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NaNoWriMo – Day 15

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I’m not going to lie, I greatly underestimated the hours I would have available to work on my story this year, but that’s ok.

For all you WriMo’s out there, today is a huge marker in the challenge: we’re all at the half-way point. By now, your word counts should be at 25,000 words. I’m only about 24k words behind. No big. *sweat drop*

Looking at this drastic difference in count, I know what I’ll need to do is serious planning to keep me moving forward. If you’re behind like I am, the best suggestion I can give you is to take a step back, think a little ahead about what you’re planning to write, and give yourself a clear path. This will help keep you focus and, in turn, get caught up on your word count.

But what if you’re stumped on a part and need ideas for your story? Maybe that’s why you’ve lost words and fallen behind? I would highly suggest checking out the Adoption Society. It’s a great place to swoop in on ideas unused given out to everyone to grab. Be curteous, though, and try to leave so ideas for others to use as well. To help yourself get in the group, stop by the NaNo Soundtracks forum page for some sweet tunes to write to. If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, participate in one of the Word Wars, Prompts, & Sprints challenges. Open up in the forums; there are hundreds of thousands of people in the same boat as you and everyone is there to support each other.

What word count are you at? What story are you working on? Let me know in the comments below! Good luck, everyone!

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Geek Chic: The Cutest of All the Skull Kitties

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Here’s something I haven’t had the chance to do in a while: a Geek Chic outfit post! *hugs* I’ve missed doing these so much!

So, the background is a tiny bit plain because I’m still in the process of migrating our new dining table from the Halloween decor to the Thanksgiving/Fall decor. Also, I’ve been working on the store quite a bit lately, so that’s been taking up all our eating space. It’s cool though, we’re making it work haha!

I’m really in love with this shirt and skirt as individuals, and would ship them together always if I could. This shirt because it’s ridiculously comfortable and fits perfectly. This skirt was from my most recent trip to Old Navy and was a chance item I found buried in between a bunch of jackets. It was the only one, in my size, and the perfect length. I hate finding circle skirts these days because I can almost never find one is an appropriate length (aka: doesn’t show my ass to everyone). I’m far too shy for too much cleavage or leg. I have one skirt that I call my Arianna Grande skirt (which looks a lot like most of the circle skirts she rocks). I wore it once for mine and Mike’s 1 month anniversary. I tried wearing it again and just started NOPE!-ing all over the place. That skirt has since been replaced by this beauty.

I recently fired back up my Nintendo DS Lite and DS and hit up GameStop for copies of Pokemon Black and White to introduce my darling to. Needless to say, there is much competition going strong to catch them all before the other person does. We are being kind enough to each other for trading. Took us a little while to figure out the logistics of the C-Gear (last version I was playing, and am still trying to finish, is Sapphire), but we managed a semi-successful battle and one successful Pokemon trade! Yay noobs! I watched Mike finish the story line for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare over the weekend while I worked on my store. The graphics in that game are freaking beautiful. Even if you’re not a heavy gamer or a gamer at all, just check out some of the gameplay on YouTube and take the time out to appreciate the art. Also, Kevin Spacey. That’s all I wanted to say. Kevin. Spacey. *swoons*

 

This Outfit:
Shirt – Super7 for Loot Crate
Skirt – Old Navy
Tights – xhilaration for Target
Shoes – Reneeze
Scarf – Old Navy (not online)

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Testing out my new lens

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I’ve been looking a different types of lenses and attachments for getting back into photography as a side job this year, and I think I’m getting to a point where I have everything I need. The best and worst part of all this shopping is the testing phase. Since all of my items are getting purchased online, I have to really do my research, wait for it to come in, test and ship back if it’s not what I’m looking for.

Right now, I’m having fun with my Wide Angle and Macro combo lens. It’s pretty awesome so far. Still not 100% sure this is exactly what I’m looking for, but for $10 it’s staying in my set. I wanted something that I could use with my 50mm lens on my Nikon D3100 that would give me a little bit more in my photos. While it’s not something I’d be able to use very often for events or portrait sessions, I can definitely see myself getting a LOT of use out of it for my blog, which was something I wanted but wasn’t really actively seeking out. I had some fun learning more about my camera last night also. A friend of mine has been taking the time to explain some of the more advanced aspects of my camera and encouraging me to move outside my comfort zone of shooting and fixing it in post later. I have to say that I’m already more impressed with my photos and I was just fooling around and not really trying to go for anything specific with my shots last night.

I’m pretty stoked for a maternity session I have this Saturday. I’ll be meeting the mommy-to-be-again, her hubby and their three little ones at the park for a sweet shoot amongst the trees and leaves. She’s about a month out, so we’ve planned for the possibility of the maternity session switching to a newborn session! So wonderful, much excitement.

My next purchase will be for an external flash. I have an indoor event coming up in December and I will desperately be playing the testing game this month on a few ring ones I have my eye on. Until next time!

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NaNoWriMo 2014 – Day 1

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It’s that special time of year again! NaNoWriMo 2014 is officially in full swing and I am so excited/nervous/stressed/happy!

In case you’re new, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writer’s Month and aims to help it’s participants knock out 50,000 words in 30 days. This special month happens every year, and has been since 1999. They’ve help hundreds of thousands of writers get through the writing process of their beloved stories, ranging from fiction to nonfiction to fanfiction!

This year, my goal is to finish a Harry Potter fanfiction story I started years and years ago called The Gap Between Now & Forever. I managed to get through half the story back in 2012 and complete the 50k word count challenge, but not finish the story itself. In 2013, I attempted to start a different story and barely put a dent in it. Here’s to hoping I can get through my word count this year!

If you will be participating in NaNoWriMo this year, drop me a link to your profile so I can add you as a buddy and we can commiserate together. It’s always nice to have someone you can turn to for ideas, advice and keeping you on track! If you’re out for ideas, be sure to check out the forums to get in touch with the wonderful community for feedback and more!

Good luck, fellow Wrimos! LET THE WRITING BEGIN!

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Review: Sailor Moon Crystal, Episode 1-6

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In case you weren’t aware, the Sailor Moon series has been rebooted as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal in honor of the manga series’ 20th anniversary. Toei Animation set out to make this series much more true to the manga, and though I haven’t had the pleasure of reading it, I can say they’ve been doing an amazing job of the series so far.

Sailor Moon is the story of Usagi Tsukino, a teenage girl who discovers she is chosen to wield the power of Sailor Moon, Guardian of Justice. She, and several other guardians, are tasked in searching for the Legendary Silver Crystal and protect it from the evil hands of Queen Beryl. Along the way, she meets the elusive Tuxedo Mask and the team finds the whereabouts of the Moon Princess. The question is, can the Sailor Guardians find the Legendary Silver Crystal before Queen Beryl can take over our world as we know it?

As a fan of the original 90’s series, learning that many of the original voice actors came back to reprise their roles on the series was awesome! Whenever a show or movie is redone, there’s always that concern that it won’t be what is was in a bad way. While the animation style was – and still sort of is – hard to get used to, it’s done so brilliantly and seamlessly that I can’t help but fall in love with the series all over again.

The pace of the series also goes a lot faster than the original. The reboot does away many of the filler episodes and moments that really had no place in the series. For example, Sailor Mercury doesn’t get her powers until episode 8 of 90’s SM, whereas Ami gets her power in episode 2 of SMC. We don’t even get Sailor Jupiter until episode 25 or Sailor Venus until episode 33 of the 90s version. Though my review of the series is only up to episode 6, I’ve seen Sailor Venus show up in this past Saturday’s episode (#8). I get that this was originally done to probably extend the life of the series and get more character development or get more fun episodes outside of the main storyline, but it’s nice not having to wait until almost the end of the season to get to see all 5 Sailor Guardians together.

Either way, it’s a great time to be a Sailor Moon fan and have a Hulu account. If you are new to Sailor Moon or a returning fan, catch new episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month, and two new rereleased episodes of the 90’s Sailor Moon anime every Monday. You have to be a Hulu Plus account holder to watch, though. I’ve had my Hulu Plus account for almost 2 years now (if not longer) and I don’t think I could ever cancel it. It’s only $7.99 a month and you get the first 2 weeks for free. It’s my cheapest and most rewarding monthly subscription to date. There’s tons of other great anime (I’ve seen Chobits, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden, and Bleach), a bunch of FOX shows, and had a chance to preview the new Fall shows.

Happy binge watching!

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6 Tips for a Successful Move

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I’ve moved four times within my hometown in the last six years. My first move was out of my parents into a studio apartment across the street. Two years later, I moved downstairs from my place into a 2-bedroom with a friend. Several months after that, I moved into a 2-bedroom across town and a friend moved in with me for a bit. Less than a year after that, I moved back to my old complex into a 1-bedroom where I have lived for the past 2+ years. In a couple of days, I will officially be a resident of Lodi, CA. I’m really excited about this move. The apartment is spacious and adorable, and happens to be in a happy medium place between my folks’ place and my 8-to-5.

I have to say, though, that moving has it’s wonderful up and epic downfalls. There are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned these last few moves that I think are very important to keep in mind when moving.

1. Keep in mind how much crap you have. The more you have, the earlier you should start packing. If you’re moving from one rental unit to another, chances are you won’t have a whole lot of time to get your shit from Point A to Point B. Start off with packing the things you can live with out the longest first, and end with a handful of things you’ll need to get by until you can start unpacking. I only really have the weekends to pack up my place, so I started packing during the first few days of my 30-day notice with my books, photos and winter shoes. The last few items I have left to pack will all be going into a reusable bag and hauled over first to the new place. Same with clothes; keep on hand what you can make do with. The less you have to worry at the last minute, the better.

Good items to keep on hand unpacked:

  • Paper plates, plastic cutlery, and plastic cups
  • One mug per person
  • Frying pan
  • Spatula
  • Knife for cutting

2. Trash and Donation piles are very important, because you don’t need all of your crap. Think of moving as if it were Spring Cleaning Day. As you go through junk drawers and cabinets and your closet, think really hard if you need those pairs of jeans that haven’t fit in 3 years or that chopping mat that has seen better days. Are they easily replaceable? Have you already replaced and forgotten about them? Keep in mind that most things are recyclable and there are people out there who could use or want the items collecting dust in your home.

3. Clear out usable space(s) for your boxed up stuff. Your things will disappear fast, but your boxes will pile up faster than you will realize. The problem with small places also means limited space for boxes. When cabinets and closets start being empty, look into shoving boxes back in to save floor space. This is especially good if these items happen to be fragile and need to be kept out of harms way.

4. Label and organize the items in your box properly. Most people moving will end up with an odd variety of sizes and shapes for moving their things. Work with it rather than against it. Boxes that aren’t very deep can be perfect for plates, frames and documents. Exceptionally large boxes can be perfect for holding pillows or other light-weighted items (thinking about your back’s safety here, people). Keep items that are from the same room together in the same box so you’re not running from room to room when unpacking. May seem logical, but sometimes logic escapes us when we’re rushing around trying to make sure a hundred different plans all go accordingly. Many people have stated that color coding your boxes helps as well. Assign different colored tape or ink to specific rooms.

5. Lock down your help ahead of time. Don’t assume you’ll have vehicles or help; lock that shit down. Have backup plans for your backup plans. Seriously. I once had to move and had a few friends agree to help when I asked. All but one bailed and I was left scrambling to figure out how I was going to get all my stuff moved. If you have it available in your budget, I highly suggest using a moving van from Uhaul or equivilant. Moving vans help with cutting down the number of trips and the amount of time getting your stuff around. If you think it’ll be more, consider how much it’ll cost in gas to get multiple vehicles around versus one.

6. Personal safety is a thing: protect yo self. I cannot stress this enough. Don’t make your boxes heavier than you can carry or use larger boxes that will tempt you to over pack and weigh down even more. You will hurt yourself and being out of commission during a move with a tight schedule doesn’t help anyone. If you know you’re going to putting your body through more than it can handle, consider a back brace, schedule ahead of time a visit with a chiropractor or masseuse, and have the pain reliever on hand.

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Nerd Cave: Loot This Storybook Home

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Your home can be turned into a storybook-inspired home really easily and for not a whole lot of cash.

Change up your bed frame with Ikea’s LEIRVIK bed frame and decorate it with a bed net or a pretty and simple garland, like this branch and star one from Joann’s. Using a fluffy white bed set will make you feel like royalty every time you wake up. I love Uncommonly Goods’ Cardboard Unicorn Head! It makes for such a good conversational piece and looks awesome against colored walls. Show off your love of books and enhance your collection with some book pillows. ThinkGeek has these fluff blocks, one of them being a stay-open book of Alice in Wonderland.

Another element that is common in fairytales is that everyone has tea time. I’m a huge fan of tea, teacups and mugs. I have more drinking paraphernalia than plates and bowls combined. If you’re looking to grow your teacup/mug collection, visit your local thrift/vintage shops. The bigger the variety, the better. Etsy also has a huge search result for teacups and quite a few mixed style sets for sale. Many times, thrift stores will sell a complete china collection of plates, bowls, saucers and teacups for 6+ people.

With a little elbow grease and a lot of imagination, you can really do a lot to add that feeling of having stepped into a book. Kate from Kate’s Creative Space showed us how we can take doors meant for dollhouses and turn them into in-wall homes of elves, fairies, and mice alike. I can’t wait until I move into my new place and see how long it’ll take people to notice the little dwelling!

What other type of storybook-inspired piece would you add into your home? Leave me a comment below with a link!

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Looted: Unboxing #DoMore with Degree from Influenster

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My friend Lauren over at Beer Up Your Life recently convinced me to sign up for Influenster, a site where they send you products (samples and full sizes) for free and ask that you review the product. It’s such a great program because if the product is crap, it can help others not waste their hard-earned dollar. On the flip side, if it’s a great product this service can help promote it across the board and get people in the know. I recently got my first box for their #DoMore campaign with Degree’s MotionSense deodorant in Fresh Energy.

Let’s be real here, guys. Everyone needs to wear this stuff, but not everyone can use the same types. I believe this was Degree’s attempt at making a deodorant for women to help with long lasting protection and fragrance when exercising. Unfortunately, I’m not big on the whole exercise train like I should be, but I woke up this morning and thought, “Why not? Might as well try it since I’ve got it.”

Initial Thought: This actually smells really good. It’s not over powering and it’s not strong, but you can definitely smell it. For the first hour I had it on, I’d get a whiff of it every time I moved my arms. The strength of the smell has gone down since then. It glided on very smoothly and doesn’t appear to have left white markings on my clothes like many deodorants tend to do.

End of Day Thoughts: Overall, not bad of a product. It gets the job done and smells good while doing it. I can definitely see myself recommending this product to any of my female friends who are in the market for a deodorant that’s a step above your normal stick. Because I’m not a very active person, I think I’ll stick to my regular choice of Secret, but I would definitely keep this in mind for when I get my gym membership and start working up a sweat. Luckily, I’ve got a full size stick from Influenster to get me through a true trial period.

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Happy First Day of Fall!

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Happy Autumnal Equinox Day, everyone! Or, in other words, HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL, Y’ALL!

So, my neck of the woods is still looking like Summer, but the cooler mornings and nights are helping feed my excitement for my favorite season of all time: Fall! What’s there to not love about Fall?! The leaves on trees changing their colors and fluttering to the ground, the cool breeze sweeping over your skin while it’s being kissed by the sun, getting to dress in a mix of summer and winter layers. If I had it my way the start of the year would be the Autumnal Equinox. As a child, my plan was to have a home in different areas of the world and live in those homes only during the fall season of that area. I had planned that I would live my life in an eternal chase for Fall.

The start of Fall also means the start of the holiday season and very special dates! Halloween, NaNoWriMo, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and eventually ending it all with Fourth of July! Additionally, I get to move into my new place soon! *twirls in a tiny pile of leaves*

How can you not love Fall when it leads to such exciting days ahead?!

 

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