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One for the history books

That’s my history book, not yours! 😛

I meant to post this yesterday, actually, but my stupid internet died.

Anyway, yesterday, the 29th of November, is a day to go down in my history book. Why? Here’s a bulleted list of reasons. Everyone likes bulleted lists, don’t they?

  • Yesterday I handed in one play review. As if going to the theatre and watching a play and then reviewing it was something I had time for this month. That wasn’t such a pain, it was more of a nuisance and a waste of time. I’m not a journalism or drama student, why do I get play reviews as assignments? So I went to the theatre alone last week, for the first time in my life. People gave me weird looks. They were probably wondering what a young girl (I look about 16, remember?) was doing there all alone. Maybe they thought I was waiting for a boyfriend who never pitched…
  • Yesterday I handed in one research essay. 3000 words. The longest one I’ve ever written. Possibly it was also the most painful one I’d ever had to write. I always struggle with research essays, not because I can’t write them (I generally do quite well in them), but because I am so attention deficient. And I don’t do well on computers with my attention deficiency. Seriously with the amount of time that I spent playing FreeCell, Spider Solitaire and Angry Birds instead of working this past week, I could have won NaNoWriMo in 20 days and finished three research papers. These days, I turn off my laptop’s Wi-Fi access when I’m trying to work, but unfortunately none of those three games need internet access. Anyway, I always struggle with the temptations and distractions when trying to work, but it has never been as bad as this past week. My motivation to do anything academic related has been 0% for a while now and trying to study for my last paper and finish that freakin’ essay in that state… I’ve used a few more choice words at it the last few days.
  • Yesterday I wrote my last paper for this degree. That means I am now technically a graduate, which is an extremely scary thought. Except that I haven’t got most of my results yet, and I’m staying on at university next year to do post-grad, so I don’t really have to worry about that too much yet. 😉
  • Yesterday I won NaNoWriMo. 50200 words in 29 days. 😀 (This is the most important bit.) Yes, I took up the challenge to finish a day early. When I saw a couple of days ago that I was starting to pull ahead, I began to consider finishing early. Why? Because the blues and week-twos finally hit me. Okay, they came in week 4, which makes them as lost and confused about time as I usually am, but nevermind that. I still hit that wall. I was out of things to write. I was out of steam and motivation. All this month I’ve been waiting and fearing that it would happen. To have it happen 5 days before the end was terrifying. I only knew of three more scenes that I’d planned on writing. What would I do on the other two days? Where would I find more things to write about? So I fished out one more scene and then decided to make NaNo only 4 more days. I slept far less than is healthy (especially when you have an exam in the morning), but I did it. Yesterday, I wrote the final chapter, the one that I’d planned this entire novel around. Yes, I thought about the ending before I thought about the beginning. And then, my oh my, I turned it into a cheese fest. I’m kind of angry at myself for doing that. I hate it when a novel ends in a love deceleration and engagement and that is exactly what I went and wrote. Well, I did try to make it as little clichéd as possible. Maybe that counts in my favour. 😛

So that is why the 29th of November is going to go down in my history book, not only because it will probably be the last productive day I’ll have for about 2 months, but because of all the great things that happened. Only two of them are actually important: writing my final-final exam and winning NaNoWriMo. The other two are only there to illustrate what a crazy day it was. 😆

Incidentally, when I wrote this same post to report on my NaNo win last year, on the first of December, I named it “One for the bucket list”, because winning NaNoWriMo had been on my bucket list for so long and then I had finally managed it. This time it is not for my bucket list, but for my history book. A personal record on a historical day. What will I do for next NaNo? Try to finish 48 hours early instead of 24? A third time win doesn’t feel as good as a first time win or even a second time/first-time-official win, but it still feels pretty great. I’ll still write more about my last day of NaNo. One or two people also asked for details on how I write, so maybe I’ll write more about what I did to win. But I’ll just make a new post to do that tomorrow, because, yes, my internet is still dead. I’m using my phone’s data to post this. I think I probably just hit my internet cap again, but I can’t check because you need internet data to be able to check on your internet data usage, which is one of those senseless arrangements that only internet service providers can dream up. 😛

Yesterday was everything that NaNoWriMo is all about: a mad battle against time, your own body and everything else that suddenly turn against you, like the internet that I needed so desperately to verify my novel’s word count. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go do nothing. Not really. 😉 I just thought of another scene I could add to my novel, so I’m going to go do that, mostly because I don’t like that red square in the final day of my graph there in the sidebar. –> Maybe I can turn this into 51,000 words. If only blog posts counted, because this post is just over 1,100 words long now…

You’ll hear from me again tomorrow if the internet returns. If not, in a few days. I also thought of some great cartoon ideas when I was writing. I always get the best ideas when I don’t have the time to put them into practice. So we’ll return to your regular cartoon programming next week Monday. Or Tuesday if I decide to sleep all weekend.

Talk soon!

Love,
Elana

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4 responses

  1. If being a graduate scares you, think about being a post-graduate. 😀

    November 30, 2012 at 22:42

    • Ahaha yes! 😉 It’s mostly the idea of a change of status that’s scary. I was scared to finish high school three years ago as well!

      December 1, 2012 at 16:11

  2. …actually, what’s NanoWriMo? I see it in my school… I have NO idea what that is… (I’m stupid)

    December 1, 2012 at 06:09

    • It stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a new novel during the 30 days of November. If you’re aspiring to become an author, it’s great fun. I love it, because it gives me that kick in the pants I need to start writing.
      And no, you’re not stupid! I said the exact same thing 4 years ago when I heard my friends talking about it. I’ve done it three times now, and ironically enough I’m the only one of my friends to take up the challenge and complete it, though they were the ones to introduce me to writing! 😉

      December 1, 2012 at 16:16

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