An Unspecial Report

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Man, that was perhaps the hardest thing I've had to do this year.
Getting myself back on track with the NaNo word count was really difficult today - I was two days behind and I just got up to the necessary for yesterday. That means I still have to write about 1667 words for today but, thankfully, that number is no longer tripled by my stagnation period.
Other than that, I stopped freaking out because I have finally applied to college! Yeah, that's right, now I have to be killed by the waiting period until exactly one month from now [I will just try to keep myself busy - which shouldn't be too hard because we still have two weeks of NaNo and are starting a play].
Though we had an assembly AND a day off this week, I felt like there was less time than usual to do everything. There was just a whirlwind of things to do, say, think about, prepare for, everything! We had a newspaper issue meeting, T.A.T.U training and presentations, a drama meeting, were told to prepare for our oral French presentations; I had to get my recommendations sent out, Extended Essay edited, chapters read, money counted, classes taken - after school on Wednesday I just sort of jumped ship out of anxiety [hooray for bookstores!] Friday I saw Ka-chan and hung out with her for hours and didn't go home [which made me happy, a break from the usual] and then went to a movie with Hugo-kun [Quantum of Solace was hyped up so much but it really wasn't the best Bond ever...]
The rest of this weekend I'm going to take for myself and planning for the future. My missions are too numerous to list, but I need to at least rest so that death does not befall me too early.
College, where art thou?

Read more posts about my multiple National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempts and successes.

NaNo-ing

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This year I have pledged to myself that I will win NaNoWriMo.
And this promise, so far, seems to be on track. But I am still teetering right on the edge of whether there will be another 35,000 words jumping at the edges of my psyche by the end of the month - it is, of course, the dreaded week two and I only barely skidded in my word count last night with a magic flush of brilliance soaring in at about 1am. There is a lot to be said for the magic of tea and hot chocolate.
Thus, to keep myself motivated, I am going to log in some incentives [read: bribes] and some general writing tips [read: get-off-your-butt tricks].

- WHEN I win NaNo, I will buy a fabulous t-shirt from them
- WHEN I win NaNo, I will have earned the title "The Most Fabulous Novelist in Existence!"
- WHEN I win NaNo, I will start on my other projects from years past and try to scoop them into barely legible first drafts so that I can have a mass editing party later on
- WHEN I win NaNo, I will get to sleep for three years
Having Trouble Writing?
- Reach for a new medium [computer got old last night, so the typewriter really helped! and then when people went to bed, pen and paper is the most discreet of objects]
- Storyboard! [using www.bubbl.us or paper or lists, any way is fine]
- Pick up a craft that you can pour your hands into and think about the writing
- Gnaw on the idea of what will be more important to you in the future [a novel or that English homework? a novel or that finished scarf?]
- Play Tetris [I know it sounds distracting, but playing always makes me feel guilty and I go back to writing soon enough!]
- Talk to your friends about your writing [Heathy is a gentle push! Ka-chan will ask how it's going. Many others will just be envious that you're doing something crazy!]

I am going to write 50,000 words in this month and I will be the better person for it! I WILL LIVE UP TO BEING THE MOST FABULOUS NOVELIST IN EXISTENCE!

Read more posts about my multiple National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempts and successes.

Remarkable

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes, we can. And we did.
That is the mantra that is going through my head every moment after the presidential results were announced last night. We fought and won. It's so amazing. I just... I had so much emotion last night at the election party. It was just so great to see that amazing number pop up on the screen and realize that: it's all over. We've won. Victory feels like the greatest circumstance right now, life is just about to jump out of my skin.
I think there are a lot of people feeling the same way; there are also a lot of people who are disappointed. As Barack Obama put it so eloquently in his victory speech last night, there are always going to be more struggles to come. This is only the beginning on a long road. But, we have gotten past the first step.
I think that it opens up my heart not only because I worked with the campaign and not only because I got to watch a man of color become our president, I think that the win for Obama just symbolizes what hope lets us do. The power of hope has propelled us through the slander, the mud and the muck, and there is no greater picture in my mind then that. Idealism is not dead, and dreams are still possible.
I think, far from the political sphere and the hem-hawing of fans and foes, this election really meant a lot because it excited people. It got them off their seats and curious. And, even for pessimists like myself, it allowed us to embrace our livelihood in a new way. I have never been so proud of America as in this moment.
I think it will be amazing to see someone again as president who I can believe in. As a child of the 90s, I have pined for the happiness of the Clinton years [albeit, I didn't appreciate them due to age and point of reference] and finally I can turn on the television and see a face which, to me, represents the greatness of our country.
As we filter back into our daily lives, knowing that the battles are raging on, I believe there is no better time than now to start something. The world has changed - or at least I feel it so. Let this period of hope carry us through the tough times and may God be with us all.