Monday, November 29, 2010
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2. Answer the 10 survey questions.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic.
4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked to let them know about the award.
- I'm anonymous, in that I don't use my real name. I'm very happy doing this. My pen name is like a security blanket, but people still seem to respect me for it. It feels like it's working out really well for me! I have no regrets. Plus, this way, if I decide that I want to use my real name, that's still an option for me.
- I'm sure there are plenty... I've been told that I contradict everything, but I don't believe that to be true (see? There's a contradiction right there). My memory is horrible, but my "inner" stubborn side usually comes out when I absolutely do not want to do something.
- The person that wants to keep everyone happy. The soft-spoken one. Someone thoughtful, with their wheels always turning.
- Pink lemonade is my summer buddy! Actually, that's a lie. Pink lemonade is my buddy year-round.
- When I take time for myself, I'm usually by myself. If I'm feeling especially girly, I'll paint my nails and that whole thing, but on any other day, I'll take time to draw or work on something I actually want to do. I might even get my typewriter out!
- Are you kidding? There's so much that I want to do in life. Here's a little list for you. It's just the top five:
- (I'm still in school ^^ ) I would say that I'm a mixture of the class overachiever and the quiet person. I enjoy putting forth all of my effort into the various projects that I do for school (my stop-motion, my government picture book, etc.). But I'm also rather quiet while doing all of this. One guy in my precalc class asked me, "What's the highest number of decibels that you've hit?" If that doesn't prove my point, I'm not sure what will.
- I would have to say making rabbit houses (long story) during recess in elementary/middle school. It's how I became friends with one of my current best friends.
- I'm pretty flexible with what I post about. I enjoy writing about books, but I feel like my personality comes out in those reviews. That doesn't scare me at all.
- No offense to my real-life friends out there, but I would rather read. It's not that I'm anti-social... no, that's not the case at all. I feel like I can't communicate with the spoken word as well as I can with the written word. I think it has to do with the thought process that goes into what I have to say. It's just simpler to write it down.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
- Despite the circumstances (which you'll read more about below, should you decide to continue), I'm feeling pretty darn good about myself!
- School, really. Not that I dislike school, but when you need to write a novel and your teachers want to give you tests on Force and Pressure, French, and Precalculus as well as make you write a three page paper on Heart of Darkness with quotes, there's just no time for anything else. Also, when Harry Potter movies release and you would much rather go to those than be anti-social and sit in your room at your computer and write a novel. Stuff happens :)
- Absolutely not. As much as I would like to have that epic burst of energy and inspiration that will allow me to write all of those words that need to be written in order to win, I don't think that it is realistic to believe that it will happen.
- I most definitely would! You will see me again-- soon actually! Like, in the summer! I'm going to practice! I'll make it 50,000 words then, because I like the wonderful challenge and I'll most likely have more time over the summer (depending on which month). You will also see me next November when the real event starts. I am determined to conquer this whole shindig!
- I would prepare more. What I mean by this is go through and outline my story scene by scene. Then I just have to worry about getting my words on paper rather than thinking about where I'm supposed to go next in the story.
- I think the word quota for the day basically worked for me. If life hadn't gotten in the way, I would certainly have been on schedule for my word count goal. But, life goes on and it has no intention of stopping any time soon.
- I have learned that I can exercise my inner editor. I basically gave him a sleeping pill and he's been out for a month (except when school's in session and I need him). I have learned that this is possible. I have learned that I am really distracted and I need to rein myself in a little bit.
- Sure, why not? As of today, I have 11,426 words which comes out to 38.09%!
- If you're looking at what I'm supposed to do for NaNoWriMo, then technically, yes, I did fail. However, I'm not feeling failure in my system, so my picture is a bit of a hyperbole of a picture (that's for you Mrs. Hayes! But I don't think you're reading this and I'm not sure if I used 'hyperbole' correctly in a sentence).
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Sunday, November 21, 2010
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- I'm fine. I'm in that in-between stage where I'm tired, but I'm not tired. It's very surreal...
- It's starting to become a part of my life. Like, I think that I'll do this even after NaNoWriMo is done, just without the stressful setting.
- I do indeed! Thank you to all you blog-hoppers out there for stopping by my blog! For those of you that left comments, I have read them and they have made me smile. Unfortunately, I was a bit preoccupied for a couple hours that took me away from the computer and I was not able to answer everyone as they commented. I tried to visit everyone at their own blogs, so I will try my best to acknowledge you on your own Blog-Hop post. I will definitely get better at this as time goes on!
- I had a concert to perform in tonight! From what I heard, a majority of the group thought we did excellent. Sure, there were a few mistakes here and there, but if you're in the audience and you don't know the music, you would probably never know about some of the things that went down.
- Sorry to get your hopes up... I have written more, but it's not typed. I'm rather tired right now, so I'm going to wrap this up and go crawl into bed with a good book, my notebook, and a pencil (you know, just in case). I will be sure to give you a percentage and word count tomorrow though! Hurray for Saturdays!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
- I'm actually feeling quite calm, despite the fact that I'm tired, I still need to read a little for school tomorrow, and I'm still behind on my overall word count. I think NaNoWriMo is giving me mood swings... in case you couldn't infer that from the previous pictures.
- Lack of time. I started typing, but then I had to do my homework, then I had to go to a class, then I had to come home and finish up that homework. There wasn't a lot of time to just sit down and type everything that I was thinking in one sitting (hey Jude, what are you doing now? I know, I know...).
- I am writing things down in a notebook. I'm not just letting perfectly good ideas go to waste. So today wasn't a total loss for writing. Just for typing everything up.
- I'm going to try and type more of my novel onto my computer. But I also have more commitments tomorrow, so we'll see how this goes. I'm going to try and get my homework done right away, then type a little, then go to my friend's concert, then come home and type more if there happens to be a little time left over.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
- Earlier today, I would have told you that I was going to explode, but now, things seem to be peachy-keen, thank you very much.
- I tried to, I really did. I had internet failure (does that sound like a disease to anyone else?). I tried several different Wi-Fi networks, but for some reason, internet was over-rated last night.
- There was a college fair at my school today. Of course there weren't any posters that said any of those things, but it certainly felt like that. They were all from around my state, which I wasn't terribly excited about. I want to get out in the world, but it looks like I'm going to be staying closer to home for one reason or another... there is good news though. I found a really cool college that I will definitely apply to once I have a portfolio together and when it gets closer to next year.
- Mostly homework. I got done with it at a decent hour, but once I was done, all of the creative energy had just sort of seeped out. All I wanted to do was read (which worked to your advantage, because there's another book review that you can check out (below) if you so desire. Today, it was just the lack of time. I've had to do all of my writing tonight.
- I made sure that I at least wrote some things on notebook paper. That way, I didn't feel like I wasn't doing anything.
- I had an answer for this originally, but now I can't remember what that was... Oh yes! I'll have these ideas and movie-like images in my head that I really want to add into my story, but for some reason, I'm incapable of putting them into words. It's the strangest thing. That's the part that sucks about being a writer-- when you're at a loss for words.
- I'm going to try and make up for the last two days. I'm still a couple thousand words behind and because I know about what's coming up this week, my biggest fear is that I'm going to get even more behind than I already am.
- Certainly... 23.64%. Not too bad, but definitely not where I'm supposed to be at this point in the game.
“It could be about anyone—you, your parents, your best friends. But it’s not. It’s about a woman called Margaret Towne, and a man who falls deeply in love with her. What he doesn’t know is that loving Maggie means loving many women at once. After a brief and intense courtship, the two young lovers set off to meet Maggie’s family: Old Margaret, Marge, Mia, and May—five women of different ages, all living together in a house called Margaron, in a place called Margarettown. Part fable, part memoir, part journey through the many world of one woman, Margarettown resonates with the wisdom and stylistic brilliance of a born writer.”
Shelfari is an amazing tool for book-lovers. That’s where I find a lot of the books that I end up putting on my “To Be Read” list. After looking up ‘Gabrielle Zevin,’ I found this and then I reserved it at the library.
I enjoyed it while I read it. Some of it was hard to wrap my head around. From my understanding, this is primarily a love story. Sometimes it was cute and it made me smile, while other times, the story went in an aggravating direction (I won’t say how). What was amazing to me was how they treated each other after either N. (he’s never given a full name, just a letter) or Maggie did something that not many spouses would be pleased to hear about.
What was interesting was how Gabrielle Zevin portrayed the complexity of women. The many layers of Maggie are shown through her different ages and phases.
This is a really interesting read. Why don’t you go and check it out?
Thank for reading!