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So being inspired by the blog suggestion via The Daily Post a few days ago, I wanted to create a virtual time capsule for the year 2012. Also, I just desperately needed something to write about. Here is the challenge they posted:

Daily Prompt: Time Capsule

by michelle w. on December 10, 2012

The year is drawing to a close. What would you put in a 2012 time capsule?

First, it must be asked what the motives are. Am I planting keepsake items for myself in 30 years, or am I wanting an Amélie- esque good-doer to find these hidden treasures and be inspired enough to return to me? I suppose in the end I am assuming I have the privilege of re-collecting. So my motivation will be a mixture of both.

Because I am somewhat of a systematic person (e.g. lists & planning is my cup of tea), I need to have categories for the objects I plan to immerse into the virtual ground. I have determined these 2012 relatable items shall be: 1. personal 2. trendy 3. political 4. momentous 5. a piece of advice

1. A picture of Mike holding Polly and Wallace (personal item) – Over the past 5+ years, I have not spent more time with anyone more than Mike. Not my parents, not my awareness, no one. He and the pups are my most treasured items by far so it would be a lie if they weren’t included in the capsule.

2. The Grapes of Wrath (personal item)- I read Grapes of Wrath this year with full attention. I believe we covered this novel sometime in school, but my conscience back then was noised with teenage narcissistic thoughts. Grapes of Wrath moved me, like changed me-moved me. It is an American classic in that it teaches history in an methodically, overwhelmingly emotional way. Just read it.

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3. Iphone 5 (trendy)- Technology is more than “trendy.” It is the way of life. When I acquired this mini portable computer which is still labeled as “phone”, it blew my mind. Owning an object like this makes you wonder how you got along without it all this time. It makes you question the sanity of others who don’t own a smart device. I am heavily reliant upon it and have become somewhat useless in ways. All I can say is thank goodness this is a virtual capsule and not a real one.

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There are 60 days left in the year. What can one accomplish in 60 days?

Well for the first 30 (month of November), the National Novel Writing Month is in effect. Appropriately nicknamed NaNoWriMo, the objective of it is to essentially write a novel in 30 days or at least 50,000 words.  I’m actually thinking about attempting this beast for the first time though I am completely unprepared. I have no solid ideas, but I assume that with a couple glasses of red wine and a pen and pad, pathways will start opening up. My goal is not to complete a novel, but to type 50,000 words about something. Just something. Heck, even if I hit 25,000 words, it will be a start. I’ve also realized that this challenge makes sense in that it aligns with one of my long-term goals, to write a book. Notice that the verbiage I use in my goal is very broad. A “book” could be anything: a book of poems, a novel, a children’s illustrative rhyme. Either way, it’s a start. I will post excerpts from my NaNoWriMo challenge on here to prove that I am working on something, whether or not it be crap.

Here is the official site: http://nanowrimo.org/en

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