As I wrote earlier I'm picking and choosing my prompts due to exams, and the one I'm choosing first is 'The Hunger Games: "Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor": What healthy habits have you adopted to put the odds of better Migraine & Headache Disorders management in your favor?'
For some reason, I started answering this prompt, and then suddenly I had an idea for a fanfic. It may be a bit morbid of me, but I started wondering how having migraine would affect a tribute in the Hunger Games. Could it ever be considered a strength or would it only be a weakness? Anyway, to explore it I'm writing a fanfic. It's probably weird, but now I'm curious and I can't help but wonder. If anyone's interested you'll find it here.
Now back to the prompt. It's actually surprised me how much my habits have changed because of migraine. I sleep way more than I used to because I can't stand not to. I feel the need to drink water way more than I used to, so I've started carrying a drink bottle with me wherever I go, even for a short car ride. My food choices have changed ever so slightly. I try to stay away from MSG since I'm completely sure it's affecting me negatively in some way but it's hard to know what's in anything these days.
It's not much, but I guess it's better than nothing, and I'm always trying to get a little bit healthier in an attempt to make my life just a little bit better.
I've been stuck in writing my first prompt for more than two weeks now. I think it might be because I favour writing in first person and for the first prompt I want to write in third. Or it could be because I'm trying to make it too perfect the first time around, ignoring the fact that I can edit it later to my heart's content if that's what I really want. Yeah, probably that.
It's been holidays for me for a while now, and I've pretty much been sitting around and doing nothing. Well, except for going to the movies and the beach once. My sleep habits are now horrible, which is quite bad, especially because as Christmas approaches I have more and more stuff to do. I spent the whole of today out, talking to uni advisers about course choices and helping mum with the Christmas preparations. Tomorrow my family is invited to a family friend's place which means that I only have Saturday to find presents for a Kris Kringle that one group of my friends hastily put together not too long ago. Our last chance to exchange presents is on Sunday, at least if we want it done by Christmas. After Christmas I'm going away for a week on Polish Camp so I won't be able to continue writing until January. So much for my Summer Writing Challenge.
On the bright side, the break might help with the part I'm stuck on. I think I'll continue to try and finish all 30 prompts by the end of February; it's not like I've anything to lose.
I wrote before about doing a 30 Day Creative Writing Challenge, but now that the Christmas season has begun, I doubt that I'll be able write about a prompt every day for thirty consecutive days. I started the first one today and have not gone past planning and it will take me a few days to finish it since I've given in to my perfectionist side.
So, my solution is to change the 30 Day Writing Challenge into a Summer Writing Challenge. I will still be using the same 30 prompts, but there will be a three month time limit until the end of February which is the end of summer. As long as I finish it all before then, I'll consider this challenge a success.
I want to try doing a 30 day creative writing challenge right after finishing exams. Sort of like NaNoWriMo but without the pressure of having to write an insane amount of words each day. As well as more variety, which should make it easier to stick to. I will list the prompts and then stop thinking about blogging or looking at other people's blogs until the 21st. Here they are:
Day 1: Re-write a classic fairy tale
Day 2: Write a fanfiction
Day 3: A story that takes place pre-1950
Day 4: A poem using the words: blue, mistrust, half, twang
Day 5: A story revolving around an object in your room
Day 6: Start your story with: “He glanced at his watch impatiently…”
Day 7: Create a superhero. Have he/she save the day.
Day 8: Write a prequel to that Superhero. Pre-Superhero life. Maybe their childhood.
Day 9: A story about your favourite city
Day 10: Start story with: “She touched the little box in her pocket and smiled…”
Day 11: A story where the characters go without power for a day.
Day 12: “Silvery flakes drifted down, glittering in the bright light of the harvest moon. The blackbird…”
Day 13: Begin with “I thought I saw…”
Day 14: Write a story based on a dream you had
Day 15: Select a book at random in the room. Find a novel or short story, copy down the last sentence and use this line as the first line of your new story.
Day 16: Put your music on random. Write a story about the first song that comes up.
Day 17: Use time travel in a story
Day 18: A story set in a ghost town.
Day 19: Write in second-person
Day 20: Use these words in a story: grandfather, photo album, post office, and folder
Day 21: He or she sees their crush in a library. describe the incident.
Day 22: Write in dialogue only
Day 23: Describe/fictionalize a childhood memory
Day 24: Write a story that takes place 100 years in the future
Day 25: Write a story about a mythical creature.
Day 26: Write about the 30th picture on your phone or computer. Write about the story behind it, or make up the story behind it.
Day 27: Story taking place during a sporting event (any sport)
Day 28: Story on a ship. Past, present, or future.
Day 29: Story about space
Day 30: Story or poem about ice
It is now holidays, which in Year 12 really means two weeks where everyone studies but doesn't have to go to school. I have printed off so many practise exams, and may not finish them all before next term.
On the other hand, there is this creative writing competition at my local library which closes next Saturday. Since it's a maximum of 1500 words, I still have time to write something for it, but it will take up quite a bit of time and effort which may be better spent studying. There is every reason why I shouldn't do it, and only one reason for it: I really want to.
The only problem is that I have no idea if I want it enough to justify the energy I would most likely spend writing, and re-writing, and editing. I get tired really easily, so if I decide to write something properly I'd need to set aside a few precious days next week where I don't do much study at all.
The sensible and logical choice would be to be a good girl and study for exams, but I'm getting sick of not doing things because that's the sensible thing to do.
So... should I be sensible, or do something which would be fun and potentially stupid?
Camp NaNoWriMo is not working out.
I signed up in the hopes that I would have time to write a lot this month, but it is impossible considering all the time spend in school, studying, on music and having some sort of social life. Even without writing in that mix it's a lot to do, and I can't (or don't want to) give up anything on that list so I can add writing in.
However, I'm not giving up on the idea of 50K in a month anytime soon. I'm thinking of getting some friends together and making a sort of MiniNoWriMo in December or January. Maybe if there are enough people we could make our own website and forums :)
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live in a different dimension. The scientific theory goes that there are lots of dimensions, way beyond the three that we are familiar with, and that if anyone was in one of those dimensions, they wouldn't be aware of us, nor us of them, even though we would be technically alongside each other in space.
I just can't comprehend what another dimension would be like.
Would our world be like a photo version of a 4D world? If so, does that mean that for a 5D person we would be like a line on a piece of paper? Or for a 6D person nothing more than a dot?
So going with the dot theory, would that mean that a 6D world would be perhaps comparable to a super super high definition version of our eyes, seeing things that we cannot even imagine, let alone record on paper.
While we cannot prove how things will look in a 6D world, we can always make something up...
I think it would make awesome sci-fi.
I found out not that long ago that the NaNoWriMo Challenge, which involves writing 50 000 words in a month, has a version called Camp NaNoWriMo which takes place in the months of June and August.
Now, I think it's a bit late to do the June one, since it's halfway through the month, but August may be a bit more achievable, especially since there is one extra day in August compared to June. The only problem is, that I am currently doing my final year of high school so with all the work that comes with that, adding more on top of that workload may be just short of crazy.
At the moment I like the idea of it more than anything else, but August is also a really busy month in terms of co-curricular music stuff, as well as the usual school things. The reality of it may just be a really stressed, kinda disheartened me.
But oh well. I have another month and a bit to decide. Maybe I will end up being crazy enough... and maybe not.