28 June 2008

Blah blah

Well, I'm getting somewhere with the prep. problems. I've done almost all of them now (except the ones about organic chemistry - I can hardly remember even the electrofile/nucleofile mess so I'm leaving that till next week when I'm at Oslo uni again).

I've got my exam results - a 5 for nynorsk, and 6s for bokmål, written math and oral chemistry. In other words, I've scraped together 23 6s and 3 fives over the last three years. That should mean one of the best diplomas in the country, harhar. Should be good enough for Amsterdam uni anyway...
Oh, I also got my TOEFL results (a really stupid multiple choice English exam). I got 677 out of 677 points and I needed only 550 for uni. Jeez. I still can't believe I paid 140 $ for it (and got up at 6 am to catch the buss to Trondheim). What a waste. I want my time and money back, lol.

And some more good news - the plotbunny about the Frisian revolt is growing! It'll be a sort of prequel to NaNo06 which is about the Batavian revolt (revolts rock my socks, btw). Apart from featuring the fathers/grandfathers of Geravan and Embric (who is a Frisian now, and no longer a Bructerian), Claudius Labeo will have a part as well, to explain why he and Civilis are so pissed at each other. Yes, this year I intend to write a serious story - no ninjas, no ufos, no talking salmon. Ha! As if.

I've also found out that Imerix' story isn't connected to Geravan's/Embric's in any way. Imerix did kill his brother (but it was an accident - "He sorta fell onto my sword accidentally. Seventeen times") and he's running away from his past, but his past is catching up with him. Once I get back from Budapest there should be plenty of time to write :)

And I've got a new blog for the 'blogs I read' list - my dear cousin is going to South Africa as an exchange student next year and has promised to blog all her adventures. We had a sort of farewell party today, since we're both leaving Norway. It'll be weird to leave good ol' Trøndelag, but I have to admit I'd love a short winter with real daylight, lol. Amsterdam here I come!

Oh, and I've changed my display name. Celedë_Anthaas is the username I made when I signed up for councilofelrond.com, when I was about 14. It's an ok username, but it's a bit, dunno, silly, long, unpractical. Whatever. So now I'm Smarty, which is what my kiwi cousins call me (silly English-speaking people - can't pronounce Marte). And it was also my russ name. Yaay.

16 June 2008

Chemistry = fun

Woohoo, oral chemistry exam! It was great to do very little and still get top grades :P

But now I'm finished with school (I'm actually going to miss it, it was such a great school...) and I have two weeks to learn some very advanced chemistry before I'm going to Oslo again for a three day chemistry crash course. The olympiad people have sent over a booklet of preparatory problems and they are extremely difficult (except problem 4 which is ridiculously easy). It took me about 5 hours to finish just half a problem. The fact that Hungarians use different symbols doesn't make things easier (L? L?! It's Ksp people!!). And they do funny things with Nernst's equation without explaining.

Mhm... my hovercraft is full of eels.

9 June 2008

Nearly finished with school

Whew. Three exams down, one oral exam to go. I should be studying but I can't since I don't know what the subject is. They'll tell us tomorrow, and then we have two days during which we can study (or panic, or jump on the first plane to Siberia). With my luck I'll probably get either physics or religion (it's an ok subject, but unfortunately my teacher is a nutcase). I ended up with math for my third written exam. Typical. It was either math, physics or chemistry, and math was the only subject where I couldn't be bothered to read the entire textbook during the schoolyear. So I had to learn an entire chapter of statistics in just a couple of days. The exam went all right though, except for a slightly nasty trigonometric equation with sin^2 2x and cos 2x. Meh.

Anyway, the weather has been too nice to be inside these last two weeks (around 25*C, aka way too hot) so I've mostly been outside, writing. NaNo 2007 has reached that point where I have no idea what's going on anymore.

The rain's returned now, though, and it seems like it'll last for a while, so maybe I can get the storyline figured out.