Reading Life:

Total Books Read This Month: 6

Best Books Read This Month: Less was incredible, and just finished and enjoyed The Gilded Wolves (due to be released next year)

Creepiest Book This MonthAffinity by Sarah Waters creeped me out, and then just like a typical Waters, flipped a switch in the last act. I had sipped the book a bit at a time, but she made me finish the last fifty pages in one sitting.

Big Reading Mood This Month: 

Looking Forward to: Finishing Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator  with the kindergartner. We’ve been reading a chapter most nights. It’s not by any stretch my favorite Roald Dahl, but I don’t remember having ever read it before, so that’s kind of fun. I’m also excited to finally read How to Stop Time and Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, both of which I’ve had on my end table for a few weeks.

Writing Life:

Lots of thinking about writing and not much action this month. I’ve been doing more volunteer work and my job has been challenging. I’ve got a few ideas percolating for the next big project, including one that came to me yesterday morning after the baby decided to stay up for an hour after his 4AM feeding. Need to outline something and jump in. Won’t do NaNo officially like I did last year, but I’d like to write a little each day this month. I missed it this month– and my family knows when I haven’t been writing because I get crabby with them. Best for all of us if I get back to the routine!

Good news about a short story I have played around with for a few years, that will finally find a good home with Literary Mama. More news on that as it gets polished up. Also, published my first piece with Little Old Lady Comedy.

Finally, this month brought an opportunity to  speak at a Story Collider Show. The producers and editors were fabulous to work with in the weeks leading up to the event. It made me realize how much I love live storytelling. It mixes my favorite things about theater with my favorite things about writing. I’ll share this one if it makes it “on the pod,” as they say.

Rachel (Mark Looney)
Photo from the Story Collider event (courtesy of Mark Looney)

Life, Etc:

Halloween was a blast tonight. Kids got a huge haul (most of the plunder will come with me to work). My littlest got to stay up the whole time and enjoyed seeing all of the activity.

Election next week, though it seems like this season has been going on approximately a decade. If you’re a legal voter in the US, please vote.