Wednesday, October 31, 2012


It all starts tomorrow. The great noveling adventure. National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo.

This will be my fourth year participating and I will again be implementing the strategy of going to bed early then waking up in time to start writing at midnight. After about an hour, I'll go back to sleep. I plan to wake up a little bit earlier than normal and get some words in before school. Then I will be carrying my writing notebook from class to class, writing as much as I can. After I get home, I've calculated that I will have about four free hours to write.

I hope to end tomorrow with 7k on THE TRUE PRINCESS, my newly entitled princess clone story.

I'm about to head off to bed, but I've prepared this vlog with a little more information about this year's NaNo experience.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Overcoming Fear

Do you ever get scared? Scared that you'll never write about that big shiny idea of yours? Scared that you'll never finish the writing? Scared that you won't know how to revise it or make it good enough?

It's okay if you do. Everyone does.

And don't think you're an exception if it hasn't happened yet. It will.

Those aren't the only fears either. There's a whole universe of them and everyone has different ones at different times. My current one? Losing NaNoWriMo.

I tell myself that it's unfounded. I felt it last year too and look how that turned out. Over 100k written and two finished first drafts. I've never even come close to losing.

But that doesn't keep me from being scared.

Mostly I think it's because I kind of bombed Camp NaNoWriMo. Didn't even get halfway done though I did do better than last year. And I haven't worked on OBJECTION much since, however much I said I was going to.

That changed today. I sat my butt in my chair, put my head phones in, and typed away for about an hour and a half. Even tried Write or Die. I ended up adding about 2300 words for a total of 26,025. And it feels good.

The fear has subsided a bit.

What is your most recent fear?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Saying Something

I don't know what to say, but I know I need to say something.

I've been kind of detached from the Internet lately and, I have to admit, it's been quite lovely. My stress-inducing obsession with reading all the posts is gone. Reading, once again, takes up a large part of my time. Something I am quite happy about. I'm caught up with the few TV shows I watch.

But most importantly, in the words of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, I have been "participating" in my life.

Yesterday I had a Quizbowl meet. There's another one on the 27th. Tomorrow I take the PSAT for the second practice run before I take the real thing next year. Thursday through Monday is Fall Break and I'm taking Driver's Ed on Thursday and Friday in order to get my permit. I've been preparing for a Halloween party with my friends as well as the homecoming dance on November 2nd.

I know it seems like I'm neglecting all of you and I worry about that. However, I'm still young and high school only happens once. I should enjoy it while I can. I have the rest of my life to blog and write. At least, that's what I constantly tell myself.

What have you "participated" in lately?