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Tina - 4-18-2014 at 06:47 AM

Hey, what's up!?

Welcome to the Teen Lounge's chat thread, better known as Procrastination Black Hole. Here you can talk about your novels, complain about schoolwork and family, fanboy/girl to your hearts content, and get to know your fellow JulNo'ers.

Have fun and happy writing! :)

Babbling Brooke - 4-20-2014 at 02:19 AM

Hello! How is everyone?

For those who don't know, I'm Brooke. This will be my fourth year participating in JulNo. I generally write fantasy, because life is always better when you can turn someone into a newt. I've yet to actually finish a novel, but there's a first for everything.

I have no clue what I'm writing yet. I feel like college has killed my will to write. I still have ideas, but I haven't written a single thing since last August. Let's hope this writer's block goes away as summer comes.

Aurora517 - 4-30-2014 at 12:53 AM

Hey, nice to meet you Brooke. I'm Aurora and this will be my second year participating Julno (although my first was a few years ago). I'm 18 and live in New Zealand, and currently am having a gap year. I mainly write fantasy. I don't know what I'm writing for Julno yet, however I do around have my main character planned out.

Imperatrix Xoco - 5-17-2014 at 03:12 AM

Hi again, Brooke! I feel you about college. :/ It hasn't totally killed my writing, but the past couple of months have brought me to a total halt on both my WIPs.

Nice to meet you, Aurora! :D I have no clue what I'm doing for JulNo either...

EDIT: Er, I should introduce myself, shouldn't I? I'm Taylor. I'm 19 and this is my sixth (maybe seventh?) year of JulNo. Last year I fell just a bit short of my 100k goal because I resolved the novel around at around 85k a couple days early and didn't feel like forcing another 15k out of myself. :P

There's not much else to tell about me, I'm afraid. Outside of writing, I'm hugely enthused about reading, philosophy, dead languages, and vintage dresses.

[Edited on 5-17-2014 by Imperatrix Xoco]

Melange - 5-17-2014 at 05:11 PM

Hey, it's nice to see you're back, Taylor! And so early!

I just wanted to ask how you're doing in college. Is it fun? In case you don't know, that should be the time where you procrastinate from studying by getting drunk, embarrassing yourself and doing silly things. Then you return to writing to incorporate those experiences into your novels.
XD

[Edited on 5-17-2014 by Melange]

Babbling Brooke - 5-18-2014 at 05:02 PM

Hey, Impy! It's nice to see you again.

I got drunk once. I hated it. I mean, it was fun for a moment, until everything decided to come back. I feel like I have more fun sober. Yes, I'm a stick in the mud.

College is fun! I've made new friends and all that good stuff. I love the freedom that comes with being in college. Having to be a self-motivator was a struggle, and it showed in my grades. Oh well, better luck next year.

I have a bit better of an idea as to what I'm writing about. I want to set a portal fantasy (think Narnia, or possibly Alice in Wonderland) in a college setting. I'm also going to make a girl MC who's really girly but still an accomplished fighter.

[Edited on 5-18-2014 by Babbling Brooke]

Imperatrix Xoco - 5-21-2014 at 02:26 AM

I haven't been drunk yet! I've been buzzed, but not properly drunk. The drinking age here is twenty-one, so it's a little harder to engage in those sort of thing recreationally. :P I am going to rectify that this summer, though, under the guise of being a writer collecting experiences and not a kid who just likes wine a lot.

Mel: I know! I'm usually wandering in late as heck. x) I guess I decided to attempt to get my act together early this year.

College for me is going excellently. I just finished up my first year last week, and I'm off for the whole summer. It's a bit bizarre, but I'm good with it.

Brooke: I love the college freedom too. It's so odd being at home again, just because I can't wander out somewhere at one AM without disturbing my parents/having to drive/needing real pants because I don't live on campus anymore what.

Your idea sounds cool. I really like how you're planning to have a character who's both feminine AND a badass. People always act like those are independent functions, and they're totally not.

Melange - 5-21-2014 at 04:14 AM

Collecting experiences is an excellent excuse. The advantage of hanging out with people who get wasted regularly is you hear a lot of silly and hilarious stories. I totally recommend it! Although I'm not sure where the line lies between tipsy and properly drunk. I tend to stop when I can't walk straight anymore...

Well, let's see if your early return amounts to anything! :P

*sneaks out of the teens thread*

Babbling Brooke - 5-25-2014 at 10:00 PM

I was scrolling through this and I saw that someone was online. I got excited, then realized it was me. *faceplam*

What's everyone writing this year? Have you started planning?

I'm probably gonna work on a college portal fantasy. I know the general direction it's going in. June will be spent planning out as much as I can.

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 5-28-2014 at 05:28 PM

Hello everyone! It's so good to see everyone back (because I'm that weird kid who hangs around all winter to see if anyone will stop by, but then school killed me just when Tina started the thread again).

So, uh, introductions, yeah? I'm Sky. This will be my fourth (?) JulNo, and I'm toning it down a bit from last year. While 100k was fun and challenging, I have too much summer work for school to do something like that to myself. I'm going to be 17 by the time July rolls around, which is scary, and other than that I have nothing of interest to say about myself.

I'm excited for July, but I also want June to take its time in passing.

sadies-way-home - 5-28-2014 at 06:30 PM

Hey everyone! School has sapped my ability to write anything other than essays about Hamlet, so I totally feel y'all. I have zero ideas.

(Although I get out of school for the summer tomorrow, and last year I had a dream the night before my last day that I ended up using as the plot for my JulNo novel, so let's see what happens tonight.)

(remembers I should introduce self) Um. Hey guys! I'm Sadie. This is my fourth JulNo and I'm aiming to actually win for the first time this year (though I've gotten to 40+K the past two years.) I'm 16 and I'm from middle-of-nowhere suburban/rural New Jersey, so with nothing to do in my town, I started writing. Outside of that and school, I am far too interested in theatre (particularly musical), movies, and TV.

rowena - 6-1-2014 at 06:28 PM

Hi everyone! :D

for the introduction part - I'm Rowena (or Ro), 19, this is my fourth year doing JulNo (hard to believe it but true!)

I feel everyone about the college/school sapping the will to write thing...I haven't completely stopped writing, bc I ended up in a creative writing class both fall and spring semester (the second one was application-based and I was surprised I got in so yay) but they were short stories/poetry based so I'm verrrry out of practice on writing long anything. Also, both classes (esp. the one in the spring) ended up being kind of (or very) frustrating, bc of the kind of ppl who were in the class, so I'm very on the fence about if I want to pursue studying creative writing in college :/ (I could now, bc I've completed the main req for the major, but don't know if I want to continue to the other reqs.)

Anyway...I don't know what I'm doing for JulNo, and tbh I wasn't planning on doing JulNo at all this year, but I think I need some fun no-pressure writing and to do something fun for myself this summer, bc somehow I ended up having like no free time all year :P I feel like I should continue the WIP I've done the last two summers, bc it still needs revision, but I'm not feeling that so I don't know if I'll try to do my other project from last year or something new...I've got nothing planned but maybe I'll pants it...probably not going to do fantasy either...

Anyway that was a long introduction but it's great to see everyone again! (well, you know what I mean :P)

(Also Taylor I feel you re: not being able to go anywhere now that I'm home again...I'm used to getting in at like 12 or 1 and there's nothing to do that late now that I'm home and I'm just like O.o)

Acciobrooms - 6-8-2014 at 02:10 PM

Heyo everyone, I'm Grace, this is my second year of doing JulNoWriMo and I hope that it goes as well as it went last year. But you never really know so we'll wait and see how everything goes.

I know exactly what I'm doing for JulNoWriMo, I've had the idea now for a while and I only needed the push to get to it and to start writing the story so JulNoWriMo is going to be great for that. I might do another story as well if I can get to 50K for the first one but again, we'll see how everything goes.

July is going to be one very long month for me full of stuff to keep me busy.

leahw1195 - 6-13-2014 at 01:05 PM

Hi Everyone! I'm Leah. I've done Julno before under the name of AngelofAerlois. I'm 19, going into my sophomore year of college. I've never won JulNo and normally become bored of my subject matter, but this time I'm writing based off of my summer job, so I shouldn't run out of inspiration. I'm really excited because this is the first time I'll have time to actually write during the summer.

Midnightindigo - 6-21-2014 at 12:25 PM

Well hello there! I've been meaning to see if you all were here for a while.

I'm Megan, aka Indy. I'm 19, and this is my fifth JulNo. I'm gonna be a sophomore in college in Boston in the fall, and I loved my first year but I agree that it did in fact sap my writing motivation--mostly because writing is my cure for boredom and I was rarely bored. However, I'm a screenwriting major, and I'm taking my first writing for tv class next semester, which basically means I get to write fanfiction for class. (WHOO SPEC SCRIPTS.)

I write almost exclusively fantasy, and I love superhero movies, quality television, and comfy sweaters.

I'm writing the second (and possibly third) novel in my fantasy series, and we'll see how far I get past 50k. I hope to actually maintain a progress thread this year but we'll see how well that goes.

I have also only been buzzed at most, but I do love just drinking wine. (And champagne but as you might imagine it's far and in between with college students.)

I'm just gonna post this and see how much I need to update my signature.

EDIT: Well what do ya know, I don't technically have to update my signature at all. I should though. We'll see.

[Edited on 6-21-2014 by Midnightindigo]

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 6-23-2014 at 01:31 PM

Considering that we're about 7 days from the end of June, this place is pretty dead. I hope it doesn't remain that way all through July. That would be sad.

In other news, I think I finally know what I'm writing this year. I had an idea before, but wasn't really excited about it. Then came volunteering as a tutor at summer school this morning, which basically means sitting there for four hours without anything to do. I wrote about 9 pages of random things and got some ideas down, and now I'm excited.

Midnightindigo - 6-23-2014 at 03:03 PM

That's what I was thinking all weekend. Come back, guys!

Yay, that's great, Sky! I spent Saturday plotting out the first novel I'm writing for July and have concluded that it needs more. I think I have a way to do it, but I'm not sure about it. Also, I was talking to my mom and she suggested that I just skip the second book and write the third first, and I think I might do that, since currently book 3 has a lot more substance.

But also if I can get the beginning down, I might be able to do both! That's my goal, anyway. I'm hoping to write two novels this month, and maybe a third in August. But I go back to school the second week of August because I'm working on orientation stuff, so once I get there everything's gonna get way busier.

This has made me think maybe I should start writing now...I may do that.

rowena - 6-23-2014 at 07:42 PM

I've been checking back waiting for ppl to be on this thread for like, over a week and there was no one and it was making me sad D:

Also still not sure if I'm doing JulNo this year or not...I'm vacillating back and forth between "the best way to get excited about writing again is to just write!!" and "I should probably just work on revising the short stories I didn't work on much during the school year so I can apply to workshops for the spring" :P because I told myself I was going to do that this summer...not to mention that I'm working during July (only July) from 9-4 Mon-Fri and would like to have some free time during the month, have no idea what to write (except for another rewrite of the same novel ye gods), and am going to be out of town visiting my girlfriend for the first 5 days of July and would rather not start off behind OR spend a lot of time writing during the only week I'm seeing her this summer...*sigh*

If anyone has any suggestions that would be helpful :/ (I'm sure y'all are gonna say I should do it but still...suggestions appreciated :P )

I'm about to go back and read everything I wrote last summer, which is the first part of rewrite 1 of my novel, and see if I could feasibly pick up from there/start rewrite 2 from the beginning...we'll see...

Midnightindigo - 6-24-2014 at 02:20 AM

DO BOTH. I'm doing a rewrite of a novel and (hopefully) revising an old novel! Plus I think hours are picking up so I'll be working more and my roommate's coming for a week during SDCC. (Also like SDCC in itself haha.) But anyway. We can cry together!

I'm hoping to also do a drawing everyday during July (and starting now) of either scenes from my novels or scenes from books. I did one just now and I made myself sad.

(I often make myself sad.)

I think I might sleep now and just draw some more in the morning; I also have to finish an application for a school thing I want to do next year and start my progress thread because I've decided I'm gonna start writing 1.7k a day tomorrow.

I'm insane and I fully accept that title.

rowena - 6-24-2014 at 09:35 AM

Indy, I just...good luck. Good luck with all of that.

I don't know yet if I can commit myself to the insanity, but I wish you the best of luck!

Midnightindigo - 6-24-2014 at 11:20 AM

Thanks haha. I don't know how well everything will go, but I'm very determined.

(Also if you think that's insane then you should see everything I'm trying to do next semester.)

sadies-way-home - 6-24-2014 at 02:32 PM

I have been awkwardly waiting for this place to revive itself. I'm glad it seems to be starting. We were pretty crazy all throughout June last year IIRC.

I'm filling out a character map for my MC today. Compared to the 9 pages of planning I had before JulNo last year, I'm doing really horribly with my planning this year. Thankfully my plot is a little more tightly-focused than last year's and it's a rewrite of an old story, so I already have a pretty good idea of where I'm going.

Indy: how was your first year of college? I'm coming to Boston to do some college visits in the fall!

Midnightindigo - 6-24-2014 at 04:10 PM

It was amazing, Sadie! And that's awesome! Boston is prettiest in the fall. <3 Which schools are you looking at? What are you looking at studying/majoring in? COME TOUR EMERSON!

(I love my school, in case no one knew this. It is actually my favorite place.)

Okay, progress thread. Most important.

thebluedinosaur - 6-24-2014 at 05:09 PM

Hi, all! I think people here call me Dino? Regardless, I've done JulNo casually the past two or three years (actually, all but one of them were the same novel, rewritten)

I can't actually decide if I'm going to do JulNo properly this year, because I recently figured out a way to rework a novel I've been rewriting for three years (I mean, it's changed dramatically every year, but still), but I... have no outline or anything. And July is in six days. D: I can probably work something out? But it's so soon. Ugh. I can't decide.

Midnightindigo - 6-24-2014 at 05:30 PM

It is never too late to start (or win) a WriMo, until 11:59 on the last day of the month. (I have learned this from Tina repeatedly.) <3

sadies-way-home - 6-24-2014 at 05:37 PM

Indy I'M GOING TO TOUR EMERSON BECAUSE IT'S LIKE MY DREAM SCHOOL. when I come we should totally meet up or something. As for majors, English or creative writing, ideally, but I also want to get an education certification so I can be a teacher. I've got a long list because there are SO MANY SCHOOLS in the area, but I'm going to make a point to see schools like Wellesley and BU and Northeastern. My brother also wants to look at MIT, and one of my best friends is going to be a freshman there next year so I'm going to see her too.

Progress? Psh. The Law and Order SVU marathon on USA Network right now is more important than progress.

thebluedinosaur - 6-24-2014 at 07:45 PM

ENGLISH MAJORS! I'm going into my third year at university and I'm an English major, as well. :) It's a lot of fun! (Though I've only actually had this major for a semester; before I was psychology and, briefly, political science. What a mistake that was.)

Midnightindigo - 6-25-2014 at 03:07 AM

YES OMG we should meet up. I wouldn't be able to give much of a tour (mostly because a) I am not a tour guide and am not allowed to take people some places (I tried to give a tour this past semester to a friend and because it was a Saturday there were a lot of things that weren't open that I didn't have permission to open myself) and b) I am terrible with showing people around things that are geared toward their specific major that isn't visual/media arts, which is my program--I'm super involved in the television aspect and it's my favorite thing, but not many people are interested haha) but I can show you good places to go in Boston and we could totally meet up for coffee or something!

Oh also, I started my progress report and changed the link in my signature, so if you'd like to follow it the link is there!

sadies-way-home - 6-25-2014 at 10:56 AM

YAYYYYYY

I woke up at 7 AM today (which is really early for me in the summer) and I never fell back to sleep. I have been staring at the same section of my character map for the past ten minutes. I need to take a nap.

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 6-28-2014 at 12:09 AM

People, July is scarily close. Just figured I would throw that out there. And yet this place is dead. Which is saddening and mildly concerning. Have our numbers fallen, or are they just too busy to show up?

Anyway, I'm glad that most everyone seems to be hammering out what they're going to do. Progress can't really go astray. I was going to say something else here, but I don't remember and also need sleep. Here's to hopefully seeing more of you on here before July sneaks up on us all.

Emery Lyss - 6-28-2014 at 09:53 PM

Wow Wow wowww. People are still here I used to talk to why back in I don't even remember when! I know everybody is probably still super busy but I'd like to hear from you all.

I'm trying to finish my NaNo from last November this July, so I thought I'd pop back in here!

I am Emery for those who do not know me, and I'm excited to hopefully have some awesome writing buddies again.

<3 <3 <3

Edit: Oh a quick introduction. I'm also in college... Just finished my third year as a double major in Studio Art and Psychology. I have one more semester and I graduate in December. Whew. My favorite thing besides writing is painting ^^

[Edited on 6-29-2014 by Emery Lyss]

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 6-28-2014 at 11:09 PM

Emery! I thought you'd gone and left us forever! But now you're back! (Hopefully the rest of the group manage to wander back in by the time the next few days are over. It's been quiet around here, sadly.)

Emery Lyss - 6-29-2014 at 11:51 AM

Haha, my life's been different lately. But I wouldn't ever give up writing, and I love all of you of course :*

I hope to see everyone back as well!

Babbling Brooke - 6-29-2014 at 12:21 PM

Emery and Dino! Long time, no see!

So many english majors. I'd love to major in it, but I couldn't handle the insecurity of that job market. Hence why I'm a business/accounting major. And I like math. Shh, don't tell anyone.

I'm no longer sure if I'm doing JulNo. I'm away from home while I babysit a special needs cousin of mine, and it's going to take up a whole two months. The only way I could get writing in is to wake up early and stay up late. I kinda want to try it just to see if I can.

I have no clue what I'd write, though. I may do so anime fanfiction, seeing as it's those characters that run through my head as of late. Maybe some song fics as well. I don't feel like pushing myself to write a full out story this year. Just gonna write whatever comes to me. JulNo rebel all the way.

We are two days out from JulNo. Two. Days.

Midnightindigo - 6-29-2014 at 01:16 PM

Brooke don't say such scary things.

Emery:


Oh man I missed you guys!

I've been super busy the last few days (I'm finally watching A:TLA for the first time ever and we marathoned the second half of season two and I'M STILL EMOTIONAL) but I HAVE NOW RETURNED!

I need to plot my second novel before July, or I'm gonna end up stuck. I was also having problems at work yesterday because I couldn't remember the name of it.

Babbling Brooke - 6-29-2014 at 01:44 PM

I'll try not to scare you again. XD

How's your major? Is it something that you enjoy? What's it like? You're the first legit film major I've met.

Midnightindigo - 6-29-2014 at 01:54 PM

Haha thanks. Also I forgot to mention it but I support Wrimo-rebelling!

It's awesome! I've been more involved with television than film at my school because the television orgs are THE BOMB DOT COM but I love all of it, to be honest. I've worked on a ridiculous amount of tv crews this past year and I'm producing a show next year and possibly a film if it gets approved and I AM SO EXCITED. It's so much fun and I love doing it.

Babbling Brooke - 6-29-2014 at 01:57 PM

That sounds really cool! And it's great that you're getting hands-on experience this early on. And that you have a major that you like. I've seen a bunch of people have issues with that.

Midnightindigo - 6-29-2014 at 02:38 PM

I know I was a little worried about that, since more than likely if I found out I hated my major I'd have to change schools (although the other things I want to learn about are also majors at my school; I'm interested in super random stuff haha) but luckily it wasn't a problem! :D

Emery Lyss - 6-29-2014 at 03:24 PM

Indy!!!! BRooke!!! Hugs all around!! <3 <3

Brooke: You just write whatever you want. Do it do it do it! It's better to try then to not try at all. ^^

Indy: omg, dude, I also just started season 2 of A;tLA with my boyfriend. It's been my favorite show since like... it started airing, and we've owned every episode on DVD since they came out on DVD. I used to re-watch the series every year, but I didn't last year because I was sooo busy. But then, my bf and I just passed 1 year together and I was like... Why have I not forced him to watch this yet? He'd never seen it. By the end of season 1 he was hooked, just as planned.

Is everybody here like in their first year of college?? I feel so old that I'm almost done...

sadies-way-home - 6-29-2014 at 03:59 PM

when did this get so active again

Hey Guys!

Emery I'm still in high school. I don't think we've met, I'm Sadie. Hi. :)

Emery Lyss - 6-29-2014 at 04:45 PM

Hi Sadie! Nice to meet you. When I joined here I was in high school, too... It was the summer after my first NaNoWriMo.
I think I've only done JulNo twice since then, but have managed to complete every NaNoWriMo for all 5 years that I participated. My plans for the summer are to finish last year's and the year before's NaNo (both sitting at about halfway completion).

I'm not in love with them right now... They're both in that stage where as a writer you think "What am I doing? what have I done? This SUCKS" but you got to push through it.

I'm also interested in editing my NaNo from 3 years back... it's been on my mind a little, but I don't want to take on too many projects and just focus on one at a time, so as not to get confused and blur the stories together.

Babbling Brooke - 6-29-2014 at 05:17 PM

Emery: I'll be starting my sophomore year at the end of August.

Congrats on the boyfriend! I don't think you had one of those last time you were here.

Midnightindigo - 6-29-2014 at 06:22 PM

Yeah, Emery, you're only two years ahead! That's not bad. And I'd never seen A:TLA either! So now I have and I'm in a lot of pain.

I've been planning my second novel, we'll see how that goes. I need to make a list of things that I need to accomplish during the course of this book because that's been my problem for the moment. I'm not sure what besides the main plot I need to reach by the end.

Also I need to go to church and then I need to clean my room. And I went to this Italian thing today and I was worried it was gonna be terrible (and like it partially was cuz I knew basically no one and therefore only talked to Lizard and a few other relatives who were there), but the desserts were amazing so I'm content. ^_^

Emery Lyss - 6-29-2014 at 08:42 PM

Haha, thanks Brooke! Yeah he is a new development in my life since I've hung around here, and probably the reason I didn't participate in last year's JulNo... We had JUST started dating.

Good to know I'm not THAT old. I'm at that stage where I constantly flip flop between wow I'm so old and wow I'm still a baby. Hah.

Indy: Desserts are always good... I'm really picky about them though, because I usually feel sick after most desserts (I have a super sensitive stomach) so it has to be AWESOME for me to risk the stomach aches. Or Ice Cream, I'm always willing to hurt for some ice cream. <3
Desserts are healing for emotional pain though! (pain induced by AtLA??? If you think the pain is bad now, wait until season 3).

Midnightindigo - 6-29-2014 at 08:48 PM

I feel that about the age thing, but it's more existential crisis-y. I don't know where I belong. WHAT DO I DO AT LARGE PARTIES? Hence why I talked to no one today lol.

My friends claimed the end of the second season (like the string of episodes right after the Library) are the most emotional just cuz it's pain after pain after pain haha. But considering season 3 is the end, I'm sure it'll be a roller coaster.

Italian desserts are my fave ever, so I'm always down for Italian desserts haha.

Emery Lyss - 6-29-2014 at 08:52 PM

My roommates last year used to throw parties in our apartment like 3 times a week and I pretty much just locked myself in my room every time. I'm not the one to ask about what to do at parties hah.

And that's true!! Totally accurate. The end of season two is just ow ow ow ow. Season 3 has both awesome happy points and painful points, and some parts that are somehow both pain and joy at once, but it cycles through the highs and the lows so fast you just cry the whole time. (or maybe that's just me?)

Are you Italian? Or do you just like Italian food? Either way, cool!

Midnightindigo - 6-29-2014 at 08:57 PM

Haha I know I've definitely hiddin in my room during socializing on many occasions.

I'm sure that'll be me too; we're planning to do the whole season in a day so pain is coming.

I'm half Italian! Both my mother's parents were born in Sicily. :D

I HAVE FIGURED OUT WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN BY THE END OF THIS NOVEL HOORAY
Oh actually I think I'm missing one character whoops. Two characters, actually.

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 6-29-2014 at 09:25 PM

Yay life! The people have returned!

I'm with Sadie- still in high school. But that doesn't make you old. Until the end of last year, Tina was still an active part of this forum, so you all still have some time left before you're allowed to feel awkward on here.

Desserts are yummy. And go quite nicely with A:TLA. I watched it for the first time three years ago and loved it. It didn't make me cry, but then again, it's very rare that anything does.

Indy: YAY! PROGRESS! (If you can't fit them in to that ending, I fear some measures may have to be taken. Measures that might lower the amount of people in the novel by the end.) I'm sure you'll figure everything out eventually.

Midnightindigo - 6-29-2014 at 09:38 PM

Sky, I tend to be pretty stoic about things, but I was pretty close to crying over A:TLA haha (probably would've done, but the boy kept looking back and forth between me and the tv to see my reaction and it was making me giggle).

I can't take any of the characters out! They're all vital to the story, or at least I need them there for other things. The problem is that I have an established cast from the first book, but now I don't know what to do with some of them after book one. I'll figure it out though. There's lots to be done. I need to figure out how I'm getting to the end though, which will always be the problem.

EDIT: Guys I went running. I actually did exercise. It was like a mile, but I did it. (And the most amazing part is that I actually enjoyed it slightly!)

[Edited on 6-30-2014 by Midnightindigo]

Babbling Brooke - 6-30-2014 at 08:29 AM

Indy: "It was like a mile." Psh, that's a major accomplishment. You know how much I ran yesterday? Zero. Zero everything.

I'm having trouble remembering what happened in A:TLA in terms of seasons. Once I've seen all of something, it's all one big story and it's not split up in my head. So I know what happened, just not when it happened.

Nickelodeon needs to hurry up and put the new Legend of Korra up on their site. I'm getting impatient.

Looks like I will have time to write during the day. The baby takes a lot of naps, and there aren't many chores to do. In other news, I woke up at 6 because I was told the baby wakes up around 6:30. Turns out it wasn't until about 7:30. Not that I'm complaining. He needs his sleep. Though it was a bit odd sitting in the living room all by myself waiting for everyone else to be up. XD

I'm really leaning towards doing some song fics for JulNo. I've heard some great stuff that just gets the story writer in me going. Is it JulNo yet? Actually, it is for some of you, isn't it?

Several of you seem to be planning out your novels right now. Good luck with that!

Midnightindigo - 6-30-2014 at 10:02 AM

Dear God, JulNo started fifty minutes ago in Australia and the like.

Haha a mile is huge for me, but it's not as much for some people.

Okay I need to leave for work in like 25 minutes I need to get ready.

sadies-way-home - 6-30-2014 at 10:10 AM

It started already for some people? AHH.

I have to go to the gym and then help my dad with yard work. The universe is really conspiring against me finishing season 2 of Torchwood before tomorrow. Gah. I need to finish it, I left off on a huge cliffhanger.

Midnightindigo - 6-30-2014 at 10:12 AM

Haha I'm probably gonna plot the rest of this novel (if I'm able to ugh) at the beach. I'm debating just writing down overarching plot points and then the ending rather than detailing every part that happens, which is what I'm attempting to do now.

I think I'm gonna work out again tonight before midnight; Dani showed me this website with great workouts so that's exciting.

We'll see what happens.

Babbling Brooke - 6-30-2014 at 10:16 AM

Sadie: Yard work is fun! It's what I've spent the last few months doing. Also, I checked out your tumblr, and I love your title. It is from the Fun song, right?

Note: I deleted my tumblr and the remade it. So if any of you followed me in previous years, you'll have to go and do it again. (If you want to. But who wouldn't want to follow me?)

Speaking of Australia, I wonder how Mars is doing?

sadies-way-home - 6-30-2014 at 10:23 AM

Brooke: Is that the follow notice I just got? Haha, thank you! I just followed back. And yep! fun. is like one of my favorite bands, so much so that my whole JulNo novel this year is inspired/influenced by Some Nights.

The weather here is kind of gray and meh. So I'm hoping that it'll storm later and I'll have an excuse to stay inside and finish outlining.

Midnightindigo - 6-30-2014 at 10:31 AM

It's pretty grey-ish here too, but I'm hoping that it clears up by 2. It isn't even 9 in the morning so I suppose it makes sense. Still, I prefer it to be sunny haha. (This close to the coast, it can get pretty foggy for most hours of the day. :P)

Going to follow both of you and then I am off to work!

Melange - 6-30-2014 at 10:49 AM

Quote: Originally posted by Babbling Brooke  
Speaking of Australia, I wonder how Mars is doing?

Since I talk to her sometimes, I felt the urge to pop in and answer that question. She's doing fine, but is/was busy graduating this year.
:)

Emery Lyss - 6-30-2014 at 12:21 PM

Hey! I just visited Australia in May... That was cool.

I'm also gonna follow all of you guys on tumblr, but I only really post my art. I should reblog more things. >_>

Babbling Brooke - 6-30-2014 at 01:00 PM

Thanks, Melange! That's good to hear.

Emery: Art is cool. And with tumblr, there really is no "I should post more of such-and-such." It's your thing to do whatever you want to with.

I've been feeling like writing today, but can't think of anything to write/plan out. Plot bunnies, I need you.

marsbareater12 - 6-30-2014 at 07:12 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Melange  
Quote: Originally posted by Babbling Brooke  
Speaking of Australia, I wonder how Mars is doing?

Since I talk to her sometimes, I felt the urge to pop in and answer that question. She's doing fine, but is/was busy graduating this year.
:)


Mel messaged me on facebook all excited "Look! Somebody's talking about you!" ;P

I am graduating this year, ugh, year 12 is insane over here with like, everything. That added to the fact thay I haven't written in forever - yeah, no WriMos for me this year (I was actually thinking about NaNo last night, ahaha)

(I am doing a lot better than I was when I was previously here though ^^;)

/disappears again

Babbling Brooke - 6-30-2014 at 07:16 PM

Good luck with everything, Mars! It's nice to hear from you, and I wish you the best.

Midnightindigo - 6-30-2014 at 07:38 PM

Yay, I'm glad you're doing better, Mars! And focus on graduating, I'm sure stuff is crazy. (I did get kind of confused about that because I was like BUT EVERYONE JUST GRADUATED and then I realized you're in Australia and the school year is opposite of ours.)

EDIT: Where are all of you people surely you must be procrastinating/freaking out with me? I've done so many things that I never do to procrastinate on plotting the rest of my second novel okay. (i.e. working out, cleaning my room, cleaning the bathtub, taking an actual bath, etc...) I'm gonna go get coffee and get down to business! (And by get down to business I mean clean my desk and THEN plot with whatever time is leftover.)

(My goal before bedtime is 3k. We're gonna see how long that takes me and then go from there.)

[Edited on 7-1-2014 by Midnightindigo]

Pruechelan - 7-1-2014 at 01:58 AM

Hey everyone, three minutes to midnight here, I'm going to be good this year, since last year I lost myself to nationals at the beginning of July this year I can actually write.

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 02:31 AM

Whooo, sounds like a plan, Pru!

I am almost 500 words in. It's going alright so far! But I keep making myself sad because my characters are babies and I forget that a lot.

Pruechelan - 7-1-2014 at 02:37 AM

My characters are all adults. Boring adults really, and rich, so nothing I can actually identify with.

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 02:49 AM

I dunno if I can identify with them, but they're definitely not "boring adults". (And I don't believe that your characters are boring. Why would you write about them if they were?)

Mine are just little kids who are living with a thousand year legacy on their shoulders who are shorter than I realize they are.

Also I have to get up early to take my mother to a doctor's appointment so I think I might sleep at 2k, since currently it's looking like I'll be doing 1k an hour. :P

Pruechelan - 7-1-2014 at 02:52 AM

I seem to be at seven hundred an hour, they are boring people, they're circumstances are odd, but they are the kind of people you find at a grocery store. I need to run before it gets too hot so I'll probably turn in when I hit a thousand.

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 03:30 AM

I have 200 words left. I'm almost there and then sleep.

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 7-1-2014 at 09:28 AM

Yeah. I tried the whole "stay up until midnight" thing, but that didn't work so well. The last I looked at the clock, it was 11:40. Somehow I magically woke up at 11:58 and started at midnight, but at that time I had already tasted the sweetness of sleep and was only able to get down 146 words or something like that. Whoops.

Pru! You're back!

Indy: I was wondering where everyone was yesterday evening too. I was bored out of my mind, waiting for JulNo to start, and there was no one here. It was sad. I was not, however, nearly as productive as you were. That list was rather impressive.

EDIT: I can't spell.

[Edited on 7-1-2014 by Arianwen_Skyfeather]

sadies-way-home - 7-1-2014 at 09:53 AM

I have reached the 1K mark for today. I need another 1K if I'm going to meet the goal I set for myself. I have to work out but it's too hot to function here, so hopefully I can sit inside in the AC and listen to music and write all afternoon.

Hopefully.

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 11:06 AM

Haha thanks, Skye. I was surprised at how well I did myself.

I need to write another 3k today at least. I have to take my mom to the doctor's so I'm gonna bring my laptop with me and maybe go across the street and write in Starbucks.

sadies-way-home - 7-1-2014 at 11:40 AM

I have college visits coming up at the end of the month so I need to get as ahead as possible the first two weeks.

I also updated and have stuff on my writing blog now! Yay!

Violetfangs - 7-1-2014 at 01:00 PM

HI EVERYONE HI HI HI HI HI HI HI HI HI HI HI HI HI!

EMERY! BROOKE! SADIE! (ANYONE ELSE I MISSED!)

Hi Newbies! Welcome to my lair! *devours* Hehehe (sorry bout it. old habits die hard.) For all those currently residing in my stomach, I'm Violetfangs, more commonly known as Fangs. I'm a senior in high school (woot woot) and this is my fifth JulNo (I think). I started the summer before eighth grade (throwback tuesday, like whoa). I'm writing the same story as last year mainly because I didn't finish it and it happens to be one of the few stories I've written that i really really enjoy. I'm going to be taking a Creative Writing 2 class second semester this year in which I get to focus on whatever I want so I'm planning on wrapping this story up before then and focussing on editing the whole semester. That's about it for me. Unless you wanna know like my deepest darkest secrets. Feel free to ask me questions if you're curious because I'm pretty open. Oh! Indy's my sister. There we go. That's it. Love you all.

Sadie: I also want to be a creative writing major, with education (specifically special ed). I'm planning on double majoring, most likely at Lesley U, in Cambridge. :D

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 7-1-2014 at 01:07 PM

FANGS! YOU'RE ALIVE! (And I hate to break it to you, but I don't think there are any newbies this year. Even the people that introduced themselves and never came back were all in their second year.)

Motivation to write: zero. I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually. What's 1500 words?


Violetfangs - 7-1-2014 at 01:31 PM

SKY! Curses. That's why I still feel so hungry. :rolleyes:

I was planning on passing Indy while she's taking my mother to an appointment but then I started reading fanfiction. Such a struggle.

But we're going to go see 22 Jump Street with Dani (who hasn't been on here in a while) and her little sister and I'm so excited because I'm the only one who's already seen it. XD

sadies-way-home - 7-1-2014 at 02:18 PM

FANGS!!!!!!!!!!! WE MISSED YOU!!!!!!!

Yay for creative writing! I have to find schools in my area that offer it as a major, or else I will just end up studying English with a concentration in CW. I really want to go to Emerson in Boston (where Indy goes!) And yay for the teachers of tomorrow! I want to do secondary education, I think. Middle or high school.

My brother has friends over and they are currently shouting at each other over the World Cup. I cannot concentrate.

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 02:36 PM

In all fairness THE USA IS IN THE TOP 16 and like they're playing in 25 minutes. I WANT THEM TO WIN. (I'm not too invested in the world cup as a sporting event but 'MURICA.)

Okay, I have to update my word count and then double what I currently have to get to my goal for the day.

Babbling Brooke - 7-1-2014 at 03:23 PM

FANGS! Should I recruit newbies just so you can eat them? I know a guy from college who might join. He writes scripts, not novels, but he might still come. That is, if I can think of a way to ask him that's not awkward. I'm bad at talking to people.

I haven't been too invested in the World Cup. I just want America to win because as a whole our country cares so little compared to others.

I thought I'd moved off far for college, what with going two hours away while most stayed local. Now I'm seeing how you guys moved all over the place. Oh well, I like my state.

I should be writing or something. Instead, I'm on tumblr looking at short hair. I think I want to cut all my hair off. Who care what anyone thinks.

Having watched The Little Mermaid three times in the last few days--along with the fact that I'm visiting family in a beach town--I think I want to do a mermaid/pirate story this JulNo. I just have to think of more than one scene before I start writing.

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 7-1-2014 at 03:55 PM

World cup: meh. I like seeing the google doodles and will watch with mild interest if it's on while I'm out to eat or something, but other than that I don't really care. Which I'm pretty sure sums up most of the rest of the country quite nicely. (Although given that fact, I do agree it would be pretty great if we win. The rest of the world would be so angry. Especially Spain and Brazil and places that actually tend to care)

Brooke: Psh. Who needs more than one scene to get started? Just go for it! (Says the person who's never technically finished a story. Maybe you shouldn't take my advice...)

EDIT: Just saw the google doodle for today. It basically sums up America. I can't even.

[Edited on 7-1-2014 by Arianwen_Skyfeather]

Pruechelan - 7-1-2014 at 05:00 PM

I looked at the google doodle but here in Canada it's all Canada day themed.

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 7-1-2014 at 05:50 PM

So sad.

http://www.google.com/doodles/

You have to scroll back and forth to find the different ones, but it should be there.

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 08:25 PM

Alright I'm gonna update my progress report and then get out another 2k, hopefully.

(That USA game was ROUGH oh man. Tim Howard is a national treasure and deserved better.)

Also thanks to a school magazine I might get to interview FAMOUS PEOPLE at SDCC, I'm excited and slightly terrified omg.

sadies-way-home - 7-1-2014 at 08:52 PM

INDY HOLY MOTHER OF SWEET BABY SHOES its a joke with a friend I don't know why I brought it up LUCKY YOU OMG

I need to update my progress report. I'm gonna try and be more productive tomorrow considering it's supposed to rain. I really want to write 3K-4K a day for the first like 2 weeks of the month so that if I slip during my college visits, I'm going to be alright. >.< so intense

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 08:54 PM

I KNOW OMG I'M SO EXCITED OKAY I HOPE I GET AT LEAST ONE OF THEM

Update it! I'm using my progress report to put down important bits of information that I might want to remember. Also I'm so jealous of your rain. It's not gonna rain at all here, it's fire season (and it will be for two months after I leave for Boston).

sadies-way-home - 7-1-2014 at 09:06 PM

I actually just checked the weather and the rain is supposed to start tomorrow night/into Thursday. I am disappointed.

And fire season :( I used to live in Florida for a little while when I was a baby and fires were a big concern because we sorta lived in the middle of nowhere. Stay safe.

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 7-1-2014 at 09:28 PM

Fire season. I know it too well. The last two summers I swear I've been living in Mordor. But that's Colorado for you. Hopefully this year will be better. We got some decent snowfall and we've been getting a decent amount of rain.

It was supposed to rain today. It didn't. :(

Yay Indy! I hope you get to do that (but don't die from terror or too much excitement).

EDIT: Hello California friends, I have a question: what is proper earthquake procedure? (Or anywhere else that gets earthquakes, for that matter) We don't really get those. But I hear that you people get earthquake drills in school. Truth? Lies?

[Edited on 7-2-2014 by Arianwen_Skyfeather]

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 10:04 PM

Yes we do! Earthquake drills generally consist of getting under our desks. (We never did these drills in high school, and I'm not sure what we would do since some classrooms had the super jenky desks that fall over if you sit on them...) But also if you are not in school, it is best advised to get away from any buildings if possible, and if you're inside, stand under a doorframe/arch thing (like if there's a place for a door but there's not; we have a few in my house like that) because structurally that is the sturdiest place in the house.

In May the week that I came home there were wildfires in practically every part of the county, and we were supposed to evacuate (although we were home for most of the time we weren't supposed to be there....we snuck back in mwaha, but it was okay because we only did that when we knew the fire had gone somewhere else), and it went on for like a week. That was the beginning of fire season. I'm not sure whether we'll get anymore before I leave since it hasn't been too hot, but probably starting the end of August and then going into October SoCal will be on fire watch again.

(Several Halloweens have been ruined for me because of fire season; that's how late it can go. :P )

I updated my progress report, if anyone's interested!

Aurora517 - 7-1-2014 at 10:20 PM

Here in New Zealand we get so many earthquakes, and generally we have like 10 small ones one after the other during a 30 minute period. We now have tv ads that explain what to do with the catch phrase of "drop cover hold". Like Indy said either standing under a doorway or under a table is the best thing to do.

It's currently winter here so its been raining all day, however I haven't been able to write as friends who are visiting from University decided to have a pizza lunch at my house. I'm so happy that we rarely have any wildfire threats due to the fact that it never really gets hot enough here.

I just read your progress report Indy your book sounds so entertaining.

Time to go write, hoping to write 2K or more.

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 10:22 PM

Thanks, Aurora!

I need to draw things, guys, I told myself I would, but I need to write more still.

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 7-1-2014 at 10:45 PM

Thanks guys!

Indy: Do quick sketchy things and not a full fledged drawing? I too have read your progress report and think it is interesting. I have also decided that progress reports sound like too much trouble. I wish you luck in your endeavors with it.

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 10:48 PM

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! I think I shall do that, but first I need to pump out 2k! Ugh so much to do. Perhaps I shall stay up late to write and get ahead. I mostly just wanna finish this novel because the next one has more sass than this one; this one is darker and has more angst.

Arianwen_Skyfeather - 7-1-2014 at 11:46 PM

So I hate to be a bother, but the google is yielding only the most extreme cases. For about how long after an earthquake do people tend to be worried about the possibility of aftershocks? (Extreme: google says some aftershocks can happen 4.5 years+ later.)

Indy: Sass is fun. Better than angst. Presumably this is a good form of motivation.

Midnightindigo - 7-1-2014 at 11:55 PM

It'd probably depend on how big the first earthquake is. Like if there was little to no structural damage, then I'd say about a month at most, and usually like a few weeks (this is from where I've been, and I've never been at an epicenter, I've just been on the outskirts of earthquake ranges somehow). However, it could probably be more worrisome if there was damage, because where there's some structural problems, aftershocks could probably do much more damage.

I'm hoping so! I think I can finish this story pretty quickly anyway, since it's always been the shortest. :P

Violetfangs - 7-2-2014 at 03:28 AM

The line i just ended with: "And besides, I hear death's a private thing; it'll wait for us." Such foreshadow, much suspense, wow. (Excuse me while I cry because of what I plan on doing to my baby.)

sadies-way-home - 7-2-2014 at 08:38 AM

For the first time in sixteen long, painful years, the dentist pronounced my real name correctly on the first try. Success.

I told myself I was gonna plot last night. Psh. That didn't work. Guess I'm pantsing today.

Midnightindigo - 7-2-2014 at 11:35 AM

PANTSING ALL THE WAY.

(I say that, but I have a full outline for this novel. But that's only because I've written this story before. Rewriting better and almost completely differently for the win!)

I have to change the tone of this novel. Not entirely, but for the most part, because of a major thing that I haven't really been writing in out of laziness. It will take forever to change it later, so I'm gonna start from here and then go back later.

Also, the best way to remember things you think of while trying to sleep is to email them to yourself from your phone. You don't have to turn a light on to see a notepad, and you're pretty guaranteed to see it.

~*Craz4writing*~ - 7-2-2014 at 12:18 PM

Oh my goodness.
I don't think you all realize how much I love coming back here year after year and seeing the same faces(usernames) A lot of you have been with me since my very fist julno back four(?) years ago and I just think that that's really cool. On that note:
HELLO TO ALL!

I have no idea what I'm writing this year, but I'm not worried yet.

For those who don't know, or don't remember, I'm Felicia (or Craz) I'm starting my second and a half year of college in August (I started a semester late) and I'm a Political Science major, but I don't know what I'm going to do with that. I enjoy writing, drawing, television and other stuff.

Midnightindigo - 7-2-2014 at 12:30 PM

CRAZ? ATTACK HUG! <3

Craz, you don't need to be worried. You write at the speed of the Flash! xD

I am worried. I need to write and haven't today.

~*Craz4writing*~ - 7-2-2014 at 01:00 PM

RETURNS ATTACK HUG!

Aw, thanks. You're such a sweet heart. <3

And I don't think you should worry either. Have you ever not won one of these things? You're a bamf when it comes to these things DO NOT DOUBT YOURSELF!

Also, skimmed the thread because there was only four pages and you want to draw something every day? That seems like a fun goal. I tried doing that earlier this summer, but it didn't go as well as I hoped.

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