The Countdown to NaNo is on

So, between class work, working, reading, and all of the other things I’ve been doing, I haven’t had much time to post anything on here.

Final countdown to NaNo is on. Wasn’t able to go to the regional kickoff party, since I was out of town, but I’m hoping to make several other of the events. I know there are bi-weekly write-ins on the campus, so I’m hoping to make a few of those, too. I’m trying out a new software this year: yWriter. I’ve seen lots of good reviews, and I’m still setting things up, but I like what I’ve seen so far. If I wind up not liking it, I can always go back to using Scrivener.

Haven’t really done anymore work on the novel itself, other than breaking things up into planned scenes and chapters to put into yWriter.

Finished reading Frankenstein for my upper level lit. class. I had actually never read it before, strangely enough. It wasn’t bad, although it’ll probably never be one of my favorite “classics”. It was certainly better than the first two, though since one of those was Paradise Lost, well… “dammed by faint praise” might be appropriate. Next up is Farenheit 451. If there was ever another book that could inspire my loathing on a level equal to Paradise Lost, it’s Farenheit 451. I hate this book. Though I also used to hate 1984, and now it’s a part of my blog’s background.

But, somehow, I don’t expect to love 451 anymore this time around than the first time.

However, I’m also reading another book on the side. It was recommended, oddly enough, by my mother. She read it several years ago, and was fairly surprised that I, a dedicated psychology student, wasn’t aware of it. It’s called When Rabbit Howls, and it isn’t for the faint of heart. I’m about a quarter of the way through it, and it’s one of the most fascinating things that I’ve ever read, especially for something that’s nonfiction. I’ll do a detailed Review/Recommendation when I finish, but, for those that aren’t familiar with it, the book is about a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disroder or MPD). Her alters are known as the Troop Formation, and there are 92 identified alternates (other personalities).

The book is written from the perspective of the Troops, and deals with their awakening awareness of each other. As such, it’s a bit disjointed and can be hard to follow. It also deals with, in no sugarcoated way, about severe sexual and physical abuse of a young child (the abuse being the root cause of the DID), and is occasionally hard to read. However, even with all of that, I know that I’m going to be recommending the book once I finish it.

I also need to finish The Lucifer Effect. I’ve had that on my shelf for over a year now, and haven’t worked on it much.

So there’s how things have been. Good luck to eveyone prepping your NaNo projects! The countdown is on! Now, I have to go and study for a Social Psych exam.