Hello, fellow writers! My goodness, where has the time gone! It’s been far too long since I blogged, but I’m ready to really get back on track. Life has been crazy the last six months and continues to be quite a ride. I’ll give you all a quick update of what’s been going on, and the new endeavors I’ve embarked on. I’ve started a ton of new journeys in both my writing life and personal life, and I can’t wait to share them with you! (And maybe brag about them, just a little!)
The Write Minds
This first part is nothing to brag about. I have been pitiful about posting to The Write Minds. That ends today! Starting today, I will be back to posting weekly and will have some new and exciting stuff to add to the site. (Did someone say printable templates???) I’m planning a massive overhaul of my site before the end of the year, so if anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
Ok, so I was avoiding talking about this because sometimes I am a moron, and this little anecdote exemplifies that. I have a confession to make. As some of you know, I spent last semester in Europe, which I will talk more about in a minute. You may also know that I had been doing some vlogging last year. Well, due to a series of unfortunate events, my vlogging is on hold. “Why?” you may ask. First, I dropped my cellphone last summer and broke the camera. Loss number one.
Loss number two is a little more depressing. I had bought a lovely camera for my travels. I left said lovely camera at the airport in Berlin. Never to be seen again. Well, I’m sure someone saw it, loved it and kept it. So what I should really say is never to be seen by ME again. This means I have no way to film vlogs because my computer’s camera is horrendous. Hopefully, a new cell phone will be headed this way very soon! As a side note, if you happened to find a camera in the Berlin airport within the past couple of months, feel free to contact me.
Alright, now that my embarrassing confession is over, it’s time to talk about everything that’s been going on the past six months! I cannot believe it’s been six months. I studied abroad in Granada, Spain last semester. All I can say is that if any of you get a chance to study abroad, DO IT! I would not give this experience up for anything.
My host family were the most wonderful people, and they helped me shape my Spanish language skills. I also had the opportunity to travel all over Europe. Between the Sound of Music Tour in Austria, the Christmas Market in Copenhagen, and catching up with a friend from Berlin that I hadn’t seen in years, I stayed busy. Not to mention, I saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Original Cast and everything! (If you want to talk HP, shoot me an email!) I tried to take myself away from the internet and home as much as I could so that I really absorbed the experience. Also, I did a TON of writing. It was so amazing to see how place influenced my writing. When I go back and read those stories, I will have always go back to those days in my mind.
In January I began writing for the UW-Madison branch of a website called The Black Sheep. It is a humor site, heavy on satire. This is my first time as a hired writer who creates content on a regular basis. Needless to say, it is very exciting. I’ve learned a lot about deadlines, pitching, and working with an editor. If you are interested in reading anything I wrote, check out the website here. My articles are geared toward UW-Madison students, but hopefully a wider audience will find it relatable.
I have also begun editing script and online posts for a local news station. I’m getting a lot of experience with AP Style writing, WordPress management, and adapting radio news for print. I would encourage anyone interested in writing to reach out to local entities like this one. Think about what areas you need experience in, and find a company who does these things. Offer yourself as a volunteer. It is a great way to build your portfolio and gain experience.
I will be writing a longer post on this shortly, but I want to briefly mention it now. Last summer, the Director of the Writers’ Institute, a writing conference held in Madison, WI, and I connected. She graciously took me under her wing and taught me all there is to know about organizing this event. If you’ve never gone to a writers’ conference, GO NOW! Drop everything and go! Keep your eyes open for a post on everything I learned (including a super-secret trick that you do NOT want to miss.)
The last big thing coming up is Camp NaNo, and yes, I am doing it. I have a couple of camp goals. First, I would like to add 20,000 words to my novel. I had this goal for Camp NaNo last summer, and I achieved it, so I’m hoping for a repeat. The second goal I have is to edit a children’s book I wrote a few years back. I have a GREAT cabin, and I am looking forward to a month of writing with them!
Phew! So there it is! Everything I’ve been up to. Needless to say, I’ve been busy. I am looking forward to redirecting my efforts back toward my own writing now that other things are calming down. What have you all been up to? Let me know in the comments what’s going on in your writing life! Camp NaNo plans, conferences you went to, stories you’re excited about? I’d love to chat about it all! Happy Writing!!!