Spooky season has arrived!
I love October, and part of that love is very much my birthday bias, but I love the autumn in general and I’ve always had a soft spot for Halloween, so I’m so ready for October.
What I got up to in September
I’m very slowly coming out of my hiatus – I say very slowly because September was rather busy and I just haven’t been reading much at all – but I got some really exciting news last month that it’s about time I shared with you.
I have a new job!
If you saw my previous post about my hiatus, you’ll know I mentioned that I’ve been job-hunting for a while and that hunt has finally come to an end. Funnily enough, I got the email inviting me for an interview while I was away on that holiday (which was wonderful), had the interview a few days later and then got offered the job the next day.
So… hi! I’m Jess, and in a couple of weeks I’ll be Rebellion Publishing’s new PR and Marketing Manager for Fiction and Non Fiction!
I’m kind of terrified, but mostly I’m so incredibly excited. This is the company that has published two of my all-time favourite novels – Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor and Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Signal to Noise – and everyone seems so warm and friendly. I’ve been working in the publishing industry since the end of 2014, and this finally seems like the kind of job I’ve been working towards that whole time, where I finally get to work with the genres I love most.
I’m usually quite private about my job – even now, sharing my new job on the blog makes me strangely nervous because I do like to keep myself separate from my work online for the most part – but I have so many lovely blogger friends who are also SFF enthusiasts that I couldn’t not mention it, because I’ll probably be chatting to you with my job hat on in the coming months! Though it goes without saying that this blog will continue to be completely separate from my career. This is still something I do for fun, where I share my personal opinions on the books I read and all the other goings-on in the book and SFF communities. I might not be updating as often as I used to – ya boi’s about to become pretty busy – but I’ve no intention of vanishing. If you would like to follow me online with more of my work hat on, you can find me on Instagram here where I’m planning to be much more active in future.
This new job also means I’ll eventually be able to move out of my parents’ house, after having to move back in during lockdown, and I’ll be able to move to a new city that’s a bit more lively than the Welsh town I’m currently in. So I’m very excited!
So please bear with me as I learn to juggle my new job with my own fiction writing, reading for pure enjoyment and this blog.
I had quite a few birthdays in September – my mum, one of my nieces and two of my friends – and I spent the first week of the month up in Northumberland with four uni friends. We had a wonderful break staying in a 12th century tower (which we’re sure was haunted), and were out and about doing something every day. We hiked along part of Hadrian’s Wall to Sycamore Gap – the home of the ‘Robin Hood tree’, which was great for me as a huge Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves fan – and spent another day hiking up one of the Simonside Hills. Please congratulate me for managing to not collapse on either occasion.
We also visited Alnwick Castle and, probably the highlight of the week for me, we went to the Holy Island and the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, a place steeped in history that I’ve always wanted to visit. It was such a good, much-needed break for all of us, and I’d happily go back to our haunted tower.
What I read in September
Y’know how sometimes your reading month is just Not It™? That was September for me.
I finished The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid, which I’d been reading since July. That’s it. Work’s been pretty busy now that I have to hand everything over to the rest of my team before I start my new job, and I’ve also been doing some writing of my own so I simply haven’t been prioritising reading as much.
I am currently in the middle of four books, though, and I’m enjoying all of them, so I’m hoping October will be a bit more eventful reading-wise. I’m reading both A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark and The King of Crows by Libba Bray because I’ve been enjoying my ’20th century with a dash of the speculative’ stories over the past year (and The King of Crows is on my autumn TBR), and I very recently picked up Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko after seeing the news that it’s being adapted for Netflix – I’m loving it so far!
September also saw me finally watch the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, which has really piqued my interest.
So much so that I picked up a copy of The Eye of the World from the library, and it’s another one I’m enjoying so far! I’m just waiting for one of these books to reach that point where they’ve grabbed me so much I don’t want to put them down. I’m ready to be sucked into a new story that I don’t want to leave.