My Weekly Adventures #33: NaNoWriMo Recap!

We’re in the last month of 2016! December is finally here!
I’m still trying to process that. But then, I’m still trying to process a lot and I just wrote 50,000 words so you know what? Vlog time!

I know I always bail out but this time, I actually do have something I feel I can only express verbally to recap NaNoWriMo properly. Its been a long time since I’ve vlogged so excuse me if it turns out bad.  Here we go!

Links:
Parlor of Horror
Poetry, Books, Movies and Music

Related posts:
Black Friday Haul

Thanks for watching! Hope you enjoyed!
Would you like more of these vlog style My Weekly Adventures? 

Also, forgot to mention but the holiday marathon is coming up soon! Just need to get some last minute planning done!

The Allergic to E Challenge!

Man, these tags are coming up again.  I haven’t been part of constant tags/challenges since the first 2 years when I started blogging and getting more involved.  It is a refreshing change.

This time, I was tagged by Senseless Scrutiny to this Allergic to E Challenge! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should.  She’s a massive bookworm and talks about a ton of books from quotes to reviews. I get some pretty good ideas for upcoming books to look at from there 🙂

Now, for this challenge (copied from Senseless Scrutiny):

This challenge was created by Asil at Redefining Random!

The Rules:

  • Write a whole paragraph ( a paragraph sounds easy right?) without any word containing the letter “e” (still easy for ya?)
  • By reading this you are already signed up.
  • Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge. They must do it within 24 hours or it is considered as failure.
  • If you fail or pass, suffer in Asil’s Hall of Noobs
  • If you win, wallow in Asil’s Hall of We
  • You will receive a pingback to your post to know if you have passed or failed.
  • To make it easy for Asil to keep track of your progress, link it back to his original post.

Here’s my paragraph: something more typical on my other blog dedicated to writing.  It starts NOW!

Addiction.  That is what this is.  My diagnosis for all of my thoughts running through my mind.  So fast that I couldn’t follow.  What was this addiction? Him.  I think of all of his motions and his touch. It all was playing on and on. Imagining a day that wouldn’t come approach.  Hoping it was not concluding prior to its climax.  Was I looking too profoundly for nothing? Was that bond an illusion of my imagination? Our distant locations was always our doom.  But I couldn’t shift my thoughts.  An imaginary him constantly haunting my body and mind.  Choosing and hoping that a day will pop up, bringing him back and our story can carry on. 

I looked over this a ton of times and there doesn’t seem to be an “e”.  Its a whole bunch of nothing because it was so hard to form sentences and dig out all my synonyms.  I’m glad that’s over.  The letter “E”, please never leave me again. I can’t ever be allergic to you…

With that said, I sure hope I passed 😉

Now for the nominations:

Books, Movies, Poetry
Awake and Unafraid
mylittlebookblog
Renegade Press
Kloipy Speaks
My Tiny Obsessions

I’m going to rest my brain now.  All of you lovely people, give it a shot.  I would love to see what you come up with 🙂

And remember, 24 hours my friends 😉 I should be within that time limit but then, I probably should have been writing up a review instead. Guess that’ll have to be pushed back.  Expect me back soon with the next Fantasia Festival review.  For now, have fun! 🙂

Daily Prompt: Procrastination

Daily Prompt (August 18)What have you been putting off doing? Why?

Dear old procrastination!

Its funny, one of the reasons these daily prompts are always up later than the day of is just for that same reason and also because I procrastinate or as I call it, take a break, from reading blogs or anything in general so they pile up! Do you guys know, I read about 5 posts this weekend and I had managed on Friday to catch up with all the posts.  By Monday, I managed to have almost 500 posts in my inbox *faints*.  BUT, we are not here to talk about my reading posts slower than usual.

This morning, I sat and looked at my calender/schedule/notes whiteboard next to my bed and I wanted to make sure everything was up  to date.  Whenever I look at that board, there is one item that always gets pushed back and pushed back because it never has an end date.  You know what that is? Editing my first draft of that NaNoWriMo novel that I cranked out in something like 10 days last November.  I’ve opened up that file with the intention of editing it over and over again but somehow I can’t get much done.

In June, I managed to get a few chapters (like 5 meaning about 20%) edited but I realized why I lacked the motivation to do it.  Last November, when I thought up this story, it was all in the moment.  Now, I can’t find that feeling I had for it when I first wrote it.  I know I want to edit it.  Its not that I want to publish it but I never like starting something and not finishing it.  Plus, its my baby.  You have no idea how proud I was when I reached my goals 2 hours before the deadline after writing and writing and writing non-stop for a full solid week.  I loved that feeling and I tried so hard to get there. Now, I just need the right self pep talk and the right push to just get it done!

Let’s hope before the next NaNoWriMo comes around in November I’ll at least have this edited one time! I’m pretty sure if I feel good enough about it at the end, I’ll kick in those perfectionist values and edit it another time before I bind it as a personal reminder of my first ever unpublished novel and something to remind myself that when I put my heart into something, I can achieve anything!

I’m going to beat you one day, Procrastination! And it’ll be soon!

What have you been procrastinating? Are you in for the next NaNoWriMo?

Daily Prompt: Goals

I’ve been really missing just writing away on a daily prompt but its been so hard to write on so many of these topics in the past week.  I just don’t know how to approach them.  But then, we have Wednesday’s.  It feels like I’ve written on this before…well..probably, but still, it might be new.  I’ve reflected over this past few months on the blog. I’ve made some physical changes to make it more appealing and more organized.

Daily Prompt: When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?

When I started this blog, it was complete spontaneity.  I had no idea what I was doing and for the longest time, it had nothing.  Well, not nothing…posts that I did but nothing fancy like menus on the top or a header photo.  Nothing on the side bars.  It was naked compared to now.  I had no goals except for one (maybe), it was to remind myself that with everything that happens, there’s always something positive.  We just need to look at the little things in life and remember to be grateful.  Its really about sharing happy things in my life.  The main objective was to write and express myself in words because I do that best and just get all the thoughts written down.  I never thought about getting followers or whatnot.

Cheers! Thank you and have an AMAZING FRIDAY! :)

Cheers! Thank you and have an AMAZING FRIDAY! 🙂

Enough to say that looking at Tranquil Dreams now, I’m in total shock.  As of today, I have 520 followers.  That is totally CRAZY! Followers are of course not matching to the people who like or comment but still, I’m just amazed at how I even managed to get 520 bloggers to follow little me who writes, reviews, bakes, take photos, and shares everything.  It means that some point in time this little space attracted someone with one (or more) posts that made them want to follow me.  That is a WOW moment in my life.  Most of the time, I don’t feel I’m interesting at all so its definitely a confidence booster right there.

As much as I’d like to say that I’m really satisfied with everything, its because of everyone that drops by and does all the likes, comments, follows and views that keep me in the game.  I feel responsible for how this goes, what goes up and I am motivated to keep it up because some of you are regarded as friends.  Its something I appreciate very much.  The blogging world and the family thats here is just awesome! Even when we agree to disagree on certain reviews or whatnot 😉 Its the interaction that is like a drug sometimes.  The people here are just wonderful and you all deserve this huge applause and standing ovation because as much as I’ve tried to entertain you all, reading your posts are exponentially more entertaining in my book!

Okay, I’m going off track.  Whats changed here is that now I have goals.  Every year I refresh what I want to do.  Even as we speak, there isn’t a day I don’t think about how to spice things up a bit with marathons and what to bake on the weekend.  There’s how to approach my photo challenges and show you some of the travel experiences and events that I go to.  Its making time in my schedule to do this.  I’m even sharing my crazy weekly workouts.  I don’t have solid goals as to what to achieve but the one thing I’d love is to keep things happy and have you all enjoying your stop at Tranquil Dreams as much as I have with everyone else’s work.

I think I’ve ranted on enough but bottomline:

A lot of people in my actual life may not understand why I do this blogging thing, but at least I know that there’s so many more of you out there that relate to how I feel.  The magic of blogging, writing, and sharing and intereacting is just totally fantastic and most of the time its just a space to be silly and have fun with a bunch of other people from all over the world!

I just want to give a HUGE HUG TO ALL OF YOU! 🙂 In my mind, you are ALL AWESOME!

*ahem* Sorry about that! I will contain my over hyper and mushy self now 😉 You know I can’t resist the chance to thank you all over and over again!

Daily Prompt: Forever Young

I’ve been slacking on writing up on these daily prompts.  I just find some of these topics would look like I’m whining about life and its not what I aim to do with my blog.  I will try to do a little writing every week.  Hopefully you will all enjoy a bit of my horrible but improving (I think) writing.

Today’s daily prompt: If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?

I remember writing something on immortality when I first started this blog based on a daily prompt back then in Post a Week 2011. Let me go check it out…here it is.  You can click HERE to find it. Its good time to link it since back then there was probably 1 view.  Give it a go, I just re-read it and its not too bad.  You can see why I don’t want to be immortal, despite my fond love for vampires and all things supernatural.

For that same reason, I wouldn’t really think I’d drink the water from the Fountain of Youth.  I’m 26 right now and turning 27 in a few months, provided the world doesn’t end on Friday.  I’m not old.  Although some days, I think I feel older than I actually should be.  Although being younger would probably mean I have a better memory, which could help.  I blame my job and the stress level that occupies all my brain space, so even if I was younger, doesn’t mean I stop being at this job.  It’ll deteriorate eventually.  Forever deteriorating memory…I’ll pass on that one.

I graduated in accounting and currently work in that field , so the mindset of taxes don’t escape me.  Aging means that I’ll eventually get to reap the benefits of being retired.  Freedom from working and Old Age Security.  I’d like to have that some day.  I worked hard to earn that benefit.  Why give it up? Not to mention, if I retire I get to actually go travel with all the money I’ve saved.

However, if I think about it, being young might mean that I won’t be in this constant back pain.  But then, thats mostly from work-related stress.  I even have to see a chiropractor at my age.  All this can’t be avoided if I am young, still won’t quit my job.

wait til you're olderFinal argument though, if you didn’t click on that link for my Immortality post, I want to bring up that wonderful quote I put in there.  Its from a Hong Kong movie called Wait ‘Til You’re Older.  Its about a boy who believes that growing older is the escape from his current life.  He gets offered a miraculous growth formula from a man and grows older but realizes that there are no ways to stop the growth so he also ends up aging incredibly fast as well.  He meets this man again to find out how to escape this aging process and the man answers him this: IMDB translates it like this, “Life is like a passage. Too bad it’s a one-way trip. Good thing is, there’s no need to return.”  Before I found this translation, this is my translation ” Life is an experience: Pity is that is that it cannot be relived but fortunately it doesn’t need to be re-experienced either.”

With that said, why would we want to go forward or in this case, go backwards in life?

To join this daily prompt or see more on this topic, click HERE!

Daily Prompt: Hindsight –>Redoing The Beginning…

It’s nearing the end of the year.  According to the Mayan calender, who knows if we’ll even make it there but its inevitable that we will sit back and look at the things we’ve done in the past year.

I haven’t done writing prompts in a while, mostly because I’ve been writing like a crazy lady already for the last month. I’m back in style though.  Today’s sounded fun: Go back and re-write our very first post.  I won’t write my “very first post” because it was drafted by the daily post challenge to commit, so nothing much to re-write and the other one was just 2011 revelations.  I always tend to do one for the new year so if we make it there, I’ll have one up then.  So I just jumped straight to re-writing the first actual post called I Love To Laugh.  Click HERE to read the original 2011 version. Its due for a re-run, back then it was no one that that read my posts.  Maybe you’ll like it, who knows, right?

So here we go re-writing the first post titled: I LOVE TO LAUGH! (Tell me which you enjoyed more…its sort of tough to rewrite I think)..

Laughing is a very original feature in everyone.  We all love to be laughing whether in groups or just by yourself sometimes.  How would you describe your laugh? I know that I have a very laughable laugh.  Try giving me a lame joke when I’m tired and you’ll have to laughing non-stop for ages.  However, I still don’t really know how I laugh.  How do you describe the sounds of your laugh? Do we even have adjectives in the dictionary for it?

Although one of my favorite movies in the world describes it quite nicely with a little song.  Anyone know what that movie is? That’s right! MARY POPPINS!

That movie did it with this little song called I Love To Laugh! Here’s a little video with the lyrics on the bottom to look at:

Some people laugh through their noses
Sounding something like this ‘Mmm…’
Some people laugh through their teeth goodness sake
Hissing and fizzing like snakes

Some laugh too fast
Some only blast – ha!
Others, they twitter like birds
Then there’s the kind
What can’t make up their mind

Are you one of those people listed above? By the way, when you laugh through your nose, isn’t that snorting?

I can tell you I don’t snort, nor do I hiss.  I don’t twitter or blast either.  So what do I do? I giggle in a loud way and that builds up if I can’t resist it and turns into something a bit more thunderous.  It doesn’t matter how you do it.  Point is laughing is different for everyone but the cause is mostly the same: its from happiness and joy.  That’s what is important.  After all, laughing is good for you.

So tell me, how would you describe your laugh?

 

Its Go Time… (and a few updates!!)

Its November everyone! Do you know what day it is and why its so significant? NaNoWriMo begins on November 1st and lasts throughout the whole entire month.

Anyone here doesn’t know hat NaNoWriMo is? Its short for National Novel Writing Month, which means that you need to write 50,000 word novel in this very month of November.  Thats a total of 1,667 words per day.  Its my second year doing this.  I like the challenge and I’ve always wanted to write a novel.  I don’t plan on being published on anything but lets just say that its a personal accomplishment.

Last year I had to resort to writing a daily prompt about 300 Spartans (link right there) poking me in the back and still I only reached around 23,000 words.  Not even halfway.  I have no one to blame but myself.  This year I’m ready to take it on.  I actually have less of a plot than before but now I’m a bit more experienced and I’ve learned that if I sit myself down and focus to finish up those remaining words for 1-2 hours, I’ll be on track.  Last night, I waited till midnight and initiated by starting to write for half an hour before I fell alseep.  Starting is the hard part, but once you do, it just keeps you going.

So point is, I’m not advertising for NaNoWriMo but if you are doing it or would like to try it out, just head on over to their site and sign up.  Its just day 1 after all.  Last year when NaNoWriMo ended, I felt that it had given me a sense of happiness.  It gave me a certain focus that helped me move forward.  I love the feeling that it just made me want to do it all the time and with every spare minute, whether I was on the bus or on lunch break, my brain would just keep thinking about the novel, jotting down notes, writing in my notebook on hand.  Pen and paper never left my hand.  Its the commitment that draws me to this.  The fact that I can really commit to something and feel a passion for what I’m doing.  If you are interested, you can always stop by that post and take a look at how I felt about last year right here!

What I can’t believe is that November 1 is here already!  Why I am writing this post is to ask all of my readers to not panic when I’m not putting up as much.  I’m still going to stay on track with my photo challenges and hopefully writing challenges (those a bit slow), the random writing prompt.  For the second half of the month, I promise you I’ll bake more.

So why the second half of the month? Thats the second GO! for me.  With NaNoWriMo, at the same time, I’ll be on vacation soon.  I mean in a few days soon hence the packing mentioned above.  I will be going to Hong Kong for 2 weeks.  I do have a few travel/photography posts planned so it should be a fun month.  Maybe I’ll just dedicate it to Hong Kong.

So point of this rambling:

1) To tell you that I may post less frequently as I don’t have free internet there. I’ll have to get up at some crazy hour to sit at Starbucks to write while I’m in Hong Kong.

2) NaNoWriMo will also affect my writing schedule as it will take most of my brainpower so expect less writing and more photography.

3) I’m asking for your help.  I’d love to hear what you want me to do in Hong Kong.  Anything in particular you’d like me to visit or post about? Anything you’ve heard about or seen or want to know more about.  I would gladly fulfill the suggestions: Food, Restaurants, Scenery, Landscape, Culture, Museums, Theme Parks, etc.  Something you’ve heard of that you’d like me to check out.  You can put a comment or if you’d like, send me an email at kim.tranquildreams@gmail.com.  You can even tweet me if thats what you’re into.  My twitter account is on the side of the page so you can follow me there.

A BIG THANK YOU!!!

Above all, I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone of you.  I’m doing this update for all of you because you have made October into the best blogging month and motivated me quite a bit.  My blog was always just so hard to keep going because I didn’t have a lot of connections or friends that were into this so it was going slow but sometime in October, you all came around and helped me out.  In October, my views quadrupled from the previous month.  I’m even a few away from 100 followers.  You are all amazing me!  In thanks for all this, I try very hard to keep up with everyone’s blogs because you all have something wonderful to offer whether its photography, travels, baking, movie reviews.  All just awesome stuff.  I’m taking this opportunity now to thank you all again.  I promise you that I will work hard to bring you some more fun stuff!

JUST ONE MORE THING:Same deal as for Hong Kong.

If there is something you like or you don’t see as often and you enjoyed, tell me about it.  I’d love to hear some feedback from all of you.  Do you want more photography? More baking? Although those are in abundance.  Maybe more writing? Book reviews? Piano covers?  Movie reviews (not just theatre visits)?  Just on a side note, I am making some plans to expand certain segments.  Even if you just want to send a friendly encouraging email, I’d love to see it.  Blogosphere is a wonderful place to connect with people and I’ve had some nice conversations through commenting on blogs.  I’d definitely love to hear your suggestions! So email, tweet, comment..whatever pleases you.