31 March: Review

In March, I had the opportunity to travel many places and try many new (and not-so-new) things. My first stop was the Association of Writers and Writing Programs National Conference, which took place in Chicago March 1-3. I’d never been to a writing conference before – and I’d never visited Chicago – so it was a great opportunity to learn more about writers and the writing community.

I also had the opportunity to visit one of the schools to which I am applying for graduate school.  It was an amazing and fantastic experience – although the 18+ hours of driving could have been less tiresome. Visiting really helped me form a better idea of what I want to do in publishing and what I want to pursue.

In terms of my writing, I’ve had lots of fun and interesting experiences this month.  The following stories were published in UToday, the online edition of UT News:

This list does not include stories included in the print edition of UT News.

At the end of the month, I had the awesome opportunity to teach a workshop on the Celtx program to my student writing group. I was so proud of everyone who attended: most of them not only learned how to write a screenplay and use the program, but they also completed their first short film script!

As April approaches, you can look forward to tons of fun events. It’s National Poetry Month, so I’ll have plenty of things to do with UTWG – including some public readings that may be of interest to some. Join us April 19 at Grounds for Thought in Bowling Green for an open mic reading – and keep checking back to find out what other things we’ll be doing for National Poetry Month.

Script Frenzy takes place during April, as well.  I’ll be participating in SF and blogging about it along the way! Check out my Script Frenzy 2012 page as the month progresses to learn more about the challenge and what I’m doing this month.

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29 February: Review

Happy Leap Year!

With the help of my peers and contacts, I’ve been able to enjoy lots of inspiration this month.  My personal favorite blog article was Painfully Honest Critiques, inspired by several painfully honest sessions with my boyfriend (who is relentless in critiques, especially poetry critiques.)

It was a good month at UT Today for me! In February, the following articles were posted on UT Today:

This doesn’t include articles in the print edition of UT News.

As far as personal writing goes, not much progress was made this month. I’ve been really busy working on some detailed outlines, but not much actual writing.

However, I’ve done a bit more in the local literary community. Apart from the UTWG + The Mill Open Mic poetry reading Feb. 17 (see photos from the event here), I also attended a few other events including a poetry reading at Grounds for Thought in Bowling Green, which my boyfriend thought would be fun.  (It was.)

That’s it for February – check back in March!

A note: my blog will be suspiciously silent for the next few days, and those I regularly write to or whose blogs I regularly comment on may notice I’m just not around.  I’ll be attending the Association for Writers and Writing Programs’ National Conference in Chicago, which lasts March 1-3.

The conference is four hours away from where we live, and five members of UT Writer’s Guild will be attending.  This is a fantastic opportunity for all of us: three of us plan to apply for MFA programs within the next five years, one is graduating next year with a degree in English education, and I aspire for a career in publishing.  The conference will be a great way for many of us to learn more about the fields we want to go into, which is why we’re going.

However, I won’t be getting home until March 4, and I’ll be totally wiped out from the conference!  My plan for the first post-conference blog is to blog specifically about the conference – photos included – and that won’t be ready for a few days, so March may be pretty scant in terms of blogging.  However, I’ll be out of town a grand total of three times in March (!), so you can expect some interesting articles next month!

31 January: Review

January was a busy month for me! It marked the beginning of my last semester at the University of Toledo as well as tons of fun things in UT Writer’s Guild.

At UT Today, several of my articles went up this month:

This list does not include articles printed in UT News that were not posted on UT Today.

January also marks the second anniversary of The TECH Project’s publication date.  When I think back of all I learned while working on it, I also think of all I’ve learned since then!  It’s so hard to think that it was just two years ago…  It feels much longer.

As for UTWG, we welcomed Elizabeth Irwin and Chad-Michael Simon of the Northwest Ohio Writers Forum at our first-of-2012 meeting.  Members seemed pretty interested and receptive, and lots plan to attend the NWOWF meetings this year.  (Pretty successful!)

UTWG also selected J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit as our novel for Book Club Month in February.  I’ll post a few Hobbit-related articles this month, so if you’re a Tolkien fan, stay tuned!

30 September: Current Progress

It’s the end of September, and you know what that means – time for the monthly update!

This month, there was a lot going on in terms of planning for the UT Writer’s Guild, so I didn’t make much progress on most of my larger projects.  However, I did make a lot of progress at my writing job, which I feel is pretty good – right?

In the most recent (September 26) print issue of UT News, five of my stories were printed:

There are several other things I’ve been part of, as well!  The Writer’s Guild recently co-sponsored a poetry reading event for Banned Books Week at UT.  UTWG will have its next meeting Friday, October 7 at 5 p.m. in Student Union Room 3016 on UT’s Main Campus.

I feel like I got so much accomplished this month, even if I really didn’t do much at all… I’m still working on the following projects:

  • The Final Experiment (editing)
  • The Rules (on hold)
  • …and a couple other things

From now until December, though, I’ll be concentrating on preparing for and writing my National Novel Writing Month project, tentatively titled “Victorious.”  Check back soon to learn more about this project!

25 August: Contributions

I had two articles posted on myUT today!

Both were in Monday’s print issue of UT News.

Yesterday, an article was posted on myUT (printed on Monday also) about this year’s Music Fest event at UT, which I wrote.  It’s got 30 Facebook Likes, so I’m pretty excited – it’s hard to get even one or two on an article!

I guess you could say it’s been a big publishing week for me.  Enjoy!

 

25 July: Updates

I have a little bit of fun new info for everyone!

In news articles…

  1. Emergency workers to be honored on wall – Dr. Frank Foss, Dorothy Hussain, and Timothy Shiltz will be honored in a ceremony tomorrow.
  2. College of Nursing students volunteer at ADA Zoo Day – A group of students from UT’s College of Nursing are volunteering at ADA Zoo Day at the Toledo Zoo today.

I’ll try to post more information next week as well.

New stories

It seems some of my stories have finally started popping up on the myUT update page!

Yes, only two, but two is okay!  I’m satisfied with just a couple, since it’s never certain if my stories will be online or in print.  Sometimes, they’re just news releases we send out to different media in town.

I’m actually particularly fond of the second story about the Persian musician.  I had the chance to re-connect with an old classmate, since she was involved in bringing Kalhor (an internationally-renown musician) to campus.

It was actually really interesting.  You can learn more about the musician, Kayhan Kalhor, at his website: http://www.kayhankalhor.net.

If you’re a fan of Kalhor’s music, get to the concert on Friday if you get the chance – or just leave a comment here and tell me what you like about his music or which song of his is your favorite. is