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October/November 2021

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Well, to say things have been busy, would be an understatement, but fortunately (for the most part) October and November have been a lot of fun. I hope you all had a spooky season full of horror movies aplenty, sweet treats, and Halloween fun as well!

Here’s some of the highlights of what my October was like:

Mr. Moth and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary, as well as 6 years of being a couple. ❀ 

I completed about half of the Corpestober art challenge prompts for the month.

At work, I dressed up as Coraline for our fun Halloween festivities. It ended up being cold and rainy the day of the work Halloween party, so I was thankful that part of my costume involved a rain coat. πŸ˜›

Halloween weekend we went to Hell. (Hell, Michigan that is.) We went with Mrs. and Mr. Cupcakes & Machetes and met up with a couple of their friends for a hellishly fun game of putt putt, an amazing lunch, and just some general shenanigans and adventuring around the little town. It was such a good time. The day before that (Devil’s Night) we spent going to multiple cider mills, carving pumpkins, and watching scary movies. It was an absolutely amazing Halloween weekend with absolutely amazing friends. ❀

We also got our booster shots of the vaccine at my work, so that was nice to get that done so easily.

The whole month of October I took a break from writing and just focused on fun stuff, which meant getting to play video games, too. Something I love, but haven’t been able to devote much time to for a while. (Too many dang hobbies!) Mr. Moth got me the game Lost in Random and I absolutely loved it. ❀ 

So far in November my main focus has been NaNoWriMo, aaaand I have a buddy read of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells with C&M for Science Fiction month. I’ll probably be fairly scarce around here the next 3 weeks or so since I’m really trying to reach that 50,000 word count for the NaNoWriMo writing challenge this month. I’m a little behind where I want to be, but still hopeful I can make up for it. πŸ™‚ I won’t beat myself up if I don’t make the 50,000 words I’m aiming for. I have a lot to do in preparation of the holidays, Mr. Moth’s birthday, and plenty other things to keep me busy, and I’ll still be co-hostingΒ Sugar and Scream with C&M so we’ll see what I can do with NaNoWriMo this year.

Did anyone else watch the new Netflix show based off League of Legends called Arcane? Mr. Moth and I watched the first 3 episodes and it’s sooo gooooood! πŸ˜€

Anywho, I’m off to try to slay the NaNoWriMo beast. Hopefully I’ll have something successful to report when I return. Have a great November, everyone! ❀ ❀ ❀ Hoping to return to a somewhat normal blogging schedule in December. πŸ™‚

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18 thoughts on “October/November 2021

  1. Even if you don’t make the NanoWrimo goal, you’ve accomplished SO much on your book this year, you can’t be disappointed. I’m incredibly proud of you.
    October really was a great month outside of work. Halloween was a ghoulish delight. One for the record books.
    I’m planning on packing a lot of reading into our trip up north. (If it happens, my dad had an exposure at work and is waiting on test results.) I’ve barely celebrated Sci-Fi month yet so I’m taking the remaining copies of Saga that I haven’t read and our buddy read with me to make up for it. πŸ™‚

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    1. Aw, this is SUCH a delayed response after my November hiatus, but I’m still so glad your dad dodged that bullet. πŸ™‚
      Also, thanks so much (as always) for the support and encouragement! ❀ You da best! ^_^
      And I agree 100%, Halloween was an absolute delight! ❀

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  2. I was just wondering, why is she doing NaNoWriMo when I know she just finished a whole manuscript?? Then I remembered C&M telling me that you’re doing revisions in November. How exciting! I have second-hand excitement from C&M about your book.

    This year, I am legit excited for all of the holidays (uhh, I don’t include Columbus Day). But yeah, I’m just exciting about everything, don’t even care. I’m already singing Mariah Carey’s song in my head. I haven’t done Christmas or Thanksgiving in two years. I’m here for it.

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    1. Yeah, haha it was really strange approaching NaNoWriMo in the 2nd Draft and revisions stage of writing. And thank you so much for the second-hand excitement! ❀ That really does mean a lot. πŸ™‚
      It ended up being a really productive writing/revising month so I'm really happy with the progress I managed to make throughout November. Now to keep up that momentum! lol
      I totally refuse to include Columbus Day in the holidays, too. Fuck that guy. I hope your holiday season is proving to be a good one so far! πŸ˜€ It's hard to believe Christmas is as close as it is already. Where did this year go??

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  3. Aww congrats on the one year anniversary. It was our ten year anniversary yesterday. Glad you had a fun Halloween weekend. I took the girls trick or treating but unfortunately Australians don’t get into it too much. I watched several horror movies through the whole month of October.

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    1. Thank you so much! ❀ And Happy Anniversary to you and your wife as well! A whole decade, what an exciting milestone! πŸ˜€
      I'm glad you're leading the way for Halloween fun in Australia, even if a lot of the other folks there don't want to get in on the fun. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. πŸ™‚

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  4. I saw you were like 77% there with NaNo! I’m doing it, too, but with a fifth of the word count lol. If I can get 10k words out for this WIP I’ll be happy. I’ve been trying for at least three years.

    That game looks like Coraline and Tim Burton’s love child. I LOVE the aesthetic, and I just added Arcane to my Netflix list. I had a 98% match so I’m surprised they didn’t recommend it. I consistently see League of Legends artwork and I love it, but it’s not a game I’ve ever played.

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    1. Yeah, for sure, 10k is a great amount of progress. πŸ˜€ How did your NaNoWriMo go overall now that it’s finished? πŸ™‚ I kind of fell of the path with my original NaNo goal of going for the big 50,000 goal and veered off into revision mode for the last chunk of the month, but I did manage to add a good amount to my word count and really fleshed out some chapters that were pretty much just skin and bones in the first draft, so I’m happy.
      Yesss, I agree, the aesthetic in Lost in Random is so dark and whimsical. You nailed it. And I bet you would love Arcane, so I’m excited to hear you added it to your list. It’s only 9 episodes, so it’s easy to binge your way through it quickly. Yeah, LoL has such cool artwork. I always enjoy seeing their cinematics, character designs/skins, and music videos and whatnot. I’m not coordinated enough to really dabble in the actual game though. haha It’s much more fun for me to read about the lore and watch the stuff they release about it. πŸ˜› They already have season 2 of Arcane in development so I’m hoping they continue to do more shows and stuff too.

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      1. It went really well! I was hoping I’d get a *little* more than 10k, like make 11k but I did finish out around 10,400 words and I am not disappointed. I had a bit of a dilemma on whether or not I was going to continue or go back and clean some stuff up, and I decided on a bit of the latter. I’m using Scrivener and I now need to make two more character pages since I randomly either created or mentioned/expanded on some lol. I also want to do yet MORE reorganizing because I’m over the top about that, but I feel like it’s okay to take a little break. There are some things I need to figure out, but I’m also super excited for it. My characters (well the ones I’m writing about now) did NOT do exactly what I wanted but you know how characters just go off and do whatever the hell they want and you’re just there taking notes πŸ˜€

        But you made good progress! I honestly think I can only write so much before I just HAVE to revise stuff. I just can’t continue on for too long when things need to be fixed because the updates might have a huge impact later and I just want the foundation laid. I’m such a plotter with writing that when I get a new idea or something comes clear, I have to figure out how to incorporate it.

        You just remined me about Arcane again! It’s on my Netflix list but I’ll still forget about things. I just finished the first season of True Detective, which is apparently the best one. I’m going to give the other two a watch though at some point. I think I’m going to try to watch Arcane next though especially since I see people constantly talking about it.

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      2. Nice! That’s awesome. I’m glad you had such a good NaNoWriMo! πŸ™‚
        Omg That is SO true. We seem to have very similar writing habits. And Scrivener is so useful for keeping everything so organized. I love it. ❀
        And yay, I really can't wait to find out what you think of Arcane when you watch it. πŸ˜€

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      3. I’ve been going back to the foundation and putting more notes on Scrivener. I just HAVE to have a good basis set up before I continue. Even though I know I could fix it later, I just can’t leave things in a rough state for too long. It was difficult enough not rereading what I wrote the day before most of the time like I normally do, but that was taking me too long so I just kind of read the last paragraph and picked up from there.

        You’re a plotter, too! Yeah, I just can’t do the pantser thing like my one close writer friend lol. She does get a LOT of novels written and has a system that works for her. I think it’s the difference between Taurus and Aries energy :p

        I saw the first episode and really enjoyed it! Definitely continuing.

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