Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I’m working on a series of queries to other magazines, as well as articles, and will post links as published.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I will soon be in computer-withdrawal, as my old one goes to spend the day at the service center to have its files transferred to my new one. Once all the mysterious things are done to my new one, the Tech Guy will come out to install everything, including my scanner and my printer. There will be some periods this week where I won’t have access to any computer at all—yikes! How in the world will I handle that? I’ll be posting and updating as often as I can during this transition phase. Stay tuned and check in again throughout the week.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Sharpie is doing what always works for him: lolling in the sun
What worked for me this week were:
- Spending time with good friends
- Starting a class to learn Blackboard, a common online teaching system so that I can branch out from face-to-face instruction
- Having two article assignments that really interest me (more on those when they’re published)
- Resuming my strength-training program
- Holding off this week on resuming belly-dancing and Nia to ensure my ankle is fully healed
- Using my new Olympus VN-4100PC recorder at my interviews
What didn’t work this week were:
- Not following an eating plan to reduce calorie intake
- Getting lost on my way to an interview for an article (hint: if you are going to Chippewa Falls, Hwy 178 now runs with Seymour Cray Sr. Blvd, and the old Hwy 178 is now Commercial Parkway—Internet mapping doesn’t know this)
- Not doing any fiction writing
- Not doing any research on literary agents
- Continuing to procrastinate on tax preparation
To do this analysis for yourself, remember to begin with “what worked.” It may be hard to think of a couple, but keep going—you’ll think of something that worked, even on those days where it seemed nothing went right.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Check out the blog spot Paris Breakfasts at http://parisbreakfasts.blogspot.com/ This is a blog by a photographer and watercolorist, Carol Gillott. As she states in her blog, she “paints Paris dreams.” Join her daily as she lusts after chocolate, pastries, miniature items, and glorious stores in her wanderings through New York and Paris. Hmmm, there seems to be a French theme running through my interests these days. . .
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
When it comes time to write the grant, follow these basic steps to help your grant be more persuasive and professional:
- Write a traditional outline. Some granting agencies will require a specific order. Be sure you follow it, if they do. If they don’t, be sure you create a good outline that has a logical sequence, and appropriate transitions.
- Take the traditional outline and expand it into a writing outline. Note facts to include, points to make, references to include, etc. This should also help you see where you need to spend more thinking time. For example, as you fill in details, are there holes? Is your rationale convincing? How credible is your budget? Is it clear from your writing who will benefit from your grant?
- Talk to others, either at work or in your field. Ask them what’s missing, what’s weak, and how well you have convinced them of your project’s worth.
- Ideally, once you have a draft that you’re satisfied with, let it sit for a while before you submit it. Even letting it rest overnight will help.
- Then, read it again—out loud. Fix anything you don’t like now, and ship ‘er out!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Alice’s six-word memoir could be “Falling down hole changed life forever.”
My online Wisconsin Public Radio newsletter the other day had a great article about a recent Talk of the Nation show that I had missed. Using EXACTLY six words, write your life story. Apparently this originated with the online magazine, Smith. I, of course, tried my hand:
- Writer keeps wandering off the trail
- Woman writer seeking meaning and money
- Too many interesting paths to follow
- Dancing with words but can’t sing
- When am I really grown up?