Weekly Progress Update!
Howdy howdy folks!
How has this week been treating ya? I hope you had a nice, long weekend to focus on you and get some things done.
This week wasn’t too bad for me. I didn’t do any OT at work, and on Friday they unofficially moved some of my work over to someone with bandwidth. I’m really happy about the switch off and the sanity and time that’ll give me.
Oh! And I’m having a few people over to my new place today! I haven’t really had any kind of gathering since the COVID crisis started, but we all really miss each other, so I wanted to be the person to bring us all together for some board games, catch up, and drinks. Super excited!
All right, let’s get into what else happened this week!
This week went really well with reading. I read two books and a short story.
I read these items in a bizarre reading blitz, just three days.
Small Spaces was pretty great! This was another buddy read with Iseult Murphy and the creepy ambience throughout the novel really worked for both of us.
I got Space Walk for free during a promotion, and this is my first read of Tammie Painter, and I was really blown away by how great the writing was. I have two more of her short stories to read, then I’ll consider checking out some of her novels. Super talented writer here, people!
Animorphs was alright, but a bit disappointing this time around. Plot and characterization suffered a bit, but I did still have fun with it.
Small Spaces Review
Small Spaces Buddy Read Questions
Space Walk Review
Animorphs #32, The Separation Review
I’m also currently reading the new Hunger Games book, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
I started this on Wednesday night, and I’m allowing myself to just give this a long, slow read and enjoy it.
I’m about halfway through, and while I’m having fun I do feel that the buildup maybe didn’t have to be quite as extensive. Still, it’s really intriguing to see Panem in the past, and the premise is super interesting.
Stay tuned for my review!
This week wasn’t bad in watching. I reviewed the first season of Hollywood on Netflix.
This was a historical fiction what-if of an interesting time in history, and I was living for every minute of it! I loved watching the old school film process, the characters, and the social issues they tackled. Everything was really well done, and I can’t recommend more!
Hollywood Season One Review (Netflix)
Last but certainly not least, my writing went fairly well this week.
Last week I mentioned I would be trying to write more. My initial goal was to write 2 hours each day during the week, then whatever I could on the weekends. In the end, I managed to write 11 hours in total this week.
I’m really happy that everything worked out the way it did. I did falter a bit on Friday with a smidge of burnout, so I made up for that time on Saturday, but it’s a process I’m going to get used to. I’ve been tracking my time with a spreadsheet, and I hope in time to write even more, especially on the weekend.
I focused solely on my scifi short story this week, and all that time invested has really paid off. I am asking those really important questions of plot and characterization, and I’m almost to the halfway point.
I will have to split my time between Reaper and the short story going forward, but I was really feeling the inspiration with my short story, so I went with it.
Wish me luck!
Halloween only happens once a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fright before then.
My debut novella Reaper has the chills, thrills, and classic Halloween theme that’s perfect for a creepy summer read!
That’s a Wrap!
All right, so that was it for my week. How did yours go? Did you do well on your writing and reading projects? Anything interesting you’d like to share?
Do you have any great recommendations in TV, movies, or books? Feel free to share in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by everyone, and Happy Sunday!
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Eleven hours of writing on top of a full time job is pretty good. I hope this coming week is a good writing week for you too!
Thanks Priscilla! I think I could easily boost my writing on the weekend, I’m just super busy trying to make my apt an oasis.
Hope you had a good writing week too!
I only managed to finish 1 book this week and that was The Hate U Give so not so good quantity wise but at least I enjoyed the book.
Thanks for sharing with us! I’m glad you gave it a shot 🙂 hoping your next one is awesome!