It’s been a while…

Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Wow!  It’s been some time since I have written anything for this blog.  It’s kind of sad, that I haven’t managed to keep it up.  There’s been a lot of stuff going on in my life, and I think that has a lot to do with it.

I finished my semester of college with a GPA of just over 3.5 (YAY!) and have been enjoying the Summertime.  My father and I took a trip to see his sister, out in Arkport, New York–a trip some 400 plus miles southwest of us.

Other than that, it’s just been day-in, day-out life until recently.  I got a pretty awesome direct message to my Twitter account, asking if I would like to write for an awesome website known as, Paper Spaceships.  I sent in some writing samples, and became part of the site.  Now, I write blog posts (book reviews, mostly) on Thursdays!  How completely awesome!

I am not sure if that means this blog will be neglected (more than it already is).  Perhaps it means that I will be eager to write more often, and will post more…well…stuff!  This blog has been about anything/everything, so chances are I will have some experiences to share.

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Spring Break! YEAH!

Tuesday, 9 March, 2010

I am a little too excited for Spring Break.  I mean, it’s not even technically here yet.  I guess I am just looking forward to some planned time off.  Not unplanned like my grandmother’s recent passing.  I know, I know, death is an unforeseeable event but it does knock you for a loop.  I am finally caught up on everything I missed in class.

I am looking forward to some quite time at home, or with other family.  It was great that everyone got together when Grandma died (and I mean I saw some people that I haven’t seen in soooo many years), but it was almost too much family, if you know what I mean.  I wouldn’t have minded so much, had it been other circumstances, I suppose.

No, I am looking for some time to just chill.  Not running here and there, not having to partake in anything, unless I really want to.  Cool-down time.  Yeah, that’s the ticket!  Time to be away from school, and school work.  Though my online English class will still be there, staring me in the face.  Luckily, that work doesn’t have to be done until after our return from Spring Break.  Of course I will be working on it, to stay caught up.

I have a test tomorrow in Biology.  A Math class and an Art quiz and mid-term on Thursday, and I am done!  At least for ten days, or so!  I have only made one concrete plan for that time, and it involves going with my sister to a doctor’s appointment in Saratoga.  Other than that, I want to spend time outside, weather permitting.

Now, all I can think about is sleep.  Might as well act on it.


Happy New Year!

Saturday, 9 January, 2010

Wow!  I am totally ignoring this blog.  It’s not purposeful, in all honesty.  It’s just the lack of interesting things to write about.  Well…no.  I guess that’s not totally true, either.  It’s less the lack of interesting things to write about–because I am sure that there have been many interesting things since last month–I guess it’s just that I haven’t been visited by the blogging Muse.  Which one is she, again?

As of this writing I still have yet to even open my NaNoWriMo story file to look at it.  I have been reading a lot.  Mostly the books that TrueBlood is based on.  I guess they’re thought of as The Southern Vampire Mysteries or the Sookie Stackhouse Novels.  However you want to think of them, they are actually decent reads.  And they are a welcome divergence from daily life.

I will be starting classes next Thursday.  Well, I will have to log in to my distance learning course on Thursday.  The following Thursday is the day when I have to actually appear in a classroom.  If you don’t count orientation the day before, of course.  I am excited to head back to school, and am eagerly awaiting it.

I guess that’s everything.  Well, the uninteresting things.  Hopefully that Muse will start whispering in my ear soon, though.  And for all the holidays I missed: Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!  If I didn’t cover one, I apologize…


NaNoWriMo, past and future attempts

Tuesday, 27 October, 2009

I have NaNoWriMo on the brain.  I guess I am just psyching myself up for the upcoming start date.  I am thrilled to be doing this again, as it helps me get a story out that had seeded itself in my mind.  And it’s a great exercise, as well!!

I thought I would like to write a bit about my past, and possible future attempts at Nation Novel Writing Month.  So, here it is, for any and all to see.  A bit of my ups, and downs while writing 50,000 words.  The amount, more or less, in a short novel.

The first year I attempted, which was the only year I completed it, was 2007.  The whole year, and a bit of the year before, I had this odd story in my head.  It all started around Christmas 2006, as I can trace it back.

That year, I was pretty sick around Christmas time.  Christmas Eve, my sleep was plagued, a bit, by what I like to think of as fever dreams.  My dreams, then, were odd, and fairly vivid.

These dreams involved a young Japanese girl, who became my heroine named Mizuki, and warring factions of Japanese Yokai (a supernatural being).  The two factions were the Tengu and the Kappa.

My dream showed the young girl falling under attack by fearsome Kappa, only to have the Tengu come to her rescue.  The dream was basic, but, it laid the ground for a larger story.

Everyday for thirty days, I wrote of Mizuki and her friends and family.  Relationships became entwined, and grew apart.  Villains and heroes formed, and the story, for the most part, went in it’s own direction.  Things really did happen to these characters, that weren’t originally in my plans!

It was actually pretty magical, for the story to take shape on it’s own.  To me, NaNoWriMo was a novel idea (no pun intended).  It allowed a procrastinating amateur writer to actually get something done.  I was thrilled beyond belief when, on November 30th, I had written a bit over the 50,000 word goal!

2008 rolled around, and no story really seemed to plant it’s seed in my subconcious.  I knew I had many months to prepare, so I thought long and hard, but nothing really came up.

Sometime that Summer, though, I found myself (repeatedly) listening to Help! by The Beatles.  It was a favorite CD of mine to listen to while I did the dishes.  I noticed that the songs on the album, if rearranged a bit, created a story.

So, I had my idea.  The story didn’t have a real basis.  Not like the previous one did.  I had an outline which was made of the tracks of the album rearranged to make a story.

When the time came to start writing, he story flowed pretty well.  It was a love story (as some of the songs on Help! lent themselves well to that type), and the characters began to take on lives of their own.

However, as the month trudged on, it became harder and harder for me to form a good story.  I reached a dead-end.  It wasn’t writers block so much, as it was me losing interest in my own creation.

This year, my inspiration came from MANY odd encounters on the chat site Omegle.  I actually started writing the story not long after those encounters, but soon forgot about it.  I believe that was procrastination or the fact that I knew NaNoWriMo was not long in coming.

Well, when my computer died, and I lost all the files on it, I took it as a sign that I wasn’t meant to write that story until November brought NaNoWriMo to me.  A sad part of that whole affair is, though, that I lost the copies of my other attempts.

I always meant to revisit both of those stories, at some point, and do a lot of work on them.  However, that is no longer possible, so I am going to have to put my all into writing this new one.  Wish me luck!


Up-to-date blog. (Ranting ahead!)

Tuesday, 27 October, 2009

Well, it has certainly been a long time since I blogged last.  It’s terrible that I haven’t kept up with this, and it makes me sad.  However, a lot has happened to keep me away from this blog, and none of it is good.  Well, maybe some of it might be, I don’t remember.

First things first, I am without a computer.  Well, not totally without, as the one downstairs–my sister’s–works just fine.  My own computer, a machine that has served me rather faithfully for nearly six years, died unexpectedly at the beginning of the month.

It’s been rough, especially since I had someone buy, and am still paying for, a new monitor.  But, that’s how it goes, I guess.  I should have seen it coming as I noticed, about a month before it died, that the CD ROM drive didn’t function any more.  It must have been a sign of what was to come.

Before it died, though, I did something very important!  I applied for classes at the local community college.  I wanted to do something to better myself, and thought Damn it!  Why not? All the financial aid paperwork has been filled out, and come back (with good award grants, I might add).  Now it’s just a matter of waiting for an official acceptance from the school.

I am still unemployed, though, and am quickly running out of funds.  I need to find work, and am hoping that the extra thirteen weeks of extended benefits that is being looked at comes through.  At least it would be something to carry me through the holidays, and into the Spring semester, when I should be starting classes.

To keep my mind occupied, though, I am easger awaiting the beginning of November.  I amgoing to do National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for short), again!  My story has already formed itself in my mind, so I cannot wait to start writing.  I might even do a daily/weekly blog about my experience.

All-in-all, that has been my life for the past couple months.  Mostly full of downs, but, there are some good things to hope for, in the near future.  I guess I’ll just have to play the waiting game.  To quote Homer Simpson, “The waiting game sucks.  Let’s play Hungry Hungry Hippos.


Welcoming an old friend to WordPress

Monday, 31 August, 2009

I wrote a little bit about reconnecting with an old friend a few posts back. Ahhh, the power of FaceBook. Well, said old friend has now started her very own blog!

I’d like to welcome Charolotte aboard, and hope she enjoys her own little corner of the web that she has created. I plan to read what she has to say, and will do so!

Check out her blog at: http://charolotte.wordpress.com/


Mourning in the digital age–A Farker’s Farewell

Friday, 21 August, 2009

Today I got some sad news.  A friend of mine who I met through Fark.com, as a TotalFarker, passed away yesterday in an automobile accident.  Obviously someone should mourn the passing of someone they knew and liked.  And I am doing so.

My issue with the whole thing is, how do you mourn someone you really didn’t know/never met physically?  I don’t want to do something…inadequate.  To me, writing this is helping me, by making me think of some of the many hilarious conversations we’ve had.

It also makes me feel a bit selfish, though.

I guess I will just say my piece about Thai, and leave it at that.

Thai Williams, known to me and others as his TotalFark handle Arelas, was someone that I talked with on a daily basis for an entire year’s time.  Now that I think back on it, he helped me feel comfortable at a job I didn’t really enjoy.

He didn’t do anything in particular, but, he was just there to talk to.  And that did help me trudge through.  I remember passing a day making a banner for a fictional Presidential Election in which Thai was named President.

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It reads: “Vote Arelas for President in 2008.  The candidate with a vision (and the meds to clear it, eventually!).  I was known as Thai’s vice-president in those days.  It’s a position I will always cherish, since he kindly bestowed it upon me.

Though I wasn’t around in TotalFark for a long while, I still thought of Thai (and all the rest of my friends).  I am saddened, though, that I fell out of contact with him.  I wish his family and friends all the best.

I will miss you, my friend, and I will think of you when I see an alpaca!  Good-bye!