____ing Through Life

Fill in the blank: Working, Crossfitting, Healthy Eating, Writing, Performing, Signing, Playing, Volunteering, and most of all Laughing.

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Nano Day 2: 2001 Words

I’m proud of myself - I kept writing last night, even when I was exhausted, to hit my goal of 2,000 words. I should be at 3,333 words, but I’m feeling okay about where I am - I can use the weekend to catch up a bit, and I have a vacation coming up which will give me time to write.

As far as how the story’s going? It’s a little rough. My MC and her best friend have headed to this big annual event, but my MC is doing a lot of exposition and also a lot fo complaining about the way things are in life - it’s kind of boring and pretty heavy-handed. Her friend seems a lot more interesting so far, though not in a way that makes me want to make her the MC. But the creepy guy that I wrote into the story because of a creepy guy on the train has made an appearance already (because I’m much better at writing once things start happening and the set-up part is over) and it’s my old friend the trickster/businessman who has shown up in the last 2 versions of this concept. Love him!

Also, I keep writing about this drink - to the point that I’m starting to think that my subconcious wants it to be a plot point later. I’m thinking it’s got some crazy addictive qualities.

I think I’m about to hit my stride here…

Love how it took me approximately 1 day to destroy all the plotting work I did. Guess I’m just a pantser by nature!

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ASL Video of the Week:

Beyonce’s Irreplaceable signed by the amazing tiffanythill - you really see how she’s interpreting the lyrics instead of just signing them word for word here.

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Nano Day 1: 1036 Words

Today’s lowlights:

  • Threw out the first 300 words after I decided my character had a completely different personality than I first thought.
  • Realized I should have done more worldbuilding and made it all up on the train/while cooking out tomorrow’s lunch. Still not really sure how things work in the world that I created - not a great feeling.
  • Have no idea where I’m going and the sudden realization that what I’ve written is not the world’s best novel.
  • Not really enjoying myself so far - just making myself move forward.
  • Am already behind schedule.

Today’s highlights:

  • Fictionalized the creepy guy on the train who put his arm around me and patted me on the ass and made it a brief memory of my main character.
  • Came up with a few cool in-world names for things that actually kind of make sense.
  • Got over 1000 words. I wanted 2000, but at least I’m out of the hundreds.

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This is me. Doing Grace (30 Clean & Jerks) at the Barbells for Boobs breast cancer fundraiser on Saturday. In the rain, in freezing temps (it started snowing by the next heat), at the wrong weight (accidentally got 113# instead of 93#).
But I finished. In 11:19.
Thanks to:
the crowd
the insane cheering section from my box
the folks running the event who let me go over the 10-minute time cap when I had 5 reps left
my counter who kept me focused and got me into a warm car as soon as I was done when my whole body was shaking and I was in tears
Elisabeth Akinwale who is both one of my Games heroes and a damn good person for helping coach me through the jerk when I started struggling
my coaches who I wanted to make proud and who told me I could do it
my body for responding when I couldn’t feel my fingers and every correctly executed clean was a surprise
and everyone who gave me hugs and love.
I finished. Sometimes that’s enough.

This is me. Doing Grace (30 Clean & Jerks) at the Barbells for Boobs breast cancer fundraiser on Saturday. In the rain, in freezing temps (it started snowing by the next heat), at the wrong weight (accidentally got 113# instead of 93#).

But I finished. In 11:19.

Thanks to:

  • the crowd
  • the insane cheering section from my box
  • the folks running the event who let me go over the 10-minute time cap when I had 5 reps left
  • my counter who kept me focused and got me into a warm car as soon as I was done when my whole body was shaking and I was in tears
  • Elisabeth Akinwale who is both one of my Games heroes and a damn good person for helping coach me through the jerk when I started struggling
  • my coaches who I wanted to make proud and who told me I could do it
  • my body for responding when I couldn’t feel my fingers and every correctly executed clean was a surprise
  • and everyone who gave me hugs and love.

I finished. Sometimes that’s enough.

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Home cure days 1 & 2 done: one room floor & surface cleaned, fresh flowers bought. This was the easiest room to do by far, but still nice to see it sparkling, and it motivated me to floor & surface clean the kitchen as well. Next stop - bathroom.

Home cure days 1 & 2 done: one room floor & surface cleaned, fresh flowers bought. This was the easiest room to do by far, but still nice to see it sparkling, and it motivated me to floor & surface clean the kitchen as well. Next stop - bathroom.

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November is Challenge Month!

Alright, I may be 2 days behind on the 20/20 Fall Home Cure (http://cure.apartmenttherapy.com/2011/fall/) but I’m getting back on track today and declaring next month challenge month, with:

  • The Home Cure to get my apartment clean.
  • National Novel Writing Month to get my book started.
  • The Paleo/Zone Nutrition challenge to improve my health.
  • And now, a 30-day image/style bootcamp to work on my look, which will start November 3rd.

I’m going challenge crazy! I will have to scale way back on things like TV & mindless Internet surfing and get productive. But hopefully by December I will be creative, stylish, healthy, and in a gorgeous apartment.  And tired! Crossing my fingers yet again…

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ASL Music Video of the week: “Tik Tok” signed by master song-signer allyballybabe.

Bonus - This one includes the gloss (english to sign language translation) in the info section, so you can see what she’s signing in ASL.

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