Monthly Recap: January 2018

We’re just about done with the first month of 2018. How are we already 31 days into a new year? Someone tell me, please.

Anyway, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I usually split my recap into which books I’m working on and my freelance life…

However, I’m starting to find that format a little tiresome (and frankly, overwhelming), so I thought I’d mix things up a bit this year.

For January’s recap, I wanted to ‘take stock’ as inspired by Alison Tait’s recent post (which you can find here).

Anyway, there’s a lot to think about, so I’m just going to dive right in… Here’s what I’ve been up to…


Book II in The Oremere Chronicles. Yep. Still chipping away at this beast of a book. I’ve received beta reader feedback and am going through a rather hefty structural edit.


Slow cooked lamb. It was heaven! I made gravy from scratch and roasted some epic potatoes as well ๐Ÿ˜‰


I re-discovered sangria! Perfect for summer. But also my regularย Saint Etienne beer from Aldi. Don’t knock it til you try it. And even then, don’t knock it.


  • The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • A Kingdom of Exiles by S.B. Nova

Next read:

  • Mastering Amazon Ads by Brian D. Meek


My structural edit to be over. And my dream apartment.


For my dream apartment. House hunting’s a bitch, guys.


Joanna Penn’s incredible podcast.


Where to live. How to budget. How to balance book marketing and book writing (seriously, this one’s killing me).


There were more hours in the day.


Jamie Oliver’s original series, The Naked Chef. So soothing.


For public transport. Seriously. All day e’ry day.


All the writing and publishing resources being shared on Twitter of late.


If this damn manuscript will ever be done.


Spending time with my girlfriends and sister. #girlpower is key. Thanks for the epic dinner party, Eva!


ALL the finance stuff. Honestly, The Barefoot Investor has my mind in a spin about alllll the money things.


How best to manage my money. I’m about to wrap up my regular freelance work (three days a week) and start as a full time author. Money and money management are high on my list of priorities right about now.


Clothes. It’s been a while since I splurged. In the last week, I bought new sandals (that still need breaking in), a denim skirt and an awesome burnt orange jumpsuit. Nothing like a bit of retail therapy for keeping the editing blues away.


The Food Network. I actually watched a show called STEAK PARADISE today and it was epic.

Next watch:

Probably more Food Network. Man Fire Food, Cupcake Wars, The Naked Chef…ย 


That I can get this book done to deadline, and that it wows the pants off my readers.


At how some authors can write and publish multiple books a year.


At having a few too many and oversharing at parties. But also not really because FUN.


A new office. And some awesome new staple pieces for my wardrobe.


Why I’ve never met up with my accountant until now.


Fresh flowers my mum got me for hitting #1 again on Amazon.


Lion King PJs from Peter Alexander (thanks Yas!)


V.E. Schwab on Twitter. Always.


(See hoping).


Holes in my clothes.


I need to settle back into a routine.


Too much.


V.E. Schwab. Every day.


Through my chaotic drawer of ‘important documents’. Halved it. Like a boss. Put stuff in labelled folders. Like a boss.


Stressed about impending book deadlines.


88 Cups of Tea Podcast. Why can’t I listen to everything at once?


A striped dress from Petal and Pup.


Jeans with more holes than material. Like, I don’t mind a good old pair of ripped jeans, but what I’m seeing lately has me sounding like my grandma, ‘Did you buy them like that?? You’re missing half your jeans…’


Too many bottles of wine.


At myself falling over 5 times when I was getting used to aforementioned new sandals.


Stressed. Every day. And it’s only the beginning of the year.


Greek yoghurt with honey.


Writing and publishing advice on The Creative Penn podcast!


Anyway, that’s about it for this post, folks. Super glad I did something different and was able to mix it up a touch ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy reading!

Until next time,

– Helen


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    Melanie January 31, 2018 (10:42 am)

    Helen, I LOVED reading this! What a wonderful idea and a great insight into what’s been happening for you of late <3 Also, I'm so, so proud of you as you make the transition from part-time author to full-time author. What an incredible feat and certainly something that needs to be CELEBRATED (this time the champagne is on me) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Melanie xoxo

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    Helen Scheuerer January 31, 2018 (10:57 am)

    Mel, thank you so much for your lovely comment. It was nice to do something a little different this month ๐Ÿ™‚
    And thank you, I’m nervous but looking forward to making this year my own! Haha, you know I never say no to bubbly ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Jessica A McMinn February 3, 2018 (7:23 am)

    Oooh I really like this new format!

    I also love watching cooking shows. And nature documentaries. They are the best healing programs when you’re stressed and overwhelmed.

    I just bought The Cruel Prince and am super excited to start it once I finish the Raven Cycle. (If you haven’t read that you MUST)

    As always I am right there with you with the VE Schwab worship and too many bottles of wine xx

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      Helen Scheuerer February 4, 2018 (9:29 am)

      Thanks Jessica! Not sure I’ll do it every month, but I had to change it to avoid feeling overwhelmed by all the ridiculously large projects I’m juggling!

      Oh yes, The Raven Cycle is on my TBR list for sure.

      Haha, well if you’re ever in Sydney, I’d love to indulge in a bottle or two with you <3

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    Hannah February 26, 2018 (2:15 pm)

    If you like Brain Meeks’ book I’d also recommend his book co-authored with Honoree Corder, Making More Money has some financing tips. But I’m sure you’ll get there with juggling things ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Helen Scheuerer February 26, 2018 (3:09 pm)

      Thanks so much for the rec, Hannah! To be honest, I’m struggling through Mastering Amazon Ads… I know I just need to put the hours in, but it’s such dull subject matter to me! I’ve heard great things about Honoree Corder, so I’ll definitely check her out! Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚