Showing posts from December, 2017

Looking Back on 2017

2017 was not a good year for me writing-wise.

There, I said it. I had a bad writing year.

Due to a bunch of factors (lots of changes and a mild depression being the two main culprits), I lost my will to write. It was painful because writing was something I always enjoyed, even though I've never found it easy. I loved to write and I loved the community I found when I wrote.

But this year, I just withdrew.

I could write a lengthy, inspiration post on what I plan to do in 2018 but that would be a lie. I'm not setting any writing or publishing goals like "publish X number of books" or "sell y copies" because I'm afraid of being stuck again if I did. Instead, I would like to spend 2018 focusing on one thing at a time. Finishing one book at a time. Writing one blog post at a time. Sending one email at a time.

In 2018, I'm planning to take it one step at a time. And when I'm better, I'll reconsider the "no goals" thing again.

England Book Haul

Hello everyone! I'm back from England and dealing with the jet-lag(:

It was a really great trip and this time, I decided to get books as souvenirs (since I don't really use traditional souvenir items but love books). So I thought I'd blog about what I got plus a share a few photos from my trip.

From London

I got three books from London! The first is "Heath Robinson's Home Front", which is illustrated by Cecil Hunt. The main "star" of the book are the comics by Heath Robinson. I got this at the Churchill War Rooms, which is a must visit if you like history.

The Churchill War Rooms also contains a lot of cute postcards.

I also got An English Murder by Cyril Hare and The Secret Lives of Cows by Rosamund Young from WHSmith (which my sister describes as 'the Popular of England'). Cyril Hare has been on my TBR list for a while so I was really happy to get it!

Apart from the War Rooms, we also went to Windsor Castle

Saw some of the illuminations


Books I'm Reading Before Going to England

It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that the person planning a trip turns into a tyrant within twenty-four hours. Ok, perhaps tyrant is an overstatement, but I definitely went overboard with a twenty-six page (and counting!) itinerary. Part of the itinerary included reading recommendations and they are growing every single day. So far, the books I've read (that are not travel guides - I've probably gone through three so far) are:

A Curious Guide to London by Simon Leyland: This is not your ordinary travel guide. This book is basically a collection of London lore, organised by geography. If this wasn't a library book, I would bring it with me and open it as I try to rush my family around London (my mom's comment on the itinerary was "isn't there any time to relax?" The answer was "no, there is far too much to see")

Sorry! The English and their Manners by Henry Hitchings: This doesn't really help plan a trip but it was interesting to r…