Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011

What would we do without friends.
After much thought, discussion, and math (with the help of one of my best friends), I have decided I will do NaNoWriMo.

For you math nerds, I'll explain how I got to my conclusion.

At the absolute max, I can write 750 words in 15 minutes, but I'm going to give myself some lee-way, so...25 minutes.
I think (as long as I plan my day right) I will have around 1-2 hours to write a day (ON AVERAGE).
That's roughly 45 minutes for 1000 words.
So: 30 x 1000 = 3000
But, I want to challenege myself a little, so I'll say 35,000, which is...

1167 words per day.
Simple. :)

After a little more thought and no math, I decided that I would do BOTH YWP and NaNowriMo!  My minimum goal will be 35,000, but I'll still shoot for the full 50,000!

Anyway, now I need to go do OYAN and plot a novel and some other stuff.

~Charlotte Grace, the Mind Traveler

Thursday, September 08, 2011


It is nearing Autumn at long last. <3<3<3

I wish I had taken this picture...sadly, Google Images has come to my rescue once again. Image Source

I have never been the biggest fan of Summer and I have two reasons: heat and mosquitoes.  I don't do heat well and I get more headaches in summer than any other time of the year (unfortunately, I am prone to them like my mother before me.).  I love 4-H and swimming and dance recital and such, but I did not have a good 4-H year and didn't go swimming a single time, which really sucks.  But I have to add that dance recital was FANTASTIC because I'm typically a positive thinker and I don't want to live that down.

Over the weekend we went from Summer to Autumn (yes, in only about four days.  Welcome to Colorado.), therefore I'm boycotting the rest of Summer with long-sleeved shirts and my snowman earrings.  I am just that awesome.  It's suddenly lower than 50 degrees F in the morning and we don't have the AC in our (as in, my sister's and my) room 24/7.  I am happy.  Come to think of it...I'd like a new jacket, I must consult the mother about that and winter dress shoes (I'm hoping for black boots this year).

I love Fall because of all the colors, mostly.  I don't live in the mountains (sadly), but at least I don't live in the big city.  I'm in a tiny town in the northern part of CO and it really is beautiful there, especially on the days you can see the mountains to the west. 

This season I'm planning on appreciating the beauty more.  I'm always so busy with Facebook, dance classes, the various chores Dad has for us (last week we put a new roof on one of the sheds), and now school, that I don't stop and think about it.  I've been trying to work on this, focusing on the moment before me, instead of everything in the future.  I've already noticed I'm more happy, and when I go into my whatever I'm waiting for, it's way more fun because I haven't WORRIED about it (I am a natural worry-wort).  I'm honestly a little proud of myself for trying to get out of this habit so early.  The next thing I need to work on will probably be I and Me.

I realize this had nothing to do with writing, but I just had to say something about Autumn, because it's so pretty.  <3

~Charlotte Grace, the Mind Traveler

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Adverbs and Adjectives (Good and Well)

I haven't posted in a week, so I'm going to  tell you of my largest pet peeve ever (other than text talk.):

When people use "Good" instead of "Well."

Why can't they understand that "good" is an ADJECTIVE and "well" is an ADVERB?

"Are you doing well?" sounds so much more professional than, "Are you doing good?" because it is GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT.

People do this all the time (even I do sometimes, I must confess, but then I correct myself.  I also correct other that bad?) and it drives me crazy.  As in, "LONA, it's WELL not GOOD!!!" said out loud crazy.  The last conversation I had about this was last Sunday.

"We're doing good!" Erin said.
"Well," I said.
"I don't understand the difference between good and well."
"'Well,' is an adverb, 'Good' is an adjective."
"Thank you," said Bailey, Erin's sister.

Even my sister can't get it right.  The other day when I corrected her she told me that good is just less than well.  I was dumbstruck.

Do me a favor, world, and get your adjectives and adverbs straight.

FTR, I know I sounded snarky in this post...
Also, Blogger has a shiny new format.  Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiny.

~Charlotte Grace, the Mind Traveler