I Exist!

Is anyone still out there? I admit, I've been less than faithful about up-keeping this blog -- seeing as how my last post was... last November.... Now, instead of setting goals like "I'm going to post every Monday" or "I'll post soon," I'm just going to post whenever I feel like it. Nothing like setting ridiculously low goals for yourself to help you achieve them ^_^
A lot has happened between last year and now.
For starters, I'm doing a sort of "home school college." Ok, basically, I'm just working on studying whatever I feel like, since I decided against going to college. I haven't been doing my "classes" as well as I should, but I'm going to try to get back on tomorrow. My schedule looks like this:

Church Studies
English (which basically means posting here)
Free Study
For "Free Study," I switch off between math, science, history, and surfing the net for things that interest me (I use Khan Academy for most of those classes, I love it! I believe it is the future of education.) Oh, and vlogging. If you're interested (and even if you're not), here's my latest vlog:

Doom = squee!! Seriously.


Hehe... sorry, distracted.



As far as work goes, I have a few things in the offing.
On Saturday, we are shooting the first episode of Mom's Cooking Crisis -- an online competitive cooking show that my mother started. I'm hosting. It should be an... interesting project. I'm excited.
Also, I'm working to start up a food cart. It's going to be called The Green Burro (you can Like it on Facebook, and follow on twitter (@Green_Burro)!) I'm going to be selling green chili burros and bean burros. I think it will be good preparation for Frabjous Delights -- which is the project I'm really excited about.
Frabjous Delights is a project Canada and I came up with together on the LONG car-ride to Disneyland (epicly awesome trip, by the way). It is going to be a hot-cocoa shop, designed with artists in mind (ok, mainly writers, but actors, musicians, and painters as well). We'll serve baked awesomes (as apposed to baked goods), and have a super-chill atmosphere so people will want to come and just hang out. We're thinking of setting up in Provo. I'm super psyched!

It's October, which can only mean one thing (ok, that's a lie -- it means lots of things, like that autumn has officially arrived (in theory), and Halloween is coming, and it's almost Professor Flitwick's birthday... but bear with me) and that is: It's time to prepare for NaNoWriMo!!!
Ok, so I lost NaNo last year, and it was tragic, but I AM GOING TO WIN THIS YEAR! My story is super epic, and I'm really excited (though my main character is giving me a bit of difficulty -- he can't decide who he wants to be. It's driving me crazy.) I've still got plenty of time to prepare, and I'm trying to keep working on my current novel until NaNo starts.
My current novel is about a witch living in a magic community (I think in Massachusetts, but that may actually never be relevant to the plot). I'm excited about it, but it's moving super slow, and I'm a little on the stuck side, so I'll be grateful for NaNo to give me an excuse to take a break.
In SOLAB!A on Friday we all showed up as our main characters! It was SO much fun! ^_^ Canada and I discovered that our characters have actually been pen-pals for ages (which developed because we happened to be wearing the same ring... which is REALLY strange, considering that neither of us knew that the other had a ring like that... and what are the odds of your friend having the same ring as you anyway? Ok, hers is blue and mine is purple, but otherwise they're identical. WEIRD!) We played a ton of get-to-know-you games, and it was great. Alyssa's character is a 54 year old man... he fit in really well, considering that the rest of us were girls under 19. If only Andrea/Rikhart had been there -- he is a teenager, but at least he's a guy.
It was way fun -- except that Phyllida (my main character) decided she wanted to wear her hair ratted, since that's what witches do, and I only just got the tangles out today!
Our next SOLAB!A meeting I think we'll be talking about our NaNo novels (or what they are going to do if they're not doing NaNo). Our meetings will be pretty chill until November's over, because I'm not working on anything besides NaNoWriMo until then.
I'm WAY excited about it!

Halloween IS coming (actually before NaNo). I think I'm going to go as a witch this year... which isn't exceptionally geeky, but I've just felt in a witchy mood. And I think we need as many "hot" witches (meaning witches who don't have warts and humps and all that sort of thing) as we can get. I can't help but get frustrated at all the "ugly" witches. Some of us take that personally!

Oh! I just started participating in a tutoring program -- it's SO fun! Every Tuesday and Thursday I get to go read with a little girl, and work with her on her fluency and retention and that sort of thing. It's really great. She doesn't like reading, but I think I got her addicted to Peter Rabbit ^_^ I'm hoping to be able to help her realize that reading is awesome.
Public schools make me so mad, because they try to get kids to love reading, but then they give them boring books. The girl I'm with and I have already had four books -- and three of them were super dull and educational. There was one on the skeleton, one on bats, and one on the history of Hawaii. Topics that are interesting if you happen to want to learn about them, but not fun casual reading. It would have taken them ten seconds to ask this little girl what kind of books she was looking for. I did -- she wants comedies, with a bit of action in them. How hard is that? Grr.
Ok, I'm over it.

I should get to sleep if I'm going to be up at 6:30 to go tutor. I'm not making any promises that I'll post soon, but I will at least think about it ^_^

Yours, at least for now,
♥The Hot Girl in the Comic Shop

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
--Groucho Marx

*rolls eyes*

I've started another blog... sigh. Please, just bear with me. This will actually be useful for those of you who only follow my blog for the sake of the writing and prompts and things -- those of you who couldn't care less about what I'm actually up to in my life. The blog I've started is simply for posting that stuff -- a writing prompt every day. The blog is: http://www.katesnovelidea.blogspot.com/. Please check it out and Follow!

I shall try to update this blog once a week with what I'm actually doing in my life... but we've seen how well that works out.

Please visit Kate's Novel Idea!

Visit Canada!

So... it's been ages since I've posted, but I promise I will for real on Monday. As for today, I just want to send you to Canada's blog! It's brilliant, and I think you should go there. Yes.

If you want to know who Canada is (because, somehow, you don't know?), then watch this!

Love you lots!
The Hot Girl in the Comic Shop
I can only think of one thing greater than being happy and that is to help another to be happy, too.

NaNoWriMo, Day 5 -- FAIL

I'm only coming on to report that I am 800 words behind in my NaNo stats. (I suppose that if I had skipped blogging, and posted this instead, I would now only be 712 words behind... but oh well.)
I was working on a different project, and just never got around to NaNo. I feel like a total failure. But I promise I will make it up tomorrow! Yay!

The Hot Girl in the Comic Shop

If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously!

NaNoWriMo, Day 4

Word goal: 6,667
Words: 7,570
Pages: 14
Words to go: 42,430

Late nights: unbelievably, still only one
Pandora Station: Jack Johnson
Dead Bodies: None ... yet
Mysterious Conversations: 3
Games of Bridge: 6
Skewering Icicles: 1
Crazy Aunts: 2
Conversations Between Verena and Chadwick going something like this "I'm going to stop by and see him later today," said Verena, "Make sure he really is ok."
"You'd do better to stay away."
"And you'd do better to get out of my house." Verena pointed to the door, "Now."
"Don't think I'm through with you," said Chadwick, making his way out the door.
Verena slammed it good behind him. "This could cause problems," she said to herself.: All of them.

More random stats. Does anyone actually know how to play bridge? I do not.

♥The Hot Girl in the Comic Shop

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

NaNoWriMo, Day 3

Word goal: 5,000
Words: 5,342
Pages: 10
Words to go: 44,658

Late nights: only 1 (so far)

Listens to Owl City's Ocean's Eyes: 9

Dead Bodies: None ... yet

Mysterious Darkness: 1

Elfish prophecies: 1

Times I've used the word "however": 7

Crazy Aunts: 2

First line: "They say this place is cursed," said a voice from nowhere, its whisper sounding loud in the silence of the forest.

So... there's my list of random facts today. I've given all my words to NaNoWriMo, so you're not getting a real blog post. However, I'm having a ton of fun ^_^ Hooray for NaNoWriMo -- literary abandon, totaly craziness!


♥The Hot Girl in the NaNoWriMo

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.

NaNoWriMo Begins and I Talk About Stuff

The blog layout has been updated, and I really like this background. I may actually keep it permanently... but I doubt it. Changing it is just too much fun, and I'm a bit schizophrenic when it comes to what I like. Oh, and I technically did post yesterday -- I did an "About Me" page (if you have any interest, you can check it out by clicking the "About" button at the top of the page). I know you don't care, but I rather enjoy being able to say I blog every day.

It is NaNoWriMo! The word count goal for day 2 is 3,334. I've written 3,517, which puts me just ahead of schedule. This is such an exciting way to write -- just spitting the words out. I feel like I'm accessing ideas I wouldn't have tapped into if I hadn't been writing a thousand words per hour (that's wph). So far, I have no idea what's happening. There was an elfish prophecy thing about a Darkness entering the estate. I know that Algie's going to go missing because of this "Darkness," but I have no idea why or how or even what this Darkness is. I wish elves would be more specific.
Algie is a total sweetie! It's strange, because my heroes are usually bounty hunters, gamblers, even assassins -- and now I have the nicest guy in the history of ever. He does make me rather happy. And, luckily, I do have Verena as my heroine -- she is, as I said before, a con artist. There are plenty of skeletons for me to pull out of her closet. Oh, and I realized that she is not Algie's love interest -- she has someone else. I'm not even sure Algie gets a love interest, but I am working on it. Then I have Chadwick. He's annoying -- that's all I have to say about him right now.

My Halloween costume was pretty much amazing -- but we did not get any good pictures. I am going to get all dressed up again probably sometime this week so I will have pictures to post. It's time to swap my blog picture.
I did wear my costume to the Young Women's Halloween party, but then I only stayed for a few minutes (I did get there an hour late because of Drama... and I don't think the party went very well...).
SOLAB!A's party was somewhat unexciting -- but in a nice sort of way. We all wore our costumes, and just hung out, ate pizza, and watched Watcher in the Woods -- and, of course, screamed all the way through the movie. The best is that the thing that made us scream the most was in a totally not scary part of the movie -- it was a pan view of a graveyard, and there was a WEEPING ANGEL STATUE!! It was truly horrifying.
Speaking of scary movies: my uncle and I watched The Blob. It was quite possibly the most boring scary movie in the history of ever. Thoroughly anti-climactic.
I also got addicted to the show Sherlock, which so far only has three episodes (mind, they are 80 minute episodes). The show is a modernization of Sherlock Holmes, and it is completely brilliant. No one -- not even Robert Downey, Jr., captured the character of Holmes as well as this show. And Watson is properly wonderful, which has never before been done in a Sherlock Holmes adaptation. I am a complete fangirl when it comes to the books, and I think this show does them credit.

I really should start wrapping this up -- I'm supposed to go take the GED tomorrow (which means waking up around 6:30 X_x). I slept through it last week, and therefore still have three tests to take. I think I may try taking all three tomorrow. Which does not sound delicious, but I've got to get them done.

I'm going to try and take this week slow. My plan is to start organizing my room -- in little pieces. Tomorrow is laundry day... which means now I have to post a video:

SOLAB!A this week is going to be really mellow as well. I think I'm done planning epic activities -- we never do what I plan anyways. So I'm going to try just chilling, and refocusing on why I started this group in the first place.
Mostly, this week is dedicated to NaNoWriMo. I'm going to win this year!

The Hot Girl in the Comic Shop
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.


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