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07 November 2009 @ 12:43 am
NaNo Progress! (And Other Stuff)  
10,171 words! Thats 175 words ahead of schedule!

I was feeling a little 'eh' about all of what I had written by the end of last night, but now my confidence is back up. I have managed to stay ahead of the game every day so far, even if it was only by a little bit (by the end of the night last night, I was only 25 words ahead), so... yay...

In other news? I highly recommend the movie 'Boot Camp' starring Gregory Smith and Mila Kunis. I got it from Netflix and finally watched it this afternoon and omfg it was heartwrenching and awesome. It's about a girl (played by Mila Kunis) who's mother and stepfather ship her off to a 'tough love' school in Fiji. Except the school basically tortures the kids there, with crappy food, and concrete pits that the kids are put in as punishment even though they fill with water when it rains, and if you're too weak to work or you refuse to play the game and say bad stuff about yourself, you're verbally and physically abused by the other kids... Anyway, the girl's boyfriend (played by Gregory Smith) realizes that she's in trouble after doing soem research and discovering the 'doctor' who runs it is not only not a doctor, but a girl died at a former 'schol' he ran. So the boyfriend fakes problems to get himself sent there by his parents, and he tries to save her.

It's an awesomely angsty movie, although it's heartbrekaing to think that it's based on facts because those places DO exist... I've linked to it before, but here it is again: the International Survivors Action Committee was created to make sure word got out about these so-called 'tough love' camps/schools and what really goes on in them. It's an interesting, if horrifying, sight to browse. I also recommend, if you want to understand the scope of what is going on, taking a look at this siteHoly The Children: Memorial To Children Who Died in Residential CareFacilities, which has a more complete list of the deaths, along with (if you scroill down) a key to the letter codes for cause of death.

Sometimes, even after these kdis hit 18, they've had trouble getting out, since many of the facilities are in foreign countries, and as long as the parents pay, the facility will keep the kids prisoner there.