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note to self: go outside

"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

Keep Calm and Write the Thing (NaNoWriMo 2016)

Okay, guys. The NaNo panic is real. It's real for me because I have one of the most hectic schedules I've ever had in the history of ever, and I haven't had much time or brain power to plot as much as I would have liked. In just several hours, it'll be time to put the theoretical pen to paper and start writing a whole new novel from scratch. Since this is my eighth NaNo, after countless years of writing, you'd think that the panic would get easier each year, but it doesn't. I still feel as new, terrified, unsure, and absolutely unprepared as the first time.

But maybe that's the good part. At least this writing thing won't ever get old. It's an adventure each time.

If you're like me and totally panicking, here's your reminder that it's going to be okay. You have a story that needs to be told, and only you can tell it.  Your words don't have to be perfect. They just have to be out there. (This pep talk is uber-cliche, but it fits since my NaNo novel is also cliche.)

No matter what happens, you'll make it through November. No matter what your word count is, you'll make it through November. No matter what happens, NaNo won't kill you. No matter what happens, you will survive.

Me to NaNo 2016

And remember, if all else fails, channel your inner Ron Swanson.

We've got this, guys. LET'S DO THIS.


  1. YES. Thank you, Sky! I think these are words we all need to hear before the craziness ensues. NaNo won't kill us. We can do this!

    I hope your NaNo is amazing!!!

  2. Thanks, Sky! This was so inspiring, even if a little cliche, sometimes the cliche peptalks are exactly what we all need! This honestly has me even more excited to get back to writing. XD

    Good luck this month and I hope you have an amazing NaNo!


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