A quick post on my semi-redesign

If you haven’t noticed (and I don’t blame you if you only read my posts through an RSS reader), my blog is looking a little different. First, the theme: no real story here, I just decided it was time for a change and I liked this free option. Plus it’s a lot cleaner, I think, than my previous one.

Second, and probably more importantly, I finally named the blog: Onward and Eastward. I wasn’t necessarily opposed to choosing a name, I just didn’t think it was necessary (and I’m not very good at naming things). But when I decided to give it a proper name, this name came pretty quickly. There’s a simple enough explanation: I grew up and spent most of my life in California, and now I’m living permanently in Iowa after attending college here for the last two years of undergrad. Since three and a half years is a pretty long time for a 20something, within which lots of things tend to happen, it’s no surprise that I can barely recognize the 20-year-old that decided to go to University of Iowa after driving through the city for a few minutes on the way to Chicago (well, there’s more to that story, but I’ll leave that for another time).

Anyway, in this vein, the title of the blog is pretty simple. Onward to new life experiences, eastward from the west coast to the Midwest. It’s strange that the last few years of my life have been so busy yet can be boiled down to three words, but who am I to complain about brevity? After all, brevity is clarity.

I start my second semester of graduate school tomorrow, so that’ll be fun. Maybe. But probably not. I’ll keep you posted.

Bad news, and not-bad news

I realized about halfway through writing my NaNoWriMo “Day 2” post for this blog that this was a horrid idea.

While I’d love to maintain activity here, that just wasn’t the smartest way to go about it. I’ve always seen NaNoWriMo as an incredibly laid-back month, where word production is 100% more important than producing quality content. I’m one of the few NaNo-ers who actually goes back and edits my work, and the pressure I felt writing “Day 1” for immediate publication was more than I wanted to admit.

So right after I made the decision to move my project, I started fresh in a Word document and haven’t looked back, except to write this message. My previous post is still here, because I actually liked out it came out, but doing that for 30 days was going to be impossible. Besides that, my initial goal was to write 50,000 words about my life, and that would have taken introspection that required prior planning, which is never how I’ve approached NaNoWriMo.

I’ll try to post excerpts from my new “novel” as I write something decent, and my future November posts will certainly include NaNoWriMo-related updates. I wish I could have followed through with this for my readers, but as I said, the time and effort simply doesn’t exist right now (see my post about my graduate school woes).

Stay tuned for further updates, as I’ll still stay true to the promise to myself to keep the blog active for the rest of 2013. And make sure to remind me to add things to my “50 things” list! That’s the other blog-related goal of mine that I’d feel incomplete without achieving.

I hope you all are having a great Monday, especially my NaNoWriMo friends — keep up the great work!

“The Prince is giving a ball!”

If you know me, you know I love showtunes. If you don’t know me, now you know: I like showtunes. Pirates of Penzance, RENT, Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella, Spamalot, Phantom of the Opera, and so many more, are my true loves (though, admittedly, not enough to look up whether their titles should be italicized or capitalized).

I have nothing significant to say on this subject, but having immersed myself in several of the aforementioned musicals for the last few hours, I figured it would be permissible to begin this intermediary post with that quick tidbit about myself.

Wait…intermediary, you say? You mean, this post is some kind of segue to something even bigger?

Abso-freakin’-lutely. I’m very excited to be in the planning stages of a piece I will be co-writing with my good friend Lee, on a topic that many of you may think you understand. But you don’t. Trust us. It’ll make you think.

Gratuitous high school photo of Lee and myself.

Gratuitous high school photo of Lee and myself. We are so hot.

I’ve said enough. Time to retire. But not before letting you all know that, apparently, Cinderella is coming to Broadway in an engagement that began just a week ago. And it doesn’t look like it was any good. Shame.

By the way, I’ve slowly but steadily been updating my “50 things” list from a few weeks ago. It’s looking strong so far, if I do say so myself.

Well, this is terrifying.

I enjoy blogging, I really do. That’s why I decided to open a blog under my own name: to give myself a more public platform for my writing while simultaneously feeling like something of a Real Adult™ as I start graduate school. But, as many readers may know, I’m without a regular Internet connection at the moment, so this could prove difficult at first.

In any case, I’m very excited to be back on WP, and I hope I can keep this going for a few weeks months years (!). Wouldn’t that be something?

Enjoy this filler post until I have something worthwhile to write. I’ll probably leave it up even as I start writing more, to remind myself that this is something I actually want to do.

Future Christine, get it together.

That should be enough for now. I hope you are all having the best of days, and if you aren’t, here are some kittens that want to hug you. I hope they can help.