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Perches

I’m just going to put this out there right away: I like hanging out on the stairs. When I’m at my parents’ house, I usually plop down on the staircase to read, stare through the bars (they have a banister) or just sit there playing on my phone. This never seemed weird to me until my brother pointed out the oddity.

For me, it was just comfortable. I mean, the place has tons of built in armrests, and my legs never dangled into a void. (I mean, I’m not short–I’m average–so my legs never technically dangle. But it doesn’t take as long a reach for me to get to a foot rest. You know what I’m saying?) But for my brother, my comfort on the stairs meant I was good at adapting, and that I like fitting in on the middle ground.

Which may be true. But really, the stairs are just a comfortable place to sit. You should try it some time.

That being said (and this is going to be a weird transition), when I’m working on revising my story, I like laying stomach-down on a big bed. I like spreading out, having the opportunity to flail around without hurting myself (which can happen if I get REALLY EXCITED while writing/revising), and, I just realized, I like being physically on the same level as my novel. It’s comfortable. But it’s also strange, since I’m not working at a desk.

I can never get comfortable at desks. I always end up doing something else. Like writing blog posts or watching YouTube.

My work space as it is now, while I’m in the massive sea of revision and paper, is strange. I do most of my work on a queen size bed. And my notecard outline is–get this–written on Post-it notes and stuck on the ceiling. It’s pretty fun.

That’s all this post is, really. Something fun. A little peek into my brain and my writing life.

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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)

What I’m reading (1)

I don’t remember a moment in my life when I couldn’t read.

All right, that’s a little lie. There was this one time that I was in Costco with my parents, and my mom caught me in the movie section holding a VHS copy of The Lion King upside down. Pretending to read. But it’s one of those memories that I only “remember” because someone told me about it.

I’ve always been an avid reader of fairy tales, and if I can find a new one, I like to jump on it (if, given my college schedule, I have time). In the meantime, that’s what I write, as well. I like to put twists of tales of old and give them new life from different perspectives.

But we’re not talking about what I write. We’re talking about what I read.

In the past couple weeks, I finally picked up THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve had this book for years–my best friend got it for me as a Christmas gift back in 2011. And I can’t believe I hadn’t picked it up before now. I’m currently on page 484 out of a whopping 722, and I have got to say, if you’re not reading anything that’s blowing you out of the water right now, pick up this book as soon as you can get your pretty little hands on it. At this point, I would read Rothfuss’s grocery lists and be incandescently happy. (Thank you, Pappy!)

The book I read most recently before NAME was ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell. Utterly fantastic book. Up there on my favorite-book-o-meter (soon to be joined by THE NAME OF THE WIND when I finish it, I’m sure) with John Green’s THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. After I finish my current read, I’ll probably pick up CINDER by Marissa Meyer. I actually have a signed copy of that book, and I’ve had it for a while, but it’s been sitting sideways on my bookshelf for the longest time! (Perhaps not as long as NAME, but pretty long nonetheless.) But it’s a twist on Cinderella with cyborgs and gahh, excitement!

What’s that I said? “Sitting sideways”? Well, that has to do with how I organize my bookshelves. For one, all of my books are ordered alphabetically by author, and then by publication date. So it goes A–>Z / earlier pub date –> later pub date from right to left, no matter if they’re read or unread. If they’re sitting sideways–that is, if they’re shelved horizontally with the spines up–I have yet to read them. It’s an easy way to see what wonderful book worlds I have yet to visit.

I’ll probably do these “What I’m reading” posts every now and again. But until next Sunday…!

To new beginnings

Let me tell you, I’ve started at least two other writing blogs in the past 3 years, and I have kept up with neither of them. Now, I realize that’s not the best vote of confidence for this blog, but you know I’m sticking to it because I’ve already put a good amount of time into putting it together before I started writing this here blog post. *Does the Vanna thing to show off the pretty page menus and all that jazz.*

Seeing as I’m writing this post, as of now, I think I’m done with at least this stage of construction of the site. Sure, it’s not as pretty or as website-y as I want it to look quite yet, but hey. It’s a baby site, and I have all the basic information up. Besides, new beginnings mean new progression, right?

That sentiment would have been a lot nicer and encouraging if the sentence in which I expressed it actually made sense.

You can get plenty of information about me from the “About Kristine” page, but here are the basics:

  • My name is Kristine.
  • I’m 20, but just for a couple more weeks.
  • I like to write. A lot.

This space isn’t going to be terribly exciting over the next two months as I plod through the first draft of my WIP while juggling the end of my penultimate quarter as an undergraduate student. But to give you an idea of what I’ll post, I’ll just say that I’d love to talk about any relevant information regarding the publishing world, as well as any progress (and setbacks!) I make in my writing endeavors. (I sounded much too excited about the setbacks.)

Sundays will be official posting days, and I may post a smattering of other blog entries throughout the week according to my whimsy.

I’ll see you in the comments!