As I sit and watch Hotel Transylvania, after being inspired by seeing a cosplayer dressed as Mavis, I’ve finally had the chance to reflect on my first day of London Comic Con.
I’ve been waiting for this day since March, when my best friend Charlie bought us tickets for my 21st. We have said for years that we would go, but have never had the chance, and this year we finally gave up on waiting, and now that we are here, it was definitely worth the wait.
So far, we have gone across the o2 cable cars, wandered around the entire south side of the Excel centre and spent far too much money. So far, I’ve bought three comic books, four bookmarks, two pop vinyls, one pop key ring, three tshirts and a necklace for myself, and a few Christmas presents for my mum.
The cosplayers have been amazing to watch and admire, seeing all the models and exhibits has been fascinating, and while I’ve been in agony thanks to a tonne of excerise I’m not used to, it has truly been great.
The highlight of today though, has most definitely been the autographs.
Because, oh my god, I met Hayley Atwell and Andrew Scott today. Hayley Atwell and Andrew Scott. Peggy Carter and Moriarty himself. I met them. I met them.
Hayley Atwell said I was lovely.
Andrew Scott liked my hair.
I nearly cried, and barely managed to make words.
It was the most epic thing to happen to me this year.
I wish I could have photos, but I decided to buy merch instead, or go for that at a later con.
Today has been the best day ever, I’ll post up photos later, as I’m typing this in a haze on my iPad.
Tomorrow we explore the Marvel zone, see the costumes, the models and whatever we find in the North side.
I cannot wait for it, and have vowed to never wait this long between conventions ever again!
So, NaNoWriMo 2017 is literally 13 days away, and it’s safe to say, the panic has set in.
Well, not panic as such, I know what stories I’m focusing on, I’ve made starts on both of them, I know what direction I’m heading in.
My problem is finding the time to get this done.
For the last five years, I’ve smashed NaNoWriMo to bits, even from my first try. I’ve finished early and written past 50,000 words, I’ve barely broken a sweat most years doing it because I’ve always been so used to writing at least 700 words a day. For me, NaNoWriMo in previous years has just been a case of writing a bit more than usual.
This year, things are different.
This year, my entire life has changed, to the point where it’s nearly unrecognisable. I’m now a full-time carer, I’m more stressed than I’ve ever been in my life, and I’ve never felt as low as I do currently. I’ve been taking at least one day a week off writing, I’ve been running into roadblocks with my stories, nearly lost passion for them at times.
Never in my life have I been like this. I’ve always been so passionate about writing, and I still am, it’s all I want to do with my life. But, life itself is getting in the way.
For a while, I considered not doing NaNoWriMo this year, because I didn’t feel like I had the energy for it.
But, I decided that I’m not going to let life beat me in this. Life is kicking my ass in every single way possible, and I really should just focus on the more traditionally important things in my life.
I’m not going to, though. I’m going to do this. I’m going to smash NaNoWriMo 2017 again, I’m not going to let life beat me in this. NaNoWriMo is my month, and it’s going to be stressful, I’m going to be losing sleep as I hastily write at midnight to catch up with myself. But I’m going to do it.
NaNoWriMo is the month where I’m going to write like never before, I’m going to make up for all my missed days, and get myself back on track.
I’m going to write every day.
I’m going to stop taking breaks.
I’m going to focus on getting on top of my stories.
I’m going to write 50,000 words in a month.
Screw what life throws at me. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo during my A Levels and all three of my university years. This year, I’m at the beginning stages at creating a freelance writing business, while caring full time.
I can do this. I can write 50,000 words in a month. I have done it before, and I will not let myself down this year.
Interruptions, lack of ideas, dwindling passion for stories, I’m going to ignore it all. I’m going to fall in love with my ideas again, not let the pauses stop me, get the ideas flowing again.
NaNoWriMo 2017, I’m coming for you.