Current Distractions, October 2011 Edition

So I survived the illness and the mysterious allergic reaction that resulted in a full-body rash, and the various drugs that various doctors gave me to deal with all of it. But that actually took most of this month, and I've only really gotten back to normal over the last week or so. I've concluded that my number one issue healthwise was that I wasn't getting enough sleep. So my new bedtime is 9 p.m., with very few exceptions outside of the weekends. Which, yeah, sucks.

Other than sickness, the backlog of reviews that I'm supposed to be writing for books that I finished a long time ago, and guilt about overdue library books, my number one distraction this month has been NaNoWriMo.


NaNoWriMo stands for "National Novel Writing Month," and you may recall me writing about it last year.  Last year I attempted to write my own Harlequin romance novel, and wrote about it, and failed oh so miserably, although I did manage to hit the 50 000 word goal due to a clever framing device.

This year, I have no idea what I'm going to write about.  Usually October is a rush of ideas for me, but I've been completely uninspired lately.  So November 1st should be a very interesting day, and I'll be sure to keep you all posted while I'm procrastinating or puzzling things out.

And instead of brainstorming, I've basically been writing extremely long, overly detailed responses to people's engineering-related questions in the Reference Desk forum.


I won't be able to read Kim until after November, thanks to NaNoWriMo, but I will have at least one other review ready to post sometime in the very near future. I also attempted to make a sidebar with the "random" books on it, but I was only partially successful. I'm going to try my best to get it working soon, so maybe by the time you read this, it will be. (I'm trying to cobble it together out of the code for the other sidebar, haha.)

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