We’ve only two days left until National Novel Writing Month begins, and so do all those things associated with that: mad dash writing, being unable to write, checking one’s word count too often, wondering if one’s characters are realized enough, and trying hard to resist the urge to edit.
I’ve never won a NaNo before, never reached that 50,000 word mark; I usually peter out somewhere around 10,000. This year, it will be different! I’ve roped my roommates into joining in on the madness, so this way we can give one another moral support the whole way. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve got a bit of an idea rattling about in my head that should make for a fun novel.
I’ll try to track my process over the month on here so you all can enjoy watching me slowly go insane attempting to write a novel.
Any NaNo experiences yourself, tell me about it in the comments. Never done NaNoWriMo before, you can learn more about it here.
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As usual, it’s been a while since I’ve made a substantial post. It’s strange to think, now, that I will ever really be able to make this blog a regular occurrence. Still, one must try, and that is the phrase echoing in my mind right now as I groan, trying to complete a take-home midterm at the last minute. Worse still, this midterm is in my hardest class at the moment, a history of the English language class. I signed up for the class thinking it would be interesting, I’m an English major, and I’m always interested in history. I was registering for classes pretty late, being a transfer student and all, and (being me) I didn’t think to look further into the class before signing up. No, indeed, this class is a very linguistic heavy class, something I was not prepared for. Now, to be sure, I enjoy going to this class: the professor is a wonderfully nice woman, with tons of historical anecdotes she relates in class, she treats all her students as equals, and is always willing to work with you outside of class if you need the help (which I did and she wonderfully helped me). This midterm is exhausting, and definitely unique compared to any I have ever taken. Instead of only testing us on everything we’ve learned thus far, the professor is using this midterm as a teaching tool in and of itself. I don’t mean to say that it is covering material we haven’t learned yet, more so that it is requiring us to think much more critically (to think anyone should expect this from upperclassmen university students) about what we’ve learned, and take the initiative to delve deeper to find the answers. So, what exactly is the problem I’m having, certainly I’m not lacking in critical faculties; no, I’m facing my usual problem (procrastination) in addition to having to fight a migraine while trying to decipher what is I’m actually being asked. On a side note, the exam is written very well, I hope my professional style might be near that some day.
So, here I am at three something in the morning, wasting time on my blog when I should be completing my midterm.
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My roommates and I have started a fitness blog to detail the exploits of our adventures in achieving our various fitness goals, if this interests you at all the blog can be found here. I hope you enjoy!
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It’s been a while, so returning fills me with the same awkwardness one experiences upon re-meeting a good friend one used to know. Although the happiness at the reunion is genuine, there’s always a lingering uncomfortabilitly in the air, like very faint nails on slate. It’s kind of the feeling I get about returning to school, sure it’s a new school, but it’ll always have more of the same in it. I’ll enjoy some classes, hate others, meet some new people, and for the first few weeks the soundtrack will be sharp, white noise, faded and in the back of all the people’s minds.
Since moving to Columbia, my roommate Brandon has been gracious enough to drive me around town, especially around campus to help me better understand where I’ll be going for at least the next year. The auxiliary input in his car has a strange feature, however, concerning silent spaces between songs: it does not allow for them, it instead fills these silent spaces with a high pitched whine. So every song, each amazing combination of ear-pleasing melodies and harmonies is punctuated and therefore associated with an off key squeal which subtracts from the overall wonderful experience.
I enjoy returning to both my blog and University, but there are always things that will dredge up feelings of awkwardness. Luckily in my friends car, when the next song started the whine whine silenced, and even if it hadn’t I’m sure we’d have become too used to it to notice.
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I had a silver spoon when I was an infant,
But not when I was in the womb.
It was a gift from a family friend.
I found it recently,
And it was tarnished
Just like I have been.
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Ta-da! A new poem.
I have a crease,
And it’s threatening to tear
From being folded
Far too many times.
Everything is the texture of construction paper
And anyone who speaks rambles on
Like a Whitman poem. I’m
Sure it wouldn’t bother me any other day
But I think I just saw my legs walk away.
I can see the sad fibers in the tear,
And maybe with the sexy sound of scissors
I can fix it for a bit—
At least until I’m whole, I’m fixed.
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As I’ve mentioned before, I have back problems. I’m a 21 year old with a seriously fucked up back; but hey, what can you do about genetics? Apparently stick a five inch needle into your spine and release steroids, at least that’s my understanding of what just happened. I have to take it easy for a few days, and can’t shower until Sunday because the injection site must stay dry or it might become infected. It really wasn’t that bad though, I’m just a little sore, and the numbing process was the only part that really hurt.
Still, it’s strange to think that I’ve had something in my spine. My spine! And this probably won’t be the only time, it’s usually done in sets of three. As I was informed, this first time should reduce the leg pain a good deal, the second time should practically get rid of it, and the last one takes care of the back pain. Yeah, I think I’ll be going back for those other two. Especially as my mom saw an old woman come out before I did, who had just received her last shot, put her walker aside and start dancing.
In other news, I now have a wonderful excuse to be lazy this weekend, ain’t it grand?
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