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The End of NaNoWriMo 2014

A few weeks ago, I posted that I was beginning my journey through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time, and I am happy to report that I won! Winning means that I wrote 50,000 words towards a novel, and I did it. The story isn't complete, and I will probably get rid… Continue reading The End of NaNoWriMo 2014

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On Making Change

Every person has the ability to make change in their own way. Many people choose to use their voice. Some voices are louder than others. Some are more articulate and thought-through. Some are emotional. Some are timid. I know people who use their ability to captivate an audience to their advantage. They are able to… Continue reading On Making Change

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NaNoWriMo and the J.K. Rowling Moment

November marks the start of National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words throughout the month of November. This year marks the first year I will actually participate in NaNoWriMo since I first heard about it four-some years ago, and I'm terrified. I started writing on… Continue reading NaNoWriMo and the J.K. Rowling Moment

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News and Nightmares

I'm one of those people who has at least one dream every night. Usually I average two or three, and I typically remember most details from them. For the most part, I have good dreams, but there was a solid two weeks where I had nothing but nightmares. I blame the news. My current living situation… Continue reading News and Nightmares

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On Following Your Heart and Not Your Education System

This comic and blog post on zenpencils.com started out on the On My Radar post for Week 3. However, as I started talking about it, I found a bit of passion that I hadn't been able to express in writing, and it became a bit long for an On My Radar post. So, I decided to give… Continue reading On Following Your Heart and Not Your Education System

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Thoughts: Clark Gable Slept Here

Last week I had the chance to see Clark Gable Slept Here written by Michael McKeever and directed by Bryan Fonseca at The Phoenix Theatre. Aside from the amazing acting (as to be expected), I was very happy to have several interesting topics emerge. 1. Does it really matter if someone enormously famous is gay?  Without giving away too… Continue reading Thoughts: Clark Gable Slept Here

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On Mindfulness and Living

For six weeks this summer, I took a free mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) class that my university's counseling and psychological services offers each semester. We talked about and practiced some breathing techniques, mindful eating, mindful walking, metaphors, yoga, and ways to slow down life in general. As students, we are busy bees. Multitasking is a way… Continue reading On Mindfulness and Living

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The Promises of Chaos Theory

Since I am about to graduate from university, I have been thinking about my future career path quite a bit. During my capstone course, we were able to read a couple of chapters from Katherine Brooks book, You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career. One of the chapters we read had to do… Continue reading The Promises of Chaos Theory

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Language Use and Stephen Fry

To add onto my "Clarity in Writing" post, I found this animation video with Stephen Fry discussing language changes and how a lot of people on the internet are sticklers to old "rules." His opinion basically tells these grammar sticklers to get over it. I will admit that I have my own pet peeves when it… Continue reading Language Use and Stephen Fry

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Clarity in Writing

"What is above all needed is to let the meaning choose the word, and not the other way around. In prose, the worst thing one can do with words is surrender to them." This is a quote from George Orwell's article, "Politics and the English Language." Orwell's article, though scathing, is all about clarity while… Continue reading Clarity in Writing