November Link Love: NaNoWriMo, Comedians & Routines

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

Hello from Ada’s House of Technical Books, a fabulous cafe in Seattle’s Capitol Hill where I am spending the long Thanksgiving weekend! November has been a reading-heavy and writing-heavy month (the kind of month, which, you know, comes with Northwest winter hibernation – I’m a fan!). Here’s what I’ve been reading and loving on the interwebs this month…

* Doing NaNoWriMo (it’s hard to believe this intense month is almost over!) has made me want to read these books (two separate links) on this crazy endeavor.

* In the meantime, I’ve been reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott on writing well.

* I turned 23 on the 18th and HOT DAMN, this HuffPo article struck my heartstrings rather seriously. These words in particular…

We work hard in jobs we aren’t sure we want to make those fancy degrees feel worth it, and we date people we aren’t sure we love to make everything feel less lonely.

We spend hours drinking wine on apartment floors, promising one another that those who broke our hearts will not own us forever. We zone out in grad school classrooms or type away in junior offices or teach English in Rwanda, all the while wondering if we are supposed to be somewhere else.

We are 23, and hangovers hurt now.

* Mean Girls celebrated their tenth anniversary this month and holy crap, I feel so old!

* Spoiler alert: I am sort of kind of basing a character in my NaNoWriMo novel on Tavi Gevinson and this interview with Bitch Magazine served as a character development guiding light.

* Also on Bitch Media, what we all learned from Growing Up On Om Rory Gilmore…thank goodness for this political take on my favorite part of popular culture!

It is this impact that makes Gilmore Girls stand the test of time. When it debuted in 2000, there weren’t enough Rorys and Lorelais on TV and there still aren’t. There are not enough single moms and dads shown successfully parenting their children while working and definitely not enough young female characters who do well in school and don’t spend all their time fighting with their parents. Most significantly, there are not enough female writers and directors like Amy Sherman-Palladino creating these characters.

* I really want to make this interesting twist on a coffee drink to warm myself up on rainy days!

* Roxane Gay talks to Lena Dunham about her new book, feminism, and the benefits of being criticized online.

* Fast Company provides a history of the blessed/cursed to-do list and how to make the most effective one.

* Speaking of, Elephant Journal has some tips on getting up early and getting sh*t done.

* What happens when Disney princesses have “real” (whatever the f*ck that means) waistlines? They look gorgeous. Duh!

* During a particularly busy month Krista Tippet’s (NPR) On Being calls always having something to do a dis-ease of our culture. This ex(?)-New Yorker agrees.

* Last month, Good Coffee opened up a few blocks away from me in Portland…and it’s great! (Sorry, I had to.)

* 1989 is such a freaking fantastic album (yay T-Swift!) and fellow Class of 2014 FGSS major Ella Dawson calls it inspirational for women writers!

When asked what she thinks of being accused of only writing about boyfriends, Taylor Swift is quick to call bullshit. “Frankly, I think that’s a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love lives, and no one is raising a red flag there.”

* To hear it straight from the former country singer’s mouth, check out this article with Tay Tay herself.

* My article on creating a soundtrack for the everyday for LaraBar.com was published!

* At some point in the middle of the month, I desperately needed to diversify my writing so I experimented with poetic forms. The Tanka was a fantastic way to do so!

* The inspiration for this monthly column Gala Darling blogged about 10 really easy ways to love yourself more today! She includes standing up for what you believe in, getting a good night’s sleep, filling your mind with positive media, and moving your body – essential for learning how to grow up on OM…at least I think so! Also from Gala Darling, 3 ways the present mOMment can help you manifest blessings.

* RESOURCE ALERT: Wondering what birth control you should go on? Know anyone wondering what birth control they should take? My doula/midwife-in-training friend recommends this fantastic website!

* Another resource, but this time in the land of education startups!

* One of my Teachers, Jasmine Tarkeshi, of Laughing Lotus SF, and the person I agree with most when it comes to the ideology behind Ayurveda, wrote about how the sister science of yoga reflects the four noble truths.

* NYWICI scholarship sister Taylor Trudon was interviewed on her wild successes post-college in the fabulous world of teenage journalism!

* Fellow yoga teacher named Shira was part of a startup team for Sonima, this down-to-earth viral wellness website (think MindBodyGreen with a Lotus Flow twist).

* As a yoga teacher, I am always on the hunt for more black leggings. Thanks, Chalkboard Mag for the guide!

* You know there is something deeply f*cked up when everyone is talking about one woman’s butt and hardly anyone is talking about agency. Thank all that is feminist and holy for Tina Fey.

* There is now a “realistic” Barbie doll, though I am still incredibly weary of calling it realistic because to do so is to reinforce norms and the idea that there is one way of appearing, one body type, even if it is more representative. (We have to challenge representation, people!)

* My original feminism role model, Jessica Valenti (referred to by me and my feminist friend M in high school as J-Val) wrote about the importance of telling all kinds of abortion stories at The Guardian.

* OMG OMG OMG, a sequel to Pitch Perfect!

* Bustle shares the 10 books to read if you loved the TV show Friends

* My personal style icon Zooey Deschanel is in a two-person band.

* I just wrote a novel (!!!) and here are some tips for the hardest part of doing so: ending it.

* The New York Times profiles a 13-year-old yoga teacher. Just goes to show that this practice is about being in the mOMent, independent of the number those moments add up to be. The Times published this right after they published a wise-beyond-their-years interview with Jaden and Willow Smith. The newspaper was clearly on a spirituality kick this month because they ALSO published a guide on getting a job in the mindfulness industry!

* I need to bake this wellness-focused pumpkin pie!

New York Magazine asks Manhattanite women what the dumbest things they spend their money on and I blush.

* Yoganonymous offers a DIY Yoga Props guide.

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