Things I’m Thankful For

I’ve noticed a lot of these going around, and I figured it wouldn’t be the world’s worst idea to write one up, a time capsule of sorts so I remember what I’m grateful for now, if not all of these things come around next year.

1.  My family
I love my family to death, and this past year has not been easy on any of us.  There’ve been health problems and fights and a death, but we still go on standing by each other.  It’s really something, and it’s never more evidenced than it is when things AREN’T going well.

2.  My friends
To my friends both at home and at college:  you guys totally rock my world.  I love to come home and spend time with the guys and girls I don’t get to see for nine months of the year, and I’m constantly surprised that we still have no problems talking to each other.  I know we’ll be friends for, if not forever, then at least a good long time.  My friends at college, but especially my awesome roommates are half the reason my experience has been so good.  You guys are people I never expected to meet, and now can’t imagine not knowing.  

3.  My boyfriend
I love him more than I could ever imagine.  If I had to name one of the best parts of living where I do for nine months of the year, it would have to be the ability to see him every week.  Even though we’ve only been going out two years this January, I’m confident that there will be many, many more ahead of us.  I never thought I would be so lucky as to find someone who loves me almost as unconditionally as my family does.  It’s pretty special.

4.  My home
I’ve been hearing a lot about the Iraq and Afghanistan war this holiday season, and though I hate to bring it up, I can’t help but think of how lucky I am to be able to live in a place where I not only have everything and more that I need, but also more safety.  I may critique our country, but I sure am happy to live here.  

5.  My writing
I’ve never been so grateful for my writing as I have this year.  I had several wonderful critique partners who are making my manuscript a million times better, and with any lucky I’ll be able to further my goal of becoming an author someday.  

If I somehow forgot to include something, my apologies.  Just know that I’m incredibly grateful for all the blessings I have.   

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Conclusions

I have come to an important decision regarding my Nano novel.  Namely, that when I am finished with the 50,000 words, it is going to be put aside.

I actually made this decision a few nights ago, and it’s been a struggle not to stop writing since.  After all, there’s revisions on The Recruited to do, and The Lost to finish, not to mention new ideas that will probably get dealt with in due time.  Why, I kept asking myself, make time to actually write 50,000 words of something that’s going to be abandoned or scrapped later?

Well, there are a couple reasons.  For one thing, this piece, Best Intentions, started out as a short story.  And, in my opinion, and the opinions of people over at  it was a pretty damn good short story.  For the first time ever, I found that, in expanding the piece, I compromised a lot of the things that made the short story work.  Though I didn’t think that would bother me, it really does.  

But I’m getting off track.  Basically, the only reason I’m not quitting Nano is because I’m vain.  I don’t want to cop to giving up on the event, even if I totally picked the wrong story to work on and nobody would begrudge me if I did.  Nobody, of course, except myself.  

Does this mean that Best Intentions will be finished?  The answer is:  probably not.  Because as far as I’m concerned, it was finished the day I got the short story done.  There wasn’t anymore work necessary.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go finish today’s word count and then work on The Recruited. 

HVZ/NaNoWriMo Recap

So, here’s how the two events I was crowing about in my last entry went down. 

Humans vs. Zombies:

I stayed human until–wait for it–Tuesday.  Morning.  Pretty pathetic, huh?  A girl got me as I was on my way to my first class, when I was looking for people on my other side.  On the plus side, I got home and the two roomies–also playing–had both been zombified that day too.  Bad luck.   ended up making a kill on her first day, but no more after that.   never made a kill, and I got "fed" by another zombie on Wednesday.  The two above roomies "died" on Thursday.  I died on Friday nine hours before the game ended.  

Craziness.  It was fun, but by the end I was pretty damn worn out. 

Anyway, NaNoWriMo. 

I’m actually a couple hundred words ahead on Nano, but otherwise pretty much on track.  I’m not enjoying this story, titled Best Intentions, as much as I’m enjoying last year’s novel, but I’ll have to see how it goes when things start going bad for the characters.  I write dark and angry better than I do light and happy.  I’ve been making future plot notes and things I’m going to need to edit when I do go back and edit.  

At any rate, I’m doing okay, and managing to stay afloat, never mind the fact that I have five essays due in two days next week.  Argh.  Blargh. 

But yeah, that’s how that’s going.  I’ll probably post further updates on this latest novel assuming I actually have time with all these damn essays.  Schoolwork never ends.