Why NaNoWriMo Has It Right

Why NaNoWriMo Has It Right

Why this organization should be near the top of your donation list
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This past Saturday (November 4th), I donated to my favorite organization of all time, National Novel Writing Month. This was part of their Double-Up Donation Day, for which they raised over $112,000! (I'm writing this on the actual Saturday, so I don't know the final number yet, but it should be on their homepage).

I know I've talked about NaNo a lot, (like here... and here... and here...) but it's for a good reason (for a LOT of reasons, actually). Ever since I first joined the site in 2010, I have consistently written with them three times a year, always able to meet my goals and always ready to tell every living creature in sight about it.

Firstly, at its core, NaNoWriMo empowers writers. Before November 2010, I hadn't been able to type 'The End' on any original project over 30,000 words. Since then, I've written it 18 times, all for 50,000+ word novels. If it weren't for NaNoWriMo, I wouldn't have developed a real desire for writing as a young teen, which would never have exploded into a true passion in high school. Consequently, I would never have gone to college for Writing Communications. I would never have graduated, never have freelanced and never have gotten a full-time job as an English TA. (I'm still working on the publishing bit, but the good stuff takes time).

Basically: I kinda owe everything I have to NaNo.

This is what NaNoWriMo is all about. They're nonprofit, meaning they offer writers all over the world a chance to meet their goals for free. Throughout November, they send participants daily emails ("Pep Talks") with tips from professional, published authors just so participants can find extra motivation. They also host virtual Write-Ins (livestream YouTube videos) so writers can write together with organized prompts and sprints, and just have the chance to collaborate with people who are tackling the same challenges.

Additionally, they host the Young Writer's Program, something for which I am so grateful and of which I am most impressed. The NaNoWriMo staff provide FREE materials to classrooms and give young writers the chance to flourish as writers and advance their skills and passions. This is one of the single greatest things about NaNo, period. Speaking as someone who discovered my love for writing as a kid, seeing young people actually getting respect for their creativity gives me hope for the future. And now that I understand how hard it can be for teachers/instructors to give kids these chances, knowing that NaNo does it without charging a thing is astonishing.

Finally, NaNo gets the community involved. Their Come Write In program links libraries, bookstores and other locations to give people places to meet and write together. They create places for writers to build groups, to feel connected and to have a place just to create together. This organization cares about their participants so much, they're willing to actually cultivate their communities into better, more creative places.

This is just the bare bones. NaNoWriMo has done so much more for so many millions of people that I can't possibly fit all of it into one article. Please visit their About page to see more detailed descriptions about what they do and why it matters. If you're really moved (which I should hope you are) please Donate Now.

This organization is doing amazing things for a lot of people who otherwise may not be writers at all. Creativity is one of the few good things humanity has. I, for one, will always give support to people who make it a priority, and of these, NaNoWriMo will always be first and foremost.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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'A Quiet Place' Packs On The Thrills But Not The Noise

This week I finally got around to watching 'A Quiet Place' although the environment in which I watched it impacted my experience of it.

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I made my long journey back to America this week, which means I watched a good amount of in-flight entertainment. To start off my 8 hour flight I decided, upon my sister's suggestion, to FINALLY watch A Quiet Place and boy am I glad I did.

For starters, because I watched it on a flight, the audio wasn't the best to begin with. After 'tuning' my headphone jack just right, I was able to get 75% audio and only 25% static. Which for the film I was watching ended up working to my benefit.

A Quiet Place takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, taken over by monsters with supernatural hearing abilities. This means that our protagonists, a family of 5, must live life in silence if they want to survive. Although how the world came to be like this is never explained, that curiosity quickly goes away as the viewer quickly becomes fascinated by all the little adjustments they make to survive.

Lead by the patriarch of the family, played by John Krasinski who also directed the film, the family 'monster' proofs or in this case, 'sound' proofs their home. They have set paths covered in sand to reduced noise when walking, they eat on leaves instead of plates, and in case of a sound emergency, they have fireworks on standby in a nearby field.

The most terrifying/breath catching sequence of the film by far is when the matriarch, played by Emily Blunt, goes into labor with a monster looming and stalking her throughout the house. With the rest of her family out gathering food, she is left alone and must remain noiseless in order for her and her coming child to survive.

This sequence strongly demonstrates the strengths of this film, as throughout it, the audience feels the pressure to be quiet as well. Unlike other horror flicks which rely on jump scares, and decades old tropes. This film relies on the audiences involvement, even though it of course has no impact on the film. This is the perfect film to watch home alone at night if that is your thing as the intimate sounds the film do have get heightened from a more personally experience, which was not the case for me as every 15 minutes or so there was an announcement from a stewardess.

Because I had the experience of watching it on a plane, every sudden noise of stream of AC had me shiver in my seat. This to me proved that this film and its lack of noise narrative worked. After all, who isn't afraid of things that go bump in the night or in this case plane?

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