UNDER CONSTRUCTION!! *TEMPORARY POST*

Just a quick little post to say that, this site is currently going through some changes (as you may have already noticed). Therefore, things may be a little out of whack for a few weeks as I rally my old posts into a new order, design new headers, work on new content, and organise my menus and categories.

Feel free to have a look around in the mean time, but beware of holes!

Thank you for your patience. I hope to return to full-time blogging in June, so I’ll see you then!

Devon 🙂

 

Hitting a Wall | Episode 3

In a metaphorical sense, hitting the wall is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “reaching a point when you are running, exercising, playing sports, etc. where you are so physically tired you feel you cannot continue.” Now I don’t do sports, so I’m adopting the term for the blogging medium. I’ve hit the wall with blogging. And I’m hitting it hard.

I have never been one to compare my blog to any other blog. In fact, I’ve never been one to compare myself to anyone else – even when others have. However, recently that seems to be changing. There are many factors that may contribute to this: a higher consumption of sugar and caffeine that leads to an increase in anxiety, loss of passion, stress from University assignments, or a lack of certainty about my future. Who knows, it could be all of the above.

But it’s starting to have an effect on my motivation. I see the number of views/likes on a post and then compare them to the views/likes on a similar blog and it’s starting to get me down. I’ve been blogging on a mostly scheduled basis – with the occasional hiatus – since February 2016. And while I’m incredibly happy for every blogger that builds an audience and gets hundreds of views and comments, I wish I was one of them.

I understand that it takes time. But I see sites that have been around for the same amount as mine, sites with hundreds of followers, and I keep asking myself “what am I doing wrong?” Probably nothing. Possibly everything.

I’m not writing this to be all “SHOW ME LOVE NOW!!”. This is just a thought that has been on my mind a little bit over the past few weeks. It’s something that hits every writer, Youtuber, creative mind at some point. And I know that some people only wish to read certain types of content, like Book Reviews. But, because I am either reading books incredibly slowly, or reading books that came out years and years ago and have been reviewed to death, I haven’t been releasing many reviews.

So, I’m hitting a wall, finding it difficult to muster enough motivation to create new and engaging content as a result of some slight insecurities. Nothing major.

I wish I could promise that I will leave this funk behind and begin creating ‘better’ content. But I can’t. I’ve made promises in the past regarding blogging goals and have failed to follow through.

While this won’t indefinitely stop me from making posts, I think it would be a good idea for me to step back and brainstorm. I would love for my posts to have more to them, more time dedicated to research and design, instead of publishing under-whelming pieces.

Devon 🙂

19 Things I’ve Learnt in 19 Years

It was my birthday yesterday, so I thought it would be nice to recap some of the most essential lessons and tidbits I have learnt during my 19 years on this planet. I’ve seen quite a few of these posts over the years and love how they help pass on key life lessons to younger readers.

So, here I am. I hope you find these lessons helpful (I know other people’s posts have certainly  helped me in the past). And, feel free to share the most important things YOU have learnt in the comments below. Continue reading “19 Things I’ve Learnt in 19 Years”

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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Rating: 5/5

This BEAUTY took me a month to read because I did not want it to end. If “as travars” were a real command that allowed you to travel between worlds, I would be gone, through the wall and straight to Red London.

The settings within Victoria’s novels are always their own characters, and this has never been more prominent than in this instalment in the ADSOM series. When reading this book, each scene in Red London made me feel as if I was home, cosy and safe, with the added prospect of an adventure.

A Gathering of Shadows is a very character driven instalment within the ADSOM series – while the first novel focused on the characters, it also featured a full length arc suitable for a stand-alone.

However, the sequel further explores the setting, and the relationships between characters and how their personalities collide. It works at setting up the next instalment. while also allowing us to witness how our favourite characters come together again, how their lives have been affected by previous events, and introducing us to new key players. Admittedly, I fell in love with Alucard the moment he came into the adventure.


Have you read A Gathering of Shadows? Share your thoughts down below!

The DNF Pile | Part 1

With an ever-growing TBR pile and not enough time to read every book, it’s a saddening prospect when you realise you must put one down in order to move onto another.

Typically, books are added to the DNF pile because they failed to meet expectations, or you didn’t jive with the characters/story/writing. It’s always a struggle to admit that maybe this book isn’t right for you, that it’s time to move on to something better. Sometimes it’s a reluctant goodbye as you fall into a reading slump or must focus on important real world work.

There is no shame in it. That book may not be your cup of tea, or the timing just isn’t right, and that’s fine. So here is a list of some of the books on my DNF pile as of April 2017 and why they were added to the pile.

Continue reading “The DNF Pile | Part 1”

“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
“Seen what?”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”
— V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

Asexuality | Episode 2

At this point, I’m not certain whether or not I have discussed my sexuality on this blog. It’s been over a year since I started posting, so it’s likely to have popped up once or twice. However, for the longest time, I have been plucking up the ‘courage’ – for lack of a better word – to talk about who I am and how I identify in a proper post.

Previously, on a post regarding how to be productive while lacking motivation, I mentioned my mental health, a topic I found quite straightforward to describe. But, sexuality, for me personally, it a trickier concept to talk about as you can’t rely on the science behind it.

Luckily, I’m learning how to, not so much explain, but educate those around me as to what being Asexual means. The more I become confident and comfortable discussing my asexuality, the more relaxed I feel when I have to educate new people. After all, I recognise that certain people don’t have access to the same information, or haven’t researched the topic as extensively as I have. Continue reading “Asexuality | Episode 2”