This month I am very much aware that I am doing a lot of things. I am running a company and doing a Master’s and writing two books, which when I write it down in black and white does look like a lot.
Not only that, but the company is currently growing (goo… good?) and I’ve been elected student rep for the MA (when I say “been elected” I mean “enthusiastically volunteered for” because I am a big fat nerd) and I am already three chapters behind with one of the books, which I originally planned to finish in 2016. However, the other book is (so far) on schedule, so that’s something, right? RIGHT?
I jest. I’m having a great time with all these things, really, and I thrive on being busy. Yes, it is a lot, but I had so missed that feeling of real purpose when you get up in the morning, you know? That mighty shove your to-do list gives you when you wake up and it’s freezing outside the covers and there’s a yowling cat in your face.
Highlights of the month
- Starting uni! HOW EXCITING. I have not been this excited since term started at school when I was a teenager. Why yes, I have always been very cool.
- Having dinner with a friend. We went to La Brasseria near Regent’s Park and it was a very pleasant evening.
- My Hallowe’en party was freakin’ awesome, though I say so myself.
- The agent liked my book! *hyperventilates* The Agent. Liked. My Book. I mean, there are still things that need to be done with it: she saw a rough second draft, so it definitely needs some more edits, but I knew that anyway.
- Autumn has been out in full force in London. I love the colourful leaves.
- Getting back into walking more again.
- Buying a beautiful desk, aka the desk of my dreams.
THINGS THAT WORKED WELL
- Uni. I’m enjoying it so far, particularly the academic part.
- Work is going fairly well; we have new clients and new projects, which is always a good thing.
- Walking. I walked to work most of the time, and around London quite a bit, and that was nice.
- Swimming. I went again.
THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK SO WELL
- I’m not actually sure, because I’m writing this in the office at nearly midnight and I’ve been here since 6am, and that is probably an answer in itself.
This Month I Walked…
This Month I Swam…
1,320 metres / 0.82 miles. Which is better than last month, when I did not swim at all.
This Month I Read…
- The Secret Keeper by Susan Lewis ⭑
- My own novel, again, to edit it *
- A sensitivity read for a client *
* I am not going to give star ratings to these, because they are not published yet so it wouldn’t be fair. (Also, obviously I’m not going to rate my own book, since I am blatantly biased…)
I also read a whole bunch of papers for the Master’s, and of course worked on the two books I’m writing, hence the much shorter reading list than usual.
THIS MONTH I WATCHED…
- The Good Place. I can’t believe we’re in the final season! Also, the podcast is well worth listening to.
- Departures, Birthmarked, Carrie Pilby in a three-film binge when I was tired and needed to switch my brain off. I didn’t particularly love any of them, but it didn’t matter.
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and I felt like I’d seen it before.
- The Neverending Story, for the first time ever, and I thought it was awful and extremely culturally insensitive and the dragon thing was creepy and I do not get it at all.
- Tallulah, which was quite fun.
- Time Out, which was mildly entertaining.
- Two Weeks Notice, which is still brilliant despite the missing apostrophe in the title.
- Living With Yourself, which I half-enjoyed and half was just watching to give my brain something to not really concentrate on.
- Ingrid Goes West, which was not very good.
- Atypical season 3, which I quite enjoyed.
And then I turned the page in the diary I use as a paper to-do list, and I saw this, and it made me laugh:
Even my to-do list wants me to chill the fuck out.
No can do, to-do list. I’ve got shit to do.
How was your October?