monthly wrap up

Where I’ve Been & Life Update

Hi everyone!

You may have noticed that it’s been quiet here. Well, something big has happened in my life. The biggest thing that has happened to me. Ever.

I had a baby!!!!

(This was in late September)

And since then, life has been like…

Needless to say, sleep is a distant memory, and every morning is like…

Hahaha… I love my lil’ bundle with all my heart and wouldn’t change anything for the world, but that does mean that I have less time for blogging and everything else that I used to do.

I took a long hiatus from reading (been just focusing on living, surviving, breathing oxygen for the past while–complicated stuff) BUT I’m now able to sprinkle in some reading into my everyday routine!

Here are some of the books I’ve read recently (I literally read all of these in the past week ahaha. Once I started reading I was on a roll!)

I absolutely loved From the Desk of Zoe Washington. My favourite aspect was the relationship between Zoe and her convict father, which transformed as she got to know him better and better. There was a hint of a mystery element as well, as Zoe investigated whether or not her father was responsible for the crime. (❤️❤️❤️❤️/5 stars! Review coming soon!)

Do you remember Sarah Andersen?! (Author-illustrator of Sarah’s Scribbles?!) Well, she’s back with a new webcomic called Fangs, a paranormal romance-comedy! I read all of it in one sitting and loved it so much! (❤️❤️❤️❤️/5 stars!)

Despite James Patterson being a huge writer, I actually haven’t read any of his books… until now. I enjoyed Ali Cross–a MG mystery about the son of a detective who investigated his friend’s disappearance. (❤️❤️❤️/5 stars! Review coming soon!)

I just finished Clean Getaway by Nic Stone (the author of Dear Martin which I loved!) It was a heartfelt contemporary MG with a bit of a twist that I didn’t foresee! (❤️❤️❤️/5 stars! Review coming soon!)

Since I really loved the Nevermoor series, I also started listening to Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (audiobook edition) but took a break since I wasn’t in the audiobook mood. Now I got the ebook from the library so I’m excited to start reading again!

I’m also SUPER proud that I’ve almost met my Goodreads goal! Depending on how things go in December, I might even increase my goal a bit 🙂

As for writing, I’m happy to say that I’m finally, finally, finally, finally, FINALLY done Children of the Sun. That’s it! No more edits! I’ve officially compiled the completed manuscript into one Word file (even though, despite proofreading a gazillion times, I’m sure there are some typos) and… dare I say, started querying, not widely, just a teeny little bit to test waters.

Aaaand….. I started writing something new!! After working on Children of the Sun for what seems like eons (in reality, it’s only been two years), I’m ready for a new novel. I don’t want to say too much yet, but it’s a MG novel about vampires!

Related to this, I attempted Nanowrimo this year with this new novel and… well, let’s just say that this was the only time I haven’t succeeded at Nano. Writing with a baby on board is a whole new ball game, and I just couldn’t find the time and energy to do it. (I was also querying agents and wrapping up final edits/proofreading for Children of the Sun too.) The hardest part was to find a continuous stretch of uninterrupted time to be in the mind-space to write. That being said, I’m carving out a bite-sized amount of time to do it day by day, so ONE day I will finish this draft. All in all, Nano motivated me to get started on this project, and I wrote more than I would’ve otherwise, so I’d count it as a success in my books!

As for blogging, unfortunately Sophie’s Corner fell by the wayside with everything going on around me! Thankfully, there had been a handful of wonderful authors who had jumped in to help out. Check out their guest posts here:

I haven’t had the chance to do too much blog-hopping this month, however I was SO happy that some of you had done the NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag that I had made last year! I had so much fun reading your answers. Be sure to check out their posts:

I loved reading Margaret’s post featuring a compilation of writing advice from blogger-writers!! (Psst…. you might find a cameo of yours truly there!!)

Also, be sure to check out Nicole’s post about caring and keeping of a TBR.

In terms of my longer term blogging plans, I want to ease into things again, though to be honest I’m not sure if I would be able to post with the frequency and consistency that I had before. I love blogging because it gives me a space to reflect on where I am when it comes to reading and writing, which are two important aspects of my life. Blogging keeps me accountable, because I know that at the end of every month, I’d have to “report” to you guys about my progress! Blogging also keeps me centered and grounded, so of course I won’t be letting it go.

For the next while, I will post what I can and when I can do it, and maybe even squeeze in some more blog-hopping. I’d love to continue doing wrap-up posts because those are my favourites, and I want to continue posting reviews as well–To be honest, reviews aren’t my favourite posts to write, BUT they force me to reflect on and keep track of how I felt about the books I’ve read, otherwise I wouldn’t remember them!

The pandemic is getting worse where I’m at, so we’ve been spending most of our time indoors.

Other than that, there isn’t much else going on for me, with baby and all! However, I would love to make time for some light DIY projects. We’ve received so many wonderful gifts from our friends and coworkers, and I’d love to make some thank you cards!

How have you been? Any good reads lately?

30 thoughts on “Where I’ve Been & Life Update

  1. Congratulations on the baby! That’s really great news! I find Nanowrimo is a good challenge to getting into the habit of writing. It’s really a huge community here as well. 🙂

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  2. Congratulations on the baby! I am happy to hear you are both healthy and living your lives ❤ I can only imagine the changes this has brought to your life! While I completely understand not wanting to let go of blogging entirely, I hope you take the time to just rest and relax when those brief moments occur and not worry too much about this little corner of the internet. I cannot speak for everyone, but I will always be here and happy to hear from you whenever you feel you have the energy and motivation to stop by ❤
    Wishing you all the best for the rest of the year and maybe you'll even get that reading goal done!

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  3. SOPHIE!! ❤ I'm sending all the congratulations your way for your new baby!! So exciting!! Fangs is on my TBR and I'm so glad you enjoyed it ❤ I'm going to have to pick it up sooner lol 😀 AND YOU FINISHED CHILDREN OF THE SUN!!!!!! That is amazing and I'm sending all the good vibes your way 😀 I can't wait to read it on the shelves one day. Thank you so much for linking to my post and I can't wait to hear more from you, I'm so glad you are back!!

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  4. Omg congrats on the baby, I hope you’re all doing well! 🥰 Also happy to hear that you finished with Children of the Sun (good luck with querying!!) and excited to see you’re writing a vampire book next! One of the best things I did was writing less post but pouring all my love into them, so I hope you find a way that works for you 😊

    I just moved to a new city and started my Master’s course at university, so blogging has also been more difficult recently. But I’m still happy for some change 😄

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    1. Thank you Caro!! I absolutely agree with focusing less on quantity and more on the process of enjoying writing blog posts 🙂
      Hope that you are settling in in your new city. I know it can be scary and nerve-racking but I hope you will enjoy it there. Best wishes on your Master’s course! Have a happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

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  5. Hey Sophie, it has been a while since we’ve spoke but I wish you the biggest congratulations on having a baby, I wish you and your family all the happiness and health for the future. This might be a stretch from what I’ve heard but I hope you manage to get more sleep too, haha. Anddd… congrats on finishing Children of the Sun, that’s amazing. You put in so much work and I loved seeing your journey with it (so thanks for sharing), ahh.. you should be so proud. Then you started working on a new project, that is amazing (the vampires sound awesome !! ) and it sounds like you did great with NaNoWriMo too, goals can be flexible to your life so it sounds like you did awesome still !!
    I’m trying to find ways to fit blogging into my life whilst not having a tight schedule like I did before so I wish you all the luck with it going forward.
    I hope you are well and stay safe !! ❤

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    1. Hi Sophie!! It’s so great hearing from you! Thank you so much for your encouragement. WIth the baby and all, I won’t have as much time for writing and blogging as before, but I will try my best to fit these hobbies into my life 🙂 Wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

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  6. Congratulations once again on the newest member of your family, Sophie!! I am unbelievably happy for you ❤ I’m impressed that you’ve managed to read anything at all these past few months, and glad that you seem to have found some great books. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is on my TBR, so I’m happy you enjoyed it! AND congrats on finishing your edits—what an accomplishment!

    So glad to hear that you’re doing well, and even if you’re not able to blog as often as you used to, it’s nice to see these updates as you’re able to fit them in. Hope you have a lovely rest of your year!

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    1. Thank you Margaret for your warm wishes! From the Desk of Zoe Washington is one of my favourite contemporary MG reads, so I hope that you’ll enjoy it! 🙂
      I won’t have as much time to blog and write as I used to, but I definitely want to make the most of it. Wishing you a wonderful new year 🙂

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  7. Omg Sophie, you had a baby! Congrats! I hope you’re enjoying all the warmest cuddles, and that you can get a good night’s sleep soon 😅 I loved reading this post, it felt like we were just catching up. I’m so happy that you’re finished with your latest w.i.p. and can’t wait to be able to read it one day (hopefully soon).
    Stay safe!

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    1. Thank you Juli! Good news is that baby is sleeping longer stretches now and I’m even able to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night, knock on wood 🙂
      Wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

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  8. AH SOPHIE CONGRATULATIONS! ! 😍 I’m sending you all the love and it’s completely understandable that you haven’t had time to dedicate to your blog as much with everything. No matter how little you’ll be here, we’ll always be here for you when you are 🙂
    Have a wonderful end of the year ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for your warm wishes Marie 🙂 I still love reading, blogging and writing so I want to make the most of the little time that I have. Wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

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  9. Congrats on the new baby!! I can only imagine how much your life has changed, in such amazing ways! ❤ I hope things are going well and you're still able to sneak in a little bit of reading and writing time, when you're able! (Also, thank you for sharing my post; you are WAY too sweet).

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