Let’s take a little trip back in time to when it was actually November. November has two big things going for it:
- Thanksgiving month! My favorite holiday with my favorite holiday traditions.
- NaNoWriMo! I didn’t finish this year, but I’ve got a new character whom I love.
The weather could have been cooler. We had way too many days that made it up to 80 for my taste, but so far, Icetember is making up for it.
Here’s what I was into in November:
My NaNo piece this year started to be YA fiction about a group of five friends (because nobody has done that before /sarcasm). I am a proud pantser, but having nothing other than names and costuming in mind before starting is not much to work with. So about ten days in, I decided to start over with stories about Uncle Wallace the Christmas Mouse.
Uncle Wallace is this fellow:
He lives under my Christmas tree. He holds a bell in one hand, and a random basket of apples in the other.
I want to believe that there is a deep, meaningful reason for the person who created this masterpiece of holiday decoration to put a basket of apples into his hand. Clearly, Uncle Wallace has stories to tell. He’s just letting me write them down.
So I didn’t make it to 50,000 words, but Uncle Wallace does have a Facebook page. So there’s that.
I also wrote a couple of blog posts of which I am proud. I linked up with Sarah Bessey in celebration of the Jesus Feminist launch with this post, and I wrote Going Home as part of Tara Owens’s synchroblog on Coming Home.
I finally made it through The Unbearable Lightness of Being. There were many lines in the book that I liked. Unfortunately, there were several pages to wade through between each of those lines. I’m happy I read it. I’m happier that I’m through reading it.
My book club read Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy. The book was fine, but I don’t like his writing style. I would read some of it out loud and imagine it in his voice, and that made it a little better. I would watch it as a documentary. I also read Dad is Fat and imagined it in Jim Gaffigan’s voice, but that just made it funnier.
I jumped on the Divergent bandwagon, and I am hooked. I finished book one, and I’ll be buying the other two (or, let’s face it – all three – I can’t have an incomplete trilogy on the shelf) to read over holiday break, because the wait at the library is looooong, and I am impatient.
My favorite book of the month was Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber. I tried to find my favorite quote, but I’d just end up quoting half the book. I have narrowed it down that much. This book made me snort-laugh and ugly-cry, sometimes in the same sentence. That’s pretty much what I look for in any book I read about God.
I’ve been into Burn Notice this month. His accents are sometimes good, but usually terrible. Just awful. But he’s so adorable (and sure, also badass) that I just don’t care.
I haven’t watched much else, unless you count the ridiculous number of hours I spent watching made-for-TV Christmas movies with Mom and the Psych marathon of Christmas episodes over Thanksgiving.
November was a weird soundtrack of industrial music (…I don’t know), Memphis Blues (I blame Uncle Wallace), and classical music (because that’s what I listen to when I write).
November means homemade candy. It’s my favorite holiday tradition. Every year, on Black Friday, we do not shop. We put up Christmas decorations and make candy to share with friends and take to parties. This year, we made five different candies - Martha Washingtons (coconut and pecan nougat, covered in chocolate – my favorite), Texas Millionaires (caramel and pecan nougat, covered in chocolate), peanut butter bon bons (peanut butter nougat – you guessed it – covered in chocolate), dark chocolate fudge with peanut butter, and buttermilk pecan pralines. Can you tell my parents have pecan trees?
My dad made my favorite meal this month. He made enchiladas with flour tortillas (instead of the traditional corn), and he made them special for me by substituting goat cheese for the cheese he normally uses. I am not ashamed to admit that I ate five in one setting. I also do not recommend doing that.
What were you into in November? Need recommendations for your holiday break? I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer – go over and see what everyone else has to say!