What I Read in December

I didn’t know what to expect this month. NaNoWriMo took a lot of out me. It does every year. Sometimes that means I don’t have the energy to engage with words at all and sometimes I just don’t have the energy to write. This year reading was fine. I wanted to finish reading some books and I did!

My goal for the year was to read 24 books. I ended up reading 30. I think for 2022 I will aim for 30 again and see if I can surpass it.

Books I finished reading in December:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Year of the Griffin – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

Books I’m currently reading:

  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Heaven Official’s Blessing (Volume 1) – Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

What books did you read in December? Did you reach your reading goals for the year and are you aiming higher in 2022?

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you are able to make some good memories today.

We had a small Christmas celebration at home this morning. We made hot chocolate. My boyfriend opened his gift from his family and we opened our cat’s gifts from Santa. Then we spent about half an hour watching her antics with her new toys.

Later today we’re having a small Christmas with my mom and sister. It’s been a really hectic month but now every single on of us has recovered from being sick so we’re going to get together and have a chill meal and gift exchange. It’s been a while since my mom’s job made it possible for us to celebrate together on Christmas Day so I glad we don’t have to postpone due to illness.

Unexpected Writing Break

I ended up not writing at all this week.

Monday evening we got confirmation that my boyfriend had Covid. By then I was feeling pretty crappy as well. I was my sickest on Tuesday. Since then it has been a gradual return to normal.

My brain felt melty. Writing wasn’t going to happen.

Even writing this is an ordeal. I’m not going to try to write more and conserve the little writing energy I have for Inbetween.

Let’s look at some of my NaNoWriMo charts

I love all the graphs and charts NaNoWriMo gives us to track our month of writing so I thought I’d share some of mine with you.

 

I won NaNoWriMo this year which felt pretty great after not getting anywhere close last year. However, as soon as I realized I’d hit that 50k goal I lost all my momentum. As soon as I finished that thought, I was done for the night.

I was really, really consistent for the first few days of the month. I shocked myself with my consistency. I don’t think I’ve ever pulled that off before and I’ve done NaNoWriMo every year since 2006.

I had a couple rough patches though the month but I was lucky enough to find the time and energy to make up for the days I could barely write.

This chart makes it really clear which days were my bad days. Some of these days I could barely stand looking at screens because I had a migraine. I was unlucky enough to have two migraines during November. Two of my bad writing days were because I was lucky enough to spend time with friends so at least those days weren’t bad overall.

Here’s a different view of the same stats. Things were really up and down in the middle of the month!

This statistic is pretty accurate, but I’d probably say I write the most between 9PM and 12AM. However, I wrote a lot more during the day this year than I had in the past. I tended to update the NaNoWriMo site around 11PM each night and then scramble to write enough to get caught up or as close to caught up as I could by midnight. Most nights once midnight hit I was done writing and started to wind down and get ready for bed.