Wednesday 1 August 2018

Month in Review(s) - July 2018

Where did July go?!

Like... I know sometimes time goes quick, but really?!

July title image with funky grape and banana shapes

I think it's the heat.

I spent most of the month slouching around the house, trying to cool down, and being a generally not-nice person to be around.

Me + heat = grump monster! Lol.

So yeah - the main thing about July was that it was too f**king hot!

I'm hoping that it doesn't heat up again any time soon.

The Northern Hemisphere is literally burning, and Trump and all the other climate-change denying a**holes need to wake the f**k up and get a goddamn clue!

In better news, my grandmother is once again out of hospital!

At the moment, she's doing OK (fingers crossed!) and is back to dancing around the house, so that's definitely a good sign!

Thanks to everyone who's sent me support and love over the past few months, and thanks so much to everyone who's read my post on Parkinson's - if you haven't checked it out yet, please do, it means a lot!

In blogging-ness, I took part in a roundtable Q&A over at Poetry Books YA this month on negative reviews.

Check it out if you can and send Dani some love!

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Mildly Amusing Searches

(based on a feature by Cait @ Paper Fury)


...I actually hope this is bot-traffic 'cos otherwise I think international spies might be using my site to send messages to each other! 😅

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July's Most Popular Posts

#1 - Nerd Church - What's The Purpose of Purpose?

#2 - Friday Fics Fix - Wooing, Midgard-Style

#3 - Friday Fics Fix - Your Pal. Your Bucky.

#4 - Really Mini-Reviews! - Swing Time by Zadie Smith and The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

#5 - Micropoetry - June 2018

Apparently you guys are fans of existential crises. Good to know.

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Non-Review Posts

Comics Wrap-Up

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Always Here, Always on Time, Close Call - Riverdale asexual rep. and more

We've Gone Way Too Fast For Way Too Long - Ant-Man and The Wasp and more

Got a Rock and Roll Life - Ant-Man, Thanos memes, and more

The Stars Are Blazing Like Rebel Diamonds - Aquaman, the James Gunn Twitter/Nazi saga, new CW Arrowverse trailers, and more

Friday Fics Fix

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The Future Is Weird (Ft. Harry Potter) - Harry Potter, written by a robot

Genius, Playboy, Billionaire, Philanthropist... Father - Tony Stark and Peter Parker's father/son relationship

Westeros-by-Sea - Game of Thrones characters... in South Wales?!

Deeper Than You'd Think - A Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy fic which turned out to be about the deep sh**.

Nerd Church

Spread a Little Love - Change the world, my nerdlets

Don't Get Distracted By Shiny Balls - The World Cup is nice 'n' all, but LGBTQ+ people are dying in Russia

What the London Mayor and the Goblin King Both Know About Trump's Power

Self-Care Is Vitally Important In Hot Weather

Meta Nerd Church - I rationalise a non-bookish series on a book blog, and discuss the future of Nerd Church

Other Non-Review Posts


Adult Fiction

How was your July dearest nerdlets? Talk to me! 😀💬

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  1. Totally agree with you on this heat! It is absolutely ridiculous and I was so happy that my local news the other day took the time to explain that this is all because of climate change. This has to stop.

  2. The heat makes me a monster, too. I can’t concentrate when my clothes are stuck to my body. I’m glad your grandmother is doing okay. I hope you have a good August!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I feel you! I hate the heat. So much!

      Thanks. :) <3

  3. northerners! [rolling my eyes] [I think we established the fact you are a Northerner to me :)] Heat is awesome! But if you are to desperate just think of this [which depresses me] Winter is coming! :) OMG I cannot wait for the last episode of GoT! and yes seriously speaking now...the state of the climate is concerning and yes people like that guy, spoil brats used to "instant gratification" do not care. [fuming] love ya! stay cool grumpy xoxxo

    1. The heat is back and I'm totally not safe in this weather! I'm Welsh. Rain is our default dammit!!!!

      And yeah, certain people need to get their heads out of their butts.

  4. oh I didn't know granny was in the hospital! Sorry I have been MIA but I HAVE AN APPT WITH A LITERARY AGENT AND I AM SOOOO HAPPY AND WORKING FURIOUSLY TO HAVE MY MS READY! [sorry for the yelling but I'm so excited] Glad to hear grandma is doing better! xoxox


      Yeah... my nan was in hospital from early March until mid-June; snow on the ground when she went in, and boiling hot when she came out. Then in early July she fell and had to go in again for two weeks. I'm so happy she's out and doing better! If you haven't read my Parkinson's post, please do. :)

    2. Oh wow poor grandma! I bet she happy to ne back home again ok I’ll find that post.

    3. She's so happy, and it's so awesome to see! :)

  5. ohh I ran into your lovely face somewhere else! Not how I imagine you at all [I imagined you older and with blond hair. Don't ask me why lol] I like the real one much better! xoxo

    1. Would that be over on Poetry Books YA by any chance? ;)

      I'm older than I look, I basically haven't changed since I was 15! Lol. Blonde?! No! Stereotypical Welsh looks here! ;) And thanks, good to know that you like my appearance better than some random blonde chick your head put together ;) <3

    2. Yes I went to visit that post of course! You do look very young! 😊

    3. Ha, I actually got asked whether I wanted a child's ticket at the cinema a few months back. It really doesn't help that I'm only a little over 5ft, lol.

  6. I'm so glad to hear you grandmother is out of the hospital again :-) And I like the random grapes and bananas in the July pic :-P I hope your weather cools down soon! Sorry I haven't been around much, tennis elbow :-/

    1. Thanks :)

      And sometimes you just need random fruit! Like that guy in the back of Wheatus' Teenage Dirtbag video who just shakes fruit for no reason! ;)

      I hope it cools down too - I'm not made for these temperatures!!!

      No worries, your health comes first :) <3

  7. I'm so happy about your grandmother! And yes, your post on Parkinson's was helpful to me. It seems like everyone's been affected by this heat. We are starting a tropical heat wave today with high humidity that just makes you sweat walking to your car.

    1. Unfortunately, she's back in hospital again. Hopefully she'll be again soon.

      It's cooled down here now (thank God,) but I hope it cools down where you are soon too!

  8. I thought I'd already commented on this post, but I don't see it, so maybe I'm crazy (or didn't hit publish or something). At any rate, I hope your grandmother is feeling better. I see from the comment above that she was back in the hospital. So sorry!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Ha, no worries! :)

      Yeah, she was doing good, but... not so well at the moment. Hopefully she'll be ok again soon.

  9. The summer is going so fast I can hardly believe it! Hope you are making the most of it!

    1. Ha, I'm basically hoping the heat doesn't come back and welcoming the autumn! :)


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