A May 2023 wrap-up
May had delighted me with progress – not quite where I want to be, but progress nonetheless. My greatest obstacle has been dealing with the after-effects of COVID-19 (#LongCOVID.) I spent nearly a week resting up after some lung complications as a result of trying to up my exercise routine, and during that downtime fell down the rabbit hole of catching up on more episodes of ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ I should have been writing, or reading in this period, but couldn’t resist the call of the medical drama. Oi Vey! Luckily I snapped out of it and started to get back to the regularly scheduled program 🙂
Photographing the Dead (#2 Season 1 Nameless), Anomaly (0.5 The Blood Race), The Praying Mantis Bride (#3 Season 1 Nameless), Flight 3430 (#1 Flight 3430), Red Rain (#4 Season 1 Nameless), The King of Fu, Grounded (#2 Flight 3430), The Mercy of Snakes (#5 Season 1 Nameless), and Tormenting Lila (#2.5 Lila).
May wasn’t the month I wanted it to be for reading – damn ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ for being so addictive – but I did complete 9 novels/novellas. I was also not quite hitting my stride reading ‘Blitz’ by Daniel O’Malley… the pacing is really slow and the book feels overwritten – but it is all so deliciously interesting. I’m loving the book but am needing to take frequent breaks. It’s taken me all of May to get to the halfway mark. I was hoping reading ebooks in between would buy time until the pacing picks up, but that hasn’t happened yet. I’m determined to return to form in June and get my library of physical books (TBR) down. I’m not technically buying any new ebooks because they are borrowed for free through Amazon Prime, but it’s not helping my task to reduce the number of unread books sitting on my shelves. Still on that self-imposed book buying ban, now 5 months strong!
I managed to finish off 3 book series this month. All of my reads were ebooks, but only 1 contributed to my #BeatTheBacklist goal – the third book in a trilogy wasn’t available in a physical copy. It felt great to finally get back into reading ebooks again – I tend to prefer physical copies, only because of the weight of my tablet, and the life of the battery because it’s so old. Maybe I’d enjoy it more if I get a proper kindle or a new tablet in the future.
Do you have a preference on what you like to read? Hardback, paperback or ebook?
My TBR remains at 303
I had big dreams for writing in May… but reality came to bite me in the ass – literally. Because of being sick and bedridden for months, and then the effects of Long COVID, meaning symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, hair loss, chest pain, headaches, muscle aches and pains, and other regular cold and flu-like symptoms pop up when you push yourself too hard. Consequently I couldn’t exercise as much as I need to and my bursitis and sciatica flared up. Which is a constant pain in your lower back and stabbing pains that shoot down the back of your legs. So I was getting broken sleep because I was waking up in pain. And sitting at a desk is the worst thing you can do with this injury, it exacerbates the condition. So, that’s a long-winded overshare to say that not a lot of writing happened.
I tried to rig up a standing desk to let me get more work done, but it just added to the fatigue. I really felt like I was in a battle with my body this month. Especially with the copywriting and ghost writing work to fixed deadlines that helps pay the bills. But in the last week of May I noticed the flare-up leave and I was able to get in a proper work-out again. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it remains that way for June and beyond. I’d forgotten what the pain was like and was just about to make an appointment with my doctor for some heavy duty painkillers (yuck) before I turned the corner.
May just made me feel old and like my body was falling apart.
On the up-side I got to schedule my book reviews for June and July in advance (because they are fairly quick to write-up.) So that left me feeling proud of some productivity.
So my writing goals for June are the same and May – finish off that queer contemporary novel I’m over half way through. And if I still have time start on the science fiction novel I’m 2 chapters into. Plus I have a couple of large editing jobs contracted for that month. But it’s my favourite thing to do in the writing process, so it won’t feel like a task at all.
There have been some great new shows to indulge in for April, but after a huge viewing month in March, I wanted to pull back a little and make sure I’m keeping my time productive.
Grease : Rise of the Pink Ladies, Up Here, Sweet Tooth (Season 2), Citadel, 9-1-1 (Season 6), and 9-1-1 Lone Star (Season 4).
Really enjoyed all of these shows, I’m always up for a musical show like ‘Grease : Rise of the Pink Ladies’ and ‘Up There,’ they are stand out in the comedy, acting and singing. ‘Citadel’ is jam packed full of action and is laced with humour here and there which tickled my chicken! And the ‘9-1-1’ franchise is an old favourite and love the familiar characters and their stories. ‘Sweet Tooth’ just had this heart-warming undertone that kept me cozy on these cold Aussie winter nights.
Finally got myself all up to date on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ now my OCD can let me get invested into some new shows 🙂
Movies: Upgrade, The Mother, Simulant, Renfield, Dungeons and Dragons : Honor Among Thieves, and Mafia Mamma.
Some fun sci-fi, and brilliant action movie starring Jennifer Lopez (‘The Mother’) and Toni Collette is hilarious – as always – in ‘Mafia Mamma.’ Honourable mention to Dungeons and Dragons : Honor Among Thieves’ and ‘Renfield’ – a fantasy laugh riot. A good month for movies!
I’ve found some great online content in the form of blogs and Instagram this month, so there’s been a flurry of activity in social media for me. Which is great, in previous months I commented that I wasn’t finding all those people I was subscribed to had either stopped posting or switched to a completely unrelated field from reading and writing. So I have been in search of fun new content creators, and it’s starting to pay off. I’m enjoying my scroll feed again.
If you can recommend a social media account, shout them out in the comments below.
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