Hey guys! Can’t believe that there are only two months left to 2019. You know what that means: it’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) !
NaNoWriMo was originally conceived to challenge writers to complete a novel within a month (November), but for those who find that impossible (like me, lol), the substitute would be the 30-Day Writing Challenge, which is still a good way to challenge one’s self to write more and on a consistent basis, based on daily prompts. I attempted to do this last year and lasted a grand total of … 6 days.
Andddddd I’m currently attempting this again because why? Well, I haven’t been feeling very inspired at work lately and I think I need a break. Some people might find it odd because I write for a living (why tf would I want to write even MORE?) but when you’re doing it for work, there’s always a certain style to adhere to, and always something you need to filter out. I want to write like me. Unabashedly me. Which means that if it sounds like crap sometimes and I spew nonsense, I don’t care. I just want to be me. So there.
But I digress. Was scouring for good prompts and I found one from ravenbrave. Nevermind that it’s from 2015, still a good set of prompts.
Ergo, I present to you the 30-Day Writing Challenge:
1. The Story Behind My Profile Picture
Well, there isn’t a story per se, but I can tell you where I was – attending a weekend creative arts festival in Putrajaya with N. It ended up being kinda lame as there weren’t many stalls, so we left after 40 minutes. It wasn’t a totally fruitless trip though, as there was a book exchange counter and I got some pretty good titles in exchange for a couple of old books I had.
I can also tell you what I was wearing: shorts and a black cardigan from H&M, a singlet from UNIQLO, a sling bag from VINCCI, and Kelabit beads which was a gift from the villagers of Bario. I dressed up for the occasion which was in itself rather unusual since I usually can’t be bothered.
Trying to pull off black lipstick can be difficult. Looking back, I think I felt confident with how I looked here, hence the smile. For a long time now, I haven’t been happy with how I look, mostly because the women in my family are petite, and I’m, well, not (and constantly reminded about it.) I’ve always had a big frame, even when I was thinner, but the pounds piled on once I started work due to stress and a bout of depression. I’ve been working on that though (both the mental and physical), and am slowly seeing results. But I guess that’s for another post.
Well what do you know, there was a story in there after all.
On to Day 2!