Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving means free food, which is spectacular. And if that’s all it involved, I would be happy! But NO, holidays surrounding food must be ruined by shoving socialization into the mix.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I can socialize. I just choose not to, because it’s draining and I have to act like I care. We have to go over to my grandma’s house later today for a great big Thanksgiving get-together. I’m going to have to smile and nod and engage in trivial conversations.

At least there’s going to be food.

I guess Thanksgiving is about, in part, being thankful. So I’m going to make a not-very-heartfelt list of things I’m thankful for. :)

  • Music
  • Bread and jelly
  • People that make me feel like I’m wanted
  • Cool blogger friends
  • Hoodies (I just got a new one, YAYYYY)
  • The colors black and gray
  • Plane tickets to Florida are only fifty something dollars
  • Internet
  • Books
  • Bonfires
  • Forests
  • Stars

It got a little more sincere at the end.

Also: yes, I did take the picture at the beginning. And yes, I like it a lot.

Loren

NANO UPDATE: I’ve only got 1k left to go!

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NaNo Update

Hey, guys! Just thought I’d update you on how NaNo is going so far.

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Did you know that pretty much every Twenty One Pilots album makes great novelling music? Because I did.

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MY MOM BOUGHT A BAG OF DARK CHOCOLATE KISSES. THEY’RE ALL FOR ME.

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I have fleshed out my characters (mostly).

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This is a list of the major plot points of my novel. :)

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Navi likes helping me. She sleeps beside me while I write. She also ate my old earbuds, so idk.

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GUESS WHO IS 33% DONE — ON THE SEVENTH DAY.

It might not seem like that much, but it is to me. I haven’t gotten writer’s block yet or anything, which is a big improvement from last year’s NaNoWriMo. ;)

Also, I kind of entered the wrong birth date while registering on the YWP site, so I will not be able to post on the forums till early next year. :P Oops?

Speaking of posting, I probably won’t be very active on either of my blogs this month. Just a warning.

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On a completely random side note, if you right-click a Youtube, you will find “stats for nerds.” Which I think is hilarious.

Loren

NaNoWriMo Prep

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With NaNoWriMo 2016 starting in just over a week, now is the time to panic!

Whenever I have a bad day, I just remember that someone cosplayed the wacky waving inflatable tube man.

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Now then. I’ll be making a list of some things you should do before November 1st.

Buy Dark Chocolate

I don’t care if you like dark chocolate or not, it is necessary for your survival. Eat so many pieces of chocolate once you reach your daily wordcount goal — or you could eat while writing, too.

Most Glorious notebooks

I don’t know about you, but having a pretty notebook dedicated solely to my story is really helpful. Once you pick a notebook, carry it with you everywhere! You never know when inspiration will strike.

Plot, plot, plot!

Even if you’re a pantster, it’s nice to have at least a vague idea of where your novel is going. I did a post about how to make a plot board last year — check it out here.

Develop Your Characters

No one wants to read about another Mary Sue. Try to make you characters as lifelike as possible, which means they need flaws, fears, and dreams. Character questionnaires are a great way to make realistic characters. In the Resources section of the new YWP website, you can access the Novelist Workbooks. Pages 12 – 14 of the high school workbook has a nice questionnaire.

Shout it out

Announcing that you’re participating in NaNoWriMo does wonders for your confidence and motivation, especially if you have writer friends that will cheer you on. Make a post about your novel, and give updates throughout the month.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? What is your novel about? And what would you add to this post?

Loren

Summer Bucket List

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It’s the first day of summer! Granted, I started summer vacation in late May, but now it feels more like summer.

Anyway, a lot of bloggers have recently been posting summer bucket lists, so I figured I’d try my hand at that. ;)

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1. Go to a drive-in movie. I’m going to watch Finding Dory with my best friend this summer!

2. Go to sleep-away camp. I’m going to a scouting camp for a week in August, and my best friend Izzy is coming with me!

3. Run a 5k. My mom is going to sign me up to run a really cool 5k the day before I leave for camp. It’s not a normal race: there’s tons of cool obstacles! Two water slides, a net you have to climb, a giant stack of hay bales, and more. Izzy and my dad are going to be on my team.

4. Breathe in helium and sing “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” It just sounds fun to me. XD

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5. Walk through a drive-thru. I just need to find someone crazy enough to do this with me! Not sure my mom would approve of this plan, though . . . :P

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6. Start a book of memories with my best friends. I could probably get my friend Kelsie to do this with me, but Izzy? She’s camera shy (actually, we all are, but we like taking pictures!). I’ll figure out a way to do this.

7. Write 5,000 words for my novel. The word count for Shadow Bird is currently 31,290. Writing 5,000 more words would mean getting motivated to work on my project again, but hopefully I can do it!

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8. Make crayon art. This craft looks so cool, and I love looking at all the amazing pieces that people have made. If I do this, it will probably fail . . .

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9. Buy a mermaid tail. I suppose this is the most unlikely thing on my summer bucket list, but I’ve always, always wanted a mermaid tail.

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10. Make a candy pizza. Does that sound good to you? Because that sounds good to me.

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11. Try archery. I’ve always wanted to do this, and I’m going to learn how at my scouting camp!

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12. Be able to run a mile. My mom is going to run the 5k mentioned earlier with one of her friends, but she needs to train. There’s a track at the middle school close to our house, so maybe I’ll accompany her there when she’s training and accomplish this.

13. Go on several fishing trips. I love fishing with my dad on river. We get in the canoe, load up a cooler with snacks, and spend hours on the water.

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14. Do a photoshoot with my best friends. As I previously mentioned, my friends and I are all camera shy — doing a cute photoshoot will be challenging, but I’m determined to make it happened. Watch out, dear BFFs.

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15. Have a Disney movie marathon. Need I explain?

16. Go to an amusement park. My mom is planning on taking me and my brother to Hershey park. :D

Summer Bucket List: Go Star Gazing. Lots of blankets and pillows in back of pickup truck, sky watching at its best!:

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17. Spend the night in the back of my dad’s truck. With friends. :)

18. Get free Slurpees from 7-Eleven on July 11th. My family found out about this on accident. We’d just stopped in at 7-Eleven on a hot day, and the small Slurpees were free!

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19. Go to a water park. There’s a water park at the resort close to my house, and we go there nearly every summer.

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20. Have a water balloon fight. An EPIC one.

I think that’s it . . . It’s unlikely that I’ll accomplish everything on my summer bucket list this year, but I can hope, right?

What are some things on your summer bucket list?

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CWWC 2016: And the Winner is . . .

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I’m sure you guys are all dying to know who won CWWC 2016, but you’re just going to have to wait a second while I tally up the points.

I got entries from . . .

NarniaAslan image source

Points: 176

DragonsMystery Class logo source

Points: 138

KeepersBlack Swan logo source

Points: 185

Half-BloodTrident image source

Points: 161

Alright. The moment you’ve all been waiting for.

Who won CWWC 2016?

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Team Dragons!

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You earned a total of 577 points.

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You earned a total of 608 points.

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You earned a total of 651 points!

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Team Keepers!

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You earned 660 points!

They secured the title for the second year in the row! There must be some sort of elf magic cast around their team. ;)

Everyone, feel free to put your team’s image on your blog’s sidebar. That’s why I made them, after all!

I want to say thank you to everyone who participated this year. It makes me really happy that you all like CWWC so much. I’ll host it again — next summer, definitely, maybe sooner. There will be a few differences (what changes would you like to see?), but it will still be the same writing camp that you guys love. :)

Loren