It was a shorter working week for me (god I love my two-day working weeks) and I managed to cram a heap of stuff into the last seven days. Thankfully – given I call myself a book blogger – I did manage to do some reading and blogging as well!
What I read
I started the week with Beyond the Orchard by Anna Romer. It’s not due out until November but I’m participating in a blog tour and needed to formulate some questions for Anna. I loved it and read it in a sitting.
After a night or so off I read The Better Son by Australian author Katherine Johnson, before embarking on Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders.
What I wrote
I wrote about the fact I seem to have become a morning person since my move. It’s weird, but I’m waking early. Every day. Indeed, it’s Sunday here and I was out walking on the beach before 6am. It’s really quite shocking.
On the house front I also pondered the notion of ‘feature walls’ and asked what people thought. I think the vote came out as a resounding no.
I shared some tips from a session I went to at the Problogger Conference about content creation and writing a ‘better’ blog. And finally I shared some ideas I have to improve my blogging and book reviewing and would love it if you could pop over and share your thoughts.
I reviewed some books, though only two:
The Better Son by Katherine Johnson – an Aussie book about two brothers and the one who came home
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – a book about a nurse on trial for the negligent homicide of a baby she was forbidden from caring for
What I did
I attended my first Italian class, which was okay. There are only four of us there as this facility is just setting up its adult education classes. It means we get a little too much attention from our teacher but I’m hoping to hang in there.
And I spent yesterday at the Bundaberg WriteFest. I’ll share more on that in a separate post this week but I essentially attended two great workshops – one on getting published and writing commercial fiction; and the other on developing a book’s ‘setting’ – re time and place. (Interestingly that’s exactly what my questions to Anna Romer – mentioned earlier – were about!).
What I plan to do
I’ve got some work travel this week, but just a day trip from memory. Reading-wise, two of the books I’ve got are due to be published so I need to start there. Firstly there’s Graham Norton’s Holding; and then IQ by Joe Ide. I’m not sure what will come after that… but time will tell.
And I’m planning to spend the day listening to some Problogger Event sessions on affiliate marketing and the like before my week ‘proper’ starts.
But enough about me… what’s on your agenda?