Saturday, November 29, 2014

Page-Turners

The holidays are coming. We've had Halloween and Thanksgiving, and now it's almost December... Time for carols and eggnog and decorating houses and traveling to visit family.

In those travels, you--like me--might find yourself sitting for a long period of time, whether that's in a plane, train, or automobile. As I've found out recently, in this situation, it's good to have a book that you can't put down. If you put it down, you end up staring out the window and doing a lot of nothing. If you've got a page-turner, the hours until your fabulous holiday vacation fly by.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I'm Thankful For...

It's almost Thanksgiving. And you know what that means...

Pumpkin pie. I'm so thankful for pumpkin pie.

In all honesty though, I am very, very thankful for books. I mentioned last week that when I'm stressed, I go straight to books. I don't know what I'd do if that wasn't an option. There's just something about taking a break from whatever else might be going on in your life and reading.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Bit of Light Reading

Okay, I know. It's November. Where has the year gone?

If you're in school, you're probably in the midst of projects and papers and tests and are finals really in a month?? If you're an adult, you've probably got Thanksgiving plans to make and leaves to rake and, um, SNOW TO SHOVEL. Plus other adult stuff, like voting and taxes and etc.

Whatever it is that's stressing you out--and don't deny it, I know you're stressed--reading will help. Whenever I'm super stressed, I do what is probably the worst thing for me to do: I ignore my obligations and I escape into a favorite book. Here are a few of the books I like to escape with.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Book Sales

Yesterday I went to a book sale. I had to ask myself why I keep going to these, since it's not like I need any more books, and it's not like I don't have other ways to spend my money... but I figured out why (other than the fact that while I don't need more books, I certainly want more). I love book sales because it's all about the hunt. You go in, not knowing what you're going to find, but you know you need to find it. And when you do, you grab it off the shelf and pump your fist in the air in triumph (well, not really, unless you want people to give you weird looks).

So here's what you do, if you're going to go to a book sale (your mileage may vary, depending on where you are/whose book sale it is).

Saturday, November 1, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014

November is NaNoWriMo--National Novel Writing Month. It's a month where aspiring--and even already successful--authors attempt to write a novel in a month. The goal is 50,000 words, at a rate of almost 1,700 words per day.

I've participated in NaNoWriMo only once, so far. Of course, I'd like to do it every year, but November is such a busy month! I don't have time.

That's what I said last year. And the year before. But I've realized that if you really love doing something, you should make time for it. So I'm going to attempt NaNoWriMo again. I probably won't write daily, but I'll try to make up the losses on the weekends. Because I only decided this today (November 1), I'm already behind. I have no plans for my story. I have no character names picked out. I don't even know if we have coffee in the house.