Another month in this year over before I could even fully welcome and realize it, which makes me sad since I really like November. I’m a bit biased, as my birthday is at the start of the month, and it’s the start of the holiday season. The festive feeling is the only distraction there is from the biting, unrelenting coldness of a New England winter.
When in doubt, use a Hamilton lyric as your post’s title. -Jen Hurler
I didn’t want to make a vague or click-baity title, nor did I want to make the reader have to guess what I was going to talk about. I don’t really think I did a good job, but what can you do? This post began as a rant that I was struggling with internally when my Twitter feed went from mostly harmless musings on animation to the not so great outlooks for many non white, straight, 1-percenter Americans. My feed has always been a likely polarizing mix of animation anecdotes and women’s rights and video games and social justice. These things are all a part of my life and affect me, they make up who I am. My career and financial well-being lies in animation. My mental and physical health relies on my being able to support myself, and I’m lucky to work at a company that makes movies and offers wonderful healthcare/benefits. I’m also lucky (most of the time) that the thing I work in full-time is also the thing that is my, for lack of a better word, hobby. So I some times feel very self-conscious and dare I say, hypocritical, when I change gears on my feed.
My oh my how fall has fallen. Where September lagged for me, October just dropped like the leaves on the Whomping Willow.
I can’t be too hard time for…well, being time. But I do mind how much I didn’t mind it, because I just sort of missed out on lots of fun fall things. No apple picking or visiting Sleepy Hollow AGAIN in the two years I’ve lived close to it. No staying in a cabin like I’d planned. And I’m sure my outdoorsy boyfriend would have wanted loads more hiking and outdoor climbing treks.
But despite that, a lot did indeed happen last month!