A NaNo-ing We Go

College Fans have March Madness, fans of the written word have National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. For me, it's that time of the year to take an idea germ and grow it into a draft. I have done NaNo since 2008 with Talisin2012, who introduced me to this crazy, lovely concept. In the middle …

Music Monday: Teacher Teacher by 38 Special

  Am I ready for the real world, will I pass the test? You know it's a jungle out there Ain't nothin' gonna stop me, I won't be second best, But the joke's on those who believe the system's fair, oh yeah People go back to school in increments in Winnipeg. Students at the college …

Back to Basics

My last entry happened in mid-June with the staycation countdown. I had my time off, dealt with dad in the hospital, now out, and my parents are adjusting to life with homecare. The goal of my time off involved what direction to take the blog. In the end, I decided to go back to basics …

The Stay-cay Countdown of 2018

Where I break my blogging silence and count down to my vacation. Book Recommendation: UnFu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop.

The Difference Between Being Broke and Being Poor

This started as a Twitter thread a while back. It’s worth another look in its illustrated form.


Words by Erynn Brook | Illustrations by Emily FlakeLongreads | June 2018

Erynn Brook is a feminist and freelance writer who studies media, people, communication and culture.

Emily Flake is an illustrator for The New Yorker, The Nib, MAD Magazine, and New Statesman, among other places. 


Editor: Michelle Legro
Art director: Katie Kosma

Support for this work was provided by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Great News Armitage Well Wishers!

When a new Richard Armitage project gets announced, the first question coming to mind, besides will he ever film a movie in Manitoba, usually involves will I get to see it as a Canadian? Berlin Station? Superchannel and that's only after season 1 long since aired. Brain on Fire? As said by SueBC, Netflix has …

Getting Into A ‘Headspace’

This is me on any given day, never mind bedtime: People's advice to 'get out of my head' sounds easy, but it's hard. Nobody says 'here are some ways to do it' leaving me to find ways to overthink less and do more. Enter Headspace. I read about Andy Puddicombe and Headspace in a book, …