Update: Pardon My Dust

"Glasses Read Learn Book Text Highlighter Pen" by Hans is dedicated to the public domain under CC0.

“Glasses Read Learn Book Text Highlighter Pen” by Hans is dedicated to the public domain under CC0.

So I’ve been gone for quite a while. To make a long story short, my last semester at USC Upstate was so demanding that it made writing here impossible. Thankfully, I finally have my BA, I’ve started an editorial internship over at The Indie Chicks, and, after two months of postgraduate life, a new normal has begun to emerge. The big, wide world of professionalism is a lot scarier than I pictured it a year ago, but I’ve decided to grab it by the horns and run. Continue reading

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UPDATE: Back-to-School Changes

"Glasses Read Learn Book Text Highlighter Pen" by Hans is dedicated to the public domain under CC0.

“Glasses Read Learn Book Text Highlighter Pen” by Hans is dedicated to the public domain under CC0.

I’m sure there are some academics who surround themselves in real life with like-minded and -educated individuals, but I refuse to do so. While, yes, it can be frustrating at times to find that no one around you is interested in hearing about that documentary on Netflix, that is one of the glorious things about the Internet: anyone can find a community of individuals who share her interests, no matter how obscure they may be. Continue reading

UPDATE: An Advice Manual for College Freshmen Is Now My Main Project

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“Glasses Read Learn Book Text Highlighter Pen” by Hans is dedicated to the public domain under CC0.

I just finished Austin Kleon‘s Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered—and I’ll have a book review for you guys on Tuesday—and somewhere in the process of reading the first two chapters, I found my niche. When you start a blog, the first thing every advice page will tell you is to find your niche and identity your target audience before you write the first word. This tip was a stumbling block to me: what the hell should I write about? I don’t know about anything! Can’t I just blog about miscellany? For me, niches are elusive. As a class jack-of-all-trades, I’m good at a lot of things but not particularly great at any of them. I don’t have just one major hobby to occupy my spare time; I read, I write, I play video games, and watch movies, and look at food porn. Writing about food porn is not exactly the most promising career move. Continue reading