Mid-April 2023 Update

Hi everyone,

It’s that time again for a little update about what I’ve been up to and what I’m planning for the next few weeks. Most of my time recently has been spent watching as many films as possible to get reviews ready for the next two weeks while I’m on holiday. I’ve scheduled posts for each day so there should still be one post a day. There will be a mixture of film reviews and a longer short story that I’ve been writing.

The story, called Parting, was an idea that I had recently for a ghost story. I originally planned it to be around 5000 words, and put it on here as 5 parts. As always, things don’t go to plan, so it’s currently 6000 words (6 parts) and isn’t close to being finished just yet. I’m not sure when it’ll be finished, but I’ll be picking it back up when I’m back from holiday and continue posting parts on here, so hopefully there won’t be too long of a wait between each part. I’m pretty happy with how it’s going so far. It’s taken some turns that I wasn’t planning and I think it’s a better story for it.

With the film reviews, there’s going to a bit of a mixture. Some horror, rom-coms, anime, and comedy. The plan will be one review, followed by the next part of Parting. I’m also going to be posting Magic in London each Friday, as normal.

With reading, I still haven’t been reading much in terms of books. Manga is still taking priority for me currently, as it’s quick and easy to read a chapter here and there. I’m still working through One Piece (currently on chapter 304), and I’ve started Jujutsu Kaisen (chapter 25 currently). I’ve recently finished reading Aliens Area, which was pretty good and a shame that it got cancelled. Also Ginka and Glüna ended last week, which again was a real shame. It did get a somewhat decent ending though, so it wasn’t all bad. I’m planning on starting Sakamoto days soon, which I’ve heard good things about.

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon!

About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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2 Responses to Mid-April 2023 Update

  1. Great post
    Hi there,

    I really enjoyed your blog post! I appreciate the effort you’ve put in to ensure that there’s still one post per day while you’re on holiday. I’m excited to read the next part of Parting and the mix of film reviews you have planned.

    I’m curious, have you noticed any particular trends or themes in the films you’ve been watching recently?

    Looking forward to your next post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi there, thanks for reading.

      Something I have noticed a lot in recent films is sharing the love of cinema. Things like Empire of Light, The Fabelmans, and Babylon all have scenes with people in awe of the big screen. There’s been others as well recently where the power of cinema is a strong theme. Even the horror film Pearl has a lot of it.

      Thank you again for reading,


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