I finished my Nanowrimo novel on Saturday. I had meant to write this then but got distracted when I got home.
I honestly can’t believe I wrote a 50,000 word anything. I really didn’t think it was possible for me. Writing in truth is one of my weaker skills and I think part of it has to do with the fact that I have to be stationary to do it and can’t move around. But it did show me that I can write and while the many red lines underneath errors show it needs editing I think it is a sign that I can write.
What makes this so important is that I still need to finish papers for school but I felt like I was in a rut and couldn’t get out. I still have that fear in me but writing has helped that. There is still one more week of Nano and I’ll be going to two write-ins and since my word count is don’t I’ll be working on my thesis papers again. I have the motivation and drive now and I think I can put together a better paper. I just have to not worry about the finished product or what my committee will say.
I just need to write.
I honestly think that everyone no matter profession, age, or skill should try out Nanowrimo and just test themselves. You never know what may have been hiding in your head.
I have really gotten into this Nanowrimo thing. Yesterday I wrote 5k and that put me at over 20,000 words today. I know I should be putting that much effort into my thesis work but it’s a different writing style. BUT! I have found that by actually taking the act of writing and staying with a set goal for daily writing it actually is helping me get into writing overall. I mean I wrote my papers conclusion yesterday. I just need to sit down and put the body together.
Honestly though, I really wish my job hunt comes to an end soon. I have been checking out webinars and podcasts, and reading many blogs to help improve my ability to sell myself as a professional. I have to say that HigherEdLive and Student Affairs Live are great and anyone interested in higher education should check them out. I think one of the hardest aspects of my search is that I’m limited by location. It’s hard to be told that I would get a job easily on the mainland when I’m committed to Hawaii. Hopefully something will work out. I had an interview but that didn’t pan out but it was interview experience and every little bit helps.
I really don’t have much to talk about really. I need to finish the draft of the second paper for my master’s program but I can’t get rid of this writer’s block I have at the moment. As such I thought, hey lets put up a blog post that means nothing but gets me writing which I can then continue on with the actual paper. I do realize that the more I write the more comfortable I become when writing in general no matter the type of writing. I think a lot of my issues with writing stem from a sense of fear by not being able to make a g ood product that’s essentially no good.
I actually feel more confident if I were to give a presentation regarding issues on the web for international ed websites, which is probably one reason why I am seriously thinking of putting in a proposal to discuss issues like social media and mobile technology for local departments.
I signed up for a few webinars which I think will help me improve my skills as well. Luckily there are some good webinars are free (my wallet cheers) but I know there are some webinars and e-learning that will cost me $$ when the time comes. I need to sit down and figure out which of the $$ webinars are ones I “want” to take vs those that I “should/need” to take.
I hope to succeed in all that I try to do.
I signed up to participate in Project 52 for 2011. It’s a writing activity to keep blogs active really. So for the next year I will be posting at least once a week. I see this as an excellent opportunity to continue developing my writing style as after doing Nano this past November I realize that the more I write the better I write and the better I write the more satisfaction and confidence I have with my writing ability.
I’ve also begun work on more web design stuff including this site and at least two others. I hope this will be a skill building activity which will result in assisting me landing a job as I am still unemployed [grrrrrr UH]
Got a new desk from a friend who moved back to the mainland to and finally put it up today. It’s an ikea desk and I must say, this is the best desk I’ve ever had. Mainly because it’s so huge. This much table space is perfect.
Hopefully some Christmas magic will help me (and many others) find employment.
I got the comments back from my adviser on the first chapter of my thesis yesterday and much to my surprise she liked it! I’m very happy as it’s not often I get that good of a response from her so I’m really motivated. I need to get chapter 2 to her by Monday and I think I can do it. This weekend will be all about writing.
Also I went to a talk by Jason Weidemann, an acquisitions editor, from the University of Minnesota Press. While his talk focused more on getting books published, the advice overall was really great that could be applied to writing in general. I took a lot of notes during it and also recorded it on my digital voice recorder. I think having the recording will be very useful to listen to later on. In fact, knowing him already will help when the time to publish comes up (many years from now) and I active at the talk. I asked a question specifically about Minn. Press, Mechademia, and also I had the adapter that they needed for him to use his Powerpoint.
All in all yesterday was a good day. And I think today will be too.