Monday, February 21, 2011

Stuck on a Desert Island with a Pair of Broken Headphones and a Stupid Video Game

Prompt: If you were stranded on a desert island, what ten things would you want in your pockets?

A pocket knife
A magnifying glass
A notebook
A pencil
A photograph of my family
Some water purification tablets
A pocket book of handy survival tips
A bottle of sun block, highest SPF possible


I suppose it's been a while since I've done this, so I should probably do it. Let's see, Saturday, the 19th, Dad took us to see the Monster Trucks for his 50th birthday. Sunday, the 20th, I gave a talk in Sacrament Meeting. I've had a cousin born, on my dad's side, and one of my cousins, also on my dad's side, had a baby too. I've started making dinner for the family once a week. Lydia has borrowed a bunch of movies from the library, and so I've spent time watching them with her, in other words, I'm over 12,000 words behind my word count goal right now. I drove to Colville and back, and survived. Ashley had her baby shower. Any other significant events? No, not really. Just boring old life, as usual.

In the few times that I've actually managed to get some writing done, I've spent it working on my Haley Potter Fanfic, which is the one that I've tried to write umpteen times but it has never come out right. I think I've finally got it though.

In other news, my headphones broke, so now I can't even listen to music while I work. That's pretty annoying, considering one of the reasons I listened to music was so I didn't have to hear the TV in the background, which Lydia and Mom almost constantly have on. Sometimes, okay, most of the time, I really wish we didn't even have TV in our house. Too bad they're so addicted to watching it all the time and refuse to get rid of it.

Also, I've decided video games are stupid as well. Particularly my Harry Potter game. It was all going well enough, but then, halfway through the ninth level, the game got stuck and there was no possible way to progress, so I had to restart my entire game from the beginning. Yeah, now I'm wary of even playing it, because I don't want to have to do everything over again.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Elusive Bookworm's Routine

Prompt : Tell us seven things you do when you procrastinate.

When I am procrastinating something, I get on Facebook and check out the "likes" pages, or one of my friends photo albums that I really don't care much about.

I also find something else to do, like for writing, I check on my writing sites or write on my blog instead, or just surf the web.

Number three is that I go watch TV, in the other room.

If I'm not done procrastinating yet, I then start organizing my files on my computer, something that could be good, but not when I'm supposed to be writing that difficult scene for my story. Or I organize my school crate. Or the large amount of pencils in my pencil holder.

I play Freecell. I usually play around twenty days a day, while waiting for sites to load or procrastinating something.

I eat candy. There's a candy dish by my computer where I dump all my candy I get from Seminary every morning. When I'm procrastinating something, I start going through that candy like crazy.

And the last thing I do (and one of the most common) when I procrastinate is read fanfiction. When I'm avoiding that scene, I go read fanfiction, after all, I never ever intended to write fanfictions until I had read 100+ stories that were all fanfics and finally decided to start writing my own. It's good inspiration, though still a method of procrastination.


Ever wonder what I typically do every day? Here's your chance to find out.

I wake up at 5:30 AM, quickly change out of my pajamas into some jeans, feed my two fish, Bob and George, then head out the door to Seminary, leaving at 5:45 AM.

Seminary gets out at about 7:05 AM, so I'm back home at 7:30 AM.

Immediately after Lydia and I get back from Seminary, we have Family Scripture Study, for around fifteen minutes. Sometimes, Mom also makes breakfast for us to eat at that time, otherwise I'm on my own.

At 8:00 AM, I'm already working school work, most days. I used to do my schoolwork in the order of hardest subject to least hardest subject, but for the new semester, I changed it to alphabetical order by name, just to change stuff up. I never like things to stay the same way for very long.

Depending on the day, I have ClassConnects during the morning hours, except Yearbook, which is at 3:00 PM on Mondays. 

School work can take anywhere from two hours to six hours, depending on the level of difficulty and whether or not I have to write an essay in several classes. However, I'm usually completing my last subject at noon, then take a short break for lunch.

From there, I start writing. I start at and write with a prompt for a minute to warm up. Sometimes, I then go to and write 750 words in one sitting as fast as I can. That takes fifteen minutes, or less.

Next, I get on to the actual writing. I work on The Innocents' Revenge very first, since that's my fanfic that I'm supposed to be posting online regularly. Then, I work on whichever story I've been working on lately, which happens to be my Haley Potter Fic.

Once I reach at least 2000 words from everything put together, I take a break. Most of the time, I go do my daily Wii Fitness work out. Then, I come back to my computer and check up on my other writing sites, WriYe,, and I used to go to The Muse Bunny, but they closed that forum down just recently.

If I'm in the mood, I then continue writing. If not, I go back to the Wii and play my Harry Potter game for the rest of the day.

At 9:00 PM, I go up to bed, regardless of if I'm in the middle of something or not. Of course, I usually spend at least an hour reading, and sometimes writing still, in my bedroom before actually getting to sleep.

Well, there you go. That's what a typical day for me is like. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Prompt: Who's your favorite character from a book, play, film, or other work of art?

I'm going to choose out of my own characters, rather than try to choose out of someone else's work of art, so here goes:

The story of mine that has most of my favorite characters that I've created in it is my 2009 NaNovel. I don't really like the main character, but I like all of the minor characters a lot, especially Jared.

Of my main characters, I like Elliza, from my 2010 NaNovel, the best, probably because she's my most recent main character, and she is the most developed character I've created.

I also have a character named Jasper, who has popped into most of my longer stories in just one or two scenes randomly, and plays no real significant part. In one of my stories, he was even beheaded...


It's been too long since I last actually posted something on my blog. Since my last post, I've turned seventeen, attended a lia sophia jewelry party, and kept just chugging through my word count.

I passed the fifty thousand mark on Jan 31st, which was to be expected, since I'm aiming for 50,000 words a month.

I've finished several stories since then as well, all but two of my shorter stories that were on my list. Now I just have my longer stories and fanfics to concentrate on.

The last few days, I've been working mostly on my Haley Potter fic. Of all the past times I've rewritten it, I have more than 57,000 words on it, but I won't be using those, since I'm going to be starting it again from scratch. I made a list of the main events that would take place. It was ten pages long. Then, I extended those events and wrote details about what might happen for each main event. That is taking a lot of time. I've made it through the first page and slightly down the second, and I'm already at nearly 5,000 words. At this rate, the outline will be around 80 pages and be around 32,000 words. That will make for a super long fanfic. I may just have to divide it up into a series or something.

I still can't resist starting a new story every once in a while. I've written and posted one completely new fanfic up on It was only a oneshot. Today, I had another idea for a story, which I'm turning into just a oneshot as well. I think it's good for me to get away from my WiP list once in a while and do something new. It's a good thing they're just oneshots, though, or I'd just be adding to my WiP list.