It’s coming! It’s coming! My birthday is just around the corner. In exactly seven days I will be one year older, with another milestone birthday under my belt. Tomorrow, I will be flying down to Florida for a little pre-birthday celebration where I will see Disney villains dressed up for Halloween, taste some fantastic food at the International Food and Wine Festival, and ride a hippogriff for the first time.

If that wasn’t reason enough to lack on my reading time, November is around the corner. And that means so is NaNoWriMo. November marks National Novel Writing Month where thousands of writers spend time crafting a novel-50,000 words in thirty days. This will be my second year participating and I can’t wait. I have my novel in place, waiting for me to begin. Last year I joined a NaNoWriMo writing group where one year later we still meet once a week to write, talk, and just be writers together. Unfortunately, I will be in Florida for the first two days, but our first annual, official NaNo write in will be on my birthday. I am looking forward to spending the night with my writing family on that important day. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people.

I didn’t make it to 50,000 words as November is always a busy month for me (I was in Chicago last year the first week). I am hoping things will be a little different, but I also have another commitment that takes precedence so we shall see. Sadly, I will not have so much time to read, review, and blog here as I will be hoping to reach those 50,000 words. I will try to check in periodically, but my reviews will be limited.

Thankfully, this only happens once a year. I will be back and blogging regularly as soon as December hits. Thanks for your patience and hopefully sticking with me.

Happy reading everyone!

Cornelia Funke, Inkheart.

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