Self habit tracker

I’m starting this post with a confession. Despite my recent morning routine posts, I’m rubbish at a routine. I have days where I go all out: my skin gets slathered in every (probably contradicting) product I have and I feel yes, I’ve done self-care.

Cue the following three days where I do nothing.

Then I have a weekend splurge.

Seeing the pattern? It doesn’t do me any good, either.

It’s not just skin-care that I’m like this with, but pretty much everything. I try and do too much, leaving no time for anything and everything is an effort rather than a habit. I was searching for coping strategies for anxiety, and came across the idea of a self-habit tracker.

Admittedly, I think the idea is to see what triggers anxiety off, but I adapted it to suit my needs.

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Book Review: The Bear Pit by S.G Maclean

The Bear Pit by S.G Maclean

Author: S.G Maclean

Title: The Bear Pit

Publisher: Quercus

Date: 2019

Plot: London, 1656: Captain Seeker is back in the city, on the trail of an assassin preparing to strike at the heart of Oliver Cromwell’s Republic

The Commonwealth is balanced on a knife edge. Royalists and disillusioned former Parliamentarians have united against Oliver Cromwell, now a king in all but name. Three conspirators, representing these factions, plan to assassinate the Lord Protector, paving the way back to the throne for Charles Stuart once and for all.
Captain Damian Seeker, meanwhile, is preoccupied by the horrifying discovery in an illegal gambling den of the body of a man ravaged by what is unmistakably a bear. Yet the bears used for baiting were all shot when the sport was banned by Cromwell. So where did this fearsome creature come from, and why would someone use it for murder?

With Royalist-turned-Commonwealth-spy Thomas Faithly tracking the bear, Seeker investigates its victim. The trail leads from Kent’s coffee house on Cornhill, to a German clockmaker in Clerkenwell, to the stews of Southwark, to the desolate Lambeth Marshes where no one should venture at night.

When the two threads of the investigation begin to join, Seeker realises just what – and who – he is up against. The Royalists in exile have sent to London their finest mind and greatest fighter, a man who will stop at nothing to ensure the Restoration. Has Seeker finally met his match?

Book review: The Bear Pit by S.G Maclean
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Television Review: Jamestown, Series 3

Review: Jamestown, series 3

Show: Jamestown, Series 3

Company: Carnival Film & Television / Sky 1

Date: 2019

Plot: Its boom time in Jamestown, the 17th Century English Settlement on the very edge of the breathtaking Virginian wilderness. But success brings scrutiny and intrigue, and there are few in the settlement who have nothing to hide.

Unlikely alliances have been formed; some provide friendship, some offer love, and some lead to great peril. Relations with the Native Americans offer hope of advancement for the settlers until greed for land and power corrupts those with influence in the colony. What ensues is devastating conflict; the fallout of which will shape the New World for centuries to come.

This final season written by Bill Gallagher, brings the epic story to an exhilarating close.

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Life hacks for a busy week

Working full-time makes achieving others things difficult. Keeping up-to-date with a blog, going to the gym three times a week, trying to work on my novel and still have time for inconsequential things like sleep and food means there literally aren’t enough hours in the day.

After a bad week in which I achieved nothing and felt frustrated and antsy, I started thinking about little things I do each day that helps makes it possible. Of course, weekends are spent running around, writing up posts, crawling around taking pictures – the usual. But without what I’m now fondly referring to as my life hacks, I wouldn’t even make it that far.

Life hacks
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Book Review: Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

Author: Peter McLean

Title: Priest of Bones

Publisher: Quercus Books

Date: 2018

Plot: It’s a dangerous thing, to choose the lesser of two evils.

The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety finally heads home with Lieutenant Bloody Anne at his side. When he arrives in the Stink, Tomas finds that his empire of crime has been stolen from him while at war. With his gang of Pious Men, Tomas will do whatever it takes to reclaim his businesses. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, and is forced to work in secret for the sinister Queen’s Men, everything gets more complicated.

When loyalties stretch to the breaking point and violence only leads to violence, when people have run out of food, and hope, and places to hide, do not be surprised if they have also run out of mercy. As the Pious Men fight shadowy foreign infiltrators in the backstreet taverns and gambling dens of Tomas’s old life it becomes clear; the war is not over.

It is only just beginning.

Book review: Priest of Bones by Peter McLean
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Book Review: The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

Author: Liv Constantine

Title: The Last Time I Saw You

Publisher: Harper Collins

Date: 2019

Plot: The internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrishfollows that success with an addictive novel filled with shocking twists about the aftermath of a brutal high-society murder.

Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy.

But all that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment.

That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help.

Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone—friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list…

Book review: The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
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Monthly Wrap Up: June

I commented last month how much things can change in the space of a few weeks, and the same thing occurred in June. Despite starting it on a high, it’s ended in such a way that I’m glad to leave the month behind and start fresh in July.

I’ve got my goals and I’ve got a plan of action: this is going to be my month for focusing on what I want to achieve this year. We’re over halfway through 2019 (how?) and I realised just the other day that I’m still in the same place I was at the start of the year.

It’s time to start prioritising the things I care about. After neglecting the novel for the entirety of June, it’s top of the pile for things to tackle in July. I completely ignored the blog last week in a way I’ve never done before, so back to content, promotion and engagement. No more waiting for things to happen: July me is going to take control!

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