femmealunettes: (DRAGONS)
I started this break with such big plans to get everything done.... I have gotten nothing at all finished. I still have three pages to write on my longest paper, I haven't even figured out what I'm going to write about for the other things I have due for that professor this week, plus I haven't started the Powerpoint and I'm pretty sure it's going to be the least interesting presentation anyways because I'm mostly going to be like "here are bisexuals on TV, have some pretty pictures, they're mostly from sci-fi and some of them are awesome, the end."

Most everything is due next week, except those things for Meij.

So my revised plan of action is, power through the rest of this one paper, go do the last part of my podfic recording (because that's due in like three days oh god), start the lesson plan for Meij, then I can go take a bath and make a vlog because I'm excited about vlogging again, and then I am going to take a Xanax to help me get to sleep in a reasonable amount of time so I can wake up tomorrow in time to return to Wells for French class. Then I have to come back to Auburn after French for my appointment with Lisa, when I'm home I'm going to call the place about my internship, and then I go back to Wells for my last three weeks of classes and finals. Monday night will be devoted to making the powerpoint presentation.

Tuesday I have class until 12:30, then I have my last meeting with Chris Richardson, who is leaving Wells and I'm sad about that because I like talking to him, at some point in the afternoon I have to meet with my EdPsych group, and then I have to work on papers until 8 when we have the last SAGA and Sex Collective meetings of the semester. I'm going to focus on the papers for Meij because they're due on Thursday.

Wednesday I have class like usual until 3, and at 3 I have to do the workshop for middle schoolers with EdPsych. I have to figure out how I'm getting to the school. Wednesday night I'm going to finish up the papers for Meij, because I am under no illusions that I can finish them before the night before they're due.

Thursday I have to give my presentation for Meij, and hand in all of the papers: the lesson plan, the issue in mass media, and the bisexuals on TV. The last one isn't due until the 10th but I'm handing it in early so I don't have to think about it any more.

Friday I think I might have a test in French (on the fucking subjunctive which makes no fucking sense to me and I hate it harder than anything else we've done in this class), I don't know what's happening in Logic, and in EdPsych I fully expect Dr. Duff to be disappointed with our workshop, because I have very little hope that it's going to be successful. Also he's probably going to try to get us back into the textbook to prepare for the final. I'm not psyched about that class any more, really.

So that's my week. I'm planning on giving myself a little treat every day I finish what I'm supposed to be doing by watching one of the Harry Potter movies. I downloaded the first six yesterday, so I will have happy fun time every night provided I don't fuck it up and dick around doing nothing all day long.

Oh yeah, and once I reach the weekend, I can focus on the projects and papers for Lohn and Geller, due on the 7th and 10th respectively. And get ready for my French final, which is cumulative, and I think it's bullshit that we have a unit exam, one day of review, and then a final. And the final for Lohn, which I am actually pretty afraid of, and the final for Duff, which he hasn't announced but I'm pretty sure is coming anyways.

But after the 13th(?) when I have that final, I'm done. Finito. Nothing left to worry about. Completely finished with the fall semester, only my final grades to be concerned about and I am not planning on being overly concerned about them. I do plan on opening the green book with Felix and Chelsea, but only when I'm done with papers. But I think that'll help me not be so worried about my grades.

I am pretty sure I will get an A in Meij's class even if my powerpoint presentation isn't fantastic, because I've done really well in his class and my participation grade is stellar. I am not so sure what my grade will be for Lohn, because she hasn't returned grades on our second papers and I am feeling insecure about her final. My grade in French really hinges on how well I do on this subjunctive test, I need at least a B to keep an A, I think. God only knows what's going to happen with EdPsych, he's another one who hasn't bothered giving back graded papers, but I did really well on the first test... and I'm pretty certain I've got an A in Logic in the bag, but I'll find out what I got on the last test on Wednesday. And Wells 111 is graded pass/fail and I know I'm passing.

I certainly don't expect to pull worse than a C+ in anything, considering what my grades were at midterm.

And don't even talk to me about NaNo. I got 12,000 words, that's better than I've written for the rest of the year entire, I didn't even make it halfway to my goal but I'm still reasonably proud of myself, and I'm going to keep working on it even though I don't plan on showing it to anyone. Because dragons are fun. Yay dragons.

today is a cozy sweater kind of day

  • Nov. 5th, 2010 at 12:29 PM
femmealunettes: (hovering. : Sherlock and John)
I saw my advisor, I DON'T need to take statistics, HOORAY, she basically signed off on my taking everything I wanted to take, and we briefly discussed my internship, which is probably going to take place at Catholic Charities in Auburn, since I can't do it at the counseling center because that would be a conflict of interest. I'm really pleased with how that meeting went.

I'm also incredibly self-satisfied at the moment, because I got a 100 on the French quiz on the passe compose and the imperfect, and because I aced it I didn't have to take another quiz about it today, I got to leave early. :D I own this class. I am awesome.

Also, right now I am sitting pretty at 4815 words and I haven't even written anything today. I'm ahead of schedule! It's a nice feeling. I'm pretty sure I can bang out another 1000 words today, because now I'm talking about the Kinley family escaping Davenport before the enemy army basically slaughters the entire town. Then I can write about Orly thinking his whole family is dead and getting super emo, and that'll lead nicely into his friendship with Paul developing. You know, I said I wasn't going to angst it up in this story, but I'm kind of mean to some of my characters. One of them's lost his mind, one of them is conscripted into the army, there's this thing with Orly, Andy's going to break a limb (I'm not sure which limb yet), Pax's whole family IS going to be killed... it's a good thing I've got a lot of humor to slip into this too. Like a dragon wanting to tell off the general who conscripted him. And BABY DRAGON ANTICS. and I'm sure humans will be entertaining too, but right now I'm ALL ABOUT DRAGONS.

The only problem I have right now is that typing at this desk gives me a terrible ache in my back and shoulders. I'm going to revert to curling up in bed with the laptop from now on, I just didn't have time to take off my shoes and get comfy right now, since I have class in an hour and I have to eat lunch before that.
femmealunettes: (death from above? : Howard : TBBT)
Day one of Nano: 1050 words. I got the background information laid down and started writing Sean and Mikhail's story. I'm going to keep going with them until I run out of steam, and then I think I'm going to start on Xantiago and Schuyler. Schuyler is a dragon now, I think that'll make their dynamic a lot of fun to write. I'm not sure if I'm going to start from Sky's hatching or just jump in with them as an established partnership already. When I get done with that, I'm going to take on the whole Kinley clan from both angles, the one who thinks his whole family's been slaughtered and the family on the road trying to get the hell out of the war zone.

I like having about 40 characters laid out for this because I can play around with whoever catches my fancy whenever I feel like it. :D I'm going to be switching off between serious/sad things and fluffy/funny things, so that should keep me from getting too jaded with anything.

I feel really positive about this project. I don't think I'm going to hit 50K words, but I do think I'm going to get a lot of really good work done, and I'm not worried about showing it to anyone else. I'm really just doing it for myself.

Now I have to get my homework done.... even though all I want to do is write. >.>
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
Chris said he would get my medical single application moving without a letter from my psychiatrist, so there's a chance I'll have either a room of my own or a more suitable roommate, at the very least, by the end of next week. I'm so fucking relieved at the thought of getting out of this situation, I can't even express it. Tomorrow I have to see Lisa and I might even be able to tell her I'm not on the verge of a breakdown and mean it.

So far today I have written 555 words, and I made the executive decision that my NaNo needs DRAGONS, which is going to give me at least two more plotlines to work with (omg dragons~~~ dragons make me happy when everything sucks, and everything sucks today, but DRAGONS), and I'm just laying out the basic background information right now. Tomorrow I'm going to start on Sean and Mikhail's storyline, which is the sad one, because I feel like a bitch and I want to take it out on innocent unsuspecting characters. Well, not so innocent, one of them is a necromancer. And not so unsuspecting because he loses his mind in every universe I've ever written him into. Whatever, I want to take it out on SOMEONE, and nobody will criticize me if I do it to a character.

I still have to do my Media and Power homework, which is to watch an episode of a TV show and analyze it for signs. I'm going to do the Rocky Horror episode of Glee, since I haven't watched it yet. And then I am going to bed early because I am miserable and exhausted and I hate everyone except Chris. Today has been just a series of profoundly annoying events. I can't wait for it to be OVER.
femmealunettes: (*srs faces* : Parker and Dewey)
Working Title: I'm supposed to have one? Titles are generally the last things I come up with.
Genre: Fantasy.
Projected Word Count: 25k if I'm very lucky and productive. I have a lot of papers due in November, this is far from being my priority.

AT THE START DO YOU:
Have an outline?
Er, I have something I wrote three years ago that's basically what I'm building off for this, if I can ever find the fucking thing.
Scene-by-scene? Fuck, no.
Know how it starts? Yes.
Know how it ends? Not the faintest.
Have your climax in order? This isn't going to be one big storyline, it's more a series of short stories that all take place on the same island.
Know your main characters yet? Yes. It's basically just a big AU for all the characters I came up with when I was playing with Kristin.
Plan to draw on your own experiences? In a few places it'll be nearly impossible to keep myself out of it, I imagine.

IS YOUR WORK GOING TO BE:
Funny?
A few of the short stories are going to be funny, I hope.
Serious? Some of them will be serious, too.
Sad? Probably not, I tend to get depressed when I write sad things and I can't afford that kind of self-sabotage right now.
Semi-Autobiographical? God, no. Not at all.
Based on another story? Well, it's based on the story I wrote sketching this whole idea out back in 2007. And each of the characters has his own story in "the real world" that's going to inform his plotline in this. And if anybody makes a comparison to Harry Potter, I'm going to have to cut a bitch. (but nobody will because nobody's going to read it.)

HOW HAVE MUCH YOU PLANNED? HAVE YOU USED:
A paper journal?
No. I imagine I'm going to be using one more during the month, but not yet I haven't.
Multicolored pens? God no, black ink all the time.
A computer? I'm ripping apart my TB drive trying to find the story I'll be working from, plus I have all of the character sketches from their original storylines.
Index cards? Hell no, those are too valuable for French revision to waste them on Nano.
Bulleted lists? Nope.
Plot Charts? Nope.
Character Charts? I imagine I'll be sketching them out once I find the story to re-establish who's connected to whom and how.
Character formulas? Nope, these are all fully-fleshed characters from way back in the day.
Favorite writing resource?: Does Write Or Die count?

ODDS AND ENDS:
A line you would like to use:
Oh, I don't have anything planned. I'm looking forward to writing the first conversation between Dorian and Todd, for what that's worth.
A scene you would like to include: Sean either coming to grips with the fact that Mikhail's lost his mind, or finding something to help reverse it. I'm not sure if I'm going to play their plotline for angst or not, they really are the best suited to it if anyone's going to be given over to it.
A concept you would like to explore: Honor. I blame this on the Wells Honor Code, but it's something I'm interested in developing further, particularly with the younger characters.
A cliché you would like to avoid: True love. I fall back on this one way too often, I'm going to have to make an effort to avoid it.
A character you would like to use: I really want to figure out how to work Dewey and Parker into this setting.

FORWARD THINKING:
Do you expect to be able to complete it?
Considering I'm writing short stories, not an outright novel? I hope I can finish at least a few of them.
Do you intend to complete it? I'm going to do my best.
Would you ever try to publish it? Hahaha, fuck no, I don't even expect anyone I know to read it, let alone try to market it to a wider audience.
What do you expect to get out of this month of frantic writing? A few AU stories about characters I used to love more than anything in the world, in whom nobody but myself has any remaining interest. Maybe a half-decent character study of one or two of them. Probably porn, if I'm being honest with myself.
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
From [livejournal.com profile] wrimobuddies, via [livejournal.com profile] kitschywrite:

STEPS TO WRITING 1,667 WORDS A DAY

Step 1 - Turn off the internet.

Step 2 - Make sure your butt is comfortably seated in your chair.

Step 3 - Turn off/on the music, depending on what works for you.

Step 4 - ah ah ah, I see you reaching for that internet switch. You were just gonna check your email, sure. TURN IT OFF.

Step 5 - Open up your word processor of choice.

Step 6 - Oh come on, I said you need to turn off - NO. STEP AWAY FROM THE TVTROPES PAGE. IT IS NOT RESEARCH. YOU ARE FOOLING NO ONE.

Step 7 - Is the internet off? Good. Make sure it stays off.

Step 8 - Start typing. Type gobbledegook at first if you don't know where to start, but get those fingers moving.

Step 8b - 'Staring at the blinking cursor' is not the definition of 'typing.' Just so you know.

Step 9 - Sorry, bathroom breaks are for people who've gotten over 600 words. Have you written over 600 words yet? Then keep typing. Tomorrow the limit goes up to 800, so you'd best get that bladder under control now.

Step 10 - No, you can't get up to get a snack. Tell your stomach who's boss. (ie, Your wordcount.)

Step 11 - Keep typing until you get past 1667 words.

Step 12 - Do the same thing everyday. Yes, that means tomorrow, too. And the day after. And the day after that. Every day.

Things which will be useful for me while attempting NaNo: My Tomatoes, Write Or Die

Oct. 24th, 2010

  • 6:48 PM
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
Today at dinner I was basically bullied into agreeing to do NaNo this year. Felix brought up the fact that I was writing something, McKenna thought he was talking about NaNo, it turns out she and Phillip are both doing it, and so is Felix. Meg gave me plot ideas (a species called pandasquids-- part panda, part squid) and was generally adorable and amusing despite my anti-NaNo glowering.

So I guess I'm going to try it. There's a story idea I got a couple thousand words done for back when I was doing a lot of work with my original characters, and I think I might be able to expand that out to 50K words. Not that I think anyone's going to read it, and the last three things I started writing never got finished (albeit I'm working on one of them whenever my roommate isn't around, I can't porn with another person in the room), and... I just have to think positive. Because thinking negative helps nothing.

And hey, writing fantasy is fun even if I suck at it. Yay for magic.

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