Writing ’13 Instead of ’14 on My Papers ‘Cause I’m A Rebel… or Forgetful

Congratulations, fellow Stressors. You’ve made it to another calendar year. (So what if I’m a week late. 2014’s not going anywhere anytime soon – unless you’re not reading this in 2014…)

As you can see, I’m back from winter break. I went to Hawaii, spent time with family, and did a bunch of cool stuff that I’m totally not going to talk about here. Instead, what I’m going to bore you with is a rant on… something?

Eyes Close Up - Stressing Out College

Or we could just have a staring contest.

Some of you, like me, have just started back up on your classes for your winter quarter or semester or whatever system you’re on. If you’re not yet back in classes, cherish your moments of non-academic vacationhood or else I’m going to reach through this screen and bitchslap some sense into you.

Bear with me as I get back into the swing of… actually doing stuff.

2014. Is it going to be a big year? A small year? A Napoleonic year? Hell if I know. I do know that I’ll be turning 21 this year and that’s pretty much about it.

As you may remember, I have no interest in resolutions. They’re silly. End of story. I make gentle suggestions to myself that I end up ignoring 97% of. [Gasp, a preposition at the end of a sentence.] So here are my gentle suggestions of 2014:

  • Read at least one unassigned book per month. When classes start, life stops. Leisure time gets replaced by lesion time as I drag my discipline and motivation to study through the dirt behind me. My list of books that I own, but have yet to read keeps growing.
  • Learn a non-Monty Python song on the ukulele. The uke is something I got on a planned whim a couple months ago. It’s very travel-friendly and it has a lovely timbre, but I tend to plateau quickly when learning something like this without an instructor holding me accountable. Damn my laziness. My YouTube muses are not soaring.
  • Take a stroll through the gym. No, no, Subconscious, I know what you’re thinking (paradoxically). It’s not like I’m going to be getting on the elliptical or picking up any weights or breaking a sweat. No, no, no, silly. Just a stroll. I am after all paying some hundred dollars in my student fees for the recreation center. Why not take an innocent, sweatless stroll…
  • Scribble more. This blog has been a good semi-creative outlet. And I’ve found that with activities like NaNoWriMo, I actually do like writing. So maybe I’ll put pen to paper or finger to key more. Maybe.
  • Figure out what the heck I want to do with my life. Ha. Still kidding.

That wasn’t a rant. But it’s good to be back.

Edit: And oh my goodness, Sherlock is back! (If you haven’t watched it because it’s not available in your area yet, e-mail me and I’ll let you know how to watch it on the BBC website now: stressingoutcollege@gmail.com. Shhhh, you didn’t hear anything from me…)

How were your holidays? Got any new year resolutions or suggestions you know you’re not going to keep? 

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6 Days, 12 Cups of Tea, 10000 Words

Phew, excuse… me… I just… whew… let me catch my breath… I… uh… two seconds…

We are experiencing biological difficulties. Please enjoy this video as we get oxygen back into our lungs.

We now bring you back to your irregularly scheduled post.

Why was I capriciously out of breath just now? “Why??” you ask? Well, I’ll tell you: I just got done doing a victory lap around this Barnes & Noble. It has a larger perimeter than I had initially thought.

It’s a week into NaNoWriMo and over 280,000 writers around the world have written a gazillion (give or take) words of their respective burgeoning novels. And that’s only counting the people signed up on the official website. After falling behind a couple days and wallowing around 6000-something words, I got my act together and sat myself down in this bookstore, turned on Pandora, and got myself a Grande no-water Chai. From reading a comment from my previous NaNo post, I checked out the site Write Or Die, a web app that serves as a motivational tool for freewriting. Highly recommend it.

So after writing on and off for roughly two hours, I cranked out over 3,000 words and passed the 10,000 word mark!

NaNoWriMo Day 6

Whoot, whoot. So far, so good. With this, I am in awe of the people who are already at double this word count and have set incredible goals for themselves this month. With this fountain pen – just imagine I’m holding a sophisticated fountain pen in one hand and a glass of wine in the other – I salute you. Stay strong, fellow Wrimos!

[What is my book about? Well, when I find out myself, I’ll be sure to let you know.]

And in unrelated, but far more important news…

SHERLOCK IS COMING BACK TO THE U.S. ON JANUARY 19TH.

The game is afoot.

How are your NaNo endeavors going so far? As always, feel free to add me as a writing buddy and I’ll make sure to provide you with plenty of empty encouragement and a competitive spirit.