Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I propose Arkenberg's Law of Blogging

Arkenberg's Law of Blogging goes thus: The number of blogworthy items occuring in one's life exists in inverse proportion to the amount of time one has to blog, resulting in less blogging the more there is to blog about.

I suppose this could even deserve the name of Arkenberg's Paradox of Blogging.

Unless someone else has observed it first, in which case I am highly embarassed.

So, what's going on in my life that is blogworthy, but I have no time to blog on it?

  • I have found a new apartment and am moving there. As an aside, to anyone considering intern housing at a DC University campus over the summer--don't. Head to Craigslist or Padmapper first. The place you find will be cheaper, quieter, and provide more amenities and probably less construction. (I'm currently bitter because it's unclear whether I'll be able to have my mail forwarded from American University to my new address, and if it isn't then the Swiss Army Knife I had confiscated on my flight home from Vegas will probably never make it back to me. It's a knife with sentimental value, so...yes, bitter feelings right now).
  • Really though, Padmapper.com is an awesome site to use when trying to find a place in a particular part of town. I wanted a neighborhood I was fairly familiar with and close to where I work--so spotting it 'on the map' was much more helpful than scrolling through endless Craigslist listings.
  • On which note, I might do an entire blog post on Padmapper, complete with screenshots, because it's been a while since I've done a website review (as for Challenge Accepted/GetYeDone) and they are quite fun.
  • I also have a blog post planned on my recent Kickstater, which was wildly successful, thanks for asking! I am really thrilled about it, and furthermore, have gone from an IndieGoGo fan to a Kickstarter convert.
  • Some of that information is going into the Starter Guide for Professional Writers, which is currently in the editing stage--as it has been for a while. I take a long time to edit and, as you can see, I haven't had as much time to dedicate to the book as I would like. But it's nearing completing and I am arranging for cover art as we speak, hurray!
  • During my rare downtime, I finished all the books I picked up at WisCon in May. I'll get a rapidfire round of reviews posted over the coming weeks with my thoughts.
  • Reviewing my Facebook photo album from Ghana in a fit of nostaliga, I realized I never actually did the writeup on my experiences traveling abroad. I'm still weighing what I did that was interesting, useful, or otherwise worth writing about (and there are definitely things I want to share!). Because there are also paragraphs in my journal that are just "college student experiences culture shock, not even in a particularily funny way." Suffice to say, I'm well aware that I still know next to nothing about Ghana, so I'm not at all ready to be a tour guide to someone else. But I can share what I did and saw personally, which may be valuable to others and will certainly help me sort my thoughts out.
  • Lastly, my job search is underway and bearing some spectacular fruit! The author I've interned for and assisted ("been an assisstant to"; I got a title upgrade this summer ;D) shared my job search statement and her own endorsement of my work with a consulting women's network she belongs to, which has lead to a number of requests for my resume and interviews with some fascinating agencies. Because I got my position as an intern with her in the first place in part because of Aqua Vitae, if I get an offer and accept it (not to get too far ahead of myself) I will have found a job thanks to writing a science fiction novella and getting it published. I can't be the only one to find that awesome, right?
Well, there you have it--blogworthy things going on in my life, blogged in a rapidfire fashion. The Kickstarter "postmortem," the Ghanaian trip posts, and the WisCon book reviews will be forthcoming. As will the Starter Guide. And maybe a post singing the praise of Padmapper (I try not to focus on the negative so my dissatisfaction with dorm housing shall be left unvoiced, except for the statement above).