~Well, Hello all!~
First of all, an announcement.
NANOWRIMO IS ONLY THREE DAYS AWAY!!!!!! ARGH!!!!
okay, so that might have been a touch melodramatic. But this is serious, ladies and gentlemen. In only three days, us writers will unite (feel free to add me as a buddy, I go by the name of SeekJustice, we can commiserate) and give our lives away to caffeine and chocolate in order to produce an entire novel in one month.
Now, that I’ve got that out of the way, let me inform you of my October happenings.
Well, writing this month didn’t really go as I’d planned, but I did get some done. I’d wanted to have the second draft of Black & White done by the start of October so that I could send it out to my wonderful beta readers and get their feedback before November. This didn’t happen, and my perfectionist brain struggled with this for a bit, but in the end I had to just say “No, it didn’t get done, but that’s okay. The world is not going to end just because you didn’t get your second draft done”. My brain finds it hard to believe things like that sometimes, but its the truth. The world isn’t going to end. Move on.
However, I have had a victory this month! I got an entire outline, which ended up super long, written for my NaNo novel Stars Fill Infinity. This is definitely a victory because when I did my Beautiful Books post, I only had the vaguest idea of what the plot was actually going to be. I’ve also done quite a few character sketches (I don’t know why I call them character sketches when there’s actually no drawing involved?).
I’m all prepared for NaNo now!!
Haha, no…no, I’m not.
Wait, what even is that?
My reading has dropped dramatically in this last half of the year, but I did get a few books read this month.
Joan of Arc by Mary Gordon. A fascinating read, if awkward at times. ( A lengthy discussion of Joan’s figure, anyone?) Three and a half stars.
Here be Monsters by Alan Snow. This was a reread, or a reread of a reread. I don’t know, I’ve read this book so many times. It’s a very cute, fast read with a steampunk feel to it. It’s actually the book the movie The Boxtrolls was based on, but the movie and the book are nothing like each other. Don’t you hate how they do that? Four stars.
The Great Depression and Crimes and Punishments by Nicolas Brasch. Research for Stars Fill Infinity, though Stars is a dystopian novel, it’s heavily based on the Great Depression and the June Rebellion.
I’ve done a lot of things this month! I’ve been wrapping up my Duke of Edinburgh Award. I went on a trip as part of the requirements for this award, as I think I’ve mentioned on here already, I went to Dubbo Zoo. This was a lot of fun, even though it rained a lot while we were there. Before you ask, my absolute favourite animals were the Oriental Small-Clawed Otters (I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before, but I love otters, I’ve loved them ever since I wrote my first novel on otters. That novel, which is technically a novella, but twelve-year-old me didn’t know that, is still one of my crowning achievements) and the Asian elephants. I also love elephants. They were a subject of fascination and adoration for a long time.
Here’s some photos for you all to enjoy, they aren’t the greatest, since I took them on my phone.
It actually rained for the first time in months when we were there. By rain, I mean that it poured down for the majority of Sunday.
My sister and I have been listening to the Newsies. 🙂
I’ve been watching Season 3 of The Flash and Season 1 of Supergirl with my family.
I went on duty with St John Cadets to a Steampunk Festival.
Getting ready for two major dance concerts in November and December, one being our end of year ballet, which this year is Beauty and the Beast. My Scottish dance class gets to be angry villagers, waving swords about irresponsibly as we go off to “Kill the Beast!”.
I also had a performance today at the Relay For Life. It was really hot and kilts and jackets weren’t made for heat. Not fun. I think we all danced well though, specifically since the heat was a problem for some of us.
I’m also sneakily brainstorming a contemporary novel to work on next year. So far I have no characters, or title, or plot, or even aesthetics, however, I do know I want it to revolve around theatre.
Speaking of theatre, my mum took my brother and I to see a performance of Jules Verne’s Journey Through the Impossible at our local theatre. That was quite fun!
Finally, another announcement. I will be taking a hiatus in November, due to NaNo and all that. At the half way point though, I will publish an update, and at the end of the month I’ll do my usual updates post. December’s posts are also going to be a different to the usual. They’ll have a much more reflective tone, as I look back philosophically over the year that’s been.
*All pictures taken by either my mother, myself or my brother.
How was your October? How’s your Spring/Autumn been so far? Are you ready for Nano?