Never a Dull Moment

The days, weeks and months keep sailing past; here it is November already. What a whirlwind this year has been! Here are just a few notes on what’s new in my little corner of the world.

The wedding went off, if you’ll pardon the pun, without a hitch this past weekend. It’s still kind of surreal, to be honest. After nearly a year of plotting and scheming, it just sort of crept up on us. But it was a wonderful day, a beautiful ceremony, and a great time was had by all. There were a million cool photos taken, but I think the one below, taken by my talented buddy Biff, might be my favorite. It really captures the essence of the two of us and how we interact.

Hot on the heels of getting married, we’re off to WordsFall this weekend. As I mentioned in my last post, I will be teaching a workshop on short story writing. I’m looking forward to it as a fun experience and an opportunity to meet and network with more of my fellow writers. On a related note, my friend Kellie Underhill has just launched a new podcast. One of the topics she touched on in the inaugural episode was… WordsFall! I was very pleased to participate in this project, and look forward to future installments. You can check out episode one here.

Yesterday I decided, somewhat spontaneously, to participate in NaNoWriMo. For those who aren’t aware, that stands for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place once a year, and the challenge is to write a novel (50,000 words) in the month of November. I have no idea if I can do that, but we’re going to find out. I’ve had an idea kicking around in my head for a while, and I figured this might be the inspiration I need to actually tackle it and find out if it’s novel-worthy. This is also at least in part to get me writing something again. Aside from some short stories, I haven’t written much of consequence since I finished with the novel back in the spring. The time has come to put this creative break behind me and get back on the horse, so to speak.

That about covers the highlights, for the time being at least. More to come as events unfold – and events are always unfolding around here!

– JP

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