Routine, Comfort, Transition, and Change

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I’ve been going through a transition period with my work routines lately, and it’s had me thinking about my routines, my comfort levels, transition periods, and the inevitability of change.  So today, I’m going to take some time to think and reflect on all those things and what they’ve meant to me over the past few years and what I foresee in my near future.

This may tangentially touch on some pandemic related topics like work from home and transitions to and from that, but I won’t be talking directly about the causes, just my individual routines and experience, so I haven’t flagged this post like my other more focused pandemic related ones.  Still, take good care of yourself and skip the read if you need to.

Routine:

I live and die by my routines.

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NaNoWriMo Is Coming

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Yes, I know, it’s still September.  But NaNoWriMo isn’t something I ever really stop doing at this point, so prepping this early isn’t as strange as it may seem.

For anyone new to the blog, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  It’s an amazing challenge where you try to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the 30 days of November.  That’s 1,667 words per day.  It’s a rewarding creative challenge all by itself, but what I’ve really come to love over the years is the community that has grown up around the challenge.

This November will be my tenth participating in this crazy challenge, as well as my sixth year serving as a Municipal Liaison (ML).  That’s the fancy title NaNoWriMo gives its volunteers who coordinate activities in their local area.  I’m part of a team of MLs, which is good because our area is full of participants and we have a lot going on every November.  The year we actually kept track, we saw about 100 unique individuals over the course of the month, over half of whom came to our Kickoff Party.  We have write-ins every day of the month of November (yes that includes Thanksgiving).  We also do this crazy thing called Day of Writing Everywhere (DoWE) that involves at least six locations and writing from eight in the morning until midnight.  It’s epic and fun and ridiculous and I’m always completely exhausted by the end of it, but also write a ton of words and really enjoy myself the entire day. Continue reading