Sunday, October 31, 2010

NaNoWriMo - the only upside of the crappiest Halloween, ever...

The amount of candy I got wasn't great, and I still haven't looked to see if I got anything decent. My entire afternoon went badly. Nobody got my costume. My best friend bailed on trick-or-treating. (She had a legitimate reason. But, it still wasn't fun.) I had a fight with my dad. I have a headache.

But NaNoWriMo starts at midnight, and I am now completely determined to write the most kick-butt first thousand words ever, because this day needs an upside, and I'm going to give it one, if it's the last thing I do. (Which, the way today has been going, it may very well be...)

Off to sort through the Halloween candy (I know I got at least one Kit Kat and one Twix...)


Friday, October 29, 2010

To do lists, noveling software, and NaNoWriMo

Well, I think I've managed to actually do most of the stuff on that massive list. Most school stuff - done. Just today and maybe a bit of weekend stuff on Saturday, and then I'm clear. New Macbook arrived in mail. Most important stuff transferred from old computer. Scrivener downloaded and experimented with. Friends convinced to participate in NaNo with me and get-togethers tentatively planned. NaNo playlist made.

Room, still a mess. But I'll get to that.

Pumpkins bought, but still not carved. I'll probably end up doing that Sunday afternoon, just like last year.

But overall, I think I'll be able to survive this year's NaNoWriMo, barely.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

...I'm sorry, what?

...There's only a week left until NaNoWriMo?

I need a miracle. Because there's no other way I'm going to get done everything that I have to do before November 1 rolls around. Last year, I wasn't this nervous, or stressed - but this year, it just doesn't feel like NaNoWriMo season.

But back to the orignal dilemma - I'd like you to take a look at all of the things I have to accomplish before November 1st in order ot actually have a chance at suceeding at NaNoWriMo.

Monday - piano lessons, dance class, begin massive US History assignment, turn in English essay, finish reading section in Biology. Buy pumpkin for Halloween.

Tuesday - more Bio homework, continue massive US History assignment, start reading for English, insane amounts of Math. Begin outlining essay for Writing class that's due - GET THIS - at the end of November. My teacher assigned that and I stared at the paper for a minute and a half going, are you kidding me? DURING NANO? UGH. I may have to use some of my essay material as novel filler if I fall behind. (said grudginly) - school comes first. Pray new laptop arrives via FedEx. Begin making Halloween costume. Carve pumpkin?

Wednesday - English and Bio and Math homework, continue massive US History assignment, finish reading for English, continue outlining essay, guitar lessons. New laptop better have arrived by now - install software, transfer files. Finish Halloween costume. Carve pumpkin?

Thursday - Finish weekly English homework, more Math and Biology, begin the end of massive US History assignment, continue essay. Finish updating/getting used to new laptop. Begin huge cleaning of room. CARVE PUMPKIN.

Friday - More Math and Bio, finish Massive US History Assignment, play with new laptop, continue huge cleaning of room. I haven't carved the pumpkin by now - CARVE THE DARN THING!

Saturday - Do all weekend homework, continue cleaning room.

Sunday - Finish cleaning room, decorate writing space, (try) to enjoy Halloween. Stay up till midnight.

Then, on Monday, I have school, piano lessons, dance class, AND I promised to try and write 5k words. Actually, I'm the one who started the thread for people who wanted to write 5k words, so I'd BETTER get there.

...Yeah. HELP.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Homework, Noveling, and life in general

My brain is incredibly scattered right now. I can't seem to focus on one thing for more than a minute. I mean, right now, I'm supposed to be finishing up my book report on A Wizard of Earthsea that I have to turn in tomorrow. Why aren't I? I don't know, because something somewhere sparked the thought of writing a blog post in my mind, and because when I'm in this state that's all it takes.

Also, my room need cleaned. I'm always more disorganized when I need to clean my room. I should just log off now and start cleaning, but it's more important to get my homework done, but I won't be able to focus until I clean, but I don't have time to clean until I get my homework done, and then it all just spirals out like that.


So I'm busy right now. (I don't even have time to write this blog post, but remember, scatter-brained-ness.) And to add to that, NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. Normally I would be excited about that, but right now, I'm still in the middle of revising another novel, one that I'd really hoped would be finished by the end of October. And it should have been, but I allowed myself to procrastinate. Actually, it should have been finished at the end of August, but now I barely have enough time to hit the halfway point before I have to take a break to write another novel in November. Help.

And now I'm going to go. That was probably the most boring blog post ever and not even worth your time to read. Maybe I'll have something more interesting to say when my brain can focus on one thing at a time.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that's right, the NEW NANOWRIMO site is UP! I'm super-excited, as you can tell. The first thing I did upon realizing that this new wonder had appeared was check out the pep talkers, and oh my gosh - Lemony Snicket is going to be pep talking!

Right now I'm updating my profile with all of my 2010 information, and then I'm off to check out the new features. If there's anything else particularly noteworthy on the new site, I'll post more later.

It's Here!

Yepp, if you go to, you will....not see the site! Instead, you'll see a nice little message from the Offices of Letters and Light, saying that the site is under matinence and will be back up "in a jiffy."

And why is this such a wonderful thing? Because it means that the 2009 NaNoWriMo website is being removed, the slate wiped clean for the 2010 version. Forums will be removed, author profiles cleared, and basically everything made ready for a fresh start.

And why is this so exciting? Because, for the thousands of us NaNo Geeks out there, it signifies that the wait is almost over! Soon, we can once more embark on our quest for 50,000 words.

If you haven't joined NaNoWriMo yet, now's the perfect time! As soon as the site's back up (tomorrowish, I hope - although I'll be checking again tonight after I get home from the football game, just in case) go to and click "sign up." You'll be opening the door to awesomeness.