A NaNoWriMo Follow-Up

Personal, Reflection

In October, I wrote that I was going to participate in NaNoWriMo–a writing challenge that encourages you to write around 1,667 words every day for the month of November in order to end up with a 50,000-word shitty first draft.

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The Overwhelm

Personal

I started writing this weeks ago. That I’m posting it days after election day is a bit on the nose, but that wasn’t even totally the catalyst for this, so much as just *gestures broadly* everything going on. And of course the election/government is a big part of that. Also this is long and stupid […]

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A NaNoWriMo Declaration

Personal

November is National Novel Writing Month. I haven’t successfully completed a NaNoWriMo since undergrad. For the past several years I’d pondered getting back into it, but for the most part I’ve been using the spirit of the event to get some writing done. I haven’t paid attention to the word count in years. Last year, […]

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Reducing Marie Kondo


Personal

There was some recent twitter drama surrounding a woman who said some uncalled for things about some other women that you can read about here. Read it or don’t, it, the article sums up the larger, more culturally pervasive issues regarding the specific people involved. I’m just gonna rant about a small part of that. […]

May 11, 2020

Casual Cultural Consumption


Personal

I am Latina. I’m half Dominican. I’m not Mexican, but every year I bristle a bit at Cinco de Mayo. Mostly at white people, the other half of my biracial identity. When it comes to events like this…it leaves me feeling mixed.

May 5, 2020

Earth Day


Mindfulness, Personal, Reflection

Environmentalism rarely has those big flash-point moments we can use to talk about change. The destruction is a literal slow burn. Forest fires, hurricanes, even oil spills, are often framed as one-off incidents that just can’t be helped, ‘thoughts and prayers’ are vaguely sent (much like other preventable yet recurring catastrophes) and people move on. […]

April 22, 2020

A New Normal


Personal

There are four vaguely similar self-indulgent blog posts sitting in the drafts about the end of 2019 and the start of 2020 and my existential dread as a 30-year-old who fears that growing happiness and stability must be counter-balanced by equally Bad Things. While that sounds like a segue for Covid-19, it isn’t. I may […]

March 21, 2020

30 Before 30


Goal Tracking, Personal

I’ve got a fun existential piece in the draft pile brain-dumping my thoughts about turning thirty and how it simultaneously doesn’t matter and IS EVERYTHING, but this is a much more basic post for the sake of getting something out there as it’s been a minute since I posted. Damn, that sentence was too long. […]

December 3, 2019

My 11 Worst Financial Mistakes


Finance, Personal

I’ve been wanting to do a series about my personal finance journey. I have a few posts planned that track my relationship with money growing up, my progress thus far, and new endeavors I have planned.  For a hot second I wanted to start a separate finance blog called ‘Jen and the Bens’ but someone else has a similar name and it’s hard enough running two sites. But as I’ve gotten older and my interests have expanded, I’ve realized how important it is […]

March 8, 2019