Found My Safe Space

As followers of my Twitter feed will probably be aware, I was lucky enough to be chosen to be part of the team for Safe Space; a blog that focuses on mental health, feminism and all sorts of other issues that affect women today. I have loved being able to contribute to this for the way I’m able to use my own experiences for the benefit of other people and also just having the opportunity to write. I graduated with a Creative Writing degree close to four years ago and, in that time, I have barely written anything. Now I’m remembering what it is that I love about the act of writing.

As a result of doing this, I have decided that I would like to implement some changes to this blog. I will still be reviewing books regularly, but I also want it to be a place for me to write about real-life, as well as fiction. Whether there is something in the news that has provoked thought or whether there is some value in something I’m experiencing, I want this page to be somewhere I can express that; not merely for cathartic reasons, but because I think the internet is such a vital resource for us being able to share in each other’s lives.

I have written the occasional post about myself, but I want it to be a bigger part of this corner of the internet that I inhabit. It may take a little while for the changes to come into full effect, but hopefully, they’ll be of use. I look forward to sharing this space with you!

Goals: June to August

In the month of May, I had a carefully constructed list of all the things I wanted to achieve in the 31 days offered to me. However, in doing so, I forgot to factor in the impact of my mental health. So whilst I read more than the 15 books I hoped to read and baked a batch of cakes, I was very isolated and unmotivated, leaving most of my other goals unfulfilled.

Deciding that a monthly list of goals is very pressurized and, as a result, unhelpful, I have decided to try a quarterly to-do list, in the hope that three months will be plenty of time to achieve my goals. These are goals that include my reading, in particular, books that I would like to get around to (including some of the larger books I own, in order to clear space), as well as my reading habits. They also include personal goals relating to what I want to be doing with my time and where I hope my life could be on the 30th August.

goals june to august

Here are my goals:

  1. Join a group
  2. Get to 70% on Netgalley
  3. Read all of the Baileys Women’s Prize longlist
  4. Read all the magazines I’ve purchased
  5. Read 5 (massive!) Ken Follett books
  6. Get no library books out (other than the Baileys longlist, book club reads, and YA titles)
  7. Read I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  8. Read S. J. Parris books x 4
  9. Read all the books piled on the top of my bookcase
  10. Read the remainder of my Winter TBR: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo and Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom
  11. Read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  12. Read Six Wives by David Starkey
  13. Read at least the first Outlander book
  14. Read five hardbacks
  15. Read a Diane Chamberlain book
  16. Read We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
  17. Read Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  18. Read The Quincunx by Charles Palliser
  19. Read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  20. Read a big classic and a small classic each month
  21. Read Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  22. Read four non-fiction books
  23. Complete four cross-stitch projects
  24. Begin volunteering
  25. Write at least 10,000 words per month
  26. Comment on at least one blog per day
  27. Go to a book event
  28. Go to three social events
  29. Apply for an MA
  30. Pitch a piece of writing to an online publication