red_reaper: (Inner demons)
 Um, yeah. I kind of haven't updated this since uh *checks* September. So...yeah sorry about that. I did the crazy, crazy, CRAZY thing of taking 19 credits this past quarter. Two of which were literature classes. Fun literature classes to be sure, but I still read like twenty books this past quarter. Yeah, it was kind of intense. Buuuuuuuuuuut, (drum roll please) I managed to pull out a 4.0 quarter! Don't ask me how it happened; I have no idea. By all accounts, I don't think it should have happened though I'm very happy it did. I spent all of dead week working like a madwoman and I spent practically three straight days in the library during finals week. Between my first ever migraine (oh that was a fun trip), writing papers until two am, and my computer crashing right before finals week (luckily I didn't need it), it was a little insane.

I did however, bring part of the insanity on myself. Because even knowing this quarter was madness, I decided to do NaNoWriMo for the third year in a row. And by the time Thanksgiving break hit on the 24th, I was only at 23,000 words. Uh-oh. Now, a sane person gives up here, saying they made a good go of it, but it's not going to happen this year. Did I do that? No. Instead, I forsook all homework over the break (and whatever wasn't due the next day on the first two days back) in favor of making the deadline. And I would not let my procrastination be in vain. So for the third year in a row, I managed to win! Novel's not complete yet, but I decided to work on homework that was due within the last three days of dead week instead of writing. Crazy, I know, but I school comes first ;)

The computer crash happened Sunday before finals week. It got some virus that made it reboot over and over and wouldn't let you try to fix it even in safe mode. So I had to reinstall the entire operating system. And, although I thought I'd saved everything on an external hard drive, I had not. Which meant I lost most of my word documents. Now I'm a writer. Pictures and music can be replaced and built back up. Writing? Only some of the things I loved were saved. Luckily I do have most of my NaNo novels and a short story I loved. But it was still pretty devastating.

Now, onto something cheerful. I met a guy. I met him through I friend and we met over facebook so for the past month or so we've texted and phoned and skyped. And then last weekend we finally met in person. He came down for my 20th birthday and spent the night (sleeping on the couch. Mind out of gutter people). And I really really like him. He's funny and sweet and makes me feel special. And he remembers everything I tell him. Even the things i just mention in passing. 

So that's what I've been up to recently. Right now I'm enjoying my winter break. I have this winter quarter and spring and then I'll be a college graduate. I probably won't do a ton of updates here, but I welcome you to check out my blog: www.wouldbewritercantcook.blogspot.com. I do book reviews almost every Friday.

Take Care,
Reaper

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Cristine Russell

December 2010

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