08 January 2008 @ 01:02 am
Chris Baty explains it best:

Dear Brave NaNoWriMo Participant,

Okay. The holidays are over, and it's time to get back to work.

Not actual work, mind you. Forget that. After NaNoWriMo, we all deserve at least another month before we head back to our cubicles and classrooms. Your bosses and teachers will understand.

No, I'm talking about exciting work. I'm talking about the fact that there's a beautiful new year on the horizon, and it's time for us to get up to a beautiful new kind of trouble together. Which is why I'm writing to invite you to take part in NaNoWriMo's second annual Big, Fun, Scary Adventure Challenge.

The Challenge works like this: All of us come up with a list of things that we've long dreamed about doing, making, or being. These can be hard-nosed acts of practical skill-acquisition, such as becoming a ninja and learning to kill people with our eyebrows. Or they can be fantastical notions such as going back to school and getting a degree in business administration.

The adventuresome path or paths you choose are completely up to you. Last year, some BFS participants used the challenge to complete a revision of their NaNoWriMo novels and write their first scripts through Script Frenzy. But many of ventured farther afield. We finally learned to speak some Spanish (that was me). We took classes in watercolor painting, started blogs, and learned to tango. We mended fences with estranged family members, explored the Amazon in dugout canoes, hiked the Great Wall of China, and made daunting leaps from soul-snuffing jobs to careers closer to our hearts.

To take part in the challenge, you just need to post at least one big, fun, or scary goal for yourself in this forum. Then, come January 1, we'll roll up our sleeves, pack a lunch and a change of underwear, and set out into the big, fun, scary unknown together.

We'll use this BFS forum to post reports on our progress and setbacks, locate fellow adventurers who can help us reach our goals, and generally whoop it up in true Office of Letters and Light fashion as we move a few items on our lifetime to-do lists from "someday" to "done that."

Also, our great moderators Sammy and Mortaine have set up helpful Resources threads for all sorts of goals. If you need any advice or just want to chat about your adventures in those specific domains, please post there! And if you're an expert in any of those areas, please drop by and offer your insight and encouragement!

Anyone who completes at least one of their adventures before December 31, 2008 will a glowing Big, Fun, Scary Adventure Challenge winner's certificate to remind them of their feat. To claim your certificate, just email tavia@nanowrimo.org with "BFS 2008 Winner" in the subject line. We'll have the certificates ready to email out at the end of 2008. If you were a 2007 winner and haven't gotten your certificate yet, just send Tavia an email with "BFS 2007 Winner" in the subject line.

What will you attempt in 2008? I can't wait to find out.


As for myself, my goals for 2008 are:
  • complete a mail order Klingon course
  • completely rehaul and reorganize my room, getting rid of the many, many, many old things and making way for the many, many, many newer ones
  • volunteer for a non-profit project/organization
  • find 10 things my brother and I have in common
  • stop automatically turning people down when they call to invite me out
  • win NaNoWriMo this year
  • visit at least 90% of the museums in Houston and Humble
  • make a collage
  • make a skirt
  • vote
  • buy two pairs of brown shoes
  • do something semi-permanent and spontaneous to my hair
  • document everything I eat as part of my little social experiment
  • visit my friend in Austin before semester's end

Also, I'd like to take this time to pimp [livejournal.com profile] megan_eating, a new lj I started out as a bit of an experiment. After watching countless shows on the Discovery Health channel about fat people I realized that one of the main things I heard leaving their mouths was, "I just never realized how much I was eating" or something to that extent. Therefore, I have created a theory--that by paying attention to what we stick in our mouths and shove down our stomachs, we can see how poorly we treat our bodies and can therefore take the first step to becoming healthy. So....for the next year, I will be documenting my every culinary move in a weird kind of social experiment so that I can see if it indeed works. I hope that by recording everything I eat, I see exactly how it is I am eating unhealthily rather than just that I am. Hopefully, this will help enable me to be healthier and to take better care of my body. Please share this idea with your friends blah blah blah and try it yourself--you'd be surprised at what you eat (insert more inspirational and guilt-making words).


Slight Rant + OMG DRAMORZ!!!! )
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04 December 2007 @ 08:41 pm
So I got my stitches removed today....BUT THERE IS STILL A HOLE ON MY RIGHT SIDE. I don't know if the doctor dude just didn't notice or if he didn't care or if it's not important....but still....THERE IS A HOLE IN MY SIDE!!!!!


I got home and asked mom to put some gauze or whatever on the sore spots because I didn't want my clothes rubbing...AND THEN I SAW THAT I HAD A HOLE. Isn't that what the stitches were supposed to fix?!?!!?

On the bright side, my left side seems to be okay.

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In a few minutes, National Novel Writing Month 2007 will be over. Yet another chance at reaching 50,000 will have slipped through my fingers. I had felt so confident that I could reach my goal this year, and I'm not insanely angry or anything that I've not reached my goal (I did have a "valid" reason) but...

I don't know...

I had just been doing so well; I had been so confident that I would complete my novel this year. Looking back, I feel a bit of regret I'm not going to win this year. I mean, I am going to finish it...but I'm not going to touch it until after I get done with finals and everything. I want to have it done by the end of January...it's just so strange. I had been so close, and now it's just slipped through my fingers. I'm vaguely disappointed.

BAH! But I'm returning to school on Monday. Blech...maybe that's what's got me in such a state.

I just...I can't get over the fact that in a few hours it's going to be December. December! December, and I'm still wearing short skirts and light cardigans. December, and I'm leaving my house sans bright red pea coat. December, and I have yet to pull out my weird pseudo-Himalayan hat with the huge pom on the top. December!

I remember when I was a child and we would all be clad in coats long before Thanksgiving. I remember as a child, worrying about being too cold when I went trick-or-treating. I remember when I was really young and the whole city froze over and dad and Chaney and I played outside all day in the ice.

I remember two years ago when Sophie (and most of the population) was able to wear shorts on Christmas Day.

I miss the way things used to be.

Also, I think I may be Bennett's only friend. I thought it was kind of weird that he was at the hospital everyday when I was there...but then he started showing up at my house too. It turns out he's having some family troubles and I'm the only one (besides his shrink) that he feels comfortable talking with about it. I don't mind helping people out with their problems...but you can't honestly expect me to be on call all day everyday. I kind of want to tell him he needs to suck it up and just accept that his parents do not see things the way he does and that he's living under their roof and so he doesn't have a say in that but then I feel bad. I mean, I have this great social network filled with family and friends that I can rely on...he has no one.

But I just CANNOT deal with constantly having to counsel him at all hours. Normally people get paid a lot do this stuff, but here I am, doing it for free for someone I'm not even that close to. And it's not like I hate him...I'm just not that great of friends with him.

Also, today I discovered there exists a Geek magazine. That's the actual name of it. Geek. I love it. I think I'm going to subscribe.

Ah, but onto today. TODAY. I went out today. And not only did I go out, I DROVE. My mom and I went to the mall (!) and then we went to Blockbuster and then we went home. I'm just so ecstatic that I went out today.

Haha...and Beth makes me laugh. And I need some yarn for the amigurumi I want to give out. ♥~
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01 July 2007 @ 10:53 am
Me old Arthur-itis )

My poor li'l finger... )

Deathly Hallows )

Steam punk v.s. Lolita )

Freddy )

Order of the Phoenix )

Meta mocha bloomers )
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02 March 2007 @ 02:55 pm
So I've been craving a lot of tuna lately. Like, A LOT of tuna. I mean, seriously, I've been eating it several times a day. Yesterday I had some for lunch, some for a snack when I got home (on top of the six glasses of water), and then a can of tuna for dinner. Now, I've heard that when people have a deficiency of some kind, they tend to crave certain foods, so I set out to find out about what sort of health benefits are in store for those tuna-obsessed freaks who hide their closet tuna love. Here's what I found:

    Tuna contains:
  • protein

  • selenium

  • magnesium

  • potassium

  • niacin

  • vitamin B1

  • vitamin B6

  • omega-3 fatty acids

    In addition to this, tuna:
  • promotes cardiovascular health

  • increases heart rate variability

  • lowers triglycerides

  • prevents stroke

  • protects against heart arrhythmia

  • protects against heart attacks

  • protects against pulmonary embolism

  • prevents obsesity

  • protects against asthma

  • protects against sunburn

  • reduces hostility

  • protects against cancer

  • protects against leukemia

  • protects against kidney cancer

  • protects against dry eyes

  • protects agains alzheimer's

  • All this information can be found here [link]

    And now, I'm all tuna-obsessed. Sadly, I'm out of tuna and I lack the means necessary to obtain such a godly meat. *tear*
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