Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great holiday. I love very quiet holidays and that’s exactly what mine was like, with lots of time for reading, writing and cuddling with Little One. The best!
Before I get into today’s “In Review” post I want to make a quick announcement. I have decided to post on a decreased schedule in December. I’ve been tired and overwhelmed and I didn’t want to feel that way through the holiday season, so I decided to post less in December. As soon as I made that decision I felt a lot of relief. A lot has fallen by the wayside lately: connecting with other bloggers, responding to comments, my own personal writing, art. I’ve also felt like the quality of my posts has gone down. I’ve never wanted to be a writer that puts out quantity over quality, but lately that has been the outcome. My schedule for December will be to post Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s. There will be a fourth post on Tuesday next week, because I have a book review to share as part of a blog tour.
So tomorrow there won’t be a post! That’s going to be strange… I’ve been posting every weekday for so long, it’s going to be strange to cut back for awhile, but I think it will be good! I’m excited to be able to put more time into posts and to be able to connect with all of you more. If I find that this is a good balance, the schedule will probably continue into 2016.
And now, let’s take a look at November. When I look back on the month and think of some of the things that happened–the release of the anthology and the release party–I can’t believe it all really happened. The first two weeks of November were surreal, but so inspiring, and I’m holding onto that inspiration as I finish out the year.
I haven’t actually watched anything for awhile. November was a busy month, so the only show I tried to keep up with was Days of Our Lives, because um… Bo and Hope? And, biggest for me since I’m not actually the biggest fan of Bo and Hope (sorry! *hides*), Abigail/Chad/Ben!
Even though I haven’t been watching a lot, I’ve been reading a ton. At least, it feels like I have. I spent all last week buried in a series. I finished my reread of OMENS by Kelley Armstrong and then read VISIONS and DECEPTIONS and I loved it all. I read other books too (including the anthology that my story is in!), but right now I’m in such a book hangover over the Cainsville series, that it’s all I can think about. (A review will be coming Friday!)
Little One. This is such a cop-out answer, I’m sure, and I’ve probably used her as the answer before, but we’ve had a great weekend of hanging out and she’s my buddy/sidekick/the cutest thing ever and I love having her around.
GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d read this book. I wasn’t a big fan of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, although that’s probably not a fair statement to make. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t like it, and I haven’t read it since I was thirteen. Basically, thirteen-year-old me didn’t connect with it, but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t like it now. So, I wasn’t sure I’d read Lee’s new release, but then I thought of this blog. If I talk about books a lot (and want to talk about books more) shouldn’t I read one of the biggest releases of the year? And it turns out that I really like it!
I decided to go with the audiobook, though, because Reese Witherspoon narrates. And she’s amazing, as you can imagine.
Writing. A lot. Although I’m still failing NaNoWriMo. But even though I won’t make it to 50,000 words, I’ve been writing this month and part of a novel has been written. So really, it’s a fail for NaNo but a win for me.
How to take a step back and rest and breathe.
My fingers, with all the typing I’ve been doing, but I’m thinking about starting a thirty days of yoga challenge in December. The word “challenge” makes it sound all official, but it’s nothing fancy. I just do yoga every day for thirty days. I do this every once in awhile, but haven’t for a year or two, so it’s time.
// YOUR FAVES
- RAIN! For half of the week. I loved it.”
- Holding a book that includes a story that I wrote.“
The furniture rearranging that I have been doing.”
This weekend I went to the Palmer House Hotel, which is said to be haunted. The Palmer House has quite the history–including a literary one. Sinclair Lewis worked there and I think he even based a location in one of his novels off of the hotel. The building has a presence when you see it as you drive down Main Street (the “original” main street). There are a couple of rooms that are thought to be haunted, as well as the hallway right outside the room that I stayed in.”