The Sunday Post (16): Holiday, Halloween and Hard Work

Posted 4th November 2018 by Anstice in Blog Updates, Life Updates, Memes & Tags / 🗨2 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!

~Kimberly

This week in my life

Last week, we went on holiday to the seaside town of Great Yarmouth (on the East coast of England) with our friends and their two children. We stayed in a caravan on one of those Haven Holiday parks that come with a swimming pool and lots of family entertainment included. The weather was pretty good for October so we got to play on the beach, take the kids around the fair and visit an animal park. It was nice to spend quality time with our friends and we enjoyed playing board games and drinking wine when the kids finally went to sleep!

A collage of photographs from the seaside town of Great Yarmouth in England.

My husband went back to work on Monday (his birthday, bless him) but I had an extra week off. I mostly spent it playing with my daughter and watching Mary Poppins over and over again. But whenever she was at nursery or asleep I was busy writing and editing (more on that later). 

We didn’t go out for Halloween this year, but my daughter dressed up and we just danced around the living room to ‘The Monster Mash’ and ‘The Addams Family’. I was pretty pleased with how my pumpkin turned out this year. 

Black cat with curly tail pumpkin design

On Friday, I took my daughter to visit the Remembrance Day memorial display in our local church, which was really beautiful and moving. Then we went window-shopping and treated ourselves to some cake. I really loved having a little trip out, just the two of us.

A collage of images from Remembrance Day memorial display with hand made poppies in English church

We enjoyed watching some fireworks at our next door neighbour’s house last night before rushing off to do some bowling for our friend’s 30th birthday. We’re going out later tonight again for a meal to celebrate my husband’s birthday, so it’s been quite a busy weekend.

This week on the blog

I kind of abandoned my blog this week in order to focus on my writing and time with my daughter so nothing new I’m afraid! Although I have been sorting out some collaborations, spotlights and book reviews that are coming soon.

Coming up next week

  • Monday-Book Spotlight: October Song by Ru Pringle
  • Wednesday-20 Questions Book Tag
  • Thursday-Thursday Aesthetic (on Twitter @tizzypotts)
  • Sunday-The Sunday Post

Writing update

I worked really hard on finishing and editing my short story this week, staying up until 1 or 2 am most nights. I finally submitted it to the IWSG annual anthology competition yesterday morning. It’s the first writing competition I’ve entered in four years so I’m really proud of myself for giving it a go. 

I had hoped to do NaNoWriMo this month but honestly, I feel like I need a break. I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself lately and not really looking after myself in terms of exercise, healthy diet, relaxation and so on. So I’m going to focus on my health for the next couple of months and come back to my writing goals again in the New Year.

What I’m reading

Last week I read My Sister and Other Liars by Ruth Dugdall. The psychology of the characters was really interesting but I did guess the ending quite early on. My full review will be coming soon.

Book cover for My Sister and Other Liars by Ruth Dugdall

Latest goodies

I received the following eBooks to read and review:

book cover for Eve of Eridubook cover for Rotten Magicbook cover for List of 13book cover for After the Last Battlebook cover for Cryptofaunabook cover for Through the Hostagebook cover for Lurking in the Woodsbook cover for Enlightenedbook cover for Light Tripperbook cover for Water to Waterbook cover for RoboDocsbook cover for The Mentalist Seriesbook cover for The Gilded Kingbook cover for My Sister and Ibook cover for Time Crawlersbook cover for A Murder of Crowsbook cover for October Song by Ru Pringle

I also got these for free on Kindle:

book cover for Magic of Thievesbook cover for Reaper's Runbook cover for The Wallbook cover for The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan

Before you go…

How was your week? Did you enjoy Halloween?

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2 responses to “The Sunday Post (16): Holiday, Halloween and Hard Work

  1. That sunset in the photo is absolutely beautiful <3 I am glad you all enjoyed your holiday so much, and the kids too! The waterside looked lovely too. And yay for being able to enjoy your time off 😀 That is so many new kindle reads and books for review D: I hope you can enjoy them all. The Gilded King looks especially cool.

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