Good bye, farewell, I’ll even do a Limerick

I love the Sound of music but this post has nothing to do with the film. (Although, how cool would it be to watch the Musical of the Sound of Music?)

Instead, we talk about something that is both exciting and a bit painful as well.-A farewell. I am leaving to Singapore next Friday. Even though that is 6 days away, I am saying farewell now. I won’t be using my laptop for the next 6 days, and even further still when I am overseas for 6 weeks.

So, goodbye laptop, good bye internet, farewell blog, for 6 weeks.

Until we meet again.

Now, I’d like to end this post with my second agenda. It’s been  along time since I’ve written anything as prompted by the daily post prompt. In addition, I will use thhe prompt to write a limerick.

Prompt: Solitude

Even when I play the trombone,

People won’t leave me alone,

Especially my Aunty,

All of them nasty,

when it comes to being on one’s own.

Prompted

Write a limerick of your own using the same prompt or a different one word prompt.

Make those 5 lines count and make sure they rhyme.

Alternatively, do you have any plans this weekend? What is the next exciting thing that you are going to do and are looking forward to doing?

 

 
Solitude

I won 50K

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I won 50K! Yay.

Not 50K as in $$$$ money, but I’ve beaten the writer’s block and writer’s critic, and inner editor, and I’ve won April camp NaNoWriMo. My word count goal was 50K words and I did it. I actually got over 50K on 26th but the story wasn’t finished until today, the last day of April 2016 and camp NaNoWriMo.

It feels awesome to have achieved my goal and finished my story. I’m looking forward to the next camp in July.

Do you see my badge? Do you like it? Yeah, i know you do. This is so awesome, i feel great.

Hey, if any of you readers are a camp NaNoWriMo winner either this year April 2016 or in previous years, let me in the comments below. What were your low lights and high lights?

I ended the story with acknowledgments and then I did a Q&A to myself.

Here’s one of the question:

3. Talking about the first draft, the one that you wrote in April camp NaNoWriMo 2016, what were the high lghts and what were the lowlights?

The low light was everytime i wrote at home and the internet didn’t work. Many times I had to reload my document (on gmail) and it was very fustrating. Then I changed to writing in the library and it was better. But sometimes I couldn’t update my word count for the day, and that was really annoying too.

Another low light was when my mum left for Sydney. I was really bummed out and I saw and felt a drop in my word count after that. But I’m also glad that this happened because it taught me that setting a timer for my writing sessions, is a good thing. I set it to 15 minutes at first, when I was just trying to stay on Par, but then this changed to 30 minutes each day. And at the last few days of the month/of camo, I wrote 2-3 writing sessions. (over an hour each day)
A high light was that I not only finished my story, but I was happy with and had improved my writing compared to the story I wrote last month in March (Ivrick). This was because I finished the story, and would even play a little Q&A. With Ivrick, I rushed the ending because I was running time, trying to finish everything by the end of March in time for Camp NaNoWriMo. 

Thank you for ready and supporting my blog. I look forward to reading your answers to the above question and if you are thinking about doing the camp NaNoWriMo in July or the one in November, hit me with any questions you’ve got.

Also, I know the title “I won 50K” is a bit misleading but to me, what I’m feeling right now and what I’ve accomplished, it’s the same feeling I would get if i had won 50K in lotto but better because I won.

 

 

 

 

Camp nanowrimo april

Camp NaNoWriMo April is coming to a close with just three more days to get typing on the word processor and getting those numbers in. I reached my goal of 50K yesterday (26th April) but the thing is, I haven’t finished the story so I’m still writing and i won’t validate my novel until I finish the story.

For those of you who have already validated their word count and have finished their story, congratulations.If you’ve finished the story, then I suggest you get planning on the next story or at least celebrate with a bottle of champagne. For those of you who are like me, and haven’t finished the story, keep writing.

And finally, for those of you who don’t think you can write the last 20K of your story in three days, keep heart. We lose sometimes and sometimes we win. But if you’ve at least tried NaNoWriMo this month, then I for one do not think you’ve failed, because the really win is the writing. How good does it feel that it’s near the end of April? Honestly, tell me how good it is.

Prompt:

At the end of this month, whether you lose or win, celebrate that you’ve gotten this far in your novel. If your novel isn’t finished by the end of the month, I enourage you and challenge you to continue to write the story in May.

Because although camp nnaowrimo’s airm is tow ritea  book in 30 days, the better advice or goal would be to finish what you’ve started. 

 

 

 

Earth day-22 april

A few days ago, it was Earth day. This day is probably the best day for the sustainability people and people who care about climate change and the end of the world.

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Who would’ve thought that there was more to the three R’s that we’ve come to learn and chant in Primary school?

Yesterday, the day before recycling and rubbish collection day, I learnt from my sister that plastic bottles can be recycled. I was like, Whaaaat?

Yes, if a bottle has the number 1 or 2, then it can be recycled even if it’s made of plastic.

In another separate event, several days ago, my sister dropped a new bottle of water and I’ve always thought the bottle was made of plastic. it was made of glass. Whaaaaa?

I think that sustainability, saving the trees, recycling, things like that, are good things to do and good causes, but I just can’t be bothered. Anyone wth me?

I think a lot of people are lazy like that and for that reason, we are losing the war against climate control and dare I say, Global warming.

Happy Earth day everyone. And remember that this is the only planet that we can live in. No, we cannot live on Mars.

 

 

 

The secret to getting things checked off the To-do list

There are many things I’d like to do while I have the time to do them. I’d like to learn hip hop dance, learn to sing and improve my chances as a Youtube singer. I’d like to continue learning Spanish, write one novel per month, learn to swim and do it regularly.

But, after writing down a To-do list or a goal list, comes the BUT.

BUT, I have to wash the dishes, BUT i have to vacuum, BUT I have to clean my room.

So how do you have times of the things you want to do and the things you have to do?

“The secret to getting things checked off the To-Do list is to focus on one thing at a time and do things on a regular basis.”

At the end of the day, these are just my secrets that work for me, helpful hints that may or may not work for you. Here they are:

  1. Prioritise your goals

What do you have to do right now? Do you have to do a “Need” or a “want”? For example, do you have to pick up the kids from school, or do you have time now to work on that drawing?

2. Make your “needs” motivation to do your “wants”

Writing is hard. Drawing is hard. really anything that we love and have a burning passion for, is hard. that’s why we love it so much. Sometimes, it’s really hard (See the picture above, with the rock and the “Writing is hard” slogan).

Maybe you can say to yourself; “If you write the next chapter of the story, you can do your laundry,”

Or the opposite might work- do your morning chores first, and then write your story as your break or reward. Do the same for the afternoon and nighttime. (Yes, i do three writing sessions in a day. Like I said, I have the time this year).

3. Focus on one thing at a time

I actually learnt this secret/advice from The Goofy movie (don’t laugh). Stop worrying about everything and just get through whatever needs doing eight now. For example, I have to cook tonight (yay), but right ow, I’m at the library, and I’m getting through this blog post instead of worrying about making it home in time to cook dinner early.

4. The final advice/secret I can bestow upon you is: Do things regularly

Experts (and my old high school teachers) say if you want to do something well, you have to do it for at least ten hours in total (not ten straight hours, mind you). This is a similar advice: Do what you want to do every day.

Just like how if you wash the dishes every day, you won’t have to spend the whole day on a Saturday, to clean up everything. Write every day, or draw or sing or dance or swim EVERY SINGLE DAY.

But the question is still there: HOW do you do all these things every single day and tick off everything on the To-Do list. This leads to the next and last secret I will tell you:

5. Take some things off the To-Do list

Do you really like to draw? Do you really have to do the laundry today, right now?

Part of prioritising is to take some things off the list of things you do every day. Figure out what’s important to you and stick with it. You might still find that you still don’t get to tick off everything off your To-Do list, but I hope you’ll find a tick here and there and things crossed off as you go about your day.

Prompt

What are things that you’ve always been meaning to do but just haven’t gotten around to do it?

What are some things you wished you could do more?

Let me know in the comments below. Take care.

 

 

 

 

The Liebster award

I have been nominated for the Liebster award and it is an honour and a privilege to be writing this post. I haven’t written a post in a few days (or maybe weeks) and this is a great first post.

Thank you to Maria job for nominating me. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to do this as well or if it’s optional, but here are 11 things about me.

11 things you need to know about me

  1. I love drinking tea. The  darker, the stronger, the better.
  2. I love chai Latte. Never knew it was tea until my cousin told me and it still boggles my mind.
  3. I love writing stories, novels, short stories, songs, poems, blog posts, and my diary. Writing in my diary is actually my favourite past time.
  4. I’m still very much a kid-I love children’s books because they are the best. Maybe it’s because kids are more critical and judgemental?
  5. I have only read The Hobbit last year
  6. I am currently taking the 2016 reading challenge by Pop sugar (will make a link soon).
  7. I usually wear shorts and nothing that will make me stand out in a crowd
  8. When I have made up my mind, there’s no going back. This often scares the people around me and myself as well.
  9. I volunteer at SPCA op shop and wished I could work there and nowhere else
  10. I like to travel but there’s no point in travelling if there’s no family around
  11. And finally, I love Pokemon.

Here are the questions that Maria Job asked me as well as my answers.

The 11 questions from Maria Job

  1. Describe the happiest moment in your life-When I received news that my niece was born. She’s my sister’s daughter and is so precious.
  2. Describe the most fearful moment in your life-2014, pretty much the whole year in which I thought I was going to die. No joke.
  3. Name three movies you would watch a second time-Frozen, The Incredibles, Mega mind. I could watch them every day.
  4. If you could be any animal on Earth, what animal would you be and why? A golden retriever because I’d probably get adopted and I wouldn’t get killed or put down (hopefully).
  5. What is the worst job/task that you’ve ever had to do?-Take the rubbish out. I know it’s not that bad. But it had food and thing in it and I remember it was wet like it was leaking. So gross.
  6. Make three wishes-I wish everyone peace, happiness and prosperity- except for my enemies. I don’t care about them.
  7. What would you do with 1 million dollars-I’d do the same thing if it was 100 dollars sand that is, buy reading books, buy writing books, buy clothes, buy food . done.
  8. What is your favourite food- chicken. Without chicken, I never would have made the step from vegetarian to meat-eater.
  9. If you could start again, what career would you choose and why?- I wouldn’t choose a different career but I would’ve had a gap year much earlier
  10. What country would you visit and why?- I’m not a big thinker. I’d go to Singapore because that’s where the majority of my overseas relatives are.
  11. What;s your favourite fragrance-I hate perfume, cologne, and any kind of spray. When my mum sprays an insect and I hear that sound, I flinch and I’m a human.

 

So that’s it! That was fun, I love getting questions.

Anyway, here are my nominations: (will be adding from this list)

  1. jacquelineobyikocha
  2. Marga

And here are my 11 questions:

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  2. What’s your favourite food?
  3. What novel/project are you working on right now?
  4. What do you wish you could do if you had the time, money or motivation?
  5. Any regrets?
  6. What’s your favourite book and author/s?
  7. Why did you start blogging (the short answer)
  8. Do you love your job?
  9. Do you wish you had kids or do you wish you didn’t?
  10. What’s the one change you’d like to see in the world?
  11. What country would you hate to visit and why?

I wiill be adding to my nomination list so look out for that. Bye now.

 

 

Finding time

I thought I’d write something based on the title of my blog.

Finding time when you don’t have any

When you are too busy in your life to sit down and write,

Get up early in the morning, open up your laptop and write,

then go back to sleep.

When you miss your 7am alarm to write,

wake up late,

brush teeth, comb hair, bathe, clean face,

then eat breakfast,

then go to the library and sit down and write a story,

When you don’t go to the library

because you wake up ten minutes

after mum has finished cooking lunch,

eat your lunch, thank mum for the lunch,

and after lunch and watching something on Netflix,

go to your room, sit at your desk

and write something on your laptop.

When you don’t have time to write, morning or afternoon,

you have two options,

have a good sleep or,

write something just before you shut your eyes

and cover yourself with your blanket.

When you don’t have time to write,

Bull shit, Find time to write.

Your turn

What is theme of your blog? What are you trying to say to others? Write a poem or flash fiction in the comments below.

If you don’t have a blog, then choose a theme/topic that means a lot to you such as segregation, war, family etc.