As school likes to distract, I have made zero progress on my book since this semester started two weeks ago. I have already had to submit a small contest project, write a short essay, a 1000 word short story and I don’t even know how much textbook reading… a lot in any case. I still have one more paper due at the end of the month that I need to go to some list of art-type things to write it. Unfortunately I’ve been so busy I haven’t even looked at the list, in fact, I don’t even know where it is… Since I have less than 2 weeks to do it I guess I better find it. So there you have my life right now. School, school and more school.
On a happier note I have started reading again! I went through my long list of books and started adding all the books I am now behind on and woah, all of a sudden my to-read list jumped to well over 200 books. So I have started the long journey of hopefully starting my way through some of them. I am sitting at 223 to-read now, and I have two books I’m currently reading. I also ordered 13 books with some of my Christmas money and am excited to have them come in the mail. The only thing missing is to get a library card, as I haven’t gotten one since I moved. I made a long-list of all the series I wanted to read, and then I short-listed them by series I wanted to read first and since that came to over 300$ I had to short-short list into ones I wanted to start most, hahaha.
With my nose back in the young-adult genre, I feel like I’m a little more in the loop with what’s going on again and upcoming books! Now to somehow balance that with school and finishing my book then I will really be set! Chat soon!
My break is over, my brain is tired and I’m already wondering how I’m going to survive until the end of semester. Today is the longest day, my first class starts at 8:30am and my last class ends at 8:20pm, so that could also be why I feel like this after only the first day. This morning it felt like I was being forced out of hibernation, and I was much to comfortable in my cocoon. I can always tell when I’m feeling tired because I can’t write. I can sit and stare blankly at my computer screen for 30min and am surprised that all that time has passed.
On the bright side I have been making awesome headway in my book, which you will know if you’ve been following my twitter feed. I feel like I’ve just added a whole new arc of character development, and now I’m stuck trying to tie it back into everything. Hence, tired. I got a burst this morning for some added details in the end of the book that I’m pretty excited about, but I need to get this story moving again for that to happen. I have been good and written almost every day, even if it’s just a little bit, and I hope I can keep it up. My classes this semester will be a lot of work, so I might be less present, but I remain hopeful.
I am coming up to the one year mark since starting this novel. It would be exciting to finish it by then and have a big party! When this is all done I’m definitely having a big party 😛
As everyone sits down to write their “year in review” posts I thought I should do one too just to reiterate to myself everything I have accomplished this year. I don’t know if I did anything extravagant on the grand scale of the world, but to me I took some awfully big leaps of faith. So let me count them down by month.
January – Started writing my first novel.
February – Persisted through 3-5hrs sleep a day to write while working a full time job.
March – Finished my first novel.
April – Took a break
May – Began apartment hunting
June – Moved my husband to a new city, handed in notice to work
July-August – Spent two very difficult months away from my husband.
September-October – Moved away from everything I’ve ever known and started University
November – Participated in NaNoWriMo and WON! Completed my second novel, saw Nine Inch Nails for the first time in Concert
December – Finished my first semester with 3 A- and a C+. Started the long awaited task of finishing my first book (only 6 more chapters left!)
Alright, that’s everything really big that I can remember off the top of my head. It was a really big year for me and 2014 I feel is going to be even bigger. 2014 is going to be huge and full of unexpected twists I’m sure. But more than anything I still remain hopeful. Last New Years I was filled excitement having been accepted to University and wondering what my future would entail. Now I’m living that future and it’s hard and stressful at times, but it’s wonderful and great and I wouldn’t change any of it. The stress I feel now is nothing compared to the stress I felt when I was working at the hospital.
Everything has been in an upward trend this year, except my finances (although I haven’t accumulated much MORE debt, just holding steady at around the same), but I’m happy. Even on the days I complain or stress out about bills I’m happy because it’s a sacrifice I pay to achieve what I love and the fact that I have a husband who is willing to help me achieve that is the biggest blessing of my life. I wouldn’t be here without him or any of my family who has been supporting me since this journey began. I am blessed and highly favoured and 2014 is going to take me even further than 2013.