NaNo Day 6: James Bond Feels

Today Hannah and I got up earlier than anyone ever should (or at least ever should after being up past one writing the night before) and headed to a digital marketing workshop at Ross, U of M’s business school.

The workshop ran for most of the day and featured speakers from Google, Facebook, Proctor and Gamble, and a couple advertising firms. It was super, super interesting and I maybe took over 8,500 words of notes. (Basically I now have written more on digital marketing this month than I have in my NaNoWriMo novel. Not sure what that says about how senior year’s going.)

After the marketing workshop, I met up with my parents to go to a couple Parents’ Weekend receptions (because they are passionate about taking advantage of this last opportunity to get free stuff out of the university), then we saw the new James Bond movie, Spectre. It just came out today and the theater was packed, which I love seeing (especially for spy movies).

I know franchises tend to release their movies as close to the same date as possible each year, so it’s not that weird that this happened–but the Friday of my very first Parents’ Weekend, way back in freshman year, my mom and I saw Skyfall its opening night as well.

When Madre and I saw Skyfall, it was my first time seeing a movie in Ann Arbor, and such a needed escape from campus and the natural isolation that comes with not really, truly knowing anyone yet and just, like, everything. I was so stressed out that night that although my mom had meant to go to more Parents’ Weekend activities, she could tell I needed to get away, and movies have always been my escape. So off we went.

So much has changed since then. I don’t even want to think about how much has changed. But it was weird, coming full circle, seeing the new James Bond movie like this. And it was weird how this movie very much was Daniel Craig’s goodbye to the franchise, as I slowly navigate my way through my own goodbye to college. (It was also weird seeing Voldemort and Moriarty face off, but that’s a whole other story.)

I feel like senior year is making me scary sentimental (like dude, I got emotional today over a James Bond movie). But I really am going to miss this place and these people so much.

I’m so grateful for everything college has taught me and all the places it has given me the opportunity to get to know and all the people it has allowed me to meet. I can’t imagine my life now without some of these people, which is crazy when you consider the fact that this time three years ago, I needed to escape into a movie because I felt so alone.

More than anything else, seeing this movie reminded me of the fact that I have made it to this point. I have survived all of the terrifying exams, and the papers I thought I’d never be able to finish, and all the nail-biting, waiting on things like seeing if my creative writing professor thought I had any potential or if I got into Oxford or if I got an internship.

It’s almost midnight and I owe three thousand words today (plus the two thousand or so I still have left to do from Sunday) and I haven’t had a chance to start writing yet. But I’ve been at this place before and I have made it through and I will make it through again.

I think that’s the best part of being a senior. Not first access to registering for classes or being twenty-one or anything else like that, but the knowledge that I can find my way. Much like James Bond, I can survive.

How did your first Friday of NaNoWriMo go? Did you get a chance to write a lot? Anyone want to share some victories (or commiserations) in the comments?

Goal for Today: 3,000 + 2,000 (from Sunday)

Overall Goal: 13,000

Current Word Count: 8,022

~Julia

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