Exams!? Already!?

“You paid the big bucks to be judgmental.”

This was the advice my criminal law professor gave to us the other day. He was trying to make the point that we need to commit ourselves to our answers in the exam setting (and the point was well made), but it makes me laugh anyway.

In my best judgment I’ve got to say that it seems crazy that exam season is already upon us. And I know a lot of people in my year feel the same – we feel like it’s much too soon for us to already be a semester into law school. That feeling of ‘wow, I’m actually in law school’ has mostly faded, but it still pops up from time to time.

I feel like I’m on top of things though. It’s a weird feeling somewhere between stress and zen that I’ve never really had before. It’s possibly because of the curve – that knowledge that it’s really incredibly hard to fail law school, but also very difficult to do very well.

In addition, NaNoWriMo went well. I hit my 50K and actually finished the last book in a trilogy I started years ago. In fact, there seemed to be less NaNo stress this time. Part of that was probably because I was writing familiar characters and a familiar world, and part of it probably came from the fact that I was able to get ahead in my word count because the first week of NaNo coincided with reading break, but a lot of it also came from the fact that I did not have any papers to write so there was no moment of panic in Week 3 when I realized I had 3 weeks to write 4 papers.

All in all things seem to be going smoothly. Even though I still get the odd shock that I’m actually in law school I mostly just feel like I belong.

  • Kali

One Handed Count Down!

Finally, the count down to Nanowrimo is down to one hand.

With only 5 sleeps left, the little voice in my head is getting louder and louder about developing my novel idea. It screams for character development, while begging for more information about the world.  It insists that I need a plot and secondary characters before I can start. I disagree, as I always do, when it comes to advance planning for a novel. None of my previous novels got much advance planning, so why should this one? And that’s exactly what I tell the little voice when it starts. Now, as you can imagine, this leads to arguments between me and this little voice which is proving itself to be just as stubborn as me. I’ll win, because I know that the clock will run out and Nanowrimo will start before we come to an agreement. And that’s fine with me. As a peace offering, though, I am dedicating this blog post to that little voice in my head.

Now, that said, it is probably time that I got more into the mechanics of Nanowrimo for those of you who don’t know about it. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and its when authors (yes some people call us crazy, but we don’t mind) write 50,000 words in the 30 days and nights of November. We have from 12:01am November 1st to 11:59pm November 30th to write and submit our novel of at least 50,000 words. Now, this may sound scary but its not. It’s exhilarating and challenging, but at only 1,667 words a day it is manageable. Everyone has a novel or story inside of them that is dying to be released into the world; to see the brightness of your electronic device’s screen as its typed, or to feel the ink soak into the paper as its written out by hand. This is the wish of every story yet to be written, and Nanowrimo is responsible for a lot of those wishes coming true. So, feel free to join both Kali and I this year (here’s a handy link for you) as we fulfil the wish of two more novels. If you already are, here’s a hug and some hot cocoa.

– Rachel

Less than a Month!

We leave at the end of the month and that seems crazy. I remember when we first decided to take this trip back in March and it seemed like it was a lifetime away. The month will probably go by quickly too because of Camp NaNoWriMo.

I like that they’ve added a function to Camp NaNo that allows you to set a custom word goal. I enjoy the challenge of 50K in November, but it’s nice to have a relaxing month where I’m still writing. My goal for the month is 30K. It’s about twice as much as I’ve been writing since the end of NaNo so it’s still a challenge while being more relaxed than a regular NaNo month.

Unfortunately I got super sunburnt today while having a milkshake with a friend from work. I did not think it was that bad, but the more time goes by the redder I seem to be. Sigh. At least it’s not particularly painful (yet) and I will remember to be even more diligent about my sunscreen than usual.

– Kali

35 Days! Class Registration! Camp Nano!

I love when things are going well.

I just finished registering for my classes. Unfortunately, much like last year there was a prerequisite for one of the classes I wanted to take that I didn’t see. I did find another class to take however. It has absolutely nothing to do with either of my majors, but I did have two open elective spots for the next couple of years and so that’s fine. Besides, it’s an interesting class that I’ve heard good things about.

Also in registration news, I got into the poli sci seminar that I wanted into. It’s with one of my favorite profs and it’s called… wait for it… Politics and Pop Culture! Doesn’t that sound like it’s right up my alley?

Camp NaNoWriMo starts in a couple of days too. I’ve decided to write fantasy which is kind of intimidating, but also really neat. I’ve been doing a lot of world building. I think the most annoying thing about it is that I have all this information that will most likely never be important nor even come up. I suppose that’s one of the hazards of trying to build a world to put a novel in though.

I did not get Rachel in my cabin sadly, even though we both asked for each other, but them’s the breaks. And the girls in my cabin seem awesome so far so it’s not too bad. And it’s not like Rachel and I are not in touch anyway.

We finally booked a place to stay in NYC. Now that all the must be done details are dealt with it’s really just a waiting game and small details to iron out. Only 35 days!

– Kali

54 Days!


One of these things is new – and it’s Doctor Whooves.

Time flies when you’re having fun I suppose. It’s been far too long since either of us posted.

Plans for the Baltimare-Manehattan trip are coming along nicely. Passports are valid, flights have been booked. Really the only thing left to do is find a hotel for NYC. I’m super excited and I’m pretty sure everyone at work wants to kill me because they’re tired of hearing “Guess What? __ Days!”.

School is out for the summer and I’m working full time again. Oddly enough it seems very different from last summer. Not only is Rachel no longer here, but I’m spending more time with other friends including one I’ve made at work. Even work seems less stressful and like it goes by a lot faster than it did last summer. I suppose we’ll see if that’s still the case after our trip.

As always I’ve got my timetable all picked out for next year. Actually, I have two picked out in case something goes wrong (I can’t get into a class or something) and I’m looking forward to school. It seems like this past year went by really fast and it’s crazy to think I’ve only got two more years of school. I’ve got to actually start studying for the LSAT soon (even though I’m not even sure I want to be a lawyer anymore) and my friends are even beginning to graduate. I’m trying not to worry about it too much, but sometimes I can’t help myself.

Rachel seems happy at her new-ish job and she successfully booked the time off for our trip as well. I’m still surprised I got the time off to be honest, I really thought my request would be ignored considering it usually was when I asked for one day and this is 10 of them.

Other than being excited for my trip I’ve been doing some reading again – I have a no reading for fun during the school year policy – and it’s good to be returning to my favorite genre (fantasy). And I’ve been mostly keeping up with writing 500 words a day as I swore to after NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve missed a couple of days here and there, but I can count them on one hand. The once a month meetings with my fellow writers had helped in that regard. I also got to fill out the form as a returning ML last week so it should be another fun, but busy, November.

Looks like I have a lot to look forward to!


Baking, its joys and pains.

Hello! (think PinkiePie, all excitement and energy and high pitched.)

I have always loved baking, but recently I’ve been trying to do more. The only problem with this is I have no one to eat it. I have never been all that big into eating sweets, and I definitely prefer baking and making them to eating them. Except gummy worms, those are a weakness of mine. I don’t have an abundance of people in my life who enjoy eating massive amounts of sweet baked goods, so I tend to not bake for the sole reason that we still have some left from the last time I baked.

Recently I baked a batch of about 20 white vanilla cupcakes, and they taste delicious, but we still have about 10 left sitting on the counter. I want to do more baking, but it would just be a waste at this point. You can see my conundrum. I want to do some baking with cinnamon hearts in it, cookies, cupcakes, etc. but I hate to see my baked goods go to waste, and if I bake new treats now the white vanilla cupcakes will definitely remain untouched until they go stale.

Our oven is broken, but so broken that we can’t use it and then gets fixed. Oh, no, the oven is broken just enough to be annoying while cooking and baking but to not be a priority on the ‘To Do List’. The bottom element (which is the one that is mainly responsible for baking and cooking) is malfunctioning and not turning on. We only have the top broil element, so in order for me to even bake the white vanilla cupcakes, I had to turn the temperature up to 450°F and put the rack at the very bottom of the oven. At least we have a temperature gauge in the oven, so I was able to know what temperature I was actually baking the cupcakes at.

I’m always looking for new recipes to try and make, so if anyone has any they are willing to share, I would really appreciate it. You can email them to live_life_to_the_fullest@live.ca.

On another note that’s completely unrelated to baking, I’m thinking about creating an email address just for the questions I’m planning on asking about feminism. When I do, I will post it here so that anyone who wants can contribute.

Another completely different topic, I loved getting dressed today. I have most of my favourite fandoms represented, and days like that always make me happy.

Thank you and have an amazing day!

Post NaNo Life

Every year after NaNo life goes back to normal. Exams show up and I scramble to do all the readings I pushed aside during November. This year has been no exception, but I feel bad about not blogging. So, here it is – my post NaNo life until today!

December 1st 2012: TGIO!

December 1st 2012: TGIO!

The Guilt Monkeys won our regional challenge!

The Guilt Monkeys won our regional challenge!

My Sonic Screwdriver, a fez, and a paper crown.  Can you guess where this was taken?

My Sonic Screwdriver, a fez, and a paper crown.
Can you guess where this was taken?

Studying for Political Theory. Sigh.

Studying for Political Theory. Sigh.

Textbooks for Next Semester: 1st Haul = $100+

Textbooks for Next Semester: 1st Haul = $100+

Shopping for Gifts for Seniors with Circle K

Shopping for Gifts for Seniors with Circle K

Textbooks for Next Semester: 2nd Haul = Approx $190

Textbooks for Next Semester: 2nd Haul = Approx $190

My New Little Red Ukulele, Moonpie!

My New Little Red Ukulele, Moonpie!

Writing 500 words/day!

Writing 500 words/day!

Yup! I’ve been busy, but my political theory exam was this morning so that’s a load off my shoulders.

Also, you should vote for the Office of Letters and Light for Project for Awesome! They run NaNoWriMo every year and they could really use the money to support their amazing programs. You don’t have to sign up for anything, you just have to CLICK HERE and vote for them. You don’t have to watch the video, but it’s highly entertaining so I highly recommend doing so.

That’s all for now!

– Kali

PS: Don’t forget to go VOTE!

Voters get CAKE!

Voters get CAKE!




Once again I accomplished the NaNoWriMo challenge. I crossed the 50K mark on the 21st and finished the actual story on Monday. It was the sequel to last years NaNo and it was a lot of fun to write despite the torture and death of several characters. Admittedly all the death was off-screen so to speak.

I also started a new novel on Monday because this year I AM GOING TO WRITE POST NANO.

I know, I know – I say that every year, but this year it’s true. I know that to be the case because several other Victoria NaNo-ers/NaNites/WriMos have all decided to set a goal of 500 words a day. It’s not as challenging as the NaNo goal of 1667 words a day which makes ir completely do-able for the long haul. I can write out 500 words in 15 minutes if I’m really on a roll, but it usually taken me more like 30-45 minutes to do so. Putting half an hour aside a day for writing is easy.

In other news the semester is almost over which is great in some ways and sad in others. Monday is that last day of classes though my exams are not over until the 20th. My political theory exam is worth 50% of my mark and that one is absolutely terrifying because it could really make or break my mark. At this point I don’t even care if my grade for that class is particularly good (a first for me), I just want to pass so I never have to take another political theory class again.

I’m definitely going to miss my Arabic class though. Even when I’m sick and tired and do my homework last-minute it brightens up my day. And Nooshi is quite possibly the sweetest teacher I have ever had. I’m thinking about taking part two in the new year, but at the same time I’m also considering taking some time away from it and just trying to make sure I have everything we’ve learned in this class down pat. On the other hand though I worry that I will have great intention to study my Arabic and then just not do it which I do admit to having a tendency to doing. It’s a decision I can make in the new year though since the class doesn’t start until the end of January.

Well, let’s just get through this last essay (for political theory – yuck) and exams and see where the holidays take me.

– Kali

All the Things

Hey y’all!

So, my NaNo is going well – I’m ahead of the game at 44,558, but I’ve gotten a bit behind in my schoolwork. Sigh.

I didn’t actually miss any deadlines. I have two papers due on December 3rd though and I haven’t started either one. One of them I wrote a paper proposal for though so that should help. I think it’s totally do-able, but it means I’ve made a new rule about only working on my NaNo  when I’m at write-ins. I kinda maybe already broke that rule yesterday, but I only wrote 500 words and I was busy manning a table for our Circle K bake sale so it’s not like I was ignoring class…

Yes, I do know those are weak excuses.

In other news, Rachel is no longer here. I’ll let her tell you the details, but I definitely miss her. On the bright side though, we did Christmas in November. I got gloves that I can text while wearing, a plushie companion cube, and a Big Bang Theory calendar. So, that was kind of awesome.

I’m working less, which has left me more time for writing and procrastinating on my homework – which is both a positive and a negative. I’m appreciating the break from work, but at the same time I’m making less money and I am doing the aforementioned procrastinating. Oh well.

Also, textbooks for next semester go up on the 1st, but I shan’t bore y’all with more. That’s a snapshot of my life at the moment.



I joined Twitter.

There, I said it. It’s a little embarrassing but in my defence I joined in order to follow American election night coverage quickly while on my breaks from work (because I have to work on election night and that SUCKS) and to follow NaNoWriMo stuff.

I am not tweeting – I promise. I have always said that unless you are someone important you should not be tweeting. Because, seriously, most people do not have an interesting life and therefore have nothing to tweet about. It’s the main reason I was reluctant to start a blog – because who cares about what I do with my life?

Apparently some people do since this blog does have followers, but I still don’t think I could ever tweet. Though I do have this feeling that one day I will think I have something clever to say, tweet it, and crickets. No , I’d rather avoid that.

In other news, I’m ahead with my word count for NaNo. And a few of us were interviewed for a local newspaper the other day.


Even if I’m now a twit. There really has to be a better term for someone who is on Twitter…

– Kali