Happy Sunday evening, Saloners! I spent half of yesterday and this morning participating in this fall’s Read-a-thon, which I’m happy to say was very much a success for me. I finished 5 full books and a sixth I was already reading, for a total of 1597 pages read in 11 hours and 24 minutes (approximately). I stopped at 11:30 this morning, mainly because I’d finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower and it was good, so I decided I’d best let it settle in my head and go about the ordinary course of my day. I was already pleased that I’d surpassed my goals and I decided that seven outstanding reviews was plenty to weigh me down. It was fun, and while I really participated very little in the blogging side of things – I definitely felt more like reading than doing mini challenges, especially as it seemed a lot of the prizes were US-only – but it worked really well for me anyway.
In other news, I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year for the second time (the first was in 2009 and I did succeed), but since I haven’t written much besides this blog and stuff for work, I thought I’d best get warmed up this week. I also changed my mind and decided to do a “practice” book, saving the good ideas for just afterwards, next month. It’s been too long since I wrote fiction and while I know editing is possible, I think I just want to make sure I’m as in the writing groove as possible before I give it an official, real try.
With this in mind, I discovered a site called 750words.com. Basically, it encourages you to write 750 words every day, as a good starting point for clearing your mind and getting used to writing again. I think it’s a version of morning writing, but it’s private and stores all of your musings on the website. Probably not the place I’ll write my novel, but excellent for a brain-dump before anything else happens. I did my first 750 words today and it was fantastic, so I’ll be continuing with that until Nov 1st and, hopefully, afterwards too.
As a result of all this writing activity, I’m expecting to read a lot less. I stopped accepting review copies temporarily, and I’m going to focus this week on catching up with my reviews and possibly scheduling in some fun posts to fill in the gaps while I’m busy writing – more photos and definitely a trip recap of my latest holiday to Rome.
Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know so I can follow your progress!