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July has been a crazy month.

There's been a few minor wins, and a lot of major setbacks to talk about in this monthly update. Most of it down to unfortunate timing and there isn't much that can be helped in that department.

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Not without magic, anyway.

In short, I had four major things happen in July. The first was Camp NaNoWriMo, the second was getting a promotion at work that came with three events that need planning, the third was participating in NYC Midnight's Flash Fiction Challenge, and the last was moving house. It was a perfect storm of so much to do, so little time.

Why so busy?

While I enjoy event planning and have a strong background in it, it is a tremendous amount of work, on top of some things I already had going on. Working full time left very little time for writing, which also had to compete with packing and routine housework for my free time in the mornings and evenings and weekends. One of those weekends I dedicated to the Flash Fiction Challenge (though I did that quite gladly, it's a wonderful contest and I had a blast writing my entry!), and now our intended new home has fallen through and is probably going to end up being a major pain at this point. We're scrambling to sort out living arrangements for next month, with some very promising leads. So without further ado, here's what was accomplished:

Photography:

I had a lovely shoot at Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral, bolstered by a few shots around Lincoln in general and some by London Waterloo. I've already started posting these on my Instagram, and started a travel-only Instagram featuring a tiny pink bunny. Follow my personal 'Gram for bees, cats, and highlights from my photo shoots. Follow the bunny for his travel blogging.

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How can you resist that face?

I've also signed up for several stock photography sites. You'll soon find my work for sale on several websites, such as: Dreamstime, Alamy, Crestock, and Photo Dune. Watch this space for links.

Writing:

I didn't reach my word count goal for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I wrote 16k words for my first draft of Nushada. I'm still proud of that, because it's 16k words I didn't have written previously, and it's still an impressive amount in a short time span. I'm finding it particularly cathartic, and I still want to, and plan to, have it ready to query by 2018 (Agents...).

I did complete the first round of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge. You can read that here, if you're interested, and I'll be finding out how I did before the next round in September, which is fine by me as it gives me a month to recover from July.

That pretty much covers all major developments this month, and I have high hopes for August. I want to continue working on Nushada, take more photos, and continue to brush up on my flash fiction skills. Until next time, kiddos!

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This monthly update is gonna be exciting.

It's gonna be an exciting monthly update.

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News and projects

I finished my photography course, and I've been on several photo shoots, including one with human subjects! I haven't done much with people, and I don't think it would ever be a main focus. But I do want to try and get some studio portraiture under my belt. It's just nice to have that skill set, even if it's one I rarely indulge in. I'm quite happy with my bees and my flowers and things like that. I think when you're enjoying your work and have passion, that comes through in your finished work.

I received a promotion at work today, which was a great way to end a day, a week, and a month! I've got a new title, Marketing Executive, and a little more money in my pocket each month. It's great to be in a job I actually enjoy, working with friendly people that see and appreciate the work I'm doing. I don't dread going into work, and I get to laugh a lot with my colleagues. And I no longer worry about watching what I say because of office politics. I'm also getting to develop some weaker skills, like Indesign, which I can apply to my writing and photography hobbies as well.

What's on the horizon?

Speaking of writing, Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. I'm participating for the first time ever, and I'm pretty excited so far. Two days ago I finally hammered out a hard outline for Nushada. I'm hoping that having a good plan will allow me to pick it up literally whenever I can, instead of hemming and hawing over where the story goes next before I start actually putting words down.

For those of you participating, I'd love to hear about your projects! Are you pantsing or plotting? First time or old veteran? Leave a comment!