Today marks the first day of November, which means that it is also the start of National Novel Writing Month. It’s a month where writers are encouraged to meet their own goals and deadlines to finish their personal projects. I’ve done this twice before and I must say I was pretty good with reaching my goals. However, I’m all about improvement, growth, and progress, so I will definitely be raising the bar for myself during NaNoWriMo 2013. I have started to put together my first collection of sorts, but I do have other projects underway that need some TLC, not to mention the notes in my phone full of untouched ideas. So, this month, my goal is to finish at least one of my bigger projects and get some other projects started. My number goal is 40,000. Yeah, it sounds like a lot, but it is doable if I dedicate myself. I hope you all have put some thought into your goals for the month and I wish you the best of luck!
It’s the first day of October, which means it’s the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in the U.S. It’s the time of year where nearly every store is filled with pink versions of everything and people are reminded that this is still an issue in society; however, I think this month is worth much more than pink products. I believe that this month is more about supporting the individuals fighting breast cancer, remembering those who have lost their battles against the disease, and honoring the people who have survived their cancer. Personally, my family has been affected by breast cancer, but we have been fortunate enough to have never lost anybody to the disease. I feel blessed to say that the woman I know fought and did what she could to get her health back. I feel even more blessed to say that this woman is no more than a phone call away and is enjoying time with her children and grandchildren, proving that health is achievable. In my opinion, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about encouraging women to be strong and fierce. As a society supporting these individuals, we have to help bring the fighter within them out and remind them that they can beat cancer. This goes for all types of cancer, as well. Until a cure is found, nobody will stop fighting against it. Support those around you, advocate for a cure to be found, and nourish the fighter within.
Today marks the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, so I definitely want to incorporate some of my own Puerto Rican culture into some of my posts throughout the next thirty days. Traditionally, Hispanic Heritage Month correlates with the independence days for several Latin American countries, including Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua among others. Along the way, it became a time to celebrate the Hispanic culture and Hispanic contributions to the United States. With the growing population of Hispanics in the U.S., I think this month should be emphasized even more in our country. As a Hispanic U.S. citizen, I know what I’ve done to try to improve this country and I am aware of what I plan to do as well. Plus, I get to see on a daily basis how much of an impact the Hispanic population has on the United States, making this time of year even more special. Personally, my native island of Puerto Rico isn’t included in the independence day celebrations, but Boricuas sure do have a lot of traditions and culture to share with the rest of the country. I definitely see National Hispanic Heritage Month as a reason to celebrate the culture I grew up with, so, as I said before, I’ll do my best to share pieces of it throughout all of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Enjoy!
There are only four more days left in April, which means there are only four more days left in the National Poetry Writing Month Challenge. Although I won’t be posting all of my poems that I’ve written in April, I’ve been working hard on my challenge and am on track to getting my 30 poems. I hope all of you are closer to your writing goals of the month and, hopefully, we’ll all end April with 30 more poems under our belts. Happy writing!
Yesterday was National Sibling Day and, although I missed it by a day, I still wanted to post a little something in honor of my own siblings. Growing up with an older sister and an older brother, I surely have experienced all the ins and outs of not being an only child. Thanks to my brother and sister I’ve been picked on, labeled as annoying, and outsmarted. I hated being the youngest and I hated always being one step behind them two. However, I also benefitted first hand from their teachings, protection, and love. There is really nothing like having a brother and sister who can make fun of you and defend you like their cub all in one day. I’ve had plenty of fights and arguments with my brother and sister, but I’ve had even more laughs and priceless memories. People hate being around me and my brother because we go off on tangents that only we understand. Me and my sister barely have to speak to understand each other, leaving everyone around us lost in the conversation. The three of us can simply eat dinner together and watch TV to have a good time and that’s what I love about my family. We might be getting older with jobs and starting our adult lives, but, in actuality, we’re all still the Vany, Junior, and Tana who used to “ice skate” in the house, watch Legends of the Hidden Temple, and pull all-nighters together for no reason. I love my siblings and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Happy National Sibling Day!
For those of you who don’t know, April is National Poetry Writing Month where everyone is encouraged to try their hand at a little poetry. During National Novel Writing Month in November writers are challenged to write 50,000 words, the average length of a novel, but, in April, people are challenged to write 30 poems, one for every day of the month. I began writing poetry when I was about ten or eleven years old and, although I drifted away from it for a little while to practice other forms of writing, I still love it dearly. Within the last couple of years, my love and appreciation for poetry has once again begun to thrive, so I will definitely be taking on this challenge. I’ll be sure to post some of my poems, as I usually do, and I’ll even try to post about some of my favorite poets, so I hope you enjoy what’s to come in the month of April. I also hope that you all take this challenge with me. Even if you don’t consider yourself a poet, I’ve always found poetry to be a nice outlet for expression. You don’t have to show anybody what you write, but sometimes you just have to let your thoughts out. So take the challenge and enjoy National Poetry Writing Month!
Today is December 1st, which means a few different things. One it means that Christmas is only a few short weeks away. Two it means that 2012 is almost at its end, but it also means that November, a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month, is now over. At the beginning of November, I told you all about my personal goal to surpass my previous word count of 20,000. Well, I am glad to say that I was successful. I ended NNWM with over 26,000 more words under my belt. Throughout the process, I finished plenty of works, developed many of the concepts I had started in the past, and began new pieces that I am more than excited to complete. I may not have written an entire novel in the month of November, but I am definitely proud of the work that I did get done. Although November is over, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing until next year. It just means I’m going to stop counting how many words I type until next year. I am so glad I challenged myself this year because, if I wouldn’t have, who knows if I would’ve accomplished so much. Hopefully, I wasn’t the only one who ended November more inspired and accomplished!