Chapter 38: Book Reviews – Marian Keyes, L.S. Popovich, Richard E. Grant, DID We Write and Terry Pratchett
Having found time to do some reading recently, I have written reviews of Again, Rachel?, The Arden, A Pocketful of Happiness, The Revelation and Guards! Guards! by the above authors. If you have read them, let me know what you think.
Over the summer holidays, I’ve had a lot of fun with the twins. I’ve made a couple of videos to document two of the best times. I also explain why they call me Sparkles!
Chapter 36: Why I Haven't Posted Much, Two New Videos, Uni Module Results, 'Ad Hominem' Review
I've had a busy couple of months pursuing other creative pursuits, hence the lack of journal entries. This post goes into what they are. It also has my university module results, and a review of the fantastic book 'Ad Hominem', by Eric Gay. I hope you enjoy it.
Module four was a nightmare from start to finish, pushing me to the limits but hopefully being overcome. As the FPL Nightmare series concludes, the new phase of my writing career begins, and the resolve to succeed on my own terms deepens.
I'm pleased to say I'm through the worst of the bout of depression I've recently experienced. Unfortunately, it came too late to prevent my worst assignment score ever, which leaves me with a real challenge on my hands.
I spent two years scared of Covid, and what the virus would do to me when it was my turn to have it. In all that time, I never thought it would be my mental health that would suffer the most. I'm finding it really tough.
Chapter 32: Denzel Joins Our Family
Monday, March 21st was a special day for us. It was the day a big tuxedo cat left Eden Animal Rescue and moved into our home. He’s called Denzel, and he’s a very precious boy. This is the story of how he joined our family.
Eddie Howe has made his first mark on the Newcastle squad by bringing in Kieran Trippier. It’s a real statement signing, and it’s exciting to think who may follow him through the door.
After nearly two years of feeling unimportant, the World Championships have reminded me why darts is the greatest sport in the world. Also, some updates on my writing plans and my degree progress.
Chapter 29: We Bought A House!
After originally thinking we’d have to wait until next year, then a protracted saga that was far more stressful than it needed to be, my partner and I now own our first home. It’s a special feeling, one I thought I’d never experience.
Having completed a long-term project that has consumed my thinking for years, I expected to feel elated. Instead, I am filled with melancholy, and a sense of having no direction. It's a strange development, which I really should have predicted.
I make my return to blogging after four months by discussing the Newcastle situation. It was hard keeping my website deactivated when so much was going on, but the reasons for doing so were good, and justified the decision. Now, I get to have a good ol' rant.
In my first journal entry for two weeks, I discuss why the time was right to take a short break from writing - because I've published my second book, while also reaching a key stage in my mental health novel. I have also received the score for my third module - the first that counts towards my final degree.
On Sunday, England face Italy in the Euro 2020 final, an event which promises to be the defining sporting occasion of our generation. I'll be watching it on the television with my parents, but I have been lucky enough to witness some moments of sporting greatness in person throughout my life. Here are six of the best.
Chapter 24: Worst Meal Out Ever Follow-Up; England’s Euro 2020 Negativity; Second Book Finished; Arguer’s Debut E.P.
This latest update covers the fall-out from the review of my abysmal meal the other night and my irritation at the twining about England’s football team. I’ve also completed my second book, whilst my friend’s new band have some music out soon.
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