Writing, Gaming and a bit of DIY?? (January Wrap-Up and February Goals)

So, January was a good one for the reader in me, and a tad slow for the writer in me! Despite that though, I’ve still got some of my goals for last month completed, so let us have a look!

1. Finish reworking TOM! – Nearly…

2. Get TOM beta reader ready and a survey done up! – Well…

3. Keep a bullet journal! I have one of those square dotted notebooks coming in the post! – Easy

4. Beta read! I have two I need to get through! One a sci-fi, and the other a steam punk fantasy type novel! – Sort of

5. Reading! I need to read more! I have three books this month that I’m excited to read, and I should, really, finish Half A King too! I also joined a book club! So, that’ll be fun! – Big tick!

6. Play more video games – I played one…

So, Tales of Monsters is still progressing, a bit more slowly than I’d like it to, but, I have had fun with it, and what I’ve written, I’ve really liked, so, win/lose, it’s been okay. I’ve also worked a little on the beta reader questionnaire/survey as well! I can’t really finalise many of the questions until I’ve rewritten the chapters – cause so much keeps changing and slotting in to different places all the time… But, it’s getting there. This month, work wise, has also been a killer, and I’ve been so tired during the day that I just can’t make myself go!

Reading wise though, I managed to read 6 novels, 1 novella, beta read a shortish, novella type story about an organ-stealing cannibal, and beta read a 120,000 word manuscript on a contemporary romance kind of novel! (and send feedback). I also got to have a read of two short stories for a picture book by a friend on insta, and started Reading Crooked Kingdom.

I may have forgot all about Half a King until I saw it on the shelf yesterday!

I also took part in my first readathon, where I read most of the books! You can check out my wrap-up of that here!

I’ve also taken up bullet journalling, and although it might not be as appealing on the eye as some are, it’s been fun to use – and I’ve managed to stick with it! It makes my life so much easier, and it’s nice to have a little book with all your reading stats and collections in it as well! I’m not much of a planner, but, the weekly spreads are nice to keep track of work hours with!

I also played a game! I finished The Tell-Tale Walking Dead: New Frontier game near the beginning of this month, and I wish I hadn’t, because now I just have to wait even longer for the next one to come out! It’s also the last one, which means I’m probably gonna sit and play them all again – and cry all over again as well!

This January also marked the year of my brothers 21st, and, all the fun that ensued after it! We went to lazer tag, and it was amazing! I thought I’d be rubbish, and for the first round, I was, but, in the second round (and the free for all) I came 13 out of like 26, and I’m so happy with that!!

It also marked the time my brother took out his drone for the very first time, and it just flew away…

Fortunately, a few hours later, some lovely people found it and through the powers of Facebook, we got it back! Then, the second time, it flew in to someones garden, and the third time, it also flew away. We got it back, and it’s now not allowed anywhere near the outside when it’s windy!

It’s not been outside since the first of January…

Anyway, let’s have a look at the goals I hope to endure for February!

  1. Continue trucking on with the re-write of Tales of Monsters.
  2. Keep reading!
  3. Keep up with the double blog posts (and bujo)
  4. Buy Far Cry 5 and play it!
  5. Participate in three insta challenges this month!
  6. Start DIY Double Decker Hamster Home!

I don’t think that’s a bad goals list for February!

I’m so excited about FC5 though, I can barely control myself when I think about it! If I have a sudden absents from social media, don’t worry (cause I know you do), I’ll most likely be playing Far Cry and being even more of a hermit than I already am!

And this DIY DDHH is in hope that I can make a slight bit more room – in my room. I really want to have a desk at some point! If I do get it done this month, I doubt I’ll have the room straight away (cause I got three hammies and I’m only building the two cages, but my hammies aren’t young little buns anymore, so, yeah), but it’ll be there eventually!

It all depends on getting to the wood place though, and the whole constructing of it and the cutting of it! I’ll have my dad helping me out, and, we managed to make a cage out of some drawers last year, so, we’ve prepared ourselves to make a couple from scratch this year! Fingers crossed!

And, lastly, the three insta challenges I’m participating in this month are: the #HayleySoonChallenge by @ahenleyauthor, in celebration of his new book – Hayley Soon – being released in March; the #Charactersinlove challenge – where I’m hoping to introduce you more to Lauryn and Harry and the relationship they have, and the last, #ShareYourLineFeb, where I share my favourite line every day!

So, that’s it for January, let’s see what February brings us, shall we!

I hope you all had a budding first month of the year, and if you didn’t, don’t worry, we still got eleven months left!

But, until next time,

Just Keep Writing…

Jade x


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