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 😉

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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 😉

Camp NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo!  AKA National Novel Writing Month, which is in November.  Hopefully, anyone reading already knows of this wonderful month full of coffee and late nights in front of the computer, but if you do not, it is a month in which those at nanowrimo.org encourage everyone to try to write a novel in a month.  What you do is set up an account on NaNoWriMo.com, set your word goal (Anywhere from 10,000-50,000) and finally, write!

Wait.

If NaNoWriMo is in November, why am I so excited about it now, months away from when it happens?  Well, Camp NaNoWriMo is essentially the same thing, except in the summer.  I’ve done normal NaNoWriMo before, but never the Camp NaNoWriMo.  I am hoping this time I can get a decent word count, since I should be less busy.  That is, if I don’t decide to take the super-insane-Japanese course over the summer.  I didn’t tell you about that, did I?

Well, I have recently taken an interest in learning languages, Japanese in particular.  The problem is, I can only take one language at a time.  So, I am currently taking Spanish, which I find fun, interesting, and helpful to my improving English.  I have the option to switch to Japanese online next year, however, that would mean dropping Spanish, which I think is becoming more and more important in today’s economy.  Which is where learning it in the summer comes in.  Of course, even the most intense course of Japanese over 3 months time would never cover a year’s worth, but at least I could get started on it.  I was also thinking I may be able to take an online course for Japanese next year, and get worksheets from one of the students taking Spanish to do on my own.  The problems with this idea is that 1) I have to find a student willing to copy all their worksheets for me 2) It will take the utmost discipline to keep up with all my classes and still get straight A’s and 3) I’m not sure if I’m allowed xD

Now, back to writing.  Camp NaNoWriMo is explained on this website http://www.campnanowrimo.org/about -I highly encourage you to do this, even if you haven’t written before.  So throw away the perfectionist for a month, and write!  This would be my writing challenge to you for, well, one month.

Now, to end with the words of a Mr. John Green-“This is what I love about Novels, both reading them and writing them.  They jump into the abyss, to be with you, where you are”.

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉