So, the biggest news I have is that I'm moving to China in a few months for work!!! It'll be a big change, but I'm excited about it. Currently making a start on learning Mandarin, which means I've been spending most of my time on pinyin tone drills and less on writing. A little apprehensive about the potential impact moving to a country that restricts expression will have on my fic writing hobby, but anyway....

Life stuff and a few problems have meant I haven't managed to finish a piece of writing in MONTHS, which has kind of bummed me out. Have been reading a lot more though, which has to be a good thing. Right now I'm reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang, which is every bit as sweeping and expansive as I expected it to be. I'm learning a lot about Chinese history, and hope to read more books about China soon.

TV-wise, I spent a solid month binge-watching NBC's Hannibal, which was every bit as delightful and over the top as I expected. Predictably, I fell completely in love with Hannibal and Will (and omg, Bedelia <3). Have a few quibbles about some of the weekly plots and the way the female characters were developed, but overall, I adored it, it was perfect and Hannigram is the fucked-up, beautiful pairing of my dreams.

Also just got into Silk, a BBC series about barristers that came out a few years ago. It's surprisingly engrossing, Maxine Peake is a joy and it also stars Natalie Dormer, who I am always in love with, whatever she's in. Maybe I will fic for it, but possibly not.

The past few months I've really been struggling with writing, and I've started/tried to continue so many projects I've been unable to complete. Why is it I can only write fic when I'm on deadline to do something else? Have a ton of planning for school to do, and instead I've dusted off the Serena/Carter sequel thing that's been forever languishing in my drafts. London is sunny and bright today, if windy, and maybe I'll even finish something. Here's hoping.
Without going into detail, I'm currently experiencing massive changes in my life and it's been tough. I need a goal, so I thought I'd port my list of books to be read over from my tumblr ([ profile] glitteratiglue ). When I counted them up I discovered 29, which is kind of embarrassing. I need to stop just reading articles from the Guardian and fic, so my new rule is I'm not allowed to buy any new books until I've read the ones I already have.

Have read one on the list so far: Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I think I liked One Hundred Years of Solitude more; his writing is beautiful and the atmosphere he creates is extraordinary, but something about the book just didn't do it for me. It took me a while to get through it.
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