Thursday, April 30, 2020

April 2020: Life & Writing Update

Good evening, friends! It’s been quite a month, hasn’t it? This is my fifth week working from home (because of Covid-19) and I have to admit that I don’t actually mind it. It’s been making it easier to get things done around the house. 

Example: My kitchen has never been cleaner!

But that’s not all. It’s also been helping me be more productive with my side hustles. I like being able to work on writing projects during lunch and immediately after I shut down my work computer for the day. That has been especially helpful this month during Camp NaNoWriMo.

But I’ll go more into detail about that in a little bit. For now, let’s get started on the monthly update.

Life

I am hanging in there. I think that everybody is facing their own challenges right now while the Stay at Home orders are in place. I don’t want to complain here because I know that I have it a lot easier than other people/families around the globe. So let’s focus on the positives.

I’m really thankful to still have my job during this time. Like I said previously, my office sent me home with a computer five weeks ago and I’ve been working from home ever since, with a trip into the office twice a week. There are some parts of my job that I can’t do from home, unfortunately.

I feel lucky that most of my family is in the same position. Both my parents are working from home. There’s been a shake up at their house because my younger brother has moved home from Chicago and into their basement so they’re dealing with him at the moment. His plan was to sign up for school at one of the tech colleges nearby but unfortunately, who knows when classes will start up again?

My twin brother is still out in Los Angeles. He’s been going through a lot lately with his job and trying customers. But I try to send him pictures of my dog from time to time to cheer him up. I don’t envy what he’s going through at his job right now.

And that’s about it. One good thing about the Stay at Home orders being in place is that I have been cooking for myself a lot more. Here are some of the recipes that I’ve tried out recently.

  • Korean Beef Zucchini Noodles
  • Egg Roll in a Bowl

Gluten Free Almond Biscotti (This was a mother’s day treat for my Mom as she has become gluten intolerant this past year)

Are there any recipes that are a weekly go-to for you and your family? Feel free to let me know in the comments because I’m always looking for new things to try.

Pasta is one of my favorites and I love Instant Pot Baked Ziti, but I’ve been trying to eat more low carb meals lately since I haven’t been out and about as much! haha

Reading

It should be no surprise that I didn’t read as much in April as I might during any other month. That’s because most of my time was taken up with thoughts of Camp NaNoWriMo. I did finish a couple of books, but they were mostly audiobooks & books that I had already started but needed to finish.

  • The Wife Between Us
  • The Happy Ever After Playlist
  • We Are The Wildcats
  • Something She’s Not Telling Us

They were all enjoyable, although some were better than others. I will be working to get book reviews posted here on the blog very shortly.

Writing

As I mentioned earlier, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo this month. My writing project was Checking Him Out, a Sweet Contemporary Romance.  My goal was 50,000 words for the month and I ended up with roughly 42,000.

I captured my progress in weekly writing updates on my Youtube channel. I’ll link to them here if you’re interested in watching them.

  • Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1
  • Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2
  • Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3
  • Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4

It was a wild ride. About halfway through the month I decided to start writing in third person, rather than first person. It was the right choice to make but now my editing journey is going to be all that much harder. Haha.

While I didn’t technically win, I still feel like I made a lot of progress during April which makes me happy. After all that, I’m not sure how much writing I’ll actually get done during May. I’m thinking that most of the month will be spend editing, because I’ve written a lot of words so far this year and they are probably more than a bit messy.

That’s about it for my April Wrap-Up. It was a busy month but when I look back on it like I did in this blog post, I feel proud of what I accomplished. What was your April like?

Until next time,
Marian

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