With only one week to go until Christmas I decided it was probably best to start my shopping. So, on Saturday, Chris and I spent the afternoon and evening hunting for presents in Meadowhall, also known as Meadowhell, or Murderhall, depending on how you feel.
Waterstone’s was the first stop. I love buying books for my friends and family. I’m not sure if they like receiving them year after year, for Christmas and birthdays and Mother’s Day and any other celebration, but they should.
Time wasn’t on our side, so instead of spending ages browsing the shelves, I was in and out in about 20 minutes. It was a record. My basket was full of books for other people (good choices too), but I couldn’t resist throwing in a few for myself (details to follow). It is Christmas after all.
Here’s what else I’ve been up to this week.
What I’ve been reading
I finished Zadie Smith’s NW. My plan was to read this and then watch the TV adaptation on the iPlayer, but it’s taken me so long to read that it may no longer be available. The length of time it’s taken to read this book is no reflection on the book. It’s more my lack of organisational skills in leaving university assignments until the last-minute and then having to cancel my life for a couple of weeks while I bash them out.
I read T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations very quickly on a train journey. I’m looking forward to revisiting them for my next English Literature degree assignment. I started reading Himself by Jess Kidd. Despite the brutal opening, it’s actually a very funny book. I’m currently about half way through. Review to follow.
What I’ve been writing
See above. I’ve been bashing out some university assignments. One was an essay on the short stories of Katherine Mansfield, which are amazing, the other was 5,000 words of fiction for my Master’s degree in writing.
Bashing things out at the last minute is very stressful. I decided that I need to get organised. I needed a plan. I’ve promised myself that there will be no more panic deadlines. I wrote about forming the plan here. Then I put it into action, writing a few hundred words on both my novel and non-fiction book. This really is progress!
In other news, I’m working as the memoir and non-fiction editor on a literary publication, which I’m really excited about, and a Christmas charity campaign I’ve been working on was broadcast on the BBC. You can watch it here.
What I’ve been blogging
Introducing Tuesday intro. After reading other’s people’s Tuesday posts, I decided to get in on the action.
Cutting down on the chocolate. Yes, after putting on half a stone, I’m now trying to lose it. What a great time of year to be doing it too!
What I’ve been watching
Sports Personality of the Year and the Apprentice final. I really enjoyed SPOTY, apart from the appearance of Robbie Williams. Why did the BBC do that? We’ve been watching the Apprentice every week for the past 12-weeks. Our Thursday nights won’t be the same without it. Perhaps I should enter next year. I’d particularly like Lord Sugar’s investment so I can spend my days working on my creative writing, and not having to earn a crust.
What have you been reading or writing this week?