Hi everyone! I’m sure many of you have noticed that I’ve been away the last few weeks. Although my posts have gone out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I’m sure many of you have noticed how I haven’t been around to answer comments and read and comment on many other people’s blogs. Some of you may have read my previous post in February where I explained what’s been happening, well today I have an update.
The last month or so has been a bit of a nightmare for me. Apart from the boiler breaking down during the coldest part of the last month (yes that snowy frozen part of February – great time for the boiler to pack it in!), in February I also suffered some kind of strange injury around my rib cage which left me in such great pain I’ve found it hard to move. The most basic of movements like turning around in bed or even lifting myself out of bed has been super painful that I’ve come close to screaming it’s been that painful. I was told by one doctor that I might have dislocated something in my rib cage. The doctor was a little difficult to get a straight answer out of so I found another who said I might have pulled a muscle. Well, this pain wasn’t going away so I was sent off to the hospital for two days of tests!
I’ve been prodded and poked, had numerous blood tests, x -rays, and other checks done. The results of which showed that I haven’t broken something…phew, but I do need to rest and relax completely and not strain myself in the area which is hard as it means I can’t pick up anything heavier than a bag of flour as I feel pain if I pick up anything heavier! The doctors then sent me home….
Once I’d got home though I got a call that I needed to come back into hospital, and quick! This was bizarre, I’ve been told by a GP to go to hospital but never had the hospital themselves call me back. So off I went to the hospital as it was getting late. When I got there I was subjected to yet more tests before the doctors finally told me I had a dangerous imbalance of electrolytes in my body! I’m now taking these tablets to help balance out my electrolytes and I’ve been allowed to go home but it was quite dramatic at the time! My mum actually likened it to an episode of ‘House’ as the doctors were constantly trying to figure out what was wrong with me!
I’m now back home and taking it easy. The complete rest seems to be doing my body good, I think I’m recovering as I’m able to turn in bed now without shooting pain, but I’m taking it very slowly as I don’t want anything to flare up before its fully healed. During this whole time I’ve tried spending time on my laptop or phone but to be honest my mood has been so low the last few weeks that I decided to just rest and sleep more than anything else 😮 !
But now I’m officially back 😀 although it will take me some time to catch up with everything. I’ve written just one review today, the only one in the last three weeks, but am now enjoying myself a lot more, feeling positive and far better so I’ll be returning to my normal blogging hopefully soon in the next few weeks. For now I’m still taking my time so I hope you won’t mind if I am not fully active here yet (no daily blog posts just yet) but I will post as often as I can and post more than just reviews. I’ll also start visiting blogs more often too and reply to you guys.
Thank you for all the support you’ve all given me in the last few weeks and this past year. To add to the celebration WordPress gave me this anniversary badge for registering a year ago. It’s not quite the time I launched my blog but it’s still something to celebrate :)
In the meantime, while I get my bearings and back into things why not tell me about any exciting news you’ve had, or been doing this last few weeks while I’ve been away?
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Hello everyone. I hope you are all well and having a great February. I’m sure plenty of you know or if you didn’t might have spotted that I’ve been less active than usual. I’ve reduced my posting schedule to just three a week (going out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday), been slow to reply to comments and I’ve not been around much on everyone else’s blogs. No it hasn’t been a love of the Winter Olympics that’s kept me away, although I will admit that I am a fan of watching both the summer and winter Olympics. First I’d like to apologise for being away for quite a bit. Things have been a bit uphill in my personal life lately. Apart from planning a move and the stress and complications of that and other things, I’ve had a bit of an accident too which has put me in a bit of a low mood recently.
So the first month of January feels as if it has flown by and I’ve been very busy. Not only have I managed to post a lot of stuff on my blog and get back to pre-scheduling most posts, but I’ve also been busy in the offline world. My time with blogging is going to be hampered a little bit though over the next month as I’ll be away for a bit, but I’ll still keep reading (I just can’t help but love reading!) and do my best to not let it look like I’ve disappeared. To those kind friends who worry, don’t worry, I’m not pushing myself or anything, I have a lot of pre-saved posts all ready to go so you might not even notice I’m gone! lol In the online world I also have some more exciting news to share but I want to save that until a little later when I’m sure everything’s going well. So anyway, on to what’s happened in the last month…Read More »
Another year has passed by and with it I want to take a brief look at last year, the things that happened as well as a look at what I hope will happen in the future.
2017 has been a year of ups and downs for me personally but I ended it on a high. It’s my first year of blogging here at My Peacock Books and I’ve loved it! I’ve developed a blog that feels personal to me, shows off my personality and I enjoy having fun with it but at the same time I’ve been able to connect with some amazing people out there, including some brilliant bloggers.
For less than a year of blogging (I started here in April) I’m amazed that my blog has had nearly 6,000 views, well over 3,000 visitors, 2,567 likes and a total of 510 followers (social media included)! Thank you so much to everyone who has visited, liked, commented and followed. You’ve really made me feel welcome in the blogging world and I can’t thank you enough.
So which posts have been the most viewed of all last year?
The most viewed post with over 200 views is What Makes A Book Young Adult / YA Versus Just Adult? This post was my first real article/discussion post and has been read again and again. I still haven’t written up a follow up to this, apologies, but I will do this year and hopefully soon. It’s a post I’d still love to hear new opinions on so please do visit and comment if you haven’t already.
The next most popular post with 143 view is Free Books/ARCs Help the Publishing Industry so Stop Complaining! This post has had a bit of a mixed reception. Some people agreeing with my view that books given free for review are nothing to complain about, but it’s brought up some interesting debates over book piracy and it’s something I plan to look into more in future.
In third place for most viewed thing, with just under 90 views is Does Editing in Books Matter? I’ve always had issues with books and editing, personally believing that books should be as well edited as possible, but there are varying views and it’s great to read some of them and see what others think.
So all three of my most viewed posts have been articles. In fact virtually all my articles have topped all other posts as being the most popular proving I should write more 😉 However I want to show off a range of my posts and I can’t help but laugh at the 4th most viewed thing on this blog…my About page!!! 😮 Sure if you want to know more about me please do visit (I’ve recently updated it) but really, I didn’t expect that to be so popular with 85 votes!
One of my poems got very high views (47) Is This The Final Goodbye? It was written for Metal Health Awareness week and there’s more than just a poem in this post but a lot about mental health awareness, as well as a true story of some of what I’ve been through. It’s never easy to write about yourself but I hope it was well received and if you do take a look I hope it doesn’t upset too much.
The book review with the highest votes (45) is for a book I would still recommend today and that’s The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson. I know the author’s brilliant ability to immerse you into a dark and exciting fantasy world, having read her previous book Visions of Zarua, however The Lost Sentinel is her newest work and so much happens in this story, it’s a really great read!
And a fun one to end with. The arty post with the most views, a photograph, is this one, Pedestrian Pigeons, for the weekly photo challenge ‘pedestrian’. It’s of a fun photo of pigeons! So please take a look if you want 🙂
So, that’s a look at some of my best posts of 2017. Other news from last year include the fact that I’ve been approached by a new publisher for reviews. I don’t know if it’s a one-off thing but I’m hoping it’s a regular thing as they have some very interesting books and I’d love to have more to read! Along with the ups I’ve had some downs though, the worst being my diminishing ability to read digital books. It’s just something that I can do in small bouts but it gives me headaches so I can’t do it often.
So what do I hope for 2018? To be honest, more of the same would be wonderful! I’ve received around 500 followers (more than I imagined I would) and wouldn’t it be amazing to double that? But in reality even if nobody else followed this blog, I’d still write here as often as I can because I just love writing, blogging and sharing my thoughts with anyone who cares to read them 🙂
One of the big things I’d really like to do is to get writing more. I know I have a lot of posts in my head on different subjects but it’s getting around to the actual writing that’s hard. It’s not just the confidence issue, especially around creative fiction writing, but also a case of not having the time. Like many of you I’m busy a lot with offline life and sometimes things crop up that means I can’t always write when I want. Reviews seem to come to me easily, but writing not so well.
I’d like to be able to visit more of your fabulous blogs. This though is completely dependant on my time and I admit that I am struggling at times. I’m not able to visit everyone I like as often as I like but I certainly want to get into the groove of being far more active with your blogs so I hope you’ll forgive me when I can’t attend and like to hear from me when I do, lol 🙂
Another thing is social media…I’m hopelessly lost on some of them. I’m not the most active online at least that’s how it looks, it shows when I disappear for days (or occasionally weeks) at a time This is something I hope to get fixed, and get into the habit of knowing how to use these platforms better for my blog so that my channels aren’t boringly repetitive. The key is to knowing how to use each platform, that way I won’t be entirely lost. I think maybe I should have just put: be more organised – that seems to be the real goal here!
I plan to set a lower goal of books to read in the Goodreads Challenge. If I’m honest I’d also like to take a chance or at least a look at some other book challenges too. Not sure if I’d take part but if you know of any you enjoy let me know 🙂
One more thing that I think I need to work on is the tagline of my blog as well as making it clear to people that Phoenix the Peacock is a mascot (as some have called me Phoenix in 2017! 😮 ) My tagline used to be Books, Art, Poetry & Peacocks! It’s now changed to Books, Art, Poetry, Peacocks & Lots of Other Stuff! but I’m not sure if that’s imaginative enough or not? I want something memorable and instantly recognisable. What do you guys think?
I do have a personal resolution too…I want to work at being happier. That sounds weird and silly but I make it no secret on this blog that I do sometimes suffer from horrible bouts of depression. I’m not naturally a depressive person, I don’t want to be at least, but at times it can be overwhelming. It’s at these times that I struggle personally the most, although it’s also a time of great creativity with much of my darker poetry becoming a cathartic experience and lifting me out of that low. So this year I hope will be a happier one for me personally…and I also wish that for all of you ❤ 🙂
I may even write more about this subject in the future, it’s not always popular but mental health is a topic that can be misunderstood and can be hard to talk about and I would like to break that barrier, especially on this blog.
So that’s it! A look back at the best of 2017 and a look to the future of 2018. There will still be lots of book reviews, poetry, the usual types of posts and hopefully you’ll all continue to enjoy reading 🙂
What are your best moments of last year? What are you looking forward to this year? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you and love to have more interactions and blogs to read 🙂
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you enjoy any New Year celebrations you may be going to and wish you all a great year for 2018. I hope all of us get to realise our dreams or at the very least have a happy year. I wrote a quick poem for today which I hope you’ll all enjoy 🙂 🙂 😀 🎉
On New Year’s Eve
On this new year’s eve I pray,
For each and all to have good day.
For all you worries, strife and woe,
Be left behind, or you outgrow.
For all you cares, hopes and dreams,
Be realised or within means.
On this new year’ eve I pray,
For each, good life, to come your way.
I’ll be a bit busy on New Year’s Day so my post tomorrow will be a review I’ve pre-scheduled, and I may be late to reply to messages, but I wish you all Happy New Year again and I’ll chat and be back soon 🙂
How are you spending your New Year’s celebrations? Doing or going anywhere? Or do you like to enjoy New Year’s cosy at home, or not celebrate at all? Let me know I’d love to hear from you and again, Happy New Year!
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I plan to do a years round up at the very start of 2018, to get the final stats on what’s happened this year but for now the monthly round-up of what’s happened to me and this blog in December.
December’s been a hectic month for me with Christmas having been at the forefront of everything but despite that it’s been a great month and I’ve felt my writing take off again. Not only do I feel more like writing but I’ve found myself confident enough to write about new things and have even been approached by a new publisher to review! Overall a good month 🙂
The second most popular post, actually posted in December so possibly December’s most popular post written is Christmas 2017 Recommended Reads & Gifts. Although posted only a few days ago it’s netted a lot of views and worth checking out even beyond Christmas as I still recommend these books as gifts for yourself and others.
The only poem I have written and that’s had some popularity has been yesterdays! The Cold Winter is a poem I really wasn’t sure about but I’ve received some wonderful encouraging messages from you guys so thank you 🙂 I wasn’t sure as it came to me in when I was feeling a bit off but please tell me what you think.
I’m also personally proud of the few shares and likes that this post, When Talent’s Worth a Shout Out, got. It’s about talent in my local area and some wonderful music I hope you’ll all enjoy hearing regardless of your usual music tastes. If you believe in supporting local talent then please do me a favour and help by sharing this post as I feel this is talent worth shouting about 🙂
Next month I’ll be doing a round-up of 2017 as well as my favourite books of the year as recommendations for you to read, they’re not necessarily the same as the ones in my Xmas recommended list!
I do plan to do some new things as well as concentrating far more on writing article and discussion posts on both writer/book things and others. I want to concentrate on making my blog even more to my own taste and I hope you’ll enjoy sharing that with me.
As well as some new blog posts I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my mix of book reviews, both children’s and older, poetry and arty posts! Oh and I can’t forget to of course mention the fact I want to include Phoenix the Peacock in more of my posts as the site mascot, especially as some people have mistakenly called me Phoenix 😮 😮 !!!
What have you enjoyed doing this December? Did you get any presents you wanted or treat yourself? If you don’t celebrate Christmas what else have you enjoyed doing?
As many of you know I had a birthday on Monday and it was lovely to get some messages from everyone here as well as on various social media and of course at home. I’ve had a great birthday and spent some time away and apart from a bit of a bout of headaches at the end of the week I’m still feeling very cheerful. I’ve taken a bit of time away from the blog, though you may not have noticed as I kept putting up my automatic blog posts 😀 . Not only did I receive lots of lovely birthday presents but also some more book post which felt like a bit of a birthday present, and I also treated myself to some bookish arty treats too! So I thought I’d share with you some of the books I got myself, beware there’s a definite Christmassy colouring theme!
Firstly I got a great book in the post from Bookbridgr. I’m very much into books that look at cultural issues and am especially fascinated with things that happen in other countries so I was excited to be approved to read and review this:
The Maid’s Room by Fiona Mitchell – Set in the heat of Singapore, The Maid’s Room follows the lives of two Filipina maids- sisters Dolly and Tala who are working hard to send money back home and British ex-pat Jules who has left her job as a midwife to move to Singapore with husband David.
The book proof also has an unbelievably strong book smell – I’m a book sniffer and proud of it 😜☺️! The next set of books are also a birthday present. it combines two things I love: Colouring and stickers!! I’ve always been a secret sticker-freak and these books let you colour in pictures and add stickers of cats and dogs to make the scenes fun…
And finally the books I treated myself to! I can’t lie, I love Christmas and everything about it! My family has always enjoyed celebrating Christmas our way, stress-free and making sure we all enjoy it. I love anything with a Christmassy theme and Christmas pictures are some of my favourites to colour in. So I treated myself to these three books which are filled with Christmas pictures..
I’ve also received a new sketchpad and some other great goodies 🙂 So that’s it for my treats post. Do you like any of the books I’ve received, looking forward to any reviews I might make? I might just show off the colouring books in more detail in the future 🙂 I’m going to be more active in a few days, I’ve got lots of posts I want to get out and done before Christmas. Although it’s still November I can tell you that I have Christmas posts lined up already, plus lots more reviews I really want to get done and posted before the end of the year. I hope you’ll want to stick with me throughout the next few weeks, and a big THANK YOU to everyone who follows, likes, comments and shares this blog. You guys are the reason I love blogging and keep coming back. 😊😊😇🙃 ❤ ❤ ❤
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