November in Retrospect

Wow, November over already. Or close enough to be over, anyway, that I feel comfortable doing a recap of the month. It still seems like October only started a short time ago, but here we are, with only a hair over a month left in 2013. The days are getting colder, shorter, and much more anxious as the holidays creep closer and holy crap, how am I going to afford gifts for people?

(Kidding. I have a fairly short list of people to buy for. The advantages of not knowing many people!)

So, let’s take a look at what got accomplished here this past month.


Allegiant, by Veronica Roth (4/5 cups)
The Nightmare Affair, by Mindee Arnett (3/5 cups)
Delia’s Shadow, by Jaime Lee Moyer (3/5 cups)
Heartwood, by Freya Robertson (2/5 cups)
Cracked, by Eliza Crewe (4/5 cups)
The Best of All Possible Worlds, by Karen Lord (3/5 cups)

I also wrote about it how the ending of Allegiant was a good thing, because it broke apart our expectations and prevented complacent reading. I talked about how I nearly always switch projects in the middle of NaNoWriMo, and my “secret” for staying so far ahead of the game when it comes to wordcount. And something that had been growing in my mind for a while, I wrote about the difference between the authors who always write a good novel but never a great one, versus the author whose writing can really blow you away but doesn’t write as much or as consistently, while comparing them to types of meals.

And there are still 2 days left to get in on my celebratory 666th post contest! Open internationally to anyone with an email address, so don’t miss out on your chance!

So, 6 books reviewed and 7 read over the course of this month, plus more article writing than I managed last month. Plus NaNo, which I shall be making my final post about tomorrow. Not as much as I’d hoped in some areas, but I think I’ve got a valid excuse, don’t you?


Expect to see me with 2 reviews over at SF Signal, because Freda Warrington’s stuff is awesome and it was thanks to SF Signal that I really got to appreciate that. I’m hoping to catch up on my review backlog a little more, too, and get out at least 8 reviews. You can also expect some year-end posts to go up as the month progresses, talking about my “best of” lists for 2013.

You can probably expect me to be complaining on Twitter about how damn cold it’s getting. On one hand, it’s getting damn cold. On the other hand, it’s Canada, so what else can I expect?

How were your Novembers? Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? Did you make the wordcount goal for the month? let me know in the comments, and feel free to link to any month-end posts of your own!

One comment on “November in Retrospect

  1. My November was productive in a blogging sense. A post a day was very successful. Eating through my book reading and reviewing backlog was less successful. But reviews coming soon.

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