Whether it’s your inability to start a new book, because you are still living in the world of the book you have just finished, or if it is simply that as you close the cover on the last page, you realise the rest of the world has just carried on while you’ve suffered a battery of emotions, book hangovers, can be a pain.
You see book hangovers don’t always spoil your enjoyment of reading, they can spoil your enjoyment of writing, or experiencing real life, because you cannot shake the feelings they have caused. Sometimes those feelings can be inspirational and drive you forward, sometimes they will be dark and hang around for days making you contemplate all you know.
I find book hangovers more annoying than real hangovers, because they invariable last an awful lot longer, but unlike those mornings after the night before where you swear you’ll never drink again, I know I’ll always read another book, because the heroes and heroines are my heroin, my drug, my addiction, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Ok so I am already stupidly excited about the fact we are having a trip away, simply because it has almost (and will have been by the time we go) been three years since the Boyfriend and I actually left the country*, and this break away to Iceland for IcelandNoir, is an unexpected trip abroad.
But there are plenty of other reasons I am looking forward to going too. On the personal side there are several good friends of mine who will also be there, and the chance to spend even a few hours sat with a drink, or maybe a meal, just chatting away will be fabulous, due to the fact that I don’t get to see any of them on a regular basis as they all live in Yorkshire or above, and it’s a bit of a trek from the cotswolds to see them.
On the fanboi side, there is Arnaldur Indridason, for a start. I have loved his books since I first read Silence of the Grave his second Detective Erlendur novel a couple of years ago and his latest book Strange Shores simply blew me away. ( You can find my review of it for CrimeSquad Here in the November reviews) Whilst no fanboi moment I have again in my life will live up to the moment I got to meet Stan Lee, I’m quite sure that meeting Indridason, will be up there in my top ten author moments.
Then of course there is the bucket list. Not for me per se, but certainly for the other half. Visiting Reykjavik has been on his bucket list for quite some time as has seeing the Northern Lights (aurora borialis) which is an amazing sight, and certainly something everyone should see once in their lifetime given the opportunity, and we have a trip out to look for them while we are there.
Then there is everything else that we are going to try and fit in during the rest of the time we are there. Ooh, it’s going to be fun, and yes I can’t wait.
*no our recent trips to Scotland and Wales don’t count! 😛
So if any one ever looks at the alternative pages on here, you’ll see that last November I went a bit overboard on challenging myself to do stuff.
This year I’ve been slightly less insane.
I’ve been attempting to keep up with photo challenges every month this year with varying degrees of success from complete months to forgotten months, but I’m still going, and will hopefully manage a full month this month to post here.
I’m also signing on for NaBloPoMo again, as this place has been a tad neglected of late and with the upcoming winter months mean spending more tone indoors, writing will be a good way to spend that time, which means getting back into the swing of things.
Talking of writing, I will be giving NaNoWriMo a miss this year. There’s a lot of upheaval at work at the moment and I’m just coming out of one of deepest down phases in a while so I think this would be just one step too many at the moment. Hopefully when Camp NaNoWriMo cones round in the new year I’ll be more focused and in the mood to give it a go.
For now, these are the photo challenges I will be mixing and matching from for this month’s photo a day challenge.
If you’re not following me on Instagram (search JoKawasaki) It’s usual for me to post all of my challenge photographs over on my blog The Day Watch, only for the purposes of my Nutty November challenges I will be duplicate posting them here.
As for the NaBloPoMo posts?
Well let’s see how that turns out shall we.
Ah. So NaNoWriMo bit the bullet. I didn’t even make my 10k, but I’m actually not sad about that.
I entered this month with a whole heap of expectations on my shoulders. Mainly those of complete failure.
Instead I’ve managed to complete two out of three challenges that I took on. Albeit one with a bit of help from the other, but I don’t care. I finished them both with flying colours.
I posted one picture every day based on the themes given for November by Instagram‘s FatMumSlim. I also posted more than the post a day required for NaBloPoMo, given that my post count for November was a whopping 57 posts.
Shall I give NaNoWriMo a go another year? maybe.
Shall I try NaBloPoMo again? definitely, and maybe not in November next year.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the month, and I hope you continue to come back and see all of the things I’ve been doing to avoid doing the things that I should.
in order to Construct Conversations, because that’s what I’ve been doing for the last two days, attending a course on constructive conversations.
Yes, I actually went on a course. Me, the last sort of person you want to be on a course with youm because I don’t see the point of courses. This time though, I decided to leave my sceptical, what’s the point? can’t be bothered with this shit part of me at home for a couple of days.
I had an enjoyable couple of days, and actually learnt quite a lot. Instead of spending two days role playing difficult conversations as I expected, we spent two days pulling apart our personalities, understanding what made each of us tick, how it can reflect in the things we say and do, and how people who are different may react either well or badly to our own personal styles.
I certainly have plenty of new skills to practice now, and I’m hoping I can keep up the positive attitude I came away from the course with long enough to ingrain these skills in my psyche.