Moving Out!

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the static these past few days, life has been all kinds of cray cray for all three of us Wordsmiths. But, you know us, we always come back one way or another.

However.

I am here with a tiny update for y’all.

In the midst of all the life drama and the writing, we have all decided to have our own little separate blogs outside of this one. But fear not! The Wordsmiths are not going away! This blog is still gonna be up. It will just be…on hiatus, I suppose? Until we all figure out exactly what we want from our blogs and posts, if that makes sense.

We are gonna have our own main/personal blogs and will keep this as our mutual side-blog.

In the meantime, do consider following us at the new blogs we are setting up!

There’s so many of you here already, and we do not want to miss you!

Harris’s main blog

Thorn’s main blog

Gee’s main blog

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Post-Summer Blues, Pre-Winter Crisis

Hello everyone!

I am officially back from my holiday trip. Sadly, it didn’t last long, but I had a great time nonetheless (despite some awkward encounters…). I was trusted with the camera for the trip and I went off taking random landscape and aesthetic pictures. I wonder if I should post them here. What do you think?

Did any of you guys go anywhere for the holidays? Did you have a good time? As I said, I had a good time, and I am sad it was over so soon, hence the title. Don’t be alarmed by the title of this post, it’s all meant in a good way. I shall explain.

So, while I was on holidays, I started thinking about my first college year, how it would go, what I should do to prepare. I know, not the best topic to start worrying about on your limited holidays. But then I remembered all the nice things I was overlooking about autumn when I had school. The cute sweater weather, the Starbucks seasonal drinks and offers, more aesthetic landscapes, Halloween (we don’t have Halloween here, but me and my friends still try to recreate it however we can).

It should be noted here that I was never a person who liked the cold. But I think this was hugely because of having to wake up extremely early for school, while the weather outside was as cold as it could get, no amount of clothing would make me stop freezing and I was in a constant Cold-And-Upset mood for months on end. That, and the loads of homework I never did that I had, had me really not looking forward to the autumn and winter months.

My winter crisis mainly had to do with me looking forward to change for once (please hope this doesn’t backfire on me, heh). I had plenty of time on my holidays to think about this topic, which led to a small existential crisis as well. All is good though, like I said. I get paranoid and panicky too much and too easily, do not mind.

The other good thing about this is that I am planning to go stationary shopping. I’ll be dragging poor H with me for this. Against her will. Of course. She would never go stationary shopping willingly. Heh, heh.

So far, things are looking up. I shall try to be a more open-minded person and try to see the good stuff in winter, now that my main cause of bitterness is over. What about you? Do you like cold weather or warm weather? I personally prefer something in-between, with not too much sun and not too much cold. A cloudy day, perhaps. What’s your favourite season? Also, why do you like that season more than the rest?

~Gee

Tiny Life Update and Camp Nano

Hello everyone! Guess who’s back, back, back.

Das right, it is I.

I do realise I’ve been MIA for a long while now. I’m sorry for that, I really am. I have no excuses. Well, nothing I haven’t already said anyway. Yes, school is over for me. Now that this is out of the way, I’ve had some few weeks of calm, where week after week passed and I didn’t realise because I was doing my favourite thing: absolutely nothing.

Some people might feel restless or won’t be able to function if they don’t do anything all day. I on the other hand, am content with doing absolutely nothing. Sure, I enjoy activities and (occasionally) socializing, but not to the extent a lot of people around me seem to have. Sometimes I like being a hermit, what can you do.

So when I finally sat my ass down and thought, okay, let’s do this camp nano ish, nothing is in my way now….something got in my way.

A big something.

….

College.

Get your head out of the gutter.

Fun fact (not): universities here are free. All ya gotta do is to have a certain score in your exams to pass where you want to, but otherwise that is it. Well, the case with me was that…I didn’t have that certain score. I also didn’t have a university I wanted to go to. So, I took the long way ’round, and signed up for a college.

Greece doesn’t have colleges, mind you, this is an American college here. That means there is going to be a heckton of paperwork. Also, the papers will have to be in English, which they’re not. So they have to be translated first.

This week and the next I’m gonna have to focus on signing up, not because it’s a very complicated progress, but it’s time-consuming and it involves a lot of running around the city to get things done.

And if that wasn’t enough…I’m still hell-bent on trying to teach myself Korean. Signing up to a college, self teaching a language…you’re probably thinking, Gee, what the hell is wrong with you? The world will never know.

Despite all that stuff, I did get to write. The others in our writing group are mocking me for the high word counts I used to hit back in November, but that is sadly not the case anymore, and I feel disappointed. Bit like I let them and myself down. But at least I’m still pushing through it and write. I haven’t given up yet. I still write daily, whether I’m alone in my story or with a friend.

I am not foolish, I know I am not gonna hit my word count for Camp, but I’m pushing through it and that’s all that matters to me right now. Oh! I also signed up to become an ML for November’s NaNo. I hope that works out as well.

 After Camp is over, I’ll be off for a week or so in August because of holidays. We’re going road-tripping with the fam! Never done this before, I’m excited to get to see new places and take lots of pictures. Perhaps I’ll have loads of stuff to blog about and show you.

And that’s about everything that has been going on in my life this past month. To be honest, I started the month thinking it wasn’t gonna be a kind one, and indeed I’ve had a tough first few days/weeks, but I think things are looking up once again. Since my life likes going from 0 to 100 in no time without letting me know, I daresay I’m doing fine.

I’m sorry for the rant above, I wanted to explain my sudden absence to you, and to Thorn and H. I’m not gone, y’all! I just don’t know how life works yet. I probably never will.

I’m trying, okay, bear with me here.

But enough about me. Has July been good to you? If not, are things looking up now? I hope they do. What about Camp? Are you currently out there, slaying your word count? No? Well why are you still here listening to my blubbering? Go write, go go go!

Come back here when you’re done and let me know how you did!

~Gee

It’s NaNo Time!

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Buckle in, fellas. This is gonna be a wild ride.

The time is up! Time for us to get our butts back to work, turn caffeine to words and get with the flow. This is what I’m seeing on my webpage right now:

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Some of you may have already started, but I have a little time left until then. For those of you that already got to work, best of luck! Remember to take care of yourself as well as your novel!

As for me, I’m thinking of getting to work right when the time goes off. Will I make it? Will procrastination get me? Let’s hope not.

I don’t think I’m gonna get much writing done on the 1st, generally, since I will be pretty busy throughout the day. BUT I have Saturday to look forward to catch up. Plus a possible writer’s meetup to get us all kickin’.

It’s always best to work with buddies, as H said, to keep each other motivated!

I personally love these times of the year, where all our writer-ly instincts come bubbling back up. We’re in our element. We have all the excuses to stay inside with some hot/cold coffee and write the day away (if possible, of course). I’m looking forward to getting back to this, and getting back on track.

Remember; no stressing over, no panicking. We have all of July for this. Sit down, take a deep breath, and

Ready,

Set,

Write!

~ Gee

On Life And Camp NaNoWriMo

T’is the final countdown, y’all! Less than 10 days until  Camp Nanowrimo is upon us. How are you coping with it? Are you ready? Do you have this? Are you not?

Personally…I’m still struggling.

School’s over (at last). Even if I didn’t give 100%, I’m still really, really lost. I will have it figured out by then, hopefully. I realize this is what I keep saying, but I really am trying. So I’m not dealing so well with life at the moment. It won’t hold me back from the happiness (and stress…but mostly happiness) I get when I write. Especially since, after Nanowrimo, I realised how well I’m actually coping under the word and time limits. This is how I’ll get back on track.

That, and a bucket of coffee a day.

So maybe life is catching up on me after a long while. It’s just my luck, and my timing. But I have the girls on my side, and our writing group to get the gears going. After all, it’s better when you’re all in this together.

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~ Gee

Coffees, Journals and Coloring Books

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Today has been a surprisingly productive day. Okay, well, not so surprising. I ran out of coffee, therefore I had to restock. I cannot possibly live without coffee or chocolate, they must always be at an arm’s reach, otherwise I shut down. I went to this nice little coffee shop close to my place that has everything I could possibly want from coffee, chocolate, tea, sweets, and so on.

But I might have gotten…a little overboard with shopping.

For one, I did get coffee. Three different kinds of coffee. Two flavors for filtered coffee, and one for instant. Just to be sure, y’know *snort*

Then, I went book hunting (whaaat, it was close by), but didn’t actually find anything that excited me, so I started searching for other little things. In the end, I got three colouring books, because I’ve been meaning to get my hands on one in a while. Plus those coloring pencils, because they have the same patterns on them as the books.

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Only ironic thing, in my opinion, is that those coloring books are supposed to be stress relievers, but I can see myself stressing more because I want to do it correctly. Oh well, I already started on one, too late to go back now.

Lastly, I went on another shop to check on this camera I really want to get (eventually), and ended up roaming the stationery area too. Usually I feel bad about getting fancy notebooks, since I never stick with something and I would have nothing to fill them with, but those ones…they were just so nice. And cheap too! I couldn’t resist for long.

Perhaps I will put them into use when NaNo comes around?

Who knows.

~ Gee