28 December / Read
Mira Grant is the name Seanan McGuire writes her horror under. Her October Daye urban fantasy series is one of my favorites, so I was keen to try this out. Into the Drowning Deep is a good rip-roaring novel in the Michael Crichton vein. It starts with a big idea - what if Mermaids are real - and then backs it up with enough science to make it plausible and wraps it in a voyage of discovery.
29 October / Write
NanoWrimo. A ritual of self-inflicted pain masquerading as an exercise in self-actualization. The premise is simple - people sign up to write a novel in a single month. 30 days, 50,000 words. All it takes is one outing for most people to know that the novel they have in them is best left where it is. That lesson hasn't stuck with me. Every November, I sign up for Nano. Most years, my enthusiasm lasts a few days.