So… It’s December. I know we all like to yell “what the hell happened?” at the beginning of each new month, but I haven’t done a life/blog/reading recap in a while and thought it was long overdue. December crept up on me, mostly because the weather in November was gorgeous and made me feel like it was still October, only the days are getting shorter.
A life update: we moved. We’re now renting this great apartment on the other side of the city (I lived in our previous neighborhood for 21 years so it’s strange … I don’t even know what routes the buses take!) and we love it so much. It’s just high enough that we have a wonderful view over Ljubljana and our windows look both to East and West, so my Instagram has been spammed with photos of pretty skies lately. I also cut my hair again so this is probably the shortest it’s been since I was 15. I like it a lot.
A kiddo update: he’s doing great. He talks a lot and it’s a bit like learning a new language, trying to understand him and his one-syllable conversations. He’s started using two-syllable words now (like bah-nee is a banana) and things are getting easier. He runs around a lot, too, is fascinated by every nook and cranny and likes wearing boxes on his head, pretending they’re his helmet. He has 16 little teeth and a gap between his first two, so his smile is seriously adorable. We’re having a great time.
Ljubljana has gone into full holiday mode – I don’t think they’ve ever put up this many decorations.
A writing update: some of you may know this already, but others don’t, so: I won NaNoWriMo this year. I gave it a try, deciding to finally start writing that story of mine that’s been rolling around my head for a while and now I’m more than halfway through and really happy with it. It’s a contemporary romance (*blush*) and I like the couple very much.
A reading update: due to my writing sessions (seriously, 50k is a lot of words), I read a bit less in November, but I read the first two books in the Fever series, which seems perfect for a book binge, I’m at Volume 3 of Saga, which is effing fantastic (I have to get 4 and 5 soon!) and I read and reviewed Lady Thief and Nice Dragons Finish Last – this one is funny and cool, well worth a read.
A blogging update: you’ll have noticed that posts are a bit less frequent now. I’m trying to answer all your amazing comments in a timely fashion and now that I’m slightly more organized, things might get more active around here, but I feel comfortable knowing I’m posting less content and making it count instead of trying desperately to fill some self-assigned quota and making a rush job out of it.
That said, the most popular posts of last month were The Bastard Read-along, wherein DJ and I invite you to join us for a read-along of Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora and sequels, and Second Chances, a discussion on whether you read books by authors whose work you didn’t enjoy. I cordially invite you to check them out if you haven’t already! :)
- Jolien wonders if we’re missing out on amazing books.
- Beth made a fictional bucket list and I’m planning on recreating one for myself.
- Some myths about romance novels. Especially pertinent since, you know, I’m writing one.
- Why it’s okay to be average.
So, not a lot, but then I’ve tried to stay away from the internet as much as possible… :)
How are YOU? What’s life been like on your end?
Have you read any good books recently? Have you started your Christmas shopping already? (hint: I haven’t)
I’d love to hear from you! :)