NaNoWriMo 2016: About My Novel

Hi! I want to briefly tell you about the novel that I am currently writing for NaNoWriMo 2016. And for those you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. November is the month for noveling, and you should try it out because it is awesome!

The title of my novel is Distractions. The main character is a 15 year old girl named Hilda. Hilda joins a ton of activities at her new school just to distract herself from… well, her own self. She wants to block out the negative thoughts and feelings that are always there, that constantly threaten to consume her whole. At first the many activities Hilda joins really are just distractions—something to keep her hands full and mind occupied. But slowly, she begins to really enjoy these activities. Hilda’s distractions become her passions, and she finds her own path to happiness.

This novel means a lot to me because in some ways, I see my own self reflected in Hilda’s character. And as someone who grew up without siblings, it’s nice to have someone that I can relate to so intimately, even if she’s just a figment of my imagination. But of course, Hilda’s story is not completely my story.

So far, my novel is going really great. I’ve done NaNoWriMo in the past, and I’ve never ended up liking any of my final products, but oh well. Maybe this is the year. I’ll keep you guys updated on my writing from time to time!

Alright, I should get started on homework now. Have a wonderful week, everyone!

P.S. I can’t wait for tomorrow night! Election results… :/

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NaNoWriMo 2016: About My Novel

Thoughts on College

College has been on my mind for the past few days. There was a college counselling session for sophomores, in which we pictured our ideal college and wrote a mock recommendation letter for ourselves. I was surprised at how difficult it was to write about myself positively. And Madeira being a college preparatory school, some dinnertime conversations I’ve been in were about college. Some of my friends seem to know exactly what they want to do, exactly where they want to go, and exactly how to get there. Me, I have things I like and places I’m considering (St. John’s College wink wink)… but I don’t have a plan, or a resume, or anything. I’m keeping my grades up and participating in this and that, but college still feels so far away. What am I supposed to be doing right now to prepare?

So yesterday I spoke with my college counsellor about my concerns. She said that high school sophomores should spend their year being fabulous high school sophomores, not college applicants. That gave me some peace of mind. And I suppose that also makes sense. Maybe it’s okay not to have everything figured out right now. I’ll spend this year being a fabulous sophomore—fulfilling my duties as a student, saying “yes” to new activities and opportunities, and digging deeper into the things I really, really like. And hopefully everything will work out in the end. After all, college is not the end goal of my life—it’s something that will help me get to another great place.

By the way, “stressed” spelt backwards is “desserts.” So whenever you’re feeling stressed, go have some dessert and you’ll be all okay again. 🙂

Thoughts on College