The above photo is not the current state of things around here. It is from 2009. But, it represents the frame of mind I am this morning. I am ready to embrace winter and welcome it back. I just ate cold takeout for breakfast and chased it with a Frango mint Santa. Awwwww, it must be December! The time of year when things like healthy eating and free time go out the window. (Though I will defend myself and note that I am in my workout gear and planning to go catch a bus to work out as soon as I finish blogging. So maybe all the the Frango Santas I've been consuming since Thanksgiving won't do too much damage.) At any rate, as hectic as December is, it is absolutely one of my favorite times of year. I love the holidays, the snow and winter, and this year is especially nice because it is the first holiday season where I have able to focus my "work" time doing what I love: teaching and writing. But more about that in another post. Today I just wanted to check in and let you all know how my November went.
Back at the beginning of November, I set a goal for myself to write at least two flash fiction pieces a day for the entire month, if you recall. Like every other November I have set a goal, I failed to meet it. But I did write 30 new pieces, most of which fell under 500 words each. I wrote many pieces outside my comfort zone and felt that November was a great time of growth for me as a writer. Out of those 30 pieces, I am quite proud of probably at least half of them. Out of the other half, I feel most have some potential to be good after some re-writes. One of my new pieces has already been accepted for publication, but as it is not due to appear until sometime in 2012, I won't give you the details on all that yet.
Also, if you read my last post, you know that I recently took on some editing responsibilities at Chicago Quarterly Review. In other exciting news, I got my GRE scores back and scored well in the Verbal and Writing sections, much to my relief. We're not really dwelling on quantitative right now, but I will mention that I scored better there than I ever have in the past. I am currently in the process of applying for PhD programs, which is one of the reasons I've been so quiet here and other places you may normally find me on the internet. Overall, I would call November a smashing success and December promises to follow suit.
I know many of you were busy writing novels in November, which I envy. How did that go? Would you consider your November a smashing success as well? Even if you didn't meet your goal, I hope last month was a good one for you. Tell me how it went in comments below.
Now that we are all caught up, I will make the bold promise of returning to writing related blog posts in the very near future. In the meantime, happy holidays, and of course, happy writing!
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