Thursday, December 5, 2013

Real-life Application

Now that we've wrapped up the semester, I was interested in seeing how you guys would take this class and use it in your daily life (or in the future)! Everything that the authors talked about, as well as all the advice we were given from Dr Donovan, classmates, etc has to have had some lasting impact on your work or writing, and I wanted to know how you all would go out and use what you learned in this class. If not, what did you not like about what someone said/did and how can you use that and turn it to your advantage/learn from it?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Options for Publishing

Hi everyone!

I thought I would make a post about publishing. I don't know everything there is to know, but I have done some research. I thought you guys could also contribute your own research as well.

So, if you wanted to get something published, how would you go about doing it? Here's a few places I looked up: first here's a link to the top fifty literary magazines where you can submit your work.

Here's another link with some interesting magazines, a few of which are also listed in the previous link: click here.

And I don't know if this is already listed, but my dad is a fan of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine, and I've read their stuff and really liked it. Here's a link: Analog Submission Guidelines. Most magazines have submission guidelines for what they're looking for, and some even have pretty good advice.

You can post your own research on getting published here, or you can just react to what I provided. Of course, since we're students, I think it's important to submit to the magazines on campus, but we should definitely keep this stuff in mind.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Wrapping Up

This is to encourage discussion about the wrap-up exercise we did not have time to discuss in class today.

What similar ideas did you hear expressed?
What new ideas did you hear that you had not thought about before?
What else struck you are particularly interesting or useful about the ideas expressed in the wrap-up exercise?

Respond to any of these questions or others of you own as you wish!

Conflicts Look Into My Eyes - Outlandish

As a result of this class I have thought more about what I can do in this world to make it a better place to live. I have learned a lot about what it means to speak the truth. The more I learn about the world the sadder it makes me. If only people knew how to love each other and understand that we are all humans. Margret Randall taught me a lot about this along with Demetria Martinez. Throughout my entire life I have lived with the struggle of being misunderstood. Not to say my problems are any greater than another's and I don't live in the same fear that my brothers and sisters overseas do, but I hope that we can feel for them and understand that there is a bigger picture than the one that America gives us. I like this song because it speaks all of the things I wish I could have said. Please enjoy!

If you all have any thoughts on this or possibly some things in your life that you find a major issue of today's economy please talk about it.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Most Important Change

What do you consider the one change I could make in this class the next time I teach it that would improve it the most?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Hello Everybody~~
So I just wanted to make a short post and maybe talk about what you might bring for the potluck in the comments if you guys actually want to do the potluck. Hope to see you guys next Monday. Take care~

I am hopefully going to bring chips and possibly lemonade.
Also if somebody can could they bring plates and forks :D Thanks everybody!

Final Thoughts

Hello Everybody,
So as a sort of final post and closing of the class I would like to open a post for any final thoughts and comments on the course. I know most of us don't want to acknowledge that the end is so close, but the reality of it is we have one day left in the classroom. Most of all I want to say thank you to all of you guys. The ones who talked and discussed the readings we did and had deep and friendly discussions. Despite only seeing all of you once a week or in passing you have all become good friends and I wish you the best in your college career and thereon.

Secondly I want to thank all the authors, even though they won't see this post, they have touched me and took time out of their busy lives to teach us something. I don't think I will ever be able to relive these moments. Authors are in fact really amazing people. Even if I had not particularly read a certain genre, such as mystery (which we seemed to read a lot of), I became more open to reading mystery novels and the people behind the story were the most extraordinary of all. I found that a voice could soothe oceans by listening to V.B. Price. That legacies can go on even if somebody dies from Anne Hillman. That vampires, humans, elves, and werewolves do not in fact have to be confined to their own books from Melinda Snodgrass. That it is okay to write about your past from Kate Horsly. That being an activist and an author go hand in hand from Margret Randall and Demetria Martinez. That writing should never be for oneself but for the reader from Daniel Abraham, he also taught me to never give up and that great things take a long time and hard work. And lastly learned that you do not have to major in Journalism or Creative Writing to become an author from Michael Thomas. In the end I am going to miss you all.

Never stop reading. Never stop dreaming. and Thank you.