#4. The New Year!…And All It Entails


Happy New Year, audience!!

Wow, wow, wow. What a year it’s been.

It has been wrought with highs and lows for us all, I am sure. With so many headliners coloring the news, we certainly have a lot of labels to remember 2012 by: Hurricane Sandy, the Olympics, the Presidential Election, the tragedy in Connecticut, the list goes on. I’d just like to do a quick recap of my pinnacle moments this year, and follow up with my plans for the impending year.

2012 Highs:

1.) MTAC. Many of you might not know what this is. It’s an anime convention I go to every year in Nashville, TN. Super fun, and I’m able to just kick back and have tons of fun with my friends.

2.) Singing. So, I love to sing. Unfortunately, I suffer from extreme stage fright. My significant other ruthlessly pressured (not really) me into singing in a competition. Shaky as I was, I sang my way to victory! Yay!

3.) My Birthday. Yes, I know we all have those every year, but specifically, my significant other bought me a new violin! I absolutely love it~

4.) NaNoWriMo. Oh my, I cannot begin to explain how this NaNo season impacted my year. In my first post on this blog, I told of how this NaNo was so much better than passed years. I joined a community of fellow NaNomites while in a particularly somber state of mind. I didn’t think I had the energy to complete NaNo this year, but they pulled me through. I am still so thankful for their support and camaraderie.

5.) Thanksgiving. I had two dinners. That is all šŸ™‚

6.) Curiosity Quills’ NaNoVirtuosos Competition ’13. I was just recently notified that I made it through to round 2! I would like to thank those of you who voted for me, and please please please wish me luck in the following rounds.

7.) Travelling, and Writing all the While. I’ve mentioned in my last blog that I travel immensely with my significant other. Thisvopens the door to so many landscapes, so many different slices of life and ambient atmospheres. They each give off their own aura, bringing with them a plethora of motivation and emotion to write by. Travelling has made me a better writer, and I couldn’t ask for much more.

2012 Lows:

1.) Missing Family Milestones. Unfortunately, traveling makes it hard to make it to my family milestones. I missed two graduations, all of my siblings’ birthdays, and a family reunion. I was lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with them, but I will miss watching the ball drop to the New Year with the family tonight, as I am back over the road.

2.) Hurricane Sandy. I am from Atlantic City, NJ. The majority of my family lives there. So when I heard news of this huge hurricane crossing land right on top of Atlantic City, my heart began to pound. I called all of my family profusely, and luckily none of them were hurt. My father is a firefighter, and he kept tabs with me well enough. Again, very fortunate.

3.) The Connecticut Tragedy. Though this didn’t effect me personally, it touched me immensely in a way I’m sure it touched everyone else. I sincerely wish all of the victims a peaceful rest.

So, there you have it. My highs and lows of the year. I am very grateful that my highs outlist my lows, and I hope it’s the same for all of you.

2013 New Year’s Resolutions:

Hmmm, this is a tough one. As an author, I know from experience that things almost never go as one outlines them. But I’ll compile a rough list of goals.

1.) Lose weight. I wanna work off the holiday meals’ extra calories. Live happily and healthily šŸ™‚

2.) Publish. I’d loooove to publish a work. I have so much to show the world, now all I have to do is go out there and give it to you all.

3.) Write. Even if I don’t get published, I want to just continue to have the motivation to write each and every day. Writing, along with a few choice other hobbies, is my passion. I never want to lose it.

4.) Live a Life that makes me Happy. That pretty much says it all.

What are your highs and lows of 2012, audience? Do you have any resolutions for the new year? Maybe there are a few we can help each other with, who knows?

I hope you all have had an amazing year and have many more to follow. Raise your glass (both metaphorical and literal), to bittersweet endings, new beginnings, and for what has yet to come.

Happy New Year to all.

Signing off,



#3. Apocalypses, Road Trips, and Christmas; What I’ve Been Up To

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Hello potential readers!

For those of you that have actually looked forward to what I have to say, I do so terribly apologize for my absence. A lot has happened lately that was beyond my control. Left without internet, I was forced to forego talking about December 21st, my Christmas plans, as well as promoting myself in the competitions I’ve entered in (CoughCoughNaNoVirtuososCoughCough). So, this is my belated gift to you: a rough recollection of what I’ve been doing since my absence began.

Where I’ve Been…
I like to call it a big long road trip, but basically, my significant other is a commercial vehicle operator, and I have the honor to travelling the world with him…well, it’s just the continental US, but you know what I mean. Anywho, it left me without internet, but now it’s okay because I fixed it! Woo!

Things You’ve Missed…
1. NaNo-Virtuosos Competition


So, in case you haven’t heard of it, Curiosity Quills holds a competition every year after NaNoWriMo called the NaNo-Virtuosos competition. I’ve decided to undergo this most gruesome of tasks. Unfortunately, round 1 of this competition ended…yesterday. Yes, it is sad, especially since round 1 was a popularity vote and I could have reeeaallly used the promotion on my blog to get my entry out there. Hohum, life goes on. Well wishes are always appreciated, as the results of round 1 will not be advertised until New Year’s Eve.

Curiosity Quills
NaNo-Virtuosos Competition

2. December 21st: Apocalypse!…Or Not?


Obviously December 21st did not bring about the end of the world. Kind of disappointing, honestly. My zombie killing arsenal was prepared and at the ready. Now it’s just taking up space on my living room floor. But alas, life went on as per usual, and it turns out that the rotting aroma I’d mistaken for the precursor to an impending undead invasion was actually just moldy leftover Thanksgiving turkey that I hadn’t cleared out of my fridge. Oh well. I guess I really shouldn’t be disappointed. After Y2K, 06/06/06, and the Rapture, this is the 4th “apocalypse” that I’ve survived. Thinking of it that way, I feel pretty bad ass. I hope you all do, too!

3. CHRISTMAS!!! (Or Whichever Holiday Doesn’t Offend You :o)


Whatever winter holiday that suits your fancy, I hope that you thoroughly enjoyed it as much as I did mine.
My holiday flavor of choice is Christmas, and I had an amazing time. Taking time off from the road, my significant other met my family and an abundance of merriment was had. I got PokƩmon White 2 and earrings, League of Legends skins and CANDY! We all went out to to see Rise of the Guardians, and my mother made us dinner. All around fun day, even if there was no snow to frolic in. May your holidays be joyous, audience.



Well I am currently back over the road. Where there was no snow back at home. There’s TONS of the stuff farther north. I spent the night in Iowa (at the LARGEST TRUCK STOP IN THE WORLD, might I add), and woke up with the truck covered in snow. Roads are icy, but we’re being safe and going on adventures. I now have internet, so I won’t have to forego updating as long as I did anymore!

Happy holidays, audience.

Signing off,

#2. Social Media Me!

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Hello, my readers!

Since making this blog, I’ve been a very busy panda! I was told that if I really believed strongly in my dream (and I do), that I need to do EVERYTHING in my power to get my name out there! So, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing!

I have taken the time to create an email, Facebook Page, AND Twitter profile all so that I can promote my work a efficently as possible. I would be much obliged it you took the time out of your busy schedules to follow, like, or save my profiles for further persusal.



You all can “Like” my Facebook page here. I’ll be using it to alert my readers of blog update, and hopefully soon, book releases!!




You can all find my Twitter info here. Much like on my Facebook page, I will be alerting my followers of the goings on of my writings and other updates šŸ™‚




To be quite honest, I have no clue what Linkedin brings to the table, but I’ve been told by several people that it is a must have! So I made one. I’ll do my best to use it to my advantage.



Reference Linkedn excerpt above. But again, rest assured that I’ll use it to get my name out into the world!


I’ll even throw in my Figment!


You can also reach me at my email: tkarmstrong@Writing.Com

Well, there ya have it. If you have any social media venues that you’d like for me to follow, feel free to post them in the comments! If not, go get some!! I cannot stress how helpful they’ll be in the long run!! Get your name out there~

If you have any more questions about contacting me in any way, feel free to do so and any of theĀ aforementionedĀ links. I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you!

Signing off,


#1. First Post for a New Beginning (And NaNoWriMo!)



Hello, potentially new readers!Ā 

Well, this whole blogging thing is new to me, so I’ll start with a few things about myself and what is to be expected from this blog if you so choose to read it! šŸ˜€

Greetings! My name is Tavia Armstrong, but I’ll be signing off as either T.A, Kiryuu, or Panda, depending on the type of post: T.A. for my authorly things, Kiryuu (or a variation thereof) for my everyday slice-of-life postings, and Panda (or a variation thereof) for anything other than my authorlyĀ dabblingsĀ that are of literary significance. If this becomes confusing to any of you, just let me know~

Let me start by saying pleased to meet you all, and thank you for choosing to read/follow/embark on the journey that is my blog. I’m happy to have you!

About me:

  • Well, I’m from Atlantic City, New Jersey; currently residing in Tennessee. I am currently 20 years old, and going to school for Astrophysics!
  • I’m a starving literary artist, and hope to some day become published and make writing my full time job!
  • In my free time, I like to play League of Legends, read, write poetry/novels/short stories, read, draw, watch anime/read manga, sing, read, play instruments, go to the occasional Anime convention, stalk Facebook, and did I mention that I have a little fondness for reading?
  • Oh, and speaking of instruments, I play the violin and piano. Admittedly, I’m a novice, but it’s still pretty fun because I’m getting better every day!
  • My favorite books to read are Paranormal (Adult) Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Paranormal (Y/A) Fiction. My favorite genres to write are Paranormal (Adult) Fiction, Paranormal (Y/A) fiction, Poetry, Young Adult Fiction, and Literary Fiction, in that order.
  • My favorite color is purple, and I have an immense love for pandas (big surprise :P).

What to Expect:

As hinted at earlier in the post, I will be using this blog for a plethora of things. Whether it be posting a preview to the latest literary work I’m writing, to me being really excited the day I finally get published, or simply a funny joke that I want to share with you, the reader, I’ll be posting it here for you all to peruse.

So, that’s just about all there is to know about me! I hope that you all enjoy reading the random ramblings that I post on here from time to time.

~Tavia Armstrong.

Official Post #1- NaNoWriMo ’12!!!


Now! To those of you that partake in theĀ gloriousĀ world of literary goings-on, you either have heard of, participated in and/or WON NaNoWriMo! You will have also known, it being December 2nd, that NaNoWriMo has passed for yet another year only two days ago. During that time, I have the amazing honor to have won it for the 7th year in a row!! But for me, the biggest accomplishment wasn’t pounding out 50K in 30 days. My greatest accomplishment was, in fact, the friends I made while doing it. In the years before, I’d just sit at my computer and type, huddled in a dark corner in my room, bringing an obsessive faƧade to the phrase “literary abandon”. This year, I decided to becomeĀ apart of the NaNoWriMo Facebook group. It was one of the bestĀ decisionsĀ I’d ever made.

I never knew how much I was missing out by not joining a community like this. I mean, sure, I’d go to the occasional write-in, but I never had any intentions to make friends. Honestly, I mostly went just to prove to my Mom that I wasn’t a hermit (but I totally was). But when friend of mine joined, beckoning me along, I finally gave in. I was feeling aĀ littleĀ bit down, as my dog had just eaten my flash drive, which had ALL of my literary works on it, NaNo and otherwise. The stories and poems that I had worked n so hard for YEARS, gone. My heart shattered. I inquired about what to do to get over the pain in the group, not expecting a response, but happy to spill my thoughts somewhere. the response was staggering. People who I’d never even met, who knew nothing more about me than the name in blue over my comment, and i felt my sadness mimicked in their words. I could tell that they felt my pain. They comforted me, saying that everything would be okay, and the best way to take my mind off of the pain was to create an even better world that the ones that were lost. I agreed,Ā re-energizedĀ  but the enthusiasm left me again once my fingers touched the keyboard on November 1st. It was only with the vibrant coaxing of my fellow NaNomites (my special name for all of you NaNoWriMo participants out there), marinating my love for writing day after day throughout November, that I was able to fulfill my promise of making aĀ storyĀ that I was proud of. And they were right; I’d soon forgotten all about my flash drive, and even thinking back on it today, I see it as a lesson learned and not a heart-breakingĀ phenomenonĀ  BACK UP YOUR WORK! BACK IT UP IN TEN DIFFERENT PLACES, THEN PRINT OFF A HARD COPY AND HIDE IT IN A SAFE!!! Anywho, through it all, these people from all sorts of different walks of life came together in mourning with me like we’d been friends for a long, long time, even though I’d only met them only seconds before. And that mutual connection grew to some of the most amazing friendships that I’ve ever had the pleasure ofĀ acquiring. So I’ll say to you today, if there is something that you love to do without a shadow of a doubt, go to the ends of the earth to find a community that not only loves it as much as you, but is willing to love it with you. It’ll make a world of difference, and in the end, you’ll be all the better a person because of it.

And so on the back of that, I ask you all, do you participate in the 30 days of literary abandon? If, so for how many years? Have you won? How many times? Do you partake in a NaNoWriMo community? Tell me if you like it, hate it, made any friends because of it, anything about it that you feel like sharing! My ears are open~

Signing off,