• This month I played two shows with Whiskey Doubles! We played a show at The Landing at Hoyt Park, a lovely beer garden in Wauwatosa, earlier in the month; and we played an outdoor fall festival at Milwaukee Public Market.
  • I had a lovely vacation with my husband. In the second half of the month, we went on a five-day road trip through Kentucky and Tennessee. It was nice to get a break from work and other responsibilities, but also very lovely to come home again.
  • I painted the last room in my house, the guest bedroom. Painting is done.
  • I’ve taken on my house’s windows. They all need curtains, so I’ve been putting my sewing machine to work. I’ve already learned some tough lessons, but I’m making good progress towards getting all our window coverings finished. And it’s been really fun picking out the fabrics and making exactly what I want. (Here’s one before and after.)
  • Got the decorating done in my library. This is without a doubt the best place to read or write in the house now. (Check out the before and after.)
  • I finished reading three books this month. I started with The Painter by Peter Heller, and this book has only cemented his position on my Favorite Authors list. I read The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green – I thought it was really lovely, but it didn’t turn out to be the cry-fest all my friends made it out to be. (Maybe I am a robot.) I also read a quick, motivational book called Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield. Not earth-shattering, but truly a kick in the pants for anyone wanting to do anything creative. Hoping this can help propel me through some actual novel-writing in November.
  • I finally began writing, just a little bit! I solidified the plot of the novel I’ve been wanting to write for the past couple years. It’s much stronger now, so as I continue working on my word counts, I expect good things. I’ll be a novelist soon enough.