NaNo Day 9: Miles to Go

When I woke up this morning, I finished my Fangirl reread and did a quick writeup on it, because I’m a Literature major.

Later today, I need to rewrite a short story because the other half of my major is Creative Writing (it’s one major, with an “and” in the middle), and sometime in the next couple days I need to do my film history reading and a project for another film class (because I’m a Screen Arts & Cultures minor).

After finishing Fangirl, I immediately got to work on Ch1Con stuff (because besides being a college student, I also run a writing conference that’s about to launch an Indiegogo campaign), and in between Ch1Con things I’ve been replying to critique partner questions (because I’m an aspiring author), working on stuff for Teens Can Write, Too! (because I’m an admin), and staring longingly at my NaNoWriMo novel (because I’m a NaNo addict).

I’ve also been eying study abroad applications and internship information and winter semester course guide descriptions. I’ve been considering if I should add another minor and if I should clean the revision notes off my white board and if I should make my bed.

If I should be spending more time with friends. If I’ll have a chance to see Interstellar before it’s out of theaters. If I should be reading more books.

I want to go for a run, and I want to see my dog, and I want to turn everything off for five minutes. Write a song. Cook an elaborate meal. Stand in the shower while the water runs cold then hot then cold again with Bastille blasting through my iPhone speakers.

Sometimes I feel like I do way too much, and other times I feel like I do way too little, and I’m honestly not sure I will ever find a balance.

But I’m having a good time of it. And that’s what matters.

After this post, I’ll finish my Ch1Con work for the day, then maybe write a little on NaNo, then hopefully write a lot on my short story. I’ll eat something halfway decent for dinner and watch One Upon a Time with friends. I’ll get a few pages further in The Cuckoo’s Calling.

I think ultimately it’s less about how busy you are, as much as how much fun you’re having. And as exhausted as my brain is, it’s a happy sort of tired.

In Fangirl, Cath quotes a line from a Robert Frost poem that I also relate a lot with:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Welcome to week two of NaNoWriMo 2014. Let’s spin those miles into words and those words into miles. We can sleep when it’s December.

Goal for today: 1,000.

Overall goal: 17,000.

Current word count: 18,524.

~Julia

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