The past week was somewhat mixed. I had bursts of enthusiasm and energy counterbalanced by extended moments of the blahs. I’m trying not to feel too guilty about my lack of productivity however, as I was recovering from illness and it’s now only two weeks since I finished work.
What I read
My reading list changed a little as I received an email regarding an upcoming release from an Australian author and opportunity to participate in her blog tour. Random House released Kylie Kaden’s debut novel, Losing Kate, just last year and her next, Missing You will be released on 1 April. I’ll be reviewing it soon but (#spoileralert!!!) I downloaded it and read it in a night, I loved it so much!
I also read Nora Roberts’ The Liar —mainly cos I was in the mood. It fell a bit more into the romance genre than romantic suspense but, like I said… I was in the mood so the change was kinda nice. It’s due out in April so I’ll post that review in coming weeks.
And finally (and as planned) I started reading Lisa Genova’s Inside the O’Briens.
What I wrote
I had a slow week, posting my review of If She Did It (aka: Lacy Eye) by Jessica Treadway on the blog during the week and then writing about the fact I was going to force myself to feel more enthusiastic about life in general. I’ve been struggling a lot with motivation of late and decided that writing something was better than nothing at all.
My ear infection finally improved but it took a visit to the Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon. It is still blocked however so I may need to see my doctor to get it syringed out. Gah!
I’ve had a two week break from my circuit classes and am feeling nervous about returning. (Not to mention guilty, which I know is not entirely rational!) Every time I start to feel my fitness is improving something intervenes (Christmas, now the ear thing). I guess I just need to have faith in myself that I’ll return, and confidence that—even if the first sessions back nearly kill me—I’ll again improve with time.
I’ve done nothing in the past week to seek out any freelance writing opportunities, but I did put my name down for a roster of low-level admin positions for a government department. I’m yet to hear if I make the shortlist, but have my fingers crossed.
And finally, after writing Saturday’s self-pity post, on Sunday I rose and started checking this off my To-Do list. They aren’t big things (more like: washing, vacuuming, return emails, read blog posts), but still…
This week’s reading
I had a few nights ‘off’ reading this past week and will probably do so again this week–to avoid getting behind in my reviewing. I’ve got three unread books being published in late April though, so they’ll probably be next on my list. Two of the authors I’ve read before (Tina Seskis and Emma Kavanagh) but the third will be new to me (TR Richmond).
I’m hoping next week’s check-in is far more up-beat and I have stacks of exciting information to share. But until then…
What’s on your agenda this week?
** I’m linking up with Sheila from Book Journey to share my weekly reading checkin.**
Update: I forgot to mention I’ve finally gotten around to signing up to affiliate programs – with Amazon (international) and Booktopia (Australia). I’ll now be (slowly) going back and adding links to my posts, so—in the event readers buy the book via clicking on my link—I get a commission. Am fairly sure I’ll be a gazillionaire in no time. 😉