A January Update

January is a month that goes quickly, whilst simultaneously feeling as if it is five years long. I don't think I've ever quite come to terms with the fact that after you leave school, you don't just automatically get given summer holidays. But here we are-- January 29. We have made it. 

I've been trying to build writing back in to my regular routine, aided and abetted by my wonderful writers group, the Perth History Writers' Salon. Currently, I am doing a fine-toothed-comb through of the draft I finished last year. With my rostered hours about to increase at work, I've gone back to the tried and true method of writing at night. This worked well enough for me back in my bookselling days. I just have to tear myself away from whatever excellent novel I happen to be reading at the time... easier said than done.

On the subject of excellent novels, I am very much enjoying having my own writing room/ library at our new house, even if I have already over-filled it with books... see exhibit A below. 

The face of a bookworm who has been forced to reckon with
the number of books she owns for the
purpose of moving house... worth it though.

I've already read a number of really excellent books so far this year (although nothing beats last year's stand out, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus just yet) but if you've come here in search of recommendations may I suggest either Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby van Pelt or The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki. 

In other news, there are now less than 40 copies of Well-Behaved Women left for sale. This fact makes me both incredibly proud and a little sad. I've taken over the distribution of these books as of 2023, so get in contact if you would like one. They are $25 each.

Finally, Perth Writers' Festival (or Literature and Ideas Festival as it is now known) is upon us. I'll be interviewing Sharron Booth, Portland Jones and Bronwyn Rennex on Saturday 25th February in the panel 'Past Perfect' so check out this link if you'd like to come along. 

That's it from me for this month- I hope you're reading something excellent.