Posted in The Quarantine Diaries, Writing

Coming Up

I’m in organisation mode right now, at home and online. So while I’m taking a quick break from cleaning my house I wanted to let you all know what I’ve got planned for evallone.com in the coming weeks.

Armchair Traveller

Since quarantine is still ongoing, it doesn’t look like we’re travelling anywhere new anytime soon – the next best option? Memories! I’m trawling through my archives; photos and journals, and I’ll be writing up posts of my favourite places, things to do, and best experiences. I’ll also be giving advice on sites in and around Glasgow like museums and great days out.

52- Week Challenge

The last 30-day blogging challenge was fun but a bit hefty trying to post everyday. I found a good year long weekly challenge that’ll allow me to share a little more stuff with everyone but without being so spammy. Here’s a copy of the challenge if you want to join in.

52-week challenge. Credit: Adventures with Amanda

Diversions

Obviously, I’ve still being crocheting nearly every day. Though I did lose my crojo for a bit, more that I couldn’t get any patterns to work for me. Damn v-shaped scarves! I guess sometimes watching videos instead of reading patterns can cause a little difficulty… and trying to work on multiple projects at the same time isn’t a great idea. One ball at a time!

Giant round granny blanket

I finished watching all 12 seasons of Bones a few weeks ago! It was epic and sad, I won’t spoil it but the ending was not what I expected, but for once a show had a decent ending! Naturally that spawned a ‘watching’ slump, I have Ally McBeal for my lawyer show, Grey’s Anatomy and New Amsterdam for medical shows, The Walking Dead for zombies, Winona Earp, Vanessa Van Helsing and Grimm for weirdo shows… so I had no normal crime shows. I dabbled a bit in NCIS a few times and it’s good but I’m not hooked yet… I am however addicted now to Criminal Minds, criminally so. Sorry. I’m nearly on season 3, in a matter of days… How have I never seen this show before? Led by the delightful Mandy Patinkin (also known as Saul in Homeland – I’m also catching up with that) the team is the BAU, Behavioural Analysis Unit within the FBI who profile and catch killers. It’s not Bones but the story lines are compelling and the dialogue is quick-fire and witty.

Books

I just finished reading Lonely Planet’s How to be a Travel Writer by Don George and Janine Eberle, while detailed and insightful, it was also dreadfully negative and off-putting. Perhaps some would say it’s realist but after reaching the last page, I feel far less-inclined now to pursue any kind of travel writing. The suggestions seem to be that if you’re lucky enough to already be loaded then go fly off somewhere and experience the life and culture then come home and write a bunch of articles with different slants and send them off to magazines and newspapers and hope you make a few hundred quid off them. Otherwise, the game is already over for you. Maybe I’m more of a dreamer, I’d like to believe that sometimes things can just work out. In the mean time, I’ll be writing all my travel stuff on here and attempt some other publications soon.

I’ve also ended my Kindle Unlimited subscription because I already have a ton of books in the house and purchased on my kindle (and audible) that I need to get through. Plus I realised that I’ve had most of the same books in my KU library for years so I’m paying £7.99 a month for nothing. I’ve put Audible on pause for a few months, I have a decent stack of books to get through and some are lectures so are 20+ hours and I have IT by Stephen King which clocks in close to 50 hours.

And I’m working on my novel, I promise. I’m feeling very inspired right now, especially since the new Dresden Files book, Peace Talks, is launching in July (likely the only good thing to happen in 2020) so I want to plough through as much of mine as I can before then.

Anyone started a new show? Or enjoying a new book? Let me know!

e x

Posted in Reading Challenge

Book Challenge 2020

So having surpassed my own expectations of reading 50 books in 2019 and moving house, I have now realised the actual ton of books I own which have been sitting pretty on shelves and not getting read. Thus, I have set myself a new challenge! I’m still doing the goodreads 50 book challenge, however I have made some rules to try and get through my massive TBR pile.

No buying any new books in 2020

But of course there are exceptions.

1. The only ‘new’ books I can get are if they are gifts, but my birthday and Christmas are the only times this really happens and are ages away.

2. I can continue my subscriptions to Audible and Kindle Unlimited. Though if I can read the books I currently have with KU I might get rid of it and save myself £8 a month.

3. The only major exception to buying a new book is if Peace Talks by Jim Butcher comes out or if there’s suddenly a new Harry Potter book or if Dante is brought back to life and writes a scathing epic poem about the current world situation.

So there, I’m in February already and I’ve only read 3 books, apparently I’m one book behind – but I moved house and I’m working tons. I’ll catch up 😉

Anyone else got their own book challenges going on this year?

I might post a list of all the books I’m hoping to read this year, as ever it’s subject to change based on my mood.

e x

Posted in Musings

Happy 4th Birthday!

I can’t believe it’s been four years since I started this little blog. I remember it as if it were yesterday, sitting in the Uni library fretting that I only had a couple of months to go before my second last year was over and I created Adventures of a Perpetual Student to document it.

Then it stalled many times.

And it has continued to stall many times.

Anyway, that’s really just me. When I have something important to say I say it, but I’m trying to get more into the habit of writing consistently.

Alas, here’s to another four years of more content, more travels and more coffee.

e x

Posted in Blogging Challenge, rant

30 day blogging challenge #day 1

(I found this Blogging Challenge over on Pinterest, there’s a watermark at the bottom so credit to whomever it’s due to. These posts will be scheduled, but I’m hoping they’ll help you get to know me a bit better in between ranty posts and study-induced stress.)

Day 1 – Your blog’s name

My blog’s name came from an awkward conversation with someone I cannot stand and hadn’t seen in the better part of a decade. Bear in mind that at this point I was only back from Spain a few months and still had nearly two years left at Uni.

Person: So, you! When are you going to get yourself a real job and stop all this studying?

Me: Excuse me?! I’m still doing my degree, I’ve another two years to go.

Person: *rolls eyes* Pssh. You need to go out there and get yourself a REAL JOB. You can’t be a Perpetual Student™ forever!

Can you even stand it? I was horrified and naturally quite upset. Apparently in the ten years I hadn’t seen this person for, she was still judging me from a distance. Also, considering that I worked as well as studied for most of my time at uni, I’m curious as to whether those jobs were in fact dummy jobs… Did I pay my rent with dummy money?

So I owned it. Owned the judgement and turned it into fuel for my quest to never grow up to be like these types of people.

As my url is different from the blog name, it’s a contraction of my Italian name Elisa Vallone as Evallone. Sometimes I’m Eliza or Elisa or Eva…, sometimes it’s Valentine instead of Vallone – there’s a long list. My Italian name is in fact a pretty direct translation of my English name. Have fun!

e x

Posted in Education, Musings, rant, work, Writing

Blogoversary!

So it’s around a year since evallone.com happened and I’m thrilled with how my little site has developed in that time. Initially pre-domain name it did start as a blog of a recent graduate trying to find decent work in this pre-apocalyptic world, then evolved, backtracked and evolved some more!

Tomorrow marks a year since I got that fresh out of uni job which lasted all of 10 weeks. I am not ashamed to admit it as I’m much happier in my current job of seven and a half months! I never spoke in great detail on here about what happened in the last job, but since I’ve hardly heard from anyone since I left, there’s little problem if I were to speak about it, but that’s for another time.

The current purpose of my blog is to give me a platform to display all my creative tendencies and to rant. I’ve much in the pipeline, but have been fighting with time to get on with actually writing blog posts. I did go on holiday to York a few weeks ago but I’ve had a hell of a time trying to edit and upload the pictures (I shot them all in RAW and it’s been a while…) Alas, they’re coming soon along with the written-at-the-time blog posts. Check out my photography page as I’ll be posting plenty of additional pictures there.

I spent much of yesterday desperately clinging onto reality after a rare night out on Saturday. I’ve questioned my mortality, my age, the unstoppable passing of time, why I peaked at age 3, and my appearance. So today I got up, my food tasted better than in months, I slept better than I have in quite some time (with lots of wild dreams) and have a plan for today and the next wee while. My course starts back in October so that gives me several weeks to work my way through the reading list (as best as I can, cannot afford many of the books) and trying to really embrace the opportunity this course and year will give me. I know all too well from this past year just how fast time goes, so I need to try and enjoy every single minute of it.

I’m rambling now, I know, but I’m abuzz with ideas and the need to just read for a solid amount of time. I just needed this to break the ice a bit, and I promise I should be back to regular updates from now on.

Thanks for this last year of support!

e x