Monday, August 3, 2015

Writing is Killing My Spirit!

I've neglected my writing lately. That's not to say I haven't been writing, because I've been doing SO much writing it's killing me. Writing because I have to do it in order to maintain a GPA isn't quite the same as writing because I want to, if that makes sense.

The things I want to write about are in my heart, singing and wanting to share. The things I'm focused on these days are very academic and make me sound like an alien at times, even to myself. I'm not even sure where I can get some relief or how to escape when I need some grounding.

I think in time, I will appreciate my own tenacity for sticking with this program and finishing grad school. Sometimes I think if I stop to take a break, I won't bother to finish. I will be so elated with the freedom of complete and utter chaos I will stop caring about what's important to me. The rebel inside me entices me to quit; the scholar scolds me for even thinking about it.

When I first decided Communications would be my major (eventually), I came up with a story in my heart. Who remembers Spirit Island - The Passage?

I will return soon!



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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ethnographic Research at the Flea Market

You know those times I wrote about getting my creative muse stirring by visiting the flea market? Who could forget this one trip? It was my biggest inspiration.

While reading my current text book, which cost me upwards of $110.00, I discovered that these trips I've been making to the flea market to glean some knowledge on material for content had an actual name. I know, right? Crazy, but it's called Ethnographic Research.




The people who do this for a living are called Ethnographers. They conduct research, perform analyses on the data they collect, and report out their findings to decision makers. Unlike myself, one who designs computer applications to assist in the processing of such data, these folks get to do all the fun stuff.

Why do they do this research and who the hell would pay them to do it? Well, they don't actually do this research at the flea market! They do it at retail stores and super markets. They work for or they are hired by commercial organizations who wish to study people and their behaviors in hopes of gaining innovative ideas in transforming and improving their products or brands. I do it so I have something to write about. But, hey, if someone wants to pay me to do it? Sign me up.

Imagine that!

Had I known about Ethnography or that it even existed, I would have used it in my 2015 A-Z Challenge.

Have you run across new terms which help describe some of your idiosyncratic behaviors?



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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Word of the Day - Independence

Today in America, we celebrate Independence Day, which is the day the United States declared her independence from Great Britain on July 4th of 1776. For me, it's a day of reflection on a word of the day that I've chosen. The idea of independence.

Independence
noun
Freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.

I get it that I had a past life, but I also get it that I have a future. The biggest gift my husband gave me was respecting me for knowing the difference between the two. It's why I'm able to move forward and make changes in my life when needed.

What I choose to do moving forward might not be a controlled, influenced, supported, aided, or liked by others kind of choice, but it will be mine, just like he had hoped.

Happy 4th of July folks! :D






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Sunday, June 28, 2015

How Not to Get Eaten by a Shark

I've been hearing lots about sharks this past couple of weeks, from videos on Facebook to news stories, even major headlines across the nation. West Coast, East Coast, the Gulf? Name it, there was a shark mentioned or video taped. Oh my gosh, a shark! Look at it...swimming. There...in the ocean!

This morning I'd had enough when a Fox News anchor asked of his guest, "Tell us, share with us, Chris, just how do folks stay safe from shark attacks this Summer?"

This, folks, is why I decided to study Communications. It's to help claw my way back to sanity. Seriously. Here's an excerpt from a news source:

San Diego lifeguards also depend on helicopters to track shark activity. The town of Seal Beach, California, made headlines recently by using drones to monitor sharks.

So we invade their habitat and waste tons of resources monitoring it like a militarized zone? Nice.

Here's a novel idea. How about STAY OUT OF THE FREAKING OCEAN!





End rant.



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Saturday, June 13, 2015

My Favorite Quotes for Writers and Communicators

"Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something." --Plato



"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." --George Bernard Shaw







"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language." --Walt Disney



"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." --Hans Hofmann



"Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them." --Nathaniel Hawthorne






"A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer." --Karl Kraus



"I don't start with a design objective, I start with a communication objective. I feel my project is successful if it communicates what it is supposed to communicate." --Mike Davidson



"Communication works for those who work at it." -- John Powell







"To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful." -- Edward R. Murrow



"When you forget yourself and your fear, when you get beyond self-consciousness because your mind is thinking about what you are trying to communicate, you become a better communicator." -- Peggy Noonan, former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan


What are some of your favorite quotes?



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