I was thinking about this blog. More specifically, I was thinking about ending this blog. I’m ready to give up on blogging. I’m ready to quit writing. Now’s the time to part from both. Besides, my life is hugely occupied by this blog. If I closed my WordPress account, I would have more time to do other things. After all, I am a student. Everyone says being a student is my first priority. Everything else is secondary. Without blogging in the way, I can focus more on my grades. I can concentrate on my future. Oh, who am I fooling? There is no way I could stop writing or quit blogging. I love this blog like it’s my baby. Happy April Fool’s Day! I hope I didn’t manage to fool you. I know I didn’t fool myself. Especially since giving up and quitting is so unlike me. Anyhow, I’m not trying to be a cruel person by taking advantage of April Fool’s Day. Because…it isn’t just April Fool’s Day! Yep, April 1st, 2013 was the day I created this blog. Although my first post was published on April 2nd, 2013, I still feel like I should celebrate today. It is, in a way, my one year blogging anniversary. So I plan to do something special.
I know I don’t say this enough but hear me out. I think you know I don’t take any of this for granted. Especially since I couldn’t have ran a blog all by myself. Thanks to every single one of you for making my blogging journey so incredibly amazing/enjoyable/every wonderful adjective known to mankind. I appreciate all your support and I am truly grateful for everything.
Lots of love,
Herminia (who shall really be referred to as aspiringwriter22)
Happy Chinese New Year!
To those who don’t celebrate, happy Friday!
You know what I just realized? Today is January 31st. The last day in January. Happy last day of January everyone!
Hope everyone is having a terrific day. Have an incredible weekend. Wishing you all a wonderful end of January and a new start in February.
Also, a quick shout-out to one of my best friends in the entire universe! Thank you so much for being there day after day. You’re the best! Happy birthday girl!
Apologies for the excessive exclamation marks. I am just overly excited.
Thanks a bunch to all of you for making the start of 2014 so fantastic.
I look forward to the next 11 months with the best fans ever.
Let this be the year you finally say
You are a writer in your own special way
To early mornings and late nights
To endless discussions and trivial fights
May you finish what is unfinished
May you publish what is unpublished
Focus on the things that matter
Remember nothing arrives on a sliver platter
Rise above the little things
Don’t kill all your darlings
Let 2014 be the best year it can possibly be
Contiune to write and be free
Here’s to the new year
May 2014 bring lots of good cheer
Wishing you succeed in what you set out to do
May you find success and happiness too
You’ve worked so hard and come so far
So reach for the sky and wish upon a star
Never lose that fire in your heart
Never let anyone tear your dreams apart
Don’t let life pass you by
Don’t let go before saying goodbye
Nothing’s ever built to last
Not this year or the past
I hope you will cherish the last day of 2013 and I wish everyone a wonderful new year!
2014. The year to move on.
Camp NaNoWriMo is drawing to a close. Remember when July 1st rolled around?
The Start Of July = Camp NaNoWriMo Madness Begins
More importantly, participating in this month long endeavour has given me a few lessons I will surely take down the road as a writer, a student, and as a person.
I’ve come a long way from not having any idea to nearly having a first draft of a novel complete in one month.
NaNoWriMo has taught me 10 unforgettable things that not only apply to writers but to students and even to average human beings.
I’ve learned (in no particular order):
- To always plan ahead.
- To develop a (writing) routine and stick with it.
- To allocate more time than necessary to complete a project.
- To silence the inner editor/critic/perfectionist.
- To learn when and how to say no.
- To stay efficient.
- To avoid distractions.
- To keep my sanity intact.
- To live a little.
- And anything is possible. You just have to want and work for it.
I cannot believe that July is right around the corner. Which means Camp NaNoWriMo is starting again.
Are you participating? Are you attempting such a feat? Are you ready?
Can you do it? 50,000 words in one month? All from scratch?
Dare to take the challenge? Or are you modifying the word count to accommodate your hectic schedule and responsibilities? Whatever it is, just remember to have fun. Don’t stress yourself out. Breathe. Be happy!
Excited? Nervous? Anxious? Scared? Happy? Prepared? Ready?
Remember writing is difficult. Writing a novel is even more difficult. But I applaud you, great writer, for challenging yourself mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and even physically.
Good luck to everyone taking part this year.
Get ready. Get set. And you’re almost ready to go!