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Summer 2013: Breaking, Building, Bending

Room of Doom: 21 February 2010
Image courtesy of puuikibeach

That’s more or less what my room looks like right now (sans awesome pirate flag). I’m trying to get all of the crap I’ve collected over the past decade or so sorted out, donated, tossed if it’s past the point of usefulness to anyone in any way, and setting up my room such that I might actually be able to think in here.

Oh, and I guess it’s pertinent to mention that I graduated a couple days ago.

I don’t really know what to say or think about that last point. It’s not hyperbole to say that I’ve been reaching toward this moment for most of my life—I remember playing make-believe games when I was maybe six or seven about going off to college. I knew that I wanted to apply to UVA and the University of Michigan by the time I was seven or eight (I didn’t end up applying to either school for undergrad, but who knows?). There were more than a few moments between high school and here when I thought I’d never get to graduation, which makes this whole thing seem all the more surreal, but I made it, thanks in large part to a group of the best professors and family and friends the world has ever known. Beyond that, I came out of my final year with a completed independent research project (I’ll write a wrap-up post on that soon!), three creative writing portfolios, and a lit journal that I’m awfully proud of. I think I can call that a success. : )

So what’s next? My long-long-long term goal is grad school, where I’ll hopefully end up hybridizing my love of creative writing and my fascination with all things digital. Right now I’ve got to do research for that, as well as find a job so I’m not thoroughly broke within within the next month or two, though I already scored an incredible internship at NANO Fiction! This summer I’ll also be dabbling in The DS106 Zone when I have time—from where I’m sitting it looks like it’s going to be one of the best summer sessions yet, and I’m stoked for what the crazy masterminds behind the class will roll out for us.

As far as this blog is concerned, I’ll continue to update when I can and post about what’s lined up for this summer (hopefully: writing, sending writing off for publication, continuing to reorganize my room, a little travel, getting in shape). Sooner than later I’d like to post a wrap-up reflection about the research project I completed on ds106 and digital education, and once I get the paper revised I’ll probably end up hosting it here for all to see.

I’m also going to be ditching the Daily 300 challenge I set for myself, at least in a public way. I’ll still try to write that much, but I’ve learned that to write something meaningful every day often means writing on subjects I’m not ready to share right away, and that’s okay. I do want to focus on creative writing this summer, both because it’s the art I’ve finally settled on as mine and because I need to get a portfolio together for grad school applications. As the summer progresses I’ll see if I can find another way to keep myself publicly accountable for my creative output—maybe even through ds106.

So. Lots of cool things. Stay tuned!

2 Comments

  1. CLEAN YOUR ROOM!

    Ha, in case you don’t have a parent to yell at you…. Congrats on all fronts, and I’m excited to see what you do on your next steps. Now get into the #ds106zone and make some art (better time spent than room cleaning)

  2. Yeah, original research, indeed, I can’t wait to read what you’ve done for your thesis, also congrats on having written and read the original poem during graduation, you are truly a star, and I look forward to your awesome dabbling in the ds106zone—it will blow minds!

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