College Life

So I’ve decided not to apologise for my inability to update regularly anymore. I have a busy schedule. I’m at university now and living on campus (best decision). I’ll be applying for Vet Science next year, so *fingers crossed*.

In the last few months I’ve made new friends, had to say goodbye to almost all of them (international students that were only here for a semester), made new ones, etc. I wanted a social year and got one.

I go home every few weeks to see family and give them a hand on the property. Elmo is huge! Fred and Heidi are shooting up too. They’ve all left the house yard now, so I have to go for a drive to see them. We had another grain poddy (too late to bottle feed) called Indie, but she disappeared about a month ago. We still haven’t found her. From left to right: Heidi, Fred, Indie, and Elmo.

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Finding time to write, read, or exercise has been a challenge. I study a little too hard, and have to remember to take a break sometimes. HFI is in the editing stages now. I’m terrible for underwriting, so there’s heaps to do before I’m willing to share it with the world.

I started planning for NaNoWriMo yesterday, so I guess I’ll be doing that again this year, haha.

What else?

Oh, I’m learning how to touch type. I don’t know why I never tried to learn it before. It takes a bit of focus at the moment, but I’ve gone from 11wph (without looking at the keyboard) to 28wph (with 98% accuracy) in four weeks. Keeping in mind that I’m doing this on top of studying, that’s not too shabby.

I also found a few perks of living on campus. For one, the unlimited internet is nice. Back at home we had 15GB between five people to last a month. I also get access to the university database (and there are HEAPS of books on fiction writing for free). Finally, I don’t have to cook. Uni food can be gross, but there’s always a salad option or peanut butter/Nutella available.

I think that’s it.

Anyway, I should get back to studying =P

Currently reading: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Everytime I start reading it I get the urge to write, which is why it’s taking so long).

 

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Excuses and NaNoWriMo

So I totally forgot to post something last week, but I have an excuse…an adorable excuse:

Freddy Fred

Meet Fred. I found him on the 22nd (October) and have spent the last week bringing him back to full health. He was smaller than my knee when I took him home.

He’s looking much better now, which is good since NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow.

I’m not going to go into great detail about NaNoWriMo. It stands for National Novel Writing Month and the goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. There are hundreds of blog posts on the internet for you to read if you want to know more.

This year I’m writing HFI (see last post for more details). I might write it in 1st Person after all, and edit it to 3rd after NaNo. I tried 3rd, but the writing felt stale.

I’ve been using The Story Grid to plan it. I recommend you at least give the site a look. There is a book you can buy, but everything in it has been posted on the website (often word for word). It reminded me to ensure every scene, chapter, and act had a beginning (Inciting Incident), middle (Complication, Crisis), and end (Climax, and Resolution). If there are any OYAN students reading this, I suggest you read a few pages. A lot of the information appears in the OYAN course.

Anyway, I’ve rambled on for long enough. I’m spending the rest of the day preparing for a long month =)

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?