1. I am so incredibly in love with the beginning of the novel that I wrote on Tuesday for Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s so good, you guys. I keep reading it over and over again, like a little narcissist, marveling at my own amazingness.
Basically my story centers around a stuffed lion and a girl. I have a beginning and I have an ending, but other than that, I’m just going to see where the story takes me. I don’t have an outline, I just write. Mostly while drinking beer and listening to the Mumford and Sons Pandora station.
2. A picture I snagged from Kelly, aka post marathon awesomeness:
|Chili’s never ever lets you down, friends.|
3. WARNING: this is the gloomy thing of Three Things Thursday.
You know what I wish college had prepared me for? Hard stuff. Such as, losing a parent. It’s been pretty damn difficult over these last few months, to watch my mom go from the tough, sassy, happy-go-lucky, always singing and being that embarrassing mom you wish would go away lady to what she is now – dying. What do you say to her? How do you act? Do you talk about your marathon from last week, knowing that it might be the last time you get to give her a race report, or do you talk about trivial things like the weather, so that she will just let go and not feel bad about missing everything?
My mom always used to tell me that people constantly go through cycles, and that every time you go through something, you find out who your real friends are. She couldn’t have been more right. There are several people who don’t really even talk to me anymore, since they found out about my mom, and it really fucking sucks. (Hah and if you immediately text or tweet me now, I’ll know you know I called you out on your bullshit).
Mom also used to say that you never know what someone is thinking or how someone is doing until you ask them. So there’s that. It’s always nice to be asked.
So yes, if you have any good vibes to spare, please send them the Smith way. We appreciate it more than we can ever say. Thanks, friends.