Studying

Writing An Exam I Barely Studied For

What have I been doing?

Not studying.

Where have I been?

I was at school, writing an exam I barely studied for.

Here’s what I learned:

  • I can’t recommend cramming, ever.
  • I don’t advise anyone to follow in my faint footsteps.
  • I wouldn’t attempt it again in a perfect world, but since the world isn’t perfect, I probably will write many more exams with very minimal studying and preparation beforehand.

Why didn’t I study?

Because I had other things to do. You can’t expect a writer and blogger and reader to devote all her time being a student. If you do, you have unrealistic expectations.

How am I?

Not great. February flew by way too quickly. I spent the month watching my productivity levels skyrocket…to the ground. And beyond. To the core of earth. Nothing is where I want it to be. Nothing is going in the direction it should be. But that’s okay. It’s March. It’s a new month. Get ready. Get excited. You can be I will be writing Camp NaNoWriMo blog posts instead of studying for exams. Haven’t you met me?

Reading

Books Of The Month: February 2016

Breaking news: I read! I’m surprised I still find time to read, especially considering the amount of time I spend on YouTube.

Just so you know, I finished Oscar Wao last month and The Speedy is a short play. Emphasis on short. And because I want to be honest for once, there was another book I was supposed to read for class. I barely opened it. Now that’s one secret I won’t be taking to the grave.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

One phrase description: Everything you’d never expect in a novel.

Quote:

And maybe, just maybe, if she’s as smart and as brave as I’m expecting she’ll be, she’ll take all we’ve done and all we’ve learned and add her own insights and she’ll put an end to it.

My general thoughts: I finished this in January because university. If you’re looking for something different, here it is.

Sky Key by James Frey

Sky Key by James Frey

One phrase description: Everything the second book in a series should be.

Quote:

She knows that doubt is the seed from which failure grows…

My general thoughts: It looks amazing. It is amazing. I can’t wait for the next one.

Soucouyant by David Chariandy

Soucouyant by David Chariandy

One phrase description: Everything you could ask for from an assigned text.

Quote:

We can only ever live despite ourselves.

My general thoughts: I got through this text fairly quickly, which says a lot. Though I’m sure had I read it even a year ago, I wouldn’t have the capacity to appreciate the writing.

The Speedy by Keith Barker, Chris Hanratty, Shira Leuchter, and Jordi Mand The Speedy by Keith Barker, Chris Hanratty, Shira Leuchter, and Jordi Mand

One phrase description: Everything confusing and puzzling in fifty pages.

Quote:

In fact, powerlessness was probably the most prominent feeling for all those dealing with the tragedy.

My general thoughts: I don’t think I have the knowledge to fully understand this play and the story behind it.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

One phrase description: Everything a traditional romance story contains.

Quote:

You don’t always have to solve your problems alone…

My general thoughts: I chose to read this during February to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit. So festive, I know. I’m not against love, but I didn’t love this book.

What’s next?

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Why: I’ve had this book and the others in its series for way too long, and I’m finally getting around to opening them.

I may have abused the word “everything” in this post. Forgive me.

On another note, spend some time reading on the “extra” day this year. You have 24 hours. No excuses!

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6 Goals To Be Accomplished In 696 Hours

I don’t normally publish my goals on my blog. But online accountability tends to work for me, so hopefully this time won’t be an exception.

Reading

Sky Key by James Frey

  • Finish Sky Key. (It’s red. It’s lovely. It’s beautiful.)
  • Read Anna and the French Kiss. (I love the cover.)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Writing

  • Continue journaling every night before bed. (Less sleep? Yes, please.)
  • Write at least one poem a day. (I can’t write poetry.)

Blogging

  • Publish one post every day. (You’ll pretend I did if I don’t, right?)
  • Finish my blog about blogging. (This is technically for a class, but I’m having so much fun, I don’t consider it schoolwork.)

Obviously I have other goals outside the realm of reading, writing, and blogging. But I don’t want to bore anyone more than I already have.

Happy late February by the way. We have an extra twenty four hours to read, write, and blog. How awesome is that?

By the time you read this, you won’t have nearly as many hours as stated in the title. Sorry not sorry.

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What’s Healthy Versus What Isn’t

It isn’t healthy to stay in your room and study for exams all day long.

It is healthy to stay in your bed and read books for several days.

I have a feeling I’m going to be doing a lot less of the latter and much more of the former this week.

Anyway, I know I have already semi-neglected this blog and all of yours, and it will probably get worse as we near the end of January. Then again, blogging is the best way to take a break from studying. Thank heavens I decided to become a blogger. Otherwise, I’d surely go insane from stuffing my brain with mounds of information.

Right now I can’t wait for February to arrive. Who’s with me?

Personal Reflection

Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Friday! Happy Birthday!

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.

XOXO

Herminia