Monthly Archives: October 2012
October 31, 2012 by Xenogirl
Welcome to Wordless Wednesdays in Xenoworld… and Happy Halloween everyone!
October 29, 2012 by Xenogirl
Dear readers, last week I pledged to you all that I am going to tackle National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, as the cool kids call it. One of my favorite bloggers over at Out Where the Buses Don’t Run recently wrote about his NaNoWriMo Weapons of Mass Destruction. His post got me thinking… 50,000 words in only 30 days is indeed unreasonable. In fact, it is quite likely that this endeavor will result in an epic, personal nervous breakdown somewhere around day ten or eleven. How am I, a naïve NaNoWriMo newbie, going to survive the month of November? Thus it is in the spirit of sanity that I present to you my personal NaNoWriMo Survival Kit…
October 25, 2012 by Xenogirl
Oh my dearest readers, it has been a busy couple of weeks! I have been fervently preparing for National Novel Writing Month a.k.a. NaNoWriMo, which begins November 1. I must admit that when I first heard of NaNoWriMo, I was horrified. WHY would anyone attempt to write a complete novel (defined as 50,000 words of fiction) in only thirty days? The only answer I could imagine… insanity…
October 12, 2012 by Xenogirl
This is a favorite, epic tale involving adventure, exotic lands, danger, and courage. Yet my friends usually refer to it as “the pee story,” for reasons that will soon become clear.
My arrival to the office in Kabul that spring had been bittersweet. The welcoming and genuine smiles of my dear Afghan colleagues filled me with a sense of belonging, reminiscent of those days of returning to my hometown after several months away at college. But this stay in Kabul was to be brief, with only one day to adjust to the 10 1/2 hour time zone difference and the mile high altitude. The following day I was anticipating a journey like no other I had taken before…
October 3, 2012 by Xenogirl
Society has not taken any notice, but my beloved Generation X is turning 40. Lost between the hordes of baby boomers (RETIRE ALREADY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!) and the overly confident Generation Y or Millennials (or whatever you call yourself), Generation X has hit mid-life without much fanfare. Xers – chronically misunderstood, mostly cynical, and forever overlooked – of COURSE hit what should be the prime of our careers during a devastating economic recession. Forgive me for a moment while I complain about how familiar this sounds. Most of my generation attempted to start our careers back in the late 80s and early 90s in the middle of yet another (now forgotten) crippling recession. Once again, Generation X seems to have…