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.
Lots of stuff happening that I need to both complete and prepare for in the coming week or so. I learned earlier this week that I was selected for an interview for a job at UH and received my official offer by phone. Needless to say right now I’m pretty pumped for the opportunity. I hope it pans out cause it would be a great for step in getting employed and as it’s higher ed and student affairs it’s not a far leap to education abroad. Lately thought I have become interested more and more with web development. I feel that combining the two halves, education abroad and higher ed web would be the perfect job for me. Now I just have to find said position.
I do need to get a hair cut this weekend though. It’s been at least a month and a half if not longer. Need to clean it up so that I look professional on the 8th.
Oh also on the 8th is the career fair on campus which is why I chose the 8th for my interview cause it becomes a 1, 2 punch to get employment. I’m going to go over a lot of interview questions and think up answers like “name 3 strengths” etc. Got to have that down before hand to avoid the dreadful ums and ahs.
Lots of writing planned as well. Not just my papers either, I plan to work on some of my web copy writing skills to add to my set. I think it will be good do this and do this well.
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.