Halloween is over, and my grandma is already panicking about baking Christmas cookies, so November is officially here. And you know what November means – it’s NaNoWriMo time! I had this whole plan of carefully plotting a new novel, so I’d be all ready by November 1st, but then Things™ happened, the 1st of November arrived, and I had nothing. I figured I’ll skip it this year, but like every year I just couldn’t resist the momentum of NaNoWriMo, so on the evening of November 1st I decided I’ll join in anyway. Who needs plots, right?
Me. The answer is me.
There was a creative writing group at uni when I was doing my postgrad in Newcastle last year, but now I live in the countryside, so I had to get creative. The feeling of community and getting to know other writers is what I love most about NaNo, so I breached out and found some small writing groups in the area. By in the area I mean I have to drive 30-60 minutes to get there, but hopefully next year I’ll be a little better situated again. I went to my first meeting yesterday and got some writing done, so yay for that! I think one of the major reasons I haven’t finished NaNo so far
besides being frickin busy is my perfectionism. This time, I’m trying to just get down 50k without constantly worrying that it’s not good, so wish me luck!
I got these on netgalley, so thanks to Hot Key Books and Whicked Whale Publishing! Reviews coming up soon.
‘Round the Web
- I found this clickergame in a WIRED article and let me tell you it is addictive. Universal Paperclips looks super simplistic, but it gets more complex over time and you can play it in the background while doing other things. I love that it’s based on an actual scientific problem, but mostly it’s just fun to play an AI intent on turning the world into paperclips.
- Without Christianity, What Year Would It Be? – this article falls under questions I never asked myself but immediately had to know the answer to. It’s an interesting read!
- The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Life Partner: this article asks the question do you really want to have 20.000 meals with this person, and I think I’m probably going to be single forever now.
- 22 People Who Are Having A Way, Wayyyy Worse Day Than You – this just made me laugh, especially number 13
On the Blog
- Discussion: Why Old Books Deserve 340% More Attention From You
- My friend Bianca and I are recapping/discussing every episode of Riverdale this season! You can find all of our recaps here.
- Bianca has also been active on the blog (thanks and also Happy Birthday, B!): She wrote about Rarely Portrayed Historical Events + Book Recs and How to Make Yourself Cry on a Plane (Movie Recs)
- I reviewed The Long Ride Home, a book about grief,
teen pregnancy and roadtrips.
Tune of the Week
I love Orishas, and they actually had a concert close to me in October! I never thought they would come here, so naturally I had to go. I also found out that a good friend of mine likes to listen to them, so we went together and had a fun time.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you already as behind as I am, or are you doing brilliantly? Do you think November is too early to think about Christmas, or have you already decorated your place from top to bottom? Let me know below!
As always, I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!