thinking

I think my last post was a good one to leave off on as I disappeared on an unexpected hiatus.

And I’m sorry for that, but I think it was good I took a break. I needed it.

I thought a lot. About stuff. About blogging. I’m still thinking. I’m going all Winnie the Pooh here, guys.

I still feel like I need to sort some things out before I come back to blogging. For a while I’ve felt like the way I’ve been blogging and my blogging experience just isn’t what I’m looking for (no shame in ending my sentence with a preposition). I’m not sure what I want exactly though, which is why I’m still thinking. And why I’m still taking a break.

So yeah. I’m thinking. And when I’m done thinking, I’ll get back to you.

-Erin

The Same Post – But Better!

I really must apologize for disappearing for a bit. I was busy with finals, Christmas, work, spending time with family/friends, and laying around watching TV/playing video games. So all important things. And then just this week I got struck by a horrible cold that I’m still trying to get over. I went to the doctor thinking that I had strep, but turns out I just caught a virus that gave me a nasty sore throat and caused my tonsils to swell up like balloons. Thanks body! Love you too!

After spending the past couple days doing nothing but groaning and sleeping and blowing my nose and watching so much TV I thought my eyes were going to explode, I got bored. Soooo I told myself that I should finally write up a blog post.

And guess what! It’s that blog post! That same one that the majority of bloggers write every single year. You know the one, where I state all of my goals and resolutions for the new year, none of which I’ll actually remember when December 31st rolls around. But hey! It’s the thought that counts. And it makes me feel better about myself…for right now.

But in all seriousness, I would like to actually put in some effort this year with achieving these goals. Yes, I say that every year, but…this year will be different? *fakes confidence*

Anywho, I’ve kind of divided my goals into categories, cuz that’s how I roll ’round here. Let me know what you think of my goals, and tell me about your goals for 2016 in the comments!

Personal Goals

  • Walk more. Okay, so every year, one of my goals is always “get fit” or “run every week” or “Omg can you exercise for at least 15 minutes a week you lazy rat”. And guess what. I SUCK AT EXERCISING. And I’ve finally embraced that. It’s not something I’m proud of, but I just have zero motivation to exercise. It isn’t a hobby of mine, and I don’t enjoy suffering on that torture contraption called a treadmill. But, I do know that exercise is so very important for your health, so I want (and need) to start small. I like leisurely walking, so I’m going to start there. Not only do I get some exercise out of it, but it gives me a chance to clear my mind and get outside for a bit. And no, walking more doesn’t include stress walking to class, hoping that I won’t be too late…Walking more for me means trying to walk for a little bit every day, or as often as possible. This should be easier to do once it warms up outside and winter’s gone.
  • Earlier bed time. AHAHAHA. This one will be hard. While I enjoy mornings, I am definitely more of a night owl. I stay up way too late most nights…And I can tell it’s not good for me. I always wake up feeling exhausted, no matter how much sleep I may have gotten. So I’m really going to try to go to bed even just a little bit earlier than what I’m doing now.
  • Pray more. I feel like I’ve become so bad at finding time to pray…I always seem to come up with petty excuses. I need, and want, to get into the habit of praying throughout the day, even if it’s a quick little prayer. More specifically, I want to find time to pray in the morning and at night before bed. As someone whose faith means a lot to her, I’m kind of ashamed by how little I actually pray…I need to do better.
  • Learn when enough is enough. One problem I had last semester was that I took on way too much. I mean, I got through it, but it wasn’t ideal. My GPA dropped a bit because of it (not drastically – I’m still doing really well, but it was hard to say goodbye to my 4.0…), and I was always doing something or going somewhere and it got exhausting. This year, I need to learn how much I can handle at a time without going insane. This is already relevant, as I need to decide if I want to keep or quit my second waitressing job once January is over…
  • Get a haircut. So this one seems a bit silly, but I haven’t gotten a haircut since I was like, 13 (I mean, I’ve gotten it trimmed – not the same thing). I want to donate it, but that would mean that my hair would be pretty short. And again, this sounds silly, but I’m kind of scared of having short hair again. I love my long hair, and people have told me it looks really nice on me. What if short hair doesn’t look good on me? What if I regret everything?! Regardless, I’m going to get it cut. Gotta try new things, right?

Reading Goals

  • Read 15 books this year. I know, I know, 15 books really isn’t that much. But…well, I haven’t been so great with reading the past couple years, so I wanted to keep it simple and doable. Who knows? As the year goes on, I might increase the number. We’ll see.
  • Read for at least 15 minutes a day. This’ll be good for me, and I think it might help me get past this super-duper long reading slump that I’ve been forever…

Writing Goals

  • Start editing Music’s Curse. Yup, I want to tackle the disastrous first draft of MC. I’d really like to get a solid draft put together so I can at least have my friends read it without being utterly confused. I don’t know how far I’ll get in editing it, but I’d like to start. I’d like to blog about my editing journey, too!
  • Do CampNaNo and NaNo in November. I’d really like to continue working on the story I started halfway through November, and am thinking that I could work on it for one of the Camps (Camp takes place twice, right?). Or maybe I’ll get started on the sequel for Music’s Curse…We’ll see.

Blogging Goals

  • Get back on a schedule. I’ve been posting sporadically, and probably will keep doing if I post anymore while I’m on break. But I’d like to get back to posting on Fridays, preferably every Friday if I can manage.
  • Comment more. I am so bad at commenting on other people’s blogs! I’m just lazy. I love it though when people comment on my posts, so I want to try to get better at commenting on other people’s posts.
  • Follow more awesome blogs. This might be surprising, but I really don’t follow many blogs. I used to, but most of the people I followed are now long gone. I want to find more interesting and fascinating people!
  • Share more original works. This includes pictures, writing, music, artwork, etc. I want to share it with you guys! I like seeing what other people think of my stuff.

The list could go on and on, but I’m going to end it there. I know if I set too many goals for myself, I won’t be able to meet them all, and then I’d be disappointed at the end of the year. This is already a pretty hefty list for me. But I’m optimistic about meeting most of these goals!

Classes start up again for me on the 25th, and you can expect to hear from me before then. I’d like to take a look back at the movies, books, TV shows, music, and such that I experienced during 2015. I’d also like to write a post about the things I’m excited for in 2016!

Until next time,

Erin

Nano Day 15: We’re halfway there

OOOOH LIVING ON A PRAYER.

GUYS. I HAVE EXCITING NEWS.

Last week Monday, I finally, FINALLY wrote the last word for Music’s Curse.

I FINISHED IT.

After years of working on it, I came to the end of the first draft with 123K words.

I KNOWWW. That’s a lot of words. But large chunks will be cut out when I edit it. IF I edit it…

But hey. Not gonna think about that right now. I FINISHED MY FREAKIN’ NOVEL.

This was my main goal of doing Nano this year, and I reached that goal. So I’m happy. CELEBRATE WITH ME. I brought imaginary cake and ice cream! *throws food at you*

So now that I’m done with Music’s Curse, I’m working on a new novel, tentatively titled The Same Nobodies. I haven’t planned it very much so I don’t really have a good idea of where the story is going. But I am excited to work on it. I have a couple thousand words already. It’s steampunk fantasy with Persian undertones, and I’m super pumped to see where this story takes me. Here’s a summary that I quickly typed up the other day:

In the world of Ardazan, identical twins are considered to be the spawn of the demons. Born with the power to suck the life force from people around them, identical twins have been at the heart of many of Ardazan’s problems. For this reason, a law was passed declaring that all identical twins would not be allowed to live past the age of five.

Kaveh and Jahan Corvzah were unfortunate enough to be born identical twins. Now at the age of 25, the only reason they evaded death was due to their parents’ careful planning, which led people to believe that there was only one son instead of two. For the past five years, the brothers have been living in separate cities, trying to avoid each other to keep their secret hidden. While Kaveh lives as a thief, Jahan has agreed to marry a girl named Yasmine to save her father’s business. The only problem is, Jahan dreams of becoming a monk, and has no desire to get married, and Kaveh secretly wishes for something more meaningful in his life.

But there’s another problem. Identical twins never make it past the age of 28. They are always found dead, their hearts black with poison. Determined to uncover the mysteries surrounding identical twins, Kaveh and Jahan set out to find answers as their lives slowly dwindle away and a poison creeps ever closer to their hearts.

So while I’m still not planning on writing 50K words, I’ll be working on this for the rest of November. I’ll probably check back in once and a while to let you guys know how it’s going. I’ll probably share some excerpts too!

But in the meantime, you guys should follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinTriscuit. I had been avoiding Twitter for so long but finally gave in and signed up for it. I’ll probably regret it. But anywho. Follow me.

Until next time,

Erin

OhNoWriMo

Welp. I didn’t do such a great job in the past couple weeks blogging. I apologize. It was midterms for me, which meant days of stressful studying for exams and writing papers. And when I finally had a moment to relax, I didn’t really think much about blogging.

BUT HERE I AM. So it’s all cool now.

And yes, I’m blogging on a Tuesday. Why? Because I didn’t think I should wait until Friday. Something started a couple days ago, and I felt like I had to give an update.

GUYS. IT’S NANO TIME.

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is then you really need to get a life. Or just grab your phone and ask Google what it is. Come back when you know what it is. I’ll wait for you.

*sips coffee patiently*

Hooray, you’re back! Now we’re all on the same page. Literally!

So here’s the thing about NaNo this year: I almost didn’t do it. I wasn’t really feeling it, and I didn’t think I could handle it with school, two jobs, and a social life. But then when a co-worker excitedly asked me if I was doing Nano this year, I realized…

I had to do it. Not because I felt like I was being forced into it, not because I was afraid I wouldn’t be “a real writer” if I didn’t do it, but because I realized that I really, truly wanted to do it.

November is Nano for me. It’s been like that for the past five years. Without Nano, November is just…November. Just another boring month. But it’s gotten to the point where when I list the months in my head, I’ll go, “September, October, NaNo, December…”

Does NaNo stress me out? Hell yeah. Do I get sick of it after those 30 days? You betcha. But to me, that’s what makes it enjoyable. I love the challenge. I love the NaNo experience. I love the late nights of frantic word wars, the crazy, nonsensical chat conversations, and the struggle to contain your Inner Editor. I especially love the feeling of finally hitting 50K words.

However, all that said…I’m taking a bit of a different approach this year. I realize that I’m really busy right now, more so then I’ve ever been. So while I am doing NaNo, I’m going to relax things a bit. While I am still aiming for 50K words, I’m not planning on writing 50K. Does that make sense? Basically, if I think I have the time, I will try my best to reach 50K, but if it starts getting in the way of work and school and causing even more stress (not good stress), then I’ll pull back a bit. Basically, I’m doing this so that I don’t feel disappointed if I don’t hit 50K. The past two years, I was mad at myself for not getting to 50K because I had set that as my goal. This year, my goal is just to write as much as I think possible without getting in the way of other, more important things.

So what am I writing for NaNo? Well, I have decided that before I start a new novel, I have to finish Music’s Curse. I am so close! I meant to finish it in August and lol that didn’t happen. I’d say that I only need about 5K more to go and then I can finally say “SO LONG PARTNER” to the novel I’ve been working on for the past three years.

That is, until I decide to edit it…*shudders in fear*

After I finish Music’s Curse, I’ll be starting a new story for the rest of NaNo. It isn’t named yet, but I have a vague idea of the plot. I know it’s going to be steampunk fantasy with Persian undertones. I’M SO EXCITED TO START THIS. It’s gonna be great.

As for blogging during NaNo, I probably won’t be sticking to a set schedule. I’ll just kinda randomly pop on and give you guys updates. Things may get a bit…crazy. Don’t be surprised. Strange things happen during NaNo.

So how’s everyone else doing on their NaNo novels?! Still going strong, or ready to give up? Let’s be encouragement buddies, guys!

Until next time!

Erin

(P.S. Not proofreading this. No time for that. Gotta write my novel!)