5 Happy Things: January 2019

I’ve been feeling pretty down over the past week (mostly due to feeling ill…) so let’s do some happy stuff. What’s been good in January?

1. Talking to writers

My talk with Chalk Writers was great! They were all super interesting and it was very cool to be able to talk through the editing process, along with answering questions about first lines, first chapters, blurbs, hiring an editor, and everything in between! I managed to keep my cough under control for two hours too, which was great. Big thanks to everyone for being so welcoming and lovely!

2. A lovely gift

I got sent a beautiful brooch from a friend – it’s from Kittiwake Designs, and it’s a design that has a lot of meaning for both of us.  The brooch itself is a lovely piece, and I’m very honoured to have got it as a gift from this person! There have been some mixed emotions around it, but it’s been something I’ve been able to work through – which in itself has been a happy thing.

3. Duelling the Weasels

Aka. self-reflection, and being able to talk about things!  It’s something that I’ve been determined to improve, and my partner is entirely on board with it – and it’s been a wonderful, difficult, hopeful journey so far. Being able to talk about anything has helped with communication generally, but it’s also really helped with the Weasels; if I can identify an emotion, or why I’m feeling something, then we can work on fixing it! And usually, for the Weasels, it’s a previous experience, or a tangle of things, or just something my brain has decided – but it helps so much to be able to say, “This is what I’m feeling, and this is why.”

4. Reading

I’ve started editing my favourite book at work, and we’ve had a beautiful cover for an older favourite come in! I’m really looking forward to sharing them both.

I’ve also managed to do more personal reading, and I’ve been offered an ARC for a sequel that I’m really looking forward to! I’m also aiming to get through more of my personal editing list soon…

5. Being Proud of Everyone Around Me

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