October is over. Only two more months are left in 2017. I can’t believe I’m saying that because it seems like yesterday when I last wrote a blog post about it. But here I am, writing a cheesy intro, wondering how this month flew by so quickly.
I’m just going to say: writing this month was rough.
I spent hours slogging through the first draft of When Real Lies. It was an emotional roller coaster. One moment, it was the best novel I’d ever written, and the next, I seriously considered permanently deleting every single document associated with it.
Somehow I finished it. I’m not sure what will become of that draft. I hated my main character by the end, but the theme was awesome…. I don’t regret writing the novel, but I’m excited to set it aside for a while and work on something else 🙂
Not even kidding xD I started a lot of books, but reading went on the backburner this month. I got a quarter way into Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper), and felt guilty when there was one week I didn’t even read a single page. I rallied near the end of the month and dove into Lay Siege to Heaven (Louis de Wohl). It’s supposed to be a school book, but I was so intrigued I started it a month early 😉
I don’t have super high hopes for my November reading. Only near the end of this month did I begin to realize I just need to fit it in whenever and wherever I can (e.g. in the car, before dinner, walking up and down the stairs…).
Blogging was officially EPIC this month, especially with my first blogversary rolling around. I’m ridiculously excited for what’s to come in this second year of blogging, and I’ve kept myself up at night picturing the future of my blog *grins*
Here are all the posts:
O T H E R P O S T S
Katie Grace @awritersfaith wrote the most epic, relatable post
Abbie @abbiee did a tour of her room adfjkl;
Caroline Meek wrote this beautifully inspiring post on the Project Canvas Blog
– I tried rock climbing* near the start of the month, with my dad. IT WAS EPIC. I have found my new favorite sport. At first, I thought I would be afraid of heights. I really like it though!
– I celebrated my 16th birthday. We went to this place for dinner and the lights were so prettyyyyy.
– I had the experience of taking two midterms in a classroom. Strange. 😉
– I’ve been taking an etiquette/manners class for high schoolers at my church. Awesomeness abounding.
– School has been…school. Takes time away from writing, so yeah 😛
– Was running at the beach one day and a helicopter started to fly really low over the water. I freaked out and thought I was in a war movie. xD
This month probably had as many emotional ups and downs as my novel. I’m coming to a place where I’m realizing (AT LAST) that crashing and burning every other week (sometimes day) probably isn’t the healthiest thing. I will possibly have a post coming up on what God’s been teaching me about that. 😊
*if you watched my vlog last Saturday, I said mountain climbing for some reason *facepalm*
THINGS TO COME
One word (or four words smashed into one word):
Now, I know I said in my newsletter at the start of the month that I wouldn’t be doing it. But after When Real Lies, I feel drawn to a new novel idea…one that resonates super deeply with me.
So yes, I WILL be participating in NaNo 2017. (and I’m planning on starting on time this year xD)
I’m super excited for my new novel! I planned to write a post about it, but then I decided too late and now November is next week. Buuut my newsletter for November is going to be all about it, and I’ll link to it on the 11th.
(and be sure to go check out my NaNo profile so we can be buddies!)
Next, by the end of November, I should also have printed all my first drafts for this year. Because I’m doing the covers myself, they’re definitely not *awesome*, but I’m giddy about one of them.
AND on Monday, I’ll be taking my driving test. Like…I’ll officially have my license if I pass. Prayers would be super appreciated!
How was your October?
ARE YOU PARTICIPATING IN NANO? If so, I’d love to hear what your novel is about! 😀