So, new year, new blogging style.
Partly inspired by Nick Hornby's Stuff I've Been Reading and Austin Kleon's weekly newsletter, I'll be sharing the stuff I'm reading, writing, watching and learning every first week of the month from now on. It suits my nicheless soul to the T.
At first I thought of turning "Stuff I'm Sharing" into a monthly newsletter. But I have resisted because a) I just don't have the time b) I don't want to bother readers with emails c) I want to spend more time writing books.
I'm of the Anne R Allen school of persuasion when it comes to newsletters - my blog is newsletter enough. But if it's emails you want, you can opt to have my blog posts delivered to your inbox (the form is at the top right corner of the page). For those who prefer not to, they can visit my blog.
What I'm watching
Yes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Love grumpy Luke. Still do not love emo Kylo Ren. Why are you even emo, Kylo? With a dad like Han and a mom like Leia, you didn't have an excuse. Bah. Still, watching Carrie Fischer as Leia for the last time was a heart wrencher. And Luke. I don't care. I want to have more of him. You cannot tell me no.
On the TV front: Am currently obsessed with Elementary, which is surprising since I've long neglected it, thinking of it as an inferior Sherlock. But I've come around.
Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock has a different flavour, and I like it. Unfortunately, I returned to the CBS drama just when the network is treating it like an unwanted stepchild. It has not even announced when season 6 will premiere yet. Some say Jan 7, but CBS remains annoyingly silent. Come on, guys. I know you like building anticipation, but this is crazy. Especially with a cliffhanger like that!
Elementary season 5 ended with a shocker: The last scene we have of Sherlock is him sliding into an MRI machine. He's been hallucinating his mother, having blackouts, texting messages that he doesn't remember writing. Bloody hell, what a cliffhanger to leave us with. Don't be cruel, CBS, tell us when Sherlock returns!
Season 6 is going to be a doozy. Too bad it may be its last.
What I'm learning
Time management. Because I suck at it. Namely, I tend to overcommit, thinking that I can do five tasks in the time it takes to do one. So, yeah, that's the road to major stress there.
Came across a fantastic Youtube webinar by Phyllis Khare. Her theory is simple: To achieve your goals you must schedule every task related to the goal. She shows you how to do this via Google Calendar. Currently logging my tasks into Google calendar to discover a more realistic timetable for myself
What I'm reading
The first book I completed in 2018 is Half a King. It's a relief to read a fantasy novel that doesn't drag on and on and on and doesn't have a bazillion characters (hello, George RR Martin!). Half a King is a simple adventure, but that didn't stop Joe Abercrombie from surprising me.
After that, I jumped to my favourite comfort genre: romance! I ripped through Eva Leigh's From Duke Till Dawn in two days. I like that our heroine is a non-virginal, street-smart woman for once. And although the ending is about as realistic as fake news, I don't care, I want my fairy tale. Leigh sure knows how to keep me turning the pages.
Also, thanks to Ryan Holiday, I'm attempting Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. Will I fall into a coma reading the Roman Emperor's diary? I will tell you next month.
Reading goals for the month: Please, for the love of budgeting, do not buy any new books. You have 60+ books in your TBR, Liz.
What I'm writing
I've just released my novella, Heretics of Thran to the big bad world. I've been getting good feedback so far, so it's promising. I'm just psyched because it's the start of my space opera series, Distant Stars Saga. How many books will I write in the series? More than three, most certainly. Six, possibly. More than six - also a possibility. I'm not pinning a number on it just yet because I'm having too much fun torturing my characters.
PS: One day I shall explain why I write fiction under a pseudonym. One day.