November is almost here and with it NaNoWriMo! I’m very excited since it seems to be the easiest way for me to get any writing done. For some reason Camp NaNo just doesn’t motivate me as much and I never finish what I start, but I have yet to fail a November NaNo.
I’m the type of writer who likes to plan out all the little events in a story and organize them by chapter, making a thorough outline for myself. If I don’t do this it’s a miracle if a story ever gets completed. I think I’ve only finished three stories without planning them while I have about thirty or so unfinished stories lying around because I have no idea what’s going to happen in them. Planning a story from start to finish really helps me move along and keep the word count up since I always know what’s going to happen.
Now, the only problem I have is choosing what I’m going to write. I have a bunch of ideas written down on various scraps of paper littering my desk. Ideas on bits of receipt tape from work, written quickly between stocking freight and late-night shoppers needing me to check them out. Ideas on colorful post-it notes, stuck all about my desk and whiteboard. Ideas saved to documents that make my desktop look like an unorganized disaster and not even I can begin to straighten that up. So, with all these ideas lying around it’s hard to settle on one. One day I’ll start planning out a story, open my notebook and set pen to paper and after five chapters have been laid out I’ll become bored and think that a different story would be better suited for November. After all, I have my whole life to work on all these other stories, but only one will be written this November.
I don’t know. Hopefully I get this sorted before the start of November.
It has been awhile since I’ve posted anything here. Which is a shame because I had hoped to update often — working overnights has made my sleeping schedule so messed up that I end up sleeping all day instead of doing anything productive. However, I’m going to try and fix that.
Recently I’ve decided to rewrite and edit some of the stories I’ve written over the last four years or so with plans to self publish a select few of them. Some of the rewrites are in the hope of actually finishing the story though. I’m starting with a horror novella entitled Brilliant Red. So far I’ve added quite a bit to the original while rewriting. Of course if I’m going to end up self-publishing it as an ebook that means I may end up taking it down from wattpad. Still not sure about everything though…
I did publish a paperback of Maki: SOLAR on createspace, but that was only because I wanted a physical copy for myself. ^^;; I do want to write the prequel to SOLAR and try self-publishing that along with resubmitting SOLAR under my real name instead of the fake name I use for some websites. Not sure yet. SOLAR was a NaNo novel so
most of the time I sometimes feel like it isn’t ever really going to be as good as I want it to be. No matter how much I rewrite it or edit it.
As far as language learning goes, I’ve decided on Japanese and have been doing pretty well in studying it exclusively. I’m still having trouble with remembering Kana, oddly enough I remember kanji better… but with my sister at basic training I’ve been able to study more since she’s not here to distract me with the temptation of video games.
I am one of those really lazy people who when they have a day off work just lays around the house and watches Netflix or plays a video game all day. I always plan to write a little or study some, but thenIi procrastinate until I just end up putting it off for another day. I really need to work on changing that…
I haven’t worked on finishing anything but I have been editing one of my past NaNo’s for my free copies from Createspace. I don’t know how many times I’ve edited this thing, but I still haven’t gotten completely sick of rereading it. I know by the time I think I’ve finished I’ll have missed something, but since it’s only for my eyes I don’t really care that much. I still want to finish one of my old stories by the end of the month, but I don’t think I will. I got a message on tumblr from someone asking me if I was going to continue one of my stories that I haven’t updated since May 2012 and that has given me some motivation to work on it. So who knows, maybe I will actually finish something…but probably not. Yay for optimism! //sarcasm
Sadly, my brain is still filled up with story ideas while my flashdrive is clogged up with documents of stories long abandoned.
I’ve been working through Integrated Korean quite slowly, taking my time and reviewing words that don’t stick. I haven’t gotten around to listening to Talk To Me In Korean lessons, but I mainly just need to review the first level anyways. I’ll do that today (I say that now, but I’ll probably put it off because I have a lot of other things to do… yeah…totally…).
My lack of studying Korean isn’t necessarily because I’m lazy. I’ve actually been really interested in Mandarin lately and so my attention keeps wavering and I find myself listening to ChinesePod101 lessons. I don’t even know why I like Mandarin so much. I used to cringe when watching Taiwanese dramas, I didn’t like the way Chinese sounded, but now I’m used to it and really starting to like the way it sounds. I get really excited about learning a new word in Chinese. But all my interest lies in Korean entertainment and culture. So I’m having a mental battle trying to decide on which language to learn. I could try for both, but I don’t think my brain can handle that right now… 나 어떡해?