NaNo Week #3 // SNOW, SNIPPETS, AND A SLUGGISH BRAIN

Saturday, November 19, 2016
(three cheers for alliteration! :P)

DAY TWELVE: 1,002

When I first started writing, Saturdays were always my writing days. Sleep in. Curl up on the couch with big sweatshirts and fuzzy blankets. Sip on hot cocoa that warms my stomach, or coffee to get my brain  going.

But now... Saturdays aren't as much my writing days anymore. Which is SAD in capital letters. Instead of writing, my longest shifts are usually on Saturdays, and I need to go to try to go to bed earlier than midnight, since Church is right away next morning.

It makes 10k1days a little harder, but THANKSGIVING BREAK IS COMING UP so maybe I can plan one then. :D

DAY THIRTEEN: 4

No, I didn't forget to add a couple zeroes to today's word count. I really just wrote four words. Today was not a writing day, and though at first I was frustrated with myself... now I'm okay with it. My brain needed a break.

And, hey! I still wrote some words. That I may or may not have deleted right away the next day. Oops.

DAY FOURTEEN: 3,005


Today is proof that taking breaks is a good thing. I felt ready to conquer today after relaxing and breathing yesterday. AND I FINALLY GOT WORDS DONE. Things are happening in my story, and I'm so excited.

Though my character is not, because unfortunately those exciting things ultimately lie in her suffering. Sigh. :P

DAY FIFTEEN: 1,947

Another day where I'm feeling stuck and uninspired. I think that's because my character is doing a lot of traveling, and traveling is so b o r i n g. I am so ready to make it more exciting with edits. xD

I've also been noticing that if I'm tired, my character's probably tired. I'm hungry? My character's hungry. I'm feeling alive and ready to conquer? My character's the same way. Looks like I'll have to deal with editing out some dramatic mood swings. xD

DAY SIXTEEN: 2,197

Today was filled with lovely word wars, and despairing over the fact that I've only read one book this month. ONE BOOK.

THAT IS NOT A VERY LARGE NUMBER.

I am very saddened by this stat and need to read all the things. But unfortunately writing all the things comes first.

(But I have so many books I want to read. o.o Scarlet Moon, Heartless, Scythe, some Ted Dekker books... TOO MANY.)

*ends my bookish ranting and screaming* *someone please give me endless time because I could use it*

DAY SEVENTEEN: (WHO KNOWS)


(basically I am confused about word counts because math is weird and so are graphs, but I WROTE WORDS TODAY and made it to 60,000 and blared music and drank chai. so it was great.)

BUT ALSO LOOK AT THIS MUG. (above)I got it from Cait's Society6 shop, and it is the best thing ever. For every NaNoWriMo I win, I buy myself a mug. I had been eyeing this one for awhile, and IT IS THE AWESOMEST. <3

DAY EIGHTEEN: 1

Ha, another slow writing day. School, work, and then writing this blog post. BUT NOW I'M DONE WITH SCHOOL BECAUSE THANKSGIVING BREAK HAS COME. Hallelujah. I couldn't be happier. xD

(literally just opened up my document and wrote a single word. sometimes I feel alive at midnight, ready to write hundreds of words... but not right tonight. xD)

Also, today was sad. Why? I woke up to snow. SNOW. Yesterday it was 60 and sunny. Today a blizzard arrived. I don't understand. Someone stop the weather. Its going insane. *sobs*
WRAP-UP

SNIPPETS

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WORD COUNT: 61,207

GENERAL THOUGHTS:

This week was a slower writing week, but I'm not going to complain. It was crazy, and it would've been silly to think that I could keep up with 5,000 words per day.

Ooh! Also... Madeline DMed me on Twitter the other day mentioning that I should do a NaNoWriMo vlog. So that is something I am trying to make happen. No promises, but if all goes well I should have one in next week's NaNo post!

Now stop reading this post. Go write. :P

// katie grace

How is NaNoWriMo going?
Do you have special writing mugs?
(are you mourning with me about the snow?)

66 comments :

  1. I'M GETTING SO CLOSE TO THE END OF MY FIRST DRAFT AND I CAN'T STOP GRINNING. I've NEVER written a first draft in less than two months before, and that was also this year, and it was a big first for me then. And Now. Now I'm going to finish in LESS THAN A MONTH.

    Can't. Stop. Freaking. Out.

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    1. AHHH YESS. I've almost given up catching up to you. You, girl, are insaaane. So crazy impressed! :D

      Isn't NaNo magical? :P *sprinkles confetti*

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  2. I'm not doing NaNoWriMo, but congrats on 60,000 words! Even though you say that this week was a slow writing week for you, it still seems like you've written a lot! Good luck on the rest of NaNoWriMo :-)
    -Jollygirl @ Reflections of a Jolly Girl

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    1. Yes, super true! It's good to keep things in perspective and realize that I have written quite a bit.

      Thank you! <3

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  3. We're about to get snow where we live. It's freezing bitter cold outside, the wind is the worst part! Oh, well.
    I don't do Nano, you have fun though....I guess...

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    1. Ugh, I knowww. *hides* I hate winter. :P

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  4. Your snippets are so gorgeous. I haven't read much this month, either. I'm struggling to get through The Maze Runner. >.<

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    1. Thank you! <3

      Ooh, I still haven't read through The Maze Runner. Are you liking it?

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  5. YOU CAN'T MOURN ABOUT SNOW! SNOW IS AWESOME. >.< Can I have your snow? We rarely ever get snow here.
    Today is, like, the first cold day we've had this year. We turned on the heaters! It's officially winter. *cheers*

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    1. TAKE ALL THE SNOW. I'm sitting here freezing with my winter jacket. Or at least take the cold. Please. xD

      Huzzah...? :P

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  6. ohmygoodness I NEED ONE OF THOSE MUGS OKAY EEP THOSE ARE JUST LIKE PERFECTION

    *is currently snowing* *headdesk*

    oh hahaaa *nervous laugh* um, yes, those things called words. *stares at bad document* *nodnod* I must get to that today K *makes mental note*

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    1. RIGHT?? GET ONE OF THEM IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BOMB DOT COM.

      *headdesks with you*

      *pushes you away* GO WRITE THE WORDS SARAH STOP PROCRASTINATING. :P

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  7. I am so excited about the NaNo vlog!!! *flails* You're going to do a great job! The fact that you've already finished NaNoWriMo but think you had a rough writing week is jaw-dropping. You have accomplished so much! Mad respect!

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    1. *flails with you* I hope it works out! :P

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  8. Ahhh, I relate so hard with the 'WHO KNOWS' day. xD I woke up one morning, started writing, updated on the NaNo site... and then realized I hadn't recorded how many words I'd written the day before in my NaNo journal. xD So I just wrote: ????? (which seems to work quite nicely for my befuddled brain.)

    Oh my. SNOW. It's just barely getting cold here. o.o (oh, and I hope you had a safe drive to work! <3)

    Cait's Society6 merchandise really is lovely, isn't it? :D I'm thinking of buying some bookish things from there for Christmas presents for people over here. (I love your C.S. Lewis one! That's the one I would get. <3)

    Ack, your snippets are gorgeous as always. <3 I just love reading your writing in this new person and tense... and yet I can STILL recognize your writing style that I read in SotD. o.o It's seriously so neat to see how you're trying something so different and that there's still a ton of YOU in there.

    A WRITING VLOG?? Oh yes. Do it. Please. xD

    As for my NaNoWriMo, you know some details. :P It's been getting better, actually, and I hit 30k yesterday, so there's that. My story is sooo sloooow (seriously, I'm just now getting into action and intrigue), but I'm just going to ignore that fact and WRITE. :P

    Plus, if this surpasses 100k (and I'm pretty sure it will) then I'll have the satisfaction of saying I wrote a 100+k novel, even if much of it is boring junk. :P

    You're slaying NaNo! So excited to read Where Shadows Lie one day. <3 As you know, I'm totally feeling you on the life and motivation thing.

    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your break is an incredible one. <3

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    1. I'm so glad the phrase "????" exists, because I have the need for it all too often. :P

      *chucks all the story over to your area* TAKE THE SNOW. GO RIGHT AHEAD. (and I did! Thank you. <3)

      ACK EMILY. That was the sweetest comment. *flails over your kind words* UGH THANK YOUUU. <3 <3 <3

      I'VE ALREADY SCREAMED ABOUT THIS TO YOU, BUT 100K?!? You're insane. That so many words. Waht even. xD

      I hope yours is as well! WE CAN DO THIS. <3

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    2. I forgot to mention this, but about two months ago marks the first time I started reading your blog. :D

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    3. oh my gosh, it's only been two months? o.o It seems like the lovely Emily has been around forever! (in the best way. xD) I'M SO GLAD I MET YOU. <3 <3

      Random but because I'm curious and nosy, do you know how you came across my blog?

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    4. WAIT WAIT WAIT. I first started reading 1 YEAR and two months ago. Oh my, typos. xP My bad. Yes, I have been around for a lot longer than that. xD

      It's actually a neat (in a way) story how I stumbled onto the blogosphere, actually. An older friend from church had a Christian girls' blog, and I followed the profile to her and her friends' writing site. And they were hosting a blog tour for Jaye L. Knight's Half-Blood, and I got to her site. Then I found yours from there. :P

      Yes, it was late September 2015 when I started reading your blog!

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    5. Gah, another typo/mistake! Grgh.

      An older friend from church ahd a Christian girls' blog and I followed the profile of one of her COMMENTERS to get to the writing site. xD

      Oh my, me and my fumbling words. xD Ugh.

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    6. Ohhh, a year and two months makes so much more sense. XD

      That is so cool! It's always fun finding blogs through other blogs. It would be so sad to not see you hanging around the blogosphere! I'm glad you found your way on it. o.o

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  9. I seriously am not sure how I am going to write 20k more in my story. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO PLOT NEXT! I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER PANTSED LIKED THIS. I THOUGHT IT WAS A PLOTTER. WHO AM I?!

    Ok, just ignore that section. *moves on* I love that idea how you but yourself a prize. *looks up something to bribe self with*
    You have snow?! I REALLY want skme. The weather here doesn't allow us to keep it for very long, and comes at weird times. We had a snow storm in life April this last year. In the south.
    Your snippets sound AWESOME! I cant wait before you reveal more. Or get beta readers *sigh*

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    1. Oh nooo. Do you feel like you're almost done in your story?

      Go ahead and take the snow! I don't want it. xD I like living in the north, since the summers don't get terribly hot... but then I despise it once the snow comes. -.-

      Awh, thank you. :D

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    2. I just am not sure what to write next. I draw a bit of a blank when I get to the middle, but I really want this to be a novel. We'll see. It might change for the better once I can actually go back and edit. :)

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    3. Ahh, middles are always hard. -.- I feel the feel. YOU CAN DO IT.

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  10. Yas read aaaalll the Ted Dekker.

    Agh!!!! I haven't read anything aaall month!!! *distant screaming* I mean, November is DONE yet... And I finished two books that I put on hold while I did NaNo, so... BUT STILL. My brain feels shriveled. MUST GO READETH THE BOOOOKS!!!!

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    1. What's your favorite Ted Dekker book? (Or books?)

      Same. My brain will join yours in the shriveledness. xD

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    2. Such a hard question! I love Kiss probably the most rest of all things??? But Blink comes in close second... Along with Immanuel's Veins, Mortal, Forbidden (Sovereign ruined the trilogy if you ask me!) and of course the Circle trilogy is fantastic!

      Ha! I've plunged into school with a vengeance so it shall not be sad from lack of knowledge for long!

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    3. Ooh, okay. Thank you! I have THR3E from a friend, and I'm looking forward to reading that one. He just has so many books. o.o

      xD

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  11. UGH I'M ABOUT HALF-WAY DONE AND I NEED TO FINISH!!!!!

    Okay. So, I'm SUPER mad because there was a blizzard in Fargo (an hour from were I live) and it didn't snow here. WHY CAN'T THE SNOW JUST TRAVEL AN HOUR SO THAT I CAN SEE SNOW AGAIN???!!!! XD

    -Anika

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    1. YOU CAN DO IT. You still have ten days. That's plenty of time... right?

      Shhh, you don't need the snow yet. THERE WILL BE PLENTY MORE TO COME. xD

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  12. Thank you for posting the link as to where you got that mug because I was going to ask. lol. I want one!

    KEEP WRITING FRIEND! YOU GOT THIS!

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    1. YES BUY THE THING. It's so pretty. o.o

      Thank you! <3

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  13. OMW RIGHT I FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT READING. Like the TBR is about to fall on top of me and murder me but so is NaNo so basically I just have to pick which death I want. Sigh.

    But whoaaaaaaa dude your snippets though. O.O When do I get to beta read hmmm?? xP (also that aesthetic with 'em is great)

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    1. RIGHT? It's picking the lesser of the two evils and just heeelp NaNo is always just a giant month of insanity and torture. xD

      asdjkfl; THANK YOU. Ha hopefully someday it's hard to know when I'm still writing the thing xD

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  14. I just read what you said about no writing inspiration and I was like "That is so me right now." I crunched out so many words after my brain stopped wanting to that I just can't right write now. I'm so close... yet so far... from the end of my novel. I would not recommend starting Nano late then daring yourself to write everything in a week :P

    SNOW!!!! Send the snow to me!!! I love snow! I miss it so much from where I used to live!!!!

    Anyway. I'm with you in the lack of writing inspiration. Yesterday was a 0 for me too.

    BUT WE'RE ALMOST THERE!!!!! XD

    - audrey caylin
    http://audreycaylin.blogspot.com/

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    1. I think a lot of writers are struggling with motivation and inspiration right now. We've hit the NaNo blues. :P
      Also, you're insane. XD

      I'M SENDING YOU ALL THE SNOW. TAKE IT. ENJOY IT. (because I'm certainly not.)

      Mwahaha. TEN DAYS LEFT! *quietly freaks out*

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  15. I love snow!!! I don't have a writing mug...but I wish I did!

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    1. You should definitely get a writing mug! It's super awesome. :D

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  16. I'm going to try to get to 50k today...but honestly I'm super tired...I just need to finish the first half of the book today and maybe it'll be all better. *nods*

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    1. Eeek. Did you? You're shooting for 100k, right? You crazy person. xD

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    2. YAAAS GO YOU I AM SO HAPPY. *sprinkles confetti*

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  17. Ahh you are such an amazing, epic human bean <3 I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE ALREADY AT 60K LIKE WAHT YOU BOSS WOMAN. *flops* *also wishes we had snow but NO i wore sleeveless and shorts yesterday siiigh*

    You're so amazing! Keep writing!

    *runs off to write*

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    1. THANK YOUU. But honestly you're not that far behind you speedy writer you. xD

      Shorts? In November? o.o Let's trade. Please.

      *same*

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  18. My friend just gave me a new mug as a bday present and it's literally the prettiest mug everrrrrr I love mugs so much and YOURS IS SO AWESOME!!!

    Ugh, bad writing days are annoying, but hey, you made it to 60,000!! Congrats!!

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    1. Eeep that's so awesome! What does it look like?
      (I agree. MUGS ARE THE GREATEST THING EVER.)

      *dances* Thank you! <3

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  19. That first snippet tho. It's stunning. o.o

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  20. HOW ARE YOU UPSET ABOUT SNOW?? I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING TO HAVE SNOW RIGHT NOW. I miss it...

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    1. BECAUSE SNOW IS COLD AND AWFUL. :P

      *sends you snow* Take all you want. o.o

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  21. Nice post. I had a favorite mug (it was a Spider-Man mug) but sadly... it broke :( I love the cold though!

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    1. Oooh, a Spider-Man mug would be epic.

      Nooo. That's sad. I would hate to see my favorite mug break. :/

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  22. Awesome! Writing is tough sometimes but keep at it! I like your snippets. :) While I'd love to experience snow, I'd be a little confused by your weather's mood swings too. How do you go from 60 to snow?! *ahem* Keep up with the writing. ;)

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    1. Right?? I'm honestly confused as well. I just don't like it. :P

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  23. DUUUDE I'm jealous! I LOVE snow. And I have been distressed over here because warm weather keeps returning and I really just want to be able to wear leggings and hoodies and drink hot chocolate every day??? Cold weather is my fave. <3

    My NaNo novel is kind of... suffering. xD But I'm proud of the fact that I've still managed to write SOMETHING every day, even though sometimes it's only been 100 words at the most because I got stuck. But I think I'm kind of getting back on track now.

    Happy Thanksgiving [break]!! I'm kind of depressed because I graduated this year so no more holiday vacations for me. xD

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    1. Awhhh. I don't like *snow,* but I love cooler weather. Like, 50s. Not when it's below zero. :P

      Yay! Writing *something* is the key, even if it's a small word count. Go you! :D

      Awhhh. *sends chocolate* Happy Thanksgiving! <3

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  24. Um oh my gosh those snippets!! Your book sounds amazing and I really want to read it now.

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  25. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Katie. You already WON NaNo. You don't need to stress about how many words you're writing now! XD
    On another note....
    OH MY GOSH THAT MUG LIKE I NEED IT SO BAD!!! A writing mug - why have I never looked into that? I love mugs. O_O
    Also, your snippets are great and I love how you post them as like a little art thingy!! XD
    NaNoWriMo is going.... Good for the moment... I was INSANELY behind last week, but I got myself all caught up over the weekend and today I reached 75% of my goal, so I'm really excited! I'm just hoping that my three day craft this week along with Thanksgiving won't push me too far behind... O_O
    And I don't have special writing mugs, I just have mugs that I take turns with all the time. I have 2 BB-8 mugs which I'm always using... *happy sigh*
    ~Jaclynn~

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    1. I knowww I shouldn't stress BUT I'M AN OVERACHIEVER. xD

      RIGHT?! You totally need to look at all the mugs on Cait's site. They're very bookish or writerly.

      Yay!! Whoah, three day craft? Whatever could that entail? o.o

      AWH. BB-8 mugs would be the cutest thing EVER. Do you have pictures of them somewhere that I can see?

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    2. Oops! I meant three day craft FAIR... LOL! XD
      They are SO cute!! I don't think I have pictures of them, but I'm planning to do a post showcasing all of my awesome mugs, so I'll let you know when that's up so you can see them! :)
      ~Jaclynn~

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  26. I've had a rough past couple of writing days (I didn't get over 1000 for five days straight. Lowkey wanted to kill someone if we're being honest here.) But today I did a lot better, so I think I'm getting back in the groove. WE'VE GOT THIS, KATIE!!!

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    1. YAY I am so happy. Not being in the writing groove is the worst thing, honestly. I was feeling that earlier this week and asjdklf;.

      But, hey. You're a writer. Kill anyone you want. Kill hundreds of people if you want. I won't judge.

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  27. KATIE GRACE YOU WON NANO. LIKE BEFORE THE MONTH IS HALF OVER. *falls*
    We moved in the middle of November, and we haven't even gotten the computer set up yet (I'm doing basic computer stuff on my laptop...which doesn't have my files for writing on it. UGH.), so I've gotten like very, very little written this month. But I guess I was expecting that too. I mean moving and nano in the same time frame isn't such a good idea.

    BUT GOOD JOB. You are an amazing writer like wwwwwwwoooaahhieee.
    not sure what that was but yes.

    AND SNOW! We got a little last week, but I honestly wouldn't mind a blizzard on Monday night so I don't have to go back to school. Or even during Thanksgiving break. (OOH YES and also congrats on hitting 200 followers on GFC!!!! *bakes a cake* THAT'S SO AWESOME I'M SO EXCITED AHH! I've literally been stuck with the same amount all year like I don't know what I'm doing wrong XD)

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  28. Did you align your music to the days? 21 Pilots on day 21? ;)

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