Monday, October 15, 2012

together we can take it to the end of the line

the subject for blog action day this year is "the power of we," and though i'm sure that it was originally intended to celebrate the people who work together for disaster relief and charity drives and historical movements and the like, i'm deciding to celebrate a different group of people.

when i was little, i wanted to be a writer, and that dream has never really gone away. but there have been times when it was pushed to the back burner while i tended to more immediate needs. there have been times when it was shoved so far back in the closet of my mind that i could barely even remember that it existed, and i was certainly not working towards it in any way.

and then i few years ago i stumbled upon nanowrimo, and it opened me up to a huge group of people all over the world that were connected by one thing: a love for writing. some of the writers were published, but many were not. some had been writing for years and others had just recently decided that they liked it. some were young and some were old. some liked mystery, some young adult, and some fanfiction. it didn't matter really, what or where or how. one month a year, these people came together and by a mixture of encouragement, guilt, and moral support helped members of the community to complete a fifty thousand word novel in thirty days.

i credit nanowrimo for helping me realize, again, just how much writing means to me. but it would never have worked without the community of writers that come together every november to work towards a common goal. sure, we may not be curing cancer or feeding every starving child in africa, but we are still doing something pretty amazing. and at times i think that it may have just saved me.

*Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler


  1. anonymous hippopotamusOctober 15, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    for some reason after finishing the last sentence i immediately thought aww how cute. haha so thats my comment..

    awww how cute! :D

    oh side note...essam wants to introduce us to his friend named Aymen Ibraheem....who turns out to be alaa and arwa's brother. he married someone not saudi apparently. someone who was his nurse.

    anyways i thought wow small world.

  2. anonymous hippopotamusOctober 16, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    lol sorrrryyyy!!!

  3. lol it's okay. and did you guys already meet up with him?

  4. anonymous hippopotamusOctober 17, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    nope...but when we do i'm going to be sure to ask about ala'a and arwa :D