What’s this? What’s this?

What’s this? What’s this? There’s colour everywhere
If you’re not now singing What’s This? from The Nightmare Before Christmas then I simply don’t know what to tell you.

But yes, what is this you may ask, is it a blog post, Emma? Yes! Is it a triumphant return to this blog? Have we kissed COVID-19 and working from home and a worldwide pandemic that only showcases global inequalities more? Are things back to some kind of ‘normal’? No! Far from it! But I have decided that I would like to re-focus and, perhaps, re-prioritise reading again.

As I mentioned in my last post way back in May 2020, COVID-19 and the subsequent work-from-home mandate shook up every part of my routine. As an extremely introverted person, people assumed lockdown would be fine for me. It wasn’t. The little social interaction I previously got from having to get up and get on a train and go to work five days a week in an office was removed from my life entirely and I realised very little remained in my life. Every day since then has felt like a groundhog day and, I’m not going to sugarcoat it, 2020 and 2021 have probably been some of the worst years of my life, an opinion that I know isn’t uncommon. Will 2022 be any better? Well I just don’t know, I hope so, but I’m not an optimistic person as a rule, especially when us all getting through this relies on humanity and compassion and common sense which, I think we all suspect, is hard to come by in some camps.

So, I don’t know what 2022 will bring, or if it will be any better, I don’t know if my anxiety or depression will get worse, or if I’ll learn to manage them better, but what I do know and can control is the fact that I would like to read again. And I would like to talk about my reading on this blog because I think that will help me. Maybe it will also be mildly entertaining for anyone reading it too? I hope so. So you might see some reconstruction going on whilst I figure out a fresh layout and graphics and way of doing things, a bit of a Spring clean but in December, because that makes total sense to me.

So, until my next post (when maybe I’ll feature some of my favourite books that I did manage to read this year), please stay safe and well and keep reading.

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You’ll be back, time will tell

Long time no see, eh? If you’re even a slightly-frequent reader of this blog, then you might have noticed that I have been MIA for the past few weeks. In truth, since September really, I’ve not entirely been feeling my blog. Every post I’ve written has felt like a chore. That’s not to say I haven’t been reading, but even that has been less frequent that I would like. I’ve still been around generally but I haven’t been participating in as many readalongs or readathons and I’ve felt much less engaging with the online book community than previously. My Booktube watchlist is at a frankly horrifying number of unwatched videos so the less said about that the better. The upshot of which, though, has been that even when I haven’t felt inspired on my own, I also haven’t felt inspired by other people’s content either. I could say it’s a combination of things that has caused this slight hiatus but, if I’m honest, the overwhelming thing has just been a lack of inspiration and motivation.

However, as NaNoWriMo has come to a close in the last few days, I’ve had more time to think about writing things that aren’t fictional. I have realised I do miss blogging which has been a slight revelation. It wasn’t that I ever thought I’d want to quit blogging, but I didn’t realise just how much I enjoyed having an outlet until I wasn’t using it as an outlet. I have been writing some fictional bits and pieces for NaNo in November (and I won, for the first time ever, a discussion post about which I’m sure will come!) and I do enjoy the act of writing. And I miss blogging.

So, I’m going to try to make a real effort in December, and in the months to come, to blog more. I did think ‘oh maybe I should wait until 2020 and do a revamp of my blog, New Year, new start etc. etc.’ but then I realised, the passing of one year to the next is just the arbitrary passage of time so why not do things now, instead of waiting for January? I think I may accidentally end up doing Blogmas but we shall see if the motivation holds out long enough for that!

This is just to  (re)say: hi, hello, howdy, hola, how have you all been? Have you been doing well? What’s changed in the last few months? Do you have any super important life or reading updates I should know? Let me know in the comments and I hope to be around more this month, and in the months to come!