Today is one of those raw blog posts which you don't get too often from me. Basically, that means I have no blog posts prescheduled and as soon as I am done writing this one it is going to be posted. I used to do this all the time, but now planning really is needed if I am going to keep this blog up. So I should really get some posts planned >.>
Happy December! First of all, I want to apologise for not being as present as usual. I'm not sharing my posts and interacting on social media as much, simply because I don't have the time. I have been commenting back, but I usually go and visit some of the blogs I follow with no cause or reason to as well. I am hoping that after my exams and when the holiday begins, I can start doing that again. I hope you'll keep reading nonetheless!
This is a long overdue blog post, so I will be going pretty far back when it comes to the dates of things that have happened in which month. The first thing that happened was my MYP ceremony. MYP is a secondary school course you take for 5 years. It's part of the IB (international) schooling system. At the end of the five years you get some points depending on your grades and how well you did in all your subjects. I managed to get 45 out of 49 points, which slotted me into the top 3 students with the highest score! I also won an academic award which is for academic endeavor. There were three awards which you could win and this just made me so happy.
Unfortunately, on the 31st of October my grandfather passed away. He had been battling cancer for a while now and also had dementia, so we were expecting his passing but not so soon. It was a really tough weekend that one, and it was so hard to see him go. Mid-November I went to England for his funeral and I am so happy to say it was a well worthy service of remembering him. I think he would have been proud if he could have attended and seen all the people who care and miss him.
The month has been entirely too hectic for me. As well as going to three book festivals and buying WAY too many books, I also had to catch up on school that I had missed due to being abroad for a while and decided to do Nanowrimo. If you don't know, NaNoWriMo is where you write 50,000 words of your novel in a month. I'd been lagging behind for quite a while, but I managed to win my fourth Nano this year, and it makes me very happy to have done so! I have half a first draft of a Snow White fantasy retelling that includes dragons now, and will slow down as I write the other half.
As well as that, life in general has been slapping me in the face. I've started to co-blog at the wonderful These Writerly Conundrums with some brilliant girls, keeping up with this blog three times a week, and also posting a youtube video once a week. As well as that and really getting into instagram (I'm basically there every day) my blogging life has been full. Add in school, basketball, and work I have been super busy.
December? What to expect!
Despite everything, I have been trying to plan some fun things for December! I have a blog hop coming up where I want to give back a bit to you lovely readers with. I also have plans to start a wrap up and TBR meme because I actually want to manage my 2016 reading challenge of burning through as many of my physical unread books as possible properly. I will be trying to post more videos if I can slot in the time as well. I'll be going to England for Christmas to be with family, so you might also expect a little hiatus. And I shall be reviewing my first ever book of poetry on the blog as well!
Olivia's Question: How has November treated you? Any plans for the rest of the year?