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Happy World Book Day

To celebrate world Book Day today I’m going to:

– My monthly Book Group meeting to discuss our latest book – For One More Day by Mitch Albom.

– Finish reading said book

– Decide which book to read next. Top of my pile are:

= Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Novelkicks book club book for March, and on my TBR Pile challenge, some might say I gave Laura the idea for having this book this month),

= Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (The final book in the Delirium trilogy came out on Tuesday I think, so should read the second before I get the 3rd, plus, I’m going to see her at Waterstones on 25th so would be good to have them all read by then).

= Men I’ve Loved Before by Adele Parks (because, oh my god, I’ve not read it yet. AP is one of my favourite authors and I’ve not read this. It came out in 2011! What have I been doing?!?!)

= Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood (because I bought it on my kindle a while ago and still not read it)

= The Liar’s Lullaby by Meg Gardiner (on my list as well for TBR Pile Challenge, and I really want to read it!).

I guess that’s all I’ll be doing. Happy World Book Day all.

First Check-in For ROW80 Round Two!

Hey look, first check-in, and I’m actually doing it. Woop, go me. The even better news is I have something to report – something good!

So my goal for writing is 100 words a day, or 10 minutes editing. On Monday I did over an hour editing (oh yeah), yesterday wasn’t so great, I did maybe 5/10 minutes. I’m counting that as a win though. I’ve not done anything today,  but walking home from dinner I had an idea about something I was going to write. My writing buddy Laura runs a website called Novelkicks. Each month they do a writing room thing. I’ve not visited it yet, but I saw on her blog what it was about, so I’m going to totally give it a go. Just need to finish this first.

My exercise goal (1) is to walk for 40 minutes a day (Each walk from the tube to work is 20 minutes so it should be easy, if I go that way…). Monday was in fact easy. Yesterday when I left work it was pouring with rain. I walked down the road to Waterstones (5 minutes) and my trousers were soaked halfway to my knee. I debated getting the bus to the tube, but because of this challenge, I walked. I was soaked, but I did it.

Today’s not been as great. I went another way to work, so my walk was only 5 minutes. Then I went out for dinner, so couldn’t walk back. I had planned to leave the office early and walk the 3o minutes to my dinner location, but I got stuck in a meeting. I walked for 10. Then after dinner I went to the further away tube station, so got 10 minutes.

I was upset about that, but then thought about the 3 visits between my buildings (5 minutes each way, so 25 altogether ). If I count that (which I don’t want to because I have to do that anyway) then I got over 40. I like only counting extra walking, but hey, walking is walking, so that’s 3 for 3 on this goal.

*EDIT – this is not my exercise goal (1). I thought it was, but I forgot I changed it. Exercise goal (1) is the gym as listed below. Exercise (2) is to do my daily exercises for my knee. I did some on Monday, and some on Tuesday. I may have to forgo them today through a lack of time. We’ll see. Also, these ‘some’ I’m doing, aren’t enough. They’re a start, but I need to step them up!*

My eating goal isn’t going well. Maybe because I’ve not yet set it in stone. I’ll think about that one at a later date (naughty I know).

My other exercise goal is for running or gyming, but that’s a weekly goal so I don’t need to think about how I’ve not done anything for it yet – I still have time!

My blogging goal is to check-in for ROW80 twice a week, and do another blog. I’m checking-in now, and did a very short blog yesterday. I’m actually planning tomorrow’s in my head right now, so that’s really good. As good as I could possibly do at this point in the week!

2 more goals. We could just ignore them… Go on… No? Fine…

Eating (2) goal is for 5 items of fruit or veg a day. Monday I failed. Yesterday I was going to get it until I got home shattered and gave in to the idea of take away. But I did have a salad too (note – sweet and sour chicken doesn’t go with salad!). Today… I had a salad for lunch, that must have been 2 portions, then broccoli with dinner, and enough mushrooms and shallots to make a portion. And a couple of strawberries. That makes 4+. Not 5. Tomorrow. I’ll do well tomorrow.

My final goal is a lifestyle one – be in bed before 11pm. On Monday I cheated. I was, but I had to get up to clean my teeth. Doesn’t count. Tuesday I failed again. Tonight I will be in bed by 11. Which only gives me 35 minutes so must rush.

Don’t need to rush actually, that’s me done.

All in all, I’m doing ok. Wanna see at a glance how well? *rushes off to make a chart* Here we go (sorry it’s not great, too late at night to mess about changing it!):

Books, Books, Books… and Trouble?

I am so excited right now, for a million different reasons.  There’s so many things, I don’t know which to tackle first.  I think I’m going to go chronologically. 

I went to the library at lunchtime today.  Now, we know I have a slight problem with the library – I go and pick up books.  Too many books. But I promised myself I’d be good.  I had a purpose – well 3 purposes – I was going to stick to them and not even look at another book. 

I so nearly did it too.  I got the book I needed (see below), I got the DVD I needed (Grey’s Anatomy – Series 3 – Easter viewing) and I was on the way to the computers to check my emails.  As I was walking across the room, I saw a sign that couldn’t be ignored.  It said SALE.  Uh oh. 

I picked a book up, and found it was 50p.  Yes, 50p.  So I picked up another and another… until I had 5 in my hand (excluding the one I went in for).  Eek.  5 books.  Even as I stood by the sale table I knew I shouldn’t do it.  But I couldn’t help it.  I actually tried to put one of them back down, but I couldn’t.  Oops.

But – I got 5 books for £2.50.  That’s damn good.  And, there’s 3 authors I’d not heard of – so it’s almost like research… Kind of.  I’ve got: Addition by Toni Jordan (which I started reading in the library – such a good 1st page), Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes, Famous Writers School by Steven Carter, An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell and finally Members Only by Leonie Fox.

So that was exciting.  If not a little worrying because I know my other half is going to kill me.   Then, I get back to work and someone from Facilities asks me if I’m New2WritingGirl.  Hmmmmm.  How did they know?  Why?  Apparently there was a package for New2WritingGirl (NewToWritingGirl was one digit too many for a Twitter name).  Woop!  I won a competition on Twitter from the lovely people @PiatkusBooks  and that was the prize pack.  Double Woop.  I’m now the proud owner of: What French Women Know: About Love, Sex and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind by Debra Ollivier, Straight Talking by Linda Blair; The Price by Alexandra Sokoloff and Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center.  Seriously I am so excited – they all sound so good.  AND as 2 of them are non-fiction I can totally read them at the same times as a fiction book.  Woop!

So now a couple of people from the facilities department know about my blog and my Twitter account.  I am anonymous no more.  I thought that would bother me, but as more and more people read my work and comment on it, I’m starting to care less and less if people find out about my ‘other life.’ 

Also exciting.  I bought another book today.  Well, it’s really a novella, and it’s an ebook.  Does that make it better?  Kait Nolan is a writer whose blog was one of the first I started to follow when I started blogging myself.  She finished a novel last year and asked the Twitterverse if anyone wanted to Beta read it.  I volunteered, but before I got half way through she decided she had to re-write it completely.  I was a little gutted as I was enjoying it.  A few months later she decided to scrap it altogether.  Again I was gutted. 

But, now, she’s just released a novella at various places including Smashwords.  It’s called Forsaken by Shadow and I can tell you, it’s pretty damn good.  I’ve been reading it this afternoon and am really enjoying it.  I was getting really frustrated as I was on the switchboard at the time so people kept calling up and interrupting me.  Damn people.

I totally forgot to mention the reason I went to the library other than for Grey’s Anatomy and to use the internet (which after the excitement of all the books, I totally forgot to do).  I found this great website called Novel Kicks – it’s an online writers group that looks really fun. They’ve got a book club and for their April read they’ve chosen The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.  I joined so will be reading this shortly – the library stocked it so I had to go get it. 

I’ve got to say, I’m not too sure if I want to read it – purely cause I don’t read things that will scare me.  And I’m pretty sure this will.  I don’t know why I don’t – I used to.  In fact I used to LOVE all the Point Horror books as a teen – but somewhere between then and now I stopped reading them.  But, I said I was going to join the reading group, so I’m going to read it.  I just won’ t be reading it alone in the house, or alone on the way home in the dark. 

Waterstones are holding a ‘Tweetup’ (Twitter Meet up for those not in the know) tonight, which I want to go to.  My boyfriend’s dropped out and none of my friends want to go.  I know I should go on my own, but I’m not that good at things like that.  No I think it’s that I’ve never been to anything like that so don’t know what to expect and if it’s going to be people in groups then little old me alone, I don’t really want to go.  But I know I want to.  I’m half telling myself that I’ve taken a LOT of big steps into the unknown recently – blogging, writing, putting my work out there for others to read – that I should take another one.  But then at the same time, I’m thinking I’ve done so much I don’t need to do this too.  I can’t decide.  Agh! It might actaully be too late when I get there… Is that a good excuse not too?