December 1, time to reflect on the NaBloPoMo challenge of publishing one post each day for the month of November.
I am happy to be able to gloat that, despite travelling, house guests, and an illness which turned out to be not H1N1-ey after all but merely a common cold, I successfully completed the challenge. Yay me! Mind you it is infinitely easier to pull off this sort of challenge when one only has a hobby job. My real congratulations are reserved for those who managed to complete the challenge while holding down a real job.
I am tempted to sign up for the December challenge, which is to give something to someone every day of the month, and then blog about it. It seems to fit the season. But there are cookies to be baked, after all, Christmas cards to be written, mantles to be decked, and one increasingly decrepit wire reindeer named Norman to be plunked onto the front lawn.
Besides once the Offspring Formerly Known as Resident returns home for two weeks, all bets are off. By the end of the holidays, it is doubtful as to whether we will be bothering to change out of our pyjamas as we lounge on the chesterfield watching Slings and Arrows DVDs and scarfing back subversive shortbread.
And then there is the little matter of Canada Reads. Today the five books, which will be battling for the title of the book which all Canadians should read, were announced, along with the name of the person who will be championing each book. With an athlete, a rapper poet-laureate, and a doctor amongst the panelists, I suspect it's going to be a dog fight.
I have only read two of the five books, but one of them, Douglas Coupland's Generation X, is a personal favourite. Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall On Your Knees is also a very powerful book, and a real contender.
I was heartened by the mixture of trash-talking and mutual admiration that I heard amongst the panelists today, as they discussed their choices, and if I were in any way organized, I would get those other three books read before the smackdown in March.
What are you reading?
What are you writing?