Bullet journal

Hello! Happy Friday

Today is something a little bit different. I recently started a bullet journal and I thought I would share with you some of my spreads! I would love to see your own bullet journals, link me in the comments or on twitter. I am by no means the most artistic person in the world, nor do I have the most amazing bullet journal BUT I am finding my artistic side for my bujo and I love colouring in! 

If you’re looking for bullet journal inspiration, my friend Kelly’s blog posts about her journal are incredible. I got to witness her setting it up when we were at YALC and I just made such heart eyes! Follow this link to see all of her bujo posts… she’s absolutely wonderful. 

Anyway…

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This is my monthly “title” page (maybe they have another name!) Just the standard September things… BACK TO SCHOOL MOSTLY.

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My next double spread is a very bookish one! Book shelves for the books I read this month and a book to write my TBR on (I know, my TBR is out of control, shush). The other page is dedicated to any book post I get – this should help me to keep track of blogging/tweeting/instagramming them! 

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Next comes my mood tracker – I tried to do a tetris one last month but I totally failed at journaling in August, I am trying harder in September ha! – I decided to go for a “colour in the cacti” with 6 different emotions (I’m not sure of these emotions to be honest…which emotions do you track?). There’s a small little ‘vent here’ box (ha!) which I think may come in handy!

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Then we come on to a to do list style thing for blogging/working and uni stuff. I’ve started my SCITT (teacher training programme!) and it’s going to help me keep track of what needs to be done/what I have managed to do! This page will be repeated weekly for each week in September – it may change slightly, it depends what needs more attention! The blogging side is quite straight forward and I can tell you it is already full, so I may need to rethink this page! 

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The last page, which exists at the minute, is my gratitude page! So there’s a box for each day of September (I do not know what I’m going to do when there are 31 days because this works out brilliantly, mathematically!) and at the end of the day I write in something I’m grateful for that day. It’s lovely to look back on happy things from the month!

So that’s my September spread! I would love to see yours!

Do you bullet journal?
Do you have a favourite spread? 
Do you have a go to colour scheme?

Share your links in the comments or on twitter! I am after some more bujo inspo! Don’t forget to check out Kelly’s posts too!

S x

BLOG TOUR: Prisoner of Ice and Snow

Today we have a very exciting guest post from the amazing author of Prisoner of Ice and Snow, Ruth Lauren! She’s stopping by on to talk about researching and drafting Prisoner of Ice and Snow! I hope you enjoy this blog post, I found it really interesting! Check out the rest of the blog tour too! 

Prisoner of Ice and Snow

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Hi!

Thanks for having me along to talk about researching and drafting Prisoner of Ice and Snow.

Shall we start at the start with the research? (I’m using this term loosely since the idea began when I was watching Prison Break with my son). I wondered what that sort of story would be like if it was about two young sisters instead. After that I thought about where I could place the sisters to make their escape from prison even more challenging. I wanted an unforgiving climate and terrain in a cold, snowy, frozen world where the elements themselves could cause problems for the characters and bleed through into every part of the planning Valor has to do to break her sister out of prison.
Once the setting was fixed in my mind, the details had to reflect the landscape—the animals that inhabit it, the clothes the people need to wear, the food they might be able to access. I drew on elements of the Russian landscape and traditional clothing, but my editor was brilliant at helping me think about other aspects that add to making the world feel real—like special celebration days in the city, the history of the prison and the geography involved with surrounding lands and how they might impact on the story.
I wanted the sisters to inhabit a matriarchal world where only women can rule and where it would never occur to them that positions of power weren’t open or available to them. They don’t have to struggle or overcome to gain those positions and they see women in every role I put in the book—from ruler to doctor to prison guard to hunter.

On to drafting!
I always draft the same way, and Prisoner was no exception. I write a pitch first before I do anything else, so I set to work writing a query letter that sketched out the biggest problems. I like to use this formula as a basis (I’m pretty sure it came from Janet Reid’s Query Shark blog).
– What does the main character want?
– What’s going to stand in her way?
– What choice will she have to make?
– What terrible thing will happen if she chooses A/what terrible thing will happen if she
doesn’t?

Once I’ve written the query letter I like to frown at said query letter for several days whilst perfecting it (and maybe moaning that I can’t write query letters, they’re too hard, who even invented them anyway?) I think I’ll always do this, even though I already have an agent and maybe no one will ever see the letter. A tight query makes a great basis for expanding into a coherent book. 
After that I elaborate on the query, making it into a loose outline using a screenwriting
framework a friend once gave me (thanks Deb!) which splits the story into three Acts and again tends to pull the idea into a coherent story. At this point I might write down specific scenes in some detail and usually some lines of dialogue pop into my head too. Things will get vaguer and hazier towards the end of the outline whereas the first chapters will be full of detail.

Other things I like to do:
– Make a Pinterest board with images of how I see the setting or specific images (like the ice sculptures in Chapter 1 of Prisoner).
– Despair of ever being able to figure out the plot in a fun and satisfying way (maybe I don’t like doing this one per se, but it always seems to happen).
– Sit down to work but go on the internet for seven hours instead.
– Then on the outline, I’ll fill in the individual chapters (three at a time) (no, I’ve no idea why. It just happens), then I’ll, you know, start writing the book. Typically I try to write 1000 words a day when I’m drafting, filling in later chapters in more detail on the outline as I go.

And so on, until THE END!

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Prisoner of Ice and Snow:
“Valor is under arrest for the attempted murder of the crown prince. Her parents are outcasts from the royal court, her sister is banished for theft of a national treasure, and now Valor has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Demidova, a prison built from stone and ice. But that’s exactly where she wants to be. For her sister was sent there too, and Valor embarks on an epic plan to break her out from the inside. No one has escaped from Demidova in over three hundred years, and if Valor is to succeed she will need all of her strength, courage and love. If the plan fails, she faces a chilling fate worse than any prison”

Information about the Book

Title: Prisoner of Ice and Snow (Prisoner of Ice and Snow #1)
Author: Ruth Lauren
Release Date: 7th September 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35382914-prisoner-of-ice-and-snow
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1408872757

Ruth Lauren
Ruth Lauren lives in the West Midlands in England with her family and a lot of cats. She likes chocolate, walking in the woods, cheese, orchids, going to the movies, and reading as many books as she can. She’s been a teacher and worked in lots of different offices, but she likes writing best. Prisoner of Ice and Snow is her debut novel.

Website: https://www.ruthlauren.com/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ruth__lauren
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ruth_lauren