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Spring Has Sprung! (2019)

A brief Kate update; the missed blog post on Wednesday was because my partner went into hospital on Tuesday, and I ended up spending 12 hours there before I got kicked out (at the end of visiting hours, not because I’d offended a nurse – they’re scary!) My partner is now back home and recovering well, and everything’s settling back into routine – but definitely a stressful week!

I did get out to see The Rocky Horror Show live on Friday, though, which was fantastic! Really enjoyed that – and it was as ridiculous as I’d been led to expect, which was fabulous.

Anyhow, spring! It’s been really pretty, and I’ve been enjoying the sunshine 🙂

 

5 Happy Things: March 2019

I’m trying to ignore the world, mostly; I’ve done what I can and, despite there being so much hate around, I’m focusing on making the world a tiny bit better. What’s making me happy in March 2019?

1. Comics

Nathan W. Pyle‘s aliens and Catana Comics are making me laugh so much at the moment.

2. Reading

You know when you start reading something, and just – YES. THIS. Wait, I have to stop for real life? No. Nope. I’m staying in this world. GO AWAY, I’M READING.

And it’s a work book, too, so I might be able to buy it. EEEEEEEH.  (I love my job!)

Other books, too; I’ve been re-reading The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet; re-reading The Goblin Emperor – ALSO DID I TELL YOU GUYS THAT WE GOT IT? We’re republishing it in the UK with a much nicer cover (sorry to the original designer, but that original one is awful) and OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I think I’ve read it nine times now. GO AND BUY IT. It is so pretty!

I’m also working through my TBR stack – currently reading The Court of Broken Knives and This Savage Song, amongst others. Books rock!

3. Chocolate

Otter discovered that there’s a shop in Oxford that sells Tony’s Chocolonely and it’s just the most amazing thing. Up until now it’s only been sold in the Netherlands (oh noes, trips to Amsterdam – who needs to come back with weed in your suitcase when you could bring chocolate?) but I am now planning a trip over to the Covered Market. It doesn’t look like they do all the flavours, which means I’ll still have to go to Amsterdam, but hey ho.

4. The red kite

The red kite has been floating around; from the front window, there’s a view over the hill and down into the valley, and it seems to be a favourite hunting spot. It’s been really fun spotting it almost every day – during the storm when it wasn’t even having to flap, just hovering valiantly in the wind and being blown all over the place; on sunny, calm days when it’s just soaring with the thermals; on those misty still days when it disturbs every eddy of fog. I love the gentle movements of the tail-feathers that send it whirling in a tight circle, and the easy tilt to the wings that send it climbing.

5.Improving Me

Kate with glasses (not mine!)I’m still having days where I’m struggling – I always will – but I’m still trying to take two steps forward for every step back. I’ve seen a doctor about something small that’s been bothering me for years. I’m looking into brushing up my music theory; I’ve picked up my piano music and started playing the piano again – and I’m singing again! I’m making a determined effort to get through my TBR pile. I’m taking more selfies. I’m getting together cards and making an effort to be more in contact with friends that I don’t see as often as I’d like. I’m trying to do something useful with my time instead of going on Reddit; I’m sewing, or reading, or thinking about writing. I’m trying to be more present in my every day life; I’m trying to be kinder, and helpful, and listen more.

And even when I have bad days, I’m accepting them as they come – and as long as I can do one useful thing, one thing that improves me or someone else around me, then I’m considering that a win.

(PS. I haven’t got glasses – I was just messing around with my partner’s!)

A Crafty Update: March 2019

I’m sewing again! I got some beautiful fabrics back in 2018 from The Spinning Weal in Clevedon, and I hadn’t yet got round to doing anything with them. Well, I finally pulled out my patterns, and I’m making two things – a skirt out of the solar system, and a space dress. I managed to lay out everything and then cut it all, so the next stage is to start sewing…

(And yes, the skirt has pockets. The dress might do if I can work out how to put them in, because POCKETS!)

Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of the solar system fabric, but it’s awesome.

I’ve got enough space fabric left that I could make another skirt, or I could potentially use it for my Dr Who cushion…which, thanks to a day spent sewing while listening to family talk, is progressing quite fast!

Cross-stitch "anyone -rtant"

Imposter Syndrome

Wait, why are they asking me? I don’t know this. I’m just pretending to know the answers. Everything I’m saying is a guess and someone’s going to tell me that I’ve got it all wrong. I’m making this up. I’m just thinking that I’m allowed to do this. I’m going to get told to stop and that I’m not good enough and that I have no idea what I’m on about…

(Also, emailing authors who have written books that I really admire is still the scariest part of the job.)

I’ve had a few people approach me recently – either through work or privately – and ask for professional opinions. After all, I’m an editor! I read and write and edit and I Know Something About Books!

And I’ve agreed! After all, this is my job. This is what I love doing. I can do this!

Except…

Wait, they’re listening to me?

I think the worry kicks in when I realise that people are accepting what I take without the customary large pinch of salt that I automatically put on anything I say. After all, I know that I know nothing; but everyone is nodding at me, and going away and actually implementing my suggestions, and…

It’s like they think I know what I’m talking about.

Which I do, of course. I’ve been doing this for a while, and if nothing else, I know enough from experience. I’ve been through these situations, seen what works, seen what doesn’t. I do know what I’m on about! Except…

And then my brain and I just go round in circles for a while.

Being asked to read things – or, y’know, doing it for my job – is fun, and satisfying: it really is. I love being able to read things and re-write a blurb, or tweak a synopsis, or point out which parts of a novel could be strengthened and which are already really strong. I love reading new stuff and emailing the author with “So where’s the next bit? Ooh, ten chapters? Yes please!” I love being able to help.

And I am good at it – with the proviso that I can always, and will always be, learning more. I am definitely not as good as I want to be, and it’s such a wonderful experience to see people with more experience and more talent working. Editing’s such a strange skill that it’s really interesting to see how other people do it!

It’s just terrifying that other people seem to agree with the half of my brain that thinks I’m worth listening to!