Monday, August 1, 2011

Give me something to die for.

The Sounds are a good band. I like them. And it's kinda nice that no one knows about them except my dad (ha, ha, I know I'm cool) so I don't have to hear their songs on the radio all the time and get sick of them.

I started this blog over a year ago!? Wow. It's hard to believe. I don't really know why I wanted a blog in the first place, except that I liked complaining about my life. And I still do; I've just learned to shut up sometimes.

Hah, well, life has been... busy? The summer's going much faster than I anticipated. I guess I expected it to be long and relaxing, despite that my lovely parents always warn me "it's going to fly by, blah blah blah". I've done things - I just got back from Connecticut, NY, Canada, and a road trip through like eight other states, but I haven't really experienced any life changing events.

I guess I don't know why I'm posting. I'm procrastinating my APUSH homework (oh, yeah. It's the first summer I've ever had summer homework, and I have four subjects. Woohooooo.).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What time is it? Springtime! Wait... no...

It's the twenty-seventh of April. Le vingt-sept avril. It's been legally spring for over five weeks now, and yet we still get snow and freezing rain. But I guess that's what you have to expect from Minnesota...

Anyway. I haven't posted here in a while. That's most likely because my life's incredibly lame to everyone except me, so I have nothing to say. Ultimate frisbee's been going on for a month or so. I hadn't been able to play a game until yesterday, though, and... I just won't go into that experience. It was pretty much hypothermatizing. Oh stop, you stupid red squiggly line. Don't you tell me that's not a word.

I probably sound really brief and disorganized with my thoughts. That's pretty much how I feel! Stupid stress. I have a band audition tomorrow, which I'm absolutely terrified for, and a big project to present next week - which includes actually reading the book, and I'm not even halfway done. Ah, well. Sparknotes is my best friend.

OHH! That reminds me. Go to YouTube and look up livissocool13, my account. Then watch the first video. It's our newest parody. I'm kinda proud of it, even though it displays how painfully cool we are.

Well. I could go on, but I've decided to stop rambling so much. This "rant" theme is really failing.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Novel update, among other incredibly exciting things.

I probably mentioned this previously (though it's been a while since I wrote anything), but for Christmas my parents "hired" a friend to edit my novel. She's not a professional, but I can tell she'll be good. And she's getting paid for it, so that's always a quality booster.

This past Monday I handed my manuscript off to her.

Well, not literally.

It's really only the first half - around 53,700 words. I spent about two hours reformatting it (it had... issues), then I double spaced the whole thing and spent another hour or so making sure the printer wasn't jank (my vocab word of the week). And it was, so I had to go through and reorganize quite a few of the 191 sheets.

Off topic. Sorry. Anyway, I stuck it into a big yellow envelope and gave it to my mom to give to the woman at her book club. Yeah, it's slightly more anticlimactic than "I thrust the manuscript at her, pages rain-stained and flapping around in the fierce wind, and as the pages into which I'd poured out my heart left my fingertips, I felt a little of myself leaving, never to return."

I actually don't know where I got that...

ANYWAY. I'm refraining from finishing the second part until I receive feedback on the first, because I know for sure it'll need some major tune-ups. I may need to rework the plot and replot the second half in relation to that. I'm adding tiny bits onto it for now, though.

In case you didn't catch on, the "among other incredibly exciting things" was major sarcasm. I'm not a really intense person - though I'm sure that's obvious. The ski season is over, which means I'm less busy, but also means I have nothing to do with myself in the afternoons. I'm not doing archery this spring, but ultimate frisbee. I'll be glad when that starts.

We got a pretty big snowstorm - over a foot - about a week and a half ago. Why God would send us so much white fluff from the heavens so close to spring, I don't know. (This past sentence was a joke... Also in case you didn't catch on.) Honestly, though, it sucks.

I realize this is getting obnoxiously long and it's more of a messed up diary than something anyone would want to read, so I'll stop now.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Plenty of inspiration... No motivation?

These past few weeks, I feel like I can't write ANYTHING. I have tons of ideas swirling around in my mind, but they won't solidify into stories. And the few that do won't translate onto paper (or, computer). Like, I sit down with a pen and paper, or a shiny new Word document, and my hands just don't know what to say. Am I out of practice? Or is it just a mood I have to get into? Sometimes I write a ton every day for weeks, and sometimes I don't at all.

I just don't want to be stuck in this rut for much longer.

As for my NaNo novel, it's still sitting in my computer's storage. Not for long, though! For Christmas my parents hired a family friend to edit it, so soon we're going to meet and I'll hand over my manuscript, and she'll, well, edit. I'm terrified to have my writing pulled apart like that, since I never have before, but I'm also super excited.

Oh, but the part I'll be giving her is only half. Honestly, I'm really conflicted (okay, I don't think that's the correct use of the word) about what to do, since I was only able to finish Part One during November. It's too short to stand as its own novel at 53000 words (about 212 pages in a real book) and has no resolution, but maybe if it gets extended in the rewrite, it could be Book One and the other could be a sequel? But what I'm leaning towards is (probably) cutting it down to 45,000 or less and having them be part one/part two in the same book. It'd be close to 400 pages that way, but I think it's better than the former. Still... Any opinions?

As for the second half, well... It has potential to be written. I allowed myself a month break to just chill and enjoy the holidays, but my January writing month hasn't been successful. I wrote the first probably 800 words, but now I can't find the document so I'm starting over. Just a thousand by the end of today would be nice. I'm currently at about two hundred. The beginning's always the hardest.

That's my excuse.

On a different note, hm... I don't have too many different notes. We finished the first semester of the school year. It's shocking how fast time is passing. It feels like the first week just finished. God, I miss those days, though. The beginning of school is always so exciting and fun, and now it just sucks. A lot.

Well, it's been good for me to at least write this. It's more stimulating than watching that scary little fifteen-year-old midget sing on YouTube.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's been a while.

WOW. I actually completely forgot I had a blog! Although it's been less than (but close to) a month, I guess I've just been busy. The holidays are always crazy, and I've been skiing quite a bit.

Sometimes I feel like I despise skiing, and others I love it. I generally love the exhausted crazy bus rides back, and pasta parties, and hanging out with my friends, and... I dislike the actual skiing. Crazy how that works. Also, the coaches have been giving me an unnecessary amount of compliments lately about how I'm improving OH so much, but I honestly don't feel any better. Ha. They must just be going crazy.

In spring I want to join a different sport. I've pretty much settled on one. Drumroll please... Archery! HAHA. You so weren't expecting that. Yes, it is extreeeemely nerdy and probably pointless and not necessarily physically exerting, but I have some friends who are doing it and it seems like a fun way to just chill. Plus, I've heard the teacher's hilarious.

Hm. I don't believe anything even mildly exciting has happened in my life since last post. Oh! I'm starting a band with my friends. Though I'll have to learn guitar before that takes off - and, you know, I'm really not sure it will at all. I still have a nonexistent love life, and a 4.0 GPA. Those two things seem to go hand in hand.

I'm sick of the freaking cold. It needs to warm up already... Yet it's just getting colder. This week is supposed to hit the negative twenties, from what I've heard. Once New Year's has come and gone, I absolutely cannot stand snow.

Sigh. It's going to be a long winter.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thank the dear almighty Lord for holiday cookies.


Well, we're pretty far into Christmas season, actually... five days till Christmas!

I love presents and trees and cookies shaped like Santa. I don't care that I'm not even Christian - I'm celebrating it anyway, Jesus or not!

That reminds me, I was at a family Christmas thing last Saturday. I have a crazy religious great aunt who I just generally try to avoid. She actually made a cake that said "Happy Birthday!" and had a candle. I thought it was some distant relative's birthday, until she informed everyone that we were going to sing to Jesus.


Since I was sitting next to all these joyously singing old ladies and they were shoving music in front of my face, I had to pretend to sing along as well. Well, gee. Thanks for telling me we were going to have some fun, religious family caroling.

Really religious people bother me. I mean, I respect that you have your beliefs and all but can you keep them to yourself? Trying to convert me by saying I'm going to go to hell or whatever if I don't believe seriously doesn't work. Some people really need to shut the fuck up.

Sorry for the language. I don't actually care, though. And I'm sorry if you're one of those people... But I'm kinda opinionated. Yup.

Alright. I'm super duper tired. I think I'm going to go nap or stare at the wall or something. Yawwwwnnnnnn.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

I pretty much have no life.

NaNoWriMo is finished! My final word count was 53,663. Not great, I know, but at least I finished the goal and part one of my novel. Now, to start part two... I'm hoping to finish it by the end of January, knowing I'll have less motivation now that the month is over. And stuff gets crazy around Christmas.

Here was my November schedule: wake up. Go to school. Go to ski practice. Get home. Shower. Eat dinner. Do homework. Write if I had time. Sleep. And repeat.

I basically have no free time. I spend ten hours a day away from home.

I have no life.

I guess it's better than randomly browsing the internet watching crap on YouTube like I used to after school, but still... I wish practice was three days a week, not six. And my stupid teachers would stop giving us stupid projects. That would be helpful.

Sigh. I like complaining too much. It's just fun.

Hm... on a better note. Actually, I can't think of any better notes, that just seemed like the thing to say. I'm excited for Christmas.

God, my life is like a crazy roller coaster of drama. Clearly.