Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday Maunder: October 14, 2013


It has been another great week of reading, with the help of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, of course!  I was able to finish Doctor Sleep by Stephen King as well as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  I am currently in the middle of The Ultimate Top Secret Guide To Taking Over the World by Kenn Nesbitt with my kids, Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go by Annie Barrows with my daughter, and Fables #10:  The Good Prince by Bill Willingham.  I am also at the very end of my audio, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

I anticipate reading a good chunk more of Fables since I cleaned out the library of all the series they had that I have yet to read.  I am not sure which book will be up next for my audio pick, but I've got a lot of great options.

How was your reading this week?  Any recommendations on some must-listen audiobooks?


The big news on the blogging front this week is more Doctor Sleep for the #sleepalong!!  Thankfully, Charleen and I collaborated on this section before we finished the book over the weekend.  I cannot wait to chat on the wrap-up post for the book next week.  I think King's endings tend to be on the weaker side (when compared to his other talents like character development), but this one nailed it!

I also am working to get some discussion posts up (with a fun one coming tomorrow) and get caught up on my reviews in the next few days.  This will be a priority so I can focus on my other writing (see below).

What is on your blogging agenda this week?


Writing took a backseat this last week due to me still feeling a little under the weather, but I hope to make up for it and then some this week!  Over the weekend, I attended a couple of writing workshops:  one on using fact in fiction and the other on setting the location of your novel.  I am still processing some of the information presented and items discussed, and I hope to bring them to you in separate posts in the weeks to come.  It really gave me some ideas to ponder.

Also, I have decided to dive in to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) next month!  I am already beginning to feel overwhelmed at what I am getting myself into, but the time is right and I tend to work better when I just dive right in.  However, this will be my first time writing a novel.  I have written essays, poetry, short stories ... none that I would claim to be outstanding.  I have never attempted a novel.  I do have a number of ideas though, so I am not going into this with a completely blank slate.  But, I am turning to you for advice.   Where do I even begin?  What should I be doing in these weeks prior to the start of the event?  Please share your thoughts, words, and wisdom with me!!

What are your recommendations for NaNoWriMo participants?


The most exciting thing that happened this last week was the purchase of Halloween costumes!  I always enjoy watching my kids' trying to decide which costume will be "the one."  This year, the boy had a difficult time choosing between General Zod and Yoda.  He choose the latter.  The girl had a much longer list, from southern belle to mermaid to fairy princess and a butterfly.  After much debate, going back and forth between her options many times, she decided to go with the butterfly.  As soon as we got home, the outfits were out and they were perfectly adorable!  For now, they hang waiting to be used, but they will soon be coming off their hangars in preparation for the spooktacular events coming our way.  I can't wait!!

What is your most memorable costume that you or your children have ever worn for Halloween?

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