August has been a month of stress from beginning to end. Some stress good – the race to finish the novel – some stress bad (work isn’t going so well right now). It’s the kind of month where I’ve needed a lot of time to sit back and think about things, but that hasn’t been possible, so instead I’ve made some fairly large decisions despite not really having the headspace to do so, and I hope they turn out to be the right ones. Read more
It was a stressful week last week, but happily I was able to escape into some books. Reviews below.
For the first three months of this year I didn’t read much at all, because I was doing an intensive university course that proved to be very intense, which meant that when I got home all I could bring myself to do was stare at Netflix.
Now, however, I’m back in the swing of reading – for the moment, at least – so here’s what I read last week. Read more
Yeah, this one’s been a good one. Some good news; some good progress. Some imperfections, as always. Here’s a round-up.
Highlights of the Month
- Getting onto the MA Psychotherapy & Counselling at Regent’s University, starting this September. I am extremely happy about this. Being a therapist was my dream job from the moment I learned it was a thing, but when I hit adulthood life went a different way for a while. That was no bad thing, actually, since it gave me a whole lot more experience, but now it feels good to be pursuing a dream again.
June turned out to be a pretty good month, on the whole. Lots of stuff got done, and even though I didn’t read as much as I usually do, I made some progress in other arenas, so I’m not beating myself up about it. Read more
I can’t believe the year is flying by so quickly. It helps to have a lot of things on, I suppose: it means everything goes faster because there’s less time (no time!) to sit around going “What am I doing with my life?”
Nonetheless my brain is having an irritating day today where it’s doing that. I am not a fan of these days, the times when my brain just gives me a constant stream of “You have done NOTHING with your life what is the POINT you are AWFUL I HATE YOU” and I’m like “Stop talking bollocks” but it just carries on grumbling in the background.
It was quite helpful, therefore, that the day I’m writing this is the second-to-last day of the month, because it means it’s time for my monthly round-up, which demonstrates what I’ve been doing for the last thirty days and how it’s not nothing. Read more
I went to Oslo recently and it was lovely, although I barely had any time to explore. Luckily I took the BFF with me, and she managed to do pretty much everything that was available to be done in the city during the week, and then on my one day off she gave me a whistle-stop tour of the highlights.
The Vigelanda Sculpture Park was one such highlight; here are some of the photos I took while we were there. Read more
I haven’t done star ratings on my book reviews for years, mainly because I think it’s difficult to compare books against each other when you read as widely as I do. How can I compare a dense textbook on the philosophy of logics with a throwaway beach novel?
I can’t, of course. But there’s a certain rating each book hits within its own genre, and of course many books which span multiple genres. So I’ve decided to re-add star ratings, partly to make it easier to write my monthly review round-ups. Here’s how that’ll work. Read more