Monthly Archives: June 2013

Marathons (not the running kind)

I have this thing with YouTube. Once in a while–at least two times a year, if you want to keep track–I marathon YouTube channels, usually the Vlogbrothers (over 1000 videos) or WheezyWaiter (over 800 videos). It’s a strange thing, marathoning. I don’t know why I rewatch them so much; I never seem to do the same thing with TV shows.

All of this to say that I’m two years of videos into my Vlogbrothers rewatch, I’m out of school for the summer, I’m going to finish my Hufflepuff scarf, and I have a lot of reading and writing ahead of me.

Twenty-one

21 is as good an age as any to start a tradition, isn’t it? Instead of New Year’s resolutions, I decided on a whim that I would have goals for birthdays. Just because.

And goals are good things to have. It means you want to get somewhere :)

Writing goals:

  1. Complete a manuscript (first draft, edits, CP edits, crying, more drafts, more edits, “final” draft–at least as final as I can get it without a professional)
  2. Start querying.
  3. Write the first draft of another manuscript.
  4. MSFV’s Baker’s Dozen Auction at the end of the year.
  5. NaNoWriMo and win! (Or one of the Camp NaNos, if November turns out to be crazypants, which it usually does.
  6. Go to at least two book signings.
  7. Read at least 15 books.

Personal goals:

  1. Blog at least once a week.
  2. Find a(n alcoholic) drink that I actually like. Tried beer, didn’t like it (though I’m guessing it’s something I’ll get used to… and, yes, I never had beer until my birthday celebrations. I don’t know why). Tried wine, and I like it better than beer, but still meh. Haven’t really had much else.
  3. Graduate! (Not exactly a goal since it has a 99.999999% chance of happening, but that’s okay!)
  4. Keep in touch with friends even after graduating.
  5. Run 5k in under 35 30 minutes. (Backstory: I joined cross country in my senior year of high school, and I was literally the slowest person on the team. Which isn’t a bad thing, but you know. “Literally the slowest person” doesn’t really count for much.) (Note from 6/10/13: When I shared my 35 minute goal more than one person has chuckled at me so FINE I have revised it to be a 30 minute goal. Gosh.)
  6. If I don’t want to eat anything in particular: SALAD.
  7. Donate at least $50 to charity.
  8. Catch ’em all in Pokemon Soul Silver because I like that game a lot.

I was going to do 21 goals, but I can’t think of more right now. So we shall stick to 15.

Madness!

I am about to have a very busy few days. (Actually, the busy-ness already started, so it’s more like, “I am in the midst of having a very busy few days.”)

So, it’s my birthday tomorrow (Monday), and I am meeting with friends and family for it for FOUR DAYS in a row. I mean, it’s just dinner and things, but it’s literally the most I’ve ever had planned for my birthday. The last time I had a birthday celebration with people other than my family and my boyfriend was… before college?

Yeah. And I’m graduating in December.

But I am going to stop talking about that because I don’t want this to become a blog post about me-birthday-me. I just wanted you all to know how very whelmed* I’m going to be this week with meeting with people/school/writing/life.

Writing with a full schedule is hard. Now, I’m sure that plenty of people have it harder than me, but on top of being a full-time student, working 20 hours a week, being in a long-term relationship, and trying (sort of) to have a life, I like to tell myself that I have it tough. Setting aside time to write, especially when I’m unpublished, unagented, and without a deadline, seems like I’m pushing aside things that I have to do for something I merely want to do. And as someone who enjoys organizing things, it’s all very difficult and headache-inducing.

But you know what? I have to do it. If I don’t find time to write now, I’ll have to find time to write when I’m working full time. Or I’ll have to find time to write when, in the future, I’m driving kids to and from school, or when I’m on a plane, or in between rewatches of every single Vlogbrothers video ever made. The thing is, no matter what you’re doing, you’re always going to have to find time to write. No matter what. There’s no other way to spin it.

So how do I do it? Well, this quarter my classes don’t start until 1:30 in the afternoon. I work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. But on Mondays and Wednesdays, you can believe that I have 2 hours of time set aside just for staring at my WIP. On Friday afternoons I have it open on my iPad. In fact, my Scrivener document for this baby is currently open in another window, waiting for me. Lurking until I switch over to that window and stare at it some more.

No guarantees I’ll actually be working on it, though. What kind of 20-year-old do you think I am?

Attention spans, man. They’ll get you.

*Whelmed: “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?” “I think you can in Europe!” (Chastity and Bianca, 10 Things I Hate About You)