Monday, 20 January 2020

Brain Clutter

Happy New Year! Yes, I know it's far too late to say that, and I respect the side-eye you're giving me. But as this is my first blog post of 2020, it had to be done.

Last time I posted an update here, I thought I would be muuuuuch further along with the draft of my next book (next-next book, technically), but I'm really not. I moved house a few months ago, and the new place needed (still needs) a ton of work, and that's been taking up a fair chunk of both my time and my brain-space lately. I work at home, so I find it hard to focus if the space around me is cluttered. So yes, WAH, I have been distracted, and am a smidge behind where I want to be in this draft.

On the plus-side, my lounge is really pretty. Want to see? Here's a before and after (sorry the pics are at clashing angles!):


Shout-out to the carpet which haunts my nightmares.


I think Pilot misses the scary carpet.

Now I have a wonderful, clutter-free space to work, so it's time to write ALL THE WORDS! (Let's not mention the rest of the house.)

So, what else has been happening?

Harrow Lake-wise, I've seen the amazing finished UK cover, and the equally amazing proof packaging, and I cannot wait for both to be unleashed over the next few weeks. I'm also starting to put dates in the ol' diary for speaking events, so if you're a YA event-going sort, you might just see me out in the wild this year. More on that as plans are confirmed.

I caught up on some reading over Christmas, managing to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge by the skin of my teeth; you can check out the books I read here. A last minute standout for me was an early copy I read of Wranglestone by Darren Charlton -- a love story about two boys in the middle of a snowy zombie apocalypse. It was a fantastic story, and you can pick up a copy when it releases next month if that sounds like your jam.

Also, earlier this month I went trampolining inside a Victorian mine, as you do.


I'll be back with an update when I have the all-clear to share any news/the UK Harrow Lake cover, but until then I'll leave you with some stuff I've been consuming lately.

Reading Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé

Audiobooking The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

Singing along to Homeostasis by Nostalghia and After Dark by Mr Kitty

Watching Rick & Morty and Sex Education S2

Kat out x