Monday, January 20, 2014

2014 - An Update

As Michael put it to me, "Hey, it's 2014. Stop being lazy and post something."

So here I am!

I guess I should start with NaNoWriMo: I didn't win. My final word count was 30,155. However, as I state on my newly updated NaNoWriMo profile, there are no regrets involved. Of course, I would have loved to have reached 50k and completed a first draft, but my reason for falling short of my goal was, I believe, a good one. Either way, I now have a pretty substantial beginning to a new story.

Nothing major has happened since then, but I have a lot of big events coming up.

This Saturday, I will be attending the third annual YAK Fest. For those who don't know, YAK Fest is short for Young Adult Keller Book Festival. I attended the festival the year before last and had a great time (read about it here, here, here, and here). I'm hoping to obtain a couple extra signed books to giveaway for my birthday on February 4th.

On February 15th, I'm going to Tulsa to audition for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (read about my prior experiences with the Institute here). Between now and then, I have to work on the needed portfolio. I don't have many written-in-the-past-year short works to draw from besides my NaPoWriMo poems. Hence, the next few weeks will be dedicated to writing short stories. As I choose to add and write new pieces, I may post them on Figment as I did last year (here and here).

In between those two things, there's my Solo and Ensemble competition for choir. Since I decided to enter a solo, I have to practice that as well as my ensemble. I'm also a part of ANNIE, the musical we're doing at school. I have rehearsal almost every day until the end of February.

On top of all that, the AP life is about to hit me hard. Between Chemistry and English Language and Composition (side note: in this class, we are going to write haikus about whales for a contest soon), the Saturday sessions, mock tests, and homework might kill me. I'm also taking AP U.S. History, but, said nicely, my teacher isn't really up to par.

Soooo, in conclusion, I'm going to be busy.

Topics For Next Post: 1) my lack of New Year's Resolutions and 2) projects I'll be working on

12 comments:

  1. You're back! :) Can't wait to hear about your upcoming projects.

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    1. Yes, I am! I don't know how often I'll be able to post, but yes!

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  2. You are busy , busy, busy!!
    Congrats on all your endeavors! and good luck with everything.

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    1. Thanks, Clar. ^^ Hope you are doing well!

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  3. Welcome to 2014, Brooke! :)

    Your "currently happening" list makes my brain hurt. All I have the ability to do is work my job and go home and try to do something on at least one of my projects that night, so that I can watch DVDs the rest of the night. haha.

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    1. I haven't been watching a lot of TV lately and I'm more into shows than movies. However, if you get work done on a project every day than you're more productive than me. :P

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  4. You should watch Helix on SyFy. It's similar to "The Walking Dead" in that there are zombie-esque creatures in it, however, it branches off in its own wild direction by making the whole "zombie" thing a big macguffin and giving us just "cray cray" characters.

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    1. Hmmm...I don't know, Michael. I've seen your last couple of posts about the show and I don't think it's for me. Thank you for stopping by though!

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  5. Congratulations on deciding to do a solo. Your ability to write, which is a solitary practice, should help you with that.

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    1. Thank you, Mark. ^^ I think it was a rather big decision for me. I'm planning to practice my song today.

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  6. Hi Brooke, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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    1. Hello, Chris. I'm glad to meet you. ^^ Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you're liking what you see.

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