May

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on here. Too long. The last couple of months, as I’m sure for most people, have been the longest and yet shortest months of my life. Strange times we are living through. My wedding has been delayed, until possilbly late in the year. Although realistically I think we are looking more likely at next year.

I haven’t been writing much. I hit a block in the story I was writing and couldn’t break through it. I know what is coming next, but I’m just not sure on how to get there. After a month without writing a word, I thought it was best to start something new, just to get back into the flow of things. Last week I started writing a new story, that will be much shorter. It’s an idea that I’ve had for a little while now. I’m hoping it will be finished in time for halloween. The working title, is The Vampire. It will probably change, I’m not good at naming things and I also never like my titles.

After I’ve finished writing that, I’m going to go back to my main story, which has the working title of The End of Times or Jacob’s Army. Not sure which I like more. Or it may change again. That’s the biggest thing I’ve ever attempted to write and I’m no where near finished. I feel like I’m completely out of the groove, but I’m hoping that a break will do me good and get me back into the flow. It’s an idea that I’ve had for a decade or maybe even longer, so I’m determined to finish it.

My Mum recently moved and as part of that I neeed to empty the wardrobes of stuff that I left when I moved out. While doing that I found the original notes for the story that I made when in Sixth Form. It was strange to see them. Especially as I had no idea I had ever written it down. The idea is roughly the same as well, which means that it’s been sitting in my head for around 10 years. A strange thought.

I never know what to write in blog posts. I like to keep everyone updated with what’s going on, but I haven’t written any short stories to put on here in a long time. Maybe I should try to do that in the near future? I’m not sure. If there is anything that you would like me to write about, please leave a comment and I will do my best.

As with writing, reading also stopped over the last couple of months. I just felt no motivation. I downloaded Darren Shan’s new books on my kindle and still haven’t read them. I really want to read them, but I just haven’t felt like reading recently. I will get round to them eventually. I did read Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, an early Star Wars book over the last weekend and really enjoyed it. I’m catching up with comics at the moment and then I’m going to try and read some more. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know. Something fresh will probably be the kickstart that I need to get back into reading.

Speaking of Star Wars, Disney Plus finally launched in the UK and with it The Mandalorian. I’m glad they released it weekly as it gave me something to look forward to each Friday. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that about a TV show. I really enjoyed it and plan to rewatch the whole thing before Season 2 in October. It lives up to the hype, for sure.

I also watched the 9 Skywalker Saga films over the last week on Disney Plus. I was planning on just watching Rise of Skywalker again, but I thought it would be better to watch the whole thing as quickly as possible and I was right. I don’t think anything tops Star Wars for me, I love the whole thing and could watch the films over and over again, and have done many times. The Last Jedi still stands out as my favourite. It was the third time I saw Rise of Skywalker and I think it gets better with each viewing. This time I didn’t find the pace to be strange at the beginning at all. It’s nice to know the story and just enjoy it from start to finish. I can’t wait for Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Film. I’m a massive fan of everything he’s done and his episode of The Mandalorian was the best of the bunch.

Well that’s all for May. I will be back in June at some point with more ramblings. Until then, stay safe and thanks for reading,

Ashley

About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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