@George: hey! Um no, we don't do quinceañera parties in Spain, that's just Mexico I think. LOL it's funny how all Americans think Spain is the same as Latin America... in truth the only thing we have in common is the language and even that is different because people from South America speak Spanish like they're singing and use words such as "mamita" and I'm like "wait, what did you just call me?". So no quinceañera parties for me, but it's still kinda cool to be 15 because next year my mom's going to teach me how to drive even if it's illegal in Spain (we can't drive until we're 18 here) and because I was getting kinda bored of being 14. And I can now say I've lived a decade and a half :)
Thanks! I felt so proud to have finished NaNoWriMo! Oh keeping people in character in stories is hard... I have a notebook I planned my NaNo novel in and I had to make whole files for characters and desribe them in every possible way, find quirks and details to make them more realistic. But I think the key to making characters realistic is giving them inner demons to overcome. That is SO much fun because you get to create tragic backstories for them and it's awesome. I'm cruel, I torture my characters too much. But don't just say you can't do it! If you practice you will be able to! I still haven't finished my novel (even though I hit 50K) , but if I finish it before June 30 2013 I can send it to NaNoWriMo and they'll send me 5 copies of my book in paperback. Wouldn't that be awesome?? To have actual copies of a book I wrote? I just hope I manage to finish it and not forget about it and abandon the project. Yeah my parents know I did NaNoWriMo but meh, they don't reall care much I don't think.
Well I wouldn't call them "friends" exactly, but classmates I can talk to. It's not like I hang out with them in lunch and break or call them or text outside school or anything. We just have a few conversations about books, that's all. Still, better than nothing I guess. Uh, about the "other teens wanting to get to know you", not so much. I have psychological proof I'm weird, okay? This personality test I took in my psychology class at summer camp told me only 1% of the world's population has the same personality type as I do (there are 16 types in total). So yeah, I'm not someone people are eager to get to know. But you know what? I've stopped caring by now. I'm used to not having friends and I have my sister and books so WHATEVER.
Books, oh books. Recently I've finished reading "I am Number Four" which was okay, and I'm halfway through "Life as we knew it". I'm kind of disappointed by the latter, it's so slow and it gets on my nerves that the main character's name is Miranda because that's the last name of a girl who I really don't like at my school (the really annoying one, I think I've told you about her before). I reaaallly want to read "Th1rteen R3asons Why" next, it just looks so good. I ended up adding even more books to my Christmas list (my mom must hate me by now) including the Chaos Walking trilogy (which a girl in my class recommended to me) and two classics by Charles Dickens ("A Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations"). My history teacher gave me this huuuge list of books that are like the "must read before you die" books, classics all of them. I've already read about 7 of the books on the list (Anne Frank, Romeo and Juliet, Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, Lord of the Flies, 1984 and The Prince) but I plan to read as many of them as possible! Ugh I'm so annoyed that "CVV: Trust no one" has come out and I haven't even read "Shatterproof" yet. I'll get both of them for Christmas though, thankfully. And yeah, I heard about the third 39C series! Woohoo!
No, you misunderstood me. I don't read books on Tumblr (I don't even have a tumblr or go on it except to check out book fangirling gifs, posts, news and stuff) what I meant was that the girls in my class (who do go on Tumblr and are obsessed with it) heard about the kind of books I read on Tumblr. Like, they saw posts about Divergent or TFIOS and they knew I'd read those books so they asked me about them. Speaking of which, EVERYONE is going to read TFIOS now because I praised the book. Like, everyone wants a copy now and I'm just sitting there thinking "John Green, I just got more customers to buy your book". But honestly, those girls only read to keep up with the news on Tumblr, which kind of annoys me for some reason.
I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving lunch with the girls in my class was pretty good. They even bought me a late birthday present, I was so surprised!! And I had this brownie with vanilla ice cream and fudge for dessert that was amazing :) I hope everything goes well at the doctor's!
Oh I haven't even started my finals yet. They start on Friday the 14th and end on Thursday the 20th. Last day of school is the 21st. Usually I'd just skip the last day of school (like most high school students do) because I'm exhausted after finals, but since I'm Student Council I have to show up and set an example or whatever. I've only studied biology so far, and nothing for the other 8 subjects. But biology, pre-calculus and Spanish are the ones that worry me the most. Well Spanish not so much except that I need to memorize about ten billion biographies and stuff for literature. I'm barely going to study for geography, classical studies (reading the Percy Jackson books has given me a great advantage in this class cause I know so much about Greek mythology already...) and English (this class is a waste of time, the teacher doesn't know how to be a teacher), and I'm not going to study at ALL for French because we're just having a DELF A2 as our semester and it's pretty easy. I did a practice with my French tutor (the private one who comes to my house on Fridays) the other day and got most stuff right. World Cultures and Sociales... well, I'll probably skip school a couple days this week to stay home and study so I'll have time. But Pre-calc is going to be horrible, I just know it. And I'll probably get my PSAT results during finals week, although I'm not sure I want to see them...
Oh yes my sister reads as much as I do, and most of the same books too. One thing you must know, my sister and I are one person. What one does, so does the other, we're inseparatable. That's just how it's always worked, I don't know why. I know most people who have siblings barely talk to them, and fight all the time and all but my sister and I don't. I think she's the only person in the world who I tell everything to. The thing is about 90% of the time we talk about books. She's read T39C too, and Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Mortal Instuments, The Infernal Devices...etc. I'm trying to get her to read Divergent, but she doesn't have time right now cause she's reading a bunch of history books too (she loooooves history). I read my sister's books and she reads mine (not all of them, but many). So yes, I do have access to twice as many books, I just wish I had time to read all of her books. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have my sister. I wouldn't have anyone to talk about books with (except people online, but that's different). Honestly, we just talk about books characters like they're real people and they FEEL real to me... it's weird but I care much more about fictional characters than about 99% of people I know in real life. My mom's always telling me that I can't live inside fictional worlds all the time but I ignore her. I found a quote I love, which is "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one". Isn't it beautiful? I think it captures the feeling of really getting into books perfectly. And when my mom tells me to live in real life, I can only think that I don't have to. I know I should, but I'm a reader, and I'm a writer. I can choose what world to live in. Another quote says "We must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy us". Yep, pretty much describes my life. And yes, my parents both read a lot. My mom mainly reads on the computer nowadays cause she doesn't want to spend money though. But we still have gazillions of books at home. Once for English class in 8th or 9th grade our teacher asked us to count how many books we had at home... I lost count when I went over 1000 something. And now we have even more, it's impossible to count. So yeah my family (at least my close family, not so much my cousins and aunts and uncles) reads a lot. Keep insisting that your cousins read, set an example for them and talk to them about books, get them excited about books whatever you do. Not only will you have someone to talk to about books but you'll be giving them one of the greatest gifts in life, I mean it.
Oh I'll be getting 18 or 19 days off school for Christmas. In Spain we get more because we have Three Kings Day on the 5th or 6th (I can never remember the day, I should be ashamed of myself). So yeah I'll have enough time to read and write for fun, but I also have to work on some Model UN policy statements and write a second draft of this essay on Columbus I wrote that my history teacher corrected. Once I give him the second draft in January he'll be sending it to Madrid to get graded. If in Madrid they like it I think they'll be sending it to the U.S. It's part of this international Columbus essay writing contest they do every year. A kid in my school won one year, and it's an international thing so that's pretty impressive. But then again that kid was a genius... Oh well I can only hope for the best :)
Talk to you soon, and let me know how it went at the doctor's! LJ.
Crying because I haven't read Shatterproof yet :( Soon though, I'll get it and Trust No One too, for Christmas. Unfortunately, my sister and I decided to be idiots and we looked up CVV stuff online and read some spoilers for Shatterproof some time ago... ugh. We just couldn't help ourselves, it was necessary. I till want to read it desperately though. I'll let you know when I'm done reading them!