Monday, November 27, 2017

Almost December

It's such a cliche to lament how quickly the year passes and the new year comes on . . . so I'll skip that part.

One of the realities of this time of year is that reading challenges are nearing their deadlines. I'm not going to make a few of mine, unless I put on a tremendous push (highly unlikely with my schedule). I've already hatched a plan to minimize failure by being strategic about this last month, salvaging what I can.

Meanwhile, the challenges I'm hosting are also coming to an end.

The Birth Year Reading Challenge has been going great guns, which is lovely to see via the progress page. This is by far my most popular challenge. Those of you who're participating may want to check your progress, to make sure you're meeting your reading goals and eligible for a prize in January. But no worries if you're lagging a bit. I've only read 1 of the 3 books on my list, so I'm not much of an example -- whereas Bev at My Reader's Block has set the pace.

The Reading Naturally Challenge is new this year and sign-ups are still open until December 1, so if you want to dive in with what you've already read so far, feel free. Multiple categories should make it easy to find something you qualify for. I haven't done very well on this one at all, but I haven't given up, either. The progress page tells the tale. Check in if you're reading along, to make sure the prizes don't elude you in the 11th hour. That said, the inimitable Carolyn of Riedel Fascination is leaving the lot of us in the dust!

Last but not least, the Dread & Read Challenge, another newbie, also remains open for sign-ups until December 1. Why not fill it with one of the books you finally got around to this year? I'm still procrastinating my dreaded books like crazy, and maybe I'm not the only one! It's been pretty quiet at the progress page, and I suspect Neer of A Hot Cup of Pleasure is going to swoop in soon with those other books she's happy to get off her TBR list. This one may come down to the wire. Still, it's prizes for everyone who reads what they said they'd read, so you have nothing to lose. 

Onward! Strategically, of course.


  1. Hi! I was wondering if you'll be running the Birth Year Reading Challenge again for 2018? I didn't find out about it until too late this year, but it looks like a lot of fun.

    1. Yes, indeed! I hope you'll join in -- I'll be posting about it soon.

  2. First of all I want to say terrific blog!
    I had a quick question which I'd like to ask if you don't mind.
    I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear
    your head prior to writing. I've had a tough time clearing my
    mind in getting my thoughts out there. I do take pleasure
    in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just
    trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints?


    1. Thank you, and my apologies for the slow reply.

      To answer your question: When I write a post, I focus on staying close to one main idea or subject. Even if the post is a round-up, I still try to have a theme. After I write the first draft, I edit (usually by omitting any digressions) to make sure I've stayed close to my subject.

      I know what you mean about the first 10 or 15 minutes. It takes a while to settle in. I usually don't worry about it too much--knowing I will go back over what I've written frees me up to just start writing and see what happens. It's the editing that turns it into a coherent post.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Keep working ,terrific job!


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