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Franchesca Ramsey’s video “5 Tips for Being an Ally” was linked to from Rachel Cargle’s #DoTheWork 30-day challenge. Today I realize that I am very anxious about the future mistakes I will make in learning how to do this work, but that anxiety will not stop me.

Some days are just plain demoralizing. So tonight I’m writing letters to voters in Texas, asking them to vote in November. Want to join me? Sign up with Vote Forward.

Criminy shows you his new favorite chair.

You know me: can’t go too long without ink tests. 🖋 Here are some of my current faves on Tomoe River paper.

Today I learned about the violent and racist origins of American policing from this episode of Throughline. If you are at all interested in history, give the Throughline podcast a listen. I’m consistently impressed with their level of research.

📚 Read: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book should be required reading for all white Americans trying to educate ourselves about systemic racism. It is not an easy read, nor should it be.

Ginkgo leaves in California last week. (I needed to share something brighter than the last post.)

Within spitting distance of 20,000 words in my NaNoWriMo manuscript and I have given up on correcting my grammar because it takes too much time. 😱

Nearing 12,000 words and my shoulders are aching from typing so much each day. I might have to dictate some of my NaNoWriMo words this year!

My NaNoWriMo word count: 7,072. After the first 1,700 words, this story took a sharp left turn and I have no idea where it is going.

NaNoWriMo begins! For the past month and a half, I’ve been training for this by writing at least 750 words every day. I am feeling optimistic about finishing this year.

I am accidentally reading five books at a time again.

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
  • No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
  • Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi

Celebrated eight years of marriage with FunkyPlaid today. He’s my favorite. 💗

Carrot, potato, & chickpea red curry.

Trees at Portland Nursery.

Zen doesn’t sit still for portraits.

Today is World Mental Health Day. I would not be here to write this without the support of my friends and family. Reach out if you are struggling; reach out if you see someone else struggling. We can get through this together.

End of September.

I attended a NaNoWriMo planning event and learned about creating basic story structures with the Story Grid method. Really helpful!

Snuggling Zen: a brief yet powerful antidote to today’s news.

Who’s the brilliant mind who decided to update to Mojave right before sitting down to write? 🙄 Welp, I guess I’ll fill some fountain pens …

Zen eats so heartily that food gets stuck to her nose. We often have to clean her “schnozzle”. 😸

Hail, Autumn! 🍁

Welp, accidental gluten ingestion will derail even the best Friday night plans. 🤒

Good morning, Micronauts! What are you looking forward to today? Or, for our further-along-the-timeline friends: what is something you are looking forward to tomorrow?

I’m attending a Pelikan Hub tonight for Pelikan fountain pen aficionados. 🖋 Can’t wait!

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I acknowledge that I live and work on stolen Cowlitz, Clackamas, Atfalati, and Kalapuya land.
I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.