Return of the Viper

I’m such a slacker. I cannot express how annoyed I am at the fact that I haven’t posted on here since March 26th! Dearie me, what a let down. However, I am back and I really do plan to stick to it this time. I can tell you are all desperate to hear what I have been up to, so here goes.

Firstly, and probably the most important thing that has occurred in my life lately is that I have a new job! Yep, you heard me right, I am no longer working at Lush. You are probably thinking thumb_IMG_1801_1024that I’m mad to give up that job, but in all honesty when it really comes down to it, working at Lush is just a retail job and I’m really not the biggest fan of retail work. Three years was a pretty good run with the company and I made some fun memories of course, but the time came where I needed to move on. Now heres the exciting part; I am now working for St John Ambulance as part of their events team! I am loving my new job and the hours are much better suited to me. As someone who writes, blogs, makes videos and all the other things I attempt to cram into my life, it’s great for me to have my evenings and weekends free.

My novel writing is going well. I now have a concrete plot-line and characters. I spent some time putting together a concrete plan and I re-discovered my motivation for writing. Expect a finished first draft by the end of this year!

My YouTube videos have been extremely successful and enjoyable lately. I am making mainly book related videos, I feel that this makes more sense as it is a subject that I am passionate about and can talk about for hours. It also ties in well with my book writing and I’m using YouTube to document my novel writing. Bex Viper on YouTube

I have started a book club! It’s something I have wanted to do for so long now and I finally took the plunge. It’s still early days but there has been tons on interest, so I’m pleased. If you would like to join the book club then follow this link: Books Bloody Books

I don’t have much else to add on here other than the fact that I did go sober for a month! It was the detox that I needed however, now I’m back on the occa17799093_10206782950252823_1817104917970282624_nsional gin, of course. The plan is to keep up with this blog, using it to document things that interest me, things I want to express and just a place to post general ramblings.

Thanks for reading this rather pointless post and I’ll be back soon!

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YA Rantings.

I have been struck down by some lurgy virus! I’m guessing this is my punishment for returning to work and trying to get on with my life…heh heh. Basically, I would rather be talking about this over on my YouTube however, my face and voice are both not camera friendly right now.

Today I want to talk about YA. YA is an abbreviation for Young Adult which, surprise surprise, is the title used for books that are aimed at young adults!

I want to start off by saying that I have not a single issue with YA, if it wasn’t for certain YA books, *cough* Twilight *cough*, I would not be so passionate about reading today. I have spent years delving in and out of the YA world from horror to contemporary to dystopian and I still have what feels like a never-ending pile of these books on my shelf however, I am beginning to feel that they will never be read.

Recently, whilst working on my novel, I hit a bit of a wall. I kept going over the paragraph I had just written and  was far from satisfied with it. After what felt like the millionth re-read I hit save and decided to take a time out. When I find myself deep in a creative block, there are a few things that I do in an attempt to inspire me; I read, watch something, listen to music, or, as I did that day, I watch YouTube videos; more specifically, Booktube videos. Booktube is essentially just the area of YouTube where creators will share their thoughts on books, discuss their most anticipated reads, their TBR (to-be-read) pile etc. etc.

So as I was watching Booktube videos something twigged. The Booktube world is FULL of YA. Now, this is not particularly a bad thing as it encourages youngsters to read which I think is such a wonderful thing however, I noticed that the majority of books I have been reading or purchasing were recommended by Booktubers therefore there tends to be a slight theme in that they are all Young Adult novels. Here lies my issue.

The realisation hit that these books that I had been reading were having an effect on my writing and I was essentially writing a Young Adult book. This may be completely fine for some however, as a twenty two year old, I have decided that I would like my novel’s main audience to be adults and would love for it to read with a sense of sophistication.

This was the moment where I deleted my work and decided to start from scratch; crazy I know, but at the time this is what seemed like the best decision for me and it’s working out pretty well so far. With the idea in mind that I would like to change my writing style, I began to edit my to-be-read list and picked up some books that were slightly more complex in language and story line. I have already began to notice the change in my writing and genuinely enjoy these books a lot more as I felt that YA was beginning to fall a bit short in my honest opinion. I am not in any way saying that I will never read another YA novel, but for now I’m changing things up a little and it’s given me my reading mojo back!

If you are also sick of YA BookTube then just do a little Google and you will find lists recommending non-YA booktubers. Also, as you may know, I have been slightly changing the content on my YouTube so that I can use it as a platform to talk about things that interest me, including books! My first bookish video is on The Shining and I’ll leave it below.

Thanks for reading, if you know any great blogs or YouTubers that review books then let me know!

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