First order of business is that I changed up my blog layout a little bit. While it it simpler, it is now much too boring for my liking. I have no design skills whatsoever, so if anyone is bored and would like to make me a sort of fun banner for the top that matches the current color scheme.. that would be awesome. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested. :)
Right. Also, after the ordeal with the video that I mentioned in my last update, and people suddenly gossiping about my love life on twitter again, I kind of retreated into hibernation for a few days. I know I can't help it if people want to talk about things that were made public to them, but I was not ready for more of this. Not after Alex. Not after my summer.
So anyway, that's why I hadn't been blogging for a few days.
But now I'm back, and I'm in a good mood (because I don't have to work again until Saturday xD) and I am excited about a lot of things.
Sunday and Tuesday I worked these intense 7 and 9 hour shifts at work, and I have to admit I didn't handle it very well. After having three months off this summer, experiencing working at RTÉ, and getting to spend my time completing my projects at the pace I choose, it was kind of difficult going back to being the bottom of the ladder, being told what to do and wasting entire days answering phones for someone else's business.
I am aware that this is real life and I have a normal job to make money and blah blah, so I should suck it up and deal with it, but when you have a taste of the alternative… it's just hard to readjust.
Monday was more fun. My friend Forest came over and I showed him Doctor Who. The plan was to watch Firefly actually (we've been working on it for the last week), but Hulu only has episodes 1-5 right now, and Netflix doesn't have them streaming at all, so we changed gears and I showed him Blink. I enjoyed helping in the spread of Doctor Who to America.
Usually around late October, my friend Liz and I start to devote many of our evenings to skype chatting, 1. because she lives two hours away in Bellingham, and 2. because we have this strange metaphysical ability to inspire each other to write by literally discussing our novels for about 2.6 seconds. So as NaNoWriMo looms closer, we decided last night to open up the good old baby name websites and started throwing around options for our main characters. Usually these conversations end with both of us hyperactively scribbling notes on paper and then apologizing profusely for prematurely ending the conversation as we sign off to go work on our respective stories. One time this happened when Liz was actually at my house and, in a frenzy, I literally shoved her out my door so I could run back upstairs and she could drive the two hours home to lock herself in her room to write.
I really enjoy that I have a friend like this.
So anyway. The events of last night have put me in a novelling (textedit just auto-corrected that to "novelizing". Is that really a word?) mindset, and I spent the first hour of my Japanese American History class this morning mapping out a rough time-line of the advancing relationship between my two main characters. I'm not saying this is what I should have been doing during Japanese American History. I'm just telling it like it is.
Especially since I spent the next twenty minutes or so talking to Hayley on skype, which led to a discussion about why we love blogging, which led to me changing my layout on blogspot and daydreaming about custom banners.
At least I get work done! Just not… you know, school work.
After my first class, I met Forest for lunch, who happened to be working on my campus today (he works for Coke). He's doing NaNoWriMo as well (at my suggestion), so we got into a discussion about story ideas at this fun restaurant called Jimmy John's, and he helped me figure out a way to completely restructure my book so I don't run into the same pacing problems I ran into last year. I clearly have a one track mind today. We have only ten days!
Now. Plans for this evening include: filming a video for ApartmentRed, recording my vocal tracks for a secret project I'm doing with Luke, writing an easy and fun paper for my Disney class, and opening a word document to start the ten page paper due next week, looking at it for a few minutes, minimizing it, and giving up to go watch Glee.
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