Despite the year being one of the strangest I’ve ever experienced, we’re suddenly halfway through it. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Lockdown

The UK is still in partial lockdown. In June they’ve tentatively opened up non-essential shops, some children have gone back to school, and they allow up to 6 people to meet outside as long as they stay 2m from anyone not in their household. We’re all waiting with bated breath to see if the easing of the lockdown will result in cases rising again.

On Saturday they will re-open pubs and restaurants, as long as people still social distance inside. You will also be allowed to visit another household indoors, as long as you stay 2m apart from each other. Not always easy in someone’s home, so I’m not sure how reasonable this is. We’re continuing to be cautious, so I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the indoor visits yet. I’m definitely staying away from pubs and restaurants for now.

Socially distanced play-date.

Writing

Total work/words for June
Bowstrings & Velvet: Chapter 18 (2110 words) complete
Damask & Deception: Published Chapter 1 (1521 words) ongoing
A Midsummer Night’s Kiss: Revised and published chapters 4-5 (7854 words) ongoing

It’s not my best month, but I admittedly took some time off after finishing Bowstrings at the beginning of the month. I still need to go back to edit and flesh out both Bowstrings and Shadows. However, that will have to wait until the end of the summer as I decided to join Camp NaNo for July, meaning I’ll need to spend my free time writing. I set myself an achievable goal of 20k words in a month, but it’s still more than I’ve done in a single month before! According to my calculations, I should manage if I average 1k words a day 5 days a week. It should be possible.

Other Stuff

I can’t say that I have any other news. Our lives are pretty slow with most of our time spent at home these days. I’m slowly watching Community on Netflix as I never watched it back in the day. We also enjoyed the second season of After Life. When I have a little longer to sit down I try to watch an episode of the third season of The Sinner.

Other than that I’ve been trying – and failing – to bake brownies several times during lockdown. I can bake a lot of things, but apparently not brownies. I will give it one last try this weekend, and if I still can’t get them to become the nice, fudgy kind I want – I will truly give up.

Are you watching anything good at the moment? How are you passing the time in lockdown? Or has it been eased where you live?

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