Ohh fellow WordPress friends, I feel like it has been far too long. That may sound strange since I posted a review just the other day and have been managing to keep up with Quoting the Quill but I have been struggling to find the time to fit in blogging…. or socialising….or reading…or sleep.
Anything remotely fun or essential basically.
Although I have churned out a few posts this month, my reviews of Picture Me Gone and The Lovely Bones had actually been sitting around in my draft sections for almost two months! I felt they were in need of a bit of finessing (being a perfectionist and all) and each only needed a mere 20 minutes of my attention to finish them off, yet every time I went to do so I was either too knackered or not in the mood. Consequently it has been a loooooong time since I have had the pleasure of sitting down at my laptop a writing a proper blog post, and I miss it. I guess this post is an attempt to rectify that.
Content Warning: From this point onwards this blog will contain rambling, complaining and a lack of writing quality of any kind as I attempt to update you on the general goings on in my life. If you are of frail disposition when it comes to moan-ey students and bookworms, I suggest you don’t read on. 😉
This month has been an absolute soul sucker, I have never felt so stressed in all my life and believe it or not, that is no understatement. Essentially, my psychology course thought it would be funny to put important deadlines on every week in March right through to the 4th April. That’s not even including the general homework and additional reading! The problem with psychology is that it takes so much time. Each piece of work has to have 20ish sources from journals. Each journal is generally 15-23 pages and full of confusing big words and scientific terminology, so it takes forever to read! I am one of those rare students that actually starts their assignments in advance but even I have found myself frantically finishing off work an hour before it’s due in. My average day this month has generally consisted of waking up at 9.30am, staring at journals and word documents until falling into bed at 2am. Wake up, repeat. Wake up, repeat! Eugh. The repetitiveness and stress of it all slowly wore me down. I have never felt so tired! On one day I walked up to lecturers and I felt like a drunk because I couldn’t walk in a straight line I was so sleepy, LOL. I’ve rarely had time to read either which of course made me cranky. Who dares to take my fictional characters away from me?!?
However, I am glad to say that things are slowly winding down and March is nearly over, HUZZAR. While I still have plenty of work it won’t be as intense. Goodbye March, I hope April hits you on the way out!
March was also the month I turned 20. (I know, bad timing in between all that lot right?!) This is something that is still confusing me muchly. I went to write down my age on a form yesterday and I put 19, only to realise it was totally wrong. How can I NOT be a teen anymore? I will freely admit that the prospect of turning 20 was weirding me out a bit. Being a teen has been such a strong part of my identity for so long and it’s discombobulating to think that I no longer belong in that bracket. 20 is so OLD (I know, so many of you are laughing at this right now because 20 is NOT old) but when I mean old I mean ADULT. Like, I have to deal with the real world now, and be grown up and stuff. I can’t excuse any of my actions by saying oh I’m only a teenager. Like say, my compete lack of cooking skills or my bizarre aversion to talking to strangers on the phone. Granted so far 20 is no different from being 19 but it’s strange to think that when I was younger 20 seemed so grown up and mature. By that point I’ll have everything figured out, I thought. Now I’m here and I want to laugh at how completely wrong my child self was!
Some of you may have noticed a random post which popped into your inbox saying *Testing* that either led you to a weird link or nothing at all. Well, that was me setting up a Bloglovin account! This is something I have wanted to do for a while because I know a lot of people prefer this way of following blogs and I thought it may make some people’s lives a little easier, as well as making my blog more easily accessible. So there is now a little button at the top of my homepage for following via Bloglovin. Also, if anyone has any tips on how to use this thing I would be eternally grateful. I think I get the general gist but I always find anything new and techie quite confusing!
The biggest and probably most exciting thing that has happened lately is that earlier this week I was contacted on Twitter by a PR person for Orbit Books (my fave publisher for all things fantasy and science fiction). I was unsure what it was about at first but it turned out she wanted to offer me an advanced reader copy of Trudi Cananvan’s latest book!
*CUE NON-STOP SQEELING AND UNCONTROLLABLE SMILING*.
Once finding out a little more information about the terms and conditions and checking it was all legit, I said yes. When I left the house early the next morning the book had already arrived! I GET TO READ TRUDI CANAVAN’S NEW NOVEL BEFORE THE MAJORITY OF THE REST OF THE WORLD. EEEEEP. Could they have picked a better person?!?! Trudi is my gal. 😀 I have to say after the month I’ve had this is probably the most awesome reward I could ever have received for getting myself through it!
This will be my first intrepid adventure into the world of ARCs. Although I have been aware of their existence for quite some time and the fact that I could probably apply for them, I have held back. Partly because I was concerned it would make blogging feel like a chore but mainly because I already have so many books on my to-read pile, and I knew that if I jumped head first into the ARC world I really would have been drowning in books! It was definitely something I had considered looking into for the future but it seems fate has already forced my hand. I am so honoured and excited to have been chosen to review The Thief’s Magic as a long-term Canavan fan!
And that about sums up my March 2014! I hope you guys didn’t find it too ramble-ley but I felt the need to do a general life update. I added in the pretty headers in an attempt to make it look somewhat more structured and logical although I’m not sure it worked, lol! How was your March 2014? Have you been up to anything interesting? Read anything good? Any tips for navigating Bloglovin? 🙂
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