According to my Twitter profile, I joined the social networking platform in 2009, but it wasn’t until the last month or so that I really began to embrace Twitter. I got tired of the recycled content on my Facebook feed (I’m looking at you TIME Magazine. I can’t count the number of times I’ve logged … Continue reading The Magical Twitterverse
One of the many joys of moving back to Montana is the opportunity to observe the quaint traditions of the community where I live, namely, the Annual Holiday Parade. Granted, there were no balloons or Businessmen of Whimsy, but as you will see, a Western Holiday Parade is fraught with entertainment value.
Top 6 Things You’ll See in a Western Parade
1) A float in a Western Parade isn’t complete without a pair of antlers.
These past few months while finishing my masters thesis, I’ve been working for a temp agency to earn a little extra cash. With flexible hours, and the chance to get to know the town I’ve just recently moved to a little better, the experience has, for the most part, been worthwhile. Being that I’d never worked for a temp agency, there are a few things I’ve discovered worth noting:
1) The vernacular of working for a temp agency.Despite that fact that it is not listed on Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, in this industry, “temping” is a verb. What surprised me was how often I was referred to as “girl” (or “girls” if I was in a group.) This applied to all the female temps, and it did not matter the age of the employees (I had co-workers who were in their 70’s.)Hopefully, this stemmed from the term Kelly Girl® coined by William Russell Kelly, founder of Kelly Services, who started a temp agency by loaning his employees to other businesses, and not from straight misogyny.
Even my boyfriend, who worked for the company as a gravedigger, was a Kelly Girl®. Continue reading “Hey “Girl:” Life of a Temp”
These days, when I want to know what other people think of a book, I go to Goodreads. Who should know books better than the people who aren’t paid to read them?
According to the novel synopsis posted on Goodreads:
Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Téa Obreht, the youngest of The New Yorker’s twenty best American fiction writers under forty, has spun a timeless novel that will establish her as one of the most vibrant, original authors of her generation.
Okay, Téa Obreht is a rockstar. Being an aspiring writer who is the same age as Ms. Obreht, I’ll admit I admire her accomplishments (did I say admire? I probably meant envy.) But, when I read her novel I was perplexed. Undoubtedly compromised by the petty tendency to compare myself to other writers, I couldn’t decide whether I liked her book or not. Continue reading “So, I just read “The Tiger’s Wife””
My cellphone contract will expire soon and as everyone knows, this means I get to upgrade my phone. While perusing my network’s online store, I discovered some of the best reading material the internet has to offer:
The product review tab.
I marveled at the passion that went into these reviews–emoticons, superfluous punctuation, ALL CAPS. Without any obvious external motivation or reward to review a product, the endeavors of these zealously happy or disappointed reviewers are admirable. Most people you have to pay to fill out a survey–these people do it for free! Some of these product reviewers deserve at least a certificate of completion from the hosting website, something comparable to what you might receive for completing a course in photography at your local adult education center. Continue reading “The Art of the Product Review”
At my last writer’s residency, sitting in my hotel room with a glass of wine in hand, a fellow writer and good friend pulled out a piece of paper and educated me in the fine art of plotting. I previously had miniature lessons in plot (“your story must have three things…”), but nothing as in-depth as the little mountain range of “rising action” and “denoument” my friend drew for me.
Thankfully, she also introduced me to The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. A guide more than a formula or prescription, his book provides an approach to understanding the ingredients of a story as a hero’s journey with twelve stages. I’ve been reading his book while working on my own novel. Here is a glimpse of my daily “writer’s journey” using the Character Arc from Vogler’s book. Continue reading “The Character Arc of a Writer”