>> Monday, November 30, 2009

Okay, so, here's what went on yesterday.

I finished my novel - so I thought.

I don't feel like going into any detail, but the format of my novel was all messed up, so it turned out that I actually didn't have 50,000 words yet. That was SO annoying! I thought I was finished, but, it wasn't! Argggh.

But, today I thought of another good thousand words, so I wrote them down, and TODAY...



I also made a blog that is solely for the novel, and it'll be available starting tomorrow.

So I'll post a link to it - tomorrow.

I don't feel like typing any more, so, that's all for now!



>> Sunday, November 29, 2009

Well, yup yup, I finished my NaNoWriMo novel tonight!!!

I seriously can hardly believe it. It's soooo weird.

I've written 50,219 words!!


And I can't describe my feeling right now. Really, I can't.

I'm gonna go restart my computer now. Bye!


What's been going on

>> Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wow, I haven't posted in a long time. Sorry about that. I've been kind of busy, I guess.

Right now I'm listening to Flyleaf's new CD, Memento Mori, while my sister's cat (Sherbert) is on my lap. He's so cute. I got back from Washington today, and I missed my kitties!!

I had a lot of fun in Washington, though. My family (besides my sister who went later) left around 9 on Thursday morning. And we just got back this afternoon. It was a great visit, but I'm always happy to return home.

Also November is over in TWO days!! WOW! That also means my novel is almost finished.
Whoaaaa. It's seriously so close, it's crazy. I only have about 4,000 words left to write. Crazy! But I'm also really glad, actually. It'll be nice to take a break from working so hard on it. And I would say my novel isn't that great, but that's exactly the kind of thing I'm NOT supposed to say (almost all the pep talks say that, ha ha. It's something I struggle most with).

On a random side note, I love car trips. Really. Not the extremely long ones, but average ones (like today and Thursday's 2 and a half hour one. Actually that was a bit short). To me, they're just a time that I can sit and relax and listen to music. I know lots of people really don't like car trips, but that's not me! I like them! Especially on the way there. The way home isn't as good, but still, I like them. Hmm.

I really want to talk to one of my cousins, but neither of them are online right now. That's sad.

Well, I think posting on here has helped me. I was starting to feel a bit depressed but now I'm feeling pretty good (just tired, of course). I think maybe some ranting helped me. Heh heh. And Flyleaf's music is always amazing. I want to buy the CD sometime... maybe I'll get it for Christmas?

Oh, and I know what kind of better digital camera I want (I've wanted a better one for some time. The one I have now isn't very good at all, and I bought it way before I knew anything about cameras. So I want a good one). It's a... let me check... (I can't exactly remember the name, but it's a really good one that two of my cousins have) ah, here it is. A Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15K 12.1 MP Digital Camera.

Or one close to that. Yup. They bought theirs for $160 but I think I might be able to get it for cheaper. Good thing, since I'm completely HORRIBLE at saving up money. But I think it's about time I tried really hard. I'll probably have to start saving up for it at Christmas, though, since I need to save up the money I have to buy presents. Oh well, whatever, I also need to learn patience.

So this whole thing will be really good for me! Ha ha. I'll learn patience, the skill of saving money, and I'll be able to take better pictures! Sounds good to me!!

Well, sorry for such a long post. I just felt like talking (typing...).

TTYL, or as Tigger would say (because Tigger is awesome) TTFN! Ta ta for now!!



Just a few peptalk notes

>> Thursday, November 12, 2009


Yeah, hi.

So, I'm gonna go to bed soon, but I just wanted to say a few things since I might not get a chance on the computer in the next few days.

I get these peptalks from NaNoWriMo, see? (I'm actually reading one right now). I usually get one or two a week. And they're very cool and VERY helpful, and often also very funny! I got one written by Gail Carson Levine, who is an awesome author in my opinion, and it was just so amazing I have to share it. So here's the whole thing, read it if you want, I think it's awesome. At least read the list of tips she gives (and I've actually done a few of them myself!!). Here it is!

Dear NaNoWriMo-ers,

I'm not even the tortoise of writing. I'm the slug. And you are more than hares, you're cheetahs — writing at seventy miles an hour. I have to fictionalize even to talk to you.

So it's October 31st. I’m back from trick or treating in a robot costume, worn to honor Isaac Asimov, who wrote or edited more than 500 books in his lifetime. After removing my tin head mask and my metallic gloves, I pig out on candy corn and think about today's accomplishments.

I dug a shallow grave in the backyard and buried my print thesaurus (starting tomorrow, the first word I think of is good enough, even if I use it seven times on every page), dictionary (who cares how ophthalmologist is spelled anyway?), usage books (I can figure out the difference between lie and lay later), encyclopedia, atlas, and my beloved books about writing. I taped blackout curtains over my windows. My techy friend spent hours tinkering with my computer. She's assured me that it will combust if I try to reestablish connections to the internet and email. The single thing I'm keeping is my cell phone in case I start to go into cardiac arrest, but the keys are smeared with battery acid, except the 9, the 1, and send. My family and friends and Meals-on-Wheels have sworn to deliver food to my door, which will be kept closed to protect the world from my intensifying body odor.

Now I tape my list of rules and advice (culled from friends, my mom, the buried writing books, and, mostly, my own hyped-up imagination) to the wall next to my desk.

Now I tape my list of rules and advice (culled from friends, my mom, the buried writing books, and, mostly, my own hyped-up imagination) to the wall next to my desk.

-Sleep at least once a week.

-Eat at least once a day, but not constantly. Don't forget the essential fatty acids (Mom).

-If my fingers freeze from carpal tunnel syndrome, I have ten perfectly good toes, a nose, and quite a few teeth.

-When I'm not happy with how things are going, turn off the screen and keep typing. Don't turn it back on until the crisis is over.

-Don't check my word count more often than every fifteen minutes.

-Dream sequences can eat up a lot of pages, and they shouldn't be logical.

-Short words count just as much as long ones.

-The perfect is the enemy of the fast. The good is the enemy of the fast. The halfway decent is the enemy of the fast.

-When I run out of plot ideas, write about setting and what each character is wearing, in exquisite wordy detail. When I run out of setting and apparel, write about the voice quality of each speaker, speech mannerisms, facial ticks, body language.

-Keep my music loud enough to drown out my thoughts. Thinking is the enemy of speed.

-Remember the infinite-monkey theory: Endless keystrokes will eventually produce Shakespeare or at least words and maybe a story.

-Never edit.

-Never ever go back.

It's time for bed. I must get a good night's sleep, my last for a month. So of course I toss and turn until 3:00 am, when I realize the month has begun. I get up, stagger to the computer, and type, "It was a dark and stormy night." I’m on my way!

Now, seriously, not fictionalized, with all the earnestness I can command, here is the only important piece of advice, which is crucial for any speed of writing, any kind of writing: Do not beat up on yourself. Do not criticize your writing as lousy, inadequate, stupid, or any of the evil epithets that you are used to heaping on yourself. Such self-bashing is never useful. If you indulge in it, your writing doesn’t stand a chance. So when your mind turns on you, turn it back, stamp it down, shut it up, and keep writing.

Good luck!

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor book. You can learn more about her writing at http://gailcarsonlevine.blogspot.com/


Cow Town!!!

>> Sunday, November 8, 2009

Today I went to COW TOWN!!!

Oh, whoops, I guess only one of you will know what that means. So let me start over...

Today I went to the LIBRARY!!

Yay! My card is still expired, but I have a kind sister who lets me use her card.

I got some really good books, some that I've read before and some that I haven't.
One of them that I haven't read before is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

I watched the movie last night, and it was SO GOOD. But also VERY sad. I almost cried at the end, and I never cry during movies. I also learned a lot from it. Great movie.

I really like what's written in the front cover of the book, so I'm going to write it here... :

The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the jacket, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about.

If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. (Though this isn't a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.

Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter such a fence.

I can't wait to read it! Gotta go now. Bye!!



>> Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ever heard of the band Owl City? They're becoming pretty popular with their new single, Fireflies. I first heard it sometime last month, while listening to Pandora (which is awesome). It is a good song, I must admit I like it a lot. Here are the lyrics:

You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep
Cause they fill the open air
And leave teardrops everywhere
You'd think me rude, but I
Would just stand and stare.

I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly.
It's hard to say that I'd
Rather stay awake when I'm asleep,
Cause everything is never as it seems.

Cause I'd get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightening bugs
As they tried to teach me how to dance.
A foxtrot above my head,
A sock-hop beneath my bed,
The disco ball is just hanging by a thread.

I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly.
It's hard to say that I'd
Rather stay awake when I'm asleep,
Cause everything is never as it seems.
(When I fall asleep.)

Leave my door open just a crack.
(Please take me away from here.)
Cause I feel like such an insomniac.
(Please take me away from here.)
Why do I tire of counting sheep?
(Please take me away from here.)
When I'm far too tired to fall asleep
To ten million fireflies.
I'm weird, cause I hate goodbyes
I got misty eyes as they said farewell.
But I'll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
Cause I saved a few,
And I keep them in a jar.

I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly.
It's hard to say that I'd
Rather stay awake when I'm asleep,
Cause everything is never as it seems.
(When I fall asleep.)

I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly.
It's hard to say that I'd
Rather stay awake when I'm asleep
Because my dreams are bursting at the seams

Anyway, I'm just saying this because it's stuck in my head. Ha ha, yup. I'm going to try and get it on the blog playlist when I have time. Bye for now!


P.S. NaNoWriMo is doing good.


Time for blogging random thoughts.

>> Thursday, November 5, 2009

Well, NaNoWriMo isn't as hard as I thought it would be. The hardest part is forcing myself to write even when I'm not inspired, something I don't usually have to do. And the other hard part is getting myself to like what I'm writing.


Uhhh yeah I was going to say something else but I dunno now. Ha ha.



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