Random update from June 2016

All of the things! Mostly about me and not much about writing, but there will be a writing update coming shortly…

SFF logoI’m now doing book reviews for Science Fiction and Fantasy World. Currently I’m working on one book a week, and I’m picking them randomly off the submissions list – it’s probably not the most scientific way of doing things, but it means I read a lot of random choices! So far I’ve done The Archivist, Traitor Knight, and I’ve just reviewed The Tree of Souls. I’m loving doing it – I get free books, random reads, and I get to say what I think! It’s awesome!

Almond Press logoI’m also writing guest posts for Almond Press, mostly on writing advice – the latest is on things that stop you writing, but I’ve also done one on taking feedback and criticism, which can be a hard one to learn *winces*, and on the publishing world…

In not-writing news, I’ve been playing more board games! I’m part of the Gloucester Fantasy and Sci-Fi group and we meet up to play games every Wednesday.  So far we’ve done Room 25, Munchkin, Discworld, Forbidden Desert, Fluxx, and Steve’s threatened Dune (he’s the biggest Dune fan, *sigh*) – it’s really fun.

I’m also doing a little bit more with music again, at the prompting of a friend. I haven’t played the piano much recently; if I’m not feeling good then my fingers don’t do what I want which makes playing frustrating, and I’ve just fallen out of the habit of playing. However, my friend has found a couple of versions of One Republic’s Secrets, which are just amazing:

We’re having a look at the piano music and trying to adapt it to piano and vocals, which should be amazing. It’s been really fun to just think about music again without any particular expectations of myself! That said, she’s amazing at piano and singing, so I’m struggling to not feel inadequate…*sighs*

In more personal stuff, I’m actually doing ok. I’ve been fine for the past few weeks and feeling fairly upbeat; I’ve had one or two bad days but even those have been mild. I’m hoping it continues for a while longer!