Updates

It has been a long time since I posted… hence a few updates before I (try to) post here on a more regular schedule.

College I started (and finished) my first year of college. Soon I’ll declare a mathematics major, and afterward either a computer science major or minor. We’ll see. Thus far I’ve learned Python, first-semester single-variable calculus, and first-semester multivariable calculus. I’m rather annoyed with my math department for not offering a second semester of multivariable calculus, but that’s what studying abroad is for.

Writing Still working on editing Perfume, which I retitled The Tapestry. I’m currently doing a rewrite of the whole book. The entirety has been planned out and I am currently at Chapter 11, at about 29k.

Reading If I had a schedule I’d be behind. As I don’t have a schedule, I can consider that instead I’m woefully unread this year. Currently fighting through Ivanhoe, which would be interesting if I had the patience to sit down and read it in one or two sittings.

Hair I’m growing my hair out and trying to figure out things that make it happy. This includes styles, washing methods, what ingredients work well with it, etc. It’s about 25″ long right now, which puts it at about midback level. Or, according to the LHC’s (and other’s) length markers, about one inch below Bra-Strap Level (BSL). Typically I practice benign neglect with my hair, so I fully anticipate that once the semester starts I’ll forget about it completely.

Languages According to the Parisian language school I went to for two weeks this summer, I’m now at a B2 level in French. I’ll be taking FREN 202 this fall and hopefully that will be at a good level for me… if I’m slightly above where I should be for the class I’m planning on taking Italian. (I’d take Russian or Arabic, honest, but the language will be my fifth course on top of a busy dancing and tutoring schedule, so I’m going for something that will be easier to learn.)

Ballroom Dancing I’m part of the Ballroom Club at Colgate University and am planning to lead it with a good friend by junior year, and just with myself and my dance partner by senior year. So I suppose I ought to start coming up with ideas about now. Thus far I’ve learned enough dances to make it into the auditioned dances.

 

 

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Not Just About Writing

Firstly, I’d like to apologize for the lateness of this post– we had no internet for a couple of days, which meant I had no way to put this up. 🙂 To make up for this, there should be another post on Monday.

Now, I suppose, is a good time to explain that this will not be a blog just about writing. I don’t write obsessively every single month. In fact, this is probably the first, last, and only time I will ever write this many words in one month (about 148k so far).

You see, I’m on a trip. My family and I are traveling the world, and in January, that time ends. On January 22nd, I will be back home.

Starting on February 1st, I will begin to study in earnest for medical school in Romania. To get into medical school, I need to pass a test on Romanian History, Romanian Literature, Biology, and Physics or Organic Chemistry. I have till early May to study all this, and then my mom and I go to Romania to start finding documents and taking tests and such.

To prepare before February, though, I have to read lots of Romanian literature (basically, I have to do the Romanian equivalent of what I’ve been doing in English for five years).

This will hopefully get much easier as I go along. Romanian, though I’ve been speaking it almost every day since I was a baby, is unfortunately my second language. I think in English 95% of the time. There is hope, though. Every once in a while I dream in Romanian, and if I spend enough time with people who speak Romanian (about 5-10 hours a day for 3 days), I start thinking (slowly) in Romanian.

So, what does this mean in relation to this blog?

Well, I made a list. Of all the projects I have going on. The list looked like this:

  1. NaNoWriMo
  2. MilWordy (writing 1 million words in a year– I’m behind schedule)
  3. Updating RTW blog (http://noi6.blogspot.com)
  4. Updating mino wrimos
  5. Posting worlds (http://wywamino.blogspot.com)
  6. Reading Romanian books
  7. Simplifying laptop
  8. Writing book reviews/reading English books

I organized it, afterward, in order of the time I had left to complete each of these things, and then in order by how badly I wanted to do these things, and finally, by their long-term importance.

And here’s what I found out. I don’t really want to do anything but simplify my laptop. And all the things that are ‘urgent’ have no place on the long-term importance list. (Except for simplifying my laptop, which is going to be very nice when I have only a few important files on it, and will leave a lot of gigabytes free for me to put to better use.)

So, I’m getting to the point. What are the three most important projects?

  1. Reading Romanian books.
  2. Updating the RTW blog.
  3. Simplifying laptop.

This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop updating here. I’ll update every Thursday that I have internet (if I don’t have internet, the new post will show up before that Monday, and if I really don’t have internet at all, you all get bi-weekly posts until I catch up. 🙂 ). I’ll probably need my readers for motivation.

But another thing that won’t happen is that I won’t start talking about characters most of you have never heard of.

I’ll keep writing (I look forward to Camp NaNo next year, and we’ll see if I can do the Gumption Challenge), it’s just not going to be the biggest part of my life for a while.

Which things are most important in your life right now?