It's officially November, and even though the temps still hold around 70 degrees this week (bare legs FTW), I know winter coat weather is right around the corner. Which means reading weather is right around the corner. I, for one, LOVE this time of year when you have plenty of reasons and excuses to binge watch your favorite TV shows and read books and browse the internet and be creative.
To kick off that season for myself, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month, also known as #NaNoWriMo. Basically, the goal is to write 1500-1700 words a day to reach 50,000 words in 30 days. It's day 3, and I'm at 7,000 words. I have no illusions about my novel being even close to publishable after this month, but I did need a fancy kick in the seat to create a better daily habit of writing. So far, this is working. It's also hard, but I can do hard things.
The 2016 election will be here before you know it. Get to know your candidates using this handy-dandy guide from The Skimm.
A sobering look at child care costs and their effect on women.
Nicki Minaj and Rihanna were both recently "interviewed' (using that term loosely), and at first I read and liked both profiles. Then I read this and this. And then I got completely schooled by this article explaining that my consumption actually equals white privilege. Learned a lot.
I want to read this book on the art of asking.
A beautiful, personal essay about Viola Davis' Emmy win, and let's not forget that Davis' daughter went as her mama for Halloween. #parentgoals
TERRY GROSS, Y'ALL. I'm obsessed with Fresh Air and her prowess as an interviewer.
Cool look inside one of my favorite perfumeries.
You are not your Twitter bio, your resume, your portfolio of work or your company. You are not your work.
Why has paid family leave become a national campaign issue? (THIS IS IMPORTANT.)
I adore Mindy, and appreciate The Mindy Project's efforts at showcasing joint parenting, but as this article points out, the show's "overall portrayal of parenting provides a spot-on reflection of the current moment, but doesn’t dare to question its constraints."
Curious about Anne-Marie Slaughter's new book.
One teacher's experience with guiding students through discomfort as both trauma survivors and, well, regular people. Her words really got me thinking, and I'm still unpacking her points.
Just gonna end with this video. Touché.