2014 – Year of the Horse Crazy Cat Lady

On New Years, I was sitting at home in my pajamas (like the party animal I am) and was watching Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve. According to Ryan Seacrest, the top five events (based off Facebook statistics) for 2013 were beginning a relationship, ending a relationship, moving, traveling, or graduating. Based on that, I have done absolutely nothing this year.

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^ Seriously, the story of my life.

Basically, if you took the top five events from my Facebook, it would be sleeping, working, cats, dogs, and books. So, in the spirit of actually doing something this year, I made a list!

I just turned 24, so that seemed  like a good number for my list.

Here we go!

  1. Complete a Zombie Run.
  2. Take a girls trip.
  3. Finish writing my first book.
  4. Read 50 books.
  5. Run a 5K.
  6. Take a honeymoon (since we missed it in 2012).
  7. Tour a plantation.
  8. Go to a theme park.
  9. Tailgate and attend a Clemson Football game.
  10. Splurge on clothes.
  11. Take more pictures.
  12. Finish my Clemson T-Shirt Quilt.
  13. Remodel the spare bedroom into a functional space.
  14. Get my mermaid tattoo.
  15. Dye my hair.
  16. Start Graduate school.
  17. Go to a fancy party/Go out dancing.
  18. Decorate a pair of canvas shoes.
  19. Dress up for Halloween.
  20. Grow my own food.
  21. Shop at Ikea.
  22. Finish decorating at least one room in my house.
  23. Dress like at least 5 different Disney Princesses.
  24. Take a trip outside of South Carolina.

Assuming I keep up the the goal of writing, I will try to actually update this when I actually finish things.

Happy New Year!

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Read…Or Else!

I have been super busy with summer reading programs in addition to scrambling around to plan fall/winter at the library. Sadly, this means that reading and writing have been put on the back burner. Which is honestly kind of sad seeing as it is my job to keep up with all of this, but I digress. I think the reading/writing universe is out to get me because of my slacking–and it is using spoilers, general confusion, and writer’s amnesia to do so.

Example #1

The Vampire Diaries

Recently, I have become a Vampire Diaries fangirl. Which is super embarrassing, since I am 23 years old, married, and should be way past my CW shows phase. Even worse, I haven’t read the books yet. But anyway…I had stopped watching for a while, despite my irrational desire to sit down and watch all three seasons on Netflix in one sitting. So I was actually showing self restraint…and then I tried to be productive. Big mistake. I was working on my YA book trivia, and the Vampire Diaries was one of the books that I was going to use. I only needed three questions from the book, so I thought I was safe to look for a basic Vampire Diaries trivia quiz. How wrong I was. I was looking for questions along the lines of “What is the main characters name?” Instead, I got super detailed information about how which characters turned into which supernatural creatures and whose fault it was. So there I was on the desk at work, with this expression on my face.

Lesson Learned – Don’t do trivia on a TV show if you haven’t read the books.

Example #2

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Audio Book)

Since I haven’t had a lot of time to just sit down and read, I thought I would try an audio book. I hadn’t really done it before, so now seemed like a good time to try since I have been running around a lot. Note to self–pay attention when listening to audio books. I had been listening to it before bed, and I was really enjoying myself. I like this series, and couldn’t wait to find out what happened. But apparently I forgot to set the sleep timer on my phone. So I fell asleep, but the story didn’t. So today, I went back to listening while I was running an errand for work. And it was a totally different story than the one I had been listening to the night before.

Thirty minutes later, I realized that I had missed nine chapters. So I can tell you what happens in chapter seventeen, but don’t ask me what happened to lead up to it. And now I am disappointed because I don’t want to go back and read/listen to the missed chapters because I want to move forward. But I’m confused.

Lesson Learned – Audio books are evil. Just kidding! I am just audio book unsavvy.

Example #3

Me: I have a great idea!

The Universe: Obliviate!

I have been having a really good idea week as far as my novel goes. Unfortunately, there is a big difference between a good writing week and a good idea week. A good idea week, for me, consists of having awesome novel ideas that actually make sense and can be tied throughout the story. A good writing week consists of actually putting it on paper. Ideas only came to me this week while I was programming, running around, cleaning, or doing other not fun grown up stuff. Each time I sat down in my writing room, I had a Gandalf moment…and not one of the happy, “let’s go on an adventure” moments.

My poor writing room has been neglected. It needs some love…and possibly a new piece of mermaid art!

Lesson learned – Write everything down as soon as it comes. Because Dori’s short term memory is more impressive than mine right now.

To add insult to injury, I was looking at GIF’s while typing this, and another Vampire Diaries spoiler came up…missorted with the funny GIF’s. It wasn’t funny, it was a spoiler. A big one. Point being, I know more about the Vampire Diaries now than when I started typing. Ouch universe, that wasn’t nice.

So now that summer reading is wrapping up and I’ve done my programming for the fall/winter, I am getting back into reading mode! And hopefully crafting mode as well! Hopefully I will actually remember to post some of my programs here, since most of them have gone really well for summer.

I know I digress from the point, but here it is–read and write…or the universe will get you.

Thanks for reading!