Long time, no blog! I love this time of year. Warm summer evenings in the garden, a book in my lap. BBQ and suncream and the sound of waves crashing in the distance. Shorts and heart-shaped sunglasses and paddling pools. Summer is the best.
But there’s been a lot of news lately, specifically ‘breaking’ news. It seems every time I load twitter there’s a tragedy happening somewhere in the world. I can’t tell you how many times my heart has broken watching the reports about Nice, Turkey and everywhere else that has experienced violence and sadness.
Sometimes this world of ours feels so full of hurt that it’s easy to feel apathetic. To sit back and say, ‘the world is awful, an there’s nothing I can do to change it.’
Whenever I feel like that, my mind flashes back to one of my favourite quotes:
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.
It’s by Fred Rogers, and however low I feel, it pretty much always feels my heart with hope. Every tragedy of the last few weeks and months, there are people who rushed to help. Who put their life on the line to save others. Who rush to help the injured. Who donate and raise money in the wake of incidents.
And here’s the thing, if there are helpers, then there’s hope. Hope to fight intolerance and discrimination. Hope to educate and rebuild. Hope to show compassion and love to the communities and people who are hurting.
To all those who are hurting, or grieving, or who are just downright bewildered by the state of the world right now, I’m sending internet love, hugs and thoughts to you right now.
Apart from the news, I hope your summer is going well. Have you been up to much? I always feel like I read a lot in summer. The long hazy days just feel perfect for flicking through a good book.
I’m nearing the end of the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON series, and I don’t want it to end. If you haven’t read the books (which are WAY different from the movies), they focus on Hiccup, a viking boy who bucks every single viking stereotype ever, on a series of quests involving dragons, a very scary librarian and an arch nemesis named Alvin. They seem to mix LOL humour and heartbreaking clout at the same time. If your a MG fan, I definitely recommend this series.
I’ve also been doing loads of celebrating. First, my BABY sister went to prom (!!!) and then my BABY brother turned 21. WHAT IS HAPPENING?
I also fulfilled my Jane Austen fangirl dreams by playing Lizzie Bennet in a semi-production of Pride and Prejudice at a Regency Garden Party. It was SO cool. Not only did I get to dress up, but I also learnt to dance in Regents style and play Regency games (which I was AWFUL at). It was a very fun day.
Finally, and perhaps most excitingly, I FINISHED MY BOOK. ‘Finished’ is a very loose term here–I finished draft 2 of my WIP. There are still many, many drafts to go before I let anyone else read it, but draft 2 feels like a milestone. It feels more like a story then a collection of random words now. EEK. Here is my ‘I’ve finished’ face:
That’s the face of a writer who needs caffeine and sleep, stat.
So those are my updates. What are yours? Are you having a good summer? Have you got any fun plans?