October Happened – From Hiatus to November Plans

Apparently, I took an unofficial hiatus through most of October, but the good news, there’s only 61 days till January 1st! 61 days left to write, read, finish up a semester, and hopefully, keep up with the blog.

october

Midterms, and Homecoming should not be in the same week. But they are, so I didn’t breathe for a week. But, happily, I don’t have too many upcoming tests. And I managed to do well in both French and Science, and aced my journalism tests.

French is a constant struggle. About the time I think I understand the language, another grammar curve ball.

And science, science is meh. Very meh. But today, I learned about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and it actually made sense?! (Maybe I didn’t understand it completely, or it was just very nicely simplified?)

Also, I learned how to make a homemade Chai Latte. Both iced and cold! I love chai.

october reading

Guys, I set a record for how few books I can read in a month. School was a priority.

A Tale of Two Cities

You could say I really loved this classic 🙂

First, I read  A Tale of Two Cities. Which I loved, I even wrote a review of it before I even finished. Wow! Be sure and check it out, if you haven’t already.

And I read a short, nice biography of William Carey. I planned on reading more, but school.

I was a bit more successful with my writing. I edited close to 24k, about 5 chapters into my book. Paying for an editor each week is some motivation.

But I am taking a break on editing services for November. 🙁

I want to write and polish up the story, but I also want to really focus on keeping up my French grade. (Currently 3 points from a B…)

So, we’ll see how much writing happens.

I wrote three blog posts. Just three.

  • A post on WIPjoy, which I didn’t keep up very well. I do have several blog drafts, that I never published.
  • My thoughts on balancing college while living as a bookworm.
  • Finally, A Tale of Two Cities book review.

Other October News

I’m trying out Spotify. Not sure what I think, yet. And I’ve watched one episode of Stranger Things.

I ran a 5k! That was intense but super fun. Now, if only I would keep running. But I’ve actually only run twice since the 5k. Boo.

Maybe watching this elephant run will make me want to run? Idk. Probably 

November Writing Goals

I think I’m the only writing blogger I know who’s not participating in Nanowrimo. But, it’s just impossible right now. Eeek. I feel terrible, but Nano will have to wait another year.

  • Edit up to 50k
  • Blog at least 3 Book Reviews
  • Plan out December Blog posts

On the other hand, I am committed to reading more. I have several ARCS I plan on reading, and other classics. But the ARCS are on top, because I’m way behind reading them. (Opps)

Books I’m Reading in November

  • Oliver Twist – I just started this yesterday, and I’m already intrigued.
  • The Storm before The Storm – This was just published! History + Rome + Good Storytelling = Happiness

    So excited to read this!

  • And the aforementioned ARCS. That evens out to about a book a week. #icandoit

November is also class registration month! I’m pretty excited for the upcoming semester. Here’s to hoping I can book all my needed classes & a History or Political Science elective.

November Living Goals

  • Exercise, probably running

I’m ok with running, in theory, until cold weather hits. Then I just want to bury myself with Chai Tea and forgo the outdoors. I’ve really been struggling running since mid-October. But today’s a new month, so…

  • Eat fairly healthy

Thanksgiving’s coming. I’m stocking up on fruit and veggies.

  • Also, hold off on Christmas

I’m not against Christmas music in November. But I don’t like it. And I’m going to try and hold off till after Thanksgiving to play my Christmas playlist.

  • Decide between Spotify and iTunes.

I think they’re going to round out to the same price. Spotify includes Hulu, but I’m not a big Hulu fan. I also like the Spotify Discover weekly playlist, but I’ve already spent time and energy creating my lists and life on iTunes.

And it’s finally cold! Yeah for scarves weather! And boots!!! And Thanksgiving is just a few days away!!!

Also, for your pleasure, here’s a great quote about November from LM Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. She’s the best at description. 

November–with uncanny witchery in its changed trees. With murky red sunsets flaming in smoky crimson behind the westering hills.

With dear days when the austere woods were beautiful and gracious in a dignified serenity of folded hands and closed eyes
–days full of a fine, pale sunshine that sifted through the late, leafless gold of the juniper-trees and glimmered among the grey beeches, lighting up evergreen banks of moss and washing the colonnades of the pines.

Days with a high-sprung sky of flawless turquoise.
Days when an exquisite melancholy seemed to hang over the landscape and dream about the lake.

But days, too, of the wild blackness of great autumn storms, followed by dank, wet, streaming nights when there was witch-laughter in the pines and fitful moans among the mainland trees.”

let's chat

How was your October? Do you love the cold? Are you one of the lucky few who’ve had snow? 
Are you doing Nanowrimo? Have you done it before?

What are you planning on reading this November? Do you get behind on reading or reviewing ARCs?

Have you watched Stranger Things? Do you like Spotify or iTunes? And what about Hulu?

A Redheaded Texas Gal. I love the woods and thrive where there’s green grass and room to grow. I dream of living in a used book store and wearing period costumes to work everyday. In the meantime, I’m studying Journalism and Political Science, and trying to follow Jesus wherever He leads.

  • Jennifer Garey

    I hope you do well this semester! I know it can be tough juggling so many things. I started my NaNo project and I’m really getting into it. Now hopefully I can keep it up for the rest of the month!

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      Good luck with your Nano project! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!