Well, I've actually read a few books so far this year, so that's good.
I've done a bit of writing, but mostly game related, not new stories yet despite my outlining for a space book.
Getting some feedback for The Last Song; one of my readers liked it very much indeed, which is a good boost. I've also got the cast of Learn to Howl kicking around in my head again, so maybe it's time to straighten out Book 2.
Part of my indecision on what to write has to do with my writing workshop, which starting on Saturday, and I'm at that anticipatory period where I hope the group gels as well as the prior two did. There are new names in the sign ups, but no guarantee those people are going to show, obviously. A bunch of my prior group is signed up, so that's nice.
But, I write with the group. And I share (lead by example, natch!) and I don't know what project I want to be "publicly" working on, you see. Maybe I'll write something just for the workshop, see where the prompts take me? Maybe I'll only bring for critique short works I'd previously finished. I don't know.
But. I only have three October submissions left pending, at The Book Smugglers, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Tin House, all three long response time markets. When I've heard back from all of them, I'll report in on the full picture. October was a neat and interesting time, and I do think I'll be doing it again (though I need to build up my little bundle of shorts).
And on quasi-related news (since my first F&SF submission was just before October [and rejected]), I got another personal rejection from F&SF magazine wherein the editor said he remembered my previous story and was happy to see another submission from me! I'd obviously have preferred an acceptance, but if it had to be a rejection, what a rejection it was!