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It's been a while!

At last update I was at just over 600k total views to my stories on FanFiction.net

On Christmas Day, 2012, I reached 1,000,000! Yes, one MILLION views to my stories. Holy balls. I honestly never expected that kind of traffic, and seeing it now (and realizing that eight months got me another 400k views alone) is really inspiring. I know FanFiction is not writing in the most traditional sense, I suppose, but it’s something that I and thousands of others partake in and feel good about. It’s a way to work on developing plot without having too stress ourselves out over simultaneous character development. I save that kind of stress for NaNoWriMo, in November…

I completed two of my most popular stories to date, and crossed 540 something reviews to one of them. I know that’s still not a ton (my eventual goal is 1k+ reviews on my stories, but we’ll work on that) but it’s a definite start. Weeee!



lose weight
inch by inch, pound by pound.

TL;DR, I need to lose this weight and I’m tired of hating my body.

Height: 5’7”
Current Weight: 165ish
Ultimate Goal Weight: 120-130, wherever I’m happiest with my body fat percentage and how toned I’ll be.
Highest Weight: 180ish

Just by helping myself out of a huge binge eating problem, I’ve lost 15 pounds. Unfortunately now I’m stuck there, and have just knocked it into my head again that I need to make changes in order to see results. Duh!

I’m starting a Couch to 5k while also implementing an at-home workout routine with boyfriend that will include crunches (later sit ups and pushups), planks, and the like. I want to work out and walk/run for at least an hour and a half every day, and we’ve already drastically changed our diet to exclude unhealthy and bad fatty foods. We’ve been eating healthy for a week straight now, so tomorrow starts the exercise portion.

I’m excited to finally be thin. I hate hating myself. I’ve been pinning and reblogging pictures of girls I want to look like, for inspiration.



run a 5k
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I’ve been out of shape since I had a knee injury during my freshman year of high school that ended any hopes I’d had of dancing. That was almost eight years ago. A deep depression followed, and so did the gradual addition of 60 pounds to my body. I once weighed 130 at 5’5, perfectly healthy. By the time I turned 19, I weighed almost 180-something pounds (I’d given up looking at a scale then, though I assume it was around there or higher) and decided I needed a change. I made it – and stopped binge eating – and quickly dropped down to 165.

Unfortunately, I’ve been stuck there now for three years due to a lack of commitment and enthusiasm and motivation. I’ve set up plans, and then never even started.

This all changes now. I’m going to lose the weight, and in the process I’d like to get back into running, which I enjoyed moderately as a kid. I didn’t enjoy it as I got older (because it wasn’t “cool” and then because I couldn’t) but I started running a bit when I went to the gym months and months ago and found strange comfort in it. It’s nice. I can push myself, challenge myself. And it’s something that I can train myself to do without equipment or anything.

I’m going to modify a Couch to 5k to fit my timeline, so that I’m not just finishing a training course right before I’m due to race. I’d like to finish it a few weeks in advance, so that I can work on pacing and stretching and getting my body back into running condition before I attempt and make a fool of myself.

I started today without really having to start – 30 minutes walking was more than four times covered by a long afternoon at Disneyland with family and my ever-supportive boyfriend. I told him my plans, and that I can do it by myself, but he seems more than willing to join me and keep me motivated and positive. Bless that boy, I may just have him run a few steps ahead of me so I can chase that cute butt all the way to the finish line.



do hot yoga
I've been seeing posts from a girl I went to high school with.

She gets a monthly membership, I’m guessing, for unlimited classes. She’s taking like six a week, and after she goes for walks down the street to the beach. I’d love to do something like that (although, admittedly, as far away from her as possible. She’s a massive bitch, always has been as far as I’m concerned.)

Hot Yoga is supposed to be incredibly good for your body and mind. As I’m rebooting my fitness routine and attempting to finally lose all this weight for good, I’m setting a goal for myself that’s also a prize in itself. Once I lose a certain amount of weight by running/whatever, and once I stretch often enough to get a little more flexible, I’ll get myself a membership to a Hot Yoga studio.



write a book (read all 2 entries…)
Technically, I've already done this six times.

However, the haberdashery and awful collection that is my six unfinished NaNoWriMo manuscripts does not a book make.

Of all six years, my manuscript from last year stands out most prominently. I can taste it. I can see it. Not just because it was the most recent, but because it was the most vivid, developed thing I’ve ever written. It had passion, it had reason, it had a message that I need to share with the world – a message about choice, and freedom, and the rights to your own mind. I forget about it for days at a time, and then it all comes back in a rush.

I’m going to work on this novel this year, slowly but surely. I want to finish it. I want to write the ending for my two young heroes. I want them to find their peace, their answers, their destiny.



Sell $500 worth of my art/projects on Etsy
One month today, on Etsy.

It all began June 25th. After years of my friends and family telling me to sell my cute things and paint stuff on Etsy, I decided I really actually needed the money and finally signed up.

I opened my shop the same day, with listings for custom mugs and teapots. My first few orders were all friends and family… and that was a little disheartening, but it also meant I could really actually do this. I made three orders in the first week.

After that, business got a little slow. I had to wait for people to find my items and add them to their favorites lists, to add me to their circles, etc. After a week or two of waiting, I started getting messages from random customers on Etsy. Up until this morning, I had made about $120 – roughly enough to cover materials and buy myself something nice. Not enough to fully make a profit. Oh, but then I got commissioned to paint, AND build a calendar board, and do all sorts of other stuff, doing canvas work for a lady who is a lot like me. That’s going to be more money, too.

I think by the end of this week I’ll have made $400. So my first goal is to round out the $500, then head up to $1000, and so on. :) If I’ve made $400 in a few weeks though on idle time, I’d say I’m doing pretty well :)



move out
Almost there!

While I was living with Shane, I don’t really consider that moving out. However, on July 10th we will be signing a lease for our first apartment together! I am beyond excited. It’s almost 900 square feet, with a brand new kitchen and bathroom tub, vaulted ceilings in the living room, french doors into the bedroom, an office, and it’s wonderfullllll.



Write more (read all 18 entries…)
typing away!

nearly 7k yesterday, and another 2k so far today. i intend to write another 8k before shane gets home from work at 3am… ugh. plenty of time. this is how i’m spending my fourth of july. yowza.



Do NaNoWriMo
Take Four!

I’ve done NaNo for five years now – didn’t finish the first two, but have finished the last three. I’ll do it again this year, and I’ll finish. I’m also planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo (weeeeeee) and that starts in just over a week. I’m going to be gone for a week though, so I REALLY have to either work a bit while I’m on vacation or just kick some major ass the rest of the month!



floss my teeth
flossing! flossers!

boyfriend discovered he could get replacements cheap for his flosser head – and that he’d never used the second one he’d purchased in a set because it was pink :P so i have one now and have used it two days in a row, plus tongue scrubbing and a brand new sonic toothbrush thing.

my teeth feel DENTIST clean hours later! my breath FEELS fresher. and i’ve been using crest 3d white toothpaste (the GLAMOROUS white kind is AMAZING) and my teeth have been whiter and brighter day by day.



paint more
classic winnie the pooh.

A friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in years had her baby a few weeks ago – and had told me months ago and offhand, while I was working at Disneyland, that if I insisted on getting something for the baby, it should be winnie the pooh or peter pan. I went with Pooh, not only because the shapes and textures are so cute and vintage, but because it has a special connection with my sister, too. I like doing quotes and art together, so I went with the classic “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” – A. A. Milne. Next to it was Pooh hanging from a balloon, and piglet hanging from his foot – both of them staring a tiny bee right in the face. There are little bees and hearts buzzing everywhere around. It was a clearance-canvas sort of day, and I’m more for making gifts anyway.

A few days later I painted the Avengers logo on the back of my sister’s shirt – not the most artistic thing, I know, but it was something. I like playing with paint.



Host a dinner party
we're getting our own place soon

so this shouldn’t be difficult :) we’re getting four place settings, but i’ll probably convince him to get a few extras… hehe. Or at least, you know, good paperware. I want to have it as sort of a moving in, housewarming, look-how-awesome-of-a-cook-i-am party.



watch the sun rise and set with the same person (read all 4 entries…)
last bf? didn't do it.

This one? We do this all the time :)

The last one was a few months ago… he surprised me and took me up to Big Bear because he knew I wanted to see snow. We woke up while the sun was rising, drove back with it setting next to us. Beautiful!



kiss in the rain, under mistletoe, on new years eve, and under the stars (read all 7 entries…)
I'd like to update, mostly because I don't really want to remember the rest of these.

In the Rain – December, Shane and I had been dating a few weeks.
Under Mistletoe – still no! This next year IT WILL HAPPEN. We’ll have our own place so I’ll put it up everywhere, if I have to!
NYE – On the futon in the living room :p a great new years with great friends.
Under the stars – pretty much every night :) And our first!



get up on time (read all 2 entries…)
We wake up around 9

but usually don’t get to bed before four. I’m fine with that – hubby’s schedule has him not getting off until 1:45 AM, getting home around 2:30 AM… we’re night owls, so at least I’m not alone in the late late evenings.



Complete 85 of the 100 Most Completed Goals (read all 4 entries…)
let's see, now... 80.5! I've done four and a half things since November :)

1.Fall in love – Done

2.Get a tattoo – Done

3.get a job – Done, need to do again __

4.Kiss in the rain – Done

5.learn to drive – Done

6.get married

7.drink more water-Done

8.go camping – Done

9.Quit Smoking – Done

10.Have my first kiss – Done

11.Make Firefox my default browser– Done

12.learn how to drive stick-shift

13.go skinny dipping

14.see the northern lights

15.sleep under the stars-Done

16.ride a roller coaster – Done

17.dye my hair – Done

18.get my driver’s license – Done

19.get a massage – done, if boyfriend counts. i tell him all the time, women pay gooood money to get a massage that relaxes them like that. his hands are magic on my back/neck/shoulders.

20.fly a kite – Done

21.eat sushi – Done

22.Build a snowman –

23.Dance in the rain – Done

24.bake a cake – Done

25.Donate blood – Done

26.Buy a House

27.type with 10 fingers – Done

28.visit a zoo

29.go to a rock concert – Done

30.bake cookies – Done

31.lose weight

32.be happy – done. finally :)

33.make a snow angel – done! our recent day trip to big bear.

34.volunteer for something – Done

35.win something – Done

36.Read “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” – done

37.Donate to charity – Done

38.get an iPod – Done

39.Swim with dolphins – Done

40.Donate old clothes to charity – Done

41.Give blood – Done

42.graduate from college

43.tell someone I love them – Done

44.Read a classic – Done

45.write a song – Done

46.have a picnic – sort of done? we’ll have to have one to make sure.

47.Volunteer – Done

48.have a movie marathon – Done

49.own a t-shirt with a band name on it – Done

50.create my own website – Done

51.Learn to knit

52.sing in the shower – Done

53.go on a cruise – Done

54.hold a snake – my sister got one and i touched it, that’s the closest i’ll ever get. consider it done.

55.Become a vegetarian – might soon!

56.read a book in a day – Done

57.Make love – Done

58.Roll on your side down a grassy bank

59.visit a museum – Done

60.go on a road trip with no predetermined destination

61.stop biting my nails- Done

62.do something illegal – Done

63.meet someone famous – Done

64.Take more pictures – Done

65.Make new friends – Done

66.get completely soaked in the rain – Done

67.make a prank phone call – Done

68.lie in bed all day. – Done

69.build a sandcastle – Done

70.experience a white Christmas – it was after christmas, but i’ll half count this because boyfriend made the effort :)

71.Skydive

72.finish a Sudoku puzzle – Done

73.Spend a whole day reading a great novel. – Done

74.horse ride – Done

75.wake up when my alarm clock goes off – Done

76.dye Easter eggs – Done

77.graduate from school – Done

78.Have a slumber party – Done

79.swing on a swing – Done

80.go to a football game – Done

81.write a poem – Done

82.Roast marshmallows – Done

83.have Oreos and milk together – Done

84.do yoga – Done

85.slide down a slide – Done

86.drink hot chocolate – Done

87.Do ten full push-ups – done

88.get a passport – Done

89.Have a baby

90.visit an art gallery – Done

91.make an infant laugh/smile – Done

92.Learn to play the guitar

93.learn how to cook – Done

94.Watch the Sound of Music – Done

95.overcome a fear – Done

96.get drunk once – DONE

97.go to college – Done

98.grow my hair long – Done

99.visit Europe – boyfriend says we’ll do this eventually.

100.Own a car – haha



Write more (read all 18 entries…)
Update on word count, etc.

555,264 Words in FanFiction
Over two years of NaNoWriMo – 106,846 words
doodles, vignettes, and bullshit – appr. 80,000 in the past 12 mos.
9 stories completed – three others nearly there
604,065 total hits to stories
1,848 total reviews
2,156 total favorites
2,593 total alerts added

author favorite adds: 224
author alert adds: 247

Numbers are increasing – though not in the way they should be. I have to admit, I’ve left my writing behind WAY too much over the past months, and the months before that… I was just too distracted or too busy. Now that boyfriend works the nights, (he’s gone 2PM and back by 2:30 AM) I’ll have plenty of time… which is good.



Complete 85 of the 100 Most Completed Goals (read all 4 entries…)
76/100!

1.Fall in love – Done

2.Get a tattoo – Done

3.get a job – Done! New job :)

4.Kiss in the rain – Done

5.learn to drive – Done

6.get married

7.drink more water-Done

8.go camping – Done

9.Quit Smoking – Done

10.Have my first kiss – Done

11.Make Firefox my default browser– Done

12.learn how to drive stick-shift

13.go skinny dipping

14.see the northern lights

15.sleep under the stars-Done

16.ride a roller coaster – Done

17.dye my hair – Done

18.get my driver’s license – Done

19.get a massage –

20.fly a kite – Done

21.eat sushi – Done

22.Build a snowman –

23.Dance in the rain – Done

24.bake a cake – Done

25.Donate blood – Done

26.Buy a House

27.type with 10 fingers – Done

28.visit a zoo

29.go to a rock concert – Done

30.bake cookies – Done

31.lose weight

32.be happy

33.make a snow angel

34.volunteer for something – Done

35.win something – Done

36.Read “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” – done

37.Donate to charity – Done

38.get an iPod – Done

39.Swim with dolphins – Done

40.Donate old clothes to charity – Done

41.Give blood – Done

42.graduate from college

43.tell someone I love them – Done

44.Read a classic – Done

45.write a song – Done

46.have a picnic

47.Volunteer – Done

48.have a movie marathon – Done

49.own a t-shirt with a band name on it – Done

50.create my own website – Done

51.Learn to knit

52.sing in the shower – Done

53.go on a cruise – Done

54.hold a snake

55.Become a vegetarian

56.read a book in a day – Done

57.Make love – Done

58.Roll on your side down a grassy bank

59.visit a museum – Done

60.go on a road trip with no predetermined destination

61.stop biting my nails- Done

62.do something illegal – Done

63.meet someone famous – Done

64.Take more pictures – Done

65.Make new friends – Done

66.get completely soaked in the rain – Done

67.make a prank phone call – Done

68.lie in bed all day. – Done

69.build a sandcastle – Done

70.experience a white Christmas

71.Skydive

72.finish a Sudoku puzzle – Done

73.Spend a whole day reading a great novel. – Done

74.horse ride – Done

75.wake up when my alarm clock goes off – Done

76.dye Easter eggs – Done

77.graduate from school – Done

78.Have a slumber party – Done

79.swing on a swing – Done

80.go to a football game – Done

81.write a poem – Done

82.Roast marshmallows – Done

83.have Oreos and milk together – Done

84.do yoga – Done

85.slide down a slide – Done

86.drink hot chocolate – Done

87.Do ten full push-ups – done

88.get a passport – Done

89.Have a baby

90.visit an art gallery – Done

91.make an infant laugh/smile – Done

92.Learn to play the guitar

93.learn how to cook – Done

94.Watch the Sound of Music – Done

95.overcome a fear – Done

96.get drunk once – DONE

97.go to college – Done

98.grow my hair long – Done

99.visit Europe

100.Own a car



Sing in front of a crowd
Wednesdays

Are Karaoke days. My big group of friends and I do Karaoke once a week at this bar by the beach, and almost all of them have sang, but I usually refuse to because I hate singing in all cases. I don’t actually have a bad voice, I’m halfway decent actually, but it’s more of a social anxiety thing. I get nervous. I get shy. I don’t know whether or not I should just do it… I probably should. I might need a drink or two before his happens.



make a collage
My walls

I usually paint my walls in my room wild colors and put random things up. However, we just moved into an apartment – I can’t paint. So I’ve started a little wall collage on the wall above my bed, it’s only about twenty things right now and about four by four feet, but it’s hopefully one day going to take up most of my wall. I’m really excited!



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