Welcome to my October Updates post!
I love the way the leaves change colour this time of year. I think it’s been a pretty productive month, despite the week I had a cold and did little but read and watch Netflix.
My goals for October were:
Finish researching critical commentary.
Read life writing examples.
Learn how to write autobiographical fiction.
Write two short stories.
Outline Merlin: Second Chance up to chapter 16.
Draw one picture.
Read one book.
So, how did I do?
I finished researching critical commentary. It’ll be a challenge to be conscious of what I’m writing and why during the drafting process, but the quotes and footnotes from other sources will be the hardest part as the recommended reading doesn’t appeal to me. Writing autobiographical fiction is similar to fiction writing so I didn’t need to do much research for that!
As for reading examples of life writing? I’m struggling. A lot of it is depressing childhood horror stories. I’d rather read (and write) happy stories. My goal for November is to submit to the first university workshop and continue to read autobiographical fiction.
I didn’t finish Gotham. I’m rarely satisfied with endings, and if I love characters I don’t want the story to end, so I keep putting it off. I binged half of Gilmore Girls instead, to see if the end of A Year in the Life makes sense the second time around. I’m not sure yet, but I love Jess, hate Christopher, and ship Lorelai and Luke so hard!
I also started watching Titans again. I gave up halfway through episode one before, but my partner wanted to watch it and it’s better than I remember. The only thing I don’t like is Robin hating on Batman, but my Batman is Bruce in Gotham and he’s cool! TV goals? Watch whatever I want until I start university, then cut back.
Merlin chewed through an internet cable. He’s not hurt as it wasn’t a live wire, but my partner was less than amused: Every PC is wireless, except his! Merlin’s also eating less wet food since he was neutered, which is odd, and he sleeps in my office most afternoons, moving only to steal my chair when I get up for tea! He’s more affectionate lately too, which is nice 🙂
I collected a beautiful red leaf from outside (I love autumn leaves) and Merlin was fascinated. He stole it, ran off with it, and when I tried to get it back he growled and swiped at me. I couldn’t get it back, and he decided to eat it. Oh well!
I wrote one short story, Broken Promise, about kidnapping, magic, and the consequences of breaking a promise. The second story I intended to post remains half finished because of a nasty cold. I’m back at university soon, so I’ll aim for one short story in November.
I outlined all of Merlin: Second Chance, discovered the Save the Cat method, and started over: I’ve now outlined up to chapter 10. I’m itching to start writing, but the last time I started with half an outline I got stuck. On good days I love my project, on bad days I think it sucks. I think we all have days like that though! I hope to finish my outline by the end of November.
I sketched two small pictures, but I’m not happy with how they turned out and I didn’t finish a complete picture like I wanted to. I don’t seem to have the patience or ability to focus like I used to. In November I’m going to sketch and plan a DnD character, as we’re (hopefully) starting a group. The only issue is there are so many classes it’s impossible to pick one!
I’ve been reviewing free books from Hidden Gems. I’m hoping to get Kindle Unlimited for Christmas, so I can make a dent in my actual TBR list, but until then ARC and review copies it is! In October I finished Heroes of Englandom, which I enjoyed a lot, read The Phantom Heist, which had wonderful world building, and DNF’d one of the life writing books I started.
I aim to read two books in November: University reading counts, so it’ll be one fiction and one non fiction. I’ll also write a review post for a few books in mid November 🙂
Other Random Stuff:
I’m still trying to set realistic goals and had to fight not to join Nanowrimo.
I realised men’s jeans are thicker and warmer, so I’ll be wearing them all winter!
My cucumber plants didn’t make it, but my potatoes were awesome.
I’ve been eating badly and not exercising, but it was my birthday in October.
I wrote a blog post about writing prompts because I adore them.
I’m still not completely over my cold, probably due to the poor diet and lack of exercise!
Thanks for reading!
All in all, not a bad month. I’m not looking forward to university starting in November: Some of the reading looks very dry and academic, and I’ll have less time to plan my WIP and learn new things. I’ve been so productive this past couple of months and I don’t want that to end!
What are your November goals? Any book or TV recommendations? Are you doing Nanowrimo? How was your October? Chat in the comments!