NaNoWriMo 2013 is off to a great start! By Day 3, I had written over 8,500 words and was way ahead of schedule. My plan for this year is to write 1,500 words Monday – Thursday and then around 2,500 – 3,000 words Friday – Sunday. Thankfully, since I get off work early on Fridays, it is basically another day of weekend so it gives me plenty of time to catch up if need be. I know I’ll be losing out on writing days next weekend (I’ll be on a cruise!) and possibly during the Thanksgiving holiday (since we’re hosting family + it’s my birthday + it’s Thanksgiving) so I’m trying to account for days I won’t be able to write. Thankfully, November seems like a longer month (somehow?) so I’m really not worrying about finishing. I know I can do it!
The writing process is going well, though. I have had moments where I want to change my story and write something different, but I just keep writing and pressing forward. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, thinking about the revision process and all that will entail, but I’m trying to focus on getting the story out of my head and onto paper – no matter how sloppy or messy or shitty it sounds. First drafts are supposed to be that way! And that’s what I love so much about NaNoWriMo – it’s about writing, plain and simple. Not editing, not revising, not even writing well. Just writing. Getting it down. Getting it done.
I don’t mean to add to the whining, but honestly, Daylight Saving Time is the worst. I am not a fan. I don’t like the fact that the sun is setting as I leave work (though the views are spectacular) and I don’t like the fact that it’s pitch black outside literally 10 minutes after I get home. It’s just so depressing. In general, I am not a fan of the nighttime, so the fact that I only get around 10-11 hours of daylight just makes me sad. I like the sun! And bright skies! And being able to see where I’m going!
I will stop whining, since there’s nothing I can do about it. And this is still my favorite time of year. Eventually, I’ll get used to it, right?
Terra wrote a post this week about this website, called Secret Language, and I have been obsessed with it ever since. It draws from a 40-year empirical study of more than 20,000 people and is a distillation of personality traits, according to when you were born. Typically, I don’t buy into this kind of stuff because it always makes me very skeptical but this stuff is pretty interesting. You type in when you were born, which, for me, was November 28, 1987 and then you are given your Secret Language Name and personality and health traits associated with being born on this day. Additionally, you get an extensive personality profile and advice for living with this personality.
My “name” is Passionate Lone Wolf, which I felt was a pretty accurate description for me! Some of the traits used to describe me were emotionally sensitive, profound, and contradictory. (Yes, yes, and yes.) And while I didn’t agree with all of the traits notated in the personality profile, it was vastly correct. Take a peek:
Their ideology is extremely important to them, but it can change in a bewildering fashion, its twists and turns leading through a maze of irony and high seriousness.
November 28 people enjoy pointed humor, and will use wit and irony as powerful weapons against their opponents and also as a means to clarify and give shape to their own views. Most often, however, they make an impression of forthright seriousness.
Perhaps the greatest problem for November 28 people is coming to understand themselves, and being able to straighten out their complex, difficult personalities. Usually it is seething emotions which keep them from viewing themselves in a more objective light.
You can delve further into your personality profile according to the week you were born (and even further from there). I was born during the Week of Independence (I don’t typically think of myself as very independent, but I guess maybe I am.) and there was more goodness to be found here:
They try to project an air of self-assurance and confidence, but behind this facade there often lurks a sensitive and even insecure individual. This becomes quickly evident when they are put under stress, either through negative criticism or through some challenge to their character. In such situations they can easily and instantaneously fly off the handle, drowning those around them with their anger. Those alert enough to see the storm clouds gathering will try to avoid unleashing their emotional thunderbolts.
At times they can be unreasonable, but they are usually open to discussion. Actually, these quick, witty individuals thoroughly enjoy verbal repartee and debate. This can become a problem if they reach a subject that sticks in their craw, when they can easily become contentious and argumentative.
It was just fascinating to me! Some of it was so eye-opening, a way at looking at my personality in a completely different way. Obviously, not all of it was accurate for me but nothing is 100%, right?
You can also put in the birthdays of you and your partner and see how you guys match up. While I didn’t have anyone to match up with, but I did try my mom and dad, and then my mom and her boyfriend. For my mom and dad, Secret Language said they were ideal for friendship but problematic for marriage (YEP!). For my mom and her boyfriend, it said they were ideal for marriage but problematic for work. (Match made in heaven?)
Anyway, this is an extremely long point but I really encourage you to check out the site and see what you find out! It’s a pretty neat website.
Okay, I am going to talk sports for a quick minute (or two). If you follow sports, you have probably heard about this situation with the Miami Dolphins (my favorite team!) and two of the players, Richard Incognito and Jonathan Martin. I’ve stayed pretty mum on the subject, mostly because this makes me sad to be a Dolphins fan, quite frankly. The issue lies in the fact that Martin left the team last week and has since checked himself in and out of a hospital due to problems stemming from Incognito’s bullying. Dolphins coaches told Incognito to “toughen” Martin up so, apparently that’s what he did, but as a bully. He also left threatening comments and racist slurs on his voicemail (Martin is biracial while Incognito is white).
What it stems down to is the hazing ritual of the NFL for young rookies and bullying. People are saying Martin is “soft” and needs to “man up,” and while I do agree that Martin should have stood up for himself, I also think this issue is more than that. The truth is, he should never have felt the need to defend himself with his teammates at his place of work. He should have never been scared to come to work. (And don’t even get me started on the fact that he’s 6’5 and 300+ lbs so obviously he can’t be bullied, right? Ugh.) And then, if this isn’t enough to make me disgusted, Dolphin players are coming forward to support Incognito. Not Martin. The bully. Supporting a bully. Way to go, Dolphins. Slow clap.
The problem is, this isn’t exclusive to the Dolphins. (Or even the NFL!) I know this happens in other locker rooms, but that doesn’t make it okay. Bullying is never okay. Victim shaming is never okay. Racist comments and jokes are not okay. I feel silly even typing about that! It’s like, come on. We’re talking about adults here. You don’t have to be the best player in the NFL by bullying younger players and being dirty. There needs to be change. There has to be change. This is not what football is about.
I have a fairly great weekend planned! Tomorrow, Dutch will be participating in his second “Running of the Weiners” race (Senior Sausage division!). Saturday evening, I’m going to a game night and throughout the weekend, I, of course, plan on doing lots of writing for #NaNoWriMo. (I have a goal of writing 9,000 words this weekend. We shall see!)
How do you feel about Daylight Saving Time – indifferent, love, loathe? If you went on the Secret Language website, what name were you given? Any fun weekend plans?