You may have noticed that I haven’t posted here this month. Okay, not at all. The reason? A little thing called NaNoWriMo. I made the foolish choice to write 50,000 words this month, despite various other looming deadlines, and so most of my free time has involved writing.

It is actually going pretty well. I outlined about 2/3rds of my plot ahead of time, and reached the end of my outline a week or so ago. At that point I started to get stuck and panic, but I took a day off from writing and outlined the rest, and now I’m back on track. The result at the end of the month is still going to be a mess not fit for human consumption, but this year I think it’s good enough to be worth editing and polishing until I’m happy with it. I’m looking forward to being able to stop dumping words on the page and start fixing the thing up.

I’m also looking forward to having a little more time to post reviews here. I have a bunch of things to review, including:

  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
  • Ender’s Game (the movie)
  • The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
  • Shift by Hugh Howey

And probably some other things I have forgotten. Unfortunately, December tends to be a crazy month for me and this year is no different. There’s a conference coming up, plus ChemCam team meetings, plus holidays. So I’ll be traveling for basically the whole month. BUT, stay tuned! I have lots to post about here once I have time!