Instagram Roundup (June)

Roundup of Instagram posts for the month of June.

I marveled at the “wrongness” of the meatball dish at IKEA. It’s meant to be boiled potatoes, not chips!

The fancy promenade in the neighborhood where our house was.

A view in Spain.

The boyfriend got a very tasty dish in a restaurant. Showing off his usual hate of photos.

Interesting cliff formations at Bolnuevo in Spain.

The boyfriend and I at the beach in Spain one evening. At least he’s not flipping me off for once, only sticking his tongue out.

Funny sign at the Steam Vintage Tea Rooms.

Lovely afternoon tea at the Steam Vintage Tea Rooms.

The two cakes I made for the Swedish Midsummer BBQ. The green one is marzipan and the other is strawberries and cream.

Instagram Roundup (May)

It’s the first of June, and in all honesty I don’t know where this year has gone. Wasn’t it Christmas just a few weeks ago?! Below are my Instagram photos from the month of May.

Everything was green, it was feeling like Spring! Or possibly summer already…

The wobbly birthday cake I made for the boyfriend. Not my best effort.

The kitten has discovered a new spot to relax.

Went out to dinner with the boyfriend and his parents. We’re not cuddling, I’m keeping him from running away from the camera – can’t you see the pain on his face?

I tried to take a photo of our yummy dessert, but the boyfriend was having none of it.

Kitten has a favourite spot to sleep – makes it very hard to do anything on the computer!

Kitten cuddles!

Bailey is watching the kitten’s very peculiar way of eating.

Instagram Roundup (April)

I’m not particularly prolific when it comes to taking photos and putting them on Instagram, but on the first of every month I’ll share whatever I have been putting up (if anything). This month is extra few since I used a lot of my Easter photos in the previous post. Oops!

On the first of every month, we will have this type of post. Rejoice! Or hide…

When you buy your dog a new bed, and he decides to use it as a pillow instead.

Technically not from April, but I was short on photos – and since it’s a new “feature” I’ve not posted it before. It’s the cathedral in Exeter, and the only photo I took while I was there for training in my new job.

Monthly Update (April)

We’re going to start doing monthly updates. Yay! Mainly for me to feel accountable for how much writing/revising I’ve done during the month, but also to see what I’ve been up to in general. Honestly, I think I forget myself if I don’t write it down.

Writing

Currently revised chapters: 14

I didn’t get as much done this month as I had hoped, but I have great excuses reasons. I spent just over a week on holiday, during which I didn’t do a single thing related to writing. Also, while it might look like a measly number, I stopped after chapter 14 when I realised that after ten years this novel needed a lot more work than just editing. Meaning that I’ve gone back to chapter one and started heavily revising.

Since then I’ve been revising, spending sometimes upwards of four hours per chapter, rewriting and trying to make it better. I’m nearly back up to where I finished (14), so if I can keep up a steady pace, I should be done revising before June rolls around. Then commences editing and proofreads.

My biggest problem, which I’m sure I’m not alone in, is lack of time. Every other week I have a few days off, but the other week I have several days in a row where my spare time is all of two hours between waking up after a night shift and then having to be back at work. During those two hours I generally have to shower, walk the dog and eat some dinner. Some of those days I’ve managed to revise half a chapter, but that’s rare.

I sometimes worry that I’m spending all my time revising rather than starting to write something new, but I think it’s best to focus on getting this novel ready first. I’ll worry about the next one later. The positive thing with all this revising is that I’m suddenly finding myself with lots of story inspiration again, something I’ve been lacking for a long time. So hooray!

Other stuff

I spent just over a week back in Sweden over Easter, and it was great. I loved seeing my family again. Below will be a spam of photos from the holiday, so feel free to ignore. The holiday was great, even if I got no writing or revising done.

Mom made a cheesecake decorated with Malteaster bunnies. Yummy!

When the egg is nearly as big as the kid, we might need to think about this…

The favourite thing the nephew received.

Mom made Easter egg cakes. It’s actually a cream and half a peach.

It snowed… SNOWED! Come on Sweden!

The one scenery photo I took, and it’s not even good!

A wild sprite appears!

Nephew happy out on a walk.

Niece rocking the tutu and sunglasses look.