Not a lot to report

With my last post being NYE, I have to say not a lot has happened.

I’m still reading and reviewing, and I have still trying to make a brand name out of myself so someone will notice my skills and take it upon themselves to give me a chance in the publishing world. Whether it’s editing, looking for the next big author, marketing books…even if it’s just work experience, it would give me a chance to get my foot in the door. So if anyone reading this wants to give me a chance to prove to them I am serious in having a career in Publishing, please check out my book review blog and get in touch. *fingers crossed*

I found out that I wasn’t a Christmas temp at NEXT, but was always a part-timer. I was kind of annoyed that I wasn’t told that because i was fretting about not having a job at the end of Xmas but regardless, I am still working in NEXT, getting to know the people I work with and expanding on my skills every time I work a shift.

I have also now lost a stone and a half, so much so, i have put some clothes on EBay that are too big for me now. I only have another stone and a half before I have reached my goal. It doesn’t matter how long it takes me to reach that goal, the fact is I am loosing weight at a steady pace and not all at once.

I am still writing my book. Whether it’s finished this year or next, i WILL finish it and hopefully put it online for people to read, if they want to. Its more for me to prove that i can write a book. I’ve been writing since i was a teenager so to self-pub my book or just send it to a selective few who want to read it – then i can tick that off my list.

I’m hoping my next update will be more thrilling. I am still looking for work experience, internships and full-time employment as i wish to move out and back to Cardiff later this year. Saving up when you only earn £150 a month is quite hard, especially when trains to work cost £6.40, but I’ll get there. I have faith!

 

 

Update on everything.

I’m been a bit rubbish with this blog recently as I haven t had much news to share, but I’m going to give you a little update on what Ive been up to this past month.

Weight Loss

I have now lost 20 pounds! YAY! As i mentioned in my last weight loss post, I feel really great about myself. I do have another 2/3 more stone to lose, although I don’t really need to loose that much, it would be nice to see if i can get to a weight that i haven’t been since i was a child hahah. But I’ve dropped a dress size which is great and I’m feeling really good about myself at the moment. It’s amazing what staying focused and losing weight gradually can do to ones self-esteem and confidence. Many friends have told me I’ve gained confidence, and I have. Not much, granted, but I’m getting there. Over Xmas I am still sticking to WW and trying not to deter too far from it as I don’t want to go back to weigh after Xmas and be shown that i have put on. So here’s to being good this year for once.

Book update

I’ve written about 80 pages so far but recently I haven’t written anything. I still plan to write, and as I’ve said, i have the story, but I’m just not feeling like writing at the moment. I’m sure after the New Year my muse will come back, but right now, I don’t have the motivation to sit down and write when I have books to read and review and I have an Xmas job to go to. I WILL write this book, as its something i have been wanting to do for years, but right now…its not happening.

Book Reviews

On a happier note, as you can see from the sidebar, I have set up my own Book Review Blog – if you would so kindly take a look. As someone who LOVES books, it was inevitable that this would be a career path to go down. Right now, I have many an author who are emailing me and asking me to review their books in return for an honest review – hence being too busy to write. Albeit, some books I do not review as they are not my kind of books, but I have become friends with one author who sends me books in return for reviews and I know i can count on her to boost my viewings as she can count on me to write honest reviews and get more people to read her books. I am also a reviewer for Female First, although my reviews aren’t up yet, I do hope they will be up soon. So in the future i would love to have a career in Publishing. It would be a dream come true to work with something that i love!

Xmas Job

I have an Xmas job! I am a Sales Adviser in Next and so far, i am loving it there. I hope I’m kept on but if I’m not, I now have retail experience. I really thought my interview went bad but an hour later they rang me up telling me I got the job. I am now till, shoe and changing room trained, have more confidence in talking and helping costumers and I’m over my fear of the massive stockroom! Albeit it is an Xmas job and i have a few weeks left before knowing if I’m kept on or not, but it’s gotten me out of the house and given me something to do for a few hours a week, which is great as being cooped up in the house was starting to drive me crazy.

That is everything so far in my life. Hopefully I will update this blog more, but right now, I’m focusing on my book reviewing site, so click on the link next to this blog, and come and join me in my other world. You may even find a book you like the look of!

Have a great Xmas and New Years everyone!

Until next time.

Book progress so far.

Carrying on from ‘Writing a book? Yeah Right‘ I thought I would use this blog to, now and again, tell you have I am getting on with my writing. Although I have previously told you all that I am re-writing stories that I used to write when I was younger, doing so has, in fact, made me realize how much time and effort it takes to planning and writing a book.

With the first story I am re-inventing, after reading it, I knew there was a lot I had to change about it. It might have looked and seemed like a great story when I was younger, but now, after having a Journalism degree – which should help me with my writing – I’ve had to turn the story on its head and add and take out parts which just didn’t seem to fit or even make sense in the situation.

It may seem more helpful if I told you what this book is about, but alas, I am not going to tell anyone until I have finished it. I will tell you it could be classed as a ‘Young Adult’ book – seeing as the bases of when it was written was when I was about 14/15, and i really want it to be aimed at teenagers/young adults. The story isn’t exactly conventional within this society in the UK, but it could be with other countries but as a teen writing this back in the day, I think I wanted to write a story about if it could happen here. Sorry, I know I’m confusing you and not giving much away, but I’m just trying to give a little bit of detail about how I came to think of this story.

Anyway, I am currently on page 31, and starting to write Chapter 6 at the moment. The ‘new’ story still has the outline of the old one, but it seems more realistic than the old one, which I am glad of. It will probably take me a few weeks, if not months to complete it and then proof-read and edit some more but over the following weeks, I will posting my progress upon this blog of my writing, and I hope you’ll all follow my journey. At times, it seems this idea may be silly, but if i have these on my computer, and my passion for writing, I’d love to have a published book. So I hope you stick with me, and when the times right, I will tell you exactly what this book is about and whether you’d have an interest in reading it.

Until next time.

Writing a book? Yeah right.

If you’ve read ‘Time For The Weight Loss Journey’, then you will know that I am a recent unemployed graduate. Since finishing university back in May this year, I have been constantly searching for jobs – full-time, part-time, graduates, temporary, international…you name it, I’ve looked and applied everywhere for something to kick start my career.

But since being home bound, moneyless and jobless, I have taken advantage of downloading a range of different books to my Kindle over the past months to get me through the roughness of the days where I have applied for as many jobs as physically possible but there has been no response.

I’ve loved reading books for as long as I can remember. In Primary School I can always remember there being book groups in class and we used to have reading circles, where every week someone would be allowed to choose a book and the small circle would read it out aloud, each given a small part every once in a while. I don’t think it was really until i started Secondary School that books became a big part of my life. I didn’t even know who Jacqueline Wilson was until about year 8 when I borrowed some of her books from a friend and from then I was hooked on them, asking for her books for Christmas one year and not being disappointed when they were under the Christmas tree.
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