Friday, September 28, 2012

18. Write for a Newspaper

One of the cool things about my gap year is that I'm going back and doing the things I didn't have the time to do before. One of those things was to write for a newspaper, which I'm doing now at school. I've wanted to do this since I was seven years old and I started the sporadic (extremely sporadic) newsletter at the daycare I went to. True story. I had a lot of free time back in the day and got myself into all kinds of adventures because of it...

Fast forward throughout school (middle school didn't have a paper, could never schedule it in high school with its block schedule, started the process in college before Agoraphobia got the best of me, no time at university) and seventeen years after writing that first newsletter for daycare, I'm actually getting to write for a paper now. I'm taking two Journalism classes this semester and hope to take more in the spring as well that will really get into the editing and laying out of a newspaper, but we'll see. Don't want to commit to anything past December quite yet.

Plan to use this in the future because it's giving me practice writing and honing in on a part of the craft. I can use this experience to help with delving into the freelance world, general non fiction writing, and copy editing. I'm really interested in the latter and hope to do this in some form or fashion once I start grad school and beyond.

In other news: as for the 25 by 25 deal that I said I wanted to do, having seven more to do in 3+ months no longer seems absolutely impossible...slim with everything else I need to do in these next eight to ten weeks, but not impossible.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Potpourri Post

Packed all of my homework into four days last week giving me Friday, Saturday and today with no school work to do. Loved it! Thinking about making that a normal part of my routine because I've gotten a lot done this weekend. Well, in my mind, I got a lot done. Cleaned a little, watched some a lot copious amounts of football, took some pictures (easy excuse to play around on Picasa), read, slept (can never overemphasize my love for sleep) and generally recharged to get myself ready for another week packed with business to tend to and things to take care of.

Currently Reading...
Mockingjay (last book in The Hunger Games trilogy and What Color is Your Parachute)

Some "after" pics from the Epic Living Room Clean Sess of 2012...

Having some fun with Picasa...originally the lights in the laundry room and the fire alarm outside the door...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Words of Wisdom/Missing the Cut

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe 

I only turn in 5 pictures a week for my Digital Photography class, so here are a few that I didn't turn in over the last two weeks. AKA, they missed the cut. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Shooting Assignment #2: Framing

I took a lot of pictures this weekend, so I have a feeling the next few posts will be sharing them all...back to regularly (or in my case, irregularly) scheduled program afterwards. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Words of Wisdom

Since I enjoyed Remember Me When I'm Gone so much, I re-read it on Tuesday while I was watching "Love Happens" (good movie btw) Larry King complied celebrities' and famous peoples' obituaries or epitaphs that they, themselves, had written. Some of them were thought-provoking; others hilarious.

I wouldn't say I'm morbid. I just know in the back of my mind that I'm not going to live forever. It's hard to actually live in this manner, but I do know that death will get me eventually and I need to truly start living this way instead of being Master Procrastinator.

Anywho, here are some of quotes from the book that I absolutely love:

“‘He made a difference. He made people laugh. He made people happy. People wanted to be with him.’ Not now though.” –Bernie Brillstein

“If my wishes were granted, my dreams would be smashed.” –David Caruso

“I am grateful that during my life I became enlightened enough to understand that violence is not a viable option. I am saddened that others were not similarly blessed.” –Shirley Knight

“As you are now, I once was. Make it count.” –Diane Ladd

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Currently Reading

I read The Hunger Games while I was interning at a high school a couple of years ago and actually liked it. While in high school, I read two books assigned to me (Great Expectations and To Kill a Mockingbird) and have always had an aversion for reading something that's assigned to me. Even had that issue throughout college, but paying for a lot of my classes myself gave me the necessary incentive to do so (well, that and my discovery of Audiobooks since I can listen to something for much longer than I can read. Love those.)

I haven't been able to get my hands on books 2 or 3 until now. Didn't want to buy them in an attempt to curb my book buying (running out of places to put them in the apartment) and to take the money I usually budget for entertainment or miscellaneous outings towards savings, so I had to wait for them to become available at the library. Luckily for me, I decided to read them now that the movie has been released but before movies 2 and 3 come out. Perfect timing if I say so myself...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Shooting Assignment #1 and Remix

My first shooting assignment for Digital Photography was to focus on geometry, shapes, and forms. I took these on Thursday on my way to work and coming back home. The ones in black and white are the ones I'll turn in and the rest are ones I remixed on Picasa.

By the way, I've fallen in absolute love with Picasa. It's Microsoft Photo Editing turned up to 11.


Friday, September 7, 2012

17. Record songs I've written

I got a guitar for my 14th birthday. It was while I was still in the middle of my Dysphonia, so my goal became to not only get my voice back, but to sing again and to record it. Ten years later and eight and a half years after regaining the ability to talk normally, I've finally done it. 
I'm not saying I'm good at singing (I have a voice for band...I know my limitations) There are no plans to go on American Idol or The Voice or anything. It was just something I always dreamed about doing while at my worst and now I've gotten it done. 
I won't reach my goal of crossing off 25 items on my Bucket List by the time I reach 25 (four months until I do) but it's time to get back into the swing of trying new things. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to life

Having a couple of days off was extremely nice. Just what I needed. Best part: I forwent homework and just relaxed. Thanks to this, I finished reading two books (one for research and Larry King's book I mentioned yesterday) and started a new one. I'd love to say that I'll take a day off each week and not touch a textbook or homework, but that's never been my style. Maybe it should be though. One me-day each week sounds quite appealing.

Either way, it's back to life as I know it: work and school; school and work.

Monday, September 3, 2012


Currently Reading:

Remixed pictures from last weekend's lake trip...

Grad School Prospects News:
I'm down from five to four. Spent part of yesterday reading through what exactly needed to be done and by when and I won't have enough time to get everything together to make an actual go at UBC. Now I'm down to UNLV, EWU, LSU, and Memphis. I think that'll be the last of my cuts, so as long as things continue to progress as they have been, I'll be applying to all four and just go from there.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Waves

Just some pictures I took last weekend while at the lake...