Category: Summer 2014

There’s a Soundtrack to This Crazy Movie

Picture from here

Picture from here

Am I the only one that imagines the soundtrack to my life?

I like to think of my life as a movie of sorts. I have my own story to live out as I grow older and discover new things. I’ll face challenges, but that’s okay, because in the end I know that they’ll help make me stronger.

And of course, every good movie has to have a fantabulous soundtrack, right?

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This Week’s Episode: The Universe Holds the Key to People

It all started with a biology project.

For the AP Bio course I’m taking this upcoming school year, there’s a lot of summer homework. There were two projects in total on the list- both concerning our natural environment and organisms inhabiting them. I have until August 5th (Tuesday) to finish both of them, along with a bunch of reading and study guides. I’d like to say that I got a super early head start on all this homework, but… I didn’t. Oops.

The instructions for the project I was working on today were quite simple, in some sense: I was to go out and photograph organisms from certain domains, kingdoms, and phyla (my teacher gave us a list of eighteen different categories). I managed to find most of what I needed around our house and at a nearby park, but then there was the matter of marine creatures- sea stars, jellyfish, you get the idea.

At first I was panicking; how in the world was I supposed to find all of the things I needed in such a short time? But living near San Francisco does have its perks.

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The Seemingly-Impossible Is Not As It Seems

It’s July 31st, and I think we know what that means.

In a very, very short time, Camp NaNoWriMo will officially be over for the second time this year. Participating writers everywhere will be scrambling to finish up those last words on their novels in order to meet their wordcount (I know I did last night!).

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 10.31.28 AMI set my goal pretty low this month, actually- only at 20,000. And I passed it by 1,000 words! Seeing the little bar on the statistics graph go above the goal line is seriously one of the best feelings I’ve had all week.

I’ve been talking a lot about crossing goal-lines and completing things recently because it’s really been one of the only things on my mind. My thoughts have constantly been centered around questions like “what do I have to do next?” and “what do I have to do to do that thing next?” and “holy mother of all things fluffy, how in the world will I finish this all in time?”.

Sometimes it might feel like things are impossible to do. You might have your list of three things you want to get to first, you might have all the things you need to complete them- but there still could be that point in time where you feel like all is lost, like there’s no way you could ever finish what you’ve started.


I am absolutely positive you can.

I proved to myself that I can when I made those two big jumps in my wordcount to catch up. And just like I sat down with an extra-chocolatey hot chocolate and wrote until my fingers bled (metaphorically, of course), you can catch up, too. Forget that feeling of hopelessness and keep working at it. You’ll get there.

Don’t give up, nerdlings,

Good Gravy, I’m Behind on Life.

I have a lot of work to do.

I would list out all the things here, but 1) that would take too long and 2) I already have a handy-dandy list of things I have to do pinned up to my wall next to my new desk. But my point is, life is hectic.

My chemistry class finally ended. I have two weeks until school starts. Part of me is jittery with excitement for the first day of sophomore year, but there’s also that part that’s uncomfortably squirming at the thought of work.

So I better make sure to use every day left of my summer to its full extent.

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Saturday Shorts: If You Know Where to Look


A rather desperate, twelve year old Hudson Winchester yelled through cupped hands as he trekked through the forest. His family’s cabin had long disappeared behind him, but he wasn’t worried. He knew this place like he knew every single Metallica album his dad owned. It was home.

LILAH PARKER, ARE YOU OUT THERE?!” he called out again, stopping in his tracks. The rough earth was covered in freshly-fallen leaves, barely crunching beneath his feet as he halted. Hudson breathed in the scent of the tall trees around him and smiled.

He knew where to look.

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I had a bit of a blunder

I think we can all safely say that we’ve made at least one mistake in our lifetimes centering around timing and deadlines, yes?



Today, nerdlings, I had a bit of a blunder with time.

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Exciteability Levels Have Increased Rapidly

Here’s some things you should know about me:

  1. I get very excited very often (and I mean very often).
  2. When I get excited, I get the feels.
  3. When I get the feels, I often flail around the household before madly typing random letters on the keyboard to express my feels (which are just too much to handle).

So I’m sure you could imagine that when the fantabulous Desiree nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, all three of these things happened simultaneously.

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