As I mentioned earlier this week, October did not go according to plan in my blogging world! Nevertheless, even though I’m slightly late in doing so, I wanted to go ahead and share a few of my favorite things from the month of October.
Things I Love:
- Goodreads! I signed up for Goodreads quite awhile ago, but I stopped using it because I didn’t like the clunky interface. Thankfully, that interface has since greatly improved, and I loooooove the mobile app. I’m obsessed with entering ALL THE BOOKS and tracking my reading progress. So much fun. Add me as a friend if you use Goodreads!
- Bullet journaling. In a season of high stress and what feels like an endless checklist running through my brain, bullet journaling has seriously been saving my life lately. It’s not a specific journal or anything – rather, it’s a type or method of journaling, and it’s brilliant. I’ve modified some of the logging style details and customized it for my own use, and I know I will continue to tweak it as I keep using it. I’ve learned that I have a much healthier brain when I write things down instead of trying to keep track of everything inside my head. Otherwise, I end up like this with everything vying for brain space:
- Coloring for grownups. What can I say, I’m still a kid at heart! I found this beautiful pattern coloring book at Barnes & Noble, and I love it. So relaxing to sit down and color.
- Story is a State of Mind. I’ve been a fan of Sarah Selecky for a long time, and in particular have enjoyed her daily writing prompts. I stumbled onto her Story is a State of Mind course probably a year or so ago, and at the time thought, “Oh, that would be wonderful to do someday.” As I worked my way through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron this summer, I realized that I have never truly studied creative writing before, and as I researched SSM more thoroughly, I told myself that if I successfully completed The Artist’s Way, then I would go ahead and purchase SSM to specifically focus on my creative writing. I’ve completed the first lesson so far, and I can tell already that it will stretch & grow me in the best ways possible. I can’t wait to dive into more lessons.
After a very scattered and distracted September of reading, I worked hard to make sure I actually finished some books in October — and it worked! Here are the books I finished in October:
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert [not recommended]
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead [if you can get past the casual sex and the cocaine – so. much. cocaine! – the story itself was fascinating]
Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See [strong language – highly recommended for a writer]
I’ve had Andrew Peterson‘s new album The Burning Edge of Dawn on repeat for about 2 weeks now, and I absolutely love it. I’ve gained so much respect for Andrew as an artist and a storyteller, and this new album perfectly reflects that. I love the whole album, but this track in particular is a favorite. [As an aside, I adore The Rabbit Room, the online community that Andrew Peterson founded for writers and artists. Check it out!]
Austin & I finally finished Chuck — and we loved it. The last season did get a bit out of control, but it came together with a very sweet ending, and I totally admit to a few tears when we came full circle with that final scene on the beach. We were sad to reach the end!
I have also blown through Parks & Recreation, and now I’m anxiously awaiting the final season’s arrival on Netflix. What a fantastic show. It took me a little while to really “get into” it, but I absolutely fell in love with the characters, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a show that makes me laugh. so. hard. I just love it. Also, Leslie Knope & Ben Wyatt are the best TV couple since Jim Halpert & Pam Beesly. The end.
I’ve had Masterpiece Mystery’s adaptation of Death Comes to Pemberley on my list for awhile, and I finally watched it. I have to admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth Darcy (although I have adored Anna in other roles), but overall, I thought it was a beautiful production and an intriguing take on the original “cast” of Pride & Prejudice, which I thought was mostly faithful to Jane Austen’s classic characters.
Austin and I are, of course, thoroughly enjoying the fact that our favorite shows are back on the air, and we are eagerly following the current seasons of Flash, Arrow, Supernatural, and Castle. Yay for fall television!
And that, friends, is my summary of October favorites! What have you been into lately? Come tell me in the comments!