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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —  Henry David Thoreau credit My phone died recently. Not like died because of its charge — permanently died. I'm not the only one whom this has happened to, I'm sure, and this isn't a complaint. Rather, it's an observation on how different the landscape of my life has been without it. I've been reading more, watching more TV, doing less doomscrolling. I found that I've missed my phone a lot less and simultaneously a lot more than I expected. And I've been noticing a difference in my mental state. My mental health is, apparently, linked in part to the device I hold in my hand 99% of the time. Who knew? However, it's still been challenging lately, for more reasons than just my phone, and my sister invited me to go outside with her. Th

Five Reasons Why I Love NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. The idea is simple: write a novel in 30 days. Doing it, however, is another matter entirely.

Yet in spite of the challenge, I enjoy it, and here are five reasons why.

  1. Word wars. Seriously, is there anything greater? The concept is that you'll be forced to battle against a friend (or two... or three) to see who can write the most words in a set amount of time. And let me tell ya - you will be compelled to just write. I don't think there's anything more crazy. Or more fun.
  2. Writing. Well, NaNoWriMo is about writing, and guess what? By the time November is over, you will have written a novel. And that's a good thing.
  3. Friendship. There's something about writing a novel in 30 days that encourages camaraderie. Or insanity. Or both.
  4. Insanity. That seems like a good one to mention. Take it from the girl who wrote 25k in 5 days - it's insane. But it's also possible. And by the time you're done writing, you will feel accomplished. Be amazed at what you've done... and try not to think about how bad your novel actually is.
  5. Skills. Yes, NaNo is fun, but it also teaches you something. It teaches you how to finish what you start. It teaches you how to let go and just write. Most of all, it teaches you how fun writing can be... and how vital sleep really is.

Yes, NaNo is hard, and yes, you will write absolute rubbish. But that's the point of it. You can't be a writer unless you write.

So write.

And make us all a pot of coffee while you're at it.


  1. Your sentiments are duly noted, and I concur.

    (In other words, I understand exactly what you mean, and I agree. :P)

  2. Ok, this got me a little more excited about the upcoming event. Now I just need a plot...

  3. ^ You and me both... :-/ That's one thing I currently DON'T like about NaNo: my lack of a plot! :P

  4. #4 and #5. So very true. I didn't do Word Wars last year, but I did stumble across Write or Die, which I didn't use for NaNo, but makes for good writing just to get started on things.

    I'm on the site, but unable to send requests yet. I'll send one as soon as it'll let me though.

    And thanks for stopping by and following!

    ~ Chy

  5. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and YES. (extra emphasis on the coffee)

    :D :D :D

  6. oh yes...your design is beautiful!!!

  7. Thank you SO much for your fabulously sweet comments you've been leaving on my blog lately! YOU are such an encouragement to me♥


    and yes, when i get dreadlocks i'll post photos ;D


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