this & that


A quick review of It’s Okay Not To Be Okay: This book is beautifully written and brought me to tears more than once. I didn’t find much to be of practical help to me, but I think other people might. The author took stories from the Bible and wove them into the points she made, which was really interesting. (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and you can purchase it on Amazon here.)


The Reams of Rereads challenge is over and I didn’t even notice for so long. 😦  NaNoWriMo is keeping me crazy busy and Mom was away when the challenge was ending, so yeah.  I didn’t hit everything on my list, but I did manage to read Mockingjay, Eve’s Daughters, and half of Ender’s Game along with the other books I’d already mentioned rereading.  Thanks so much to everyone that participated!


Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I wrote 25,000 words in the first four days.  Wut.  It was crazy and my right hand started aching (it’s okay now).  I’m not entirely happy with how my writing project is going, but it’s still good.  And then I got sick today, which meant I ‘only’ wrote 1,200 words.  I’m just glad I got a huge chunk in before sickness struck.  I’m planning to get up early for the virtual write-in tomorrow and I’m also probably going to attend a late night write-in on the 11th (Edmontonwrimos are great).  This is the first time I’ve ever been super active in the NaNoWriMo community and trying to participate in ALL THE THINGS.  It’s been loads of fun.

My seven-year-old brother, Ethan, is aiming for 3,000 words this month and he’s done AMAZING so far.  And I’m not just saying that.


So many blog events coming up!  Blog tour for Allison Tebo’s A Royal Masquerade, a Claude Rains blogathon, and a Robots in Film blogathon.  I’m going to be sooooo busy. (Well, Robots in Film isn’t until January.  So that’s something of a relief.)


All you lovely people who commented on my ranking of the Pevensies…I WILL get back to you as soon as I have the time.  I’ve just been very, very busy and Uninspired To Answer Comments. 😛


Movies I’ve watched recently:

-‘The Eagle’ (crush on Jamie Bell is real; seemed like they were trying to copy the fabulousness of ‘Gladiator’ and even though they didn’t, it was still an excellent film)

-‘Defiance’ (ditto about Jamie Bell and also I loooooved Daniel Craig in this one)

-‘Nicholas Nickleby’ (sensing a theme here? the naked baby at the beginning was Shocking, btw)

-‘Breathe’ (I kinda sorta watched this and was Unimpressed by the ending)

-‘Star Trek’ (2009 version and it was great; totally cried when Leonard Nimoy did the whole “Space…the final frontier…” at the end)

-‘Adventures of Robin Hood (this was for the Claude Rains blogathon and I have a lot to say

-modern ‘3:10 to Yuma’ (meh)

There’ve been some more, but those were most of the highlights.


What’ve you all been up to?  TELL ME EVERYTHING.


5 thoughts on “this & that

  1. 25,000 words in 4 days? Awesome. Welcome to the world of overachievers (I won on day 7, and I hope to get to 200,000 again this year.) As fun as it is to write more than 50,000 if you can though, I’d recommend you stay away from the millionaire club threads. They’re the people who are trying to write 1,000,000 in one month. it’s mind boggling even thinking about that.

    At least for me, the most awesome part of NaNoWriMo is my local region’s annual overnight write-in. You get a lot of progress done until about 2 or 3 a.m., and then everyone starts getting delirious. Last year, one guy ended up writing almost 15,000 at that one write-in alone. And no, that wasn’t me.


    1. I won on day 8! There’s still plenty of novel left to be written. I’m thinking it’ll end up 75K to 80K.

      I couldn’t imagine writing over 30K words a day to hit a million. My wordiest day was 12K and it almost broke my brain.

      I’m attending a late night write-in tomorrow night! It won’t be all night (only going until 1PM) but I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t think I’ll write 15,000 words though. 🙂


      1. My wordiest day was 20,300 words or so, and I stayed up after midnight to write the first 8,000 words on November 1st that year. That was also a book I had been slowly planning for 4 years. I don’t see myself beating that any time soon. My brain was so tired by the end of that day that I couldn’t even talk properly anymore. That’s the year I won on day 4, and hit 100,000 on day 8.
        I have no idea how some people manage writing 50,000 in one day, and when people do, I can’t help but think they’re not writing real words.


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