Winter Evening Thoughts

Somehow it’s already three days into December, and it’s only now I’ve realised I had yet to write a monthly blog update. It’s fitting, really, given how this month has gone. I’ve read a lot more and written a lot more, which has meant my blog break I started in October has extended into November (and to be honest, probably December too).

I didn’t do Nanowrimo this year, but I hope all of those who did met your target (whether it was 50,000 or otherwise!). I have been making progress with my novel, however, which will be the topic of a separate novel update when I find the time to sit down and put my thoughts to the page.

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This month’s edition of Writing on Caffeine was looking at how to create food and drink in your world! Worldbuilding is one of my favourite aspects of writing fantasy novels. I love being able to use my favourite parts of the real world (i.e my favourite foods!) and put it into my novels.

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What I’ve been reading

I’m currently working my way through the second book of The Licanius Trilogy, An Echo of Things to Come. I’ve not been reading as much this month, so I’m still at the early part of the book, but I definitely get the feeling the book is going to be as good as the first one! You can read my review of The Shadow of what was Lost for all of my thoughts on the first book in the trilogy!

What I’ve been watching

I can’t have an end of month blog post without mentioning the Wheel of Time, which is now out on Amazon Prime. As a WoT reader for most of my life, it’s something really special to see it come to life in a production that clearly cares about the books and the book material. We’ve got a lot of clues of what is to come, and the ongoing question of who is the Dragon Reborn is super fun to watch, even though I know the outcome having read the books!

I also got to guest on Teaching My Cat To Read‘s Podcast to get excited about all things WOT!

I’ve also got stuck into Hawkeye which has the same kind of vibe as Die Hard. I’m loving the comedy in particular, and it’s a really fun show to watch.

We have managed to get back to the Cinema again this month to go and see Dune. I wasn’t really sure what I expected (I’ve not read the original book), but I really, really enjoyed it. The only thing is that it was a very long film, so if you’re going to see it make sure to get a comfy seat at the cinema!

What I’ve been listening too

The Wheel of Time soundtrack is brilliant. It’s written by one of my favourite composers Lorne Balfe, who also wrote the Assinss Creed 3 soundtrack that is a stable of my writing music playlist. The fact we get multiple albums of content plus additional scores with the key themes is quite frankly incredible.

I’ve also been enjoying the Dune soundtrack a lot. I’m a big fan of Hans Zimmer as well, and this soundtrack I felt was a combination of inception, the Dark knight and Interstellar. A really great writing soundtrack too!

And that’s it for this month

I’m going to try and get my head down in December to plan for the next year (!!) of content on my blog. Let me know if you’d like to see anything in particular, or what you enjoy from the content I produce currently!

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