Nanowrimo 2018 over

NaNo Weeks 3 And 4: Success and Defeat

Recap For Weeks 3 And 4

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Hey everybody! Back with my final NaNoWriMo 2018 weekly recap! (So sad, I know) So as of right now, it is the 28th. Two and a piece days away from success, whatever that means for you. It's scary to think that by the time you read this, I will have either reached my goal or missed it. I currently have 40,048 words, which…is not great. I've been slowly getting worse and worse, throughout the month. I would write here once a week, with tips that I ended up ignoring, because of my writer's block, and un-inspiration. Right up until two days ago, when Determination came in and pushed me to the keyboard.

On the 25th, I had 28,042 words. Again, not great. I kinda started to feel like I just wasn't going to make it, I was super uninspired, and I just did not want to write. I was watching some videos on Youtube when a video suggested by BuzzFeed came up. One of their content creators did a video on NaNoWriMo, posting once every day or so. She was dragging her feet like me in the middle until it was the 27th, and she had a boatload of words left to write. I definitely felt her pain but continued to watch the video. She went on through the last four days, writing like mad, and attending write-ins. She ended up reaching the 50k.

I wasn't shocked, because the title of the video was, "I wrote a novel in a month," but it made me think. If she could do it so close to the end, so could I. I took my less-than-thirty-thousand words and sat down. I wasn't inspired to write, but I realized I had to. If I wanted to achieve my goal, I had to get out of the "meh" mindset. I had actually to want it. Until then, I was kind of sitting back, writing passively, with a "Que sera sera" thought. Whatever happens, happens. Whatever. But watching the video, and watching her celebrate, made me realize that I wanted that to happen. I didn't passively want whatever happened to happen; I wanted to make something happen.

So, the past few days, I've been writing like crazy, into two in the morning, shunning Youtube and TV for all except music. Even when I reach my daily goal, I'm going to keep writing. I still have school and a concert I have to play in, in the next two days, so I can't quit when it's okay. I have to get more than my goal. I'm doing okay right now, and I think I'll be able to make it if I can stick with my goals.

Now into the happy part. I, for the first time this month, feel like I can actually win. I was really encouraged by watching videos of other people winning. It made me realize how close it is, and how much I can do. NaNoWriMo isn't just about passively writing "whatever," it's about pushing yourself to the brink, and developing a habit. Habits like this aren't easy to stick with, but you have to do it while it's hard, because if you make the hard parts easy, everything becomes easier. The more you write, the better you'll get, and the better you get, the more you can focus on other aspects of the writing, like more advanced and complicated plots. If you won, or if you didn't, check out nanowrimo.org, and join a region (It's group of like-minded people from your area, that are going attend writing events, typically in small businesses or libraries). Check the 'events' calendar, and see if there's a "Thank Goodness It's Over" Party in your area! It's a time to commiserate and look back on the month. How'd you do, what went wrong/right? What would you change if you could go back?

In two days, I'm gonna come back and write up either a "Success" article or a "how I'll do better next time" article. The link will be posted here: when it goes live. Go ahead and read it if you want to know how I did! (I myself am pretty curious right now…) Also, that article will include my thoughts for the future on writing tips and help articles. If you want to see how I did throughout the month, here are some links to my other recaps: First Week; Second Week; and Week 3, tips.

Bye for now! And remember, NaNo may be over, but you can still Go! Write! Conquer!

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.
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The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.


3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.


6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.


7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.


13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.


14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.


You're finally back to your old self.

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.

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Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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