I kind of stopped blogging for a year, and in that time I’ve continued to gain some followers and I’ve also changed a lot so I thought it was fitting for me to reintroduce myself to the bloggosphere.
Who Am I??
Good question. My name’s Emma, I’m 18 years old and from Sydney, Australia. I’m currently about to start a university degree studying genetics. I can solve a rubiks cube in under 2 minutes (on a good day) and I used to be a morning person, I’m still trying to get back to waking up early after my last year of high school ruined my soul.
I watch far too much TV, and have done several posts in the past about it – don’t worry I’ll probably do another one soon. My favorite book series are the Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody, The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. (and if you love any of those series too, feel free to come and scream at me about them on twitter because I would 100% love it).
I love the idea of writing a novel but despite having 200 000 words on one project I burn out and get frustrated easily so it’s taking me forever. (anyone looking for a writing buddy?). Actually putting in effort is exhausting and I’m trying so hard to be about that life but ughhhh I have such bad impulse control. I love characters more than plot when I’m writing, but plot more than characters when I’m reading (with some exceptions obviously).
What Can You Expect From Me?
Honestly I kind of don’t know. I enjoy reviewing books I feel strongly about, and I like being able to write posts about writing and my struggles with it. I also enjoy doing wrap ups and being able to track my reading, but I’m not sure what regular content is going to look like for me quite yet.
I will definitely aim to review most of the books I read, maybe even with a bit more of an analytical view. And I will do posts talking about my writing along with writing help style posts, maybe even some sort of tag so I can connect with other bloggers who are writing. I might do some posts about my bullet journal if people are interested in seeing that. It really depends on what my life looks like over the coming year, a lot of things are still up in the air for me right now.
I’m not even sure I’m going to stay on this blog. There was a while where I considered rebranding to more of an author style platform, where the focus is my name and not a blog name. It would give me a chance to have a wider range of topics. I’ve also considered moving to a self hosted blog rather than wordpress. But I’m also not so sure I want my full name so widely publicised. I think I’ll stay with this blog but start up a mailing list under my name?? Maybe?? I’ll keep you posted.
How’s My Writing Going?
Hah. Hah. Hah. So school was quite busy and I didn’t write much until November rolled around. I won nanowrimo (yay) despite being way behind after the first two weeks. And so I thought December would be a productive writing month too, but without the motivation I kind of slumped. I wasn’t near the end of my draft even though I had hit the end of what I’d written in previous versions of this story and I didn’t really know what I was doing.
I’m at a point now where I’m stepping back from that project, giving myself January to outline other projects and get excited about writing again. In February I’m going to dive back into that project with a round of edits / finishing up the bits I left blank. I really want to have that project finished by the end of 2019, but I’m the sort of person who struggles with goals that I can’t see the immediate benefit from so I know it’s going to be a bit of a push to get there.
I do really want to make writing a focus now that I have a bit more time, but you know how it goes. Maybe reading more in 2019 will help me get motivated.
What Books am I Going to Read in 2019?
Despite not reading much last year, I really want to get back to where I was in 2017 when I read soooo many books and loved every second of it. I have a goodreads list called 2019 TBR where I put books I plan to read this year if you want the full list but some of the highlights are:
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- What if It’s Us by Becky Albertali and Adam Silvera
- Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas (please I need to escape this series)
They’re all on my shelf staring at me and this needs to be the year I get that shelf of unread books under control. But it seems like I missed so many good new releases last year so I have a bit of catching up to do.
What Can You Do For Me?
I’d love to reconnect with my older followers and get to know the new ones, so leave me a comment below with your favorite 2018 release that I missed and need to get to, or some of your accomplishments of 2018 that you’re celebrating.