No long post today, sorry…

Hello cat people!

I’m very sorry about this, but as I am still in school, I need to do homework, which takes up roughly 10 hours of my week. With exams coming up, I would like to be as prepared as I can and I have been procrastinating a lot, which kind of left things until the last minute…

So… I have to get to my study and eat some food.. and procrastinate a little more. So, I shall write a long post tomorrow, possibly about a TV show (*spoilers* 😉 ). I am very sorry, but I do not want to fail this year!

MEOW! =^.^=

P.S. I love you all, I have just hit 10 followers! Even though it might not be that big, but for me it is! Just in a week, I now have 10 people who love what I write and I cannot thank you enough for that! ❤

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NaNoWriMo Writing challenge!!

As some of you may know, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is coming up on November 1st. This is very exciting as some of my readers and some of other young writers can challenge themselves to write 50 000 words in just one month! This seems like a very impossible thing to do, but I encourage you to try it with me this year. I will be trying my best to write more than 6 pages a day. If you are interested in this and are wanting some help from me or from other readers, then I will be more than happy to help you in the comments. 🙂 Please let me know if you want any help with ideas, I’ll be more than happy to help. 🙂

Some tips that may help you (these are not written by me, for a full article go to: http://hubcityblues.com/projects/so-you-want-to-do-nanowrimo-in-2013, please follow him):

  1. Have an idea of what you want to happen in your story. It’s your story, so you have complete control of what happens. If you are not a regular writer (meaning someone who writes every day already) you will find NaNoWriMo to be a challenge you may not be ready for. It is hard work to go from NO pages a day to 8-9 pages a day, every day for 30 days.
  2. No matter what the pantsters say, planning is still an important part of completing NaNoWriMo. If you are not a writer regularly, you need a floor plan. You need an idea of what you want to accomplish, what you want to relay to the reader and the level of complexity you need to tell your story. Outlining is the difference between completing a story and just talking about doing so.
  3. The kind of story you are telling matters. if you are telling a story in modern New York, you don’t have to do much research on a toilet. Everyone who reads, knows what one is and where to expect to find one. However, if you suddenly want a barrow-wight to leap out of a local cemetery you may have to explain what a barrow-wight is, why it would be in a cemetery and what the threat of a barrow-wight is to the local urban dweller. You have to decide this beforehand or it will come off clumsy and difficult to follow.
  4. I am not from the Show, Don’t Tell school of BS. Write what you think it will take to tell your story. You can use the characters, you can use the narrator, you can use the setting. Do whatever it takes to paint a scene worth participating in. Ask yourself this simple rule: IS THIS SCENE WORTH THE TIME IT WILL TAKE TO READ IT?  Will the reader come away wiser, smarter, more aware, more challenged to participate in your story. Did you lie to them to keep them interested? Yes, you know you have to have a consequence for that lie later. Make a note. READERS REMEMBER DANGLING PLOTLINES. Keep up with yours.
  5. Keeping to your outline is critical for NaNoWriMo. You will have to consistently bang out 1667 words everyday to make your mark of 50,000 characters. That is an average of 8 or 9 pages a day. It is a feat to be able to bang out that many pages consistently. It is even more difficult of you are not used to it.

So, hopefully these tips will be able to help you get started and, hopefully, keep going. Main thing to do is: Don’t judge yourself. It doesn’t matter what you write or how you write it, what matters is the experience and the fun that you will have. 🙂 As one of the bloggers has said, (Don Royster, check him out 🙂 don’t write with an idea that your novel will be published. Just have fun while you’re doing it, because that’s what is really going to count and matter to you in the end.

I wish you all good luck if you’re participating or thinking of doing it! If you have any questions, please just comment down below and I’ll do my best to answer them. 🙂 Thanks for reading everyone!

MEOW! =^.^=

P.S. If you do want to participate, register link is here: http://nanowrimo.org/ The challenge finishes at 11:59 pm on November 30th so be sure to put that deadline in your diaries. 🙂

Travelling: the good and the bad

Travel can seem both a great experience and an absolute hell hole that you can never seem to get out of. Let me explain what I mean.

Travelling is amazing in so many ways! You get to see famous landmarks only seen in your Geography or History textbooks at school; you get to meet so many lovely people that share the culture and religion of that country; you get to try so many different types of foods and drinks, as well as experiencing their culture and way of life. Like China, for example. You may think that Chinese food is mainly noodles and fried rice. You are correct, however, these are only some of the foods offered in this amazing country. They have everything ranging from yummy sweets to hot meat dumplings, which, by the way, are the most delicious thing you will ever try (unless you happen to be a vegetarian..). Because I went to China with my school, we went to all the amazing landmarks, eg. The Great Wall of China. Climbing it was the most amazing thing ever, especially when we’ve reached the top! The trip to China was definitely one of the most amazing adventures I’ve ever experienced!

There are, however, its negatives when it comes to travelling around the world. The number one thing that annoys me a lot is the bloody jetlag. It is terrible! Every time I visit my family in Russia, I want to sleep at two o’clock in the afternoon and then I wake up at three in the morning! And when I come back I don’t want to sleep until midnight and then I wake up at three and can’t sleep! Why can’t the world be all on the same time? Why does it have to have different time zones? If the world would be all on the same time, no one would ever be tired (if you know what I mean) and we would all just be happy. But no, the world has to be all in different time zones and other crap like that. Seriously, world, what is wrong with you? Can you not see the benefits of being on the same time with all the other countries? Then all of the programs that air in America or the UK would be on at the same time in Australia. D’:

Another bad thing about travel is flying and airport controls. Airports are nearly always crowded with more than a thousand people in one spot. When they are all swarming in, you just want to get out of the crowd and get onto the plane as quickly as possible. But the airport controls always manage to slow you down. For example, they are always telling you to take out your laptop. Obviously, if you’re in a hurry, you’d want to get through quickly. So you take out your laptop at a lightning speed, you go through the metal detector machine… and then… you are trying to get to the laptop, but there are about 50 other people trying to get to their stuff, so you’re just kind of stuck there, in between people… without your stuff. It wouldn’t be as much of a problem if there were more of those metal detectors. But no, the airport staff decided to build only one thing so that the people going through it would move as soon as possible… -_-

A great thing about long flights is that there are usually TVs, which means you can catch up on any movie or TV show or whatever else, whilst you are surviving the airplane food, turbulence and neighbours. I don’t mind people sitting next to me, in fact, I quite enjoy it. But when they are completely anti-social and they just stare at you from their seat while they are doing something that interests them… I just can’t stand it. And why do they always eye you out? Are they deliberately trying to find something wrong with you? And after they give you that look of, “What the hell is wrong with you?” you are searching for that thing that they are looking at. It is just so annoying! ><

Another thing that annoys me on planes are the toilets. Ok, I understand that you have to conserve space, but you could make the cubicle a tiny little bit bigger so that its occupants wouldn’t feel as claustrophobic  And also, every time you press the flush button, you never know when the water is going to flush, so you’re just standing there in front of the toilet seat with your ears plugged by your fingers, looking like an idiot, until the flush scares you to death and you leap back.

So yeah… these are just some of the things that I like and don’t like about travelling. I know that I have mostly mentioned the negative stuff, however, I think that we all find it easier to find something negative in everything. So, what I’m trying to say is… don’t focus so much on the bad stuff about travelling. It is mostly the plane ride and the airport control that you have to deal with. I know that I might be a bit hypocritical here, but just try to find good little things about being on a plane, like watching movies, listening to music or reading your favourite book and crying your eyes out, whilst other people death stare you… it is fun. 😀

MEOW! =^.^=

P.S. Comment down below about some suggestions for posts on this blog. I would really appreciate your opinions on these past few blogs as well. Should I do more “rant” type things or should I do something else? Leave a comment down below to let me know!! 😀

Sorry!

Hello cat people!

I’m very sorry I haven’t been posting “daily” as my blog states. The reason being is that I have been away at my friend’s place this weekend and there was no internet.. -_- Not to say that it is a bad thing. I had fun with my friends and I hope you have been keeping yourselves entertained with other blogs. 😀

Anyway… Today I thought we could talk about parties, since I have just been to one. I’m not the type of person who gets invited to everyone’s parties at school. This is because I have a weird and fun group of friends who love each other, however, we are not popular. 😀 I’m fine with that though. 🙂

At parties there are usually quite a few different groups of people. There are those that like to get drunk, there are those who love to mix in with other people, and then there’s us – the anti-social group. We weren’t really anti-social, it’s just that we didn’t talk to other people apart from our little group. I usually find it easier to make an impression on people younger than me, when people are my age or are older than me, I just freak out a little and always forget what I wanted to say in the first place.

DJs are great, really. Their job is to go to parties and create lots of music and stuff like that. But when you try to request something completely out of the theme of the party, they just look at you like you are crazy! I mean, the DJ does say: “Give me a request!” But then, he’s all like, “Oh, sorry, this doesn’t fit the theme.” Why would you offer people to give him requests if he can’t even complete it? Honestly! But the looks he gave my friend and I when we requested a Christmas song at a “girls from the bush” themed party were absolutely hilarious! Then, we came back a bit later requesting My Heart Will Go On, which is when the DJ “spoiled the fun”.

I guess, what I’m trying to say is that parties are not everyone’s thing. There are a lot of people that prefer to get drunk, then there are people that love chatting and fitting in.. and then there’s us. The group that finds a group of friends that they are comfortable with. However, a lot of parties are fun because you just have a good time and do not feel out of place.

So next time you go to a party, whether you happen to be the “fitting in” or the anti-social person, do what you are comfortable with and not what everyone else tells you to do. You came to a party to have fun, but not to follow other people’s orders. 🙂

MEOW! =^.^=

P.S. More posts tomorrow, promise!

Parents: The good and the bad times

Parents are great, really. If you think about it, they waste their time and money just to be able to raise you! They give you birth, provide education, food, water and shelter. Basically, all the essentials. They take us to school, take us to see our friends, take us to town, until we are old enough to do all of those things for ourselves. They help us through our tough times and are there to witness the happiness in our lives, like marriage or childbirth or whatever.

But sometimes, we fight with our parents. We get angry with them as they do with us. I sometimes think that I’m not wanted in the family. This is when I blame myself, because I am very lazy. I sometimes wish that I was a different person just so that I don’t cause my parents so much pain, stress, money, time, etc. I do wish that I wasn’t lazy. But, I guess, that is one of the life lessons that I have to be able to teach myself.

Back to the topic of parents… Sometimes, it also feels like they hate you and don’t want you in their family either. I think we all feel that way when we are angry: like we don’t want to be a part of something. I also think that it is natural to feel that way. When you or your parents are angry, they can say all kinds of things like: “I wish you were not here” or something else along those lines. At this point, you might feel as if they are right. Believe me, I’ve been there before. But what you need to understand is that, most of the time, they don’t mean it. When I say, most of the time, I mean that if your parents are responsible and take care of you, then they won’t mean it. I don’t know what kind of parents you guys have, so I don’t want to assume. 🙂

What I’m trying to say here is that your parents will always love you, no matter what they might say or do to you. And I don’t mean bad things by saying “do”. What I mean are things like do the dishes, or wash the car, or do something else around the house. When they do that, they try to teach you about the world out there by teaching you self-discipline and how to take care of yourself. It’s because they care about you that they make you do things around the place, not because they are trying to be mean to you. I have understood that over the years and even though I may not show that sometimes, I know that I have it settled down in my mind.

So, fellow readers, next time you have a fight with your parents, try not to think about it. Listen to music, read a book, do something else that will distract you from it. You don’t want to say something that you will regret right after the fight, so I suggest that you go somewhere quiet and relax for a while. After a few minutes it may be a good idea to come out of that quiet place and go talk to your parents again.

The point is, they do love you no matter how bad the fight may have been or the way in which they expressed themselves. Hope this post has helped some of you. 🙂 Leaving a comment and a like is always appreciated.

MEOW! =^.^=

Life is unfair

As you can see by the title.. life is not in a single bit fair. Of course, most of the time, it’s great, I can’t complain. I get spoiled a lot and go on trips very often. But it takes only one time in a year when you just feel like absolute shit.

One thing that I sometimes don’t understand is why do most of the boys go for pretty girls? Why can’t they pick someone who is not perfect? If I have to be completely honest, I don’t think that perfect is appealing. It just feels… unnatural. I mean, sure, guys might think that girls with a pretty face, eyebrows, eyes, body, everything is great. If they start dating that girl they can brag all about it to their friends. But why is it that girls that aren’t as pretty aren’t as recognised either by those boys or by the society?

Another great example of the unfairness of life is how media does not want to portray overweight women in commercials, unless they have something to do with weight loss. If you look at most of the ads, there aren’t any overweight or different people on there. The actresses have to have perfect bodies and perfect teeth and perfect everything. I have also noticed that it is more acceptable for a man to be imperfect than a women. I think that is just proving how dumb and limited society is becoming in their ways of thinking. But then again, this is just one person’s opinion.

I guess what I am trying to say is that sometimes, perfection can be unpleasant. I think that people find it easier to connect with someone who has imperfections because you can work together on them to make the person better. This is why I think society should be more accepting of the imperfections of those people.

MEOW! =^.^=

Writing: my life passion

I, personally, love writing. And I love writing my own stories, not essays that are being set by the school. Writing is just so… inspirational and fun! I guess I just got really used to it.

I started writing when I was about.. 5-6. My first stories were crappy and didn’t have much language behind it. But then again, I was only a child and those are the kind of things that I would expect from myself at that age. However, I think because I started writing at such an early age, I could see more and more of my mistakes and I finally have found my writing style. I prefer writing from a first point of view, because I feel that the reader will connect more with the character and feel more what they are feeling. However, I understand that every person is different in their own way and some may not prefer reading from a first point of view as they would feel too connected to the characters in the story.

Fun fact, I also prefer writing in Russian. I live in Australia, however, I am of a Russian background. Because I speak English all the time, apart from my home, I easily forget how to say certain words in Russian and sometimes, my grammar isn’t the best either. So, by writing in my native language, I am keeping it up as well as learning to use a lot of adjectives and grammar in my stories. Russian is a very beautiful and descriptive language, much more so than English. There are many more different adjectives to use and I find the flow of the language very beautiful as well.

I love writing with my friend when I visit Russia. We always help each other out and come up with ideas for each other’s stories, as well as give constructive criticism for everything that we have written. I miss being able to write with my friend often, because we do live on opposite sides of the world to each other. However, when I do come back, we always find time to see each other and are always happy to read each other’s work.

When I read my friend’s writing, I feel like mine isn’t as good. The language that she uses is so much more descriptive than mine, so I feel kind of jealous of her, but in a good way, if you know what I mean. But then, I think about how she’s lived in Russia all her life and I’ve moved away. My English language has become much more broad, but my Russian is also kept “up to date”.

If you feel like you want to start writing your own stories, do it! Even if you think you are not a good writer, making your own novels, poems, lyrics or whatever will make your imagination so much better! You would always come up with different ideas for books and all the characters or places that are taking part in your novel. I also find it very relaxing: once you have the motivation or the inspiration to write, the story and language just seem to flow so perfectly! You don’t really need to think what to write about next as it just “pours” out of you. However, if you are new to writing, I do advise to have some kind of plan to have a basic understanding of what you want to happen in your story. So a character and place plan would be a good idea, as well as, of course, your plot. You would want to come up with a good ending and a good beginning.

Finally, using the correct software is also very important. I prefer using Word on my PC, because I’ve just gotten used to it. But if you are using a Mac, you could also use TextEdit. It’s not as advanced as Word, but it just has a nice feel about it, because it is so simple to use. Another VERY good software that I have recently discovered is called Scrivener. It is available for both PCs and Macs and provides a very useful guidelines for all your future works, whether it is fiction, non-fiction or another document, it will provide you with a great writing guide. It has tabs for characters, places and parts, which all provide a plan. So all you have to do is let your imagination run wild and just write.

On that note, I’d like to say that writing broadens your language abilities, makes you feel free and independent because you are writing whatever YOU want, and is very good for your imagination. If you are writing or thinking of writing, it is a very good skill to have and, I think, keeping it up is very important.

Thank you for reading this massive blog, but as you now know, I am a writer so those kind of things are sort of expected from me. 😛 I hope you find my tips/stories useful and will continue or will start writing your own things.

MEOW! =^.^=