Ok, August. Overall it was a good month with a good mix of travel and the usual day job stuff. So, without further ado, let’s wrap this baby up…
Here on the Sunshine Coast it’s been a glorious end to winter – cool mornings and mild, blue days. Nothing at all to complain about there!
It’s been gorgeous…
Yeah, it’s been a good month.
The month began with our (mostly) annual long weekend around a campfire in Eucumbene – with a detour to Canberra to visit my mother-in-law and look at some art in the Monet exhibition.
Then it was back to Sydney for a few days in the office…
Before coming home for a day before flying out for another long weekend in Melbourne – this time for the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) awards dinner.
Happy Ever After coming second in the RUBY or romantic book of the year. Yes, I was well chuffed with that. Plus, I got a weekend away with my bestie #winning
A little blip on the radar by way of a head cold that laid me low for the best part of a week. I’m feeling much better now but still suffering a little from some asthma that’s lingering. I am, however, back into my walking so it’s really more of an inconvenience than anything else.
Despite the travel and the gala dinners and the head cold I finished the month just over a kilo lighter than I started it. While I had a target of 2kgs for the month, I’m taking it still as a win.
I also finished the month having averaged 10,000 steps a day – given all the travel and the head cold there were some big stepping days in there!
Again, thanks to travel and being sick there were a lot of pages consumed – 12 books over August.
I read Amy Andrew’s Outback Heat series and devoured the Invertary series by Janet Elizabeth Henderson – it’s been a while since I read rom-com and Henderson writes it really well.
My favourite read of the month, though, was my friend and fellow indie author Jodi Gibson’s debut, “The Memories We Hide.” I know just how hard she’s worked to get this story to publication, so can’t congratulate her enough. And I was stoked to get a call-out in the acknowledgements. #bonus
I finished the rewrite for Escape To Curlew Cottage. There’ll be another round of rewrites yet before I can go to copy edit, but it’s time now to start thinking about covers and blurbs.
Not that much. It’s reality TV hell at the moment with The Block, The Bachelor and Survivor – none of which I watch.
In August I enjoyed:
- Derry Girls Season 2
- My Life Is Murder (Channel 10)
- Utopia (ABC)
- The Good Witch (Netflix)
The most liked photo for the month was me looking very pleased with myself after the RUBY result.
Other than that, this sunrise
this scone and
were the most “liked” pics on Instagram last month.
We’re off to the UK for Christmas so are well into planning mode. Thankfully friends have stepped in to house and dog-sit for the entire time that we’ll be away.
We’ll be visiting Yorkshire, the Peak District, London, and The Cotswolds, with Christmas and New Year in the Cotswolds. So far, I’ve set two novels in the fictional Cotswold village of Brookford – Wish You Were Here and Escape To Curlew Cottage – so I’m hoping to come back with inspiration for a third.
Okay, that was August in a nutshell…bring on September!
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