Ian Philpot

November always seems like it’s gone too quickly, which has been nothing but had news for my NaNoWriMo word count.

As you can probably guess, I didn’t win National Novel Writing Month this year. I blame my characters and my story. They blame my lack of plot planning. Either way, I lost.

And even though I lost one November initiative, there were a couple of things that I could put in the win column.

Top Left: Beard – Top Right: Goatee – Bottom Left: Mustache – Bottom Right: Clean

No Shave November / Movember

I’m putting this on in the win column because I went thirty days without shaving. I had planned just to participate in Movember, but I was afraid that my attempt to grow a blond mustache would’ve been weak, so I let all of my facial hair grow. At the very least, it made for an amusing picture.

Alan Staph

When I became distraught with my NaNoWriMo novel, I went back to my Alan Staph stories and did some editing. In that time, I realized how much I liked that character.

So I’ve started working on a cover for Short Stories from the Short Life of Alan Staph, and I plan on having at least one of those stories available in digital and audio form by January 1. I’m not totally sure what then entails, but I’m figuring it out.

Christmas at work

After a lot of hard work over the last few weeks, my team at work put out our annual Christmas website. It took a huge final effort to get it out, and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

Now, for the month of December, I’ll be focusing on the Christmas social media campaign, and I couldn’t be more excited about it!

Erin’s Birthday

My wonderful wife turned another year older in November, and I was glad for the excitement of her birthday weekend! My favorite part was near the end of the weekend when I took her to dinner and to see It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Play at the Raue Center in downtown Crystal Lake. The play was a surprise, but I made sure that we dressed up for our night at the theater. (Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures to from that night to share, only the memories.)


So, all in all, November was a pretty great month. I guess the big takeaway for me is that it doesn’t matter what kind of November I had if I can’t make the most of December.