Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thanks and Playing Catch-Up

So, after a couple weeks of kissing, holidays, almost kissing and then, you guessed it school (by far the current bane of my existence, math hates me), ICKY.

But first I have to say thank you, to Sherrinda for hosting the very successful and FUN Kissing Blogfest. Than another special thanks to Frankie for hosting the just as much fun No Kiss Blogfest. Not only did I read AMAZING kissing and no kiss scenes, but I just had fun reading, commenting, everything! Thanks again you guys for hosting these massively mind-blowing-ly awesome events! And of course thank you to everyone who posted on my kissing scene and my no kissing scene, because they made me very warm and fuzzy inside, each and every one made my DAY. No lies, you guys rock! Also welcome to all my new followers, I'm honored that you want to read my ramblings, about everything, and bumbling actions through the writing world. Thank you, I'll try not to let you down.

So onto what's been up since the lovely kissing/no kissing filled weeks, well I'm reading Jade's current MS, and I love it. I've also so slacked on all my work, school work, and I just got back on Monday. Again, just ICKY. But then I went to Writers Club and itmade my week soo much better, especially because today was the anniversary of my dogs death and I miss him. *sigh* but Writers Club made me feel so much better. Being President has its perks. I'm consumed by power. Muhahaha....Okay seriously I'm not that crazy but I had a great time at Writers Club today, my old friend Maeve stopped in and we had a great time. It also spurred me to think about revisiting my first ever finished MS titled Last Summer and Now, Sara must remember it well, yeah it was bad. Okay not bad I mean I loved Seath, but Maeve was talking and it got me thinking it's been TWO years since I finished LSAN, and I need to finish another WIP. Soon.

Of course that sounds rushed, but I've been procrastinating, putting off finishing because my least favorite part of the process, is editing. I love the changes, don't get me wrong, but I have always struggled with editing, even back in Elementary school I had trouble with it. With grammar, and spelling and sentence structure. I even had a sentence structure lesson earlier this year, I knew absolutely nothing about what was going on. How is it that someone can make it to 11th grade and still not know the basics about sentence structure? Easy, I was never taught it. And now, I'm sitting in class and my teacher is prattling on about subordinate clauses, prepositions, main clauses, etc. and I'm at a complete loss. This has to be the first time I've ever struggled with English, ever, aside from when I couldn't read (but that is another story, and nine years of my life I wish I could have been reading). So I've been putting off finishing He's With Me, not just because of the editing, other stuff too, what exactly I'm not sure.

Thus I have come to a decision, brought about by my buddies Maeve, and Kathryn, who was quoted about eating faces because you're a zombie, in an earlier post. I am setting aside (until my birthday) my WIPoUP, for a short time span. And I'm going to finish HWM, by hopefully Jan. 31st. Screw Midterms this is more important please don't let my parents read this, (no I'm not joking, this seriously takes precedent over school for me, which isn't a good thing but you know what I'll live, and the only exam I'm seriously worried about is math.) So if I don't finish, I'll not only have failed my midterms (this time I'm kidding, failure is not an option in my house, so don't worry passage will occur) but I'll have disappointed myself. To ensure I meet my goal, aside from the demands of Maeve and Kathryn, I wanted to tell you guys so when midnight on the 31st rolls around you can all call me out on it. If I finish. Or not. And then pick a punishment (within reason).

Oh and guess what, for as much as I detest my high school. They CUT the creative writing class, CUT it, I'm so pissed. I wasn't allowed to take it as a sophomore or a freshman because of a stupid rule or something. And I didn't take it this year because I had to commit to another class. So now I don't even get to take the one class I was looking forwards to senior year. Not Cool. But my school finally came through for me! Next week, courtesy of a local movie theater, with awful seats you have to crane your neck to see the screen put in with this new development in town. Which is over crowded and makes everything ten times more busy trafic wisebut for this I'll forgive them, a little, this theatre has now earned quite a few points in my book. This theatre is offering my school tickets to a pre-screening of DEAR JOHN!!!!!!! I've been looking forwards to this movie forever!!!!!!! Excuse the exclamation points, it is just that awesome. For next Thursday, I am so going, I just can't wait.

And yeah, that's all I've got to say for now. I hope everyone's week was a good one, and that it continues to be good.

14 comments:

Jade said...

I was never taught grammar either. It seems like a common occurrence these days.

Good luck with finishing your MS!

Mariah Irvin said...

I hardly understand grammar myself. I've read so much, though, that I'm good at knowing what sounds right and what doesn't.

Good luck!

Karilynnlove said...

Grammar? Who cares! Haha. I think if you sentence comes off the right way then go with it! Not every sentence, mind you, but some. My MS has got a couple of incomplete sentences...I think it gives a certain effect.

Good luck with school. I feel your pain, I will be starting back Wednesday and I'm not looking forward to it.

Kayla said...

I agree, the kissing fest was fun and I'm so sad that I missed the no kiss fest. There were so many amazing blogs posted out there, though I think yours was one of the best. I just adore Declan. =D

As for grammar, we were taught it but it was just the basics. We never went into detail with it and I really wish we would have. It's rather annoying have to remember all these rules and not know if I'm writing correctly or not. So I feel your frustration.

Shelli said...

gramar schmammar

Lisa and Laura said...

I like to think I know grammar by ear, but I think I'm just fooling myself. Luckily Laura is an English teacher so she fixes all my embarrassing blunders.

And I am so with you on hating math and editing. Blerg.

Jill Wheeler said...

Sentence structure is pretty easy if you ditch all of the fancy terms. Google it and you can learn a lot on your own. Those grammar books are so hard to understand!

storyqueen said...

I am bummed for you that they cut your creative writing course. Of course, when I was in school I was too afraid to take creative writing because it was taught by Mr. Stringer and he and a very long beard and very stringy hair and, well, I was creeped out.

(Shhhh...don't tell anyone, but I didn't take many writing courses in college...shhhhh.)

Shelley

Hayley said...

Jade- Thanks, I'm going to need it. And if everyone eventually makes this big deal about grammar why not pound it in us when we're young? It would solve so many problems.

Karilynn- I don't care but tests do. *tear* and I'm sorry you're returning to school, I hope it doesn't hurt too much those first few days back. They really should just ease people back into school like a rehab program from vacation.

Kayla- I'm glad you like Declan, I like him too *giggles* and thanks for such high praise, it makes me blush.

Shelli- If only the ACTs and SATs felt the same, then everything would be right in the world.

L&L- Good to know that math hate doesn't go away, all the adults I know are like "you're going to need it one day...blah blah blah" Just because I need it doesn't mean I have to like it. That and seriously when am I ever going to have to graph a parabala (hmm did I spell that right? it's the graph that looks like a u) when I'm an English teacher(if I can learn basic grammar)?

Jill- I totally will, thanks for the advice, the terms always mess me up and I get them confused on top of not understanding them.

Shelly- I wont tell, and I understand about Creepy teachers. We have one who watches our lunch table(because aparently we're all future fleeing felons) and that's what we call him, Creepy Teacher. We don't even know his real name...

Hayley said...

Mariah- You comment disappeared and I missed it! But thank you for the luck, and I really am glad that I'm not the only one who doesn't understand it, my entire English class makes me feel like a moron cause they all get it. Except for the writers, me and Kathryn.

The Blogger Girlz said...

Dude, are you serious?! You get to watch a FREE, EARLY SCREENING of Dear John??!! OMG, I cannot WAIT to see that movie, I am sooo JEALOUS! :P And thst was awesome, the part you said about "screw midterms" to focus on writing more? Total girl power! But don't worry, you CAN balance writing with school, it takes practice, but you can do it! :D

~Ella

Hayley said...

Ella- Yes, yes I do. I am very, very lucky. It is the only thing my high school has ever done for me. Yay for girl power! I'm learning to balance, it's hard but I'm working on it, so it is only a matter of time.

Nishant said...

I'm good at knowing what sounds right and what doesn't.

Work from home India

Hayley said...

Nishant- I wish I had that trait...