I’m deep into a very long and twisting book that I’m reviewing for an inflight magazine. I love it, but it’s time consuming. So in the meantime, some updates from other corners of my book-related world:

1. I finished the NaNoWriMo challenge! It’s when a lot of crazy people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I did it. But it’s not edited – for anything, not even spelling. I started out with three different plots. I jump from first to third person and then back to first again. It ended up being a young adult book about an American girl who has split her time between Tampa, FL and Oxford because her mum is American and her dad is British. In the year after high school graduation, she goes to live with her father. Lots of confusion and running and boys. It’s really bad. But that challenge was worth it. I’m trying to write fiction again, and this forced me to sit down and just write.

2. My first book review for American Way magazine, which is the inflight magazine of American Airlines, is in the December 1 issue.

3. I’m doing my annual book clear out. I go through all the galleys and books and samples that have been sent to me over the year, and get rid of what I know I’ll never use. They go either to the library, my cousin, or a college friend in Boston. This might sound shocking. But I can’t possibly ever read or use everything that’s sent my way, and sometimes I get two or even three copies of a book. I do mean clean outs whenever books start to overtake my office, but this is the big one. Books that don’t make the cut? Novels that aren’t something I’d read in my free time. Vampire books. Anything about how to get skinny or get rich quick. A lot of how to date books go, too. I’m sure there are books here that I would like to read, but I know I won’t have time.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.


  1. Melissa on December 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Congratulations on finishing NaNoWriMo, Jen! That's a huge accomplishment. Way to go!

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