Far Away

Living far away from your family isn’t easy at the best of times, so when I got a message last week that my grandma had been taken to the hospital, I was definitely struggling. I wanted very badly to be there for her, able to visit her in the hospital and help out in any way I can. Neither of which is possible when you’re in another country.

She was taken to the hospital last Wednesday morning, and ended up having emergency surgery that afternoon. After that she’s been struggling with an infection, but from what I’m hearing she’s on the mend, and they’re hoping to send her home next week. (With some assistance in the home, since she won’t be able to do everything for a while yet.)

When something like this happens you feel very powerless when you’re far away. It’s made me miss my family extra much, and I can’t wait until end of July when I go home to see them. Especially my grandma, who I will be hugging extra hard.

Legion Beta

Only fellow geeks will get this, but I’m just really happy! Today Legion Beta will go live, and I finally got an invite after jealously glancing at the people who had Alpha access.

I’m admittedly not the “best” Beta player, since I generally don’t play through everything (I like to save it for live). That said, I’m looking forward to being able to test out the changes to the Hunter class (which is my current main), to see if it’s even something I’ll want to continue playing. Also quite wanting to give the Demon Hunter a try.

In any case, I’m happy. I might be able to choose which class to play before the expansion goes live now!

It says Alpha, but it's actually Beta.

It says Alpha, but it’s actually Beta.

Writing Woes

I have discovered that I have some problems with my writing. There are always periods when I feel like I struggle to write, but this one is a bit different. Since moving in with the boyfriend, writing has become extra difficult.

We share a desk, and I’ve realised that I find it incredibly awkward to write when sitting next to someone. Writing, to me, is a solitary activity – and sitting right next to someone who is busy playing games, sometimes chatting to friends on Skype; it’s really putting me off!

I wish I was able to write anywhere, under any circumstances. But as it turns out, I need things my way to be able to do it.

It’s extra frustrating, because I really want to get back to it. I am slowly plotting a series of shorter stories set in a fantasy world. It’s basically just romance stories with a fantasy setting. I have no great plans for them other than publishing them either here on the blog, or on a separate blog dedicated to the series of stories. (Since there’s quite a few if I continue them all.)

Naturally, I also want to do the finishing bits on my two written books, and finally continue on the third (and eventually fourth, to finish the series). These I want to release on Kindle and/or other e-book publishers, since you can do that on your own.

I have so many ideas, y’all. I just need to figure out how I will be able to write with someone next to me. Help!

So. Many. Ideas.

So. Many. Ideas.

Adventure Time

On Monday mornings we take our students down to the harbour and we go canoeing. It’s a nice time, and I quite enjoy it the times I get to go (someone always has to stay behind in school, so we alternate). This Monday we ended up having a bit of an adventure though!

It was raining, but with the proper clothing, that’s never really an issue – so we got changed and got ready to head out. As a precaution the instructor had tied the canoes together in pairs. When we got out on the water the my canoe, and the one I was attached to, got caught in the current from the tide. While we were struggling to steer the canoe in the right direction, the tide was pushing us towards the rocky pier.

My colleagues who were in the other two canoes were laughing at our struggle. Until the wind suddenly picked up out of nowhere.

A few minutes later, all four canoes were pushed up against the rocky pier, and we were unable to get anywhere. The tide in combination with the waves from the increasing wind made it impossible to move, and any time we tried to turn around, we were just pushed right back against the rocks. We ended up having to hold onto a rock to avoid being pushed out to sea from the tide.

Eventually they had to come with a motorboat to pull us back to shore!

It was an interesting Monday!

Funny Sign

When I was out shopping, I came across this sign. Naturally, I had to buy it.

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It now hangs in our hallway as you come into our flat. My friend loves it so much I had to go and buy her one as well, and I’ll be sending it to Sweden in a box with English chocolates and other treats.

Beautiful Views

The landscape in the south of England is nothing like back home. I miss the forests and lakes, but at the same time I have to admit that it’s quite beautiful down here. There are still a lot of areas for me to explore (I’m saving the Jurassic Coast for when my mom comes to visit, for example), but I’ve seen some nice places so far.

When out for a drive along the coast, I had to stop the car and take a picture, because I just loved the way the sunlight was coming through the clouds.

We also went down to an area called Hengistbury Head, which was absolutely beautiful. The coast back home is very different to here. Both are beautiful in their own way, of course.

hengistbury-head

The best intentions

I always have the best intentions, thinking that I will be better and update more regularly. Then I went back to work on Monday after two weeks off – and all my good intentions went out the window. I’m enjoying my new job, but it is so mentally draining, that most days I come home and just crash. Which means I don’t really get anything done during the weeks, blogging or otherwise.

Every day after work, I think to myself that today, today I will try to stay awake so I can actually do something. But after a little while I just can’t keep my eyes open.

Me, after work.

Me, after work.

I just need to manage another six more weeks before my next school holiday.  (Yes, I’m keeping count!) That one is “only” a week, and after that it’s another six weeks before the end of the summer term. My contract ends at that point, and I have had no indication of if they will offer me an extension or anything. Fingers crossed that they will, but if not, I’ll just have to go back to job hunting.

Still trying to slowly edit and proofread my first book, but I’m worried that it’s not good enough in general. That maybe the story is too boring. That the writing is awful. Anything that can be wrong, basically. It’s difficult to be the judge when you’re the person who wrote it, and by extension love all the characters and know the story in detail.

Other than that, no news really. All I do is sleep and work, it seems!

Title Help!

Right, so I need help to come up with a title for my first book. I originally had it down as “As He Likes It”, but with erotica being so popular these days, I’m worried people would think a title like that is from that genre (which it is not).

It’s a historical romance, set in the regency era. It’s the first book in a series of four; The Howertys. (I came up with that name when I was a teenager, yes – that’s when I started the very, very first draft… I wonder if perhaps I should come up with a better surname for them.) Each book is about one of the Howerty sibling. They all have names from Shakespeare’s writings (because their mom loved Shakespeare), and so I want the books’ titles to be plays on Shakespearean titles.

The stories aren’t based on the stories in Shakespeare’s plays, it’s just the titles, really. Because… Well, it amuses me.

I do like the “As He Likes It” title, (based of course on “As You Like It”), so I think I might keep it and using it for the fourth book in the series (when hopefully people already know what they’re getting into since they can see what the previous books in the series are like).

That does leave me short one title though!

Book 1: ???
Book 2: Taming of the Rake (The Taming of the Shrew)
Book 3: Winter’s Kiss (The Winter’s Tale)
Book 4: As He Likes It (As You Like It)

I was thinking something along the lines of “Once Upon a Midsummer Night” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Originally I thought “A Midsummer Night’s Kiss”, but then I’d have two titles with the word “kiss” in them, and I’m not sure I like that.

Opinions, please! I need them!

Also, if you can come up with anything – feel free to share! To help, here’s a list of Shakespeare’s plays (the ones with titles that aren’t just a name or two!):

The Tempest
Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Measure for Measure
The Comedy of Errors
Much Ado About Nothing
Love’s Labour’s Lost
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Merchant of Venice
As You Like It
The Taming of the Shrew
All’s Well That Ends Well
Twelfth Night
The Winter’s Tale
The Two Noble Kinsmen

Random Thoughts on Blogging

There are days when I really wish I had chosen a more generic name for my blog, like “Em Writes” or something. The current title was just one of those “oh that’s a funny name”-thoughts, and then I went for it. It doesn’t really mean anything, and I’m not exactly a Carpe Diem kind of person.

Even if I did change domain (again), I don’t even know what I’d like.

I guess it doesn’t really matter what my blog name is anyway, since I mainly use it as a personal diary! I love having my memories stored somewhere, I only wish I was better at remembering to write.

Some days I think I’d like to separate the blog into two; one for my personal stuff (which should maybe be more protected?) and one for more generic stuff/writing things. But also never sure if it’s worth the hassle.

I think I can safely say that my Spellbound blog is gone though. I still own the domain, but I don’t really see myself writing about World of Warcraft again. I just don’t play enough these days to really have something to write about.

So, at this point it’s either just keeping this one as it is. Or keeping this for my personal stuff and having a separate one for writing, without all the personal bits. Choices, choices…