Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Oreos. They have red cream.

"You and I left our troubles far behind
But I still have just one more question on my mind
For all my pals who live in the oceans and the seas
With fronds like these well,
Who needs anemones?"
-Owl City, "The Bird and the Worm"

I am only allowing myself to write a blog post because it's only 9 AM and I have already written 1,600 words on my novel this morning. I am consistently about 10,000 words behind schedule, but I have worked out that if I write about 3,000 a day, I can still win easily. So my goal now is just to write as much as I possibly can each day to try to give myself a little bit of a buffer and maybe even catch up eventually. My biggest problem (I have a really good life if this is my biggest problem) is that Luke is coming up to visit me/help me drive my Fiesta down to LA to give it back to Ford on the 27th. That cuts me off 3 days early, giving me only 11 days left to finish.


Anyway. Yesterday I spent most of the day working on a video I made with Luke, which was a sort of NaNoWriMo theme song. I am aware that writing a song and filming a video ABOUT writing rather than writing is a little counter-productive to my goal, but the amount of comments I received telling me that the video had inspired people to keep writing made the entire endeavor completely worth it. And, not to mention, it was the first video I had made in awhile that I actually had a ton of fun making and was completely happy with when I posted it. So, yaaay youtube! You can watch the video here.

Yesterday the new Doctor Who special "Waters of Mars" aired in the UK, and while I have a link to watch some crappy streaming version open on my computer, I haven't watched it yet. I don't know what I am waiting for, honestly. Yesterday I was so behind on writing that I didn't feel like I deserved to watch it, but I know I wont be able to hold off much longer. I'm sure I will be tweeting my thoughts as I watch it later today.

What else is going on in my life that's exciting? Basically, I vowed I wouldn't make any plans with anyone for the rest of November as long as I am still behind on my novel. Meaning, no random trips to our local bars with my roommates. So far this has been working pretty well. I only work 3 more times this month as well, which is helpful. However, I wont be able to tear myself away from Gossip Girl, or the season finale of Top Model, or FlashForward this week.

The only other thing I can think to talk about this morning is that my local grocery store is currently remodeling, so they have this shelf up front that they just load up with new items every day that are marked 50-75% off. I am not ashamed to admit that I have been stopping in literally every day to see what awesome things I can buy for super cheap. I mean, c'mon. Snowman Kleenex? FOR A DOLLAR? This is one easy-to-please-Kristina.

My NaNoWriMo snack food of choice has been Holiday Oreos. They have red cream. I am so, so lucky I am not fat.

This is an absolutely pointless blog post.

Here is my favorite Omegle conversation to date, to make it more exciting:

You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
Stranger: Kristina?!
You: OMG
You: YES
You: YES

Back to writing. Or, if I am being completely honest here, back to reading comments on my nanowrimo video and eating.

Word Count: 16,664


SigneHansen said...

Not gonna lie: I did the same thing on Omegle..:/
Also: I'm a bit jealous of your ability to pull together and actually finish NaNoWriMo.. I've already failed - BUT! I blame the fact that it's my first time.. (Not that that's a plausible explanation.. But still?)
Also: The "word" I have to verify underneath is: smipperc.. Just thought I'd share that.

Krazy_4_Kelly said...

Whoaaaa that Omegle thing is weird/awesome. I'm really glad you're catching up and doing so well with NaNoWriMo though. I'm sure your novel is going to be great =] And omg that shelf thing at your grocery store sounds liek heaven. I would be there like 5 times a day lol. Thanks for writing a new blog, it has made work for the past 15 minutes much more bearable. Good luck writing!

helloitsedwin said...

Hey Kristina, i hope you finish your nanowrimo, I'm having such a hard time writing mine, I have the plot and the characters i just should be revising for exams not writing a book... But I'm so up for it! its really sad about the fiesta going back but atleast you can keep yourself happy with snowmen kleenex :D It's really hard to get followers on here, I've made a vlog but I'm not sure if its good enough, should i post it on here first?

Emily said...

Oohhhhh Kristina you make me feel guilty :O I gave up after a week :L I'm sure you're gonna finish though... I'm blaming the fact that I have had no time this month... why couldn't NaNoWriMo be in October??? Oh well... Good luck :D

Katie said...

If you're my girl,
Swirl me around your room with feeling
And as we twirl, the glow in the dark stars on your ceiling will shine for us
As love sweeps over the room,
Cause we tend to make each other blush

<3 Owl City! My favorite song is Tidal Wave. But The Bird and The Worm (and Fireflies) come in close behind it.

Good luck writing! :)

Madame Suede said...

About the tags; your blogs are never boring Kristina, every time I see a new blog entry from you it brightens my day! :)

Also,not that I want to distract you from NaNoWriMo, but I managed to download Waters of Mars here:
the quality is pretty good, much better than any other I've found online so far. So I think that when you've reached 23,000 words or whatever your goal was, you should definitely watch it as a reward.

Ok, so I'll go back to creeping in the shadows now, reading and enjoying your blog but rarely commenting. Best wishes! :)

seurat2 said...

Since I didn't write an encouraginf comment after your last blog, here goes- you can do it, and it will be good. How's that? I still wish that Ford woould let you keep the car, now that its nice and broken in after that road trip.

The Vagabond said...

I definitely bought Holiday Oreos yesterday. They are so much better and all it is is the red cream. I don't remember why I did this, but I think it may have been because you tweeted about it. I also bought candy cane hershey's kisses (amazing) and blue bell (our special Texas brand) peppermint ice cream which is a personal favourite and often hard to find. I am very happy. I'm not, however, doing NaNoWriMo so I don't have as good of an excuse as you do. How about, I need this Christmas food to help put me in a Christmas spirit so that I can write my Christmas children's book? Yeah. That's pretty good.

Rebecca said...

haha i've become so fascinated with you recently. i love your and luke's music and i really enjoy your blog. keep it up with NaNoWriMo. i really wanna try next year. that omegle thing was so awesome haha.

JustMargaret said...

Um, um, um...WHERE IS THIS GROCERY STORE? I need to know.

A said...

I just typed Kristina? on omegle and someone said they just left your blog xD

Jordiekins said...

This happened immediately after I read this:

"You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
Stranger: Kristina?
You: NO, but i just left her blog!
You: lol
You: omg
You: I was about to ask too
You: DFTBA to you too!
Stranger: Lol
Stranger: hehe I was just at her blog
You: I feel that this conversation needs to be posted in her comments.
You: *runs away to do so*
You: BYE!



A said...

that was me xDD I saved the conversation too :D DFTBA!

Jordiekins said...

YES! We win, @A.

most recent convo:
"Stranger: m or f
You: lady gaga, actually
You: was that the third option?
Your conversational partner has disconnected."

India said...

Stranger: hai
You: Kristina?
Stranger: No, but you're the second one of her fans i've met on here today!
Stranger: DFTBA
You: Yup, dftba~
Stranger: -Jordiekin

^ Haha, A is actually my twin sister :P We were both randomly asking kristina? hoping to run into her. xDD

maux said...

This will really not help with advancing your NaNoWriMo writing (good luck to you, btw), but if you head on over to:
you'll see this person has all 7 parts of Waters of Mars, in pretty good quality (i watched it this morning). I reckon it won't be there long (once BBC catch on) but watch it while you can. It is, in the words of the ninth doctor, fanTAStic. Honestly - I really loved it. It was really different and dark. I can't wait to hear your take on it!

India said...

You: Hayleyghoover?
Stranger: omg i wish
You: dftba!
Stranger: yay!
You: =)
You: Did you come on here after reading kristina's blogpost?
You: /OR ARE YOU KRISTINA? (that would be awesome, hah)
Stranger: i'm not


A said...

Looking for someone you can chat with. Hang on.
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
Stranger: helllllo :D
You: Hayleyghoover? Kristina? DFTBA? John Green? Harry Potter?
Stranger: No... but I love John Green if that helps.
Stranger: paper towns ftw

India said...

Stranger: hiiiii!
You: Hayleyghoover? Kristina? DFTBA! MLIA? Harry Potter??? John Green?
Stranger: kristina! that's me!
Stranger: except i spell it differently
You: ooh wrong kristina then ~
Stranger: i want to be the right one. :(
You: i'm sorry :( but unless your play in a band about harry potter then you arent the right one

India said...

Stranger: nanalew?
You: meekakitty?
You: pogobat?
You: Hayleyghoover? Kristina? DFTBA! MLIA? Harry Potter??? John Green?
Stranger: wait
Stranger: honestly
Stranger: you just mentioned everything i love.....
Stranger: forget the search..
You: lol~ youtube is awesome
Stranger: <3 john green
You: dftba!
Stranger: NEVER WILL I EVER forget to be awesome
You: Yay! (:
You: are you doing nanowrimo?
Stranger: YES!!
Stranger: are you?!
You: me too! but i am sooo far behind
Stranger: i have like 2 words
You: youll catch up if you put your mind to it
You: =D
Stranger: hahah :] thanks youtuber pal
You: ;D
You: ugh i gotta go work on nano! D:

Okay, last comment for today! You are very popular on Omegle, Kristina! =)

kira902k said...

Reading this blog post was a form of me procrastinating. I stayed home all day today, and I didn't write a single word. And I don't think that's going to change.
Ah! I need inspiration! (even though your nano video WAS inspiring) what keeps YOU writing?


Melody said...

I just had to share this conversation with somebody.

Stranger: asl?
You: 15/m/hogwarts
Stranger: hogwarts? The school?
Stranger: You're a wizard?
You: Yeah.
Stranger: DUDE, AWESOME.
Stranger: So you're british?
You: Yeah, pretty much
Stranger: Have you had any encounters with Harry Potter?
You: He's in a few classes with me.
Stranger: Can you tell him I am his biggest fan!
Stranger: I love him
Stranger: I watch atleast one Harry Potter movie a day.
Stranger: I read the books over and over again.
You: ...There are movies?
You: and...books?
You: About him?
Stranger: year there are movies.
Stranger: and book.
Stranger: yes.
Stranger: You didn't know that?
You: You're a Muggle, correct?
Stranger: I believeI am a muggle.
Stranger: why?
You: ...Do lots of Muggles know about us?
Stranger: everyone knows about you guys!
Stranger: I can't think of anyone who doesn't knwo about you guys.
You: Oh SHIT.
You have disconnected.

Courtney said...

Stranger: hello :)
You: Omegle is pretty jokes isn't it?
Stranger: Fail english.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

Noooo! You have the wrong idea! It's not like that! >:( Darn. That person "fail english" too.

Meraki said...

My goodness, that Omegle conversation is epic. :)

Keshara said...

I definitely just was on Omegle and started off with "dftba", and got the response "HELL YEAH NERDFIGHER".
It was a great moment.
Not as awesome as yours though, I'm sure.

Jordiekins said...

Stranger: I dwell wih seahorses?


Emily said...

Can I just say that, since you are one of my writing buddies, your word count has risen faster than anything I've ever seen and I'm super proud of you? Or would that be weird? :P
And furthermore, I want to talk to you on Omegle!

Maggie said...

I loved the NaNoWriMo video. Snaps to everyone involved!

Although, it made me horridly conflicted: glad I didn't decide to do NaNoWriMo because... um, well, I like to sleep, eat, and see my friends, and NaNoWriMo authors don't do much of that this month. But I'm also sad I didn't do it, because I love the chaos of a seemingly impossible task and an iron-clad deadline. Crazy authors, I salute you.

Um, also the catchpa word verifier for this comment is "flesh." I find this funny, because I am five. Or have a deep love for the Merchant of Venice

Katie said...

So, I decided to jump on the Omegle bandwagon and I can't figure out if people aren't responding well to my "AVADA KEDAVRA" intro because they're playing along like I killed them or if they're just super lame and disconnect me for that reason. I can't find anyone cool.

Bleah Briann said...

I really like your blog, and I've decided to follow it! Just wanted to let you know, its amazing!

aaarianna said...

aaaaaaah, that was me!
that was my conversation with you!
so glad it's your favorite! (:

Kyla Muhlberger said...

I have about 4 papers due this week for school, and whenever I need motivation to sit down and work I listen to your nanowrimo song. Writing essays for school isn't quite the same as writing a novel for fun, but it still helps. Actually, I'm listening to it right now, so I should probably get working...

Katzie said...

Hi there :)
I just wanna say I listen to the NaNo-song mainly all the time, and I tipped off some other Swedish people on the NaNo site as well.

jhony said...

Hi,I like this article but..last night i went to the midnight premiere of harry potter and the half blood prince! I was honestly so disappointed! was it just me or did it seem very choppy and for some reason didn't feel like it was a harry potter movie. Don't get me wrong some of the parts in it were either really funny or somewhat scary but i really was not satisfied. I don't know, what did you think?? Am i wrong? Give me your opinions..

r4 dsi

Manderiffic said...

Why oh why would you introduce me to this omegle thing...geesh.

Manderiffic said...

You: dftba?
Stranger: ?
Stranger: i dont understand your jargon
You: Oh poor you...but you used the word jargon so you belong with the nerd fighters
Stranger: yes, i do fight nerds everday
Stranger: they get beat up severly
You: No no fight with the nerds not against them
Stranger: sorry, im on sports teams
Stranger: and do well with women
You: so do nerd fighters
You: women love men with a brain
Stranger: ive never heard of this war, what side are you on?
You: If I told you I'd have to kill you
Stranger: yes, thats why im a chemical engineer
Stranger: and an eagle scout
Stranger: and a rower
You: Totally a nerd
Stranger: i doubt it
You: You're at the top of the nerd higharchy
Stranger: well then id be a nerd who could beat you down
Stranger: while hittin on ladies
You: wow so i just made up a really bad spelling for hieraqrchy
You: Arg damn typos
You: Yeah nerds pull in lots of ladies
Stranger: see, if i was a nerd i would have noticed that but did not
You: Do you read?
Stranger: sometimes
You: Do you know who John Green is?
Stranger: nope
You: oh man...well there is still hope for you yet.
You: Join us
Stranger: so you are one then
You: No
You: I
You: um
You: uh
You: crap
Stranger: haha
Stranger: you have been outed
You: I have I'm bad at undercover ops
Stranger: no wonder you know so much about them
Stranger: yeah cause youre a nerd
You: We all have a little nerd in us
Stranger: no
You: You can't fight're in an engineering program
Stranger: ah, but whens the last time you kissed a girl, if ever
You: I am a girl so this question makes me uncomfortable
You: lol
Stranger: haha
Stranger: so youre one of those nerd girls eh
Stranger: who play video games
You: I guess you could say that. I can hold my own. I'm not as nerdy as some
Stranger: oh ok then
You: Video games aren't my forte
Stranger: youre a nerd, what is then
You: I like to read ::gasp::
Stranger: oh
You: and I can spell!
Stranger: are you one of those twilight wierdos?
Stranger: or lotr
You: I read the twilight books before they were popular...I'm not creepy fan obessessed though. I hate LOTR
Stranger: or harry pooter
You: I haven't read harry potter but I've seen the movies
You: I don't do creepy fangirl
Stranger: youre a shitty nerd
You: I know...don't tell the others
Stranger: hahahazhhahaha
Stranger: by loser

Manderiffic said...

Stranger: asl
Stranger: u
You: you lie
You: 17/f hogwarts
Stranger: no i have a photo on myspace to prove it to you
Stranger: its you again
Stranger: bye

I've never said that before...haha That's awesome.

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