Journal: November 2015 Challenge -

Journal: November 2015 Challenge

“Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are.”
― Carolyn V. Hamilton, Art Improv 101: How to Create a Personal Art Journal

So it’s the end of November, and I thought it’d be fun to do this journal challenge as a way to complete the month! Now, I didn’t actually journal any of these in the last few weeks, I did them . . . today, so I had to skip a few, as they wouldn’t make sense, but it was still fun!

#1 – Where do you write?

I write on my computer! My handwriting is terrible, even I can barely read it, and I tend to think faster than I can write, so it just ends up being kghjklghjkashdfkl anyway. Although, I’ve been doing the Morning Pages thing almost every day – I’m trying not to make it like a chore, so I’ve skipped a couple days when I didn’t feel like it or have the time, but it is pretty nice to write whatever I happen to thinking about in longhand (I use a composition notebook.) I used to have a diary when I was little, but I found it hard to keep up with since it took so long to explain everything that happened during the day. I ended up hating it, actually, since I couldn’t shake myself of the idea that the diary didn’t know ANYTHING, so I’d have to explain every activity, every person, etc. so it would understand. Kinda silly, but I guess I did it pen-pal style. Anyway, Morning Pages is supposed to be stream-of-conscious, so I’m trying not to do that but just literally write whatever’s on my mind.

#2 – Tell us about your NaNoWriMo novel!





#3 – How do you stay sane when you have a writing deadline to meet?

The fact that the deadline is looming over my head like a baby grand piano in a bad mime routine usually keeps me pretty grounded. I do panic a little and get more easily irritated, since I’M TRYING TO FINISH THE THING, but there’s nothing else for it besides just doing it. In college, that would mean staying up as late as I could (I don’t like coffee, so no all-nighters) and working as fast as I could. I don’t have writing work anymore (thank glob), but when I did, I tried to plan ahead and then just do it as quickly as possible.

#4 – What are your go-to “feel good” books?

Hm, I’m assuming these are ones that make me happy whenever I reread them, so basically my all-time favorites. The Neverending Story, anything by Roald Dahl, Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts comics, and Agatha Christie. I know I’m always in for a good time with any of these.

#5 – What warm beverage makes you comfortable and happy?

Not a big fan of warm drinks, actually. Don’t like coffee, prefer not to have hot chocolate unless it’s literally melted pure chocolate, and cider has no balance between scalding and bleh lukewarm. I do like tea, so I’ll say that (even though I prefer iced tea . . .).

#6 – How would you describe your writing style?

Simple, I guess. Minimal on descriptions and big on exposition. Dialogue sweet but not snappy. (I’m critical.)

#7 – What stressful thoughts do you need to get off your chest? Go ahead! Vent!


#8 – List the reasons why you love who you are as a person.

Not entirely sure how to do this without seeming arrogant, but alright . . . I guess I love that I do try to put others before myself, even when I’m feeling unbelievably lazy. My family and friends are the most important in the world to me. I don’t hold grudges, and I try to see the best in everyone. And of course, I’m TOTALLY humble.

#9 – You’re sitting by a bonfire with your friends. What stories do you have to tell?

Depends on what topics are being brought up. I don’t like scary stories, but I have a couple in my arsenal should the need arise. With my friends, though, we’ll probably just be discussing the narrative merits of cartoons and comic book movies.

#10 – What songs make you feel invincible?

Heh, I’m bad with remembering song titles, but I immediately thought of “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons. And probably one of the battle scores from Lord of the Rings. The Rocky theme.

#12 – How do you like to stay in shape during the colder seasons?

The same way I stay in shape during the warmer seasons, by exercising at home! I don’t go to a gym or anything, I just find exercise routines online and do those with my weights and resistance bands. I love doing weights but hate cardio, so that’s what I’m trying to improve on.

#13 – What books have you most recently finished, and which one is your favorite?

Well, anyone who’s keeping up my blog will know the first part of that answer, and as for which was my favorite . . . I think I’ll probably have to go with The Fifth Season, just because it was so remarkable. Not one I’ll be rereading again in a hurry, but it certainly deserves all the accolades it’s been getting!

#15 – How many words are you writing per day? Do you feel accomplished?

For NaNoWriMo?





#16 – What is your favorite quote, and how does it relate to you?

“Time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted.” ~ Marthe Troly-Curtin

I kinda think that one speaks for itself. 😉

#17 – Which fictional character would you choose to be friends with?

Is there one who has lots of money and power but I wouldn’t feel guilty about asking favors from?


A grownup Matilda, then. We can talk about books all day!

#18 – You are a published author. What nice things do you do for your fans?

Answer all their questions on Goodreads and Twitter, while trying not to be overly snarky for the rude or already-answered questions (and even then . . . ).

#19 – What movie gets you in the Autumn mood?

I live in California, what is this “Autumn”?

. . . Probably any Halloween movie, like Monster House or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

#20 – What is the most recent random act of kindness you have done for someone?

Well, I don’t know if it counts as RANDOM, but I took my siblings to go see the new Peanuts Movie. I also held doors open for people?

#21 – Describe the perfect, cozy, relaxing environment.

It’s cold outside, but not overly so. I’m wrapped up warmly in a blanket on a chair that is PERFECT for reading (so I don’t have to adjust my position twenty times). I have a water bottle and some candy to snack on. A fire is going and crackling. I have a book, my 3DS, and the TV controller, so I can alternate between activities and not have to get up. (Ahh, this sounds AMAZING . . .)

#22 – What are your favorite foods to eat for dinner with your family?

Anything that everybody likes (I’m the least picky of the bunch). But Thanksgiving is a nice time when we’re all together and happily eating everything in sight.

#23 – How do you stop procrastinating and get inspired to write again?

Literally what everyone says you have to do: Suck it up and just WRITE. It helps, though, if I’ve read a really good book with writing that just makes words dance in my head. Or I have story taking form and I’d like to get down.

#26 – List 10 things that you are most thankful for.


  • Family
  • Friends
  • Boyfriend
  • A roof over my head
  • Food to eat
  • A bed to sleep in
  • Computer
  • Books
  • Video games
  • Phone

I am indeed very blessed~

#27 – What qualities do you find most admirable in another person?

Respectful. Kind. Empathetic. Loyal. Funny.

#28 – What tips and encouragements can you give to your fellow writers?

The same one given to me: JUST WRITE!

#29 – List the reasons why you think life is worth living.

Those reasons are almost identical to the reasons why I’m thankful (#26). Even without material possessions, knowing that I am loved and having people to love is more than enough.



And that’s all she wrote! (“She” being me.) I was totally unsuccessful with NaNoWriMo this year, but I did make progress in outlining and character development, so I think I’ll just designate another month to be my personal NaNoWriMo. It was fun finding and posting all my old stories on here this month, though!

This challenge is from Journaling Junkie, and a list of all this years’ challenges can be found HERE. (This one for November is actually an old one, and I found it HERE.)

“Orgasmic Orange Overload” by mendhak is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

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