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Goals of 2009 January 11, 2009

I hope to get past some of my biggest fears and problems this year.   But to just SAY that is one thing, especially when what  I am saying is so vague.  Here are some of my goals for this year.

1. National Novel Writing Month- Reach 50,000 words in one month.  I know someone who has done this and they were quite proud of the accomplishment.  I have been saying I would do this for the last 2 years, but have yet to reach this goal.

2. April is Poetry Month- Write at least 2 poems a day in the month of April.  Last year I wrote 1 a day, while most days I wrote a lot more.  I hope to write 300 new poems this year, putting me that much closer to my goal of beating out Emily Dickinson by sheer volume.  If only I could get the prestige as well.

3. Be top debater in both the state AND the league.  These events are judged separately.  I managed to be the top debater in the league this year.  To my bitter disappointment, I barely even made it in to the final session at the state tournament.  I would also like a gavel for being a PO, since I have yet to receive one.  Not to mention a Best Bill Award.

4.  Get at least a 30 on the ACT, with a math subscore of at least 28.  I took a practice one and I got a 27, but I would like to do better.  Get a 4 on the U.S. Government AP exam.

5. Read 500 books.  I have a list of book, about 510 books long, that I would like to read.  I do not expect all of the ones I actually read this year to be from this list, but it would be nice.

6. Finish ‘Unsent Letters’, ‘Unconscious’ and ‘If you were me’ , the current books I am writing.

7. Be accepted to Eastern Michigan University.  I want to go there so bad it is ridiculous. Also be accepted to U of M, just so I can turn them down.

8. I have perfect attendance at school.  I haven’t missed a day of school in the last two years, and I would like to keep it that way.

9. Blog more.  I really need to get in more posts this year.  I’ll just make sure to write down my posts on scrap sheets of paper.


Maybe if I ramble… November 2, 2008

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National Novel Writing Month. Forcing yourself to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It fast forwards the entire writing process.  I planned on participating, but I have yet to do anything about it.  I haven’t drawn a brainstorm web, nor an outline.  I have absolutely no idea what I am going to write about on the first page, let alone another 200 pages.

The longest I have ever stayed on a project was 20,000 words.  However, I do not count this, as it was over a period of four years.  So writing more than twice that in a month should not be a problem.  I will just have to give up all of my time.  What used to be time spent for poetry and pleasantries such as sleeping, will now be spent as a novelist.

Now the only issue is what I could possibly write about.  There is clearly not enough time to be doing any research. (Aw, yes, once again my greatest foe has screwed me over.  Time runs out when I am busy and goes painfully slow when I wait.)  What do I know well enough to write a novel on?  Heh, heh.  That’s not very… okay, maybe something a bit more age appropriate.

I have nothing.  I will write a book about nothing.  A title, my name, and hundreds of blank pages.  I am sure it will sell.  As a starter log, but hey, as long as I get royalties.