It's Friday, which means we made it through the week. Fridays are for happy things and so, inspired by Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, here's what's making me happy this week!
I am writing this from the Dublin airport - I have a seat right by the window and am watching the planes come and go. I've been awake since 4am so I can't be certain of any of these words actually forming coherent thoughts. I still have over thirteen hours to go in this travel day, which makes me want to cry when I think about it.
So what's making me happy today is nothing more than the act of being on the move. Also, coffee.
But what, you ask, has been making me happy the rest of the week when I was more of a functioning human being? Well, first, thank you for thinking that I am ever a properly functioning human. You flatter me. As for what's been making me happy this week - that's a complicated question, but there are several things that come to mind.
While packing away my life last weekend, I stormed through a rewatch of The 100. Man, the second season is intense - Mount Weather and Lexa and violence and feels. There's something cathartic about watching a show about the actual end of the world these days. Look, at least it's not so bad as The 100 yet. That's something.
My latest playlist has several happy-making songs, to balance out my tendency to collect songs in minor keys. Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White's version of 'Look At What the Light Did Now' has definitely put a pep in my step on some of the grey, winter days.
As always, you can follow me on Spotify to keep up with my musical life. I also have a master playlist of all of the music I share on the blog - so if you ever want to listen to 22 hours of music, I have you covered!
I do still read book, guys - I know it's hard to believe isn't it?
In my bookish life, Susan Dennard's Witchland series has been making me happy this week - I read Truthwitch and Windwitch over the past fortnight and I've fallen head over heels for these characters! I'm now returning to a series I fell head over heels in love with last year, but never finished. I've picked up Cress as my travel book this week.
And, of course, if you follow me on the Internet you know how much I love Rebel of the Sands, so I was over the moon to be able to celebrate the launch of Traitor to the Throne with Alwyn at Waterstones Piccadilly on Wednesday. I can't wait to fall back in love with Amani and to be awed by Alwyn's writing again - how am I allowed to be friends with such a shining star?
As for being on the move, that's a complicated happy-maker. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times - life is complicated. And now it's time for a little update, to consolidate some of that complicated life-stuff into something that makes sense when people ask what I'm up to these days.
First off, I'm heading to San Francisco. My life is packed away in suitcases and I'm boarding a plane to take me away from the life I know, off into something new. Officially I'm taking a sabbatical, a leave of absence from the trappings of my regular life to focus on research and writing and life. I'm excited to have this time to just reset my creative and intellectual life. And I've left these months open-ended and flexible, so I can go wherever I want and experience new versions of life along the way. So, I'll be spending time in San Francisco with Hugh. I'll also be getting some time in on the east coast, D.C. and Baltimore to do some research and see family. And I'm going to try out the New York life as well, which is mildly terrifying - even though I've become quite a city-girl in London, there's something about New York that feels much more intimidating.
I know I'm immensely privileged to be able to do this. I've been lucky enough to be able to travel back and forth between England and America quite a bit during my tenure abroad. I know this year it seems like I've been in the US more than in London, but I think that's really just evidence of what kind of pull my home country has on my heart. I've felt out of sorts this past year and I think it's due in large part to feeling not just homesick but really pulled to America. For whatever reason, after six years my heart is telling me that I need to be in America right now. So I've taken my marching orders and I'm off to see what America has to offer me after all these years.
Yes, America is going through some difficult times...but I think that's all the more reason for me to be there, just as I would rush to a friend's side if she were hurting.
I'm off to board my flight! I hope you all have something to be happy about today and everyday.