Long Distance Relationships – The Real Thing ft. My Boyfriend

So fun fact about me: I’m in a long distance relationship. This is a collab post with my boyfriend to give you a little insight to what that might be like.

Hiiiiiiii I’m Boyfriend

Also by the way, so there is no confusion as to who is talking as it’s a collaborative post between Kolton and I, if you see colored text then it’s my boyfriend.

 

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So I figure I should start off this post telling you a bit about how Kolton and I met. We actually didn’t meet until almost a year after we met…if that makes any sense at all. (She means in person) Kolton and I first met through our school board. We were both in an online homeschooling program for high school and that’s how we ‘met.’

 

Okay. So Adriana didn’t tell the whole story here.

 

Well sorry. Was trying to give you the opportunity to do some storytelling here too…

 

Yeah yeah sure you were. Okay, so here is the real story about how we ‘met’. So one day after I was done my classes, one of my friends and I decided to see how many people we could invite to a group chat before the system crashed. (#thejoysofonlineschooling ) I’m fairly certain we had over 50 people in the chat. Nevertheless, Adriana was one of the people who got invited. The chat was complete chaos but someone mentioned Skyrim (a game both Adriana and I love) and we went onto a private chat and started talking and we have been talking every single day since then. THERE THAT IS THE STORY!!!!

 

Well…That’s the story (basically) of how we met summed up. We didn’t meet in person until May 2015 (a little over 6 months after we first started talking) at a youth conference called YC and the rest is history basically. You will kinda figure out a little bit more as this post goes on but today, Kolton and I wanted to talk to you about what (for us) a long distance relationship looks like.

 

 

So one thing we wanted to discuss is: What does our relationship looks like on a daily basis?

  • Lots and lots of text messages and lovey dovey emoji 
  • Random and spontaneous video chats.
  • Constantly missing the other person and hoping that they are doing well.
  • Wondering if the other person misses you as much as you miss them.
  • Days we do get together are either meticulously planned or consist of no planning what so ever there is no in between.

 

 

What have you learned from being in a long distance relationship?

Well in all honesty, Kolton and I have only been dating since June but I mean we have known each other for about two years now and have liked each other for a fair chunk of that time. We both just decided not to rush into a relationship as when we met he lived 16 hours north of where I lived.

Here is a list of Pros and Cons we put together to show what we have learned from a LDR.

Pro:

  • The time we spend together is special and greatly cherished as it is few and far between whereas if we lived a lot closer we would spend more time together and it wouldn’t be as big of a thing when we spend time together (if that makes sense)

Con:

  • The amount of times we see each other is very little compared to seeing each other all the time if we lived in the same place. In result it makes things very difficult. (since we started dating we have seen each other twice once near the end of summer and once in the middle october)

 

 

Pro:

  • You talk a lot and communicate very well. In that sense you’re able to build a stronger relationship with each other over time because of the distance and the constant communication.

Con:

  • Sometimes you just really don’t care about the ‘stronger’ relationship aspect of distance because you just want your boyfriend/girlfriend right here, right now and you wanted them here yesterday

 

 

 

Pro:

  • As many of you probably know Adriana is a Christian, and no one probably knows that I am a Christian as well. This is something that we both were looking for in a partner and something I would not have been able to find without going into a Long distance relationship.

Con:

  • The only con for that one ( ^^) is really just ‘Long Distance’ HAHA

 

 

Something I get asked often (I can’t speak for Kolton) is that people have asked me why I chose to be in a long distance relationship and how I manage it… So before we end this post I just wanna highlight that aspect. 🙂

 

 

So how do you do it? It must be sooooooooooooooo hard.

I honestly love when I get asked if I have a boyfriend. Why?

      1. Because I get to brag about my boyfriend and how awesome he is

And

  1. I get to watch the shock and horror on their face when I tell them I’m in a long distance relationship…. Especially when Kolton and I lived 16 hours from each other. People’s reactions were priceless! They literally resemble something like this GIF I posted below:

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I choose a long distance relationship because to me it’s not about where the person you love is to me it’s about who you love and my girlfriend has the qualities that I have found to be extraordinarily attractive and ones that in this world are found few and far between. I have fallen in love with her and she is one in which i see myself to have a future with beyond dating (which should be the real true reason you date someone
(truth)) and to be it’s a huge bonus that she is super attractive. *winky face*

Long distance may be hard but if you find the right person at the end of the day it is totally worth it. No matter if you are 2 hours apart or 20 however much you put into the relationship that is what you are going to get out of it. If you truly like or love this person and you truly see a future with them you will make it work similar to people in a ‘normal’ relationship. You cherish the time you spend together and you await the next visit. The final thing you do is hope for the day when you never have to be a part again. That’s what Adriana and I do. Isn’t that right, babe?   

Totally true. Also I know that I personally get the question a ton about how we make it work and really it’s the same as what any relationship should be like. You put in what you get out of it. (I already made that point you nugget) With the long distance, he and I have to make that extra effort to communicate and just make our relationship work BUT I feel like it should be the same in any relationship no matter the difference. Really the only difference between a LDR is just the long distance. Really everything else is and should be the same as any other relationship.

Beautiful Books Linkup #3: Let’s Talk Editing

Hello Readers!

So, funny thing…I could have posted my music post this morning as it seems…My tendency of hardly  sleeping was not taken into consideration yesterday when I wrote that post…Oh well. INSTEAD, I have another fun “Beautiful Books’ linkup from Cait over at Paper Fury. Today’s is talking about Editing and A bit more about how ones NaNoWriMo Novel (or just Novel if you didn’t do NaNoWriMo) went and what their plans are for it.

As you all know, My NaNo Novel ‘Aimlessly Wandering’ is not complete (only about halfway done.) but that is not stopping me from doing this awesome linkup!

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1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out?

Well, as I said before, I havent finished the first draft yet, but so far as to how it turned out, I would say maybe a 5 or 6.
2. Have you ever rewritten or edited one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan?

I actually have 🙂 I just finished final edits on my novel ‘Holding on To Grace’ but there was a fair amount of rewriting and editing for that one….I think I will just prepare myself for this one by stocking up on tea and chocolate…
3. What’s your final wordcount? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book?

Well, I’m only at 33k at the moment (not done yet) and I’m gonna aim to get my WC to at least 50k but it could be a little longer. But I already know there will be lots of lengthening/trimming later too…
4. What’s are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing?

Characters!!! Okay…and maybe the plot. I am NEVER proud of my pacing at this point in a draft EVER. The pacing is always wayyyyyy to quick.
5. What’s your favourite bit of prose or line from this novel?

CQuotes

Nuff said.
6. What aspect of your book needs the most work?

Pacing 😛 That is definitely gonna need some work. I’m also working on my Showing and not Telling skills because for some reason I seem to lack it…and BAD. Don’t believe me? Ask my critique partner/Beta reader for both HoTG and Thirteen Gigabytes…
7. What aspect of your book is your favourite?

I love the plot and the characters so……Yeah. 😛
8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed-out?

I would say they are fairly well-rounded characters…or most of them. Some of them still need a little work. So there might be a little bit of fixing up in that area.
9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process?

Ummm…I would outline everything BEFORE NaNoWriMo instead of being lazy and waiting then outlining as I went XD I think that would eliminate the possibility of having to remove some things when I edit this novel XD
10. Did anything happen in your book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad?

This whole stuff with my character Josh was a huge surprise. Guys, he was only supposed to be in the prologue… That was it. But then so much was connected to him and…gosh. It was surprising. As for scenes and characters, I didn’t have much planned out scene wise when I went into this thing so I guess I could say nothing turned out differently there. I know that Kirsten (my main characters foster mother) turned out a little different than I expected but it’s all good. She’s still awesome.
11. What was the theme and message? Do you think it came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring it out more?

Heh…about that. There is *supposed* to be one…but let’s just say I miiiiiight need to work on bringing that out a bit more. I mean, obviously that theme/message is still there but I need to make it more noticeable….How I’m gonna do that just yet, I don’t know but I’ll figure it out.
12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes?

Love writing with deadlines! Love love love it! I’m actually planning my own NaNoWriMo type deadlines for the New Year. It shall be wonderful! (I just have WAYYYYYY too many novels that need to be done and more ideas constantly popping in my head)
13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men, etc.)

Ummm. To be honest I have NO idea…let me think on that one for a second…I have seriously got nothing. I think because it’s not finished is probably why. Since I don’t know the entirety or the novel it’s hard to compare…
14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?!

Even though I have actually finished a novel in entirety (all rounds of edits done) I have not ONCE celebrated a finished novel. Usually when I finish I will tell my mum and she will cheer and we get all excited and I do a weird little dance…that mum may or may not join in on…. but thats about it. I DO wanna celebrate in some way…whether its going and buying some cool gadget thing for my computer or a new pen or notebook or even CHOCOLATE, I don’t really care but I need to celebrate somehow…
15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?

I want them to come away with a feeling of Hope and that things, though they may seem hard, can get better and will…That is my goal for most my YA Novels but others may pull something out of it that I never saw…but yeah. That’s the feeling I want people to come away with…

 

So, that’s the linkup! I suggest heading over to paperfury.com and jumping in on the linkup train! Tons of fun, trust me!

So, I must go get a freakishly HUGE amount of Math Homework done before I go away for the weekend…I’ve got 5 hours before departure and I haven’t even packed yet either!

So, Until Next Time

Adriana Gabrielle

P.S This weekend will have TONS of free time so I’m hoping to have at least one review on either the first Harry Potter book or the Maze Runner 😀