Thursday, June 30, 2016

Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow and this is me panicking.

I've done NaNoWriMo four years in a row, but I've never done Camp NaNoWriMo before. I guess I didn't know too much about it, and I was kind of put off about being in a cabin.

But I need to finish my WIP. Desperately.

I've been working on this same story since NaNo 2014. It's time to hammer out Part 3 so I can stick it in editing and start on something fresh.

Speaking of fresh, I've got another story idea that has been eating at me, so I might bounce back and forth a little if I get stuck.

I'm keeping my word count at half the normal goal: 25,000. That's only like 800 words a day. If it takes me longer than that to finish this thing, then there will have to be some major cutting. It's already over 100,000 words.

I think I've decided to be randomly sorted into a cabin (although I found out that cabins are completely optional!). And funny story: my husband came up to me last weekend and this was basically our conversation:

Husband: So what is Camp NaNoWriMo? Where do you go? You're staying in a cabin?
Me: *giggles*
Husband: Why haven't you told me about this?
Me, after another round of giggles: It's a virtual camp. They're virtual cabins. 

ALSO. I have created a new Twitter account solely for all things NaNoWriMo. Follow me @emilynanos !

And see my past covers and ramblings about NaNoWriMo here.

Is anyone else out there doing Camp? What's your word goal? How did you choose your cabin? Have you ever done Camp before? DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE?

currently listening to: Ode to Sleep by twenty one pilots

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

a happy adoption day letter to our Rex.

Dear Furry Puddin',

One year ago, your papa and I drove 3 1/2 hours to Kansas City to see about adopting a dog named Chester. We instead came home with you, and it was one of the best things that has ever happened to us.

We've learned a lot about you in the past year. You just had your 8th birthday, for starters. You still love walks and belly rubs and can't wait until we take your collar off at night. It took us forever to find toys that you like, but we have since figured out that you prefer toys that look like animals. Your favorite is the hedgehog.


It's also been a difficult year. It seems that you've had one health issue after the other. You have had constant digestion problems since we got you, then you got hurt in November, you bit your grandpa, and you tore your ACL last month. You're the pickiest eater I know; we have to buy you the most expensive kibble and mix in boiled chicken and you still won't eat it sometimes. Your gas could kill a grown man; you don't get along with children or other animals; you can't get examined or your nails trimmed without having to be muzzled.

But you also love to snuggle. You get so excited when we get home, and you hate to see us leave. You keep me company when your papa is gone; without you, I'd have to go almost a whole summer without any company. You don't like my singing but will tolerate it. You knock on doors when you want to come inside or outside. You love to roll around on the living room rug. You stayed in my office last night to watch me do yoga.


Your love for the outdoors has made me more active. Your timidness has made me calmer. Your happiness has made me happy. Your love has made me love.

We didn't choose you, Rex; you chose us.
And you've made our family whole.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

in remembrance of Christina Grimmie

Dear Christina,

I haven't known what to say, because every time I start to write something, it ends up being about me. "I've been a fan since..."  "I never even got to see her perform..." "I looked up to her growing up..." etc.

But it's not about me.

You were a beautiful person, Christina. I know I didn't really know you, but I feel like I did. That's how great you were to your fans. Your voice was my favorite in the world, but your heart was even more beautiful. Nobody deserves what happened to you, but you were the one that deserved it the least.

The world is darker without you.



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Snehal // Graduation Photos


I'm so thankful that Snehal graduated with me this semester. She's been an amazing friend during our time at S&T. We entered the technical communication and GTA program at the same time, so we got to experience it all together. She's so caring and was always there to listen to my rants or take over my class if I had to go somewhere. And she also wrote a pretty amazing thesis. It's been a great time getting to know her these past two years. =)

P.S. Please take me to India next time you visit.