Anywho! My November final NaNoWriMo word count total was 31,000. Which I was totally happy with, and is a good, sustainable monthly average for me. I'm at around 13,000 thus far, which is actually pretty good considering how much time I've spent editing Part One. Which is still going on, as I decided after reading through it that I needed one more chapter at the end. Originally it was just going to be 3-4 pages, a character-based chapter rather than a plot-based one, more in the line of an epilogue than anything else. It's about five times that length now, and I finally finished it yesterday. So now I need to edit/polish that up, and maybe give a quick once-over to the last quarter or so of Part One.
But it's coming along! I'm well-pleased.
About halfway done with Christmas shopping. I don't understand how it, like, sneaks up on me each year. I've got three stores to hit this weekend, and my goal is to get up early Saturday morning and get going, try to beat the crowds, if that's even possible the weekend before Christmas. I decided to make gifts for my co-workers, and was planning to be done long before now, but I'll have to finish them up tonight. Mini-pallet coasters! Though I made mine with popsicle sticks, cut to length and then glued together double or triple thickness. A box of popsicle sticks is a lot cheaper than buying like actual wood. A pretty easy craft, even for someone as relatively uncrafty as I am, but it took much longer than I was anticipating.
I finally saw Gravity yesterday. I'm glad I got to see it on the big screen, and it was a really great movie, and Sandy did a wonderful job, but I guess my expectations were way higher, because I wasn't particularly wowed. Beautiful, and science-y, and it's nice to see a clear, simple, straightforward story for a change, but it wasn't the technological oh-my-God marvel everyone had blown it up to be. But still very good, and the clear winner this year for SFX.
Speaking of awards, I'm pretty happy thus far with how the award season is playing out. I don't really have a favorite I want to win everything, except maybe Cate Blanchett for Actress, and that seems in the bag. I haven't seen a lot of the major contenders yet, either because they haven't come out (American Hustle, Her), I don't really care (Wolf of Wall Street), or I'm not comfortable seeing it in the theater and will wait till DVD (12 Years a Slave). I feel like the upcoming Oscar nominations won't have a huge amount of surprises, but this year that doesn't seem to be a bad thing.