The Last Week of October ’16 | Life & Mind

lastweekoctI’ve been a little stressed recently by how little time I’ve felt I’ve had for recreational reading. In addition the readings I’m assigned every week for my three classes, I’ve also been reading a lot of articles related to my research topic. So it’s not that I’m not reading, it’s just that I have a lot of untrackable reading. But I’m thinking I’ll start talking more about some of the more interesting academic articles I read here on my blog.

I like to reflect on what I read, which is why I love documenting every book I read on Goodreads and in wrap ups each month. I feel like it makes it easier to look back and remember what was going on in my life whenever I read any given book. So I want to talk more about the reading experiences I have as a student, as there has been so much recently.

This is something that’s been on my mind recently, and since I haven’t posted in a while I wanted to do a random little post talking about some of the things on my mind as the month is near its end.

Currently Reading

I just finished Slasher Girls and Monster Boys which I decided to finally pick up this weekend while I was house-sitting for my parents. It was the first weekend I felt I could allow myself a personal book selection and it felt so luxurious. It was a fantastic read, overall, and I still find myself marveling over the beauty and the horror of some of the stories in this anthology. If you possess this book and haven’t yet read it, I think this is the perfect time of the year to read it.

This week, I will be reading Cat and Mouse by Günter Grass which is due for next week. I’m hoping to finish it before the weekend so I can start another book before the end of the month, possibly Boxers by Gene Luen Yang which is a graphic novel I’d love to be able to breeze through, along with its companion novel Saints. I have to read three additional books for my German lit. class over the next couple of weeks so that might preoccupy the first half of November’s readings, but I’m also hoping to squeeze in some fantasy novels.

I’m still planning to participate in NaNoWriMo 2016 this November, and I really wish I had more time to read books that have inspired my own novel with the hopes that by reading good writing I’ll be more likely to write good words. We’ll just have to see how the next couple of weeks unfold, because like I said before, I also have a lot to read that isn’t just books!

NaNoWriMo 2016

I’m sorry I never quite worked out the time for my NaNoWriMo Prep series! Some of my most favorite posts to do are on writing tips/advice, so do know that all the posts I proposed earlier this month will most likely come out eventually. Even if they don’t make it out over November. I might have a laid back summer next year, so maybe I’ll generate some sort of plan for June/July geared towards preparation for Camp NaNoWriMo July.

I haven’t had much time to work on my story at all this month, except for maybe 2–3 days here and there. I’m a little worried about what I’ll come up with over November, but not so much that I’m in a panic. I have a rough outline for the novel I want to write, but I’m actually open to specific parts of that changing, so I’m not going to kill myself trying to stick to the outline. Unless I’m able to work on the outline this weekend and fix the problem areas I’ve already identified, in which case I do hope to stick the outline!

But I also have been keeping a list of short story ideas for side characters in this novel, so I’m prepared to be happy with a combination of a novel and some short story drafts. I think my flexibility here will ensure that I’m able to write 50,000 words and end the month with a good foundation, which is all I really end right now I think.

End Note

I hope you enjoyed this little post. I feel like I definitely psyche myself out sometimes when it comes to writing them, when blogging should just be a fun way to organize and record my thoughts. There’s a lot of post ideas swirling around in my brain, so I’m hoping those will materialize this weekend. I’ll probably do an official What I’m Writing for NaNoWriMo post soon, along with some sort of wrap up for the month. I also want to do a post about my grad school research and potential projects I’ll be starting soon. I just need to get on top of my school work and some upcoming deadlines in November.

Thanks for sticking with me! Let me know in the comments what you’d like to see more of in the future from this blog!

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