This post is going to be a bit random in terms of content. Bear with me.
First of all, I want to take a moment to introduce you all to a website I absolutely love: CaptainAwkward.com. Why? Well, because this is my blog and I feel like it. :P But also because I feel like I’ve been telling lots of people about the Captain recently, so I figured I could spread the word more effectively if I wrote about it.
What is Captain Awkward? Short answer: an advice column for the 21st century.
Long answer: I can be a bit of an advice column junkie. I don’t exactly seek them out, but when I find them, I nearly always read them. Dear Abby, Ann Landers, Dear Prudence–I knew all the usual suspects growing up. But I think it’s safe to say that the Captain and her team of associate bloggers are my favorite advice columnists ever.
Why? Well it probably helps that they’re not limited by the width of a newspaper column—a blog post can be exactly as long as it needs to be to address a question with the thoroughness and sensitivity it deserves. But it’s also because they tackle problems with an amazing mixture of bravery, compassion, humor, frankness, well-placed profanity, incredible emotional intelligence, and lots of nerdy pop-culture references. Though the questions come from people from many locations and age groups, there’s a youthful quality to the site, in the best possible way–unlike the traditional image of the Agony Aunt, it’s like getting advice from an awesome older sister: she’s been there and done that, knows what you’re up against, and will cheer and support you through it. Plus, she’s come up with some hilarious/insightful terminology for common experiences, from the Darth Vader Boyfriend to the Golden Retriever/Kwisatz Haderach of Love to Firthing.
Final thing I love about Captain Awkward: the comments section. Normally, comments sections on the internet come with the implied “Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here” sign hanging over the top. Not so here. In the same way that the NaNoWriMo forums are the friendliest internet forums I’ve ever found, Captain Awkward’s commenters are respectful, kind, sympathetic, funny, and savvy folks who have a lot of great stuff to add to the discussion. It’s always worth a trip to the comments section there. :)
Second piece of news: I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month! Probably should have mentioned it a couple weeks ago rather than now when we’re approaching the halfway point, but…yeah. Oh well. Unsurprisingly, I’m using Camp as an excuse to continue writing the Novel That Wouldn’t End (aka my WIP). That said, I’m taking a less fanatical approach to Camp this year, and I’m finding it’s working rather well. Namely, although I do have an overall wordcount goal for myself, I’m doing most of my writing by hand in a notebook. It’s slower, hence why I’m not being as strict about holding myself to a certain goal every day. But I am actually getting stuff written, which feels great. :D
Third and final piece: a few days ago, I was checking up on some old CPs (critique partners) of mine when I discovered that one of them—Juliana Brandt—had actually tagged me in one of those talk-about-your-novel meme posts…over a year ago. o.O Oops. So my next post will likely be doing that; better late than never, right? (Could do it in this post, I suppose, but it’s long enough as-is.)