The other day, my sister asked me if I wanted to do National Novel Writing Month with her. This means writing xxxx number of words a day.
She’s doing a minor in a creative writing. How do I compete with that?
I’m exhausted already.
But what if I didn’t restrict myself to a creative exercise? What if instead, I made this into a multi-chapter technical writing exercise?
I’ve got a couple ideas for using the idea of NaNoWriMo to develop written communication skills for real-world applications. Just try to flesh out your own personal, professional writing style by practicing, practicing, practicing. No word count minimum required. Such fun! So adult!
For the Procrastinator: respond to one email a day. Or maybe write one email a day (perhaps that “stupid” question you were too scared to ask your prof?). If there’s no email to be drafted or responded to, unsubscribe from one of those annoying marketing e-blasts that you receive because you wanted to win a free watch that one time.
Okay, I never said any of my ideas were good ideas.
For the Interview-Challenged (ayyyyy): answer one interview question a day. Google
or Bing the most common questions, and brainstorm your best answer. Keep your work in a folder to pull up and review the next time you get a call back from that internship you really want. I’m excited to try this one, especially since I’m collecting interview-worthy experiences through my co-op right now.
For the over-sharer at heart: blog every day. Pffffft, ok. Hasn’t worked well for me, but maybe for you?
For the Extremely Ambitious: a cover letter a day. No, I’m not suggesting you do 30 job applications. I just think that by trying to write the same things over and over again, you’ll find the best way of explaining what you really meant. Plus, you can write draft cover letter templates for different job types—a sports marketing company is gonna look for very different things than a physiotherapy clinic.
Got any better ideas? Holla at ya girl (dats me!).
First blog post of 2014, tah-dah.
I was going to blog about the SLC, but that didn’t happen, obviously. I mean, I could write a very very late summary of my overwhelmingly awesome experience at this year’s Conference, but I’m not. Because that would just look bad, and y’all are over it already.
So with this blog post, I am going to absolve myself of all the guilt that I’ve been holding onto for the past 3 weeks for not doing what I was supposed to do. It’s been those shameful feelings that have stopped me from creating other (perhaps) wonderful things.
No, seriously, I got some ambitious ideas going on.
Okay, to be honest I have a lot of really silly tumblr text posts instead of ideas. But they cheer me up, so I’m keeping ’em!
In summary: I’ve been holding back on you guys. And since that’s really not what the SLC’s all about, I’m gonna throw myself back into blogging this term.
Today, I was alerted to the fact that the prof of KIN 231 apparently used one of my older comics/doodles/what-have-yous as a slide in her last lecture.
Click on the picture to go to the original post!
While the news was a bit flattering, it meant that she probably read through my blog and saw that I’m a terrible procrastinator and mildly insane.
A nd I may have her next term, worryingly enough.
Now, I know that thousands of people—mostly students—have seen at least some part of my work. And that is more than okay with me! But there is a small part of me that is hesitant about continuing to blog, because anyone can find me fairly easily. In particular, future employers.
The idea of that is kind of scary. It means I gotta watch what I say (no swearing!) so that I don’t give out an awful impression to the people who come across my public social media profiles.
So yeah, I’m going to keep my written angsting to a minimum from now on.
But comics are okay, right?
Hey there, UBC!
It’s been a hectic past two months, and I’ve sure missed blogging (not to mention I’m feeling guilty). But now that midterms are over and finals are coming up, I’ll have a little time to get the UBC blogosphere up to speed on what I’ve been doing—if you’re all still interested, that is 🙂
In the meantime…
Yeah, I’m having trouble keeping focused.
So I got that tablet I was talking about! Squeeeeeeeee.
Of course, I opened it as soon as I came home, and tried it out as soon as I could. I’m pretty happy with it! It’s a little weird scribbling on the tablet while looking in a different direction, but I’ll get used to it.
I’m still waiting to download the included software (Photoshop, ermagerd), so I don’t have any fancy programs to scribble with. Therefore, my drawings won’t look the same was before, unfortunately 🙁
I ignored punctuation on purpose, I swear.
However, I am now more determined to blog more, with more pictures. Expect to see:
- A post about a disaster averted with the help of a friendly UBC staff member, and
- A post about what I was even doing at UBC in the first place (y’know, because no school and everything).