So November has come and gone and there wasn’t progress on either one of the manuscripts.
WAIT! Before you pass too much judgment, let me explain.
I seriously contemplated doing NaNoWriMo, but I knew that with Mom’s surgery, I was just going to be too pre-occupied to do it RIGHT!
What about before her surgery you say?
Well, I did get some writing done. The month did not go “without words being scrawled upon a page in bursts of creativity.” In the first two weeks before the surgery I was able to get a few chapters done on Chloe’s Ghost and even came to terms with the new path that the story had decided to go. There is no longer that fork in the road, but instead there lays a hallway in a hospital that is in desperate need of the darkness being banished.
Plus, the time I was at my Mom’s house I was also able to mentally move Megan along in her story line. (The Five Angels Trilogy) I know what is going to happen to Megan to break this funk she is in. I have always known where the story is going and I have the rough outline of what is going to happen to her and her family in this “epic” ending to the story, but she was moping around the Castle and just being a poop. She wouldn’t move. She was just acting like a baby sulking around. Well I’ll fix that! Insert Cinder Fairy Night Riders!!!
Long story short, I am glad I didn’t do NaNoWriMo last month. It actually gave me the freedom to explore things mentally before coming to a decision. Plus, I’m still really, REALLY tired from being at Mom’s. I know it’s just the let down of all the “stress” (though it didn’t feel like stress at the time). Mom is doing great and I look forward to getting back to a regular writing schedule. Though to be fair I do have Christmas now barreling down on me, and I’m quickly running out of time to make these Christmas presents.
I was able to read a few books last month though. Yes, I’m always reading something, but considering the length of one of them, I was happy I was able to get so much reading in.
The first was The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.
Ok well I re-read it ok. I have lost count how many times I’ve re-read this series. I love The Throne of Glass series and these are the short stories of Celena’s time before she was sent to Endovier and was still with Arobynn Hamel. If you want to know about her relationship with Sam, these are the ones to read. Trust me, after you’ve read this you will want to go back and read the books again just to see how much more you pick up on.
The second book was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
I really enjoyed it, though I’m not sure I will read the complete series. When reading the synopsis of the following books, it does not appear the story stays with Clare and Jamie, and that is really the story I’m interested in. I may break down and read Dragonfly in Amber (which I already have downloaded).
The third, I’m still reading is Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers. It’s the 3rd book in the “His Fair Assassin” series.
I LOVED the first two books, Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, which concentrated on Isme and Sybella’s stories (respectively). I have re-read them a few times. This one is much different, and doesn’t have a strong romance component to it, but is more story driven. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, it’s just different. Mortal Heart is Annith’s story, and I am enjoying seeing a different side to her. Where the other two books are romance / love driven with respects to a man, Annith’s love seems to be more “family” bound, which is a refreshing, yet … different take. I’m only about half way through, but I can’t wait to see what happens toward the end.
How was your writing month? What are you reading now?