Feels Like a Renaissance | Week in Review

Welcome back to my Week in Review, the weekly feature where I share went down on the blog this week and what’s been going on behind-the-scenes. It’s been a surprisingly great week where creativity has been soaring. I go through ups and downs when it comes to blogging and how much time and work I want to put into it. Right now, I’m loving it again!

I’ve also finally started blog hopping again, which has reminded me how good it can feel to get involved in bookish discussions and share in the celebrations of other bloggers’ personal and blogging accomplishments!

I’m also feeling more comfortable in my new job. I’ve made a really good friend in one of my co-workers. I also just feel more confident interacting with the kids. My job can be so much fun, because it’s literally playing games with kids. Yes, I’m often playing peace-keeper and disciplinarian, but I think of it as a benefit that I’m able to hone these leadership skills in such a safe and supportive environment.

➴ This Week on Betwined Reads . . .

This week I was extremely productive, and no one is more surprised than I am! I managed to prepare three blog posts this week. Thursday’s post “Happy National Read-a-Book Day” was actually developed completely on the fly, I had no idea the day was coming up. It’s great know I can whip up a blog post idea one morning and have it up in the afternoon. Not that I want to do it all the time!

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How I Plotted Troubling a Star
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Happy National Read-a-Book Day!
Weekend Reads
The Weekend Experiment

➴ Blog Housekeeping

This week I came up with some featured images I can use for Novel Progress and Weekend Reads. I don’t see myself using them long-term, but they work for now as I continue to work on my design skills. The thing about creating my own images is that it takes a lot of time to accomplish very little.

Ultimately, I’d like all my graphics to be completely original and have similar elements (e.g. color scheme, art style) across the board that connect them visually to me and my blog. Right now, I feel like I’m trying to figure out what I like.

I’d like to start sharing resources and tips on simple graphic design tools once I get better at this. I expect Mondays will eventually alternate as a day for Lifestyle and How To-style posts.

My aim is also to ultimately be able to knock out a few blog posts during the weekend before they’re scheduled to go up (or earlier), just so I have more free time for reading, writing, and spontaneity during the week before work. I think it will become easier once less time needs to be dedicated to creating graphics.

➴ Novel Progress

Last week I talked about how I plotted my current WIP (How I Plotted Troubling a Star | Novel Progress). This week I will be talking about how I’m developing a writing routine. So that’s been one of my priorities this weekend. The hardest thing about writing is sitting down and sticking with your story in face of so many distractions. I think it’s easier when you know you’re not alone, so my hope is this week’s post will inspire others to dedicate the time required to finish their WIPs.

☙ ❧ END NOTE ❧ ☙

I have four posts planned for this week (Tuesday–Friday) that I’ve been working on this weekend so that they may go up earlier than last week’s posts. I want to see if there’s a difference in views and engagement depending on when the posts go live, as I have blog readers who live all over the world (Hi!).

However, this might turn out to be a tough week. My mom will be having a major foot operation on Monday (funnily enough, my dad’s birthday), so I don’t know yet how that will affect my productivity. She’ll need to stay off her feet and, unfortunately, my mom tends to be one of those people who doesn’t like to be miserable alone. So I’m sure there will be some tension in the house this week. :S

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