October 2017 Wrap Up


I got my reading done for October! Plus more, which was great. I’m a little ahead of the game for November. But the biggest news is that I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge! I’ve read 52 books and I’ll certainly be reading more.

My Reading List has also been updated for October and September. I realized I never updated it for September even though I said I did… oops.


Well. There’s this.

I said I was going to outline my NaNoWriMo novel, The Librarian. I did not. I tried, but I think I’m just going to wing this one and outline it as I go along. I’m excited for the novel itself, but my heart wasn’t into the outline. So, I’ll be freewriting, which will be a refreshing change of pace.

I didn’t go through my mystery novel or my picture books either. I didn’t do much “writing” this month, apparently…

What I did do was make a plan for my novels and created deadlines! Yes, I know I’ve done this before, some I’ve stuck with, some I haven’t. If you head over to the My Books page, you’ll see what I have planned. 2018 is going to be a busy writing year for me and it’s all going to start in November.

There will be more information on all this in January though.


This is what took up my October. With NaNo around the corner (I’m not sure if I’m ready), big plans for my novels, as well as trying to revamp this whole blog, I’ve been super busy. I’m trying to get everything done on the blog by the end of the year so next year I can focus mainly on my writing.

This month I got through all my November and December posts that I could write in advance. The wrap-ups, blog round-ups, my NaNo updates, etc. are, of course, not done. Still, I got a lot accomplished! Now I can focus on re-doing the blog.


October was a great month. I didn’t get what I said I would, but I still accomplished a lot. I’m looking forward to the future.

Posts to Remember

1. Get To Know Your Characters [NaNoWriMo Prep]
2. October/November 2017 Writing Contests
3. 5 Ways To Prep For NaNoWriMo Without Worrying About Your Novel [NaNoWriMo Prep]

How did October treat you? Let me know in the comments below!

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12 thoughts on “October 2017 Wrap Up

  1. Congratulations on completing your Goodreads reading challenge for this year ahead of time. I’m still behind on mine, and seriously doubting I’ll make it this year. It’s possible, but unlikely.

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo next month.

    October was another busy month for me where I made enough good progress with things that I’m pleased with how the month went, but there were plenty of things I wanted to do that I just didn’t have time to fit in. I’m not complaining though, since – as I said – I am pleased with the things I did achieve during October.

    Happy Halloween!

    • Thanks. There’s still two months though, plenty of time.

      I’m glad you got some things accomplished in October, even if it’s not what you planned. The same thing happened to me (as it usually does). You’re being productive either way.

      Happy Halloween to you too!

  2. Well done for achieving so much! Writing a novel is hard work in itself, without keeping a blog and reading lots too, although all of this will help you in becoming a more polished writer. You are doing what most people find hard; actually putting pen to paper! I am enjoying writing my blog, reading lots, and keeping well! Take care x

    • Thanks! It’s just something you have to keep working towards. You can only get better each and every day. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. In October, here’s where I stand: I lack only two books to read in my “Color Coded Challenge” which has been loads of fun, and it doesn’t have to be finished until the deadline of Dec. 31st. I deliberately chose many books on my TBR closet shelves and did not hesitate to choose lengthy books, a couple over seven hundred pages. For the color red I chose my former student’s/”grandson’s” dissertation which sounds intimidating, but it is actually very readable. I closed down my on-line book club and have joined a second book club to keep me challenged. I will attend my first meeting (The club has been “in business” for many years, and I have known many of the women from church functions, teaching organizations, and AAUW.) the second week in November. I started the selected book, The Boston Girl, yesterday and am enjoying it so much I am sure to finish it way before the meeting (maybe this weekend). I am making plans to change my teaching assignment(s) at the end of this semester, and I have begun to do a couple of guest lectures and am planning to get into the world of poetry theory/writing. I would like to do a workshop for a writer’s group if I can find one that would like a free instructor. I have been staying busy and enjoying it all immensely!

  4. Congrats on finishing your Goodreads challenge! I’m so far ahead, I have no real intentions of reading this month. That said, I was stupid and went on Netgalley and got a bunch of graphic novels which I only have so many days to read.

  5. Congrats! on finishing the Goodreads Reading Challenge, Rachel. 52 books OMG! too good Rachel. How did you manage with all this? Very good! 🙂

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