NaNoWriMo is an international event, and we’re taking a Road Trip to NaNo to hear about the stories being written every year in our hundreds of participating regions. Today, Amanda Rosa, our Municipal Liaison in the USA :: Puerto Rico region, shares a short message of hope and resilience:
Last November was the best year for the region of Puerto Rico. There were more members than ever participating, and many crossed their 50K word goal. The excitement didn’t fade and we were anxiously waiting for NaNo to start again this year.
Some wanted to achieve the 50K goals again or for the first time. Others just wanted to write no matter the word count; or, like me, they were looking forward to the word sprints we used to have every night.
Then Hurricane Maria happened.
More than 90% of the population of Puerto Rico doesn’t have power, and the projection is that is going to take a long time to get it back. Plus, at the time of the writing of this piece, only about 49% of our communications are working––a percentage that may be even higher, since there are still many towns without communications at all.
However, Puerto Ricans are resilient. I know that many will start their novels regardless of the darkness. Plot bunnies will be chased, and from the devastation beautiful worlds will be created. We may miss NaNo this year, but we will be back.
After our communications are restored and the power is back on, we will share our stories with the rest of the world. A storm is not going to stop us.
Municipal Liaison for Puerto Rico
To help provide clean drinking water, food, medical supplies, and other necessities to the residents of Puerto Rico, you can donate to Unidos por Puerto Rico.
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