Monthly Muses | July 2017

The end of July has felt more like October weather-wise (inside I am revelling in wearing jumpers again!), but it’s been another jam-packed summer month for me. I’ve been meeting new people, sharing more of my writing online, and trying to keep my feet on the ground. 

Needless to say, it has absolutely flown by – again. So, here are a few of the things that have been preoccupying me in our seventh month of 2017.

Reading…

The Power by Naomi Alderman

I’ve been hearing whispers of this book’s brilliance over the last few months, so instead of waiting for my friend to lend me her copy, I went ahead and grabbed one for myself. I’m only a few chapters in, but I am hooked. I can’t wait to write one of my reviews once I’m done. So far, so excellent.

The power book review

Learning…

About How to be a storyteller with Laura Jane Williams

This month I started Laura Jane Williams‘s first online course, entitled ‘Don’t be a writer, be a storyteller’. Alongside a hundred-or-so other budding writers around the world, I am learning a few more skills to hone my tale-telling abilities. We are just completing our fourth week, and I honestly don’t know what I will do once it’s over!

I’ll tell you all about it in another post sometime, but if you want to see what sort of stuff we’ve been producing for our homework (yes, homework), you can read a poem I wrote about my sister on this here blog.

Watching…

13 Reasons Why

I’m a little late to this party, as I am with most things Netflix, but I am hooked. This is not always an easy watch, but I am absorbed in the series. I’ve got some reading to do about what other people think of its treatment of a very difficult subject, but maybe I will write my own thoughts down at a later date.

The Play that Goes Wrong

The Play that Goes Wrong came to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton this month and I was overjoyed to see it with my friends. If you have the chance, definitely get tickets and see it on tour. You can read my review here.

The Addams Family Musical

Another week, another show! Last week I was lucky enough to go and see the brand new Addams Family musical with some of the lovely Sotonbloggers ladies at the Mayflower and we had a spooky kooky time. You can read my review here too.

The cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Credit Matt Martin (3)

Spiderman: Homecoming

This film was not at the top of my list to see – in fact, I was hoping to see Baby Driver that night! However, I am so glad I did. It was a brilliantly fun film and got me so excited for all of the Marvel-lous movies coming our way soon. Thor: Ragnarok, anyone?

Eating:

Scandi treats at Kupp Southampton

I headed over to the launch of Kupp in Westquay at the start of the month and have since returned to try more of the menu. This is Southampton’s new Scandi haunt – you no longer have to go to Ikea to get your meatballs, folks! – and I can’t wait to try more. Think open sandwiches, smorgasbords and delicious banana bread for brunch.

Travelling to…

Bled, Slovenia

I welcomed July while I was in Bled for a friend’s wedding. This place is seriously beautiful, and I was sad not to be able to explore a little longer. It’s on my list for a return visit, and I’d love to spend some more time in Ljubljana too. If you want a bit more info, I recommend Being Erica’s sweet guide to Bled.

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Writing…

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