The Weekly Hufflepuff #62 | I’m In a Blogging Slump????

Haha so yeah, I’m sort of in a blogging slump? Which I honestly didn’t expect would happen, considering usually my blogging slumps are caused by the exhaustion and stress of school. But I don’t have school? And I’ve been feeling pretty relaxed most days?

Yet, I haven’t felt like blogging these past two weeks. There were a few days where I wasn’t feeling that great (stupid cold) or wasn’t really feeling well mentally, but there were other days where I was feeling pretty great and I was in such a creative mood – just not a creative mood for blogging? I’ve been working on my photography and even writing (!!), but I just didn’t have the energy, motivation or inspiration to blog. Which has been pretty weird. I’m afraid that soon I’ll fall out of love with blogging, but I’m just going to try and listen to my heart. If I feel like blogging (like today!), I’ll blog. If I don’t, I won’t, because otherwise I’m seriously worried it will start to feel like a chore and before you know it I’ll be in an even worse blogging slump. Sooo while originally I wanted a schedule of two posts a week plus my weekly wrap up, I’m not sure if that will happen? But we’ll see

ANYWAY let’s wrap up these last two weeks

I started Vengeance Road sometime at the start of the month, and at first I thought it would be a pretty quick read, but… I dunno? It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t exactly blow me away either. I guess I also had some other expectations? If everything goes according to plan I’ll be writing my review later today, so it should be up sometime this week.

I also finally finished Karina’s Silver Shoes, which really took me a while. I’ve already reviewed this one, so I won’t get into that much detail, but boy was this one a disappointment.

I was in the mood to reread The Upside of Unrequited, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I still can’t believe I didn’t catch the Simon vs references the first time around? Sure, it had been over a year since I read Simon, but??? Simon is literally mentioned by his name??

I also read some comics like usual: caught up on Ms. Marvel, Lumberjanes and America, finally continued DC Bombshells (I love this comic I don’t understand why I’m so slow) and read some more Runaways volumes because the show really made me want to continue. I’m not sure if I’ll read the other volumes after Vaughn’s run though. I really hated Joss Whedon’s volume and the next ones don’t seem that great either. I’m tempted to just skip to Rainbow Rowell’s new issues.

So I’ve really been enjoying my time off! Well minus my cold and the days my mental health wasn’t that great, but other than that? Boy this break has been aΒ blessing. I mean I’ve even been writing?? But I’ll get into that later, because I can actually include a writing section in this wrap up.

Like I said above, I’ve also been working on my photography. And trying to post more on my photography Instagram account haha. Speaking of which…

Click on the picture to go to my account! (if you want)

If you aren’t yet and want to, feel free to follow meΒ πŸ™†πŸ»*

* Cheeky self-promo there

The other day my friend came over to hold a photoshoot, but we also just hung out, since we hadn’t seen each other since last term (not that that was that long ago and we do talk every day through imessage, but still haha). It was a lot of fun, but I was still a bit ill so spending so much time outside in the cold was a bit too much haha.

Last week I was sick of staying inside, so I decided to go to the Rijksmuseum. I didn’t know what kind of temporary exhibitions were on, so I decided to check them out while I was there. One of them was about being stateless in The Netherlands which was really beautiful (though not something I needed when I really didn’t want to cry with my stuffy nose!) and the other one was about Matthijs Maris, a Dutch artist who I had never heard of but it was really interesting and inspiring!Β There was another one, I’m not sure about what, but one look and I knew it wasn’t my thing haha. After those temporary exhibitions I spend some time in the regular collection, but soon I started to feel ill again so it was time to go home.

Oh! I’m Β also slowly getting grades back from last term and so far so good!Β πŸ™†πŸ»

Also I’m now OFFICIALLY accepted at the university in Manchester for my term abroad! I’ll be studying history for my minor and thankfully they can provide me with a dorm during my stay. I’m still super anxious about it, but at least all of this is now settled

Like I said: I’ve been writing! Last week I decided to print everything I’ve written so far for my WIP (my Camp NaNo project of the past two years, I’ve talked about it in more details here), something I’ve wanted to do for weeks now, but couldn’t because

So I FINALLY printed everything out, started to reread, make notes and everything and now, even though I haven’t finished my first draft yet, started on my second draft. Maybe I should’ve finished my first draft first, but this is motivating me to actually write so I’m going with it.

I’ve also been working on plot holes and the like, and I’ve been working on my outline, as I had never figured out what would happen next and how things would exactly end. I’ve made a timeline of when everything’s supposed to happen and I’m so excited to write again

Though I’m also really sad and kinda scared to actually finish this thing??

Though I’m also already thinking of a sort of sequel/companion novel when this one isn’t even done yet haha

πŸ’› I talked about where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to and explained that I’m taking a break from schoolΒ 
πŸ’› I reviewed Swan Song, a book about overcoming your grief, finding yourself and ballet
πŸ’› I shared a recipe of how to make your own writer in case your stuck and want someone else to take over for youΒ 
πŸ’› I reviewed Karina’s Silver Shoes, which was VERY confusingΒ 

I’m pretty behind on blog posts, and I don’t mind at all? I’ve bookmarked quite a few posts that I wanted to read, but I’m very tempted to just delete them all and start over, because boy am I never going to have the time to read them all and read all the new posts coming out all the time as well. Anyway, I don’t think any of these were actually posted during these past two weeks? I’m not sure, but hey old posts deserve some love too!

πŸ’› Lila @ Hardcover Haven shares five things to do while in a blogging slumpΒ 
πŸ’› Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about how to NOT stress about blogging
πŸ’› Melissa @ The Bookish Wanderer did The Book Aesthetics tag and created some wonderful aestheticsΒ 
πŸ’› Em @ Yellow’s The Word shared her Autumn/Winter Primark wishlist
πŸ’› Holly @ Nut Free Nerd shared some beautiful university parks
πŸ’› Savannah @ The Book Prophet talks about giving books low ratings without reading them
πŸ’› May @ Forever and Everly talks about her book and shares some beautiful aesthetics
πŸ’› Ivy and Em @ Two Girls, Two Mountains share some foreign words with no English equivalent
πŸ’› Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink shares 7 steps to love your own writing
πŸ’› Vivian @ Writing With Style shares the best books about writing (and now I want them all rip my wallet)
πŸ’› A.J. wrote a really important post about how people shouldn’t demand authors who write queer stories to label themselvesΒ 

And that’s a wrap! How has your week been? How’s your writing going? Can you relate to that frog gif? Been to any exhibitions lately? Are you watching The Runaways tv show? Let me know in the comments!

16 thoughts on “The Weekly Hufflepuff #62 | I’m In a Blogging Slump????

  1. Thanks for including my post!! I’m also in a bit of a blogging slump…mine comes from NanoWrimo. Once I’m done writing for the day, I’m usually too tired to blog! Hopefully these slumps won’t last long. :)

  2. Pffffft. There’s no shame in a blogging slump. Just cut back for a bit and devote that time instead to a different form of creativity – then circle back when you feel like it! :)

    • Yeah that’s very true! I’m just a bit upset because I thought I could get back into blogging again, only to be hit a by slump haha. I’m feeling pretty good about blogging again today, so who knows maybe it’s already over :) (I might have just jinxed myself haha) Thanks for the advice! :)

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my post, Michelle! <3
    I'm so sorry you've been feeling in a bit of a blogging slump lately. Forcing things just will make it worth, though, so I'm hoping that you're having a great time with other creative things in the meantime and that all the blogging, the posts and inspiration that goes with it will come to you soon enough :)
    I LOVE your photography already – I just followed your instagram account!
    Best of luck for your writing, it is great that you're motivated to write and printed everything out. I so want to do that, but… it's going to be quite long to print everything out ahah. Do you find it easier to read on actual paper, than on a computer? :)

    • You’re very welcome Marie! ❀
      Yeah I think focussing on other creative outlets last week already helped, since I’ve been feeling a lot better about blogging already today :) I even got a post scheduled for tomorrow πŸ™†πŸ»
      Ahh thank you so much that means a lot ❀
      Thank you! Well it’s the first time I tried this, because it really worked with my articles for school so I figured why not. I found it a lot easier to make notes on paper than on a computer so I’d really recommend it, but of course everyone experiences it differently!

  4. Sorry to hear about your blogging slump but sometimes it is kind of nessecary. Hopefully in the next few weeks things will pick up. And yeay for officially being accepted and not having to search a place to stay. :D

  5. Ahhh congrats on being accepted for your term abroad! Is this Manchester in England?
    Also, I’ve really been enjoying your photography recently. It’s gorgeous! <3
    I hope you have a lovely week! :)

  6. I’ve been in a blogging slump this entire month. I think I only ever posted the trailers on Sunday for almost three weeks straight. Forcing yourself to blog definitely isn’t the way to go, so you just do you at your own pace and time.
    CONGRATS on your acceptance to Manchester. It’s going to be the best of times and I hope you’ll feel like sharing a lot of what is happening during that time!
    Also, anything and everything that motivates you concerning your WIP is a good thing! I love having my words printed out. Makes it more legit somehow than a data cloud hahaha

    • Ahh sorry to hear that Kat, but you’re right: forcing yourself doesn’t help at all. I hope you’ll be out of your blogging slump soon.
      Thank you! I’m really nervous but also excited :D Oh I’m definitely planning on it! I want to document as much as possible 😊
      Very true! I’m just glad to be excited to write again. Yeah same here! I find it so much easier to read, make notes etc. And it makes editing so much easier!

  7. Agh, sorry you’re in a slump mood, Michelle!! I hope it’ll go away soon and you’ll feel like blogging more. It’s awesome that you’re more inspired to work on your writing & photography tho — I totally agree that printing out the whole document can be SO motivating! And omg CONGRATS ON BEING ACCEPTED INTO MANCHESTER!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ And thanks for linking my post!

    • WordPress deleted my notification of this?? #rude Thank you, it’s gone away now! I’m full with ideas and just energy to blog 😊 Isn’t it?! It’s so much easier to look back on your notes this way
      THANK YOU!! ❀️ And you’re welcome!

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