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October Wrap-up

Hey guys,

So we have finally come to the end of October, and I am not going to lie; it has been a terrible month. This is going to be a quick wrap-up because I haven’t really done anything this month. I have read no books, I have only done a small amount of actual writing (a few flash fiction pieces and worked on the outline for NaNoWriMo). Other than that I have been AWOL.

The reason for this is a severe one, my Nan has been moved to end of life care and I have taken up the responsibility of staying with her on a night to watch over her. I have done this alongside working more than a full time job and keeping the house from looking like a bomb site. I have not been sleeping, as you can imagine; which means that I have spent the last month in a trance like state where I just need to keep going.

Exhausted in an understatement.

I have considered dropping out of NaNoWriMo again this year, as they have predicted that my Nan will pass in the middle of November, and I don’t know whether I will be able to keep writing. However I have decided that I have to at least try. I have resided myself to at least starting the project and even if I don’t get all 50K written in the month I want to get as much as I can do.

November plans!

My November plans are simple; firstly I want to catch up with my Goodreads goal. I am currently sat at 88 books and although my original goal was 75 books for the year, I upped this to 100 and still want to reach it. This means that I have 12 books left to read before January 1st, 6 per month.

Although I have not set any plans or hard TBRs for November, there are a few books on the radar; Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, and Fireblood by Elly Blake. Whether I get through these or 6 trashy romance novels, I want to work on my reading again this month as I really should abandon the things that actually help me distress, because I have been stressed.

Writing wise, NaNoWriMo. I am still aiming for the 50K but if I don’t reach that, I am honestly okay with it. I just want to work on my writing and commit to something. It’s going to be a long, hard month, and hopefully being able to escape into my own world for a little bit at a time will help me get through it.

Just as a note, if I miss an update throughout the month, it is not because I have forgotten about you, it’s because life is getting too hard and this will drop down the priorities list. I am trying to get as much done ahead of time as possible, but things like updates are impossible to do ahead of time.

I know this is a quick wrap-up compared to normal, but as you can imagine, this has not been the best month and next month is going to be worse. I am trying guys!

Thanks for dropping by!

Helen x


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