Welcome to the latest edition of Time Flies! It’s my version of a monthly update, where I recap the past month’s accomplishments and articles, share news and random things from my offline life, and hint at what may be coming in the month ahead.
Huh? What do you mean, tomorrow’s the first day of December?! I’m not ready to think about 2016 yet!!
It’s insane how quickly this year has sped by. November in itself was a blur. I was hoping things would quiet down after a nutty October. Nope. Life offline turned into another kind of crazy altogether. So I’ve craved more time than usual to relax and meditate, and I know I’ll still need it now that the holiday season is underway.
Btw, I hope all my fellow Americans (and anyone else who celebrates the holiday) had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’d traveled out to state to spend it with relatives, hence my absence from the blog and social media for the past few days.
Let me give you a chance to catch up on the past month’s posts now:
This Month’s Posts
- The Cotopaxi Challenge: Eleven Favorite Adventure Stories (+ Lessons From Each)
- #1000Speak: We Are All Paris, Because We Are All Human
- Beautiful People, Vol. 9: Rebelling Thanks to Remi (Who, Oddly Enough, Isn’t a Rebel…)
- Stacking The Shelves, Vol. 20: Cheers for Bookmail!
- The “Behind The Scenes” Writing Tag
- The Character Evolution Files, No. 4: The Journey Through the Character Arc, Stage 2 – The Comfort Zone (Act I)
- Recent Reads: October 2015
- Winners of the Thank-You Giveaways
Interviews, Guest Blogs, and Columns
- “A Case Study on Art as a Literary Theme” (DIY MFA)
- “Tea Time at Reverie: Golden Tips Tea’s Assam Enigma Black Tea” (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
- “Tea Time at Reverie: Teasenz’s Ali Shan Milky Oolong Tea” (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
Site Updates & News
NEW! November’s Gems from the Blogosphere
I’m adding a new section to share some of my favorite blog posts I’ve read at other sites this month. Most of these are writing-centric (I can’t help myself *blushes*), but you’ll a few other goodies mixed in as well.
- “18 Habits of Highly Creative People” by Carolyn Gregoire (Huffington Post)
- “Becoming Your POV Character” by Marcy Kennedy (Writers In The Storm)
- “The Griffin: Call It A Chimera Comeback” by Codey Amprim (Mythic Scribes)
- “How Can Characters Be Powerful If They’re Not Real?” by Victoria Grace Howell (Stori Tori’s Blog)
- “The Lure of Magical Worlds” by Carol D. Gray (Dead Darlings)
- “On First Drafts and Overwriting With Purpose” by Sarah Kettles (The Great Noveling Adventure)
- “Simple 30 Minute Yoga Routine for Writers (No Flexibility Required!)” by Kaitlin Hillerich (Ink & Quills)
- “Ten Tips for Tired Writers” by Bess Cozby (DIY MFA)
- “Using Grammar to Strengthen Our Voice” by Julie Glover (guest post at Jami Gold’s blog)
- “Why We Should Write What Scares Us” by Heather Webb (Writer Unboxed)
What made November so insane? Work slowed down at the beginning of the month, then ramped back up again a week or two later. I also started Christmas shopping to have some gifts ready for Thanksgiving (since I won’t see those relatives next month). Finally, my parents are leaping for their pre-retirement dream of living on Cape Cod earlier than expected, and should close on their house during the first week of January. It’s not all negative craziness, of course. I couldn’t be more happy for my parents! But at the same time, it’s no wonder I constantly feel like my head is spinning.
The craziness hasn’t deterred me from starting archery lessons, though. I decided a couple months ago to try out archery as part of (belated) hands-on research for my novel. It’s a beginners class with seven other students, and it’s been fun so far! I never realized how much coordination archery requires. Posture, leg and feet positions, finger placement on the string, hand placement on the bow – I find I’m concentrating so hard on getting everything that I’m usually the last student to empty my quiver. XD And my aim is terrible, like with any sport I’ve ever tried, but that’s OK. I’m there to learn and to get a better understanding of the (crazy) things I’m making my protagonist do.
Of course, when I ready my bow and arrow in class, I sort of can’t help but imagine I’m this guy you might recognize…
Or this girl you may have heard of. 😉
Draft #2 of The Keeper’s Curse is still creeping along. As of yesterday, I’m on Page 243 of 397 (about 61% through). In the meantime, my mood about the revisions has swung back and forth. Sometimes I’m thrilled with how things are going. Other times (especially lately), I want to rip my hair out. The only way to move past the less-than-satisfying days is… well, to keep moving forward. I tend to keep my expectations for December progress low because of the holidays, so we’ll see where I am at year’s end. But man, I’m SO looking forward to my vacation time after Christmas. It will be a welcome time to focus on revisions, helping my parents pack, and some sorely needed relaxation.
I didn’t see any new movies this month. However, my (early) Christmas present to myself has arrived! 😀 After my (maddening) disappointment with the theatrical cut for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, I refused to settle to anything less than the Extended Edition Hobbit Trilogy. Now I can see that last film (and the previous two) with ALL the scenes I’ve been waiting to see. (*coughThorin’sfuneralcough*)
Oh, and I already bought my tickets to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens!! Anyone else going to see it?
Song of the Month: “Save The World” by Leah
Remember this lady from Time Flies back in September? I finally got hold of Leah’s latest album Kings & Queens; and even though I still prefer Of Earth & Angels, I’m enjoying this new one a lot! It’s heavier and more symphonic and experimental than Leah’s earlier work, with flavors of world music and a softer, Enya-like approach to her vocals. It was tough to pick one track to highlight, since several have been stuck in my head lately… But I think I’ll go with “Save The World,” since it’s one of the more accessible (“metal-newbie-friendly”) songs. If you want to check out other tracks, I also recommend “Arcadia,” “Alpha Et Omega,” “There Is No Farewell,” and “Palace of Dreams.”
How Quickly Does Time Fly?
Since I’ll most likely be busy on New Year’s Eve, I’ll post the next Time Flies on Wednesday, December 30th. Until then, have a safe and happy holiday season!