Warning: While there are no actual Allegiant spoilers in this post, I do talk about The Feels as I felt them at the end of the book. If you would rather not hear anything about how I felt about the way the story wraps up, please don’t read this blog post!
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So listen, I know it’s a little silly to apologize for being so absent on the blog lately, but, well, I’ve been absent on the blog lately, and I apologize for that.
Work has been…vivacious, let’s say. There are all these teenagers, and they NEED things, and I often find myself in the position of helping them because that’s why the people in charge pay me a salary every month.
And home has been its own special version of bustling, with an almost three-year-old and a nine-month-old who also need things, and whose needs I also find myself fulfilling on a daily basis.
October has kind of been a blur of birthday plans and baby bottles and Mrs. Riley can I please go to the bathroom and SWIPER NO SWIPING and preparing for HolNoWriMo and watching my husband study for finance tests and OH YEAH, READING ALLEGIANT AND THEN WONDERING HOW I WILL EVER GO ON.
Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything for you if you haven’t read. But I will need some time to recover, and I might need to hit some things. I wonder if we still have that punching bag in the basement?
Let’s talk about something else.
It’s almost time to start NaNo, and–for those of us who want the motivation of a deadline without the insanity of one month–it’s also almost time to start HolNo!
Jessica Naccari and I came up with this idea as an alternative to the rigidness of the NaNo schedule. For me, it’s not possible to work full time, maintain my status as Wife and Mother of the Year (har har), AND write an entire draft in thirty days. 1,600-1,700 words a day, for me, is not doable.
But 800-900 words a day? a 61-day deadline? That’s something I can manage.
At first I thought I would draft my contemporary novel during HolNo, but then I decided maybe I’d rewrite Creepy Faces instead, but then I realized I really, really, REALLY need some time away from Creepy Faces right now because it’s gone from a cute, bubbly book baby to this:
So I’m drafting the contemporary. For sure.
Right after I finish stress-eating some Oreos. (JEEZ, ENDING-OF-ALLEGIANT. DO YOU SEE WHAT I HAVE BECOME?)
In summary: Good luck to all the NaNo-ers, good luck to all the HolNo-ers, and good luck to everyone reading Allegiant. Godspeed, and may the odds be ever in your favor, and faction before blood, and all that.
(And when you finish the book, if you need to kick something, let me know. We can kick things TOGETHER.)