01 November 2013

Farewell, October

I've been pretty quiet this past month, and that's because October has been jam-packed. So of course I've thought up some great ideas for my novel, since I haven't had time to work on it.

People who follow me on social media will point out that I've been spending a lot of time reading books.

This is not my fault. This is my friend David's fault. At his advice, I started reading the Dresden Files sometime in February. But my local library at the time didn't have the entire collection. (Not that they were checked out: they were missing books in a series.) When I moved to Indy and David was geographically close (Indy) he began lending me Dresden books. The other week, he gave me the last six all at once. Because he doesn't want me to sleep or eat, I assume. So obviously I've been compulsively binging on Dresden Files. I have no self-control when it comes to stories I'm caught up in. However, I'm now on book 15 and realized there was not enough book left to solve all the problems. This is the point when I realized that I once again allowed myself to become hooked on an incomplete series, a thing that I have been actively trying to avoid for some years now. Hell's Bells.

I've also been spending some time doing things that make me feel like I'm putting some roots out. This involves a lot of saying Yes to things when I would really rather stay home with a hot mug of spiced cider and a book. Therefore, I spent two nights this past month volunteering at Conner Prairie's Headless Horseman event. Due to getting sick the weekend I was planning on going on the hayride, I didn't personally get to see the Headless Horseman himself (this was a childhood favorite of mine), but I did get to see the hot air balloon lit up at night.

I also got an amazing caramel apple. So there's that.

I've been getting my patootie handed to me with freelance work. SUBMISSIONS, you guys! They are the WORST. I had to follow up on one last month and they were all "Oh, we didn't get your submission." Never mind that I had an email confirming they'd received my submission. I'm still working on submitting my essays/articles from my thesis. I know it's good work. This whole submissions process is a lot more difficult and frustrating than I'd expected. I guess this is the business side of art. (I am NOT a fan.)

Luckily, I have projects to work on that I am both excited about and good at.

But I'm looking forward to finishing some of them up so I can get back to writing a bit, myself.

NaNoWriMo is not happening for me this year. Deciding that was very liberating. I may go to some local writeins for the company and to meet other local writers, but deciding to spend my November wrapping some projects up and researching some others is probably the best decision I've made of late.

Good luck to you NaNo nutcases. I'll pass you some coffee or tea and send you hugs. If you email me a mailing address (callie@callieleuck.com), I'll send you a pick-me-up about midways through the month. I love all you novel-ing psychos!

I leave you with the following two items from Halloween at Casa Callie.