It’s been a busy month. Geez, I seem to be saying that a lot lately.

Let’s see, in the last month I have managed to start playing around with rewriting a story I have kept in my drawer for the past eight months or so, traveled to New York with grandparents on my mother’s side, signed up for a foreign language class at the local community collage, avoided cleaning my room, and panicked about how close Camp NaNoWriMo is (four days away- FOUR). And let’s not forget the procrastinating… a lot of procrastinating.

You caught my mention of Camp NaNoWriMo, yes? I, awkward NaNoWriMo-obsessed aspiring writer-person, am doing it again. This time, I actually want to have a slight outline before the beginning of the month. Although, my version of an outline is essentially a bunch of sentences about general scenes toward the beginning of the book, a few threads of thought to run through the entire book, and a bit of a plot; plus the names of main characters if I am lucky. And boy are the names difficult this time.

All right, enough complaining on my end! (You can probably expect another post about Camp NaNoWriMo in the future…)

Among the rest of the stuff this month, I have been organizing the back end of this blog. *slips behind magic curtain

The reason is that I still don’t feel like I know exactly what this blog is for. I do not expect to know everything, especially the details, but I do think that I need to contemplate how I can make it easier for me to post more consistently. Thankfully, I have come up with a few ideas!

So, hopefully I will be around more often! Not much will change on the public end, but I am going to start planning ahead as much as I can. Of course, I suspect that I will still disappear every once in awhile, but that will hopefully be less common.

And now… BOOKS!

I have a gigantic reading list right now (as I always do), and I ended up bringing a few books home with me. By the way, if you live in NY or are traveling to NY, go to The Strand bookstore, it is astounding! (Think floor to ceiling bookshelves, three floors, and so many books you barely know where to turn.)

So, what did I bring home?

Three awesome books:

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Le Miserables by Victor Hugo (it was on sale for an immense discount so I wouldn’t have been able to resist even if I tried)– I’m barely at the end of the first chapter, but I am already enjoying it.

The Gollum and the Jinni by Helene Wecker– I’ve only read the first few pages and am looking forward to seeing where it will go.

And Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom– and Revenge by Edward Kritzler– I read this book a few years ago and loved it. Hopefully it was be just as good the next few times (and I think I can use it as a writing resource as well)!

All right, that just about covers my absence.

Until next time!