Anonymous said: What advice would you give a young writer who's just starting out and trying to find a voice/style? I haven't studied English/writing/journalism in college and sometimes feel extremely unsure about where to start with building my portfolio.
The best advice I’ve got for you right now is to not give a shit that you haven’t studied this profession, because that doesn’t disqualify you from being good. For voice, read a lot and write a lot wherever you can, and then never, ever, ever stop thinking that your words are important just because you don’t have a piece of paper saying so.
Today, after spending a week in Manila helping set up a hub for Integral Disaster Response, we arrived in Tacloban City.
A week of UN security updates, meetings with NGOs working in the field, and partner briefings provided plenty of information about the situation, but inevitably fell short of preparing us for what we saw when we landed.
We were met by partners, World Renew, at the airport with its few remaining walls and then given a quick tour around before checking in at a local hotel.
This is just a brief update with a few of the images I took around the city this afternoon. Tomorrow I’ll be travelling to Guiuan in Samar to find out a bit more about how people are coping outside of the city, almost three months after typhoon Haiyan struck.
Hey, it’s my December playlist! Pretty short, but it was the perfect length to accompany my walks home from work in my last week in Berlin after I sold my bike. Now I’m listening to it while I explore my new neighborhood in Brooklyn, lugging plastic bags full of all the things you have to buy when you move somewhere new. I have collected more plastic bags in the last two days than I think I accumulated in the entire time I lived in Berlin. That’s America! And these are some good songs.
My November playlist! Super short because I spent most of the month travelling and/or having Norovirus.
Last night I wore my winter coat, the one that looks like it made the briefest of journeys from a sheep to me. October is over. Here’s what I listened to.
Oh, hello, a new single from Say Lou Lou. I fell in love with them and ‘Julian' late last spring. And this is wonderful, too.