Time

this weekend i don’t know what to do with my time. i feel like i have too many options. i want to finish several things with a similar deadline. so i feel like i have to be working on the things at the same time. but that takes a lot more discipline over my time than i’ve been exercising lately. i haven’t been online nearly as much as i’d like to lately. and by that i mean i haven’t been watching YT, i haven’t been on G+ and Twitter, i haven’t been on Skype. when i’m online i’m buying necessities on Amazon, looking up my bank balance, and researching things. and i actually should be doing more researching.
what am i doing in place of these things? i am knitting and doing a whole lot of reading and writing. i’m also spending more time venturing outside of my house to run errands and spending time with my mom and brother. i want to spend more time working on projects, but it makes me feel guilty because i feel like i’m ignoring the people around me.
so today is going to be about figuring out realistic time schedules for myself. …and finishing the outline for Delvia. it’s a very rich and complex world, and i need at least one more story line. i think i’ll discover it in Thalden today. that’s not gonna make sense to anyone for a very long time since i won’t have time to actually write this story until i’ve finished Death Haven (my NaNovel), then (probably) Theta, then my (still untitled) God story. oh, and let us not forget that i still have to finish The Guide. and work on Ice Breakers, and i have a giant knitting project. the things i’m making won’t be all that large, but the amount i’m making is quite the undertaking. i also want to start a Sherman Oaks writing group. picking a day and a place is really the problem. i already have the people. (so many things come out of NaNo. it’s really amazing. i recommend it to EVERYBODY).
anyone who reads my blog, just take a minute to tweet me and say hi once in a while. otherwise i may become buried forever in my projects.

cutting it close

if you follow me on twitter then you’ve already noticed that i’ve started a daily blog. i’ve wanted to make a daily blog for years now, but every year i remember on Jan. 2nd so it doesn’t happen. (cuz i figure i should start properly or not start at all.) but this year i prepared a new blog just for my 300+ word blogs.
already i’ve cut it close. i posted my second blog of the year at 11:58pm. perhaps my New Year’s resolution should be to post my dailies in a timely manner. ๐Ÿ˜›
thinking of posting things in a timely manner, something i didn’t do that with (again) is the HNS podcast. i’m not sure why… actually, now that i think of it, i do know why i didn’t post it. because editing it is a pain in the ass and i can’t stand editing. i mean, i started making one take vlogs, not because of time constraints and my love of brevity (although those are also factors), but because i hate editing.
actually, i have a love/hate relationship with editing. once i start it, i get all consumed with it and rather enjoy the process. usually. sometimes, a lot of times, it’s just one more thing i have to do and i want to get it done as soon as possible so i can have time to do the other things i have to do, usually to keep from failing at life. so there’s that.
but i digress. a lot.
my daily blog will be different from this blog in one major way: the subject is always me. not the New Year, Alex Day’s new album, other blogs i like, or weird things i’ve noticed, but me. who i am, what i am, what i’m doing (or not doing, as is sometimes the case), and why i’m doing it. almost every post will probably start with “i” (that’s the trend so far) and the rest with “my.” this is because, unlike this blog, i want to force some self-analysis and i always do this best in written form. that, and i want a reason to write every day. not that i need an excuse. i need a purpose to motivate me. if the goal were just “write something every day” i would forget about it and it wouldn’t happen. which is probably the reason why i have been wildly unsuccessful in the past.
this blog will still host BEDA and Blogust (since i don’t want those all to be 300+ word introspectives), and this will also have my random stream of consciousness things and all the other random that isn’t, well, introspective. it must be said that i’m a bit worried about NaNoWrimo. 300 words plus the 1,667+ words for my novel is going to be a challenge. but then, i am someone who’s written 5,000 words in a day (like a boss), so maybe i don’t have that much to worry about.
i also plan to do Camp NaNoWrimo (at least one month) because i am apparently mad. if i finish outlining Delvia in the next few days as i plan to, then i should have nothing to worry about since that will make two things unwritten but outlined. i want to outline one more thing before novel season to put my mind at ease though. because, apparently, if you don’t have at least two back-up plans, then you’re ill-prepared. …sometimes i wonder about my sanity. #writingaddiction #ambitiousgoals
daily blog

blog update #FTW

this is going to be a blog post of the shorter variety simply to say: LOOK AT THE ADDRESS BAR!! IT’S FINALLY FUCKING FIXED!!! YES!!!! VICTORY IS MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i shall now apologize for screaming with excessive punctuation, as well as the possibility that you are reading this in some sort of “reader” (like Google Reader) and therefore see nothing special about the address bar at all.

ok, so remember when i was all, “f@*&k! my blog refuses to install on my site!”??? no??? well, here it is. that blog post. see? i’m not a liar!

well, now i fucking pwned my blog. and by pwned i mean it mysteriously just installed without a hitch. no rhyme nor reason to explain why it works now or why it didn’t work then. it just works. and frankly i’m happy to leave it an unsolved mystery and carry on in self-hosted bliss. i shall proceed with that plan now.

and shall also go to sleep.

and leave you with this:

you’re welcome. ^_^

>some day…

>some day, my blog will be sorted and i’ll be able to post on my own domain (chelseairl.com). *sigh*
i can’t even tell you how many hours i’ve invested in trying to get my fucking blog up on my site. seriously. it’s fucking ridiculous.

i’ve tried using the WordPress app that comes with my hosting service, i’ve tried manually posting it (both methods i’ve successfully achieved with two other hosting services) and nothing is working. if i was a complete n00b i… i would actually be more screwed, now that i think of it. because i would think i must be doing something terribly wrong. *sigh*

i guess i’m just going to have to contact my hosting service. i really can’t think of anything else i can do. WordPress won’t work. Blogger won’t work- oh! let me tell you a bit about my blogger woes!

so i thought, ok, till i can figure out my WordPress thing, i’ll just set it up to redirect through blogger. it’s a fairly simple process. no worries. this has actually been more frustrating than WP. because while with WP it could be one of a million little quirks (one misplaced character in the code, a software issue, etc.), blogger was actually showing up, and then disappearing. literally. i would enter the address to my blog, and for about 15 min. it would show it, then for an hour it would be gone. then it would magically be back. then it would be gone again. THAT IS NOT LOGICAL!!! it’s either set up correctly, or it’s not. it can’t disappear and reappear. that just doesn’t make any sense in any way and… yeah. that’s the point i gave up.

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>paradox banal

>cue music…
Jem – Save Me by ChelseaIRL
and… ACTION!

so hey, blog! how’s it going? …yeah, yeah, yeah. you’re so conceited! all about you! my turn to talk! sheesh!

so, Katie, a friend i met at VidCon, just started vlogging. and in one of her vlogs (the one you will find below), she talks about not really having anything interesting going on and spending most of her time on the computer. and i left a comment that said this (among other things… so yeah ok, i left two comments. don’t judge me!):

and don’t worry if nothing is going on and you spend all your time online. ((secret: that’s almost 100% of vloggers))

like, most of my vlogs, i show one of๏ปฟ the shirts in my collection, tell some weird story, or just talk about my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

this comment about the content of my vlogs has got me thinking though. has life in general just gotten less weird, or have i just become numb to it? i mean, surely the world i was in at 18 (the story in my latest vlog) isn’t less weird than the world is now. if anything, the opposite must be true. so why don’t i have as many weird stories?

well, one of the more obvious reasons that comes to mind is that my chief means of transportation is no longer my feet. another is that i’m far more skilled at deflecting weirdos before they can attempt to engage in conversation. but there must be more to it than that!

also, how is it that most of us vloggers, with all our stories and memes and footage, could have, for the most part, boring and uneventful lives? i mean, shouldn’t the people with crazy and exciting lives be vlogging? but then, they don’t log countless hours in front of their computers, do they?

i’m just pointing out that it’s rather strange and incongruous that those who do so little could have so much to talk about. i mean, tell me the name of just ONE vlogger who, at the end of the day, isn’t just a guy/girl alone talking to their camera. school and/or a job, a family, responsibilities. pretty boring. and yet they vlog. and it’s watchable! it’s a paradox, that’s all i’m saying!

ok, blog. i’m gonna go back to my boring life now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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>walk in my old shoes

>so i just came in from lunch. late. because i was at a really good part in the book. well, all the parts are good. but that’s beside the point.

the point is this. i gathered my things. i kept reading. i stood up. i kept reading. i turned around and walked to the door. i kept reading. and it was at this point that i didn’t stop reading, but i had a feeling i haven’t felt in years. i suddenly remembered ages 10-19, literally walking around reading. i would wake up and start reading. i would brush my teeth reading. i would walk through school hallways, dodging people, reading. i would even shower, with the door partly ajar, book propped on the toilet, towel nearby so i could turn pages with a dry hand. on the weekends, when i didn’t have to sleep, i wouldn’t. i would just keep reading.

and then, suddenly, that stopped. i don’t know when it stopped. i can’t mark the time or place. i just stopped reading like i used to. in fact, i stopped reading good old fashioned books in their booky form completely. e-books, and audio books as of late. but no sitting down with bound paper.

and this has bugged me. i mean, it really has bugged me. but it’s one of those things that just nags at the back of your head and you just keep saying, “yes, later. yes, later.” and sometimes i actually stop and feel a little ashamed, cuz i can’t actually pinpoint when later will actually be.

and then today. that moment. that JUST happened.

i was me. i didn’t even realize i hadn’t been until i was again. <!– text

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>i imagine…

>oh hai blog!

what’s that? you feel that i’ve been blatantly neglecting you? thinking about you constantly, yet avoiding you like the plague the way a 13 year old girl with a crush would? ok, i was gonna lie. i was gonna say it’s your imagination, you’re a bit melodramatic, and seriously, i only like you as a friend. but we both know the truth.

i’ve been avoiding you, blog. and it’s because i’ve gone ahead and set up stupid impossible standards that only exist in my mind… again.

you see, i’ve put you on this pedestal, blog. and now i can’t just dribble out some mundane pablum. we’re beyond that now. we’ve done better. and to go back to the drivel… it just seems like an injustice!

and so i’ve chosen to neglect you in favor of sparing you worthless nonsense. but can you blame me, blog? really?

so, because i’m a complete fucking psycho (or that’s what all the evidence indicates, in any case) i’ve taken on a new collab project. and i’m covering history. now this really, in all seriousness, is NOT a big deal. unless you’re me and you’ve decided that paranoia is necessary in all aspects of your life.

so do i simply say, “hey! i’ll give the wiki randomizer a spin till i find something i like, research it further, then vlog about it”? of course i fucking don’t! do you see any nail biting, lip chewing, or nervous ticks developing with that method? NO! so, clearly, not the choice for me.

ok, so i don’t bite my nails, nor do i have any nervous ticks, but i do chew my lips. and just give it some time! with a little diligence (and continuance of my current habits) i’ll get there! have a little faith, yeah?

and if you don’t believe that i can turn any situation into a panic attack, just take this blog as an example. it’s simple really. think of something, write about it. but no. i have to think, “later, when i have time. i’ll research it and make it really good.” and instead there’s no post at all.

so from here on in, here’s to not making such a big frickin’ deal about everything.

and now that i’ve put everything into perspective, thus clearing all of the ridiculous anxiety clouding my mind, i’ve figured out, during the writing of this post, what the next 2-3 5BD videos will be about.

thanks, blog. you’re such a good listener! and you always know just what to say. <!– text

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>???

>why?

why would i want to read a blog called “my life is crap?” that obviously isn’t gonna be much fun! plus, maybe we could try proper capitalization when naming our blogs? just a suggestion.

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