I am not sure what happened this last month, but I haven’t been reading, writing or blogging much. Life got a bit ahead of me for a second there, but I am hoping to get back on track. I have really missed blogging, and I think my time away has given me a load of inspiration. So hopefully lots of exciting things happening in March.
I thought to ease myself back into blogging, I would start off with posting my January 2022 wrap up, which I am almost a month late to posting. Not a lot happened in January, but I still managed to read one book.
In previous wrap up posts, I have just listed the books I have read, and then given a brief explanation about my feelings of the book. In 2022, I wanted to give a little more information like how many blog posts I got up, and how many pages I read, and my writing statistics too. I think this change will be really exciting in the future to look back at these posts and see what I achieved in every month, because as the months go on, they all start to blend together.
So, let’s start with the reading statistics:
- Books read: 1
- Pages read: 316
- Format: Audiobook
Fortuna Sworn by K.J. Sutton
At the start of the year, I had every intention with starting the year off with binge reading a fantasy series. The fourth book came out early January, but I obviously never got to that one. I read Fortuna Sworn so quickly, and really enjoyed it. It is an urban fantasy that is mostly set in the fantasy world in the Unseelie Court. Fortuna’s brother disappeared two years ago, and one day when she is working her bar shift, a powerful faerie approaches her and offers to help her find her brother, if she marries him. It was a wild ride, with so many interesting characters. I have started book 2, but I am just a lot slower at reading it than I would like. Overall, I really enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars, however there are a lot of trigger warnings, so if this book interests you, please look them up (they are in the synopsis on Goodreads).
January was the start of my accidental blogging hiatus, so I did not get as much posts up as I had originally planned. However, I still got a fair few up:
My favourite from January was probably the three where I discuss my goals for the year. I found it really therapeutic to set out my goals and have them posted and in a place where I can easily access them all of the time. Some of them have not gone to plan already, but we are only in the second month and there is definitely room to fix this and get back on track!
And now, for the writing statistics. For the first time, I have been tracking every aspect of my writing! I have an Excel spreadsheet where I track the words written towards my Rapunzel Retelling, Mermaid Project, Poetry and Flash Fiction. So far, I have only worked on my Rapunzel Retelling and have written a lot of poetry. Poetry has been a huge focus for me this year, and I am really loving exploring this. I have different pages where I input the data separately, but then it all gets input automatically into a monthly grid. I won’t bore you with all of the break down pages, but I will show you the monthly grid:
As you can see, my numbers weren’t consistent, and I had a huge burst of inspiration in the final week of January. It brought my total up to 8,132 for January. And broken down that was 7,215 words written for my Rapunzel Retelling and 917 words in poetry (15 poems).
A little bit of a rough start to the year, but it is still only the start of the year, and I can definitely improve! I am still really hopeful and positive that this year is going to be a productive one regarding my writing and hopefully that will be extended to reading and blogging too!
Again, sorry for disappearing for a while there, but I am back now and hopefully here to stay too.
Let me know in the comments what you have been reading, and link your favourite blog post that you posted in January! I would have most likely missed it, because I haven’t been blog hopping much. I am now going to catch up on all of the lovely comments that I have missed and then get back to blog hopping, so see you soon!
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