I go home to Cincinnati. (Am I doing it wrong?)
The whole plan was to make some Cincinnati appointments and get those done since it’s winter break and it’s a good time for such things. Did I make the calls to do that like a functioning adult? No. But I did start a new game of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my Gamecube.
I hate to think that’s old school but I guess the Gamecube is now two Nintendo console generations behind. Oh, right, about being home!
COULD MY PHONE TAKE A WORSE PICTURE? Wait, don’t tempt it. I guess I could have been covering the camera with my finger or something. Ugh.
Right, so! I’m at my favorite coffee chain: Caribou Coffee! What’s so special about yet another coffee chain? Well Caribou is cabin/outdoor themed so their ottomans are little bears. And their napkins always have hand-drawn designs on them. AND I think they have better coffee than some other people.
The only Caribou in Indianapolis right now is on IUPUI’s campus, so if you’re down there, check them out.
I know that winter break is drawing to a close and this is my last break for an entire year. And my last semester of classes ever. I guess that’s why I’ve been such a lump–or at least not inclined to schedule myself up with tons of stuff to do. I’m really glad that I got to spend some time writing and with that guy that I live with who I didn’t see at all last semester. (Joke: I’m referring to my husband Curtis, who I hardly saw because of our ridiculous class/work schedules!)
So here’s to the end of break. (Insert groan from all of my friends whose breaks ended long ago and I’m sorry. )
This is how overworked pharmacy students spend break:
– I did not put myself on any work schedules beyond my once a week shift.
– I only leave the house for food and friends.
– That means I leave very rarely.
– I have written 5,000 words in one novel and plan to finish it by the end of the weekend and then I’m going to plot the rest of my next one and get to writing.
– FORZA 4!!1
And that is really it. I’ve been trying to read books and catch up on magazines that have been piling up since clusters, too. I’ve only got a little over a week left of break but I will milk every single minute of it!
The only thing remotely ambitious I want to do is try to make crock pot chicken pot pie.
OH, AND! How could I forget?! My favorite neighborhood ducks, Barry and Margot (the big white one and the big grey one) are back at our lake! It’s frozen right now but I’ve seen them splashing around in the unfrozen part!
This picture is from Christmas Eve!
I made the imponderable decision to do National Novel Writing Month this year. Sort of. I say that every year. I at least made the effort to start a novel that I’ve been wanting to start for months and months now. I usually write these scifi epics and this one’s been festering in my head for a while–it’s actually about college life and it’s a little less intimidating. And I’m having a lot of fun writing it. I don’t have to make up new vehicles and new environments and why the world is post-apocalyptic. So that’s easy!
I haven’t worked on it all week. Busy busy. With the elections and having to catch up on schoolwork I haven’t had time to do any sort of writing or thinking. But I’ve read some really good tips on various Tumblrs that I started following, so I’m hopeful if I can sit down on Sunday or tonight and do some marathon studying/writing I can at least hit 10,000 words this weekend.
Yeeeaahhh my NaNo tracking Excel doc looks really sad. But I’m proud of my novel Tumblr because I found a hilarious Parks and Rec quote! It’s perfect for my novel.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Butler has a Visiting Writer Series every semester. My freshman year, I took an English course called Contemporary Writers and our professor expertly had us read work by writers who were coming for the series, so I felt really on top of it when we went to the readings and I knew what was going on. Plus the writers felt so much more famous since I owned their books!
That first semester at Butler, I discovered two of my favorite poets, Galway Kinnell and Thomas Lux, and since they were both visiting writers, I got to see them do readings, too. So awesome.
Well, ever since then, I’ve kept glancing at the lists and never ever recognizing the writers (probably because Tim O’Brien already came and all my favorite writers are people like Karen Traviss and Charles Dickens), and today I finally stopped when I saw who was on the poster. Margaret Atwood! I actually own one of her books and I am so freakin’ pumped that she is coming next week! Admittedly I haven’t finished The Handmaiden’s Tale but if I can find some time to get a few chapters in this weekend, I will.
Here’s a reading Galway did at another place. He’s just so charming!
I probably haven’t mentioned this yet, but as of this year, I am pursuing a minor in STS!
I had never heard of the major until this past summer, but it is one of the coolest integrated studies I’ve come across in university. As a writer, I originally wanted to try and get an English minor (it’s impossible with pharmacy unless I’d decided freshman year to do it and did a lot of summer school!). But I was pointed in the direction of STS and fell in love immediately!
Nerd alert: me being excited about STS only further proves that I’m a nerd. And I don’t mean in an “adorkable” way (why did I just use that word). I mean in a “I could spend hours reading scientific articles and dissecting the sentence structure and word choice to see how factual said article is.” Then I would debate the validity and soundness of every argument. Then I would curl up on the floor.
Seriously though, I’m finding STS really interesting. It makes me want to get into science writing sometime down the road. (I’m going to take a page from the book of Dr. Vance and get an article published about disease mongering. YEAH!)
I googled STS and this is what I found, also an image that declared that cows are food factories. What am I getting myself into?
Operation: NaNoWriMo has been underway for 10 days now. I hit 10.1k words on Sunday and abruptly ceased all writing. It is now Thursday. I should be more concerned than I am.
The last time I successfully did NaNo was in ’08. That was a loooong time ago now, all of the sudden. I should be a little rustier at the whole “write every day FOREVER” regimen that is associated with the event. However, on day 1, I wrote my daily writing quota (1,667 words) in 43 minutes.
I have a spectacular Excel sheet that tracks my progress. When I entered my first word count and time update, it told me I would finish on November 16th. HA!
Despite my hiatus from NaNo, I’ve actually found that this novel is coming out a lot smoother than expected. I have a plot. And sideplots! And said plots are working like a well-oiled machine and not a two-legged dog. (Yes, I will shamelessly post references to Homestar Runner like it’s 2003.)