Once again I shake my fist at time. April felt slow but somehow went quickly, the days melting in to each other.

I hit an impasse with the current rewrite I’m doing – although some serious thinking over the last few days may have helped me – but I’ve been productive with other writing projects, which has made me feel like the month isn’t a complete loss.

This month, I:

  • Kept on with the rewrite of a YA novel
  • Wrote 1 page a day for my freehand book, and felt a strange sense of achievement when I finished my first notebook full of this particular text
  • Wrote 3 short stories
  • Started a new horror stage play
  • Wrote a synopsis for a new feature length comedy screenplay
  • Read 7 books and abandoned about 4
  • Updated my blog on Short Films that you can watch online – my first interview was yesterday with the brilliant Deborah Haywood
  • Have started to chow down on salads, like this vegan quinoa caesar salad, now that the weather is (mostly) good
  • Grinned like an idiot at these images, especially the first
  • Have listened to a LOT of Nirvana, which always transports me back in time to high school and the glorious heyday of grunge (also, can’t believe it was 20 years ago in April that Cobain died)

Books read have included some YA classics, such as Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman, Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein. I loved Jane Austen: a life by Claire Tomalin. However, the real star of April was Swallows and Amazons, which I had never read before but still made me feel like a 7 year old, desperate for adventure.

Here’s my April in pictures:

Above – beautiful blossom


Enjoying a Lego safari at an exhibition in Edinburgh


Strolling around the Old Town with friends


Enjoying the gorgeous sunshine at the Water of Leith


Blue skies above Glasgow on a day trip


Visiting the National Museum of Scotland – several times – and exploring the exhibits, like the Lewis Chessmen

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