The Month That Was

April 2018 Reflections

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Well hello there! It’s the start of a brand new month and there’s a chill in the air even though it’s not yet winter. I’m a bit bummed about that but I’m also glad April offered pretty good weather for the most part. It’s time for me to reflect on the month that was April 2018.

What I wrote in April 2018

Towards the end of April, I attended a writers’ retreat with the lovely Pamela Cook and that helped me think a bit more about my work-in-progress and cut out huge chunks in it. I didn’t write as much as I would’ve liked this month but continued to edit and rewrite this novel. I’m still aiming to have a decent version by the end of the year.

In April, I also finally got to see my name in print. Yes, the anthology for the Newcastle Short Story Competition was finally published and I think I can call myself a published author now. It feels weird though and definitely does not roll off my tongue! Imposter syndrome is still going strong.

I didn’t write any poetry on the blog this month but that’s because there were no prompts. I did dabble in a short piece of fiction thanks to Jodi’s Wednesday writing prompts. I have been writing poetry in a notebook at home though but I’m not ready to share those with the world as yet.

What I read in April 2018

Reading took a bit of a hit in April. I read Deranged Marriage, a memoir by Sushi Das which was quite interesting. I also finished Remind me how this ends by Gabrielle Tozer – another one I need to review. They were both part of the Aussie Author Challenge and the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge. I am currently reading The Lost flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland and am enjoying it so far.

On the blog in April 2018

You may have noticed things have been a bit quiet on the blog in April. There’s a very valid reason for that. Life. The only posts consistent on the blog this month have been my weekly gratitude posts. Apart from that, it was the one piece of fiction I mentioned before. I’m hoping to write a bit more in May but we’ll see what life has in store.

Health in April 2018

While my gymming has been sporadic in the past two weeks, I have not completely slacked off on the exercise front. I’m continuing to do strength-training and yoga and enjoying it. It’s harder now that it’s getting colder in the mornings but I’m hoping I can keep it up.

With the cold weather, I’m a bit worried about falling sick but trying to be optimistic that I won’t. So far, I have been in good health but haven’t been sleeping much due to trying to do a lot. Here’s hoping I remain in good health over the next few weeks and months.

Life in April 2018

Life has been very busy in April. Enjoyable, but busy. I’ve attended an author event, a couple of sessions at the Newcastle Writers’ Festival, movies, dinners and lunches with friends, gone to a concert, walked, kayaked and hit the beach before it started to get a bit too cold. There was also the writers’ retreat I spoke about earlier which was a nice weekend getaway.

I’ve been doing a lot on the work front and managed to get approval to cut down to four days a week in my day job. It starts this week and I’m really looking forward to it.

Highlight of April 2018

The highlight of this month is something I’m not yet willing to share on this space. It is something that I am very grateful for and which fills me with hope. But in addition to that, it has to be seeing my name in print.

Lowlight of April 2018

There have been some downs but I’ve been able to process it or ignore it for the most part. Having to go to the police regarding a certain issue was a bit stressful but I had the loveliest friends support me through it all.

Lessons from April 2018

Sometimes, you have to take a chance. Wear your heart on your sleeve, be open and authentic but set your boundaries and you never know what can happen.

That was April in a nutshell. I understand there are things I am not divulging but it’s something I’ve realised I need to do. In time, I might choose to share. For now, hopefully, you will be okay to know I am very content.

How was April for you?

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Until next time,

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  • Parul
    1 May 2018 at 11:54 pm

    You are content and it is all that matters. Hope you continue to take care of your health and stay fit. I’m sure four days a will give you time to write the book. Take care and know that friends are around this side if the world. Have a happy May!
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  • CookieCrumbsInc.
    2 May 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Police! I hope everything is sorted now, Sanch. Also, is what I’m thinking what you’re not telling us? 😛
    Happy May, Sanch <3

    P.S: Come back to the Fitbit challenges 🙁

  • Soumya
    2 May 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Published author, Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy! Cheers to that, first 🙂

    Like Parul says, being content is what matters and as long as you are doing what you love, nothing else matters.

    Wishing you a very happy May, Sanch.
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    3 May 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Happiness and wishes for being published Sanch- you have really been working on your writing with the workshops you have been attending and maintaining a daily quota of writing – I am excited to see your finished masterpiece – loads of luck and preserverance for that girl!
    Sad to hear the Police bit is still continuing and I hope things will settle down in May for good! Please know I am here if you need to talk – just DM me or WA me – we will chat away 🙂
    Wishing happier and safer times in the months to come ahead darling! much love

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    4 May 2018 at 8:20 am

    I’m content, that you’re content! It sounds like your cup has been filled to overflowing in April. I know you might not have done as much reading or writing as you would have liked, but it’s important to remember that you can do anything but you can’t do everything! And you got your name in print! Yay!

  • Rachna
    4 May 2018 at 12:54 pm

    That you are happy and content is all that matters. Hope the feeling continues. Yay to being a published author! I hope that police business wasn’t too much of a drain. Having supportive friends is a big plus. Have a happy May.