Check out this fabulous Secret Santa I got during my last week at work. Nothing beats a good horror novel and some Lindor chocolates.

Did I mention that my day job is in secondary education? Maybe at some point in a long buried blog post I mentioned it. If not, then now you know that working in a grammar school pays my bills and not my writing, apart from in a far-flung dream. Now that it’s the end of term at work, I have two weeks to catch up on reading and writing time. I’m outlining my next novel while waiting for the printed final draft of novel WIP#4 to arrive from Lulu for another read through and some red pen treatment.

Aside from working on my own novels and poetry books this year, I’ve managed to make a dent in my reading list too. On Kindle alone, I beat my reading streak of 16 books last year, with 21 this year. If I factor in the paperbacks I’ve read that would push the total number of new books I’ve read to over 30 (and closer to 40 if I count favourite rereads). Not too shabby.

Literary plans aside, it’ll be a low key Christmas with a few chores thrown in. The washing machine picked a prime moment to break a few days ago, so a trip to the laundromat will be in order before the replacement comes. Not what I needed, but it’s sod’s law I suppose. Some early spring cleaning is on my list too, including a big de-clutter of books, toys and clothes to go to the charity shops.

Other than that, not too much on my end. Hope you have some good Yuletide fun this season!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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