October went by faster than September. And what’s with all this Christmas stuff now?!? I mean, one day there’s half-price candy corn, and the next, there’s a mechanical Santa yelling “HO HO HO MERRY CHRISTMAS” at you when you walk into the store. (Doctor Who has forever scarred me in regards to mechanical Santas…thank you, Russell T. Davies…)
I’m in the thick of making Christmas gifts, though, so I suppose I shouldn’t complain too much.
And yay, I finally got my reading mojo back! I’d been in a serious reading slump since Jase was born–I honestly think I went two whole months without picking up a book! (I can’t remember another time in my life that I’ve been that long without reading.) And I read in snatches here and there after that, but I never really got back into it until September, when I renewed my subscription to Audible. (Because I decided I just didn’t have enough time to actually sit and read.) WELL. Apparently that did the trick, because I’ve now plowed through several audiobooks and e-books, and I even finished The Legend of Sam Miracle! (Not because of any problem with the book, oh no. N. D. Wilson delivered, as always.)
A short sampling of books I’ve finished in the past couple of months:
The Legend of Sam Miracle by N. D. Wilson. (YES this book was fabulous. Time travel plus Old West plus a villain with a bunch of creepy pocketwatches. Fabulous.)
The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron. (I see a trend in the titles here. This was actually a series, and I got them all on audiobook, and oh my yes. They had some problems, and the first book especially suffered from a bit of wooden dialog, and YES there are stereotypical characters like the huge-stoic-bruiser-fighter, and the cheeky-flippant-thief, and the over-zealous-good-girl, and the dark-mysterious-girl-who-might-kill-us-all-because-of-creepy-powers. But heists! And thievery! And cheekiness! And illogical-yet-fantastic fights! They actually remind me of the Ryria books by Michael J. Sullivan, and I have to admit…there’s nothing I ADORE listening to on audiobook than these kinds of series.)
Crucible Steele and Steele-Faced by Alex P. Berg. (Psych meets The Dresden Files if Dresden was an out of shape murder cop and Shawn was a woman. Weird description, yes, but it fits. These books are weird and quirky and wonderful and I unashamedly love them. I love a good urban fantasy/detective story, and these are a fun twist–set in a sort-of-modern fantasy city with all your typical fantasy races. Definitely worth checking out. I flew through these two books in three days.)
OKAY. Now, writing. The reason you guys all look at this blog anyway.
Misfits, the MG fantasy novel: still on hold. Hoping to finish it this month. (I know, I say this every month, but I continue to hold out hope!)
Slag, the Underworld Mythos novella: SO CLOSE I CAN TASTE VICTORY. Seriously, I have, like, just a couple of chapters to edit and tweak to fit the current draft, and I should be done! Do I still hold hope that I can publish this by the end of the year? Ehhh…sort of? But not really?