A general update: It’s been a while…

It’s been a pretty hellish start to the  year. For various reasons, I’ve spent much of the last three months either emptying or filling boxes. Sorting things and throwing things away is another new pastime along with visits to the tip and the charity shop. It hasn’t really been conducive to making progress with my writing and it is only in the last few weeks that I feel that I have started to get back to normal.

In terms of blogging, I have managed to keep up with my book reviews and I am pleased that I have still been able to read a lot. (All that travelling around on public transport has to be good for something.) I’ve read four books from my TBR Pile which is in keeping with what I’d planned – one a month. And when I finish John Boyne’s The Absolutist, I’ll be halfway through the Eclectic Reader Challenge so that is all to the good.

I am finding time to write but I have been concentrating on existing projects rather than using writing prompts. Much as I love doing that, I feel that I have more pressing commitments. I have entered a couple of short story competitions and I am trying to prepare Choose Yr future for publication ultimately but beta readers before that. I’m also quite excited by my other project which now has the name of The Practise of Deception. So, at the minute, whatever time I can spare to writing is being used for these. I will get back to using the prompts, I’m sure when life has settled down a bit and when I need a new project. After all, The Practise of Deception grew from one of these prompts so they are useful as well as fun.

Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR list

7aabb-toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s top ten is ten books from your Spring TBR lists. I must admit that I don’t really like pinning myself down in such a way and I will undoubtedly get distracted by other books. However, these are the books I am currently looking forward to reading next. (That’s if I ever manage to finish Translated Accounts. I’m starting to understand why it was on my TBR pile for quite so long!)

  1. Complicity – Iain Banks (TBR Challenge)
  2. The Absolutist – John Boyne (Eclectic Reader Challenge)
  3. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier (Eclectic Reader Challenge)
  4. The Stepford Wives – Ira Levin
  5. The Rapture – Liz Jensen (TBR Challenge)
  6. Loitering With Intent – Muriel Spark
  7. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  8. A Dangerous Thing – Josh Lanyon
  9. Big Brother – Lionel Shriver
  10. The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith