Sunday, December 9, 2018

How Can I Be So Crazy-Busy? I'm Retired!

If your vision of retirement is Lazy Days Sitting Around Reading, I urge you to reconsider turning in your paperwork. My dad warned me, but I didn't believe him. "You'll be busier than you ever were working," he cautioned. "And, worst of all, there are no vacation days."

He is right. November was a blur of NaNoWriMo, Nonfiction November, our Master Naturalist project, and Cybils. What did I accomplish?

I am still amazed. I've done NaNoWriMo every year for the past eleven years and I've never written diddy-squat. This year, I made my goal of 50,000 words before mid-month. 

How did this happen? I retired, of course, and that enabled me to write more. I have to thank Saundra at Wildly Imperfect. I joined her group in January. Her group encourages people to write (or do some other practice) each day and post about it. I quickly got into the habit of writing a little each day. I also must thank Joy at Joy's Book Blog. She created a lovely guidebook to help people complete projects, and she formed a group that provided much support for NaNoWriMo. Thank you, Joy!

Nonfiction November

I went wild with Nonfiction November this year. I looked over my nonfiction reading for the year. I paired nature-themed nonfiction with fiction. I shared my list of the best books for writers about writing. I shared my thoughts on nonfiction-that-reads-like-fiction. I compiled a huge list of nonfiction I want to read that I found on other blogs. I wish I could do Nonfiction November every month.

Nonfiction November: My Year in Nonfiction

Nonfiction November: New to My TBR

The Cybils

For the past eleven years, I've spent every October, November, and December reading huge amounts of children's books. I always try to read every nominated book, but this year I decided to really push things and set a goal of trying to review all the books I enjoyed. 

This year, I read 300 books out of 308 nominated (so far...I still hope to read them all.) I wrote reviews of 190 books. That certainly didn't hurt my yearly totals; I have read more than 400 books this year at Goodreads.

Now my panel of judges is hard at work trying to whittle the list down to seven books each for fiction picture books and board books.

My December Plans

What are my book-ish plans for the end of the year?
          * Finish all the Cybils---8 to go!
          * Cybils Short Lists
          * My Best-of-2018 List
          * Finish up a couple more books this year
          * Take a serious bite out of Anna Karenina

Was your November as crazy as mine?
Did you do NaNoWriMo or Nonfiction November?
What are you working on this month? 

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 journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens
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  1. Well I have done some reading and work around the garden plus decorating but my las few days have been taken up in my garage making my Wifes Christmas present.

    1. Good for you! I hope my husband has been busy in a likewise manner.

  2. I remember when we went to a meeting about retirement before my husband actually retired and the speaker saying everyone must stay busy in retirement because they don't answer the phone. It sounds like you're having fun, though.

  3. That was quite a month! It sounds like you're getting the most out of retirement.

    1. I'm certainly getting the chance to do exactly what I want.

  4. Sounds like you are busy but having fun so that's good. Enjoy your books, Anna Karenina is one I want to read someday.

  5. I am also very busy in my retired life, but I'm happily doing things I love. I started blogging post-retirement...and then wrote five novels over a period of two years...and started the sixth one during NaNoWriMo, publishing it four years later.

    The difference between the busy days of work vs. retirement: I love it all more now!

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. I didn't realize your novel had been written during NaNoWriMo. That is encouraging.

  6. Congratulations on completing NaNoWriMo this year! I participated for the first time last year and finished a manuscript at 75,000 words, but I just didn't have time to do it this year. I was really bummed when I saw everyone's updates, but I was also happy for all of their achievements. Good luck with your revisions and retirement!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

    1. I can't quite believe I did 50,000 + words. I've never come close to that before.

  7. The same thing happened to my mom when she retired. She’s busier now than when she was working. Congrats on NaNo, Nonfiction November, and Cybils. You did A LOT of reading and writing! I hope you’re having a great December!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  9. Glad you are finding retirement so busy and fulfilling - I recall my father-in-law several times wondering how he ever found the time to go to work, given what a full schedule he now had in retirement. 400 books in a year! I don't know how you even begin to get to that number! Huge congratulations on hitting your NaNoWriMo goal, Debs and have a great week.

    1. Thank you! It's oddly paradoxical, isn't it? Perhaps we'd get much more done in America if we just let everyone retire....

  10. I also finished Nanowrimo. The book isn't done but I met my 50K goal. Part three will be next year. I'm a first round reader for middle grade fiction again for Cybils. I have last book that I'm essentially re-reading because the first time through I wasn't able to concentrate on it properly. My weekly update

  11. I have heard a lot of people say that retirement is super busy; that's great though. Much better than being bored! I am so excited to see what books are on the graphic novels short list so that I can start reading for judging in round 2.

  12. I've heard that about retirement too. I have been successful at carving out reading time and learning to say no to things that will keep me busier than I want to be. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  13. I've heard about retirement being even bust than when we work and seen the proof when my sister retired. I hope I enjoy it when I do. I like being busy and have lots of plans. I know that doesn't mean I won't miss a set schedule though. LOL

    My Sunday Post

  14. Wow! You are ambitious. I saw my dad being busier when he retired and I just retired in November. I have kept pretty busy. I've been busy and had lots of plans my whole life, so that's the same. I had my own business for about 20 years so I am well versed in being self-directed and organized. But I've relaxed a bit this first month at times. Just remember to enjoy your choices or change them! Anne - Books of My Heart


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