Sunday, October 26, 2014

Getting Ready for Another NaNoWriMo!

I've decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, once again this year. And this time I'm determined to complete a first draft within the time allotted! I'm in a much better place for that than I've been in past years,because lately I've actually been doing writing exercises!

A 3 year old friend of Henry's gave me a set of Rory's Story Cubes a bit ago. Lately I've been using them I as a daily writing exercise! The story cubes, if you don't know, are essentially a set of 9 picture dice that are meant to inspire story telling games. The set I have is the 'voyages' theme so it has lots of unusual objects and creatures.

I've been hand-writing these exercises, and I intend to hand-write during NaNoWriMo as well. I used to always hand-write my first draft and then type the second one. I feel a return to that habit well get my creative juices flowing better.

And I also have a kick-as fantasy plot ready for this second novel if mine. I can't wait to get started!

Related posts:
A Novel Accomplishment
My Goal for NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo 2013 Wrap-Up (A Little Early) NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up and More! (2012)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let's Talk about ALL THE THINGS!

Lots of things on my mind to share today, so I'm just gonna get to it...

Marriage Momentum
Can you believe the awesomeness that is #MarriageMomentum?! Same sex marriage is becoming legal in so many places! Even in KANSAS! I mean, what!? It's so great! Missouri is at least recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states, but I'm shocked that Kansas beat us to fully granting them. Happily shocked. And jealous!

Blog Action Day
For the first time in I-don't-know-how-many years, I missed posting on Blog Action Day. But you can check out the bloggers who did write about inequality on the Blog Action Day site.

Young Feminist Leaders
It's fantastic seeing young women at the forefront of social change being represented in the media in such positive ways! Kudos to Emma Watson for her work with the United Nations and to Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai for her tireless activism!

It's On Us
FINALLY a campaign that addresses the source of rape and assault issues. FUCK YEAH! I'm stoked about this campaign and the way that dialogues about feminism are changing in our society. It's about damn time ^_^

Parents as Teachers
I'm loving this program! Henry just started it this semester. Not only do we get a monthly home visit, but we also get access to all kind of special free events (most recently the Zoomobile, and there's a pumpkin patch event tomorrow), special toys and books, play dates and more. It's such a great resource.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Through Parents as Teachers, I discovered and enrolled Henry in the Imagination Library, which sends KC-area kids, ages 5 years old and below, a free book each month. Henry's first one just arrived earlier this week. He received "The Little Engine Who Could." He really likes it and I love seeing the pictures that I remember from when I was a child. (But the story is way more repetitive than I remember. I admit, I leave out quite a bit when I read it to him.)

Royals Going to the World Series
WAY TO GO ROYALS! This hasn't happened since I was like 3. Which is probably why I lost all interest in baseball... But I'm still glad they're winning for a change. 

Related posts:
Love and Civil Rights
Blog Action Day: Stop Forced Evictions in Kenya
Lawrence Lessig on the Problem with American Politics
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Kansas City Regional Equity Network's 3rd Annual Summit

On Saturday, I attended the 3rd annual summit of the Kansas City Regional Equity Network. The summit's focus was Social Equity & Transportation. I'd never heard of the Equity Network before, but seeing as I'm deeply interested in the topics they would be covering, I thought I'd go and see what happened. I'm so glad I dids!

The KC Regional Equity Network is a group of "change makers" pulling together to make our region a place where everyone can connect to the resources and opportunities they need to learn, grow and prosper. The Equity Network is concerned with the following issues: education, housing, environment, land use, development, healthy communities, transportation, and workforce development.

As I mentioned previously, this summit was focused on social equity and transportation. There was a keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion, and ending with break-out groups. Some of the issues raised included:

  • youth culture's preference for walkable communities
  • potential changes & upgrades to public transit
  • the need for a regional transit plan/system
  • the need for community voices in transit planning
  • potential policy changes esp. re: low-income housing and tax abatement
  • connections between jobs and transit opportunities
  • the need to re-invest in city areas that have been abandoned
  • the need for mixed-use communities and mixed-use housing
So many ideas were flying and people were so energized! I was really glad I attended.

I think the Equity Network really has a good thing going. I appreciate how their focus on equity covers so many problem areas in our region. I feel like this is an organization that I can get behind 100% and expect to see results!

I plan to attend their quarterly meeting in November and see how I can say involved from there. This is a group I DO NOT want to lose touch with!

Related posts:
I Want to Ride My Bicycle
Vintage Transit (Video)
How I Fell In Love with Alternative Transportation
How to Live Car-Free in the Midwest