Happy May! I find it almost unbelievable that summer is round the corner. New Year only just happened, right? Maybe I feel this way because we've had frosts every night this week and literal proper white-fields white-mountains honest-to-goodness snow. And yet, the week before, it was lovely, eat-your-lunch-outside, one-of-my-friends-actually-got-sunburnt warm weather. The Northern Hemisphere, man. You can't trust it.
When the world was young I used to do monthly roundup posts, but somehow they ended up going the way of all flesh ... however, this month I thought I'd have a crack at one, to combine with the usual Starting Sparks post.
Before I do, a reminder: I'm running a giveaway and a survey for my fourth blogoversary! Click here to enter.
Favourite? The three five-star ones, probably with We Were Liars taking the crown. I loved that book a lot. I'm going to post about it next week.
“What what what about The Raven King?" The truth is, I don't know. I think I'll have to post about it too, because I am so conflicted, actually. You see I gave it five stars, but honestly I don't know if that's my final verdict, or if I just read it so fast and excitedly that I tricked myself into thinking I loved it? Because I was so excited about it? I did love it! I loved it so much! But I also have a lot of questions and I just-- ugh. My brain is kind of short circuiting. I need to talk to someone who's read it. It was kind of perfect, I think?!?! But I'm quite confused.
Shout-outs also to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Heir of Fire, which I loved.
At the very beginning of April I finished the third draft of my novel, so I'm now on a break before I start Draft Four. Being away from it has honestly been torturous. It's like having a phantom limb. I've really been struggling to write other things, actually. When I write a short story all I can think is, “I don't care about these characters. I don't know them at all. I don't want to create a new world, either, because worldbuilding takes time and if I'm not writing a book about it, why bother?" Obviously the solution to the character issue is to get to know the characters, but again, if I'm never going to write them, what's the point? I get that writing short stories etc is good practice and something I should do, but the truth is I'm so invested in TCATT that I struggle to care about anything else. I care deeply about A Room Alone (my other novel project), but that's it.
I have made some good A Room Alone progress this month, and also a lot of progress plotting Stay in the City (the working title for TCATT #2). I really didn't plot TCATT at all, so this is a novel (hahaha) and enjoyable experience.
My sister-in-law is pregnant so I will be auntie x2 in November!
I had my last proper day of school on Friday, and exams start on Thursday. For those of you interested in Emily's Future: the Continuing Saga, I am definitely taking a gap year. I think we have all known this for a while but it is Properly Official now. I am currently researching projects abroad and will probably be applying for something this week.
RE finishing school. Part of me:
|The world is scary!|
Part of me is so excited about planning my gap year, but another part of me wants to spend the rest of my life reading and writing books, going swimming, and doing fun things with my hair.
And going to uni in Scotland would be (fairly) easy, a lot easier at least than jetting off alone to a country I've never visited, and ... yeah.
Obviously I know that it's gonna be amazing and everyone gets nervous about these things, blah blah blah, and I am actually very very excited. After all:
|I have been repeating this to myself a lot recently. Because it would be easy just to accept one of my uni places, but the right thing to do is to take a gap year, do something amazing, work, and reapply to my top choice, which didn't accept me last year. I know I might not get in again, but if I don't, at least I'll have given it my best shot, and had a brilliant gap year experience to boot.|
Leaving school is pretty sad in a way, though, because there are so many people I really like and yet, after exams, our official last day, Prizegiving and the Leavers' Ball, I am never going to see again. It's pretty crazy that I've spent ten years with these people, but I'm only going to stay in touch without about seven of them. I sort of hate it. But again, that's everyone's experience.
I also just voted for the first time! (In the Scottish Parliament Election.) I've just sealed my postal vote envelope. A lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth (and arguments with various parents/friends) took place before that vote.
Voting + gap year + end of school has partly led me to this:
But, still, I'm mostly this:
And that's my life in April, thank you for reading.
|Finally, we reach the point of this post! Starting Sparks is a writing link-up hosted by me and Ashley. For more info, go to the Starting Sparks page.|
Writer or not, experience or none, characters you already have or characters you create for this prompt, we'd love you to link up!
How was your April? Do you have any exciting May plans? What was your best book in April? HAVE YOU READ THE RAVEN KING YET?!?! Ooh and also, can you tell me about a time you chose between what was easy and what was right?