot, or the main one, because this story makes such an impact. Packs quite a punch.

Oh, and I especially liked that it was set in the late 90s. The familiar historical events were expertly woven into the narrative and didn't distract from the main story. Even when there's so much to process, so many problems, surprises and unexpected revelations.

Another thing I found peculiar was how, even though I enjoyed the hell out of following these complicated characters, somewhere along the way I realised how awful most of them were. They all had secrets, lied continually, manipulated each other, and in some cases were just awful.

Elena Richardson, I'm talking about you. 😳

Anyway, this was an AWESOME book and I loved the hell out of every moment!

Now, I'm looking forward to checking out the TV show...


Saturday, 4 April 2020

GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but it's passing Casiopea Tun by. She's too busy scrubbing floors in her wealthy grandfather's house to do anything more than dream of a life far from her dusty, small town in southern Mexico. A life she could call her own. 

This dream is impossible, distant as the stars - until the day Casiopea opens a curious chest in her grandfather's room and accidentally frees an ancient Mayan god of death. He offers her a deal: if Casiopea helps him recover his throne from his treacherous brother, he will grant her whatever she desires. Success will make her every dream come true, but failure will see her lost, for ever.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed only with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey, from the jungles of Yucatan to the bright lights of Mexico City and deep into the darkness of Xibalba, the Mayan underworld.


I'm a sucker for stories set during the 1920s, so of course I was interested in this one. Add that it's set in Mexico, pepper in a variety of intriguing gods, an awesome main character, and I'm definitely in.

Casiopea Tun lives with her mother in her wealthy grandfather's house. Through no fault of her own, the rest of the family looks down on her and she spends her days cleaning, running errands, and dreaming about freedom.

All of that changes when she frees the entity trapped inside an ornate box in her grandfather's room. Now, Casiopea finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. One that will take her all over Mexico and beyond...

Wow. This was quite an entertaining and dark journey. I was instantly hooked and couldn't put it down.

Casiopea is such an amazing character. I liked her from the moment she was introduced. She's clever, brave, kind and so noble. Her family doesn't take her seriously, but she's better than every single one of them. I enjoyed following her on the very interesting adventure she embarks on with a fallen god from Xibalba. The time she spends with him brings out the best in her. It was also nice to watch as she takes charge of her own life. Until she realises she's worthy of respect and freedom.

The awesome character growth also extends to Hun-KamΓ©. Sure, a lot of his physical and emotional changes are because of the symbiotic connection he has with Casiopea, but it goes even deeper than that. And even MartΓ­n, her annoying and mean cousin, has an arc that I enjoyed.

There's a LOT to love about this book. I loved the Mexican location because it was refreshing and gorgeous, all the details so vivid. The worldbuilding is perfectly established and described in a way that sounds familiar, yet new. And the pacing worked so well at keeping the tension and magic moving.

Gods of Jade and Shadow is the amazing story of a brave young woman who longs for adventure and excitement, then finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient struggle between two gods fighting to rule the Mayan Underworld. The journey she embarks on is full of danger, strange beings, colourful places, and so much wonder.

This is such a gorgeous book with so much heart. I loved every second I spent with these characters. And the cover is stunning!


Gods of Jade and Shadow, February 2020, ISBN 9781529402643, Jo Fletcher Books

Friday, 3 April 2020

What I'm Working On

Hey! How's everyone doing this week? 

I know that's a hard question to answer when the world is suffering through this horrid pandemic and we're all on some sort of lockdown... but, I hope you're all staying safe and doing wonderful things at home.

In NSW, all non-essential businesses are closed and we're only allowed to leave the house for four reasons in groups of two people who live together: medical care, exercise, grocery and work. Anything else will get you a hefty fine.

It's scary and awful, but I wish people would just listen and stop going to beaches, hanging out in parks, and acting like total assholes.

Personally, we only leave the apartment for our daily walks and grocery shopping. That's more than enough times to cross paths with people I want nowhere near me. 😬

Anyway, enough about all this depressing shit. 

This week I decided to tackle the two ongoing projects hounding my brain:
  • Creepy monster short story (finished first draft over the weekend)
  • Horror mystery novella (finished first draft earlier this month)
I even gave myself a deadline to have these finished by: April 10th.

So, this is how the week turned out:
  • Monday: Transferred short story from phone to laptop & completed second draft @ 4,786w. 
  • Tuesday: Started novella second draft & revised 18/48pgs + added 710w. 
  • Wednesday: Continued revising novella second draft 38/48pgs + added 144w.
  • Thursday: Completed second draft of novella @ 17,705 (50pgs).
  • Friday: Completed third draft of short story @ 4,640w.
Considering the crazy state of the world at the moment, I'm actually really happy about this week's progress. And hope I can keep this momentum going into next week and meet the goal/deadline I mentioned above.

Asides from writing, I've continued to read a selection of books I've wanted to get stuck into for ages. March turned out to be an AWESOME month for reading. Unfortunately, on the first day of April I DNFd three books. πŸ˜’

Still, that bad start didn't last for long because I soon found myself totally hooked on a book called GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

We've also gotten back into yoga and keep going for walks as much as we can. The walking's become a bit of a problem because too many people have decided to clog the river path. I don't have any problem with sharing the path with others, but these casual people don't seem to have any common courtesy.

Even during a fucking pandemic, people still have to act like assholes.

Anyway, I hope you're all staying safe.

Have a good weekend! Although, with the days all blending together, the weekends don't mean much anymore.


 
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