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Sunday, October 31, 2010

This needs to be exciting.

So not only have I not posted in a week and a half, but this also my 300th BLOG POST.

*throws confetti*

(Am I the only one who gets confetti-thrower's remorse? I always throw it and go, "Aw, crap. Now I have to clean it up. Stupid tiny pieces of glittery paper.")

Exciting. Exciting. I need to talk about something EXCITING.

I'm at page 68 on "The Massively Insane STREAM PIRATE Revisions of 2010 (working title)." It pretty much kicks ass. Not gonna lie.

I'm one presentation, one paper, and three exams away from GRADUATING. I KNOW, right?

I have a new addiction. Starts with "Vampires" and ends with "Diaries." And aside from the fact that Elena and Stefan's relationship makes me gag a little, Damon is SO FREAKING SEXY they can do whatever googly-eyed lovey-dovey things they want as long as he's in the background. Shirtless. Staring at the camera all smoldery-eyed. Or working out. *fans self* Ahem. Not the kind of exciting topic I was looking for.




*thinks more*


I really have nothing exciting to talk about. This is why I haven't posted in a week and a half. I'm BORING. And unless you want me to rant about something you've heard me rant about a dozen times before (Twilight, stupid people, boys. All three), I'm just gonna leave you with an air of mystery. Because after 300 blog posts, I'm out of stuff to blabber about, and the only thing that will keep you coming back for more is my mysterious aura of unpredictability.

*disappears in a fog*

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

*drum roll*

You should really go over here. And massively party.

Congrats, Jill! SLIDE is a fantastic book that I had the uber-privilege of reading awhile back. Cannot WAIT to see Sylvia on shelves!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Revision Revelations

I have a management test tomorrow. But the way I figure it, I'm going to do "eh" on it no matter if I spend the rest of the night studying my butt off or writing a blog post. So I'm writing a blog post. Senioritis FTW

I'm three chapters into "The Massively Insane STREAM PIRATE Revisions of 2010 (working title)" and already have a revelation about revisions. It's been awhile since I did any massive revisions on anything. I finished WHITE LIKE ASHES this year, started my ghost story, but haven't spent much time revising, getting into the nitty-gritty issues of a story and really working on ways to make it shinier, brighter, and all around kick-buttier. Working on STREAM PIRATE has been both a joy and-- actually, it's been just a joy. No negative adjectives. Yet.

I really thought STREAM PIRATE was in good shape. I mean, it landed me a rock star agent; it had to be good enough, right? And though I did a lot of revisions after the agenting process and during subs, I never did any REAL revisions. You know, the kind that make you sit back and scratch your head and really analyze every part of your story with an unbiased eye. The kind of revisions that make you cut character traits that you were just absolutely adamant HAD TO STAY because OMG, that character is just NOTHING without THAT trait. You know. Those kind.

So I'm doing those revisions and I'm plowing through STREAM PIRATE and it made me start thinking about life. About how we (okay, can't speak for everyone -- I) get complacent. I get tired. Very tired. And I look at my life and think "It's gotten me this far. Can't be that bad, eh? I have to be doing something right." Even though I'm not where I want to be or who I want to be. It's easier to just pretend it really IS good enough and where I'm at ISN'T that bad. Because really looking at my life in an unbiased way and dissecting the toxic parts is hard, painful, emotionally draining work that I already DID, like, fifteen times before, and can't it just BE good enough already, I mean, really, you'd think SOMEONE would like it...

My wonderful and beautiful friend Natalie posted on this today too. That's actually what reminded me of this revelation. That sometimes, even when you think you've revised enough and you can't possibly change anything else and that nagging feeling in your head HAS to be wrong, you should still give it one more go. Because it's your life; you've come this far. Why stop at merely good enough?

And here's a video for you:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

To-Do = To-DONE

1) Finish 3 of 4 sociology papers. CHECK

2) Finish reading one more book for senior capstone project. CHECK

3) Freelance my little heart out. CHECK(ish. I still have most of my heart.)

4) Be a better CP. CHECK (Yes, Sam! I finally started! I swear!)

5) Have another weird dream about destroying the Nazis and ending WWII by plotting to launch a massive nuclear warhead to obliterate Atlanta. CHECK (Watching Inglorious Basterds messed. me. up. Sorry, Atlanta.)

6) Defeat the common cold with a never-ending barrage of Hall's Vitamin C Drops and apple juice. CHECK (Is it possible to get a Vitamin C addiction? Yes? No? *twitch*)

7) Pass BOTH of my absolutely-thought-I-failed-because-I-barely-studied-and-really-dislike-one-of-my-professors exams. CHECK

8) Hit the 10,000 word mark on my WIP. CHECK (Okay, I'm ASSUMING I hit 10k. There's a huge chunk of handwritten stuff I haven't yet transferred over, and it's gotta be at LEAST 2k. And considering I only need about 1200, well...I'm giving myself the benefit of the doubt.)

My god, I've been productive this week.

And look at that -- it's already HALFWAY through my LAST QUARTER OF COLLEGE. I'm going to keep CAPITALIZING THINGS to draw attention away from the fact that I have NO PLANS WHATSOEVER other than to MOVE TO A HAMLET IN ENGLAND and live out my days as a DIRECTIONLESS HERMIT.

Yeah, that sounds nice.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Best. Day. EVER.

Remember when I said I wanted steampunk goggles?


And I plan on wearing them as a headband no matter how many people call me Ramona Flowers. Or maybe just so people will call me Ramona Flowers.

God, I love renaissance festivals.

Friday, October 1, 2010

What I've Been Doing

I figure I owe all ya'll an update, seeing as it's been about a week since I blogged and I'm supposed to be reporting on my WIP progress. Yes, I know I just said Work in Progress progress. Redundancy FTW.

Anyway, this is what I've been doing:

Thing #1

Thing #2

Thing #3

But I HAVE been writing! I swear! I have about five pages of indecipherable content for my WIP in my school notebook. My professors can testify to the fact that I spend every class period being a diligent, resourceful student by harnessing all that free time to write. It'd make it much easier though if they'd stop talking during writing time. I mean, really, what are they trying to do with all that information about HR and sociology? That doesn't help my WIP at all.

Memo to self: Find out what their incessant babblings are all about.

(Don't worry. I accepted the fact two quarters ago that my professors probably don't like me. It makes school so much more fun. Trust me.

Professor: "I see some of you are taking really good notes, but this won't be on the test."

Me: "Oh, don't worry, I'm not taking notes. I'm writing about a dead Civil War soldier and ghosts and Jews."

Professor: "*stunned silence* This is a business law class."

Me: "Is it? Huh. How much do you know about cars from the 1930s?")