Tuesday, November 01, 2016

NaNoWriMo and Current Book Obsessions

MiniBeast Emoji ;P
Happy belated Halloween!

Yesterday was such a great day. Hubz was off work, so I was able to spend the day with him. Then, after Mini got home from school, we went to Mom and Dad's house for Halloween dinner. It was hotdogs and chili night, and Mom had a ton of candy out for the kids. (Confession: I'm still gorging myself on Tootsie Rolls. I can't resist!) After dinner, we took Mini to the firestation to trick-or-treat...and go through the Haunted House. Great times!

For the past month, I've been absent a lot from social media. Instead, I've been workshopping, reading, and studying rather intensively. It hasn't always been fun, but I feel it's been time well spent. My current plan is to use NaNoWriMo to test out some of the new tips and tricks I learned throughout October. We'll see how it goes.

Speaking of which, I signed up for NaNoWriMo, but I'm not totally committed to it like I was over the course of Camp NaNo a few months back. November tends to be a very busy month for me, and I've determined this year not to make myself crazy around the holidays.

Other news-ish things going on... I got the rights back on one of my old titles I thought I'd never have access to again. That's pretty exciting. I had a cover made for it, and I'll be re-releasing in January 2017 on Smashwords. I've also been cleaning up Chasing Moonlight for rerelease. I've made a pass through it already, and so far it looks pretty good. I'm thinking after one more round it should be ready to upload. At any rate, it won't take much longer for that one.

Now for my current book obsessions... Witches. Ever since I watched The Witch, I've been seeking witch-based books to read. To be honest, I'm more interested in reading the non-romancy type, but I've also been looking for the kind that are super creepy with a lot of plot and maybe with some romantic elements (but not a straight up witch-based romance).

Dark, creepy thriller-ish "romance" horror and erotica is also on my reading list right now. I read YOU by Carline Kepnes and loved it. I finished that one and wondered, Why aren't there more books available that read like that?! I hear there's a second book in that vein, also written by Kepnes, but I haven't picked it up yet. It's next up on my purchase list. Also, the Capture Me series by Anna Zaires is on my next-up list. I've heard a lot of hype about that set, and I'm itching to get my hands on it.

Lastly, non-fiction is very high on my list right now. I've been reading a ton of non-fiction lately on various topics: Bob Dylan, art-deco architecture, the Franco-Prussian War, and ghost hunting, for example. However, my current obsession is primarily focused on finding and reading books about the revision process. With the popularity and availability of how-to write guides out there now, one would think good books covering revision would be easier to find. Hm. Maybe it's just me, but there seem to be a lot fewer books devoted to the topic.

That's all for now. MiniBeast just came in from the school bus, and he's wanting a snack, so... Mom reporting for duty. (Ramen noodles or ham sandwich, Beastie. What'll it be?) ^_^  That said, I hope you all had a lovely Halloween. Until next time, happy wishes! ♦