NaNoWriMo 2013

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NaNoWriMo!  National Novel Writing Month, to be entirely clear, is nearly upon us!  What is this month for, you ask?  NaNoWriMo is when people of every kind, people who have been writing since they could hold a pencil to people who hardly even know what novel means, write 50,000 words worth of a story in one month.

Now, this is where you all chime in telling me it’s impossible for you to write that much in a decade, let alone a year.  You’d get bored, distracted, busy, etc.  There are a plethora of excuses not to do it.  But that is precisely the reason for the challenge!  You throw away all the excuses for one month, and write.

I, as you may be able to ascertain from this post, am participating.  I am a little nervous, but I have more than a few things to motivate me.  The major thing I’m having trouble with is deciding which story to write.  I have three I’m thinking about right now.

In closing, I hope you decide to take the challenge!  Want more information?  Here are some sources:

https://nanowrimo.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/topics/27085-national-novel-writing-month

http://nanowrimo.org/

http://blog.nanowrimo.org/

If you still have questions, comments, ideas, or anything of the sort, feel free to share them in the comments!  If you enjoyed reading today’s post, you can like or subscribe.  Thanks for reading!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

School Tips and Tricks

1. Make a good lunch

Seriously.  Cannot.  Stress.  This.  Enough.  I know it’s hard-it’s nighttime and you just want to get to sleep-or it’s the morning and you have to rush to the car-but it’ll make your day better in the long run.  This year I got a sectioned lunch box, so on special days I can make a fancy lunch, like a bento.

2. Keep all your notes in one notebook

I personally have found that instead of using an individual page every time I want to take notes, and facing the possibility of it falling out, I can just use one spiral notebook.  especially good-a notebook with sections to it.  That way, you can dedicate one section to a class you take a lot of notes in-like science or math.  And another section can be for miscellaneous notes, and maybe even one for assignments.

3. Get your work done well..but pace yourself

It took me a while to learn this one.  I always liked being able to say “I worked all night on this!”  or “I don’t have time to do anything, I have so much work!”  I still struggle with this.  Thing is-unless the assignment is unreasonable-you should be able to finish things at a normal pace.  Find something to motivate you, like a TV show, or a snack to have on break.

4. Be kind to the teachers

I hold firm to this belief.  Even though teachers are supposed to be impartial, they are still human.  Which means that they are probably more likely to give you grace when you forget to bring an assignment in, or need something from your locker.  Not to say you should be a suck-up, that would probably just annoy them.  But give them attention during class, try not to talk back, and be generally respectful.

5. Have one area where you keep all your school stuff

There is a small square of unused space created by the piano and the wall in my living room, which I generally use as my ‘School Pile’.  Also, keep it in an area that you see before you leave, to avoid forgetting anything.  And make sure, that after you use something, you PUT.  IT.  BACK.

I’ll add more tips later if I think of them.  ^_^  Or if you guys happen to mention some good ones, I might put them on the list as well!  Of course, I’ll give the author credit.  So feel free to comment with school tips or how you’re feeling about school starting again soon.  Also, don’t forget to like or follow if you enjoy my blog!  Have a good last few days of summer vacation. 🙂

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Decor and School

So…haven’t posted in a while.  That’s because I have been working on decorating my room!  *Confetti*  Pictures?  Yes, pictures.

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I have two bulliten boards, one has pictures of myself and others I know (which I may add other things to later) and this one has drawings, tracings, black and white pictures I colored in, and one picture of catbug saying “Finals? Put a little fence around it!”

 

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This is one of my favorite additions, a lamp from Ikea with flowers going up the side of the glass.

 

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This is the upper half of my bookshelf. Up top, you can see my obsession with pandas and below, my color-coded shelves of books. The color-coding was suggested by my older sister who has done the same to her bedroom. See if you can find the Little bit of anime fandom in the picture 😉

 

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This is a huge fan that rests on the wall above my bed.

 

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One of my favorite parts of the room, the study-space-to-be. It’s rather messy right now. It is a large windowsill that faces my front yard. I hope to add some pillows, and little personal touches as I go along. It’s right next to an outlet, so I can easily use my laptop, or a CD player. Possibly other little personal touches as I go along.

You like?  If you have any thoughts or decorating tips feel free to share ^_^  I apoligize for the bad quality of the photos, I am a dork who does not know how to use a proper camera, so I use the magic that is webcam pictures through pixlr.com.  One of the pictures I even changed a bit to be a little easier on the eyes xD

Now that I have shared those pictures with you, I will talk about what is happening in about a week.  School.  So I have been pondering how to make this school year better, and more interesting.  I was thinking-I could make a post about it.  So be looking out for the going back to school 101 post!  If you share tips from your own experience below, I may even include them!  Of course, I will give credit to the author if I do so.

Feel free to comment, like and/or follow if you enjoy my blog, and I’ll talk to you again soon.

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Summer Camp

Tomorrow I’m leaving for summer camp!  Practically no electronics for one entire week-nothing I can’t do.  After all…I only spend about half the day on the computer, maybe more, you know, totally average 😛  I think the greatest challenge will be to give up music for a week.  We sing a lot there-and I love camp songs, but I will definitely miss my professionally recorded music.

This year, I have a camp resolution!  Yes, I know, technically that is not a thing, but I don’t care.  I just made it a thing.  So, every year, I have a tendency to complain about certain…aspects…of the camping experience I don’t like.  And I have decided that this year, I want to follow the advice I’ve given to others-there are downsides and upsides to every point in life, and you may as well enjoy the upsides instead of focusing on the downsides!  I am going to start by listing the some of the aspects I do not like about my camp and then talking about the upsides of them.  Here we go!

1) Mission Impossible

Every year, the campers in one section of camp are woken in the middle of the night to run around in the dark, dodge and bribe guards, and wade through a creek to get their flag and return to the bell tower before the other cabins in their section.  The upsides are as follows: A) Many of my friends like it, B) it is a competition, and once I really get into competitions I sometimes get excited, and C) we get to jump in the warm pool afterwards.

2) Being without (a lot-not all) technology

I like my music, my laptop, and my TV.  A lot.  And it will be hard to go without them.  Especially my music.  (One year my mom sent me ipod erasers to congratulate me on going that long without my ipod.  I also generally listen to as many songs I love as I can get before I leave, so that I might have them stuck in my head)  Here, however, are the upsides: A) Getting away from all those distractions, and even just because it is such a change of scenery, makes people more willing to talk to each other face-to-face, B) it helps me to focus more on God and what he has for me to learn, and C) it gets me to read and write more! 😀

3) Being away from family

I love my family, and I’m not fond of being away from them for long.  Even just a week.  This causes me to be a bit homesick.  Here, however, are the upsides: A) I get to see some different viewpoints than what I’ve been taught in my family, which helps me to reevaluate what I think, B) sometimes, it’s easier to share with people you don’t know as well rather than the people who know you the best-at least, this has been my experience, and C) while I will leave my biological family behind, I will have another family waiting for me at camp, from my cabin mates who I’ve known for a long time, to the new recruits.  And I look forward to spending a week with them.  🙂

Do you ever have trouble looking on the bright side?  I think that there are times to express our sadness and discontent, but dwelling on it too much just ruins experiences for both yourself and the people around you.  Feel free to comment on the topic below, just please keep it nice.  Not that I have any reason to expect otherwise from you ^_^  Don’t forget to like and follow if you enjoyed this post.  Thank you for your time!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

August Updates

1) I may as well get the disappointing out right away.  I lost Camp NaNoWriMo.  I would have had to tell you eventually.  I am still happy I got started on my story-hopefully this should help me to finish it in the future 🙂

2) I began an Online Japanese course!  Woot!

3) I painted most of my room, and should be done soon

4) I am going to camp soon.  It has cabins and wonderful food.  There is one night generally where one’s cabin sleeps in a lean-to or in the forest, and another where all the cabins in one section of the camp (there are three) go on a hunt for their flag in the middle of the night and try to make it back to the bell before the other campers.  It is a surprise which night it is, too.  We generally have to venture through a creek and hide in some bushes, giving a very good chance to get poison ivy.  Somehow, miraculously, I haven’t gotten it before.  But I have always been rather reluctant to do either activity, to put it mildly.  This time, however, I am going to try to not only be positive about it, but also make the best of it.  After all, there’s no point in ruining it for the people around you, right?

How did you guys do on NaNoWriMo?  Doing anything crafty?  Finally, is there any tips you gave for my camping experience, for example, what to bring, what to do, ect.?  I’d be happy to hear them in the comments below!  Don’t forget to follow and like if you enjoyed this post!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Making Your Experience Better

Hello all!  So, when I started this blog, it was really something fun for just me to do.  Then I started getting all of you wonderful followers.  Though this may seem to be a small number to others. the fact that you take an interest in what I have to say is very encouraging, especially in respect to my confidence in my writing ability.  If you have time, I would like to ask a few questions on behalf of your reading enjoyment 😉

1) I have been playing some visual novels lately, especially otome games, and I was wondering if you would like me to begin reviewing games.  I admit-I’m not an expert when it comes to games, but if you want me to, I’d be happy to provide you with a different perspective!

2) Are there any topics you would prefer I not talk about as much?

3) Are there topics you wish I covered more?

Comments would be especially appreciated on this post, as feedback is crucial.  I will also take every like on this post as a yes to number one.  If I get enough likes, I will begin reviewing games as well as books.  Thank you for your time, your support, and your continued interest. 🙂

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Camp NaNoWriMo

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10,000 words.

I know, it’s really wimpy.  But that’s how much I plan to do.  Especially since it’s already halfway through the month and I haven’t done…anything.  Unless the start to my story counts.  I suppose that counts.  I did write it this month-I think.  I was waffling on the issue of whether or not to actually do this, because while I have tons of free time, the word ‘NaNoWriMo’ tends to elicit a stressful response from my brain.  I’ve done it a few times during November, which is much crazier, so why I am so afraid to do it during the summer is beyond me.  I think part of this is due to the fact that near the end of the school year I started to get kind of crazy with stress, to the point at which I just kind of went, “Um, yeah, this is ridiculous,” and gave up choir and vocal ensemble.  Of course I am also planning to take two languages next year, so that only shows my good judgment on how much stress I can take 😛  Oh yeah, and no study halls!  Yay!

Anyway, back on the subject.  I found that to make my 10,000 goal all I have to do is write about 667 words a day, which sounds fairly doable.  I will up the word count I am aiming for if I feel that I can, but I’m just trying to make sure it doesn’t become a super stressful activity every time I sit down to write.  If you guys have any tips about Camp NaNoWriMo, not just for me, but for anyone reading, please share them in the comments ^_^  Also feel free to share your word counts, your goals, and what you’re writing about.  Even if you have a website or blog about this experience, you can share it below, but please no spam, as it will be removed, which includes any website not relating to Camp NaNoWriMo.  Alright, start writing! 😀

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉