Monday, November 2, 2015

November 2015 | NaNoWriMo and Life

It's that time of year again, normally my favorite time of year, but we'll get to why I can't exactly say that quite this year. First, though, NaNoWriMo! I think I'm going to be using my writing tumblr again this year because I have almost no memory of the things I posted there from last year - ah, my memory.

Now - onto the life part of this post really quick. You've probably noticed, or maybe you haven't I understand, that I've barely been posting here - mostly just wrap ups or for read-a-thon - well there is a very good reason for that. I've been stressed. Like - more stressed then I thought possible.

I think I mentioned I moved on this blog - if not, I moved! Into an apartment, it's a studio loft and I really like it. However, there's still construction going on in the other part of the building, our side of the building isn't really done either. Oh, and my heater has decided not to work sometimes and it is louder then hell. (I'm not joking, it's fucking loud). Also, currently, there are beetles. How are they getting in? I don't know but I'm sick of them.

So it's been a tad stressful, and I've been trying to do some things - filming wrap ups and such - but I just haven't had the mental energy to write reviews. Which is really upsetting me at this point because I've barely posted any this year, and I like writing reviews. And blog posts in general, the last few months, there hasn't been much of anything going up here. I just haven't been able to think, in any direction for anything. I've also not been reading a lot, which I always kind of hate, reading makes me less stressed/anxious.

And that is why NaNo isn't my favorite time of the year this year - it still is, and I think I'll enjoy it a lot more once we get into it and everyones all about it - but I'm so stressed. And the thing is - I shouldn't be. After doing 50k day one last year, 25k is totally doable. And it's a Sunday, no workers here, no construction. Also  I normally write over 100k in a normal month, not much of it is original fiction but so what, it's still writing. And I enjoy that writing a hell of a lot.

I'm trying to calm myself down, I just think I put too many things on myself all at once. I decided I needed to have things ready/cooked for November and everything cleaned and what not. And I think the reason I don't want to accept that I can do that in a normal month, is because I love how much I end up spending writing in November if I"m doing it the insane way, I just really fucking enjoy it.

I love NaNoWriMo, and I'm hoping that reiterating these points to myself will help me calm down a little. Now - I am going to go and clean so that that isn't also stressing me out come November. And if you're participating in NaNo let me know! And let me know if you're going for 50k or if you're an overachiever, I'm super curious, and also if you know why my heater hates me, also let me know that.

Happy writing!

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

October 2015 | Monthly Wrap Up

October was one of those months that feels like it went by in a blink of the eye, like I got really nothing done, in all honesty (even though I did get a few things read), but the last week was mostly oh god it's NaNoWriMo next month, which wasn't fun and stressful.

That's a different post, though, that I hopefully right we'll see. October was a month where I wanted to read something horror - because Halloween - but I didn't really end up doing that. I'm in the middle of listening to The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft (which I'm enjoying), but haven't been able to finish anything. There's always November when I get sick of typing, or December. Horror because of Christmas, perfect.

Anyway - what I read this month. 4 novels, 7 trades, 10 single issues. I have a feeling I'll be reading a bunch of single issues next month considering I just got my pull list and haven't had a chance to read any of them (whose behind? Pshhh.... I'm always behind for comics, I've accepted this).

The Allow of Law by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
The Martian by Andy Weir (5/5)
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor (5/5)

Trades/Graphic Novels:
Virgil by Steve Orlando, J.D. Faith (5/5)
Locke and Key, Volume One: Welcome To Lovecraft by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (5/5)
Locke and Key, Volume Two: Head Games by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (5/5)
Locke and Key, Volume Three: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (5/5)
Locke and Key, Volume Four: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriquez (5/5)
Locke and Key, Volume 5: Clockworks by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (5/5)
Locke and Key, Volume 6: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (5/5)

Single Issues:
Captain America: White #2 by Jeph Leob, Tim Sale (5/5)
Wolf #3 by Ales Kot, Matt Taylor (3/5)
Black Canary #4 by Brenden Fletcher, Annie Wu (4/5)
The Wicked and the Divine #14 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (5/5)
All New Hawkeye #4 by Jeff Lemire, Ramon Perez (3/5)
Nameless #5 by Grant Morrison Chris Burnham (2/5)
Captain America: White #3 by Jeph Leob, Tim Sale (5/5)
Spider-Gwen #1 by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez (4/5)
The Wicked and the Divine #15 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (4/5)
Invincible Iron Man #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez (3/5)

Ended up being a bit of a Sanderson month, also want to reread his others I've read and get to the others I haven't read yet. (I got to see him, and he signed a few of my books, and it was really freaking awesome!!) And I guess on the horror front, Locke and Key definitely counts, and I love that damn series so much, pretty much what I read during Dewey's this year but no regrets!

There isn't much else to say that I can think of at the moment - Marvel comics are starting again, new Spider-Gwen and Iron Man, both I enjoyed. Also reread The Martian after I saw the movie, want to see the move again! - but if you've read any of these I'd love to talk about them with you, let me know in the comments, or what you're wrap up, what you're currently reading.

Happy (terrifying)  November!