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Weekly Rundown - January 17th

Listening to:Music: My usual rock/metal playlist in the car, and while doing housework.
Audiobook:Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I haven't got through much more of this, it still hasn't really gripped me.

Reading: I'm still reading my illustrated copy of Harry Potter: A History of Magic - it's taking me longer to get through than Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, purely because there's a lot more information in it. I'm enjoying it immensely, and learning a lot about history.

Watching:
I've got two more episodes of Dirk Gently Season 2 to get through - it's just as addictive as season 1 was, which is why I'm still baffled as to why it's been cancelled. It's on Netflix if anyone wants to give it a go!


Cooking: I made leek and potato soup in my soup maker last night, and took some into work with me for lunch today. It tasted lovely, and my co-workers kept commenting on how nice it smelled, so I'd say it was a success. Soups are my favourit…

Celebrate the Small Things

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.

It's been such a long while since I participated in this blog hop! I've missed it; even the smallest things should be celebrated.
Here's what I'm celebrating this week:
- This is my third blog post this week! I'm determined to get back into the blogging habit, and so far it's going well. Not only have I written and posted three posts this week, I've also visited other blogs and left comments (something I've gotten very bad at lately)
- Apps! I've downloaded two new apps this week. The first is a health app called Lose it, which I'm using to monitor what I'm eating. It's really helpful, as it shows how many calories are in everything I eat, and how many calories I should be eating in a day. It also monitors my steps, which is always interesting to see. 
The other app is called aNot…

Weekly Rundown

I've wanted to do a regular blog post like this for a while, and what better time to start than in the new year? 
Basically every Wednesday I'll post what I'm up to that week. I've seen a few people post regular "Currently" posts, and this will be a lot like that. I'll update you on my writing, my reading, my goals (monthly and annual) and my life. 
This week I'm:
Listening to: Music: The Pitch Perfect 3 Soundtrack. I've seen the film twice in the cinema already (With a friend and my mum, and because it's awesome). The majority of music that I listen to falls into the rock/metal classification, so it's nice to listen to something a little lighter every once in a while. Audiobook:Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I've been listening to this for a couple of weeks now; it hasn't really gripped me yet.
Reading: My lovely new illustrated Harry Potter books; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which I finished yesterday) and A History of Ma…

New Year Goals

I know that New Year's Resolutions are a cliche, but I still love to have them. I think it's important to have something to aim for, even if you don't keep them up as well as you'd like.

So, here are my goals for the upcoming year:

- To get back into the habit of blogging regularly - I haven't blogged regularly in a very long time, and it makes me sad - it used to be such a big part of my life and now it's fallen by the wayside. I'm determined to get myself back into the habit of blogging regularly - maybe not every day, but every other day at least. I have plans already for the posts I want to do - I'd like to put up at least two posts a week, preferably three, and they'll be a combination of blog hops, lifestyle posts, posts about my writing, short stories and book reviews.

- To read 45 books - for the last few years I've set a Goodreads challenge to read 50 books a year, and for the last couple I haven't reached that goal. I've changed …

IWSG - January 2018

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For anyone who doesn't know, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is a group of writer's who post once a month about their insecurities, and then visit each other to offer help and support.

So this month's question is: What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?
So, despite the fact that I was in a much better job last year, and had much more free time, I still didn't get a lot of writing done. I managed to do my 50,000 words for Camp NaNo, but it all kind of fell apart after that.
My blogging hasn't been much better - my only regular blog posts are the Celebrate the Small Things posts I take part in on a Friday, but even then I haven't done one of those in about a month.
But new year, new start! I know it's a cliché, but I really do think this is a good time of year for a fresh start, and to make new resolutions.
So that leads me back to the original question; the first step I'll be taking wi…

Celebrate the Small Things

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.

Here's what I'm celebrating this week:
- We had a bake off at work on Wednesday, and I won! To be fair, there weren't very many entries in the end, but I'm still pretty happy with that. Below is a picture of the same cake but made a couple of years ago - the decoration actually was better on the first attempt than the one I made this week, which is why I'm surprised I won! I forgot to take a picture of the one I made this week, but the one below looks better anyway! 


- It's starting to feel very Christmassy now - only a week to go before I can start getting really excited! 
- Grey's Anatomy is back on, and that always makes me happy. It can be so ridiculous sometimes, but it's still one of my favourite shows.

Celebrate the Small Things

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Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.

Here's what I'm celebrating this week:
- Cold, dark, wintry nights. I absolutely love this time of year, I love getting all of our blankets and throws out and snuggling up with a hot drink. 
- The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs expansion pack comes out today, so I know what I'll be spending my night doing! Just have to get through work first. 
- Speaking of work, I just found out that from next week I'll be splitting my time between the department that I'm currently on and a different department, which I'm quite happy about - I love learning new things, and this is a great opportunity for that.
What are you celebrating this week?