I was an 80s/90s kid, so I grew up with the Internet. I remember the dial-up sounds of connecting to America On-Line back when the Internet was nothing but chatrooms and email. I laughed at the original Hamster Dance. I loved Neopets and LiveJournal, my first exposures to massive online communities.Somewhere in adulthood, my exploration … Continue reading Summer ILC: Weeks 8 & 9: Social media is a strange, terrifying, and magical land
I've gotten a lot of feedback this week. Learning how to give feedback that is stage-appropriate, respectful, and insightful is of course a really important skill to have when you're working with fellow writers. But we don't often talk about learning how to receive feedback, which is also a skill that must be learned and … Continue reading Summer ILC, Week 7: The Skill of Receiving Feedback
I checked out a dozen Middle Grade books from the library this past week, and it felt utterly delicious. I can't believe this qualifies and business research. And I'm right in the middle of Storm of Swords as well, so switching over from that was quite a shock. "I can read an entire book in … Continue reading Summer ILC, Week 6: Read All the Things!
This summer for Camp NaNoWriMo, I was finishing up my revision from last quarter. My word count was about 38,000 and I wanted it to end up at 50,000, so I made 12,000 my goal. With four days left and 8,122 words left to write, I...may not make it. And that's OK. Either way, I'm … Continue reading Summer ILC, Week 5: Camp NaNoWriMo, Pinterest, and the Pirate Tree
What an adventure! I knew that at PNWA I would learn about the industry and make some professional networking connections. What I didn't know was how much FUN I was going to have! Anything where a bunch of people who are all geeks about the same thing get together specifically to geek out about that … Continue reading Summer ILC, Week 4: PNWA Conference
These past two weeks I've been preparing for, as my friend and fellow novelist Heather over at Things I've Killed calls it, "the electric hurricane vortex that is PNWA."Things I accomplished:- Met up with Heather on Tuesday and got a lot of my questions answered. She assured me that even though it's stressful, all the prep … Continue reading Summer ILC, Weeks 2 & 3: PNWA prep
Two weeks ago I walked at graduation, but I have one more quarter left to go at Evergreen before I officially receive my BA! This last project is an 8-credit Individual Learning Contract (Evergreen-speak for doing whatever you want (with faculty support) and getting credit for it.) called A Novel Publication: Learning to Navigate the World of Professional Writing.I'm … Continue reading Summer ILC, Week 1: What’s an ILC again? So many questions!