• Blogging,  business,  writing

    Writing Wednesdays #2 // 2021 update

    I haven’t done an update post like this, in over a year.

    I decided in 2020 I would have a break from writing and put my novels on hiatus for a year, but now I have started to miss writing blog posts, as well missing writing my fiction work.

    I have got 4 potential novels that I am writing with very different themes from mental health fiction, to fiction crime. I am hoping to be under the young adult category and have published at least 1 novel, if not more, within 2 years. I don’t mind if I self-publish or traditional.
    In the world, 2020 has been a nightmare for everyone, especially areas and countries hit bad with Covid-19/Coronavirus. Where I live was hit at its worst right now, in December 2020. We thought we were out of the woods months ago but Covid hit back badly.

    Since Covid, I like many others, felt a slump in my writing and personal life too. When I should have made the most of free time, due to quitting the library shifts (due to a Covid scare and it having to close with temporary restrictions, earlier in the year!) & the various restrictions in and out of Lockdown for Wales, I actually became less attentive to my blog (You will notice not many posts were done this year) & stopped writing my fiction work completely.
    I felt drained and it is only now with the promise of a fresh start in the new year and a new 2021 diary, did I feel up to carrying on with my blog and writing. I am hoping for a fresh start for 2021. I am aiming to complete at least one of my novels by the end of the year 2021 and I also want to regularly post on my blog again.

    As I have fell out of love with books and want to explore other areas such as home care, food/drink, TV/film reviews, etc, I will be doing lots of new content next year. So look out for it.
    I know I change it up a lot on my blog, especially since 2019, but please stick with me as I like writing for my favourite hobby, but also because I love to read other people’s opinions about what I post!

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    MY THOUGHTS ON PLANT BASED DIETS

    For the past year, in 2018, I have to confess I ate a lot more than I used to and it was not even healthy meals… too much red meat & not enough fresh food. Although I did start cooking for myself a lot more. When I wasn’t cooking, I was going out for meals with high fat & protein-rich foods, such as steak & beef burgers! Towards the end of 2018, I swapped chips for salad and that helped.

    This year I want my food goal to cut out or severely reduce my meat-eating down to about 20% or less. Yes, I plan to eat to continue eating meat but reduce it right down, gradually.

    plant based food Garlic Mushrooms & Sauce

    I am aiming to eat mainly vegetable-based meals, but I still want to use milk and butter in meals for the time being until I get chance to try soy-based milk, as I can’t stand almonds!

    I have been getting into watching vegan inspired recipes on Instagram recently and it has inspired me to eat healthier! Although realistically I can’t go from heavy meat based meals to vegan I can cut down slowly throughout 2019, until I don’t eat meat any more.

    In the last few years veganism has taken off, many people know and follow the vegan lifestyle and it is well known now. Before if you heard someone was a vegan you wouldn’t understand it and there were no reviews or meals to choose from in supermarkets or restaurants …but now it is so common that big brands and celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon creating ready meals and vegan inspired dishes online or in cookbooks. Look out for them!

    I don’t know how I feel about not being able to eat meals such as a Full English Breakfast, but I know there are lots of alternatives to choose from and it will make me a healthier person in the long run.

    My first start at eating plant & reduced meat based food this week included; a hummus wrap and a prawn curry & rice dish.

    Last weekend I attempted to cook garlic mushrooms from scratch. They turned out amazing & tasty (image above). The only thing I might do next time is to change the butter & milk to a plant-based alternative.

    What’s your opinion on plant-based diets? Are you already a Vegetarian or Vegan? What is your advice on changing to a plant-based diet?