Hello!  I’ve stayed away from personal posts, but I’ve been quiet lately and I know it will be a while before I post again.  In September, I changed jobs and cities, so there was a period of goodbyes, moving, adjusting, and not reading.  Thanks to a long train ride, I did finish Red Riding Hood, but I had trouble deciding what to read next.

My priorities have been stretched with the new job, and I’ve focused my reading time on stuff for work, which are the plays we’re doing and the plays we might do.  Originally, I intended to treat the plays as any other book and I even started a post, but it never went anywhere.  Plays just read differently than novels, and even though I’m comfortable reading them, I can’t get lost in their world the same way.  Some people, usually directors, can imagine the full potential of the text as they read, but I tend to look at plays on a more practical level — scene shifts, quick changes, and other shenanigans.  Also, I evaluate plays less on the words and more on the overall production experience.  Yes, certain plays are inherently fabulous or dreadful, but some of my best shows have been my least favorite stories (and vice versa).  Besides, I’m not sure what state of publication these are in and I want to be respectful of the work in progress.

All that to say, yes, I am still reading new stuff; no, I am not going to talk about it here.

And now my excuse for why you may not hear from me in the near future.  Several years ago, a friend told me about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which is a program that challenges people to write 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November.  I always thought it was a good idea, but didn’t participate until last year.  I had a blast, locking up the inner critic and typing like the wind, knowing that people all over the world were doing the same.  No way I’m missing out this year!  I approached last NaNo with virtually no direction or preparation, and it worked, but not well.  This year, I’ve been doing the research, planning ahead, and have a bigger goal than winning — I aim to finish.  Oh, I hit 50K all right, last November, but I didn’t finish the story until February (after about 2 months of doing nothing at all).  Not for me, not this year.

So for the next month, my energies will go toward that project.  I do plan to return with more bookish posts in December and carry on from there.  Yall, I love this blog.  I love the reading of new adventures and thinking about them in great detail.  However, I tend to ponder for a long time, which slows things down, and I do become distracted easily.  For those of you who have stuck with me, thank you, and I promise there will be more.  For those of you who think NaNoWriMo sounds intriguing, I encourage you to check it out.  As they say, it’s thirty wonderful days and nights of literary abandon!

I’ll be back as soon as I can — for now, all the best.

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