Unblogging: I’ve made the decision not to blog. That’s kind of funny considering here I am, posting something to my, um, blog, but I’ve been battling with the to-blog or not-to-blog decision for years. I WANT to blog, but it never happens. I can’t consistently do it even once a week. So instead, I’m posting long monthly updates. If you want shorter, more real-time conversation, you can check out my Facebook Page. Despite FB’s annoying lack-of-reach algorithm thingy, I like the platform. I love interacting with readers over there, and it’s easy and fun. So stop by and say hi. And if you want to make sure you see my updates, you can always click “get notifications” on my page to make sure I show up in your news feed.

Writing the Words: Writing wise, October was a good month. I concentrated on the as yet untitled second book in the anomaly series (due out July 2016), and I solidified my habit of waking up an hour before the four-year-olds. This is my most creative time. I can get more done in this hour (I extended it to an hour an a half starting yesterday; thank you time change) than I can in the entire rest of the day, and this habit is paying off. I began the month with 12,400 words and ended it with 22,400 words. Considering I missed a lot of days due to EEGs, blood tests, a funeral, and other doctors’ appointments, that’s not too shabby. Also, we moved at the beginning of the month, and I started taking Keppra, an anti-seizure medication that is totally kicking my ass. Seriously, it’s the worst stuff ever. I’m tired, apathetic, and cranky all the time. Me hates it!

But the better news is that I think I have the book plotted out. I don’t usually do much plotting before I write, but smart writers say that knowing what you’re going to write before you write it is the key to writing faster and better, so I’m doing my best to follow that advice. I spent October jumping around from scene to scene, writing very quickly what happens. I’m not paying attention to descriptions or details; I’m just getting the meat of the story down. I finally reached a point where I feel like I have all the big moments on the page, so last week, I started over from the beginning, ironing out the wrinkles in the plot and prose. This resulted in me deleting a lot of extraneous words, so that 10k I wrote this month was actually a lot more than that.

Anyway, progress is being made, and I’m extremely happy with how this book is turning out. It’s fun! Ash isn’t trapped in a cell, so she’s able to be herself a lot more than she was in the first book. Plus, Ash has more people to interact with! I’m loving the Minister Prime (very stiff, no nonsense woman), a crypty (aka: hacker) who will get her own book, Ash’s new teammates, and of course, Rip Rykus. We get to learn a lot more about him. And a lot more about Ash, too, actually. This book is pretty much awesome. (Today it’s awesome. Tomorrow it’s likely to be the worst book ever.)

I’m a biker. Not. Contrary to popular belief, you can forget how to ride a bike. Since I may or may not have had a seizure back on August 31st when I broke my face, I’ve been banned from driving for three months. Fortunately, our new house is close to paved trails that lead to a couple of shopping centers. I can get to a Target, Kohls, Sprouts, Chik-fil-A (that one’s important!), and Walmart in 20 minutes or less. I can even bike to the gym and library if I’m so inclined. Problem is, I’m a terrible bike rider! Seriously, if they handed out licenses for bike riding, I wouldn’t get one. I’m wobbly. And weak! And ZOMG, my legs were killing me today. It’s so sad.

I’ve never been able to do that stand-up-and-pedal thing, and I’m certain if I let go of one handle to signal a turn, I’ll crash.

Honestly, crashing is pretty much inevitable. It’s going to happen. The question is how many people will see me embarrass myself. This is an especially relevant question considering that I’m feeling pretty geeky riding around in my pink helmet wearing my little black backpack (anyone else burst out into the Stroke 9 song just then?). But I was able to put a good amount of groceries in my bag last week, though, so… win?