It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!~Kimberly
It’s been ages since I did a weekly recap, but I’d like to get back into the habit of blogging regularly again and I feel like it does me good to reflect on my life and goals each week.
The Latest in my Life
As someone who is practically solar-powered, I often suffer from the January blues. But the cold and dark hasn’t affected my mental health too badly so far, perhaps because I’ve been too busy to let it get to me.
Back in September, I started a new job as a Literacy Learning Assistant, and I’ve settled into my role nicely now. It’s challenging and occasionally stressful, but I’m enjoying the process of learning and stretching myself. I get to teach small groups of secondary school students and my week is filled with a variety of different classes, which keeps it interesting. I have groups for guided reading, spelling, formal writing, GCSE English preparation and Lexonik. The latter is a 6 week interactive literacy programme that involves lots of fast-paced games, and it’s my favourite “additional learning” programme to deliver. The best part of my job is seeing students improve in confidence, which is so rewarding.
The only downside to this new role is that I’m so tired in the evenings. My previous role was admin-based, and although looking at spreadsheets all day was tiring in its own way, this is a whole new level of exhaustion. I think part of that is because there’s so much social interaction (with students and colleagues) all day long, and that takes its toll on my introvert batteries. I’m also supporting my old department since my previous line-manager is off work for a while, so my head feels a little cluttered with all the things I need to remember. I’m trying to be kind to myself at the moment and take lots of time to recharge. But that of course means I’m not as productive (with writing, blogging, reading, housework, etc.) as I would like to be.
Nothing particularly eventful has happened this week, except that I broke my glasses and have ordered some new bright pink/reddish frames. I’m looking forward to not having to wear contact lenses all day long as I’ve had two migraines within the space of a few days.
On the Blog
I haven’t been feeling it lately, so this has been my first post since the 8th. I’m hoping to get inspired again and start posting more regularly. I have been enjoying reading other blogs, though. Here are some of the posts I found interesting this week:
- Showing up Daily as an Introvert-Coaching for Geeks
- 4 Mini Reviews: Shakespeare Edition (Part 2)-Olivia’s Catastrophe
- Six for Sunday: Bookish Habits-Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them
- Nerd Church – Auschwitz: 75 Years Later-Dora Reads
- Character Names I’ve Mispronounced-Metaphors and Moonlight
- Book review of Peel by Angela Brown
- Sun 2nd Feb: The Sunday Post
- Wed 5th Feb: IWSG Post
What I’m Writing
I’ve just been planning and making notes this week. There’s a short story competition I’m planning to enter next month, and I’m also working out details for the plot of my science-fantasy novel.
I’m currently reading The Vine Witch by Luane G Smith on my Kindle. It’s an interesting fantasy about a young witch who cares for a vineyard and is seeking revenge on the one who cursed her. I’m also still listening to the audiobook of The Last Jedi by Jason Fry. It provides some interesting additional details which add to the story and Marc Thompson does a good job of all the voices.
One of the bonuses of my new job is that I get to listen to kids read, and since I read along with them, I’m totally counting that towards my reading goals! I just finished reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid with my Y8 students. It was o.k, but not really my cuppa tea. We’ve now started reading Matilda and A Roald Dahl Selection, which are much more my thing!
TV, Tunes & Podcasts
TV is starting to get good again. I’ve been catching up with Call the Midwife for my fix of sweet and wholesome content and Silent Witness to satisfy my morbid curiosity. This weekend, I watched the first episode of the new Star Trek series, Picard. I’m impressed so far and so excited to see more familiar faces. Picard has always been one of my favourite characters and Patrick Stewart is as brilliant as ever. I think this series is going to be amazing.
I’m only just discovered the wonder of Podcasts and I’ve subscribed to quite a few about writing, sci-fi & fantasy and literacy. If you have any recommendations, please drop them in the comments!
Over to you
How was your week? If you’re an introvert, how do you like to recharge in a busy week? What good books have you read lately? Have you seen Picard?