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Monthly Recap – October 2018

On the last Saturday of October just a few days before Halloween, Matt and I finally got around to decorating our pumpkin. We bought it the last weekend of September. But, weeks and weekends get full, especially as the holidays approach. “We are creators,” I told Matt. “It doesn’t matter what form it takes.”

Hope everyone had a safe and spooky fun Halloween!

Now, October has been a busy month, planning and preparing – for me it’s been all about planning for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

If you’re not familiar, NaNoWriMo is an annual event, in which writers are challenged to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. So, in theory, September and October are about planning, outlining, and preparing. I was a little late to the party and missed September, but as you’ll note from my first post of October, it’s been on my mind this month.

Along with being prepared comes the need sometimes to have a backup plan for when you hit your writing block wall. So, we got a little creative with the next post and offered suggestions on how to get your creative juices flowing.

Mid-month we took a break from writing about writing and I reposted an article Rachel and I wrote together about the benefits of virtual intergenerational teams.

And before we knew it, it was time for our Book Review Week! We started off with Sax Rohmer’s The Dream Detective. Then, followed up fictional sleuthing adventures with a nonfiction history of forensic science in Cause of Death by Frank Smyth. If you’re a fan of police procedurals, thrillers, and courtroom dramas, this book is an eye-opener.

Next, we dived into term papers, dissertations, and theses with Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers.

By mid-week, Jacqueline Rose had kicked off our guest reviews with her review of Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. Followed by  Arpan Sinha’s review of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi, a haunting tale of one man’s struggle to face imminent death as a neurosurgeon diagnosed with lung cancer.

And as our book review week came to a close, we rounded it out with two adventure thriller stories. The first, the final book in a series, revealed The Bloodline of an ancient prophecy in Tom Hunter’s book of the same name. The second was Rachel Barber’s guest review of The Guardian by Dee Henderson, which follows Marcus O’Malley and his family in a fast-paced investigative thriller.

It’s been a busy month and about to get busier. I hope you find something useful or interesting in these posts and if there’s something you’d like me to cover let me know in the comments. Thanks to a reader who wrote in last week, we’ll be covering Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing next week.

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© Lisa Street Rogers 2018