Monthly Gratitude: Things I’m Thankful for This October

31 Oct , 2017  

November is right around the corner and I’m here feeling like I barely sank my teeth into October at all.

Nevertheless, it’s been a great month full of inky delights, and I wanted to share some things that have made me grateful to be living the writer’s life. So, without further ado:

1.  Inktober

I had every intention of participating this year, but sadly life events conspired to take up a lot of my time and it meant that I couldn’t participate. Still, I practiced a bit of drawing here and there, so I’m chalking it up as a success.

What I have loved though is watching all the amazing YouTube videos artists have been making over Inktober. I’ve mentioned on Twitter my love for Danica Sills, but I’ve also been enchanted by Minnie Small’s haunted buildings series. They’re so different and so gorgeous. Here, take a look:

2. The Meaning of Life by Kelly Clarkson

The first time I saw Kelly live was in a tiny venue in Manchester nearly a decade ago where we were all standing and packed like tuna. She came on without any fuss and just blew the roof of the place. I loved her then, and I love her now. With the release of her new album I feel like Kelly is showing the world the side of her music sensibility that the fans who went to her live gigs always knew was there: soulful, eclectic and, of course, that powerhouse voice.

3. Yoga With Tim

I’ve been struggling with working out this year. It’s partly because of my moods, but mainly — and, weirdly, quite happily — it’s down to me being a great deal busier than I used to be. I’ve noticed that my back has been hurting a lot though, and it’s been harder to control my anxiety.

I tried yoga last year and enjoyed it, but then went into a phase of enjoying running and shelved it for a while. This month I got back into yoga, doing a nightly flow and trying to calm myself before sleep. It’s been working great. I now want to add yoga into my mornings as part of the morning routine I’m crafting for myself as I feel like this would set a good intention for the day.

As serendipity would have it, Yoga With Tim just came out with a great morning flow that I’m eager to try:

I recommend all of Tim’s videos. He has a great mix of beginner level and some more challenging sequences if you’re fancying getting sweaty.

4. Bic Grip Rollers

I mentioned these gorgeous pens in a previous post, but I’ve fallen in love with them even more. The dark and rich inks are great and they are a joy to hold. One negative I’ve found is that because I have slightly spiky handwriting, they sometimes don’t give me a true line on my curving strokes. But when I change it up and take time to “loop” my letters properly, they work fine. As I said though, I use these for drafting stories so the occasional imperfection isn’t a concern for me and I still heartily recommend them, particularly for things like bullet journaling and taking notes.

5. Tapas Fiction

Back in August I ran a little experiment and started uploading my story Hellswood to Tapas (once Taptastic), the comic and novel sharing site where creators can get paid for their work via ads that appear when people click through to read. That experiment went really well, with Hellswood making it to the front page of the site within a week.

Since then, I’ve been working away storylining to bring more chapters and continue Hellswood in the form of Hellswood Legacy. I love Taptastic so much and I’m hoping to bring more stories to it in the near future. I also have to say the community over there is absolutely lovely, and the readers are very encouraging when you are first starting out. I recommend it both if you’re a writer and if you’re a reader!

So, that’s my list. What’s yours?

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