30 Day Writing Challenge Day 30: Highs and Lows

I cannot believe this challenge is over! The last month flew by so quickly!

My highs this month were:

Doing this challenge. Some of the posts weren’t my favorites, and a few were really uncomfortable to write. But it got me writing, and I really enjoyed posting every day. I think it helped get me into the habit of sitting down to write for a little bit each day, and I hope I’m able to keep it up, whether it’s blogging or working on my book. It’s also allowed me to interact with more followers and fellow bloggers, which in turn has made me more excited about this blog.

Getting more ARCs and author review requests. Honestly, getting approved for a highly-sought-after ARC or getting a request from an author to read and review their book makes me feel so great! So far, I have enjoyed almost every book I’ve received, and, while fitting them all in is certainly a challenge, I hope to keep reviewing books.

My Shakespeare class. As much as I’ve complained about this class, I really did like it. I do love Shakespeare, and I’ve read quite a few of his plays during his class that have become new favorites. I’m definitely ready to be done with it, but I’m grateful to have enjoyed it while it lasted.

Books. While I didn’t read as many as I’d have liked to in the past month (and most of the ones I did read were Shakespeare plays), I did read some good books. My favorites from the past thirty days are King Lear by William Shakespeare, Language of the Bear by Evan Ronan and Nathanael Green, and Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray.

Starting a new novel. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might know the following two things about me: I want to be a novelist and I have started a lot of books, but never finished writing one. Two things that don’t exactly compliment each other. I’ve fleshed out a new book that I’m really excited about, though I’m thinking about saving it for NaNoWriMo, which I might participate in this year.

Catching up on TV shows. This past month, I’ve completely caught up on ElementarySuits, American Horror Story, and The Big Bang Theory. I still need to watch the most recent seasons of House of CardsThe Blacklist, Once Upon a Time, and Sleepy Hollow. And I want to start watching Ripper StreetDownton Abbey, and True Detective. But I need to finish my class before I start binge-watching another show. I really love indulging in TV shows every week, and now that I don’t have a full-time job, I was able to pick back up a lot of shows I’d stopped watching.

The return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Just in case you were unaware, today was the day Starbucks’s infamous Pumpkin Spice came back. I am unabashedly obsessed with pumpkin anything, and, for me, PSL season is the best time of the year. And yes, I’m drinking one right now even though it is 100 degrees outside. And yes, it is delicious.

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I actually only have one real low for this past month, and its:

Not working. Currently, my nanny job is on hold, and it’s been a bit of a challenge for me. I’ve had to really cut down on buying anything, including books. It also means I’ve gotten out of the house a lot less. I’m hoping to be back to work in a few weeks, but everything is up in the air right now.

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