The Month That Was

March 2018 Reflections

march 2018

I promised I wasn’t going to make a statement about how quickly time is flying so I won’t. Welcome to April, lovely readers! It’s a brand new month and we turned back the clocks an hour yesterday. For a while, it means I can wake up in the mornings and go to the gym when there’s some light as opposed to the darkness in the past month. But I’m also mindful it’ll get dark earlier in the evenings and not to forget, colder as well. For now, though, it’s time for me to look back at March and all that it had to offer.

What I wrote in March 2018

I continued to work on editing and rewriting my work-in-progress. I have about 14,000 words in the second draft {after 40,000 in the first} and it has been slow-going as I haven’t been as disciplined as I’d like. I’m hoping to change that in April.

I mentioned in the round-up for February about submitting a short story to the Newcastle Short Story Competition. I was delighted to find out in March that mine was one of thirty-two stories shortlisted to be published in their anthology which will be out this month. For me, that’s as good as winning. They announce the winners this Friday night and while I don’t think I stand a chance {my work isn’t very literary, you see}, I am looking forward to seeing my name in print and reading the winners’ entries.

On the blog, I continued to write poetry this month thanks again, to the prompts by Vinay and Reema every Wednesday. I wrote four poems this month and while I cherish every single one, my favourites were probably Poetic Words written aptly on world poetry day, and Goodbye Summer which flowed very quickly from my brain onto the page. The other two poems were Friend no longer and Broken Fences.

Finally, I also wrote microfiction this month for the Yeah Write challenge and was stoked to find out my story Graveyard Tales was chosen as the Editor’s pick.

What I read in March 2018

I read a fair bit in March partly because I was on holidays for about ten days. I can get a lot of reading done when I don’t have to work my day job! I haven’t reviewed all the books yet but I will shortly.

In March, I read and loved Sofie Laguna’s The Choke. I also loved When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi {review to come soon}. I finished My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and while initially, I found it hard to get into, it grew on me. I still have to read the rest of the books and am planning to review it all together instead of spaced apart. I finished I am Malala for my book club and while she has a wonderful story to tell, it was a frustrating read. I finished Sarah Schmidt’s See what I’ve done {review to come soon} and a book of poetry – The princess saves herself in this one – by Amanda Lovelace. Finally, I also listened to The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham as an audiobook. I’m not sold on audiobooks I must admit, and prefer the written word.

On the blog in March 2018

I blogged a fair bit in March which surprised me a bit but I guess that came with being on holidays for a week. I wrote almost four times every week. Apart from the poetry and microfiction, I also wrote about my trip to Adelaide, the Barossa and Victor Harbor. There were the weekly gratitude posts that I love writing. And finally, one that was prompted by our current cricket situation.

Health in March 2018

On the first day of the month, I had pretty bad hayfever and it hit me a couple of times during the month too. Apart from that, my physical health has been relatively good, thankfully. I did indulge during my holidays but got back on the healthy wagon upon my return.

I’ve been quite regular with the gym and strength-training, and have also been enjoying yoga regularly. My eating hasn’t been fantastic all the time, but pretty good for most of it.

Emotionally, I have been a bit vulnerable partly due to work stress and partly due to another personal stressor in my life that comes and goes.

Life in March 2018

March was a busy month. I had a much-needed holiday from the 2nd to the 10th of March in Adelaide. It was a solo trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I went to three days of the Adelaide Writers’ Week, explored the city, watched stand-up comedy, ate a lot, lazed at the beach, drank beer, wrote, read, tasted wine and felt rejuvenated.

On coming back home, I felt a bit ambivalent about my day job. Not the work itself, which I love, but more so, the workplace. I’ve been working on changing things a bit and there may be some developments on that front. I also enjoyed catching up with friends for dinners, celebrating a friend’s 30th by horse-riding, cuddling the cats and relaxing at the beach on warm days.

Highlight of March 2018

Without a doubt, the highlight in March was my trip to Adelaide. If you haven’t been there, you totally should but in the meantime, you can always check out the posts about my trip as linked above.

Lowlight of March 2018

The same lowlight from Feb continued to invade my life in March. I’m keeping my fingers crossed though, it will settle in April.

Lessons from March 2018

Reaching out to people and staying authentic is the key to maintaining connections. The lowlight weirdly has made me closer to some people and continues to make me reach out to those close by.

That was March for me. I am looking forward to April where I’ve got a lot coming up including attending a couple of events at the Newcastle Writer’s Festival, a writing retreat weekend and some other social shenanigans amidst my day job and writing.

How was March for you?

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***Linking with Denyse for Life this week, Alicia for Open Slather, Corinne for Monday Musings and Kristen and Gretch for What’s new with you***

Until next time,

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  • Lydia C. Lee
    2 April 2018 at 7:17 am

    Congratulations again on your story. That’s so exciting!

  • Jo Tracey
    2 April 2018 at 9:19 am

    Congrats on being short-listed. That’s fabulous! Your holiday looked great – I followed along on Instagram. It sounded like overall a fun month, so here’s hoping that “lowlight” keeps below the horizon for you this month.

  • Ness
    2 April 2018 at 10:00 am

    You’ve certainly been busy. Congrats on the story. That’s awesome! And at least you are making slow progress on your novel. I’ve abandoned my Nano ‘effort’… And I love reading your poetry. Would love to go to Adelaide. Looks amazing. I haven’t tried audio books. I think they might work for non-fiction, but, like you, I’d prefer the written word for novels.

  • Katherine
    2 April 2018 at 10:01 am

    Ooh, I watched The Dressmaker on Netflix a month or so ago. It was pretty good and I was surprised at how good of an English accent Kate Winslet did. Now, if you won’t say it, I will. This year is going so fast!

  • Ramya Abhinand
    2 April 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Thats an interesting reading in the month of March. Must tell you , I loved when Breath became air too. It moved me beyond words. I am still to read Choke though. Hope you are feeling better after your bout of Hay fever. And I see a considerable bit of writing in March. Hope you add more words in the month of april.
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  • Nabanita Dhar
    2 April 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Looks like you had a more or less fulfilling March. For me, March was okay. Family, work and blog, that’s all I was busy with. Nothing exciting and I guess I’m thankful for that. Hopefully, April brings some positive changes at work but if it doesn’t, I’m planning to not complain and make up for it through the other things I care about,

  • shanayatales
    3 April 2018 at 1:50 am

    Sounds like you had a decent March, inspite of the stressors that weighed you down. I am sure the vacation helped. Oh and congratulations on the shortlist. Hope you have a great April. 🙂
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    3 April 2018 at 7:50 am

    We’ve just got back from Newy, I love it so much! I’m a big fan of Adelaide too but it’s been way too long between visits. I need to rectify the situation stat! I can’t believe it’s April already, but I am looking forward to some cooler weather, the dark nights not so much! Congrats on your nomination in the short story competition – of course, you’re literary, otherwise you wouldn’t have been selected in the first place! I believe in you! xx
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  • Denyse
    3 April 2018 at 1:32 pm

    It sounds like the first quarter of this year has been well-balanced in the majority of areas. I love solo trips because YOU get to make the decisions and have the freedom and flexibilty to choose.

    Congratulations on your writing success. That is some accolade. I went to a children’s Book Launch for the Newcastle Writers’ Festival in 2015 and can see why Newcastle is becoming a city with rich history and a welcoming environment for all that is new and creative. Once they have the inner areas sorted, it will be a better place to visit.

    I went up a year ago and it is as bad as the works happening in Sydney!

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 14/52. Next week’s optional prompt is “Share Your Snaps” an every 5 week prompt in 2018. Denyse.
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    5 April 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Whoa the writing has been getting better and better; the selections and picks are seeing to that gurl! Many many congratulations on that babes!
    Sorry to hear about the lows – hope and pray they vanish soon – a big hug for that!!
    Loving your trips and read all about them; shall catch up on your book reviews soonest!! 🙂

  • Lindsay
    7 April 2018 at 3:05 am

    I always read people’s recaps and goals and feel like compared to mine, mine are nothing in compared to some of the goals people set for themselves. Then again, comparison is the thief of joy, now isn’t it? March was busy and looooong. I’m looking forward to a busy but good April. I hope you have a great month girl. 🙂