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It’s October already. Oh my, why is this year going by so quickly? And yet the next Hobbit film is still 2 months away!


September has been a fairly good month for me. I’ve gotten a lot of writing and research done. I even managed to write 1600 words in a day! And in just a few hours! I’ve also topped my personal record of visitors to my blog in a single day, thanks to marketing on Tumblr.


I’ve been doing a lot more online marketing in general now that I’ve started to get my head around SEO, and I think it’s starting to work. I’ve even ordered some flyers so I can branch out to offline marketing. I sometimes hand out flyers in town as part of my day job and I’ve found that people are a lot more friendly about it than you’d expect, just as long as you don’t come across as a shameless self promoter or a scam artist, of which I’m neither. The biggest change of all that I’ve made to my website is that I finally bought my own domain! Yes, 16 years after using a computer for the first time I now own a website! I feel so much more professional now. I also did this because I want to earn money from ads on my site. Please don’t judge me, I need the money! And if you’re anything like me, by now you just block out the ads like background noise.


As for cosplay, I’ve finished one out of two outfits for October Expo. I debuted my Applejack cosplay at Bath Comic and Sci-Fi weekender, despite being incredibly sleep deprived. It was a really fun day. I’m used to big cons like London Expo so it was nice to attend a smaller, more intimate con where you could just sit down and chat to someone and play a card game. I’d like to do a photoshoot of the Applejack cosplay in the field near my house, but unfortunately it’s tipping with rain at the moment so that’ll have to wait.


Now I’ve only got Sailor V to go, which means a whole lot of sewing in a very short space of time. And on top of that, my boyfriend wants me to help him make his Legolas cosplay. I’m especially worried about Sailor V’s skirt since I’ve never attempted to make one before. I suppose it will have to be completed in a last minute rush, just like always.


My other focus for October will be getting ready for National Novel Writing Month. If you don’t know, that’s when writers set themselves a challenge to write 50,000 words, or approximately 1667 words per day, during the month of November. Up until now I’ve always been coming up with excuses not to take part ,(university, work, moving house etc) but with progress on my novel being so slow, this year I’ve finally decided to ignore any excuses and just do it. It’ll be unlike any writing challenge I’ve ever done before. Even my university dissertation was only about 10,000 words. But even if I only complete half the word count I’ll be proud of myself.


Ok, I’ll see you next month after October Expo!