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GUYS!! Guys, I know no one probably cares about this but me, but I JUST WON NANOWRIMO!!!!! I only wrote like half my novel, and it’s a total mess and will pretty much need to be restarted from scratch with several, select sentences staying intact, but STILL!! 50,566 words, 152 pages, 28 days. I’m just going to float away now in a pool of my own ecstasy, which is probably not sanitary but whatever just go with it.

GUYS!! Guys, I know no one probably cares about this but me, but I JUST WON NANOWRIMO!!!!! I only wrote like half my novel, and it’s a total mess and will pretty much need to be restarted from scratch with several, select sentences staying intact, but STILL!! 50,566 words, 152 pages, 28 days. I’m just going to float away now in a pool of my own ecstasy, which is probably not sanitary but whatever just go with it.

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I am feeling so stuck with NaNoWriMo right now, and tired, and frustrated. I’m a little bored and more than a little annoyed at my annoying-ass characters. I’m a day behind, I’m at the part where the action is happening, I’m not quite sure how it’s all going to turn out or how to write it, and giving up sounds kind of nice and relaxing. Throw into the mix my vague feelings that me with my business degree and accounting certificate have no business writing a novel and you’ve got a cocktail about three seconds away from blowing out of my brain blender and making a mess all over my thought kitchen.

Luckily, I went on the NaNoWriMo website to the archived pep talks to hunt for John Green’s pep talk. John Green is my second favorite author behind J.K. Rowling (sorry John), and I knew he would have exactly the words I need to keep going. Here are a few choice excerpts from his pep talk:

*Why do I quit halfway in? I get tired. It’s not fun anymore. The story kind of sucks, and it’s hard to sit down every day and spend several hours eating from a giant bowl of suck.

*Here’s my answer to the very real existential crisis that grips me midway through everything I’ve ever tried to do: I think stories help us fight the nihilistic urges that constantly threaten to consume us.

*So why finish what you’ve started? Because in two weeks, when you are done, you will be grateful for the experience. Also, you will have learned a lot about writing and humanness and the inestimable value of tilting at windmills.

*So here’s the pep part of my pep talk: Go spit in the face of our inevitable obsolescence and finish your @#$&ng novel.


I couldn’t believe how much this pep talk spoke to everything I am feeling right at this moment; it felt like John Green was writing to me personally. (What delusions of grandeur?) So thank you, John, thanks for being you. You never forget to be awesome.

I’m going to go kick this novel’s butt! :)


Link to full pep talk here


P.S. Can’t wait to see John and Hank at Carnegie Hall in two months!

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theroadpavedwithwords:

I introduce to you, the final cover of my novel, TEMPERED BY FIRE.
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Like most girls her age, all Hailey Catherwood wanted to do was get out of highschool alive. Thanks to an interloping fairy however, that might not even be an option anymore…
Unlike most girls her age, Hailey has the Sight - the ability to see into the fairie realm. When a hot-headed Fire Sprite shows up and tricks her into one months servitude, her life is suddenly overrun with blue-skinned kelpies, sabre-toothed monsters, and monocled squirrels. An evil fairy queen further complicates matters, pushing Hailey into a magical mess as she is forced into a quest that she’ll, regretably enough, never be able to forget. 
Want to donate or preorder?
My Indiegogo is www.indiegogo,com/temperedbyfire , Help me achieve my dream by donating. All funds go towards printing the novel and promotional items. If you can’t donate, please share or reblog this to support young independent artists.Everything is much appreciated!

theroadpavedwithwords:

I introduce to you, the final cover of my novel, TEMPERED BY FIRE.

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Like most girls her age, all Hailey Catherwood wanted to do was get out of highschool alive. Thanks to an interloping fairy however, that might not even be an option anymore…

Unlike most girls her age, Hailey has the Sight - the ability to see into the fairie realm. When a hot-headed Fire Sprite shows up and tricks her into one months servitude, her life is suddenly overrun with blue-skinned kelpies, sabre-toothed monsters, and monocled squirrels. An evil fairy queen further complicates matters, pushing Hailey into a magical mess as she is forced into a quest that she’ll, regretably enough, never be able to forget. 

Want to donate or preorder?

My Indiegogo is www.indiegogo,com/temperedbyfire , Help me achieve my dream by donating. All funds go towards printing the novel and promotional items. If you can’t donate, please share or reblog this to support young independent artists.Everything is much appreciated!

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