So I said I’d update at the end of June, and it’s now the 8th of July. Which pretty much sums up June really- it went so fast I’ve not had time to sit down and really get stuck into my goals, and now we’re a decent chunk into July and I have very little to show for it.
A big part of my lack of productivity can be blamed on my rather suddenly acquiring a job. I’m a temporary administrator for a loss adjuster in Cardiff city centre. I’ve never worked full time before, and the travel alone is a killer, but I’m enjoying it. I’m good at it, and the people are nice, and I feel useful, so it’s great! The only downside is the intense travel anxiety every morning and afternoon- I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but for now… not so much. I’ve been taking a book on the train but most days I’m too wound up to settle down to reading it.
Speaking of books. I haven’t made a single page of progress on my stack of books that I was supposed to read, but the pile did get bigger in the last month. I went into Waterstones to kill time after a job related trip to Newport, and came out with these three:
I’ve finished The Sin Eater’s Daughter. It was pretty good. I loved the way religion was presented and developed through the book, and I did like the characters. I need to get my hands on the next one asap. I’m currently about 150 pages into The Magicians’ Guild, which has been growing on me every time I open it. It definitely didn’t pull me straight in, but I do find with fantasy that it takes me a few chapters to get into a world, even though ultimately I much prefer fantasy to non-fantasy. This book definitely isn’t what I expected, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me. As for Red Queen, I’ll let you know when I come to it.
I also borrowed The Name of the Wind from Josh, but I won’t be cracking that monstrosity open at least until I’m done with The Magicians’ Guild. As much as I’d love to read two or three books at once, I’m just too busy right now.
As for my other summer goals, I really haven’t made any progress. I got the DM’s guide and the monster manual from Josh for our anniversary, and I’ve been dipping in and out of both when the mood strikes me, but I haven’t planned anything for a campaign yet. I’ve done only a few rows of my Hufflepuff scarf, and I haven’t written a single word of my novel. I have played a good few hours of The Witcher 3, but I’m still on the same part of the main quest.
So looking ahead for the rest of July, I have a few things coming up. Next Tuesday is Graduation, which is terrifying and exciting and all sorts of stuff mixed up in one. I found out a few weeks ago that I will be graduating with a 1st class degree though, so that’s pretty cool. The day after graduation, I have a big job interview that could be an amazing opportunity. Then the week after that, my “supervisor” is going on holiday for two weeks, which is going to be interesting since I’m still not 100% confident on a few aspects of my job. During that time is my 24th birthday, which I don’t really care about too much but apparently I’m getting some sort of mystery surprise thing from Josh so thats both worrying and exciting… I’m also going to start learning to drive probably after summer ends.
So yeah. Life is suddenly absolutely hectic, but overall I’m pretty happy. I probably won’t get a chance to post again now until late July or August, but I’ll be sure to keep this blog updated, even if it’s just for future me to cringe at in a years time.
Have a good weekend!