Friday, November 27, 2009

NaNoWriMo and the Fiesta Movement - what else?

"This very secret
That you're trying to conceal
Is the very same one
You're dying to reveal
Go tell her how you feel."
- Feist, "Secret Heart"

So, I'm sitting here on my parents' couch with my laptop in front of me, and I've got about 4,000 words(ish) left to write, I'm guessing, until I actually finish this year's NaNoWriMo novel.

It has just occurred to me that this probably isn't going to happen today, as Luke gets here in about two and a half hours and I am just not feeling very motivated to work on it right now.
My goal was to finish the novel in a month, but I did get 50k words (and then some; I'm at 55,155 right now), so I accomplished the NaNoWriMo goal, anyhow.
And I can write the end of the novel next week, I guess, when I get home from LA.

But - look at my graph! My most impressive catchup ever!

So anyway. I had all sorts of Thanksgiving stories and things to share, but I am just so burnt out on writing right now that I am going to just let everyone use their imaginations. There was a lot of food, and fun, and all of that. At one point my housemates and I all were wearing crazy hats and we changed the holiday into "Hatsgiving". Before we ate, we all had to say what we were "hatful" for. Good times.

My mom and I went shopping today for a little while - AFTER the black friday morning chaos/rush - I hate to admit, I mostly bought things for myself. Though to be fair, I did get my little brother a Christmas present that cost almost as much as everything else combined. The little brat.

I don't know why I felt it necessary to update my blog right now. I mostly felt guilty that I hadn't updated since Sunday, but I have literally been writing my novel nonstop so I couldn't justify doing any other kinds of writing this week. December will be much more blogful, I think.

I've been getting really Fiesta Movement nostalgic all week, because I have to give my car back in 4 days. I am really, really sad about this. Not just because I love the car and have been totally spoiled for 7 months with free gas, but also just because being part of this whole "movement" has been really fun. Having this crazy experience in common with 99 other people, doing interviews and missions, getting emails from "mission control" - I'm going to miss it.

But the big Fiesta party is next week and I can't WAIT - I'll get to meet so many people I have only seen in the #fiestamovement twitter feed or in videos, and I get to see Parachute play (and hopefully see the music video they used my car for in filming?) and do a live interview with currentTV and wear a pretty dress.... I'm very excited.

AND, I get to drive down the entire west coast with Luke! That will be a really fun last trip to take in the Fiesta. I know Thanksgiving is over now, but I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for.


Also, today I bought cowboy boots. They were on a clearance rack. I could NOT be happier with this day.

Word count: 55,155

34 comments:

thatnerdholly said...

Congratulations on NaNoWriMo! I'm actually about to compete in a word war in five minutes time.
Hope you have heaps of fun with Luke, and that we can expect some videos... maybe? XD

Lindsey said...

I'm always so impressed when I hear of people winning NaNoWriMo. That's so much more than I could do. (Although, doing it the Michael Aranda way is tempting. Maybe next year.)
Driving the west coast with Luke sounds like so much fun. I'll be sure to wave as you pass southern california!

hakeber said...

Right on, Kristina! Congrats on winning, so get a move on finishing!

Elayne said...

UGH. You miss an entire week of writing, yet you still manage to finish NaNo before me!

UGH.

You are magical, Kristina. I can not compete.

Also, the captcha code is "reyptoph" which is like "rape Toph" and Toph is the name of one of my NaNo characters. Maybe this is a sign.

to_thine_own_self said...

Congrats again on NaNoWriMo!
I still have about 7k until I get to 50k, but that's alright. I'm going to go write after I finish this comment. Lol.

Hope you have fun on your trip with Luke!
And hug your Fiesta before you give it back. Haha.

Anna said...

congrats on meeting your goal! have fun and be safe going to cali, etc.
i so want a luke conrad for christmas. not him per say but maybe a clone.

Jaime said...

I still have about 7k left to write. 7300 I think. I'm wicked impressed that you've passed 50k with everything you had going on this month. *high five*

I'm supposed to be writing now, actually... but I'm not feeling motivated AT.ALL.

I went Black Friday shopping today, bought myself a GPS for more than 50% off (( AAAAHHH!!! )) and a bunch of movies. It's been a long day for me. :D

KaraDawlish said...

I'm happy you had fun with that car man :D
You gave it some good use


Have fun with Luuuuuuke!

mikaorhalley said...

so...can we expect sad pictures of you hugging your car on dailybooth?
i dont really see you as being too sad that day though,because of
luke of course.you're new nerdy romance is immeasurably adorable.
i think i'll continue to live vicariously through you.
later days,mikahalley.

Kkthenerdfighter said...

I hope to see some made of awesome video's from you and Luke of your drive down. The fiesta party seems like so much fun. Congrats on NaNoWriMo! Can't wait to participate next year.

Emily said...

Congrats on NaNoWriMo!

I'm still working on my comeback ... but you're such an inspiration.

Have a fun trip!

Bitten Usagi said...

Congrats on finishing for NaNo. Sadly I won't come close (still need 33,000). Decided to let it go this year in order to not fail all my classes. Gonna finish the novel anyway though, just gotta wait until after finals. :(

That other girl said...

nooo the car was soooo cool i loved seeing it in ur videos oh well time to move on i like road trip videos maybe u could do a montage of all ur moments with the fiesta or something

Katzie said...

Congratulations on finishing NaNo, I still have 5000 words left...

seurat2 said...

Blogfull? I like the sound of that, it will improve my December to have lots of your blogs filling my in box. Everyone should have cowboy boots, that's my opinion anyway. Feist is wonderful, I've seen her play a bunch of times and actually met her briefly a couple of times. Just for the record though, she didn't write Secret Heart, that one is by the equally talented Ron Sexsmith. Her cover is my favorite version though.

SlytherinSweetie said...

That sucks. I really love your car too. I just might cry after you have to give it back. And congrats on NaNo! I had to drop out; I have absolutely no time for anything anymore. You deserve a huge freaking prize. But, I guess you'll have to settle for cyber hugs. *hugs*

And have an awesome time with Luke! <3

kira902k said...

Oh my god, your nanowrimo graph is so impressive.
goodbye, fiesta! :(

Nina said...

Haha, I started to laugh when I saw the NaNoWriMo graph. That is epically impressive :]

Andrew said...

Totally unrelated to your blog post in any shape or form(actually it is kinda but not really) but congrats on your relationship with Luke, I knew it would happen eventually.

"Just asked out @KristinaHorner and she said yes. <3" - Luke Conard
(http://twitter.com/LukeConard)

Kirsty. said...

Congrats on NaNoWriMo! I personally think the idea of writing 50,000 words in a month is fascinating, but i'm not really a writer myself.

Have a great time with Luke, and at the Fiesta party! Make sure you tell us how everything goes :)

Austin said...

You sound like my older sister...I am NOT a brat! D:
You know you love 'em though...You know you do!

Katzie said...

Hey, just wondered whether you checked the "Breaking News" section on the NaNo website today? The PS should be quite fun for you to see if you haven't already!

keturahsmy said...

Lucky to u........................................

katrina1234567 said...

Congratulations on winning! I only made it to about 20,000 words.

Not Really Rufus Wainwright said...

Just read your tweet about Luke changing your car tire. You know, I don't really know you at all, but I am excited beyond rational understanding by the fact that you two are a couple. It's proof that the universe, every once in a while, decides to do a good thing! I don't care what he says - he IS the awesome nerdy guy that you need! Anyway, have a very happy holiday season!

tarpon4234 said...
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tarpon4234 said...

Hi Kristina,
I still have no idea what NaNoWriMo is, but writing a novel is quite an accomplishment. I seen your video "The NaNoMriMo Song" in the being watched section, and then the name italktosnakes closed the deal. I was curious, and had to watch it. It was very creative, so I check out some of your other videos, and I almost died laughing when you said you caught a haystack on fire with a roman candle in the fifty things. You have done so much in your life, and it is incredible, inspireing, makes me wonder what I am missing out on. Then I seen Killer Tufu, and freaked. Doug was one of my favorite shows ever. Your channel is fasinating, your videos are very entertaining, and you have a bubly personality that you can not help but smile at. Hope to see more creative videos in the future.
Bryce

sharizzle09 said...

I love beyond loveee that you and luke are dating :]]] I hope we'll get to see some videos from this roadtrip :]]] ALSOO CONGRATS ON NANOWRIMO.. are you going to post the novel somewhere so everyone can read it??? I would love to read it!!!! Have an amazing time in LA!!!!!!!! -Sharon

* §apph * said...

Good job with NaNo! I couldn't get passed 7,450 this year but college just got way too hectic this month. Congrats on winning!

(I just added you on NaNo, btw. I'm sapphire_black) =)

contentwithit said...

Kristina, so freakin happy you made NaNoWriMo. I never comment on you blog but I read it at least once a week. you're awesome XD

Indigo said...

Congrats on NaNoWriMo, you're such a great writer on your blog, I can only imagine how great your novel is :D

LadySidi said...

Hey Kistina! I just finished watching your NaNoWriMo video for the 3rd time (ladysidi), and found your blog here. Congrats on winning!

Jordiekins said...

SEEKRIT TIME: I still subscribed to Alex until today.

This is all it took for me to unsubscribe: "Alex actually wrote a song about how terrible we were for each other. It's on his new album. Fun."

Let me just say, I'm so glad that you're with someone who's better for you now.

Mackenzie Paradzik said...

Congratulations on Nanowrimo, Kristina! :) I could never manage XD I guess there's always next year.. and the next.. and the next.. :)