Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. readers! I hope it’s a fun holiday for all of you, and I’m looking forward to all of the food.
I feel like I haven’t done one of these in forever! The last time I did one of these, I resolved to do them more often but that’s never happened. Honestly, I feel like I haven’t had enough to talk about as far as non-review posts go. There has been the occasional cool stuff on the internet post, but that’s been about it.
I’ve been in a blogging mood lately, though. I’ve been catching up on reviews that I haven’t felt like doing, and in an effort to write something that’s not my novel, it seemed like a good time to do something different.
There’s nothing like procrastination to get me to do something different. And it is my favorite time of year.
AKA the month where I write a ridiculous amount of words in the span of 30 days. This year, I’m writing a YA apocalyptic/sci-fi story where alien invasion meets the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse. It’s going better then I expected, considering I didn’t feel like planning anything. Good, as in I’ve actually reached 50,000 words! It’s definitely a year for pantsing it, and it’s been a while since I’ve done that.
My brain, however, has decided it needs a break, so it’s time to catch up on blogging, and I may pick up one of my crochet projects to give my mind a break more of a break. It always ends up being a good reset, and I always go back to my project refreshed. I’m hoping it will get me back in the noveling mindset.
I may or may not do some sort of wrap-up post in December. I’m really thinking about it, because I feel feel like talking about it a little more. It kind of makes me wish I had a second project to work on but I don’t have the energy for multiple novels this year. Ever since that one crazy year where I did three 50,000 word novels in one month, I’ve been burnt out on the multiple novels in one month thing. Maybe next year, I’ll have a smaller project to work on as a break from the main one.
Nail Polish & Skin Care Land
It’s been I don’t know how long since I’ve talked about nail polish, and earlier this year, I was sad to see the Julep Maven subscription box get discontinued. I haven’t found a great nail polish subscription box to take it’s place, which is sad because I loved getting nail polish every month.
If anyone knows of a nail polish-only subscription box, let me know in the comments!
I have fallen in love with the ILNP brand. They have some amazing colors, and while I have a lot of purples, they have a lot of other gorgeous colors. I’m glad I gave them a try, and I’m always looking to see what else I want to try.
I don’t know why, but for some reason, I’ve gotten super-into skincare. It’s that time of year where I can’t slather on enough lotion, and it seems like my skin is a lot drier than normal.
I’m in love with this 72 hour Hydrator from Clinique, and my face feels a lot more hydrated/less dry since I’ve been using it. I’m also in love with this lip mask from Laneige. My lips have been so dry and cracked, and they’re so much softer.
I’ve barely made a dent in it, and I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks. A little goes a long way, and I like it so much I got the chocolate mint one! There were a couple of nights where I didn’t use it, and I noticed the difference in the morning. Combined with O’Keefe’s Cooling Relief Lip Repair Balm (which I actually found at Wal-Mart), my lips are no longer cracked and peeling and super dry.
Speaking of subscription boxes…
There are a couple of boxes that I really like! There’s the Feeling Fab box, which I’ve been getting for a few months, and I really like it! It’s a lot of skincare, but they’re more sample sizes, which is good, because it’s a good way to test stuff out. It’s been interesting, but it’s also been really fun and I’ve found some stuff I want to keep using. I’m going to have to get a picture one of these months.
I also love the Lit Box from Frostbeard. I’ve been a fan of their shop on Etsy for a long time now, and even though I’ve only been getting their box for a couple of months, it’s fun to get a new scent, plus other really cool stuff that goes with their scent of the month. I love that you have the option to get either the candle or the wax melts- I’m a wax melt person, but when I saw they had it, I knew I had to get it.
Other Fun Stuff
I’ve been to a couple of book signings, and I had a blast at both events.
I got The Guinevere Deception signed, and having a new Kiersten White book to read is really exciting! Plus, Kiersten is funny and her signings are always really fun to go to.
I also got to meet Marissa Meyer, and I had an amazing time listening to her talk about how much her Renegades trilogy changed since she got the original idea! I’ve been a fan since reading her Cinder series, and I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to see her in person.
Things I’m Looking Forward To
I’m going to Disneyland with my family next month! That’s the main thing I’m excited about, and I’m glad to take an actual vacation for once. It’s been a few years since I’ve taken one, and I can’t wait to go. I’m tempted to take a day and go to Universal Studios for the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. It’s not too far of a drive from Disney, so it would be the perfect time to go. It’s close enough I could make the trip up there if I don’t make it, so we’ll see if I make it over there.
Honestly, that’s the main thing I’m looking forward to, and I feel like I’m missing a few other fun things. But it’s November, and my brain can only handle so much right now. I’m going to leave it here, and I’ll be back soon!
Happy Thanksgiving/Happy Thursday!