Monday, January 31, 2011

The Story of My Most Serious Injury

That would be when I fractured my left arm.

It was a long time ago, I think I was around 8. I was at my grandmother's house, playing around with my cousins when I fell hard, my elbows meeting the ground with a thud. After that, all I could feel was pain as I cried. My mom and other relatives who were around thought that I had just hurt myself slightly so they gave me some medicine and let me sleep.

I clutched onto my arm the whole time because even if I moved it slightly, it would hurt like hell. I woke up a while later, I remember my mom tried to get me to move my arm but I cried out of pain. That's when they FINALLY realised that this was serious.

So I went to the hospital and got a cast around my arm. The doctor said I can get it taken off in 8 days.

Yeah, right.

I went to another doctor after those 8 days (because my grandmother's house was in a different city to mine) and the doctor took off the cast then replaced it with ANOTHER one. I was so happy about not having to wear that itchy cast any more but I was kind of upset because loads of people had signed it with markers :P

Any ways, I had to keep the new cast on for a month or so. It was a nice month, since I'm left-handed and my left arm was broken, I didn't have to do much work in school. Also, I liked how everyone was nice to me while I was injured :P

I guess it wasn't too bad, just a broken arm, fractures are common.
What about you? Any terrible injuries?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Childhood Ambitions (and my novel?)

Believe it or not, I actually wanted to be a doctor when I was little.
*laughs hysterically for 60 seconds*

*Clears throat..*
Any ways, I suppose it had something to do with the idea of helping others. But as soon as I began secondary school I realised that science wasn't exactly my best subject :P

It was then that I discovered my love for art. So for the next three years, I wanted to be an artist, or something through which I could show my creative side. I always looked forward to art classes in school, I even looked forward to getting art homework. During these three years it became obvious to people around me that I loved art. Art just made me happy. Art was something I was actually good at. (Am I saying 'Art' too much?)

When I moved to a new school, they didn't offer art as a subject. At first, I was terribly disappointed. But as weeks passed I started having this sudden interest in English (language and literature). I always liked English before but I clearly preferred art. I don't really know how my slight 'sudden interest' grew into the 'oh-my-god-I-need-to-write-something-right-now!' type of obsession.

In the beginning I just liked writing essays/stories but one day an idea came into my head and I quickly wrote it down. This was more than a year ago. I carried that idea with me, adding little bits to it as it expanded inside of my head. The idea then led to some scenes which I also jotted down. Slowly, I realised I had so many bits of the story written on paper, word documents and even on my ipod, this was not just a 'story', if written out properly, it could be a novel.

I never really took it seriously until my six months holidays began after I finished high school. I had time, lots of time. So I began working on it. I don't know if other writers experience this, but I felt like I was bipolar most of the time I worked on my novel. There were some days I felt ecstatic because I had the plot straight in my head and I knew exactly where this story was going. But then reality would hit me and suddenly the holes in the plot would become obvious and I'd start feeling like it was impossible to fix the plot-holes. But then another idea would hit me, and it would somehow fix a part of the story and I'd become excited again. But then as I would move along I will realise another plot-hole.... you get the idea :P

All of this was just extremely frustrating, so... I gave up.

That was, until November came along. I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. The rules said you can't use any of the actual writing you've done, which was okay because most of the 'scenes' I had jotted down didn't blend in with the story anymore. It had changed so much. So I did nanowrimo. And it worked. I not only reached the 50k word goal and won the challenge, but I finally wrote down the story which had been building itself up in my head.

The sad part was that though I wrote 50k, the novel was still left incomplete. I didn't write it from the beginning and I never managed to reach the end. So even though I have written quite a lot, I feel like I have nothing to show for it. I knew I had to finish it. But as the whole NaNoWriMo adrenaline faded away I went back to my old ways of not writing anything for days. December passed quickly and I hadn't written much at all. After that college started so I haven't had much time.

Right now, I have a VERY unfinished and scattered novel saved somewhere in my thumb-drive. I don't even dare open the document. A friend told me that if I give up on it now, it would waste the effort I put in all these past months. Which is true. So hopefully I'll somehow find the time and motivation to finish the first draft. I already know what I'll be doing once I have the first draft written. I'll be following Plot Whisperer for Writers and Readers , it's a one-month guide which is actually supposed to be done right after nanowrimo but since I hadn't completed my draft by the end of november, I couldn't go ahead with it.

Anyways, I'm ranting a lot! This post was actually supposed to be about my childhood ambitions but it turned into something completely different.

I am so sleepy right now *yawns.*

Comment and let me know what your ambitions were when you were young and how they have changed now :D

Monday, January 3, 2011

12 Blogs I Think YOU Should Check Out!

...The Run-On Sentences of Life...
Jodie's full of ideas. Her posts are on all sorts of topics, whether they be funny or serious. Love her blog :D

Kamila's blog is awesome. Her posts and inspiring and fun to read :D

Mia updates very often and her posts and short and easy to follow. I'm loving her day-to-day photo challenge!

I love to read her posts. One of the recent ones was called 'If only I was pokemon' haha.

Probably the most 'expressive' blog I follow. Twefrence's posts are conversational and interesting :D

I love reading Hanis' posts, the way she cancels out words makes me laugh :P Nice blog!

I like the way Crystal begins her posts with relative quotes. She's also started making video blogs which is super awesome :D

BlackedOut's posts are always honest and to-the-point, that's what I like about her blog the most :D

I absolutely adore her art work! :)

Furree's blog is really cool. I don't even know who Jackky Bhagnani is yet I still look forwad to reading her blog entries :D

Ashley's posts are a mixture of humour and honesty, I always look forward to reading her blog!

Work in Progress
This blog is complete with lists, poems and rants! :D

There are a lot more that I love and follow but I limited myself to 12. By the way, if you have a blog you would like me to check out, please post the link below and I certainly will! :)