July Camp: Day Eleven

Haven’t Posted In A While…

 

Sorry for the long wait. Even though it’s only been about four days…I have been super busy with babysitting lately. Seriously, I feel like a mother between the two families I watch plus my cousins.It’s exhausting and annoying. Today I had to spend an hour listening to him play his trumpet at a private lesson. I stayed because he was nervous about being alone with the teacher. But now I have a splitting headache. And I have to go back out and babysit the other family.

So it’s a good thing I decided to write for an hour every morning. Otherwise I probably would not be getting anything done. I am way too busy and when I’m not doing anything, I’m too tired to write or…well, do anything. Honestly, it’s taking a lot of energy to write this post right now.

So my Camp NaNo count is 25,139 words. I got up to 25,010 this morning. I wrote just a tiny bit when I came home because I was hoping to actually be on par. With my goal of writing 2,500 words a day, I should be at 27,500 today. I thought I could write some extra in between babysitting gigs, but my head hurt too much.

I have more to say, but I’m going to save them for another post. You guys are lucky I wrote this much. 😉

July Camp: Day One

Yay for Camp!!!

 

I have a lot to talk about today, so listen up:

1. My sister Kris and I decided to come up with some sort of schedule. It was actually her idea, but I thought of the idea a while ago (er, years ago). Of course, that was all mine was–an idea. I never even tried it for one day. But yesterday she came up to me and told me to help her stick with something. She showed me a “to do” list of hers. On that she stated she wanted to set a daily goal (words, pages, time, etc.) and do it every day. Monday through Saturday would be spent working on originals and Sunday would be FanFiction days. When I came up with this, I decided I was going to do FanFiction on Saturday and Sunday and originals would be Monday through Friday. I mentioned that to her and I don’t know if she’s going to do her way or my way, but either way we’re going to do it together. Since she asked me to help her make sure she completes this to do list, I decided that I’m going to do it, as well.

Yesterday, which was Sunday, we went to Barnes and Noble for our weekly writing session. I ended up working on my FanFiction because, well it was Sunday, a weekend day. For writing in a notebook, I got a whole lot done. Today is Monday (and the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo) so I worked on original. But since Camp started, I started something new instead of editing Hunter or Diary of a Lover or anything like that. I’m writing Cybertra. I’ll post the summary on here by the end of the month.

Anyway, I decided that I was going to write for at least one hour every day. The morning is really the only reliable time I have just to myself. So I decided that every day (all seven days of the week) I’m going to write from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. That started today. And man do I wish that I started something like this a long time ago! I had the most productive day! I woke up at 6:30, took a shower, made an iced coffee, and wrote while I had Raph getting her daily exercise and I got my morning caffeine dose. My timer went off on my iPod after an hour, I took Chip for a walk, then I got myself ready to go out. I had to babysit toady from 9 to 3. It was great. Not to mention that by 8, I was wide awake, felt refreshed, and ready to take on the day! If this was any other normal day, I would have woken up around seven, realized I needed to take a shower, but say “eh, I’ll do it tonight,” then count down until I had to leave the house all while moping around in my bed watching TV…I’m really not that lazy, but sometimes….

Right.

2. As stated, today was the first day of Camp NaNo. I’m going away this week (leaving Wednesday afternoon and coming back Friday afternoon). So I can write on Wednesday and Friday, but I’ll miss Thursday. One day isn’t bad. But I am going away again the last week of July. The 20th to the 27th. I’m going to bring a couple of notebooks with me and work on FanFiction that week. Yes, I will be breaking my schedule, but I can’t bring my laptop. So I decided that I want to try to finish Camp before I leave. That gives me 20 days instead of 31. Of course, I’ll still have a couple days when I get back, but still.

This means I should write 2,500 words a day instead of the usual 1,613. I wrote 1,616 today. At least I met the standard quota. If I didn’t have to babysit today, I probably would have written a lot more. I have to babysit again tomorrow (double time…9-3 with one family and then 4-7 with another family). Wednesday I’m babysitting, then leaving. Thursday I’ll be gone. Friday I can write when I get home. All next week I’m babysitting 9-1. It’ll be tough, but I think I can make it work. I can at least be able to make it to 50k by the end of the month, if not by the time I go on vacation. I will do it!

3. My novel is weird. Seriously. I had a completely different vision in my mind for Cybertra and it…well, it took an unexpected turn. Don’t get me wrong, I love where it ended up going, but I was shocked…and was laughing. A lot. I can’t post the summary yet, so you’re going to get lost when I tell you this, but…in the novel, the father builds robots to help people in need. Elderly people, police force, etc. He makes 100 robots at a time and when they all get shipped to a big company that sells them places, he makes a new batch of 100 robots. But, in the prologue, his daughter is six and wants to keep one. All the robots look exactly the same on the outside. The only way to tell them apart is by their personalities. And…well, one of them, the one they end up keeping, has a very different personality. He wasn’t supposed to be this animated. He was supposed to act more…robot-like, I guess you could say. So I can’t give you a summary, but here’s a small excerpt from the prologue:

 “No, no, no! You must hold your pinky up. Haven’t your mother taught you any manners?” a small little girl wearing a pink, frilly dress with a sparkling tiara on top of her head, held up a small plastic tea cup. Her pinky was in the air and she tried to speak in a grown-up, mature tone.

            “I have not had time to learn manners. My apologizes,”

            The man poked his head through a door in the crack of where the young girl and her guest played on the floor of her bedroom. He opened the door a little more to see her smiling and laughing.

            “Well, it’s a good thing you came here, then.” She giggled.

            “Hannah?” he opened the door all the way.

            She froze. Her eyes grew wide as she shifted them back and forth between both of the gentlemen in her room. Finally, she leaned forward and whispered something.

            “Hannah,” the man sighed. He knew exactly what she was saying to her robot friend.

            “Oh, right! The inspection!” the android jumped off of the floor. “Excuse me, Mr. Noel! I must go see Mr. Noel! I am late…I am very late!” he brushed right by the gentleman and disappeared down the hallway going to the basement.

            Mr. Noel shook his head. He lifted his clipboard and muttered to himself. “Fix attention span on number four…”

Leo is what Hannah names him. He wasn’t really supposed to have a name, either. Oh, well.

Happy camping, everyone! 🙂

3,740 Words

Take Over Is Coming Along…

 

Today I wrote 3,740 words of Take Over. That leaves me with 19,505 words total for the novel. I wanted to get up to at least 20K, but I had to stop. I was making typos and my brain was fried for ideas for the moment. I have plenty of ideas for the novel, but I just finished a big part and none of those ideas can be added into the story just yet. Also, I know a had about 500 more words to write, but again…I was making too many typos and my characters were getting a little annoyed. I kept calling Brad “Bead.”

Anyway, I wrote a good amount this morning. Now I have to get through a science test, babysitting, and fill out financial aid crap for when I transfer next semester. I don’t know if I’m going to have enough time to write anymore today. I hope so, because I don’t think I’m going to have any time to write tomorrow. We’ll have to wait and see.

I have nothing else to say…I just wanted to add this little update about Take Over. 🙂

 

2013: 34,644/365,000 Words Written
2013: 932/18,250 Pages Read

Just Keep Writing

An Inch Closer…

 

My class is 10:30-2 today. I have work at 2:30-5/6. And then I’m babysitting 6:30-8:30. I have a very busy day today so I thought that I would get up early and go to school early so that I could get some writing done. Because I am obviously not going to get anything done tonight…that would be silly.

So I have been writing more of Take Over and it is still going pretty well. I wrote for about an hour and half this morning and then I kept making typos and began to go cross-eyed, so I I had to stop. I am now up to 15,765 words and 26 pages. Those numbers are only going to keep getting higher from now on. Although, they always went higher, but whatever.

I got to the good part of my novel. Again, I have to post the summary soon, but as I said in the last post, a group of high school seniors plan to take over the school with the help of a random junior who is in their group. Right? Yes.

Let’s talk about characters: none of them turned out the way I have planned on them being like…

1. Roxana “Roxie” Smith. She is the main character and has a lovely head on her shoulders. She pretty, smart, and plays by the rules. She’s popular in school only because she’s Brad’s girlfriend. Roxie’s parents are…interesting to say the least. Her mother is a stay-at-mom because even though Roxie is old enough to take care of herself, her mom feels as though she would be abandoning her only child. Roxie’s father…he’s insane. And he writes for a living. Enough said. Roxie is dead set against the Take Over.
2. Heath “Brad” Bradley Johnson. Everyone calls him Brad because of his middle name because he hates his first name. Brad is a popular guy and is known by everyone. He is friends with everyone, not because he wants to really be friends, but people people adore him. The Take Over was his idea.
3. Jayden “Jay” Williams & Darren Williams. They’re twins who don’t have a mind of their own. They go along with anything and everything Brad says because he’s the “leader.” Jay is more friendly and takes care of all of his friends while Darren just wants Brad to like him. Both are very into the idea of the Take Over.
4. Bella Jones. Roxie’s best friend. She has a huge crush on Darren and will do anything for him to like her. She’s a dumb blonde (even though she’s a brunette) and her parents are…different. Her mother has a big stick up her butt for reasons unknown to even me. She’s unsure whether she wants to go along with the Take Over or not. She wants to follow Roxie’s lead, but wants Darren to like her.
5. Simon Davis. He’s the junior of the group. Why Brad allowed him to hang out with a bunch of seniors? Again, I haven’t thought that far ahead yet…but Simon is super excited because now he’s the most popular kid of the junior class because he hangs out with Brad Johnson. Simon goes along with Brad on the Take Over, but feels sorry for Roxie and he tries to stay neutral while still technically being on Brad’s side.

There you have it. Six annoying characters in all. Neither of them had the personality I wanted them to have. But it’s working so far, so I’ll play along with them…for now. 😉

 

2013: 30,904/365,000 Words Written
2013: 932/18,250 Pages Read

Ready…Set…

…Wait A Minute…

 

My laptop is fixed. The internet is fixed. The only thing that sucks about it is that it killed my battery…that thing used to last five-six hours. The other day it was at 50% which apparently is now 33 minutes…but whatever! I have to be thankful that the thing actually works again, right? Right! My flash drive is officially gone, but…think positive! Oh, and the printer still won’t work…again, think positive!

Except I haven’t written anything…I haven’t really had the time. Except I’m stuck at school today for a little bit and I don’t have work today. Well, I’m babysitting today, but that’s only for two hours unlike work. Anyway, here is my point: I have to leave for class in about an hour or so, so I think I’m going to begin writing again. Start fresh. Clean slate. After class, which ends at 11:45, but I have a test so I’ll probably be out of there by at least 11:30, I may write again. Although I have a meeting with my advisor at 12:30, so I might just hang around until then. But when the meeting is over, I’m stuck at school until at least 1:45 before my friend drives me home so I can write after the meeting! Although, my friend has a test as well so I might actually get out of here fairly early…

Anyway, I then babysit 3-5ish and then when I come home: BAM! I’m breaking out my typing fingers again. The other day when I pasted “Sad News” I had the hardest time writing it…wanna know why? I hadn’t typed in so long because I hadn’t been in school and I hadn’t been able to use my laptop because of the internet, and I hadn’t been writing at all. My fingers basically forgot how to type. It really was sad news. I’m having a hard time typing now, but I think that’s because my fingers are frozen.

Back on topic: I’m going to write at any moment I can…or any moment I can get to a computer. When I come home from babysitting, I’ll write. And I shall write all night! I’m not going to school tomorrow, even though I have a math quiz.

Everyone has heard of this blizzard that we’re going to get, correct? It’s starting Friday morning and ending Saturday afternoon. I don’t know where any of you are, but in my area we’re going to be getting about two feet of snow as well as some really harsh winds. I doubt I’m going to have school tomorrow, but if I do, the roads and such are probably going to be terrible by the time I get out of class. My class tomorrow is 9-10:15. So I think I’m just going to skip regardless of whether there is school or not. My main concern is work. Fridays I work 11-6 so if my town doesn’t close school, then I’m going to have to go to work…if it is bad then it will be a good thing I skip school because otherwise my poor dad would have to drive all the way to my school and then all the way back to our town to drop me off at work. I live about 20 minutes away from my school, but that’s without traffic and such. With the snow…it would probably take over an hour just to get there.

But again…back on topic: Basically I’m going to be home all day tomorrow, Friday. I highly doubt I’ll have school and work, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m praying I won’t have work. But since I’ll be home all day with nothing to do, I’m going to write all day. Saturday, too. It’ll still be snowing and I never do anything on Saturdays anyway, so I can just write all day. I think it’s going to be a very productive weekend!

My only concern is that if the power goes out…considering that my laptop only lasts probably a little over an hour now, I’ll be screwed. Although, I have plenty of notebooks I can resort to, but typing is a lot faster. Plus, I have my iPod and I have apps called DraftPad and A Novel Idea. I’ve explained A Novel Idea before, it basically helps you plan out scenes, titles, characters, plots, etc. It’s really cool, really fancy, and free. DraftPad, another free app, is a blank piece of paper and you just write anything and everything. Then when you’re done, you can post it to a website, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail it to yourself, whatever. So I could use that and e-mail it to myself in case the power comes back on. Then I can start where I left off. But then if my iPod dies…eh, whatever.

So I’m planning a productive weekend and I hope it’s productive for all of you people out there, as well! If you’re in the area and you’re going to get hit by this storm…be careful and good luck! I’ll post back tomorrow morning with how well I’m about to do with writing. 🙂

Day 10

23,081/50,000 Words

 

Huh. It’s been a few days, hasn’t it? Well, the reason I haven’t updated this thing is because I haven’t written anything since my last post, which was Day 6 (Tuesday). I had a huge writing day on Tuesday and I was very proud of myself…except that I haven’t written since. This is what happened:

Tuesday I wrote while in school. After school I had that dumb doctor’s appointment. I was there for an hour and a half. I told my doctor that I was still tired, my rash is still all over my body, I’m still coughing (although it’s much better than it was) and I’m still wheezing every once in a while. School doesn’t help because I’m walking around in the freezing cold which probably makes it worse. When she listened to me breath she said that I still have pneumonia, which I figured because that takes a long time to get rid of. So, they decided to check my oxygen level, then draw blood, then get a couple of x-rays and fun stuff like that. Then we found out that everything was normal. So they gave me a second inhaler and sent me on my way. So now I have two inhalers to take.

Wednesday, my boyfriend and two friends came over. Chris, my boyfriend, was going to help my friend Christina with her math homework. Carolyn, Christina’s sister, was having a party at school the next day and she needed to make oreo balls for it. If you don’t know what oreo balls are, you should look it up and go make some; especially if you’re a woman PMSing. They are FANTASTIC. All it is are oreos and cream cheese rolled into balls dipped in chocolate. Can we say Heaven? Anyway, the math online wouldn’t work so the four of us (well, Chris ditched us and sat in the other room because us three girls were getting a little crazy…) ended up making the oreo balls. Except we messed up (if you have ever made them before you’re probably saying, “How do you mess up on making oreo balls?” Well…if you met me and friends in person you’d answer yourself with, “Oh. Because it’s THEM making it.”). So we had to run to the store while it was snowing a lot and the roads were terrible. The car was slipping and sliding all over the place. It was a fun time.

Thursday, I had school and work and was utterly exhausted by the time I got home from work. So I didn’t write or anything because I ended up going to bed around 9:00. Yesterday, Friday, I had school and then work and then I had to babysit. I was going to write while the kids were in bed, but I never ended up babysitting. Again, I was in bed by 9:00. Here’s why:

I got out of my last class with a voice mail on my phone. It was my doctor. “Hi, Rachel! We got the results of your x-rays and guess what? We found traces of mono in your system. You don’t actually have it, but apparently you had it maybe about three months ago. So that’s good, you were sick and didn’t even know it! Even though you don’t have it now, your body may still be fighting a bit of it off because you’re weak from the pneumonia and such and that’s probably why you’re so tired and not getting any better.” I’m thinking to myself, three months ago was August. I was in Disney at the end of August. You mean to tell me that I had mono when I was in Disney? Wonderful. Anyway, I called her back and she told me that I should stay in this weekend and get some extra rest. If I don’t feel any better by Monday I should come back in.

This made me mad because I had to cancel babysitting last night, I had to cancel my hair appointment this afternoon, and I was supposed to go out with Chris and his friend tonight and I can’t even do that. I know for a fact that I am not going to be feeling any better by Monday because I have been like this all week. My nose is really stuffed up and has been all week. Trust me, every single day at work the kids said to me, “Why do you sound funny?” I’m thinking, You sound funny! I can at least pronounce all my words correctly!

Anyway, the only good thing about staying in all weekend is that I get to catch up on my writing. Missing four days, that means I’m down by 8,000 words. So I should be at 25,740 today. That would be the 6,000 I missed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and the extra 2,000 for today. As you can see, I stopped at 23,081 words. I have been writing all morning and I needed to take a quick break. I will most likely get some more writing in later today or tonight. I will definitely make it to the 25,740 words…possibly more. But I updated my word count on the NaNo website and on here because I wanted to fill you all in on what’s going on. Plus I wanted to make it seem like I’m still here.

When I write some more tonight, I may post again. If not, I’ll see you all tomorrow!

Day 3

8,262/50,000 Words

 

I ended up writing a little more yesterday after I updated my blog. So I ended up with 6168 words. That was an extra two thousand words, so I should have been all set for today, but I wanted to keep up that two thousand words a day pace. So I am now up to 8262 words.

I just hit page 28 of my story. Technically, I just got on page 27 because the first page is the title page, but whatever. I have no chapters. I am just writing the entire story and then when I edit for the first time, I will break the story into either chapters or parts. I’m not too sure yet. The reason I’m doing this is because when I wrote the outline, I noticed that some chapters would probably be about two pages while other chapter would be about twenty. I understand that it doesn’t matter how long or short a chapter is and that it doesn’t necessarily have to be equal, but my OCD kicked in and it bothered me. So we’ll see how it goes on my first edit.

Anyway, I have to get some more homework done and I sadly have to babysit tonight. Normally I wouldn’t care about babysitting, but I’m still not feeling up to speed with this dumb pneumonia, so we’ll see what happens. I agreed to babysit tonight a couple weeks ago, which was before I got sick and I feel back cancelling especially since this is a child at my work and I have been in work all week. Oh, well. I don’t know if I’m going to get a chance to get anymore writing done today, so…hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to hit ten thousand. Unless I get it done when I get home from babysitting.

I don’t know. Good luck with your own NaNo everyone!

Outline #1

Well, I started. I started the outlining. Did I finish my homework? Well, no. But I got all my October homework done for three out of five classes…the other two classes are assigned weekly unlike the other three classes that assigned the whole semester’s homework right at the beginning.

Anyway, I finished a good chunk of my homework so when I baby-sat last night, instead of doing homework when the kids went to bed, I began to do a little outlining. I started the outline for a novel idea I came up with a long time ago called Saving Each Other. I don’t know why I chose this novel to do first. I just looked at my really long list of novels and that was the one that jumped out at me. So I figured, why not?

I bought new notebooks the other day…they were on clearance for .99 cents, so I was in Heaven; especially because they’re rainbow animal print.

Gorgeous, yes? Of course.

Since I bought brand new notebooks that were dusty when I first picked them off the shelves, I thought I would put them to good use to get rid of the dust. Seriously, they were actually dusty when I found them…no wonder they were on clearance.

When the kids went to bed I began to outline this story. I outlined chapters one through seven so far. I did quite a bit…except that the plot line hasn’t moved much. But that’s okay — it’s an outline. I also noticed that there are some chapters that are really short and some are really long. I know that it doesn’t matter how long a chapter is and I also know that it doesn’t matter if one chapter is really long while the next is really short. I split them up depending on if I thought the last line was a good “cliff-hanger” to stop at. But…I think when I write the story for real, I might write it as one huge passage. Then when I edit it, I will split it up into chapters. If that goes well, I might do that for all my stories. But I’ll break it into chapters in the outline just as a little buffer so I know where I could break it up.

I’m coming up with so many different ways to write, it’s crazy. Then I can’t decide which way to go with. I already have the problem on figuring out what to write, so why do I need to add on this problem, as well? It’s nuts. But I guess I could have worse problems, so I’m not going to complain.

Here’s a problem, actually: NaNo. How many days away is it? I don’t know, I’m too lazy to count, but I know that it’s going to be here before we know it. I don’t know what I’m going to write for it. I have a feeling I’m going to end up writing Saving Each Other for it because I’m sure I’ll have the outline finished by November. I’m not sure which outline I’m going to write next, but if I finish that one before November, then I might write that story instead.

Saving Each Other is the first novel in a series. I know that the next outline I write will not be the outline to the sequel. I know this because if I write the outline, then write and edit the first novel, big changes might happen in which change something big in the sequel. Do you know what I mean? So we shall just have to wait and see what happens, I guess.

Well, I’m going to finish cleaning my turtle’s tank, take a shower, and then get some more writing done. It’s five o’clock in the afternoon (evening?) so we’ll see how this actually goes with me keeping this plan. 😉

Oh, and the summary for Saving Each Other will be posted soon.

Putting Words Into Action

Getting To Work…

 

Let’s just get right into it: My sister and I talked about the last post that I had written as she is in the same boat as me. We decided that we’re going to write at least three pages a day or a half hour. Which ever comes first. I’m going to always shoot for the three pages (maybe a chapter) every day, but if I only get to two pages in a half hour and have to do homework…then I’m going to have to at least take a break. Maybe I’ll get back to it, maybe I won’t. Although, depending on what I’m writing and my attention span, I do a pretty good job whipping out three pages in a half hour.

So, we decided this yesterday, but I’m going to start doing it today. Three pages a day equals out to about 360 pages by the end of the year. That could be a whole new novel. I’ll mark the days I succeed on my calendar and…well, hopefully there will be no days that I don’t succeed. Anyway, I thought about how I’m going to do this all in between school, work, homework, church, etc. I’m either going to get up really really early or stay up really really late. I don’t see how else I can do it. Or I’ll do it in school in between classes instead of doing homework. God, I hope I don’t have a lot of homework…

Anyway, if you look on the Challenges page, you’ll notice I updated it. The goal says write three pages a day. You are more than welcome to join in on that fun. I think it would be interesting to have others doing it with my sister and me. However, you will notice that I have not updated the on-going or the monthly challenges. I have ideas for these, but I’m just trying to figure out a right time to start them. If you have any ideas, you can e-mail me them. Look on Challenges page for more details about that.

My sister and I are opening a new website today…this means we’re going to be the admins of four websites…three, one is under construction right now. So that adds on an extra challenge. Work on my sites as well as my blog, go to work, go to school, do homework, keep my room clean, plan Sunday school, babysit, find time to hang out with people and have a life…

Oh, and write. That’s an important one.

Serious Pep Talk

Getting Down To Business…

So…yesterday was my birthday. And as I sat there on my birthday, I began to realize something serious. And I must talk about it.

I started this blog for an important reason. I didn’t start it because I’m in love with the Internet and is constantly on the computer whenever I have free time. I started this because I wanted to journal about my writing. I wanted to share my ups and downs of the process…the writing, the editing, the getting published…I wanted to share what I know about the process and things that I am just learning. I wanted an online journal to share with the world and others who are in the same position as me. I want to learn from other blogs, I want others to learn from mine. I may have been writing for 9 years now, but just because it’s been nearly a decade, doesn’t mean I’m an expert. I still have no idea what I’m doing.

I read others blogs about writing and I do learn a lot. Some people say one thing while others think differently, but then I have to choose which option I think is best for me. Which one I agree with. I read writing blogs and a lot of them say the same things, “I write this many pages every day; I write for a minimum of an hour a day; I just finished editing my novel; I’m getting self-published/published!” Well, of course that is great news for those people. But as I read that I think to myself, “I want to write that much a day and be in a routine; I want to have a novel completely finished; I want to be published.” See the difference? I want. They do.

I remember last New Year’s, 2011. I was at my friend’s house and as we waited for the ball to drop, I asked myself, “Is this the year? Is 2012 going to be the time when I at least fully write and edit a novel to send out places? Or maybe I will have a book in the process of being published by the end of the year?” Now that it’s been almost a year, I realize that I am in the exact same spot I started in. I haven’t gotten any farther.

Now, it’s not like I haven’t been doing anything the past year. I have been busy with homework and with work and babysitting and family issues as well as friends…I have done a lot in 2012 and I still have a few more months to go. But considering how much writing I have done, it makes me question my future.

My goal in life is to be a full-time author. I don’t want to have a day job as well as a writing job on the side as though it’s extra money. I want to sell as many books as I can and be able to call myself a full-fledged writer. I may not be the next J.K Rowling, but I sure hope that I make a name for myself. I have so many ideas to share with the world. I have to share them.

But sometimes I get worried and have to ask myself questions that no one will ever know the answers to. I write because I love to write. However, will I be good enough? When will I be good enough? I’m in school learning about education in case writing doesn’t work out…so am I doing the right thing or is school wasting too much time that could potentially be the next great best seller? Will I become a writer…or will I be teaching the rest of my life? If I become a teacher, is that because my books didn’t sell enough to give me the income I needed to use that as my only job or is it because writing just didn’t work out at all for me? If writing works, am I just going to leave my teaching past behind? And the big question…is writing in my future at all?

I wish I had a big crystal ball, but the reality is that I don’t. I don’t have any answers to any of those questions and I’m not going to until I start really trying. I need to try writing three pages a day…I need to work at editing a novel. I know the process is long and hard…but who knows, maybe if I work really hard the end of this year, 2013 will be my year. But we just don’t know…

My oldest sister and I are Sunday school teachers at our church. We went to the director’s house to get our curriculum books for the year and she informed us that she is stepping down. My sister and I are the new directors together. That’s one more thing I have on my plate this year. School, work, Sunday school, babysitting, homework, family, friends…but I will fit in a time for writing. Even if it’s five minutes a day. I have to. No more “I want.” It’s all going to be “I do” or “I did.”

So…here’s to another year older. Maybe not another year wiser. But hey–we’ll give it a shot. 😉 Cheers.

Wait, How Long Has It Been?

I’m baaack…

Wow. It has been well over two months since I was last on here. And I’m not coming back at a good time, either…yes, I am going on vacation next week. When I first started this blog, I had a goal in my mind that I was going to update this thing at least once a week. Well, I guess I had a good run at first.

The thing is, I just haven’t had the time. I took summer courses at school, which didn’t end until the end of July. So, needless to say, I did not beat Camp NaNo in June. I was too busy with homework. On top of that, the preschool I work at did not have a summer program this year so I have been out of a job the past couple of months…I have been babysitting like crazy. Speaking of NaNo, though…this month is another Camp, correct? Well, I’m not doing that, either. Sad, I know. I was away for my boyfriend’s birthday from August 4th to the 9th. So this is the first full week of August I have been home. I’m leaving again on Sunday for (drum roll…) DISNEY! Then shortly after that I have my MTEL test and then it’s back to work and school.

So that’s what I have been doing this summer. School, babysitting, studying for MTEL, trying to get teacher certified, learning how to drive, and preparing for the upcoming school semester while organizing my room and preparing for vacation. Notice anything missing from that? Huh? What is this “writing” you speak of? Oh, that…yes, I remember that. That’s right–I have not written a single word since June NaNo…June 6th, to be exact, which is worse because I didn’t even make it to the middle of the month.

So, I have a plan…that may or may not work, but I’m hoping that it works. The plan involves more writing. To put it simply, I am planning on writing at least an hour every day. However, it may be difficult because of my busy schedule this semester, but I’m going to try it out. I’ll go more into that when the time gets closer…if you’re interested. Then again, you read this far, so I am going to assume that you’re interested. Or maybe you’re bored. Either way, thanks for reading!

I am going to get back into posting on here…once a week at the least. But I may update a little more to catch up on everything since the last time I posted.

Right now, I’m focusing on getting ready for Disney. I’m leaving early Sunday morning (August 19) and coming home on Monday (August 27). I’m going down there with my two older sisters, my aunt, my aunt’s mom, my uncle, and my three cousins. Is was my and my sisters’ Christmas present from my parents last year. We’re tagging along with our cousins because they know what they’re doing and we don’t. We’re driving down there and driving back, so that is going to be very interesting. I would rather drive than take an airplane, though.

I’m hoping to get some writing done while I’m down there, too. Maybe I can write a little in the car or right before we go to bed. I would like to update this here and there as well. I will have wi-fi in the hotel, but I have no iPod or a fancy phone. I’m on the iPad now, but this belongs to my mother, so I don’t know if she would want me to bring this down there…so the only device I could use would be my Nintendo 3DS, but I somehow get the feeling that would be difficult to update something like this…

Anyway, I’m slowly trying to get my act back together from the summer. So I’m sure that things will get better when school starts…hopefully. I’ll keep you updated.