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Brittan, Emma and I cuddling

Me, Emma, and Brittan cuddling on the air mattress while we were all at Christmas in Nashville. (Pic courtesy of Brittan.)

Hello and welcome to the return of Alora’s blogging.

It’s only been two months since I posted. Although, a lot has happened in the world that you probably already know about and if you don’t this blog isn’t for news anyway. Well, sometimes I share important news-related things, but this is not one of those times. This blog is going to be a what’s on my mind / how I’ve been doing blog through and through.

First up, happy holidays. I had a wonderful family Christmas will the nuclear fam and the gf. It is the first Christmas I’ve ever had with pretty much all my favorite people in one place. (Not including my extended family. I love you all too.) It was a small Christmas, but I really enjoyed it. It was really wonderful to be able to interact with my parents and siblings and also Emma (the gf). The fam has only had a little bit of time to get to know Emma in the past, so I think this weekend was good for all of them even if it was more than a little stressful at times.

Brittan, Emma, and I drove up to Nashville on Thursday and then back again on Monday, so it was four and a half days of seven people in a two bedroom apartment. The spirit of Christmas kept things fun though. I had fun anyway. I got to cuddle all my peoples and we hung out and watched some movies and played some games. I cuddled my puppy. It was a solid weekend of family fun and insanity.

This week is a three day work week because we had Monday off and also Friday off, for New Year’s Eve. Most of the office is out on PTO, so it is just a handful of us in this week and the work itself has been quite slow. You’d think there would be less distractions with fewer people, but actually it just means the people here have less reason to be quiet. It’s been kinda great though. I really do love all the people in my office and working with them is just a blast.

On a grander scale of things, since my last blog, I have attempted NaNoWriMo, gotten a car, spent Thanksgiving in Virginia Beach with Emma’s family, and seriously, seriously considered getting a dog. I’ve also missed writing these blogs and just itching to put more words out to the internet. I think I’m going to spend some time this week to put together a set of actionable New Year’s resolutions that I can potentionally succeed at relatively easily. You can bet that one of them will be to blog more. (I also want to make this blog better on the backend, but we’ll see if that happens.)

In actual news, Carrie Fisher died yesterday and I am quiet sad about it. I wasn’t going to mention it because it’s not actually a part of my life, but I want this blog to be more useful to future me, when looking back at who I was at the tail end of 2016. So this is me, sad about celebrity death for a woman I never will meet, but who positively affected my life in many ways. She definitely will continue to affect my life, especially after I get around to purchasing and reading her book. That’s another thing I want to do in 2016: read more books.

Final tidbit I shall leave you with is that I have been listening to John and Hank Green’s podcast, Dear Hank and John, recently and I quite enjoy it. I seriously recommend you check it out. I also watched a wonderful video by Rowan Ellis earlier today about ethical consumerism and how to continue the push for that when it comes to human slavery as well as animal testing. It’s only ten minutes long, and you should really take the time to watch it. She put together a wonderfully compelling and informative video. I just found her channel today and I’m very excited to check out what else she has and will post.

Alright, I will stop rambling for now. Thank you for reading, share this around if you want and please comment below with your favorite christmas gift from this year!

Till next week,

-Alora

My Life Right Now

Hey guys,

Today we’re going to talk about what my weekdays look like. Those days take up most of your life, so it’s basically a “Day in the Life” blog. However, this blog has a twist. I’ve been really sad for about the whole month of September and so I have two typical days: the day I usually have and the day I always want to have. The day I usually have is the one that happens when I’m sad and the other most often happens when I’m not sad. The goal of this blog post is to nail down a schedule for the not sad day, so I can have a template to follow when trying to achieve a not sad day while actually sad. I have had not sad days like this before. I’m not just coming up with some random, unobtainable standard. This is achievable.

A Typical Day when Sad

Time Action
7:00 AM My alarm goes off.
7:10-7:30 AM I actually get out of bed.
7:30-8:15ish AM Get ready: dressed, fed, make lunch.
8:10-8:20 AM Leave for work
8:35 AM-5:45 PM At work (A.K.A the best part of my day)
5:45-9:00 PM Eat something (not always something healthy) and play around on the internet (usually Netflix or YouTube.)
9:00 – 11:00 PM Actually work on something or clean. Maybe shower. Or just watch Grey’s Anatomy until eleven.
11:00 PM Bedtime. (Usually. Sometimes it’s later.)

A Typical Day when NOT Sad

Time Action
7:00 AM My alarm goes off.
7:00-7:10 AM I actually get out of bed.
7:10-8:00 AM Get ready: dressed, fed, make lunch.
8:00 AM Leave for work
8:15 AM-5:45 PM At work (A.K.A the best part of my day)
5:45-6:30 PM Make dinner and play around online for a bit
6:30 – 8:00 PM Clean / take care of life stuff, like bills / make content
8:00 – 10:00 PM Work on Ahlam
10:00 – 11:00 PM Read and get ready for bed

These days may not look very different in tabular form, but they feel quite different and they usually coincide with my emotional state. The second day is the one I’d like to get in the habit of doing whether or not I am sad. I’m just not quite sure how to do it. The second day helps me keep from being sad by writing and reading, but it also allows me time to keep up with my passions (writing, YouTube, and blogging) while still allocating time for reality. It is quite a magical day, but not one I have been able to have in a while.

If you all have any tips for getting into a productive schedule while sad, or anything else that might be useful, please send them my way.

As for me, I will talk to you guys next week. This post is more meta and less wordy.

-Alora

September 2016 Bullet Journal Update

The front of my bullet journal.

Hello friends.

Many months ago now, I started my first bullet journal because a number of YouTubers I follow were doing it. So far it has been one of the best things I’ve done just because everyone else was doing it.

I started my bullet journal back in June and posted an introductory blog about it. Now, it is three months later and I am still going strong. I don’t write it in everyday, but I do use it most days. I usually use it most during the week to keep track of what I need to do when I get home from work and then I don’t use it so much on the weekends.

Structure wise, I am using a monthly calendar and a monthly log as well as my future log and index. I also recently started to use a weekly log that tracks all the tasks I want to do in a given week. Then, of course, I have my daily entries. Most of my daily entries consist of To Do’s and less logging what I did that day. Although, my To Do’s are usually pretty consistent with what I did that day. Just fill in any gaps with Netflix and/or YouTube and that’s what a typical weekday evening looks like.

A weekly log I made.

However, I’ve been meaning to start adding more depth to my daily logs, so I’ve started including updates on my writing. My friend Kellie Sheridan posted a video last year about her writing journal. Basically you report your writing progress and status to your journal. It helps keep you motivated to write, so that you have something to report back to your journal. I’ve decided to work this into my bullet journal and it’s working quite well. I’ve only been doing it for a few days, but I already love it. I’ve got a lot of writing I need to get done this month if I want to stay on schedule and so far this is helping keep me motivated.

Today's daily vlog with my writing entries.

As for looks, my bullet journal is in plain black pen of varying degrees of fanciness depending on what is closest. Although I have decked it out in some stickers and I recently added Beth Revis’ signature to one page. That’s in silver sharpie. I bought a new journal last weekend that I’m planning on using for 2017. I got it from Freddie and Co, and I’m excited to use it next year.

That’s about it for my current bullet journal process. If you have any questions let me know in the comments and please feel free to talk about your bullet journal process or just chat in general. I love getting comments.

Until next time

Beth's signature in my journal

-Alora

Day One of Camp NaNoWriMo 2015!

Pic of me with my story binder

Today was the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo! I have decided on a goal of 40,000 words which puts me around 1300 new words on my novel per day. I am going to be revising my novel Complete Immersion which currently has 51,306 words. Hopefully, by the end of the month, that will be up past 90,000. I should be able to finish my current draft this month and then in August I can keep this crazy momentum going and start a new draft to pare everything down. If I get through this month, I should be on track with my goal of finish Complete Immersion by the end of the year. I tend to talk big, but I hope I’ll be able to follow through.

Sadly, because of Camp, I will probably have less time to blog, so these daily blogs have been a bit of a treat and I probably won’t be able to keep that up. I will keep you all updated on my progress, but it’s not going to be daily, unless I have crazy amounts of energy. I encourage you to try out Camp NaNoWriMo too. Unlike actual NaNoWriMo, you can choose whatever word count you want and you don’t even have to work on a new novel. You can always work on revisions like me.

The first day hasn’t gone so well. I’ve written a grand total of nine words. I found a brand new procrastination site where you can help actual scientists analyze their data (Link here). It was a productive day science wise, and I studied for the GRE, but I didn’t get much writing in. I’m not going to stay up super late and write either. I am going to go to bed at a reasonable time and then wake up early tomorrow and get started. It was an unproductive day one, but I will have a great day two.

I’ve decided to not stay up because of the WordNerds’ video on the Camp NaNo survival kit which requires sleep. I write better in the morning too. I’ve decided to take advantage of Maxwell’s absence and use his room for writing. I’m going into hiding for the next month. Revising 40K on top of an already 51K novel is going to be much harder than writing the original 50K was. This is kind of terrifying and I haven’t even really started yet since this was the least productive first day of camp ever. I have lots of words to catch up on tomorrow and a five hour shift making pizzas in the middle of the day.

Wish me luck and join me if you want. No matter your word count, day two is not too late. You can still start and finish too. Good luck at camp. I’ll try to write soon.

-Alora

New Year’s/Summer Goals Update

There is a pretty long list of goals that I have shared with the internet. June is ending which means we are over half way through 2015 and I though I’d give y’all an update on my New Year’s Resolutions. I posted a video with my sister listing them on December 31st of last year which you can watch here if you want. I’ve also included an update on my summer goals that I blogged about a while back. This is going to be embarrasing…

Year-long Goals:

  • Produce a Webseries

    I have many different ideas for webseries, but I haven’t put the time or effort into creating one. I have the ideas, but I haven’t scripted anything or even filmed anything. Maybe I’ll do something in the fall. Maybe it won’t happen this year. I don’t know, man.

  • Stop Yelling So much

    This one I can gladly report some progress on. As a loud, talkative person, with large lungs, I have issues with volume, but I like to think I’ve gotten better at controlling it. I don’t know if my friends and family agree, but I think I’ve gotten better.

  • Visit London Youtube Space

    I wanted to visit the London YouTube Space when I was in the UK for to weeks, but I completely forgot while I was actually there. I visited so many museums and historical sites, but not the London YouTube Space. I don’t think I’m going back to the UK, in the rest of this year, so unless something magical happens, I won’t be going here this year. Maybe I can go to one of the YouTube Spaces in the US.

  • Go to an REU

    So I applied to a bunch of REU’s because this is my last possible summer to get into any, but I was rejected from all of them, sadly. But now I get to spend the summer making pizza’s instead of doing mathematical research. :(

  • Read 50 books

    This one I’m not doing so hot on. I’ve been trying very hard to catch up, but I’ve only read 5 books this month which is just barely over the number I’d need to read if I was on track with the challenge. I’ve read ten books in total. Very sad.

  • Write 200,000 words

    Oh look, another goal I am doing horrible on. In my video I said this was going to be easy, but I was very, very wrong. My year long word count is currently 30,241 which leaves another 169,759 for the writing.

  • Get 4.0 in the Spring of junior year and Fall of senior year.

    I got a 3.68 last semester. My career GPA is 3.9362. I don’t know how well fall semester of senior year is going to go. I have to start my thesis.

Summer Goals:

  • Catch up on 50 book challenge

    I have not being doing too well on this one as I mentioned above.

  • Write everyday

    This has not happened. I have been blogging a couple of days a week which kinda counts, but I’ve only worked on Complete Immersion the once when I posted the blog post on revision. I haven’t worked on it since then because I still don’t have a nice area to myself to work. My mom tried to set up a desk area for me, but I haven’t cleaned it up enough to use it yet.

  • Finish Complete Immersion

    I’m hoping to get this one done. I haven’t worked on it much, but Camp NaNoWriMo is fast approaching and I really need that motivation.

  • Catch up on word count goal

    So far this month, I have been doing pretty well, compared to the last months I’ve been writing. I’ve written 9,516 words this month which is only 7,151 off of the goal for the month, and honestly, if I put the time in, I could write seven thousand words in four days, but I don’t think I’ll be able to put the time in because I’m at the beach with my family right now.

  • Keep up with this blog

    I’ve been doing well on this goal. I haven’t gone a single week without posting since I started. I’ve gone five days without posting, but not a week, which is a great accomplishment for me.

I am looking forward to spending the rest of my weekend at the beach with my family and I will post a review of I Am Not a Slut by Leora Tanenbaum soon. How are your New Year’s Resolutions or current goals going? Mine aren’t going too well, but I’ll pick it up. Maybe.

-Alora

Summer Goals of 2k15

My feet in the summer grass.

Hello all and welcome to June!
It is a new month and I’ve decided to set some goals. I do not want to have an aimless summer. I have things I want to do and I will get them done.

Goal 1:

Catch up on the 50 book challenge. According to my calculations, I am 17 books behind. If I read two and a half books every week, from now until September, I will be caught up. Then I just have to read a book a week during the semester. I’m hoping this goal will help get me back in the habit of reading for fun instead of spending a lot of time on the internet.


Goal 2:

Write every day. From now until at least September, I want to get back into the habit of writing everyday. Even if it is only a small amount, I want to get back into the habit of it. I’m not talking about plain blog posts either. I want to work on my creative writing everyday.


Goal 3:

Finish Complete Immersion. Period. I have been working on this book since July 2013. It is time to finish it and move onto something else. I have other novels that I want to write, but I don’t want to leave unfinished projects laying around.


Goal 4:

Catch up on my word count goal. In January, I set a yearly word count goal of 200,000 words in 2015. I am drastically behind on this and I want to catch up. My blog posts will help beef that up along with daily writing. I can do this. It will just take work to pump the numbers up to where I want them.


Goal 5:

Keep up with this blog. I probably won’t be blogging everyday, but I put WordPress on here for the express purpose of blogging more. WordPress is easier and faster than writing everything in html on my computer and the pushing it up to the git repository and then asking Dad to push it up to the website. These posts go up automatically. It’s much easier.



So I guess that’s it for my list of goals. Five in total. It looks a bit daunting, but I’m only working five or six hour shifts at Pie Five, so I have plenty of free time to get this done. I didn’t even touch on my YouTube channels. I have really been falling behind on those. Being home for the summer with your family is distracting.

What are your summer goals? Tell me down in the comments and we can have a conversation.

I’ll talk to ya’ll soon. 😀

-Alora

(Photo credit goes to me.)