Tuesday, November 30 2021

Quote of the Day

You keep asking why your work is not enough, and I don’t know how to answer that, because it is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it. You don’t need to justify that, or earn it. You are allowed to just live.

― Becky Chambers, A Psalm for the Wild-Built

The end of NaNoWriMo

And I got less blog posts done than any time since I started this blog. Is that kind of funny?

Somehow all of November seemed to be time spent planning for the Christmas holiday season. I’m pretty exhausted from all the prep, honestly, but we are closing in on the end. Some ornaments to buy, cards, last gifts ordered, last travel plans to settle. Maybe by the end of the week I’ll be lucky enough to have everything but the cards filled out.

But while I wasn’t scheming, more novel prep work happened. Huge swaths of worldbuilding was done, and the plot seems pretty general right now but what I have was enough to figure out the genre. Now I need to work on more plot specifics, adding in genre scenes and conventions as I go.

I stopped working on it entirely the week before Thanksgiving, as there was too much real life stuff to do amidst some weird health issues (that turned out to be me getting better and my body rejecting the drugs and supplements I’ve been using to limp through life for the past couple years).

It’s time to start working on it again, and it feels weird getting back into it. It’s starting to feel a little scary real, and I’m finding it hard to sit down and focus. Even working step by step like I am, I still feel like I’m not smart enough to pull off what I want this story to be.

Oh well! Too bad for me. Time to work anyway.

But the links

I’ve had so many links build up in the intervening weeks, most I haven’t had time to read. So here there are in no particular order to get them out of my personal space:

Revisiting Lewis & Clark’s epic journey through an Indigenous lens

America Needs a New Scientific Revolution

Embrace Complexity Through Behavioral Planning

Of hawks and hope: In a climate collapse, a wildlife biologist turns from sadness to action.

The Thick Of It with Jo Gale: Existing in Shades of Grey

‘We Are Here’: Debates Over Teaching History Exclude Native People, Rhode Island Indigenous Parents Say

How The U.S. Legal System Ignores Tribal Law: Q&A With Elizabeth Reese

Artist Hand-Carves Miniature ‘Game of Thrones’ Sculptures on the Tips of Pencils

An Indigenous chef is putting her heritage on the menu with landmark restaurant

The Confident Creative Club

From Amazon to Zoom: What Happens in an Internet Minute In 2021?

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