We’re All Closeted Unreliable Narrators

Last week, I wrote a post about the web and unreliable narrators. The web lets us be unreliable narrators for a certain amount of time, but if we are disconnected for a moment, the real world will find out our true identities. Which aspects of your personality do you like to present using social media and/or your blog?

November 12, 2009 1

The World Is Your Art Supply Store

During a cleaning spree this past weekend, I found all my old arts and crafts supplies. In three large boxes and some large shopping bags were all the unused arts and crafts supplies that I had collected over the past 23 and a half years. Needless to say, I found a lot of raw material for artistic inspiration.

November 11, 2009 0

A First Person with Purpose

Can you rewrite your narrator? Not exactly sure how to present yourself? Doubting your identity, values, or beliefs? You will probably require a third person narrator. Desirous and outspoken? Diving headfirst into a goal or mission? You will have to flex your first person. Feeling like you only matter in relation to another person? In rare cases, you will want a second person narrator.

November 3, 2009 0

Should I Pursue a Master of Fine Arts (MFA)?

Think of all the students that pursue visual arts, language arts, and performing arts. No, you don’t need a degree to write, draw, paint, act, read, or communicate. You also don’t need a degree to do science experiments in your garage – but students still pursue degrees in biology and chemistry.

October 27, 2009 0

When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a Blogger?

If you ask me now what I want to be when I “grow up”, I wouldn’t have a good answer. Right now, I just want a full-time job, one that pays me enough to allow me to move out of my parents’ house. In general, what I want to be is a writer, editor, and creative go-to girl, but I probably won’t be those things at a glossy magazine. So I do those things in my spare time.

October 7, 2009 1

Children Challenge Your Creativity

True creativity is born from an insatiable need for self-expression. Have you ever thought about something creative that you might like to do? That you would do if you had more time? Would you cook an improvised meal? Would you knit a warm-weather accessory? Would you draw a graphic novel?

October 6, 2009 2

The Thrill of Being Able to Share

One of the most exciting things about working on Too Shy to Stop is knowing that I have a little corner of the Internet where I can gather and share stories and photographs by like-minded young people. I’m thrilled when someone wants to match the Too Shy to Stop mission and vision.

September 28, 2009 0

The Great Pumpkin Is a Great Teacher

The fact that I couldn’t find canned pumpkin actually turned out to be a good thing. I would make homemade pumpkin puree instead; this would require me to purchase actual pumpkins, remove the seeds, and bake the pumpkin segments. I learned a valuable lesson: just because a shortcut exists doesn’t mean you should take it.

September 24, 2009 1

You Don’t Need Grad School for a Thesis

I’m working on a new design for this blog. The Clean Home theme for WordPress has served me well, but I’m ready to try something new. A few months ago, I purchased a license for the Thesis theme, and I never got around to implementing it. I started playing around with it on another site…
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September 16, 2009 2

New Media Generates New Genres

Since “new media” is a fairly broad and nebulous term, I would like to create a point of focus for this post. I am going to discuss: NEW GENRES OF WRITING (dun dun dun). Some of my favorite blogs contain never-before-defined genres. A blog is a venue for writing, but the content within the blog…
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September 3, 2009 0