…and all through the house, not a device was stirring, not even a computer mouse.”
Actually, that’s a lie, since I’m using the computer right now. Anyway.
This is the last day of my freedom. Argh, I’ve got to stop thinking of it like that! Don’t get me wrong – I love writing and NaNoWriMo, but there are definitely days during writing challenge months when I don’t feel like progressing. I can’t wait to start NaNo because I want to start writing my fantasy parody, already! I’ve also noticed that things seem scariest right before you start them, so I know that once November is here I won’t have as many niggling worries. I loved the two-month break between August Camp NaNo and the Big NaNo and right now I’m enjoying my leisure time while also wishing that time would speed up.
This is also the first Halloween when I have not gone trick-or-treating. My parents think that sixteen is too old to be trick-or-treating. I don’t agree, but I didn’t make a big fuss about it because I can use this evening for last-minute NaNoPlanning instead. Or reading, depending on how things go. Books are my Achille’s Heel. They call to me with their siren songs. They… alright, I need to stop reading so much Greek mythology. (Actually though, I can’t. I have to read them for a school I started dreaming of a Halloween costume back in the summer. I was (and still am) obsessed with the Hunger Games and wanted to go as a character from that series. Of course that didn’t won’t end up happening, but I still think my idea was quite brilliant. I predict that nearly every preteen and teen girl will go as Katniss Everdeen because the series is so popular now. I originally intended to dress as Katniss since I look a bit like her, but I don’t want to be unoriginal. What about Clove? Yes, I’m talking about the bloodthirsty female Career tribute who throws knives. She’s awesome. I think I look more like her than I look like the Mockingjay and the costume would be easy: dark outdoorsy-looking clothes. The only problem are the knives because my parents (quite sensibly) wouldn’t let me out of the house with real knives and I’d probably get arrested if I threw fake knives and people thought they were real.
So on second thought, it’s probably better that my parents didn’t let me go trick-or-treating this year. I can just see the headlines: “Midget Menace Terrifies Neighborhood with Knife-Throwing Shenanigans”!
But that doesn’t mean that I won’t still celebrate Halloween. In past years I’ve sometimes read something spooky – anything from a Halloween-themed picture book to Edgar Allen Poe. I don’t think I’ll do that this year because I have a gazillion other things I’m already reading. However, I did carve a jack-o’-lantern as I do every year! It took ages just to draw the design. Cutting it out was even more tricky because there’s lots of detail. I am very pleased with how it turned out. It’s even better than my Voldemort and Darth Vader jack-o’-lanterns!
There’s another reason to celebrate October 31st – Neville’s birthday is today! No, not Neville Longbottom; his birthday is July 30th. I’m talking about my Neville, Neville Purplebottom. I received him as a Halloween present from my neighbors. Yes, a Halloween present. I’m not sure why they give my brother and I Halloween presents, but they do every year and this year’s was some fruit and candy. I mean, I’m happy about it, but if you’re going to give someone a present, it makes a bit more sense to give it at Christmastime or maybe a birthday.
Last night, I attended my region’s NaNo kick-off party along with my friend Maralyn. I received a bag of goodies consisting mostly of candy, notepaper, and stickers. (I got a really cool official NaNoWriMo sticker of the sort that people put on their laptops, but I don’t have a laptop. Where on earth would I put it on a desktop computer? Actually, the bigger issue is that I can’t, because this computer isn’t mine.) It was actually a ton of fun to just sit around and talk about our books – and books we’ve read – with other writers. We probably didn’t have much in common except that we all love to write, which is enough. I talked for a bit with some guy who was also writing a parody of fantasy and I think both of us were thrilled to find another person writing funny fantasy because “every time I try to write something serious it always ends up funny or sounds cheesy, so I’m just going to write a parody anyway.” as Mr. Random NaNoer said. It seems like a lot of people write serious stuff for NaNo and it’s nice to know that other people are strange like myself.
Actually, what I said about not knowing anyone besides Maralyn isn’t quite true. There were two other teenagers at the kick-off party, a boy and a girl. We started talking and the girl and I realized that we both blog. Furthermore… sometimes she reads my blog and sometimes I read her tumblr. You can link to your website through your NaNo profile and of course it’s possible to find this stuff through other blogs, so it makes sense. It was bizarrely amazing. It’s just weird to think that someone whose blog I read doesn’t live that far away from me – in fact, she’s in my town. I’ve been by the high school she attends, many times.
So that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to, besides school. That’s what I’m happy about at the moment. Oh, wait. There is one more thing. The US presidential election is in about a week and I’m quite anxious about it. Not only is Lord of the Rings a wonderful story; it’s also a terrific way to distract yourself from real life. Whenever I feel worried about what will happen if “the other guy” is elected, I just open a book and am pulled into the story inside. Orcs are far more interesting than vice presidents, in my opinion. They’re even better-looking than most.
If you’re NaNoing, are you bouncing off the walls with excitement, as I am? (OK, I’m not actually bouncing off the walls because I always act a lot more mellow than I feel, but inside I’m leaping about in happiness.) If you’re trick-or-treating, who/what are you dressing as? Were a lot of girls dressed as Katniss Everdeen as I predicted?
Happy Hallowe’en, everyone!