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November means Nablopomo!

Well, it’s November and I’m here writing a blog post! I’ve written many posts in the last few months that have never seen the light of day. I’ve had lots of ideas, but once I get stuck into them, I decide I hate them, or that they’re stupid or that I don’t care anymore, so no one else is going to be interested in what I’m writing.

So I definitely wasn’t about to try Nablopomo this year. I’ve tried in the past without much success and then last year the Nablopomo community seemed to have died out all together.

But! But! Then I was scrolling through Twitter and saw that my friend San had retweeted this post by blogger Asha Dornfest talking about not only giving Nablopomo a go, but also trying to rebuild a community around it. Asha talked about how we could set our own goals for Nablopomo, so here is mine:

I’m going to try to post 10x in the month of November.

And I’m inviting you all to join us! Check out Asha’s post for how to participate and let me know if you’re going to be blogging in November so I can read your posts!

Another year, another Nablopomo!

Here we are, November.

My mortal enemy.

Not quite, but I like to challenge myself each year (read: encourage myself to write for non-day-job reasons) to participate in National Blog Posting Month! The goal is to write a blog post every day in November, but for me I will consider this challenge a success if I post a handful of times in November.

Spoiler alert: It doesn’t always go well.

In the past, I’ve used the Nablopomo website and prompts to give me inspiration, but after a quick google search, that doesn’t seem to be a thing anymore.

Are you participating in Nablopomo this year? Let me know in the comments so I can link your blogs in my Nablopomo posts!

Nablopomo 2015, because why not?

It’s November! And you know what that means…

 


I haven’t had the best track record with National Blog Posting Month. I’ve tried and failed epically the last few years. But I like the challenge of it. And this year, my goal is to try some of the prompts this year, no matter how ridiculous I think they are, because it’s good practice. I’ve fallen out of writing with direction, so what’s the worst that could happen?

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So, let’s do the thing again. Or at least… give it a go. Who’s with me?

NABLOPOMO 2014!

NaBloPoMo November 2014

It’s November and that means…. NATIONAL BLOG POSTING MONTH. Or, because this is the internet and we love, love, LOVE to shorten things; it’s NABLOPOMO.

I’ve given this a whirl in the past, with various levels of success. This year, I’m looking at it more as a way to gently nudge me to write for my personal blog. I’ve been neglecting this, even more so since I’ve been writing articles and blog posts for other people thanks to freelancing.

So, here we go again.

Are you participating this year? Let me know and I’ll link to your blog in my Nablopomo posts!

 

I tried to make vegan fudge

I was scrolling mindlessly through the internet, as one does, and somehow stumbled across a recipe for vegan fudge.

And then I decided to try to make it, because the idea of making a ‘healthier’ fudge was intriguing.

I know I’m now supposed to give you my life story before I share this recipe and tell you all about how my life has been changed forever by this vegan fudge, but I can’t stand recipe posts like that, so I will spare you all the scrolling you’ll have to do and just get straight to the recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fudge

1/2 cup of real maple syrup (none of that table syrup nonsense)

3/4 cup natural peanut butter

1 1/4 cup oat flour (cuz it’s safe to eat raw)

1 cup of mini semisweet chocolate chips

  • Heat the maple syrup in a small pot on the stove until it bubbles.
  • Take it off the heat and stir in the peanut butter
  • Mix in the oat flour. The dough will be a play dough consistency. I kneaded it to help cool the mixture and to also mix everything really well.
  • Mix half of the chocolate chips into the cooled dough.
  • Press the dough into a parchment-lined pan or cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle remaining chips across the top of the dough and gently press them into it so they stick.
  • Put the fudge in the fridge for about 20 minutes to firm up.
  • Cut the fudge into 1-inch pieces and store in the freezer.

I adapted this recipe because I never follow a recipe exactly.

Look at how amaaaaaaazing this photographs. This fudge definitely has a ‘good recipe made to be healthier’ flavour to it, if you know what I mean, but it is not the worst! I probably wrecked the vegan part of this by adding chocolate chips, but I feel they really helped finish this fudge. There are vegan chocolate chips out there if you’d like to stick to a vegan recipe.

My partner didn’t hate this and I took half of the fudge to my super healthy, runner brother. He’s always making ‘healthier’ versions of desserts like cookies and muffins with protein powder and bananas in the place of eggs and fats, so I really wanted to get his opinion on this recipe. He gave it a huge thumbs up, so…. success?

For the month of November, I am participating in #NaBloPoMo2019 (National Blog Posting Month). My goal for this year’s challenge is to post 10x in the month of November. This is post 5/10.

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday is a blog series and social media hashtag that includes photographs with no words to describe them. I’m getting back on the Nablopomo horse with this November edition of Wordless Wednesday.

For the month of November, I am participating in #NaBloPoMo2019 (National Blog Posting Month). My goal for this year’s challenge is to post 10x in the month of November. This is post 4/10.

It’s not too late to join in the Nablopomo fun! Set your own goal for the month, post away and share using the hashtag #Nablopomo2019 so other people can find your posts.

Currently: Autumn Edition

For the month of November, I am participating in #NaBloPoMo2019 (National Blog Posting Month). My goal for this year’s challenge is to post 10x in the month of November. This is post 3/10.

It’s not too late to join in the Nablopomo fun! Set your own goal for the month, post away and share using the hashtag #Nablopomo2019 so other people can find your posts.

The Currently Project is a super old blogging series in which bloggers would share what media they’re consuming, what projects they may be working on and what they’re into at the moment. As this year’s unofficial Nablopomo theme seems to be the resurrection of blogging, I thought I would bring back this series. Here’s

Watching:

I’ve turned into one of those millennials that doesn’t really watch live TV anymore. #Sorrynotsorry

I’m obsessed with Critical Role, a web series where a bunch of nerdy ass voice actors playing Dungeons and Dragons. I have been watching campaign 2 and I’m all caught up, so I watch their streams every week. We’ve also been watching the other content on their YouTube and Twitch channel: Travis Willingham’s Game Ranch, Pub Draw and the mini series Undeadwood. Undeadwood is so, so good.

Outside of that, we watch a lot of Taliesin & Evitel’s Twitch streams. And of course, it’s basketball season so I’ve been watching my WORLD CHAMPIONS play.

Reading:

I just finished Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. It was a pretty good read, but it was a lot darker than I was anticipating.

I’m now reading These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling, a YA novel set in modern day Salem about Hannah, a teenage witch who is trying to keep her magic hidden from ‘regs’ and hide from her ex-girlfriend. When an apparent Blood Witch pops up in town, Hannah finds her summer is turning out to be a lot more complicated and dangerous than she was anticipating. So far, this has been a really fun read and it is the 37th book I’ve read so far this year.

You can find me on Goodreads, if you’re into that sort of thing!

Listening:

I mentioned that I have been watching a lot of Taliesin & Evitel’s Twitch stream and their stream is what introduced me to my newest favourite artist, Sigrid. Her music is all over their stream playlist, so I’ve had a bunch of her songs on my list.

Making:

I’ve been working on some new sticker designs and digitizing old pen and paper designs using my iPad and Procreate. The hardest part is remembering to charge my iPad and Apple pencil…

Planning:

I’ve been planning post ideas so I can actually finish Nablopomo this year! Not having prompts is often the hardest part of these challenges, but I am determined to finish this.

Loving:

Starbuck’s Honey Citrus Mint Teas, the Procreate App, drawing on my iPad Pro, Inkbox, time with my nieces, Autumn colours, sweater weather.

What have you been watching/reading/listening to/making/planning and loving this autumn?