February 2020

A month gone already. As everyone says, each year seems to go quicker than the last. We’re already a good way into 2020 and I feel like the last month has gone in a blink of my eye.

Writing hasn’t been too good for the last month. I’ve written on some days, but not most. It’s hard to find the time and the motivation. I haven’t been sleeping very well and that has a massive impact. When I sit down to write it feels like a chore. I will push through and get some done, but it’s harder than I want it to be. I need to set a target and see if I hit it. I’m at 68,000 words in my current story. I’ll set a target if 80,000 by my March update. That should be doable.

I’m still reading Star Wars Thrawn at the moment. I’m really enjoying it. It feels like something completely different in the Star Wars universe and it really adds to the whole thing. The new Darth Vader comic also started this week, which was fantastic. I can’t wait for issue 2 in March.

Naturo, at one point as a teenager was my favourite manga. I was buying each book as they came out and read them in one sitting as soon as I got home. I have 52 volumes sitting on a shelf in the spare bedroom and I’ve never read past that point. I’ve always meant to go back and re-read the whole thing and then finish the whole series. Earlier this week I started doing just that, I’m currently reading book 4 and falling back in love with the world of Ninjas. My favourite manga is now Monster, however I will always have a soft spot for Naruto and it feels really good to be finally revisiting the story.

I’ve seen some good films during the last month. I already have 5 on my pottential films of the year list. Jojo Rabbit was so good, funny and touching. Little Women was so much better than I thougt it would be. I read the book when I was in sixth form and really enjoyed it. The film was so much better. Parasite was shockingly good. I kept on hearing and reading that it was amazing, but was warned not to know anything about the plot before watching. I went in completely blind and absolutely loved it. Can’t recommend it enough. David Copperfield was another surprise, I thought it looked good from the trailer and it didn’t disapoint. It was quirky and kept up an odd-goofy-fun tone throughout, which could have gotten boring but managed to just be really enjoyable. I saw A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood during December in a preview screening. I went to see it purely because Tom Hanks was in it. I didn’t know who Mr Rogers was, other than being mentioned in American films and TV shows. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, however. I thought it was really touching and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

There are two honorable mentions for January as well. The Lighthouse, which was brilliantly atmospheric and had me gripped from the opening momnets. I didn’t expect it to be as funny as it was. Also Richard Jewell, another true story that I knew nothing about. There is some controversy about it not being acurate enough regarding the journalist and how she got the information, which is a real shame. It’s a story that deserves more attention, especially now in a world where fake news and click bait seems to be everywhere.

That’s all for this month, but I will be back with more updates.

Thanks for reading and until next time,

Ashley

About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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