I’m back!

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So you thought you’d seen the last of me with that kitten post nearly fifteen months ago. You though, “Oh, hey… What happened to that blog made up of random book posts, tea, and whatever the author wanted to throw on the page on any given week?” I wondered that myself, to be honest.

At first, I simply stopped blogging because (I know, I know. I’m about to break the golden rule of reality television. NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, MENTION THE CAMERA.) it was no longer required of me. There. I said it.

So when I say I’m throwing myself back into this blog, I really mean it because now I’m doing it for myself (and hopefully a few readers). Does that mean it will lose the frantic randomness it had before? Most definitely not. If anything, it may become more random. The difference will be that I will make posts about things that genuinely interest me, whether it be about books, music, television, or my adventures as a writer who lives inside her own head most of the time.

Because let’s be honest for once. I may be a “Young Novel Addict” with a strange tea addiction and an obsessive personality that began with Harry Potter when I was 8, but there are so many other things to talk about.

So, my wonderful readers, stay tuned for changes to come.

In the meantime, re-watch AHS: Coven, read the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, or check out Lady Gaga’s latest performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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Killer Kittens

This blog as become less of a “YA novel blog” and more of a “whatever I feel like talking about today blog”. This post will not break the norm, but it does sort of have to do with writing.

I’ve discovered I am one of the last people on Earth to hear about the website Written? Kitten!, but I’ll say a little about it for those like me out in space. The site is fantastic. For every 100 to 1,000 words written a picture of a kitten appears on the screen!

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I was so excited to use the program, but then I remembered that I don’t like cats very much. Some of the kittens just aren’t that cute or look like they’re going to eat me. If I’m going to be eaten by a cat, I’d prefer a lion. They’re supposed to be terrifying.

So my excitement was lost and I went back to my boring word document. I was getting too distracted looking at a cat I didn’t particularly like.

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Then I wasted more time on the Internet instead of writing and found that they have a puppy version! I mean, this picture is adorable.

In unrelated news, today is the last day of November. For some that means the last night of National Novel Writing Month. Keep going! Finish your novels! (Yeah, I didn’t actually do it this year, but I’m here to support all of those who kept with it!)

Also, what is this about a book on pencil sharpening? It’s all Melville House’s twitter talks about now. Someone please explain.

NaNoWriMo Ate My Soul

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It’s November 9th. For nine days, I have been ignoring the fact that it’s November. I’m supposed to be writing for National Novel Writing Month, but I haven’t even picked a plot. It’s really pathetic.

Right now, I am with my friend Hannah, and apparently we’re having a “Writing Party”, which just means we’re spending our Friday night staring at our laptops/notebooks. We have thrilling lives.

She’s managed to nearly keep up with her word count, but I take comfort in the fact that she completely changed her story, and just now figured out her main character’s name. At least she’s writing.

I just really don’t want a repeat of last year, where I wrote garbage of the same quality as the short stories I wrote when I was ten. It pains me to look at that document.

Actually, over the summer I found an old notebook I’d used when I was thirteen or fourteen. The princess story I wrote in that notebook had more of a plot.

This year, if I’m actually going to do this, I need to have a real plot. I don’t know how I’ll ever catch up. I’m thinking I’ll just write more than normal and not worry about the NaNo word goal. A small increase in the time I spend in writing would probably be better than writing 15,000 of the worst words of my life in a single night(which is what I’d need to do to catch up), right?

Wow. I just did that math. I’m definitely not writing 15,000 words tonight. I could, but then I’d just hit the delete button.

Okay, I have to go get coffee and possibly start writing this thing. I don’t know what I’m writing, but I’ll figure it out.