This month has been so busy since I’ve been traveling, but October has also been a month of planning. For the last two years I’ve done NaNoWriMo and epically failed. Mostly due to being in school or just having other things going on. But this year I have nothing- no school, no client projects (as of yet), it’s the perfect year for me to finally win NaNoWriMo.
For those that are wondering what NaNoWriMo is:
NaNoWriMo = Nation Novel Writing Month
National Novel Writing Month happens every November (much better than “No Shave November” if you ask me) and is a fun, sporadic, crash course approach to creative writing. Starting on November 1 participants start working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30. NaNo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
Halloween is a magical time of the year, the decorations, the candy, the parties. What’s not to love? The only thing that I’m actually not a fan of is dressing up- this relates to why I don’t cosplay either. I just don’t find it fun, or enjoyable, instead I tend to feel like I’ve messed the character up somehow and I’m not doing it justice.
The only character I actually want to dress up as is Supergirl. She is my favorite super hero. She made her DC comic book debut in 1959 and her first appearance in the new 52 was in 2011. For those unfamiliar with Supergirl she is the cousin of Superman, with all the same powers, but with the main difference of she was not raised here. She remembers Krypton, and misses her parents, family, friends, and world.
Last year Supergirl appeared on TV in her own show, staring Melissa Benoist who also had a role on Glee (much like Grant Gustin, who plays Berry Allen on The Flash). The Supergirl TV show became the show I couldn’t get enough of and have been waiting patiently for season 2. I love the show for a few reasons:
- Female superhero- not over sexualized, a role model illustrating strengths & weakness that normal people deal with everyday, such as having the courage to stand up for what is right. Or pushing personal limits out of your comfort zone.
- Female empowerment- First of all Supergirl is a woman. Second: Cat Grant, Supergirl’s boss, a woman. Third: Lucy Lane, a woman high ranking in the military. Four: While not shown, the President is mentioned multiple times as “the president herself”, so female president. Not to mention the super badass ladies that are foes of Supergirl. All of these Women are strong characters who face everyday challenges and come out on the other side.
- Themes through out the show, such as hope- in humanity, in the world, in yourself. Such as you don’t have to take on the world by yourself, you can ask for help. Accepting help isn’t a weakness (this is something that I can learn a lot from). Such as being kind, humble, honest, following your heart are all good pursuits. That working hard pays off.
- In the TV show Kara is in her mid 20’s and she is super relatable to me, and I see so much of myself in her. Struggling with similar issues, figuring out what to do with her life. How to balance herself out. It’s nice to have a TV show like that.
If you haven’t seen Supergirl, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Just kidding, you can catch the new season of Supergirl on the CW (Monday’s at 7 PM Pacific time), and the first season is now on Netflix in the US.
This is the first in a series of blog posts that will be published every Friday for a while. I’ve recently gotten back from a vacation that involved traveling to Texas, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona- all states I’ve never been to before. So stay tuned as the adventure unravels!
Note: I wrote the posts as they were happening, so everything is written in present tense rather than past tense.