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The End of the Thursday Review

At the beginning of the year, I had a goal. I wanted to write a book review for my blog once a week for all of 2017. And to my credit, I’ve gotten over a quarter of the way.

Unfortunately, I’m not going to finish.

When I made this goal, I thought that I’d be able to scrape through the first part of the year and, by the time uni ended, I’d be free to read as much as I want and get this done. That’s not the case.

Instead, three things have come together to drastically devour my spare time.

1) I’ve started writing for a second wrestling company, which reduces the amount of time I have for reading, which makes reviewing books difficult.

2) I’ve had a lot more assignment work than I expected. My four thousand word essay took a lot of time and attention and I also have a 15k submission to finish. Spending time reading when I could be doing that is self-indulgent.

3) I’m trying to find a day job. I had an interview last week and, if successful, that will also take up a good chunk of my life at present.

I will still try to write a piece of content for this blog to post on Thursdays from now until the end of the year, but until further notice, it won’t be The Thursday Review.

Thank you for all the time you’ve spent on my reviews so far. I love you all.

~ Penny

Related Post: You Can’t Do Everything

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart / Write Nothing

Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk), Liam Whear, Susan Wright and Molly Penford.

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Short Trailer for “Write Nothing”: 1st February 2016

~ Penny

Related Post: Saturday 16th January 2016: A New Announcement

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart

Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk), Liam Whear, Susan Wright & Molly Penford.

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13/07/2015: “Dark Heart” Out Now

“Dark Heart” is out now!

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

Paperback / Kindle

~ Penny

Related Post: Tuesday 7th July 2015: “Dark Heart” Trailer

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart

Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk), Liam Whear, Susan Wright & Molly Penford.

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Monday 29th June 2015: Countdown to “Dark Heart”

The build-up to the release of “Dark Heart” seems to be going well!

I’ve been publishing one poem per day since last Tuesday and the response has been good for the most part.

I’ll be posting a new poem on Penny Gotch Poetry every day from now until the publication of “Dark Heart” (with double posts on Sundays!). So keep an eye on that Tumblr, my Twitter feed or my Facebook page!

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

But when is “Dark Heart” coming out, I hear you ask?

Two weeks from today, or Monday 13th July. Put it in your diaries!

The book is all formatted and ready to be uploaded to CreateSpace, so it’s just a matter of waiting until the release date.

But I can’t just leave you with that, so here’s a brand new promo image for the book combining the title and the image I’ll be using in the cover art:

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

Hope you like it – feel free to share!

~ Penny

Related Post: Tuesday 23rd June 2015: Vids and Blogging and Books, Oh My

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree

Colab: Personal is Political

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01/06/15: “FYIS: Poetry as Performance” Playlist

~ Penny

Related Post: 30/05/15: “who am I?”

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Under the Tree / Personal is Political

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25/05/15: “Break Me”

~ Penny

Related Post: 24/05/15: “Disappointment & Gin”

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Available Books

Under the Tree / Personal is Political

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“Personal is Political”: Out Now

“One of the first things we discover in these groups is that personal problems are political problems. There are no personal solutions at this time. There is only collective action for a collective solution.” ~ Carol Hanisch, 169

Here we have a collection of prose and poetry that aims to help you frame your personal ideals and problems into a global, politicised context.

Here we have three young writers who want to be taken seriously.

Here we want to start something.

Personal Is Political is an anthology collecting pieces by Liam Whear, Penny Gotch and Susan Wright, from Canterbury Christ Church University, on environmentalism, feminism, mental health, body image, identity, and more.

Artwork from Molly Penford.

Stay safe, and stay aware.

BUY IT NOW IN PAPERBACK OR ON KINDLE.

~ Penny

Related Post: “Personal is Political” Trailer

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Monday Musing: Press Release – “Personal is Political”

I’ve chosen to do Monday Musing on purpose this week.

Yep: I’m deliberately doing a Monday Musing this week instead of a Sunday Scribbling.

And why’s that?

Because it’s exactly two weeks from a new book release!

Yes, on top of the continuing sale on “Under the Tree”, I’m teaming up with two other writers for a new book!

Music reviewer Liam Whear, new talent Susan Wright and I are bringing you “Personal is Political”.

Inspired by a famous 1969 essay by Carol Hanisch, the anthology is a mixture of prose and poetry by the three of us.

Its purpose? Framing personal issues in a global, politicised context.

“Personal is Political” covers a wide variety of topics. From environmentalism to feminism, mental health to body image, there’s something for everyone.

And through them, it shows just what the title says: how even your identity can be a political thing.

Plus it has gorgeous cover art by the talented Molly Penford.

This anthology is more than just words: it’s a work of art in itself.

The Kindle edition is due out on 1st December 2014, two weeks from today.

We haven’t settled on a price yet, but it shouldn’t be much.

And physical copies should be available shortly after, also for a low price.

Please consider supporting a promising trio of twenty-something writers and pick up a copy when it comes out.

Stay safe, stay aware, and keep an eye out for more information from us in the weeks to come!

~ Penny

P.S. “Under the Tree” is still on sale! Read the review or e-mail me for more information at pennygotch@gmail.com.

Related Post: Monday Musing: Downtime Is Good Time

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Monday Musing: Downtime Is Good Time

It’s back to the Monday Musing this week!

And today, I want to talk about downtime.

It doesn’t matter where you look. It could be your university course. It could be advice from a famous author. It could be an inspirational photo on Pinterest.

If you’re a writer, there is pressure to be constantly writing.

Write every day. Write 750 words. Keep writing. You need to keep writing or you won’t succeed.

Is it important to write regularly? Yes, of course it is.

Writing is a skill and you need to keep yourself in shape for it just like you would any other skill.

But there’s a difference between that and driving yourself into the ground.

Not everyone can write something every single day. And it’s unfair to expect them to.

After all, writers are people, as obvious as that sounds.

People have jobs. University courses. Homework. Social lives.

And sometimes, those things can leave us so exhausted that we don’t have the energy to write.

And then what? We feel guilty for it. We feel like we aren’t real writers because we’re not doing enough.

And it’s nonsense.

If you write, you’re a writer. End of story.

You don’t have to write a certain amount to join the official writer club. It doesn’t work like that.

Only you know what your limits are. Only you know how much you can do before you burn out.

Image © Jens Buurgaard Nielsen (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Embers_01.JPG).

And if other people can’t respect the limits you have, they don’t deserve you.

~ Penny

P.S. “Under the Tree” is still on sale, and now it has a review by the lovely Melissa Holden! Check it out here if you haven’t already!

Related Post: Sunday Scribblings: Fanfiction Is Fabulous

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Monday Musings: Where Does the Time Go?

Where does the time go? That’s my question this week.

You probably noticed that I didn’t post anything yesterday. Yep. I missed my Sunday Scribblings day.

What can I say? I was travelling Friday morning. I had a concert Friday evening. I was travelling all Saturday. I had wrestling Saturday evening.

And on Sunday? I just crashed.

So now here we are on Monday and I never posted anything on Sunday!

They say that time flies when you’re having fun. It’s remarkable how true that cliché is.

Poets of the Fall were amazing on Friday. And I had so much fun at Southside on Saturday.

I got a shout-out from Will Ospreay because my hair matched his trunks. How cool is that?

And I had my photo taken with Curry Man, Bad Influence, Kay Lee Ray AND Robbie X!

Living the dream, my friends…

But anyway. What was I going to talk about yesterday?

Well, my original post was going to be about my thoughts on fanfiction.

But I think it’s a little late in the post to start on such a big topic.

So instead, I’m extending my book sale!

You’ve got just two more weeks left to order a physical copy of “Under the Tree”!

And it’s still 20% off with free postage to anywhere in the UK!

There are just four (4) copies left and they’re looking for good homes.

It’s more than 20 poems for just £4 and no postage.

To order, e-mail me at pennygotch@gmail.com!

~ Penny

Related Post: Sunday Scribbling: “Under the Tree” Final Sale

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