Like a lot of times when you reach a milestone, it’s time to celebrate and take stock. I sat down this evening and felt like I haven’t done anything.
But that’s not true.
Over January, I completed an editing commission, I finished editing my own latest novel, and I completed dry January, though in all honesty, I’m also looking forward to having a drink next week.
But I also managed to read seven books. I don’t think I’ve every read that many books in a month before.
I’ve also achieved a fair bit this weekend. I read one whole book in the last two days. Ata 225 pages, okay, not the longest, but still a whole book. I also managed to read the first “Book” of the Iliad. That is one dense read! There are 24 books within the Iliad, doubt I’ll get through that whole tome in a month let alone a weekend.
I also did two things this weekend that have really helped my mental health. Firstly, I dressed properly, not just dressed – I do that every day. But it was that I dressed in smart(ish) clothes. Including an actual skirt. I can’t remember the last time I wore an actual skirt.
The second thing I did, yesterday, was that I started writing a new book. I had got out a new notebook, and I started writing. I got the notebook because I was in pain in my left hand and I couldn’t face typing then (clearly better today). So I wrote, and I wrote 21 pages long hand, more than that – I am LOVING this story.
Today, I also spent a far amount of time tidying up my website and my blogs, yes, blogs, not just this one, by my crime writing blog, too. I put out a call to other crime writers, and many of them have agreed to do blogs for me, which is fabulous, and I can’t wait to learn more of my follow wordsmiths.
So yeah, a good month, I’m pleased with what I’ve accomplished and I’m hoping that it’s a sign of how the rest of the year will go.