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Crafty Day

In Knitting, New Orleans, The Art of Writing on July 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

It looks like I will be joining a craft group tonight. I will probably be knitting a kippah (I tend to do that). I might also bring my sketch book and some oil pastels for the occasion.

In Tampa, I was a member of a knitting group that met weekly at a coffee shop. The leader of the group moved to San Francisco, and we somewhat disbanded. I was also a member of a writing group that met twice. I was the head of that group. There wasn’t much real interest in it.

Here, I am also a member of a writing group. It is run by other people, and I am on probation for the next two weeks, then members will start critiquing my writing. I think writers should join writers group to build their productivity in addition to allowing them to have new sets of eyes look over their work. My productivity has skyrocketed in the past two weeks (although, being unemployed may also have something to do with it).

I think it is somewhat funny that my writer’s group meets in B&N, but the craft group tonight is meeting in an independent dive bar/ pub. Tonight should be interesting.


Only 117 days to go…

In College Goals, Knitting on January 7, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I’m taking a cue from Arleen Spenceley who last semester kept my blogging class up-to-date on her graduation countdown.

At this time last semester, I was panicked. I couldn’t decide whether to graduate last semester (0n schedule) or use the extra financial aid I received to attend for an extra semester. I’m glad I chose the way I did, because if I had graduated last month, I wouldn’t have the skills I need to make it in today’s journalism.

Here are the skills I will gain from the the graduate class I’m taking that I should have learned before I qualified for my bachelor’s:

Out of all my classes, lectures, and guest speakers, I don’t think anyone’s even mentioned Flash. In fact, the only thing I knew about the program is that modern animators use it for their projects on the internet.

Web site design with HTML, CSS, XHTML or even Dreamweaver templates.
No class I took required me to even look into web design, although some professors hinted that it might be a good idea to get a domain.

My print professors never even mentioned taking video of anything, and my multimedia class focused too much on publication at a regional powerhouse, so print students weren’t nurtured to use the intimidating video equipment.

No one told me a good audio slideshow would do wonders for my career. For a long time, I worked off of tape recorders, because they were cheaper than digital. My current recorder lacks a USB port, so my recordings are trapped on the device.

I’m looking forward to Wednesday, where I’ll get my marching orders to prepare a multimedia news story that covers all platforms. I just wish I’d learned it all sooner.

If anyone wants to hire a fresh-faced journalist with two cats, a knitting addiction, and bright hair (red) please let me know. You have 117 days and counting.

Five goals for 2008

In Awesomeness, College Goals, Knitting, Uncategorized on January 2, 2008 at 1:33 am

1. Land a good job at a competitive magazine or news organization, and start my career with a bang.

2. Keep up this blogging thing.

3. Finish my first novel and submit it to agents.

4. Travel outside the U.S.

5. Take advantage of writing organizations. (I’ll renew my membership with the SPJ and join the Florida Writer’s Association. Four or five members have asked me to join in the last few years- there’s no time like the present.

My theme for 2008 is Wendy’s Year of Love. I’m going to make sure my friends and family know they’re appreciated and practice Random Acts of Kindness. It’s also going to be my year of knitting; one of my best friends gave me the Stitch and Bitch Page-A-Day calendar.

Let the working commence

In Knitting on December 17, 2007 at 1:55 am

For the next four days, I’ll be a supervisor on a team of people in the bookstore I work for. We’ll be processing internet orders, and I’m going to be working a very flexible (which means I could be working over 10 hours a day) schedule. Therefore, I’m not sure how much blogging/ reading/ internet time I’ll have in the next few days.

I’m also going to be catching up on knitting gifts. I just sent out all of my holiday cards, so the only thing I have left on my Christmas and Hannukwanzmas schedule is finishing up a couple of scarves and some squiddies.

For anyone who hasn’t seen one of my finished squiddies, here’s my first:

A squiddie!

Fortunately, knitting is one of the things I do that grounds me, and I love giving home-made presents over store-bought. I’ve written more about knitting and related topics on my art blog.

I bought the pattern for the squiddies at Etsy, where there are tons of crafts and patterns on sale for art lovers, artists, and people looking for unique gifts.