Apologies but poison took my writing away

I suppose I should begin by apologizing. It has been ages since I have been able to just sit down at my laptop and just write a post.

In the last few weeks I have gotten sick more than once both during school and during my reading break that was now a week ago (scary stuff!). To summarize my unlucky bought of sickness essentially what went on was:

The week before my reading break I came down with some sort of weird flu/cold on the weekend. It was not bad on that Sunday so I got up and went to school the next day (Monday) as per normal. When I got to school I was a mess. Blotchy face, running nose, tearing eyes, and leaving the classroom continuously in order to go to the bathroom because of my stomach. My teacher told me that I could go home since I was pretty sick. Unfortunately I was not able to do that because I would still have to wait more than 20 minutes for a bus. I even told my boyfriend not to pick me up from school because he would have to miss work.

So I stayed home Tuesday and went back to school on Wednesday feeling better. Boyfriend texted me every couple of hours to see how I was doing which was very sweet of him. Thursday we hit up Festival du Voyager (an amazing Winnipeg festival) and Friday we did a dinner and movie for Valentine’s Day. Weekend and most of my Reading Break went over in a flash with no homework being done but tons of writing ideas were flowing (I kinda blame the cough syrup that I was taking since my coughing had been still pretty bad), but that is for another post!

Friday boyfriend and I went out with a group of friends, six of us in total, to a fairly nice restaurant to have some drinks and food. We had a good time and I stayed over at boyfriend’s apartment that night. I called mum to let her know we had gotten home safely and that the evening had been a good one. I sounded fine to my mum and boyfriend. Him and I watched The Hunger Games DVD that he had gotten for his birthday this year and I munched on some popcorn happily.

During the night and in the morning was a completely different story.

Food poisoning literally brought me to my knees. I could barely move and yet I managed to get into my clothing, past boyfriend who was doing his best to keep me in the apartment, and get out of the building so I could stumble my way to the bus stop. I had to make a pit stop at a snow pile so I could throw up in it and tell myself that going back to boyfriend was the thing to do but my feet continued to carry me away. I don’t want to know what the bus driver thought of me as I climbed on the bus.

Evidently my Reading Week-end did not go over so well. I ended up sleeping most of the weekend and splitting time between the couch and bed. I was also shipped between my parents’ houses on Sunday night. Boyfriend was constantly texting me because he couldn’t come and see me while I was at my dad’s house. I will admit that I got mad at him for not chasing me down or even coming with me to the bus stop (everything is good between us now).

It turns out I was not the only one who got food poisoning that night. Out of the six, three of us got sick. The “leader” of our group was in email contact with the manager of the restuarent but I have not heard anything about it since last week. I believe its fair to say we will not be returning to that restaurent any time soon.

Thankfully now I am feeling much better and more than a little stressed from school but that would be normal right?

Purple Binding, Written Words, Old Fashioned?

A decision that I made a few days after the New Year was to keep better track of my books that I have been reading.

I’ve got GoodReads (I do accept friend requests, you just need to ask!) but sometimes I just don’t feel like turning on my laptop and all that just to update a book status. I do also have the app for my ipod touch but again, just like with the laptop, I need to have wireless and a battery life in order to update.

Its amazing how much we rely on the internet, both with a connection cable and wireless, just to keep track of books, goals, pets, kids, etc. I know I use my laptop a lot when I am writing. I’ve totally destroyed a laptop’s hardrive because I had so much stuff (writing pieces, inspiration for writing, templates for various things, etc.) on it.

Okay, let me get back on track.

This year I have decided that all writing (short stories, novels, poems etc.) will be handwritten and I will be logging all my books that I have read; along with comments and feelings, into a notebook. Mind you this will be two different notebooks. My inspiration for doing this was my cousin who does the same thing, sort of, but not nearly as detailed as I will be.

I am not quite sure exactly what I am going to be putting down but it gets an entire page of the notebook; which consists of both sides of the paper. My goal is to fill a book a yearish and have fun doing it along the way. Then once a month I will add which books I have finished onto my GoodReads account. If I feel I have a decent amount of coverage in my Purple Binding then I will perhaps put up a review or at least my thoughts and comments about the book/short story here on my blog! Keep a look out in the Purple Binding area for further updates!

This year my goal is to read 50 books! Help me get there by suggesting books that YOU like in the comments below!

Late (as usual) but at least the post is here.

Wow! First post of the year, which should have been done about 23 days ago…anyways…

It seems that so far 2014 has blown into the picture tired and panting. To date I am already breaking my New Year’s Resolutions that should have been simple and not a problem. Assignments not handed in (check). Not getting to the gym once or twice a week (check). Spending a couple of hours a night either crocheting or reading (or sometimes both).

I am happy that I am able to at least keep up with one thing on the list: Keeping up with friends and reading.

In the last two weeks or so I have been madly busing between Red River College, University of Manitoba, and the University of Winnipeg to visit friends. One day I spent almost two hours on the bus to see a friend at UofM, an hour both ways, and then I got home only to realize I wouldn’t have enough time to have a long nap before going out that night. You can imagine what kind of state I was in that night. The words grumpy and frustrated would have topped the list.

Pretty much I could have rivaled Grumpy Cat on any grumpy level.

I would like to say that this year I hope to actually complete a “Book Haul” post. My first one will be for December 2013 and will include all the books I bought during the month and received during my Christmas and Birthday from family and boyfriend. I know I did a terrible job last year with *cough* not *cough* doing any posts. I think I had just tried to bite off more than I could chew. I promise this year I will be better at this in 2014!

As for my writing this year I have already started on a project that I think will go far. I’ve got some scenes already marked out and character relationships planned out. Its about football (soccer for those who are not in UK and Ireland) and a librarian. Pretty cool huh? Yeah I thought so. My plan for the story is to start writing it like a fanfiction, since I am basing it off a real football team, but eventually I will be taking it off the internet and rewriting so it will be an original piece.

My idea for the title on the new WIP is: Footiebooks

What do you think? Too cliche? I think it may but again it is just a work in progress. As I go I will update its progress on my blog!

What kind of things would you like to see on my blog this year? Let me know in the comments below!

I am very confused on why I am not getting recommended Tags at the bottom of my page. Its actually kind of frusturating since I really enjoy looking at what my recomended tags are. Is anyone else having this problem?

xx E. Munchkin

20 years and I will always stay a child

I think that the beauty of being a heavy duty reader and a part time writer means that I can enjoy being a child for the rest of my life. I spent yesterday, my last day of being a teenager, watching movies that I have always loved. These included: Mary Poppins ( my boyfriend took me to see Saving Mr Banks recently since we both adore the movie), Madeline, and Thomas and the Magic Railroad. After I finished watching Thomas and the Magic Railroad my brains started to chug out a semi plotline for a new story.

I was astonished. Seriously.

It seems that all of december I have been dry for ideas; even my NaNoWriMo 2013 story held no interest for me!

Okay, okay I’m back on track now. My ideas on Mary Poppins and Saving Mr Banks will have to come again in the form of a different blog post in the new year.

How did I spend my birthday?

Well…pretty much relaxed the entire day. My day involved movie watching, cat napping, and reading.

Well…pretty much had a fancy night.

My parents took my boyfriend and I to this fancy restarent called Praire360 here in Winnipeg. For those who knew of it as the Revolving Restaurant…well it still revolves. Being able to see Winnipeg from 30 stories up was amazing and breathtaking the first time around (by the second it was still amazing and awesome but not as much if you get what I mean). The food was delicious: I dined on these amazing perogies which were filled with bison. They were amazing!

When I got home, or at least back to mum’s, I was treated to an amazing cake from Safeway (thanks dad!) and many presents. I am not going to go into too much detail about everything but I will give three of my highlights (which may not be highlights to everyone else).

::1:: Mum gave me Ritz Cracker packs (12 pack I believe). Now my reason that this is a highlight? Ritz Cracker packs are a very special treat in my house. I rarely get them as a snack nor do I go out and buy them with my own money. They are a treat that does not come into my hands very often.

::2:: Dad gave me the latest Clive Cussler (Mr Cussler, if you read this, I am a huge fan!) book: Mirage. I’ve been drooling over it every time I walk into a Chapters or McNally Robinson. I even dragged dad to both places in a week and made sure to point it out both times. I am so excited to read it!

Now I am going to admit before I even go further that I love all my presents that I have recieved both now and on Christmas. I would never take any of these gifts for granted nor do I choose one solid favorite since it is unfair.

::3:: Boyfriend gave me the Ultimate Tea Collection from DAVIDsTEA!! I nearly fell out of my chair. I absolutely adore tea and to know that my boyfriend would go out and spend a large amount of money on tea for me…well it leaves me just amazed! Not that I should be surprised…but its still WOW.

That pretty much wraps up what I did with my family and boyfriend today.

I am determind that even when I have to grow up and get older I will never truly grow up. There will always be some part of me that will happily say, “Fuck this shit.” and continue acting childish. This is why I truly love reading and writing with such passion. These beautiful forms of words will allow me to keep my childish nature flowing!

Happy Birthday to myself! Its hard to believe I am 20 and not going back. Like Avril Lavigne said, “Here’s to never growing up!”


Podcast: NaNoWriMo and Libraries, except not here

Well I didn’t see that coming.

I am unable to upload my podcast as a MP3 onto AMunchkin’sWordWorld so I am going to upload it through a different way. Sorry for the outrageously old youtube account (I made it YEARS ago) but this is where I will post it then link it here. And other future podcasts if I ever decide to do another one.

Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cr56r69Fvg

It took a while, a lot of swearing, many retakes, more swearing when the podcast had to be changed into a video and other complexities but it is finally done.

Thank you for sticking along with me for this bumpy podcasting journey full of swearing and the like. I hope you enjoyed it!

This was my first podcast but please leave comments below (no flames please)

Authors mentioned in this Podcast:

Rainbow Rowell : http://rainbowrowell.com

Marissa Meyer : http://www.marissameyer.com/

Sara Gruen : http://saragruen.com/


Websites and Programs mentioned in this Podcast:

NaNoWriMo : www.nanowrimo.org

Audacity : http://audacity.sourceforge.net/