I went from having the most productive month of my entire career in October to having my worst month so far this year in November. That’s probably not too surprising. Sooner or later the gas always starts to run low in the tank. The good news is that while I wasn’t getting as much written, I was still pleased with the quality of the pages I was turning out. As I think I’ve said before and no doubt will say again, a writing slump is just like a batting slump in baseball. The only solution is to hit your way out of it.
These are the books I read in November:
THE BLACK ANGEL, Cornell Woolrich LONGARM AND THE WOLF WOMEN, Tabor Evans (Peter Brandvold) PITY THE DAMNED (apa SLUM SINNERS), Andrew Shaw (Lawrence Block) FURY ON SUNDAY, Richard Matheson THE EMBEZZLER, James M. Cain RIDE THE NIGHTMARE, Richard Matheson THE GREATEST BATMAN STORIES EVER TOLD, VOLUME 2 HAVEN: SECRETS RISING, Suzanne McMinn
I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk lately and half the time can’t figure out what I want to read next. That leads to stopping and starting a lot of books. When that happens to me, I usually read short stories until the mood breaks, but this time I’m finding it difficult even to concentrate on short stories. All it takes to fix that, though, is finding the right book, and I’m confident that I will soon.
Since we’ve been back home, we’ve been able to watch more movies than we did down at the coast. Here are the ones we watched this month:
TRANSFORMERS SHREK THE THIRD SPIDER-MAN 3 RATATOUILLE MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET THE MYTH LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
No question which of these I liked the best: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. There’ll probably be some more Christmas classics coming up in December. It’s been a long time since I watched IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and WHITE CHRISTMAS, and I think I’m in the mood for them.