Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Life and Weightloss

There are a few things on my mind today, so I'll outline first.  1. I'm going to be blogging about losing weight (I know!  The horror!), even though I'm sure there are like a bajillion blogs out there about people trying to slim down.  The bottom line is, I think it will help me actually commit and lose the weight.  So bear with me, or not.  I'm not even sure anyone reads this blog, so it can just be for me.  2. I'll give you a little update about what I'm up to.  3. I'm going to talk a little about my novel, but really, if you hate hearing about peoples' novels, feel free to skip that part because I often find it annoying myself.  But, if I'm going to talk about me and what I'm doing, well I'm going to talk about the novel.

And, we're off!  I guess I'll talk about the book and other things I'm up to first.  So, I started this book last summer and got pretty far (at least for me) until the steam started running out.  Once I started the fall semester, though, my progress came to a standstill and I probably wrote less than a few pages the entire school year.  Now, I've started working again, but I'm kind of doing it randomly, just picking out separate scenes and working on them independently.  I actually think this is easier because I was having a lot of trouble with the section I had gotten to in the book and hopefully I can write out the major scenes and connect them together at the end.  

Now, when I started the book, I was writing in 3rd person, but I think I've decided to write in 1st person now because it was sounding impersonal.  I've never written a novel before, so I'm really trying to get into this character and make her unique.  I don't want her to be generic, and I want her to have her own failings, weaknesses, disturbing past, etc., just like any real person.  The other problem I'm having right now is that I want the book to mean something.  I want it to make people think or give them insight or affect them in a real way.  I don't want it to just turn out to be some generic novel with flat characters and no real, deep meaning behind it.  I don't want it to be like one of those best seller's factory line novels.  (You know how some authors do it when they're really successful - pumping out books every few months like there's no tomorrow). So it has to be special and it has to mean something.  I might even cross over into gritty.  I just want it to be real and not apologize for it.  I think I should try to explore this idea of lies and deception.  Maybe I should do a study on pathological liars and people who successfully hoodwink people into trusting them.

Alright, that was a lot about the book.  Well, other than that, I finished up a little ipod pouch for my boyfriend and I'm working on a ribbed hat for him, too.  I'm not sure if I mentioned this on here, but I've recently been crocheting quite a bit and I've already made a scarf and an ipod pouch for myself.  After I'm done with my current projects, I'd like to make myself a make-up bag, as well.  I'll try to post pics of my projects when I can.

Other than that, I'm planning on starting a peacock painting.  I've done some sketches, but still need to make some tweaks before starting out.  I like to paint more cartoon-y or at least less realistically.  I'm guessing if I gave it enough time I would do fine with more realistic paintings, but I think it would detract from the fun of it.  I find  is surprisingly relaxing.  Ahhh...

So, the weight loss thing.  I'm not really sure what I'm going to do yet.  I think I'll outline my goals and my plans and then write out my progress each day (or every few days) - like, what I'm eating and what exercising I've done.  However, this post is a little long already, so I think I'll start this out another day.

<3 Christen