NaNoWriMo Failures Club

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Are you a member of the NaNoWriMo Failures Club (meaning, you didn’t reach 50,000 words on your novel)? If so, don’t be too hard on yourself! There’s thousands of us every year, and for all sorts of reasons. Some reasons may seem more important than others, but for the most part, they are all valid.

While completing NaNoWriMo is a wonderful accomplishment and should be celebrated, the only person you’re accountable to is yourself. Instead of beating yourself up, learn from the experience. What went wrong: was it something in your novel, your personal life, or your brain? Was it out of your control? Was losing an act of self-sabotage or did you really not sabotage a damn thing, because if you wrote something you didn’t care for it’d be a waste of your time and energy?

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Mecha Depression Fest 2K17: An Overview

This is always a sad time of year for me – the lack of sun, the sudden cold, rainy days, and the mess of holidays that interfere with my regular routine cause my energy level and motivation to do anything to drastically drop. I don’t have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder); I have chronic depression that sometimes turns into a major depressive episode, and sometimes my cold, dark surroundings can worsen the symptoms that I normally have under control.

It is easy to fall into destructive behavior this time of year: procrastination, aggression, heavy drinking and heavy eating (leading to weight gain and inevitable anxiety over my changing body), and generally being unproductive. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I do it’s during this time of year because it’s hard to get myself to do anything else.

Here enters Mecha Depression Fest 2K17: a three-day long binge fest of heart-wrenching mecha anime. I gave myself a low-pressure weekend where I could relax and let myself cry as much as I needed to (which was a lot). Many of these shows and movies I have already watched (and cried over), but a few of them were new to me. Here’s an overview of what I watched and what I thought!

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