Once upon a time, before we were the dazzling, sociable, and all-around communicative blog that we are today, we were... not. You remember the time - when you blogged for yourself and flailed in an ocean all by yourself and somewhere, you heard, there's a Titanic's worth of floating people, as well (too soon?), but you sure couldn't find them.

These were dark times, friends. But the one silver lining to interacting with absolutely no one and having no one to interact with you is - you can post whatever you please and the pressure is off. It's not as much a blog then as it is a diary.

So, naturally, we filled the blog up with anything and everything that came to our brilliant little heads at the time. News article about a rumor of a rumor of a rumor of a potential rumor of an adaptation that's surely never ever happening? Post it! A series of pictures of, like, every book on our shelves? WHAT A REVOLUTIONARY IDEA! 

Book hauls for the sake of book hauls? Aaaaaaall the time.

And while most of the aforementioned brilliance failed to withstand the public scrutiny once we discovered this community with standards, book hauls shall forever remain. Why?

Because book-feast-for-the-eyes. That's why. And so here we are today.

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Ah, the TBR pile. The never ending abyss of books that you can't stop chucking books into despite the perils that come with diving in to retrieve them. It's both our eternal fear (chances are any day it topples and crushes us to death, as bookworms worldwide have agreed), and our greatest challenge.

Apart from its murderous tendencies, if there's one feature of the TBR pile that has been deemed universal, it's the notion that THESE ONES I'LL DEFINITELY READ. The ones added long ago are traded in for newer ones, sure. But these newer ones - oh, they're top of the list. Right after we add... these still-newer ones.

It's a vicious cycle, basically.

So this week we're linking up with The Broke And The Bookish's Top 10 feature and sharing the 10 books we've added recently that we are convinced will get read - despite hundreds upon hundreds already there that claim otherwise. Unrealistic optimism is just our thing.

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A surefire sign November has come around: a not so subtle wave of NaNoWriMo spam across the board: NaNoWriMo on social media, NaNoWriMo in videos, and NaNoWriMo right here on the blog.

We'd apologize, except NaNoWriMo has a long-established tradition of eating our souls. Blogging about it, as it turns out, seems to be the only cure.

So this week I'm teaming up with Cait and Sky's Beautiful People Books feature (a week late, and let's just blame that on November, too, while at it) - for the first time ever, mind you - and introducing and discussing my writing project for the month, in all its murderous glory. The story is titled The Ever End, it's Paranormal (in the NA range, but nothing whatsoever to do with the NA genre tropes, let us hope), and it features ice cream and ritualistic sacrifices. (#thatescalatedquickly) So without further ado...

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In the words of one wiser and cooler than myself - "It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die."

(Yes, it's Maggie Stiefvater. No one is surprised.)

Apart from a deadly race atop demonic horses in The Scorpio Races, November 1st also marks another deadly race against time by way of computers and notebooks known as NaNoWriMo. It's about equally as terrifying, and the death toll is neck-in-neck. In The Scorpio Races, they ride horses who eat them and they die. During NaNoWriMo, we write novels who eat us and we die.

So this week for our Top 10 feature, Lexie has compiled ten hurdles that always come our way while writing. It isn't THE ten hurdles, or even the ten most common hurdles. There is no such thing. The hurdles are endless. (She said, while dramatic music swelled in the background.) But in anticipation of a month of writing dangerously (and all that makes it dangerous), these are the ten we can expect to come our way first.

May the odds be ever in our favor.

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