So, I posted previously about some not-so-fun family stuff that happened earlier this month. And while I’m grateful that the situation has basically been cleared up, it still sent me into a tailspin that took a while to get out of. Like most busy people, when something knocks me on my backside I have to kick into high speed to even recover some of the lost time. It’s not like I get a time out because things went sideways. So there I found myself, smack in the second week of NaNoWriMo and ready to pull my hair out. Not only did I not have the energy to write, I didn’t even have the energy to do my homework as I should have, much less sit down and relax with a good book. So no, I wasn’t thinking about my daily thanks posts.
We all know what that’s like. Life throws a wrench in our plans. And you know what? That freaking sucks. It really does. But I’m a firm believer that obstacles aren’t intended to stop us, they’re intended to make us try harder. Whatever you believe in, no matter your faith, things sometimes happen that feel like they have no reason or rhyme. Other times it feels like fate and karma have worked in your favor and that you’re possibly the most blessed person on the planet– even though you may not even believe in fate, karma, or blessings from some ethereal being. I find it fascinating how we, as a people, believe in other worldly forces when things go well, but then denounce them when things go poorly. Or is that just me?
So here’s the important lesson: I woke up Saturday morning and went to go see Breaking Dawn Part II with my sister. I’ll admit it– I’m a Twilight fan. I might get around to reviewing the movie at some point. It was good. A great adaptation of a horrendous book, to be honest. Anyhow.
Spoiler Alert: highlight the below paragraph to read!!
At the very end of the movie as the saga is wrapping up and I’m sniffling like the total chick that I am, something caught my attention in a way the rest of the movie hadn’t. On the screen the pages of a book were flipping around highlighting certain pieces of text from the series. And then the text showed the very last line of the final book of the series and I nearly lost it. As a writer, to see your words in a film? Wow. Nevermind the fact that the entire book had been turned into a film. But the actual text the author typed out was on the screen. Words mean a lot to me as they should– words are my livelihood. Err– well, they don’t earn me money yet. Anyway.
I was inspired. I wanted to see the words I’ve typed on the screen and I’m not talking about hooking up my laptop to my TV, which I can do. I went home and I wrote. Then I wrote. And I wrote some more. By the time I stopped a little after midnight, I had written a lot… 7,051 words to be exact. I’s started that writing expedition with 17,026 words for Nano and ended at 24,077.
I’ve been going ever since. I’m not entirely sure that I can win Nano with 50k, but I am certain that I won’t be sorry for what I’ve accomplished this weekend. Sure, I have a ton of homework to do left and some daily thanks posts to make up. But I did manage to get back in the game with Nano and I’m caught up with my Good Reads challenge again. And I totally cheated and did my nails without having hit 20k first (Jacob’s Protection by Essence. It wasn’t anything special so no pictures.)
So here’s my message to everyone else who struggles to find a way to manage all of their responsibilities: just tell everything to kiss your ass. Whatever it is can knock you down and drag you around for awhile and while you might be set back or miss your original goal date, that’s unimportant. The absolute most important thing in life is that you just keep going. Just do it, as a Nike ad would say.
I might miss deadlines and it might appear flaky because I’m unable to do as I had intended. But whatever. Honestly, I should probably care more. I just don’t. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life is that it’s not worth my time to stress about the things I’m unable to accomplish. Instead I try to focus on the smaller tasks at hand and just take it day by day.
AND LOOK WHERE THAT GOT ME!
10,974 words in two days.
I rock so hard I want to date myself.
And I don’t even care how weird that is.
Day: 26 (should be at 43,333 words)
NaNo Word Count: 28,000 (as of the 26th)
Total MS Word Count: 54,219 words (or exactly 60% out of 90k)
Monday’s Goal: 7,000 (I’m on a path to win if I can do this. And I SO can!)
Nail polish: A Christmas theme and by far the coolest thing I’ve ever done with my nails. Ever. Did you catch that? Huh? The idea started off simple with 3 thin coats of Cinderella by Sinful Colors and one kind of sticky coat of Pinky Glitter, also by Sinful Colors which gave my nails a pretty purple that just screamed “winter!” to me.
Then I got creative and decided to paint a snowman on my left thumb with Sinful Colors’ Nail Art in Bad Chick (matte white) and Let’s Talk also by Sinful Colors. On my right thumb I used the white and purple to paint polka dots and then a top layer of Frenzy (again by Sinful Colors.)
You see the pattern here? Sinful Colors just recently came out with new colors and you should totally check them out since they’re $1.99 each. I picked up a whole new line of polish for under ten bucks. Geaux me!
On my middle finger on my left hand I struggled to paint a simple snowflake with It’s So Easy’s Stripe Rite Nail Art in black (no name appears on bottle.) So in order to cover up my hiddeous snowflake, I did another layer of both the blue and the pink that I used as the base.
On my right middle finger, I managed a really cute reindeer. I did use the cut-off end of a q-tip for the eyes and nose and antlers because, well, there’s only so much room available on my nail. Somehow Rudolph with his bright red, glittery nose (in Sally Hanson’s Hard as Nails’ Red Carpet) turned out frickin’ adorable and my favorite nail of all, even though he was painted with my left hand, and I’m totally right-handed.)
As if all of that wasn’t enough, I added a glitter tip to the nails which didn’t have any art on them. I chose Sinful Colors’ Frenzy and went over the tips with 3 fairly thick coats. And the end result? Super amazing. Now I’m only sorry that it won’t last until Christmas, though I am totally throwing that “no fixing up the nails” thing out the window. I’m not letting Frosty get nicked for nothing.
^ End result on right hand ^
^ End result on right thumb ^
^ Another picture of Rudolph, this time before the glitter tip ^
^ Ignore the ugly snowflake ^
^ An up-close but blurry photo of Frosty, the little guy that started it all ^
^ A clearer photo of Frosty, but it’s at an angle ^
The Line-Up (left to right)
- Sinful Colors in Cinderella (lower base, 3 coats)
- Sinful Colors in Let’s Talk (for Frosty, 1 coat)
- Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic (for Rudolph) (1 coat, very thick)
- Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails in Red Carpet (1 drop for Rudolph’s nose)
- Sinful Colors in Frenzy (for glitter tips and snowy effect on right thumb)
- Sinful Colors in Pinky Glitter (top base, 1-2 coats)
- Sinful Colors Nail Art in Bad Chick (white, not pictured) for Frosty’s body and polka dots as well as Rudolph’s eyes
- It’s So Easy’s Stripe Rite in black (color not on bottle, not pictured) for the snowflake and Rudolph’s eyeballs
- Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails UV Top Coat (not pictured)
My next nail polish reward is redeemable at 40k.