Back to Blogging

Hello everyone,

After a two-month hiatus, I am very excited to be returning to my blog!

It feels a little strange after many weeks of being away doing other things, but I am so glad to be back. I look forward to interacting again with you all and sharing my bookish thoughts.

Before I move on, I would just like to say thank you so much for all the lovely messages you sent when I announced my hiatus. They meant such a lot to me and I felt truly humbled to receive that amount of support. I am really lucky to have so many wonderful and special friends in the book blogging community!

So, here is a wrap-up of what I did during my hiatus:

Writing

Well, my main objective was to make progress with my writing and my WIP. This did not go as I expected, but on the other hand I feel like my writing is in a much better place now than it was at the beginning of June.

At around the end of June, I decided that I was unlikely to achieve anything with my WIP, so I abandoned it and began on a new one altogether. This has felt like a good decision, as my new WIP is one of the best creative writing ideas I have had. I only hope that my writing can do it justice!

If you have followed my blog for some time, you may remember that I had written a non-fiction book. I finally feel that now I am slowly getting closer to getting that one published – I can live in hope!

Books

In terms of reading, I have devoted much of the summer to rereading the Harry Potter series. I have read each book countless times now, but every one of them has been a very fulfilling experience that has made me look at the series from different perspectives.

I have also (slowly) read some other books, in order to try and keep up with my mountainous TBR. Some of these were excellent reads, and I look forward to sharing my reviews in the coming days!

In June, I was lucky to attend a Q&A event with new YA authors Kesia Lupo (We Are Blood and Thunder) and Emma Smith-Barton (The Million Pieces of Neena Gill). It was very informative and I was able to pick up some useful writing tips.

Life

So far, 2019 has been quite a challenging year for both my physical and mental health. For several months I was feeling unwell and it has taken even longer for the psychological effects to ease, but finally it seems like I am recovering. In the last couple of weeks, I have certainly felt like I have a renewed spring in my step and I’m feeling pretty good.

At the same time, I have tried to keep going. Work has gone well, and I recently enjoyed a lovely holiday in Cornwall, as well as a trip to the British Museum, which was a really incredible place to visit.

Now I need to get back into the happy routine of writing and scheduling blog posts!

Have you had a good summer? Do you have any book recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!

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47 thoughts on “Back to Blogging

  1. Welcome back, Stephen! I’m glad to hear you found yourself in a good place both in regards to your WIP and your life πŸ™‚
    I’ve been having pretty productive reading months since June, but my reading has slowed down a bit. Oh, well, life does get in the way!
    Hope you have a wonderful reading month, happy reading πŸ™‚

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  2. Welcome back Stephen. Glad that everything is looking up for you. I’ve had a pretty good summer. Not done very much but read except this month I am finding myself only wanting to binge watch a show because stupid me decided it was a good idea to start a new show even though I have several books I need to get read and reviewed.

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  3. Welcome back and Happy Birthday, Stephen! It sounds like your break was much needed but you sound refreshed! Fingers crossed for the nonfiction book to be published and for you to continue with your new WIP. Cornwall looks like such a lovely place to visit!

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  4. Hello and congratulations on coming back to blogging. I’m glad that you’re feeling better, mental health struggles can be really rough – so it’s good you took some time for yourself. I’m excited to see what kind of things you post!

    – Zoe

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