Time literally seems to be flying by these days. I mean, how is it November already?
October seems to have passed in a bit of a blur, but thankfully I’ve actually got some things to report this month! I started the month with a week off work, which was great, and I managed to do a few things: I met up with my friend who’s just moved back from Canada (and I’ve since been on another day trip out with her!) and went to Chester with my sister and my little niece. Unfortunately, we only realized when we got there that Chester isn’t the best place to go with a pram because all the shops are upstairs in buildings so old that there aren’t a lot of lifts, and so there was quite a few places we couldn’t go. It was a nice day trip though, and I do always like Chester as a place! Plus I bought a unicorn onesie from the Primark there, and it’s been coming in very useful in this cold weather!
I also got to spend loads of time with my boyfriend, just chilling out, which you definitely need sometimes. And at the end of the week, me, my parents and my brother took my nephew to the Blackpool Illuminations. I may have got beaten up a lot by my nephew with a light-up lightsaber, but otherwise, it was a lot of fun!
The rest of the month has mostly been dominated by work, so I’m glad I at least got some time off so that I could get out and do things.
October hasn’t been the best reading month, but nevertheless, I’ve almost completed my Goodreads Challenge of 50 books. I’m currently halfway through The Scandalous Duchess by Anne O’ Brien, which is my 48th book, so only one more after that!
As is my habit, I went on a little Kindle bargain binge on payday, and got cheap ebooks of The Scandalous Duchess by Anne O’ Brien, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Man In The High Castle by Phillip K. Dick and Rogues, a short story collection curated by George R.R. Martin. I also finally bought George R.R. Martin’s A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, which I’ve been meaning to read for ages! So I’m excited to finally get to that.
Since deciding to take part in NaNoWriMo again halfway through the month, most of October’s writing involved planning my NaNo novel. I am already writing a novel but decided to truly get in the spirit of NaNo and start something new.
So I’m now working on a Robin Hood retelling with a big twist, and so far I’m loving it! By Day 4 I was already edging up to 10,000 words, which is a record for me in that length of time. But look out for my full NaNo update on Wednesday if you’re interested!
This month has been a reasonable blogging month (on here anyway…let’s not talk about my writing website, which has pretty much been abandoned for the moment, thanks to NaNoWriMo…), and I posted a few discussion posts:
- 5 Happy Things
- On Being A Kindle Convert
- 6 Inspiring Quotes from ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed
- My Top NaNoWriMo Tips
- Books and Memories
So how has your October been? What have you been reading/writing/up to?