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Huh, interesting fact I found out on the news today:

Apparently there are many people in Maine that are saying they're going to push for a constitutional amendment legalizing gay marriage.  They want Maine to be the fourth (I'm counting California) state to actually legalize it. Of course, most every state agrees with this sentiment, but I just found it interesting to catch that fact, seeing as I live in Maine and all.

In other news:

Ugh. I reached 35K (not yesterday, but a while ago), and am pushing for 36K tonight. I was originally looking for 40K, but that's not about to happen.

Oh well.

I hope to get at least that amount by tomorrow, though, and finish by Thursday or Friday. Hopefully Thursday, because I'll be gone on Friday. I'm going to an overnight at one of the biggest youth groups in Maine, with Seventh Day Slumber (a really, really amazing Christian rock band) as a performer there. It's going to be so much fun. I just thank God for providing the thirty dollars necessary to pay for me to go.

All right, I think it's time for me to get that last 500 words out of the way. Sorry for all the pointless posts lately; I'll definitely write more posts of substance after NaNo is over.
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My "a" key is being obnoxious.

I had a post planned for tonight, but I am seriously tired. I will write it tomorrow. Sorry for this utterly irrelevant post.
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Today was a library day.

Thankfully, I got most of the books I wanted. Although The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong was not there (I wanted to read it partly because of [livejournal.com profile] miriammoules' recommendation: thanks!), I did get the following: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Kingston by Starlight by Christopher John Farley, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, and Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.

I started reading The Handmaid's Tale and Kingston by Starlight a few moments ago and, so far, they are very good. I am thinking I will like my introduction to Atwood, and the language in Kingston is just so rich, and the prose is just so flowy. The prose is actually something I'd want to write! I adore flowy prose, so I'm sure I'll love Kingston for that reason.

And, of course, I have heard wonderful things about Atwood.

The other two nonfiction books I checked out... well, let's just say I am probably one of the last people on the planet to read them, just judging by my trawling through [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge because I am bored out of my skull and procrastinating on my novel.

Speaking of which.

35K, you are mine. Tomorrow.

Friends: please kick me if I don't get it by tomorrow? *grins*

Okay. Now I'm off to read for a bit!

Oh, and because I'm bored and I want to know a bit more about you all, I'm snatching something from [livejournal.com profile] technophile's journal, just because I loved the question:

What sort of God do you/would you believe in? Don't just say "Christian God" or "Muslim God" or whatever. Be specific. Even if you're an atheist, disregard that for a moment. Just, what god would you want to believe in (or think would actually exist IRL)?
callistahogan: (National Novel Writing Month)
I wrote pretty much nothing today.

Fail. Massive fail.

I certainly have to really start writing as soon as I'm done with my homework tomorrow. Because 35K is so close I can taste it.

And I will not wait until Friday to get there.
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I have a love/hate relationship with homework.

(I almost wrote "I have a love/hate homework with homework" there... I think I do need to get more sleep. Desperately.)

On the one hand, I hate homework because it prevents me from being able to write on my NaNo (since I procrastinated early this morning, I only reached 32K). I also hate homework if it comes to the Algebra or too-much-typing-on-serious-stuff English questions. I also hate it because it occasionally strikes me as absolutely pointless.

On the other hand, I love it because the English homework makes me feel really smart when my English teacher contemplates me on my writing and my insight (which he has done several times already, BTW). I also like it because I love being able to answer the aforementioned too-much-typing-on-serious-stuff English questions, especially when I can dig out my Bible and do cool Job/Elie Wiesel comparisons. Those were very fun. As was the whole "Describe how Elie's relationship with God changed during the duration of Night."

Those were really nice.

But now I am tired. Again.

I need sleep.

*plops down in bed and sleeps*

MILESTONE.

Nov. 10th, 2008 10:17 pm
callistahogan: (National Novel Writing Month)
I REACHED 30K!

I seriously didn't think I would reach it today, but I did. This is partly due to my ingenious strategy of figuring out how many pages makes up approximately a thousand words (in OO, it's between two and three pages, by the way), and then not letting myself stop writing until I've filled that amount of pages. Or, you know, until I finish one page.

This is helpful because, instead of waiting to take a break after a thousand words, I wait to take a break until after a page is done. Then, while I'm taking my break, I can calculate about how many pages I need to fill before I have written a thousand words.

Rinse, repeat.

This strategy is working quite well. I hope to use it tomorrow and who knows? I wrote four thousand words in about four hours (would have taken me less than that, probably, had I not gotten sidetracked by Dancing With the Stars), so I might be able to double that tomorrow.

I hope so.

--

In other news:

This morning in English class, we were discussing Elie Wiesel's Night and somehow it turned into some sort of whole theological debate, about whether God can be paralleled to Hitler or not, whether Moishe the Beadle's words to Eliezer were saying "You are God" or something else, and all of that incredibly dense stuff that people spend lifetimes studying.

I found it interesting, but after the Hitler comment, I spoke up, and I think I made a lot of sense. Of course, I could be wrong, but I just had to say something. There are so many differences between Hitler and God, definitely, and I could write a whole post on that sometime. Oh, and a whole post on a parallel I saw, about how Voldemort pretty much parallels Hitler in ways. I might write that.

Hmm.

*goes off to think*
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Okay, I lied.

There's not going to be a very long post today, just because I am incredibly tired and want to fall asleep. However, leeway is coming along with the... boyfriend situation, so I'm fairly happy about that. It's hard, though. Am currently trying to figure out what I should do now.

But that'll come.

Just gotta hope in the Lord for that.

In other news, Up is the cutest movie and I wanna see it right NOW. I don't wanna wait until March to see it. *wails pitifully*

And I have 23K. Will get 30K tomorrow even if it kills me.

Which, you know, it might.

But until then, g'night. See y'all in the morning.
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I found out something about my former boyfriend yesterday. To sum it up, yes, it's bad, no, I can't discuss it, and yes, I never want to see him again.

I really have nothing else to say today.

I hit 20K earlier. I wanted to reach 22K, but I think I am just going to take a break and relax for the rest of today. Take an early night, go to bed at ten, and then wake up and write again. Tomorrow, I hope to break 25K and I will, so long as nothing goes wrong on the ex-boyfriend front. And I really, really, really hope it doesn't, because something needs to be done right away.

Hmm. Let's see.

I haven't done a book review in a while. I've finished three books during this time (I know, sad, but I just am not reading quickly lately). Those three books are No Plot, No Problem! by Chris Baty, Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. I am currently reading Night by Elie Weisel (school) and God's Politics by Jim Wallis (entertainment).

I know, I'm weird if I read political books for entertainment. But hey, I have a book of Islam coming up, so... I don't think I can get any geekier than I already am.

Okay. This post is pointless.

I think I shall go listen to angry songs ("Picture to Burn," "Never Again," all the really nasty songs you listen to when you just really want to rub your newfound independence in your ex's face) and/or read a book. A better post will be coming tomorrow.
callistahogan: (National Novel Writing Month)
So today was the first day I've had to juggle both NaNoWriMo and high school. Frankly, I feel I did incredibly well, considering how well I originally thought I would do.

My total word count at the end of today (day 3) is 14,069. I originally thought I was only going to get to 12K, but word wars are the most useful thing I have come across so far on this crazy NaNo journey. Here are my basic word counts for three of the major increments:

5 minutes: 150 - 250 words.

10 minutes: 400 - 500 words.

15 minutes: 500 - 600 words.

I'm impressed with those times, and I hope to see what my average for the twenty minute word war is soon. Maybe tomorrow, because I wanted to do one today and couldn't. That might be a nice goal for tomorrow, along with... say, 18K.

Yeah, that sounds good.

You know, I'm surprised at how well writing has gone today. Granted, I rambled on quite a bit (chapter three took up many more words than I thought), but the thing is, I see that and know I need to edit it. This gives me an empowering feeling, because I know now that this plot is where I want to go, and I know where I need to flesh things out more. It feels so fulfilling to know that I am finally writing the novel I've wanted to write for ages and I am somehow halfway decent with it...

--

All right, onto something else non-NaNo related: the elections.

I can't vote tomorrow.

I know who I would vote for if I could. If you've seen my political posts, you also know who I would vote for if I was old enough.

However, regardless of who you support, I encourage all of you to go out and vote if you haven't already. We must make a difference in this nation and we will so long as the people stand up for what they believe in. Personally, I support one particular candidate. However, the opposing candidate is not only an amazing politician, but a strong person as well.

I might not agree with the views of who gets elected. I wish I could make a difference this election. Unfortunately, I have to wait until four years from now.

This year, though...

This year nearly everyone on my flist can make a difference in the way the votes go (other than the non-Americans in the bunch, to whom I say: Hi! Other than tomorrow or Wednesday this'll be my last American politics post!). I encourage you to do so. But don't do it for me. Do it for yourself, your country, and the values you stand for.

As long as you believe in the candidate you vote for, I will support you every step of the way and others will too, I'm sure.

So get out there and vote.

I'll be wishing I'm right out there with you.
callistahogan: (National Novel Writing Month)
*yawn*

Today was a good day. Before I talk about NaNoWriMo, though, let me just say happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] greatalexanders! Hopefully it was everything you wanted it to be.

And now.

Day Two:

My total word count is 10,179. I could go further—there are only, at most, a thousand words left in this chapter, and only if I ramble on a bit—but I don't think I can squeeze out more words. Besides, my foot hurts and I have to go to bed in about half an hour.

As for my thoughts on NaNo... I'm fairly happy with what I've gotten so far. My characters are obeying me so far and my plot is coming along nicely. A lot of editing will be necessary at the end of this ordeal. I'd prefer not to think of that, though. *grin*

I would write more, but I'm tired.

So off to bed I go.

The next post will be longer.
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One: I will go insane if I see another word count update at either [livejournal.com profile] lj_nanowrimo or [livejournal.com profile] nanowrimo. News of your word count does not merit a separate post, and I hope someone will make a Word Count thread. My friends list is like spammed with all that stuff. How annoying.

Two: Whee. NaNoWriMo, I love you!

This year, it was a much more difficult start than I anticipated, though. I tried writing at midnight, deleted my beginning several times, but I eventually went to bed after about eight hundred words. However,  once I woke up, I wasn't happy with it. I started over and got 4K in one version... only to give up on it and go to my original. I deleted a bit of my original chapter, but then easily wrote over it. So far, I am very happy with what's been going on so far, but I already know I'll need a lot of editing.

But still!

I wrote 5,101 words today (not counting the 4K of the other version that I scrapped), so I'm really happy. I definitely think I will reach at least 10K tomorrow, even though I have a research paper to do and a 100 word paragraph for English.

How is everyone else doing at NaNo? Is it going well?

Three: Yeah. That research paper. It's due on Monday. I might work on it a bit tonight, but if not, that'll be my second priority, right after getting my 5K in NaNo. (I know, school before NaNo and all that, but you know, I don't care.) Blah.

Oh, and that paragraph.

That'll take at most a half hour (it'll only take that long because you can't use one word more than once, btw), so it's not that bad.

But blah.

I have written too many words today. This post is incoherent. I think I will go to bed a bit earlier today. Either that or do something mindless.

(I will definitely enjoy that extra hour of sleep tonight...)
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My post yesterday didn't say much, I think. I just ended up talking about my English teacher, but more has been going on than that. And since my brain has gone kaput, I won't even bother putting it in some coherent manner. So excuse the possibly-incoherent nature, please.

  • Research Papers: I have one of those evil things due October 31st. It is on French Polynesia, and I have no clue how to start it. Most of my research is already done, but my French teacher's stress on thesis statements seems to be prohibiting my creativity, or something. It's not deliberate, obviously, but I hate trying to force myself into a mold of what I believe the teacher wants, and I feel as if that's what I have to do. So I'm trying to just forget about the thesis and just write it. Oh, and then start that stupid visual, which I have to finish by October 31st. *sigh* So freakin' busy.
  • California's Proposition 8: Is it a bad thing if I am irrationally interested in the results of this? I mean, I live on the opposite side of the country, but I can't wait until I hear the results. I have my own views on this issue, but in interest of not starting a debate, I'll keep those issues to myself. Honestly, I think this is one of the most important things (a portion of) America is voting about this year.
  • Elections: Is it over yet? It seems as if it's just getting dirtier and dirtier as the days tick by. There's only about ten days left, but it feels like ages. John McCain doesn't look like he has much of a chance to win, unfortunately, and I have no clue what to think of Barack Obama. I will soon see, though.
  • Objections to Christianity: Recently one particular issue in regards to Christianity has been coming up constantly. This issue is summed up easily: "What gives Christianity the right to force their views on other people? Why can't I believe what I wish?" Or in other words: "I don't like being commanded or forced to believe in a religion. After all, there can't be just one true religion, can there?" I feel strongly on this issue and wanted to write a post about it, but couldn't figure out how to word it correctly. I might write it sometime this week, if people want to hear it, that is.
  • NaNoWriMo: Eeeeeek. There are only six days and two hours left until NaNo starts. This is exact; at the time of writing this post it is 10:01. I have quite a few things planned out so far, but I still have to flesh things out. I am now officially going into "panic mode." That is, I'm freaking out about not reaching 50K, even though I know I'll be able to do it. I just tend to go into a mode where I am second-guessing myself. That'll go away once I've got about 20K, though.
Oh, and did you know that over 60,000 people have already signed up for NaNo? That means that if only 20% of all writers reached the minimum goal, we would have written 600,000,000 words. That is insane. And that's not even counting the words of the people that won't win, the authors that will exceed 50K, and the writers that are yet to join. I find this amazing.
  • NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month): I'm doing this, I think. Expect lotsa updates in November about NaNo and me moaning/celebrating it. Oh, and if I don't seem to post by say, seven my time, kick me. 'Kay, thanks. :D
  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini: I think the fact that I have yet to finish this book after a week says everything. This book isn't bad, not at all, but... wow. There are so many things I would change. The book could be cut in half and it would go over the same thing. If it was cut in half, it would have been good thing after good thing after good thing, but as it is, it is just blah. The dialogue is choppy (I mean, honestly, who ends a statement by saying "Those are my thoughts"? And why must everyone speak in such a formal language?), and it just doesn't appeal to me at all. However, it's a decent book. I should have it done tomorrow. I hope.
  • HSM3: I want to watch this movie. That is all.
  • Um, me?: I think I've been discovering a lot about myself lately. I feel as though I'm growing as a person, just by looking back at my reactions. For example, this morning I nearly had a fit and deleted my previous post because my brain kept saying "ugh, my last post was so stupid, why don't I just delete it now?" This just shows the fact that I am too insecure for my own good. And I remember a time when I was young, when I was determined that I would never get insecure, that I would always be comfortable in my own skin.
*sigh*

I feel so naive admitting that now, but it's true. I wish that my younger self is more a part of my older self. Not that I'm not happy with who I am, I guess, I just... don't know how to express that. I'm cripplingly shy, and I just want to quit it. I've been trying to but, like, what can I do? I'm trying, and I guess I'll just have to see where it leads me.

Maybe starting that literary magazine will be good for me...

All right, I've rambled long enough. I can see there are some things that perhaps merit elaborating on (Proposition 8, elections, that objection to Christianity, NaNoWriMo, my... um, me-ness), so just tell me if you want me to say something more. I'll try to do so, if I'm not too busy tomorrow with writing that research paper and doing that visual.

(See my bouncy penguin? Isn't it cute?)

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