How is October over already? This month has flown by, and it’s easy to see why. We celebrated our seven year anniversary. My parents came from Iowa to visit for nearly a week. Another hurricane also hit us that week. We took a trip back to our old home outside DC and had a whirlwind weekend visiting friends and eating. I am in the middle of my third copyediting course. The boys had school, classes, and swim lessons in addition to doctor visits and sicknesses. To be honest, I’m glad this month is over. Now we’ll start settling into our holiday season routine, which includes a lot of not traveling.
And through all that, I still managed to get some reading done.
- Fantasy Book Club selection (TBD)
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- At least two
Just as I predicted in my Book Club Selection post, I didn’t read Children of Time. I actually ended up not even going this month as we had so much going on. When I really thought about the book, it didn’t interest me enough to spend the money. We are on a sort of spending freeze until Christmas, and I couldn’t break it for a book I likely couldn’t get through. I can also only half cross out the last entry since I managed to only complete one writing book this month. However, I am reading the entire Chicago Manual of Style, so that should count for something, right?
- Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland
- Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
- Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi
- Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
Structuring Your Novel was a really great resource to aspiring writers. I enjoyed how she put together the information. I am kind of wishing I had read her other book, Outlining Your Novel, first, but I will likely be picking up all of her helpful guides anyway. I’d love to put together a full review on all of the writing and editing books I’m working through, but with everything on my plate, I can’t promise anything soon. She uses examples from four popular movies and books to illustrate her points, and I found it very helpful to visualize what she was teaching.
Kings of the Wyld was such a romping good time. I loved nearly everything about it. You can read my full review on Outrun the Wind, but suffice to say that it had the pieces of a story that I could have really enjoyed, but it was squandered. Empire of Sand was another great read apart from a little too much repetition. As I got this book free from NetGalley, you can look for my review soon before the book is published later in November.
- The Peripheral by William Gibson
I don’t know if it’s fair to include this book just yet, but I am at the start of the second chapter, and I just can’t. Something about science fiction that puts in random, made-up terms for the sake of seeming cool or futuristic doesn’t read well with me. I’d prefer to ease into it, not have it thrown in my face. I have a little over a week to get through it before my book club meeting, but I may have to go just to listen.
- The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
- The Magic of Fiction by Beth Hill
- And I Darken by Kiersten White
I don’t want to set my goals too high this month. There is a lot going on in November, which I’ll talk a bit more about at the end, and I don’t want to move my focus too much. The first is a book I picked up the last time I was at Barnes and Noble. Anything having to do with dragons, and I’m in. The last book is a book I added to my holds at the library. It came up a few weeks ago, but I still haven’t gotten around to it. I have a day or so to put it on my Kindle and get reading. We’ll see if that happens. The Magic of Fiction was the next book in my self-study project; however, I’m a bit all over the place with that, so maybe it’s time to refocus.
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint
- The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
- Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames
- Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
This can either be seen as a positive or negative effect of having little time to focus on books: my TBR pile has barely grown. The first three books were from my Goodreads Recommendations series. Bloody Rose is a sequel of sorts to Kings of the Wyld. And clearly, I needed to add the monstrosity that is the finale of the Throne of Glass series. I just want to be done with it at this point. Does this mean I’ll actually make progress on my TBR pile? Not likely.
In this section last month, I wrote about how my post about the perceived pressures for bloggers had an impact on how I would approach this blog. And it certainly has. While I am posting less often, I am finding that I feel more fulfilled with each post I make. I am less stressed about making sure I put content out there, even if it’s not to my usual standard. Instead, I have managed to write about some things I am passionate about, like getting children to read and courses to improve your skills. I had a couple more lighthearted posts in there as well. Needless to say, I am enjoying blogging, but I am tempering it with remembering that I have other things I need to get done as well. And it has helped me refocus my goals and life. As for what that means going forward, well, I’d love to continue to write on here when I’m feeling inspired. And I have lots to inspire me right now.
November is also NaNoWriMo, and I am pushing myself hard this year to actually get it done. I have had a story in my head for over five years now. I attempted it two years ago during NaNoWriMo and managed to get about 17,000 words. However, I feel stuck, and I’ll often use world-building as an excuse to procrastinate writing it. This year, I am completely switching gears to a more contemporary new/young adult novel.
So, in addition to all my normal, daily responsibilities (#momlife), reading, blogging, and NaNoWriMo, it seems I have enough on my plate. However, I’ll be in the second half of my Copyediting II class and nearly done by the time the month is over. I’ve been trying to get better about taking notes, and in addition, would love to make a self-study routine. I think I’m just asking for trouble this month. Have I set myself up for failure? Wish me luck!
YouTube is my biggest distraction, pulling me out of my focused zone. What is your biggest distraction, and what do you do to combat it?