October Wrap-Up

October Wrap Up

Reading:

I did not read nearly as much as I thought I would. I did read three out of the five books I meant to read. I read a different book since the author contacted me and one book I didn’t get to read because I was sick the entire first week of the month.

So I’m hoping next month I’ll get to those books because I am looking forward to reading them. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.

To see what I’ve read this month, feel free to check out my Reading List. It’s updated except for this Saturday’s review because… well, it’s not Saturday yet and has not been posted.

Writing:

I edited George Florence for my writer’s group and that went well. Now I need to take another look at it and edit the next part.

I did not write one Short Story Sunday a day. I missed a whole week because I was sick so I decided to do it in December instead.

I started an outline for next month’s NaNoWriMo project, but then came up with a different idea. I outlined the first chapter of that one and haven’t touched it since. I’m itching to write it and I know if I “outline” I’ll just tell the story instead of outlining it.

Blogging:

Due to work, babysitting, and other life events, I haven’t been keeping up well with writing certain blog posts in advance. This takes writing time away and with NaNo next month, I don’t want to be spending a huge chunk of my morning trying to write the blog post of that day.

I changed my routine around and I’ll now be focused on working on my blog two days a week instead of one. I’m not sure how I’ll fit that in with NaNo, but I’m sure it’ll work just fine the other months.

I’ve also been brainstorming new ideas and features for my blog starting in 2016. I hope you guys look forward to that.

Overall:

I didn’t hit every goal, but October was a good month.

While I didn’t get much done in the writing department, I’m just going to use the excuse that I need to relax my fingers until NaNo starts.

How was your October?

October Goals

October 2015 Goals

Reading:

I plan on reading at least five books.

1. My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten
2. George by Alex Gino
3. Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt
4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
5. Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum

Of course these books are subject to change depending on what I feel like reading at the current moment.

Writing:

1. Continue editing George Florence for my writers group.
2. Write one short story a day — I’m running out of Short Story Sundays.
3. Outline/start to hand-write To The Fullest for NaNoWriMo — I can’t believe NaNo starts one month from today!
4. Submit to any contests or magazines that I come across.

Blogging:

Keep doing what I’m doing.

If you have any suggestions for topics or writing prompts for me to do for Short Story Sunday or Inspiration Station or any random day, feel free to let me know in the comments or Contact Me. I’m always looking for new ideas and I would love to hear about what you guys want to read about. Thanks!

Happy October, everyone!

September/October Writing Contests

September October Contests

Here is a reminder for contests in September. Below are contests due in October.

Good luck!

September 2015:

Type: Popular Fiction
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: Early bird–September 15, 2015; Final deadline–October 15, 2015
Entry Fee: Early bird–$20; Final deadline–$25

Type: “Family Matters”
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: Standard fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $0

Type: Essay
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $10

October 2015:

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: The Joy of Less
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: October 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Alzheimer’s and Dementias Family Caregiving
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: October 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: October 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

*Please note that any contests are subject to change their deadlines or fees at any time. Please check their websites often to make sure I’m not giving you the wrong information. Remember, a lot can change in one month. Thank you!*

Updates

I think it’s about time I’ve gotten myself into a routine, don’t you think? I haven’t been about to blog in a while. I haven’t even had a chance to really write anything in a while. Between school and work, life has been pretty hectic. So here are a few updates about my life. I think if I write them down it’ll help me sort everything out so I can get myself back on track.

Work:
While it’s nice that I’m just a teacher’s aide, it still saps up a lot of time and energy. I only have to be at work when the kids are there (which means I only work from 8 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon). I don’t have to do any prepping outside of work and I’m not obligated to go to any staff meetings (I still go, but it’s nice to have the choice). Once 2:30 hits, I’m done. But… I’m in the second lowest class. My kids are still learning how to talk (yes, they’re three- and four-years-old). It takes up a lot of energy and by the time I get home, I’m exhausted. I don’t want to write, I don’t want to do homework, I just want to watch mindless TV or sleep.

School:
I think I could discuss this forever. I think the topic of my school should be its own blog post, but I’ll spare you the boring details. I’m taking five online classes all of which give me a lot of homework. Well… it’s actually not bad and the assignments are “easy”, but a good amount of the them are very time consuming. I have to sit down and split my assignments into five days so I can finish my homework by Friday (even though they’re all due Sunday) so I can have the weekend to myself and also not feel like the homework is never-ending. My psych class virtually gives me no work, which is kind of nice. My Authors class (Tolkien and Rowling) gives me a ton. Most of it is reading, but if you’ve ever read The Lord of the Rings, you know how heavy that book is. Add Harry Potter and other online reading to that plus written assignments and you’ve got a pretty good idea of all the work I have to do for that class. My Place class is a normal amount of work, but I have no motivation to do it. My Spanish class is a decent amount of work. However it’s an accelerated class. So that ends the beginning of November instead of the middle of December like my other classes. This week is Week Five out of 14 and I was bummed. Then I realized for Spanish, I’m already halfway done because that class is only ten weeks long. So school should calm down in a little bit at least. I got a new professor for my Fiction class because my other professor had surgery. The professor is the guy who I had last semester for my Creative Writing class. He’s great, so I’m happy with the change. My homework level might dwindle down with him being in charge, which is a plus.

Sunday School:
Sunday school started up again with me as the director of the program and also one of the teachers. We’ve had two classes so far and I still need to write my lesson plans. So, that’s how that’s going. I’ve been more focused on my homework, so I haven’t really had time to work on Sunday school, but it’s definitely on my to-do list.

Babysitting:
I’m babysitting twice a week immediately after work. Two hours on Monday and three and a half hours on Thursday. Thursday I’m basically in the car the entire time, so that’s wonderful. I try to bring some homework with me to do while the kids do their own homework, but I don’t really get that much done. Then I go home around dinner time and crash.

Blogging:
I’ve started putting together a schedule for myself to make sure I keep up with this blog. I was doing pretty well until school and work started… I have a few ideas and changes for Spilled Ink, but that won’t be coming until 2015. Until then, here’s to trying to post a few times a week!

Writing:
Remember I had that schedule for myself? It was for editing Detective Florence, the first novel and the second one? Then outline the third one and write that for November’s NaNoWriMo? Well, let’s just say I haven’t gotten very far with that at all due to homework. I tried waking up early to write/edit for an hour each day, but I became too exhausted to keep that up. So I need to figure something else out. I’ve slowly been trying to figure out a schedule for myself, so there will be more on that later. (In other words… stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.)

So there you have it. This has been my life lately and I didn’t even include the fact that my house looks like it exploded because we’re painting four rooms and also the last minute things I have to do for my sister’s wedding, which is about three weeks away. Fun stuff going on over here! So, I’m in the middle of trying to figure out a new routine for myself; especially since October is creeping fast and I need to figure out what I’m doing for NaNoWriMo. This will be interesting.