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It's kind of amazing. It's making me go squee and "YES, that's it, exactly it" and "Oh my gosh, that's exactly what I think too!"

Just as an illustration of the amazingness that is this book, let me supply you with an awesome quote. The whole book speaks so truthfully about writing, and why we write, and the role writers have in society, and how writing has the power, and how our writing always has to be honest, and oh, gosh, just so great.

Just one of the little gems in this book:

"I don't know why I do what I do. If I did know, I probably wouldn't feel the need to do it. All I can say, and I say it with the utmost certainty, is that I have felt this need since my earliest adolescence. I'm talking about writing, in particular writing as a vehicle to tell stories, imaginary stories that have never taken place in what we call the real world. Surely it is an odd way to spend your life -- sitting alone in a room with a pen in your hand, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, struggling to put words on pieces of paper in order to give birth to what does not exist, except in your head. Why on earth would anyone want to do such a thing? The only answer I have ever been able to come up with is: because you have to, because you have no choice."
- Paul Auster, "Talking to Strangers," Burn This Book.

I saw that quote when I picked up this book an hour or so ago and I immediately knew I had to read it as soon as possible. And so far it has not disappointed. I should be done with it tonight -- probably in an hour or so -- and a book review will be coming shortly, where I will try to hold back my enthusiasm a tad.
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The only problem is my brain is dead. Nothing is coming to mind.

*sigh*

I think I need a new LJ Idol topic. Or something. Maybe I'll go explore the free topics.
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NaNoWriMo is starting again in a month, and I have absolutely no idea what to write about.

I am definitely doing it this year, although I will need to have more structure to my schedule in October/November to make it work. My Bio teacher had the idea of making a spreadsheet, laying out every half hour interval and scheduling in stuff like homework, etc. That way, I can move things around and make sure I don't procrastinate. I can do my homework for an hour, say, do something fun for a half hour, then do my homework, do something fun, and on and on. Schedule in some eating time and TV and bam, I'm good.

That will help me structure November, that's for sure. I'll probably get around to building one of those spreadsheets by the weekend.

However, I have no ideas what to write about for NaNo this year. I'm toying with the idea of a Greek-style original novel, but that idea doesn't really appeal to me because I would never be able to pull off something as awesome as Greek, my new favorite TV show. Other than that, I have no ideas. I might do something that's fantasy, I might do a romance, I might do something sci-fi-y, something realistic, pretty much anything. I might even go into it with nothing but my new brand-new Mini laptop, but that idea is not appealing to me.

Does anyone have any ideas? Give me a character, a line, a phrase, something you like in fiction, something you don't, and maybe that will jog my creative impulses.

Regardless, I can't wait! NaNo is always so much fun! And this is my fourth year running! Let's make it four for four, shall we?
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I wrote 1,036 words of an original story today.

I am very excited about this story so far. It is named (tentatively) An Assassin's Game, and it's sort of a modern fantasy combined with a bit of murder mystery and some alternative world history and some cute love story between two friends that grew up together. It's about a boy who feels trapped by his believed legacy and a girl who has her own demons to fight, and the events -- both light and dark -- that will shape their lives together.

I have had the main character, Jonathan, in my head, ever since he first gave me the line:

"My name is Jonathan, and I am a bastard child."

I mean, how can a good back story not come out of that?

It took him quite a while to tell me where he came from, but during Study Hall today, the idea just came to me while I was surfing the NaNo boards, so I immediately proceeded to write it. I'm not quite sure where it's going, but I know it is going to be a good story. I don't know too much about Jonathan, but I know enough to start writing about him. He is in many ways the quintessential American teenager, but burdened with something he doesn't quite understand. He is not a typical hero -- just as my story ideas are never just typical. They all have some sort of twist and, though I haven't thought of this story's yet, I know it will have one.

That's just the sort of writer I am: my stories go in unexpected directions, or at least my original ones do.

The only thing I'm worried about is that now that I'm writing this story before NaNo, what am I going to write about during NaNo? I do have a month to think about it, but I want to have an idea before October 15. I'm sure I'll think about something, but until then, I am going to be a little anxious. All I have to do is to keep my eyes and ears open, and hopefully I'll think about something wonderful to write about. Am toying with the idea of doing something other than fantasy, but I've found with fantasy you have just so much more leeway, and it makes it easier to circumvent rules...

Anyway.

One of my goals this November is to write 100K. WIth all my homework this year, it's going to be pretty impossible to juggle homework, NaNo, and life in general, but I can do it. Somehow. I might go crazy, but then again, have I ever really been sane?
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The first five people to comment in this post get to request a drabble of any pairing/character from any fandom of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this in their journal.

Fandoms: Harry Potter, Twilight, Outlander (first four books only!), Dangerverse, Charmed, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Camp Rock, original, maybe more if I remember. Possibly House, if you don't ask for anything written about Thirteen, Kutner, Taub... because I have no idea what's been happening. So... season 1 through 4, I suppose.
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You know what bothers me?

When you spend two days writing a 10,000 word chapter for an expected epic fanfic, post it, and get no reviews for it at all.

I know that readers aren't under any obligation to review, but I just... want some reassurance that what I wrote is good. I mean, it's flattering and all when people add the fic to their alerts or favorites, but I just wish that one person would spare the time to jot off a quick note, just to say that they enjoyed the fic. I'm not asking for the massive reviews I send off when I read a fic I like, but just a quick  "I liked it" would suffice.

Not that I'll hold my story hostage, of course, or that I'm somehow bitter toward my readers. I just wish that I knew how they liked it.

However, writing so much has made me remember how much I missed it. I missed the feeling of words flying from my fingers, of page after page getting filled up with words I wrote, words that I brought out to the surface. I missed watching my word count steadily increase. I missed giggling when I wrote a scene I loved, or feeling sad when I wrote a depressing scene. I just... missed writing.

I should write more, and not just fanfiction. I just can't seem to get the "Write every day" mentality stuck in my head. (Come to that, I can't get "Read my Bible every day" to stick either, or "Read every day." Which is so sad.)

I hope to change that. Because...

I love writing. So much. And I want to get a book published... I've been kind of forgetting that lately, and I need to bring that back to mind. I will, though.

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(By the way, if you're interested, this is the link to my new Harry Potter fanfic, Out of Desperation. It reads like one of the typical "Marauders read Harry Potter" stories floating around, but it will be so much more than that, I assure you. So... if you're interested, check it out? And maybe... tell me what you think?

/end plug)
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Comment to this post and I will give you 5 things I associate you with, if I haven't already. Then post this in your own journal and elaborate on the subjects given.

I love this meme. It gives me a chance to post and reflect on my life, and also think about how I perceive other people in my life. It's probably one of my favorite memes.

This latest batch is from [livejournal.com profile] wheatear.

Books - I am so glad someone did this, because I think of myself as so much of an intense book lover. Ever since I learned how to read, I have always had a book I was reading, and over the past year, I've read so many amazing books. I just love the way books -- really great books -- transport you to another world, a world where you can just forget about everything that's wrong with your life and just get drawn into a story that just keeps you gripped and turning pages. There is probably not a feeling I love more in the world than that of picking up a book and not being able to put it down, barring the feelings I get when I feel God working, really working, in my life. Reading, to me, is just magical. Books are magical.

Writing - Geez, another passion. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a published author. I don't even remember why now; all I know is that writing is such a huge, encompassing part of my life, and I will never be able to let it go. I just love expressing myself through words, writing stories that touch people, and letting my deepest emotions loose in the world. Writing is magic too. I might not write as much as I could or should, but I love it so much.

Evangelism - My third passion. For not having first pick, [livejournal.com profile] wheatear, you certainly got me pegged with these three!

Evangelism, to me, is so much more than telling people about Christ and asking them to accept him as their savior. It is about being a good example, refuting those stereotypes about Christians ("They are illogical," "They hate gays," "They are old-fashioned," etc., etc., etc.), and following God yourself. It is about showing people what God is doing in your life. It is about being fresh, not stuffy, about your faith, being willing to compromise with liberals and yet never compromise the most important aspects of your life.  It is sometimes about telling, not showing, but more often, you have to express your faith in the ways you know how and let God, not you, bring them to him.

My spiritual gift is evangelism. I want to bring someone to Christ, but I am under no delusions that it is actually me that will bring them to him. I also try to express my faith, but not be pushy about it. Opinions are varied as to how well I succeed, of course.

Applied ethics - Interesting. I do tend to gravitate more toward those topics, such as abortion and gay marriage, instead of other issues. In my life, I do bring my faith into how I view the world and some of the biggest issues facing humanity. I look at things from a moral standard, but at the same time, that does not mean that I am not rational in my judgments.

Biblical morality -  This is such a hard thing for me to articulate. I do subscribe to "Biblical morality," as in, I am an absolutist, believing things are either right or wrong and there is no middle ground to be had. However, believing homosexuality is wrong does not mean I don't believe they deserve the same rights as everyone else does, just as believing murder is wrong doesn't mean that I support the death penalty for murderers. I believe justice is more important than punishing sin -- which is exactly what separates me from the more staunchly conservative folks.

*is not sure if this makes sense*

Ah, well.
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Um, so I said I was going to do this the day I posted the first part, but I just kept procrastinating. At least I'm doing it now.

Christianity was doubled up, though, so I'll do that one last.

First, [livejournal.com profile] greatalexanders:

Thinkyness - I do seem to think a lot, don't I? I guess it just stems from my habit of being alone, for the most part, and reading a lot: thinking just seems to be the way I spend most of my time, and I think about everything. I guess that gives me an interesting perspective on the world and opinions that it seems other people don't share. I don't consider my uniqueness is a bad thing, per se, but on a level, I do, because I mostly tell myself things, not other people. I think, but don't talk.

Maturity - Once again, this is kind of because of my "thinkyness" and my bookish tendencies. I read books teens my age might not normally read, and I have had to grow up faster than perhaps other people my age might've. I get along with people older than me, for the most part, which means I often feel like I act more adult than I am. In ways, I understand when I have to reaccess my beliefs, as I have recently about gay marriage and abortion. I may believe abortion is wrong, for instance, but I understand where a mother-to-be may believe it is necessary.

Of course, I don't consider myself as mature as you all seem to. I'm so often just a silly, huffy little teenage girl.

Pack - Ah, Pack. *sighs* You know, it was great while it lasted. For a while, for two years or so, it felt like family. I learned so much from Anne, Beth, Tim, James, Krish, Yuhan, and Archy. (Do you know that I haven't typed that name in so long, and it still hurts?) We were fun and silly and yet mature and supportive all at the same time. Some of my happiest memories are from Pack, and I'll never regret the time I had with all of you.

However, as a part of me always knew would happen, the magic wore off. I felt increasingly distant from all of you, and CotCS helped with that for a while. But even we eventually ended up growing further apart. Internet friendships, Internet families, are fun, but... they're not enough, they're never enough. Eventually paths separate, and my path separated.

I'm a teenage girl, yearning to take on the world, but I can't do that via a computer screen. There are people I tried to save but couldn't, because the physical barrier between us was too great. So now I turn my attention to the people who I can help, the people I can see and touch and understand.

Youth - Heh, I am really a teenager, honest. I am young, but I don't see that as something that defines me, as it seems everyone else seems to do. I am different from people my age, but similar all at the same time.

And now, [livejournal.com profile] miriammoules:

Intelligent - Blame my bookish tendencies and solitary nature for this one. I read, think, and listen. I pay attention. I try to think things through, and I just want to know things, so intelligence probably stems from that.

Articulate - I have been avidly writing for more than half my life, and my goal is to be a published author, so I need to be able to express my ideas in an eloquent and understandable way. Sometimes I feel that I fail, but I am getting better at expressing my thoughts coherently. I just want to share my opinions eloquently with the world, and I manage to do that, I guess.

Evolving - I'm quite glad you actually mentioned this, because I find myself evolving as well. A year ago, I was reading Ann Coulter and was staunchly conservative, and now I am a somewhat reluctant supporter of Obama and find myself squarely in the middle of the liberal/conservative "war." I used to be pro-life and anti-gay marriage, and to an extent, I still am, but I realize that, in today's society, compromise is necessary. I am learning more about myself and the world around me, and growing into a very opininated female. There are some things I absolutely refuse to compromise, but in most aspects of my life, I am continuing to grow. In all aspects, really.

Boyfriend - Whee. *grin* Yes, I have a boyfriend. He is nice and funny and sensitive and similar to me and he calls me and doesn't seem to mind my shyness and he is amazing so far. We've had two dates, and I want to see him again. Soon.

And for the biggest one of all:

Christian / Christianity - There is nothing more important to me than my faith. Without it, I don't know where I would be. I think what I wrote in my first paper for Grade 9 English expresses this well.

I grew up in a strong Christian home, got saved when I was six, and have been a Christian ever since. Without my faith, I am not sure where I would be. There's nothing that brings a smile to my face more than expressing my faith and letting people know that yes, I am a Christian and yes, I am proud to be one and no, I will not change my beliefs just to fit in with the world. I want to make a difference in this world for Christ. Jesus Christ has brought me through difficult times in my life—such as my parents' separation, my peers trying to force me to do things I don't want to do, and my lack of inspiration when it comes to writing—and without Him, I wouldn't be the person I am today.

I feel His presence through everything I do and feel Him guiding me through my entire life. When it comes to my passion for academics, writing, and reading... do I think it would be there if it weren't for Him? No. Christianity means more to me than I can ever express and if people try to take Him away from me, I'll end up growing ever closer to Him. That's just the way I've found He works.

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I have spent the last few days reading the posts linked here, and I have learned so much about this issue that my brain feels like it will turn to mush any minute now. Personally, as an outsider to this discussion and perhaps not a very welcome addition if I chose to join, I find myself thinking that both sides have points that need to be addressed and discussed. Not by me, I'm not eloquent enough, but by people who understand that there are equal points/merit on both sides.

I'm not taking sides. These issues do need to be addressed and, since I need, primarily, to educate myself on this issue before I take part in any discussions about it, I will remain outside, to read and contemplate and think and ponder the possibilities of joining next time.

(And yeah, my position as a relatively privileged white person gives me the opportunity to do this, I know...)
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It seems so strange, thinking that I haven't updated in six days. I just... haven't had very much to talk about lately, or if I do, I just can't think of how to put it into words. A lot has happened in the past six days, though, and being bored out of my mind has given me a lot of time to think.

First off, there are only about two weeks left in the first semester of this year, and finals are coming up in about eight days. I'm feeling pretty confident about all of them, but half of my English final is making me a little worried.

You see, we have to put on a scene from Romeo and Juliet, and I'm working with my friend, OG (Obnoxious Guy, in case you can't remember). If you've read the play, we're putting on the scene very early on in the play, when Benvolio and Romeo are talking, and Romeo is explaining to him about Rosaline, how he's "in love" with her, and Benvolio asks him to look at other beautiful women, to get Rosaline out of his head. And it's a great scene, showing their friendship, but I just happened to choose to do Romeo. Which means I have to memorize 65 lines.

In two weeks.

Of course, this is coming from the girl who memorized twenty-six lines of Romeo's balcony speech, so I'm not too worried. I have a little less than two weeks, and if I do a little of it every day, I'm sure I'll be able to do it. Am thinking I'll ask OG to get together next Saturday or something so we can practice together. Maybe we'll go in that little room behind the nonfiction section so we can practice without anyone staring at us strangely. (No one really goes into the nonfiction section, unless some seniors are hanging out in that same room.)

Speaking of that play, though, I have to agree with the people who say that Romeo and Juliet are both way too hasty, headstrong, and more in lust than in love, for sure. I'm reading it, and honestly, it doesn't seem they're really in love at all. They're attracted to each other, yes, but it's more infatuation, not love. They know nothing about each other, and you know, they're so willing to throw their lives away. I can think of two times right off the top of my head, maybe more. I can't help thinking how much this tragedy might've been avoided if Romeo and Juliet had come clean about their feelings at the beginning.

Regardless of that, I can see the appeal. It is written cleanly and, even though it seems as though it rambles on and on, it is so precise; in that scene I'm putting on, I couldn't think of a single line to cut. And that's surprising.

Um, okay, this post is going on way too long, but I have so much more to say, so I'll just put the rest under the cut.

Read more... )
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This year is turning out to be very nice so far.

There are a lot of things planned for this month, mostly a Disciple concert on January 13 (NOT 3), a trip to the movies with my best friend to see Inkheart on January 23, and maybe a trip to a basketball game if there's a local one where my high school is playing.

I also haven't written down my New Years' resolutions, but that's mostly because I've been thinking about them, debating whether or not I should do them, and I just decided why not? If I don't follow them, I don't follow them. Nothing new there. But it's nice to have them, just in case.

So...

1. Get out more.
2. Try not to feel self-conscious about my appearance. If I feel self-conscious about it, I'll end up just drawing more attention to it. This prompts people to bring it up, which in turn prompts me to feel more self-conscious about it, starting a vicious cycle. So just quit it.
3. Attempt speaking up more, gaining friends, etc.
4. Read.
5. Write at least the first draft of my new version of Yulian.
6. Start that creative writing newspaper with my English teacher.
7. Grow closer to God and read the Bible every single day.
8. Don't break these resolutions. :P

Thankfully, four seems easy. So far, it's only the third, and I've already finished three books. A few minutes ago, I just finished Saturday by Ian McEwan, and I definitely didn't expect to love it as much as I did. It was much better than I thought it would be. Probably an A book, and a review is coming tomorrow.

Good Omens is also sitting on my bed (still), waiting to be read, so I can't wait to pick that up tomorrow. I most likely won't finish it tomorrow, but Monday for sure, judging from all the positive things I've heard about the book.
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I ended up asking my English teacher for an extension on my materialism essay. He granted my request, but also gave everyone else one more day to finish it as well. Considering I was panicking about it (my Sunday Facebook status was "Heidi is panicking panicking panicking about her essay. HELP" or something along those lines), it continually strikes me how things work out the way they do.

My dad said that "sometimes, you have to put things like this in God's hands." And right now? I can see why he says that.

I also feel as though my essay is good. It might not be the best I've ever written, and I've had much struggle in trying to get those stupid words down on paper, but while I was reading it, I found that it flowed fairly well. There are a few little things I might change (the conclusion, to me, still seems slightly abrupt), but this time, I've got to leave it in Mr. P's hands and hope he likes it.

It also seems as though Mr. P thinks I'm the weirdest girl he has ever met in his life. A few weeks ago, when I was reading Freakonomics, he glanced at me and said, "You must be the most eclectic reader I have ever met." Yesterday, when I first brought in The Portable Atheist, he read the back of the book and then said that I was "something else." In a good way.

I think I like being eclectic and "something else." 

But I also want to be normal sometimes. Just sometimes, I want people from school to ask me to do something with them.

Enough of that, though.

I am currently about fifty pages into The Portable Atheist and, believe it or not, I am actually enjoying it. Admittedly, I don't agree with much of what they're saying, but it's fascinating, seeing how atheistic thought has changed, from Lucretius all the way up to Christopher Hitchens. I wish that there was a book of Christian thought throughout the ages, from the time of the Apostles up until now.

That would certainly be interesting.

Also, since I seem to have time to actually do things today, instead of writing an essay, I'm thinking three book reviews will be coming soon. Four more to go until I reach my goal of sixty-five books! Woot!

Oh, and please read this if you're a writer. That's why I like Elizabeth Bear!
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10 Things Teens Should Know About Writing

As a teenage girl, I have to say that this advice is particularly sound. Of course, as a teenage writer, I don't like hearing my writing sucks, but I have to admit that even if it doesn't, it's still not as good as I want it to be. I have so much more to learn.

And the whole "You have to write every day" is something I've heard... oh, about a million times before, but I don't seem to be able to drill that into my head enough in order to actually do it. Because blogs don't count and schoolwork isn't really creative writing, so I doubt that counts.

I do have to wonder, though: Is being a part of a school newspaper really as geeky as Scalzi makes it out to be? Because I think I might become (gasp) an editor of the paper if my English teacher and I can get it together.

Other news:

* Reviews haven't been coming lately, even though I have two books finished. I'm thinking I'll hold out on writing them until I finish The Blind Assassin. I wish I was farther into the book than I am (I'm only two hundred pages into it), but I hope to be done with it by Saturday, in any case.

* I requested The Portable Atheist by Christopher Hitchens via interlibrary loan and it's currently in transit. Even though I am (obviously) not an atheist, I felt it was high time I read one of those books by a prominent atheist, and I decided it'd be better if I started with an anthology of readings rather than a full-blown book. As a counterpoint, I also requested To Everyone An Answer edited by... several writers/scientists, including J. P. Moreland.

I figured it'd be nice to read those two in conjunction with one another, just to compare the worldviews more than perhaps I have.

* I want to get out more, but I have no clue what I can do. Any ideas?
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*sigh*

You know that materialism essay? The one I enjoyed writing? The one I thought I was going to do so well on?

Well.

It turns out I did pretty badly on it, as did the entire class. The highest grade was an 86, and I got an 84, along with quite a few other people, namely one of my guy friends, who I thought had a much weaker essay than I did. But apparently not. Both of our essays were weak, but for very different reasons.

My friend's essay was weak because it was poorly organized, rather vague, and had quite a few grammatical issues in it. And while my introduction was strong, I "fell down," as Mr. P put it, on backing up my claims. It was vague, too generalized, and did not have enough concrete support. My "diction" was great, my introduction made him excited to read it, but... I pretty much bombed, considering how well I thought I was going to do on the essay.

So I was quite upset. I thought for sure that I had done well on it, and to see all those red marks on a paper I was proud of just a few minutes ago was something that I wasn't quite ready to see. However, I soon realized that hey, it's constructive criticism, he has good points, and I'm determined to make my essay better than it was.

And if that means that I have to scrap everything but my introduction and start all over?

So be it.

(Which, you know, I've already pretty much decided I'm going to do that. I am going to get a good grade on this essay. Above a 95. I'm determined. Speaking of which, do any of you have any articles/statistics/etc. that would back up a claim saying materialism is bad for modern culture? Thanks a billion times if you do. It would help so much.)

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I know I said that I was probably going to finish Dust today, but I started reading All the Windwracked Stars, and wow, is that book amazing. I believe it's [livejournal.com profile] matociquala's (sweet, I spelled her name right on the first try!) most recent book, and I adore it. Muire and Kasimir? Pure love. :)

So, needless to say, that'll probably be the next book I'll finish. And then I'll have to tell my friend (look above) that I'm done with it, because he wants to read it as well.

It's also kind of fun to have an author this good on your F-list, even though it's not mutual. Just reading her posts and seeing how utterly normal she is just... warms my heart, really. And her posts are always great to read. So are her books!
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I WON!

I didn't think I would actually do it this year, but lo and behold, I did it. While it was harder this year, seeing this just brightened up my entire day. (After all, how many people can boast that they got 50K exactly, according to the NaNo verifier, without even trying? Probably not many.)

However, I probably won't write a novel I care about this much for NaNo again. I thought I could handle writing such an important project for NaNo, but... nope, nope, not really. I went through about a week where I didn't want to write, and that was most likely because... well, this is the novel I want to get published. I want to look at this novel when I'm done with it, all done with all the rewriting and revisions that are always necessary, and say, "This is my book and I'm proud of it."

The no-holds-barred attitude NaNo has the power to give people does not bode well with "serious" novels. So no more books in the Yulian universe written for NaNo. If I try, kick me?

Next year, though... I'm going to go into it in one of two ways: either I am going to go in with only a character and write by the seat of my pants, or I'll think of a plot only during October (not two or three years before I finally commit it to paper) and don't think too much.

That said, I don't regret writing Yulian for NaNo at all.

I have 134 pages of novel.

Novel.

I wrote this during a month. And now I know where things are going. My novel has so much more depth, and I know that I can make Yulian a true great novel. I have the bones. All I need to do is fix the bones and then add flesh.

I can do that.

Just not now.

Now? All I want to do now is watch The Starter Wife (my guilty pleasure) and read until my brain explodes from all the greatness.

No more writing for a while.

(And go ahead, watch me write a 3 or 4K story tomorrow. Just watch.)
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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.
callistahogan: (Default)
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*
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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