Staying on track

Today is the end of my second week of my Emerging Technologies class for my Education Media Design & Technology graduate certificate at Full Sail. I just graduated with my Creative Writing MFA, after an amazing first year back in school, and wanted to keep moving forward so I jumped right in.


My current professor turned me on to personal dashboards, specifically Protopage, and it has already been helping me to stay on track. I am still very attached to my analog life, and plan to stay that way despite my love of tech, so I supplement with index cards on a daily basis. I have been keeping a separate blog for school, per my assignments, so you can read more about my experiences here.


I will always have an analog side. There is just something about the feel of dragging a pen point across paper that makes me purr. I love drawing, and doodle or write constantly. I have a love-hate relationship with technology, but there is nothing better when I am on a roll and my brain is moving too fast for my hand to keep up.

The other advantage is list-making and outlining.

I keep a master to do list (easily about four pages long by now) divided into categories and pull a more manageable amount off of it each day onto index cards. I feel less overwhelmed, and I can take the baby steps necessary to finishing.

When I am working on a story, be it fiction or non, I use outlines. There have been times that I have even written entire stories in this format. I will make notes then, before I know it, will have filled in whole scenes. It makes it easier to plot multiple storylines and keep them in sequence.

How do you stay on track?

Make it stop. Sign up. Get the kit. Now.


Our bracelets are coming in the mail.

All I want for Christmas…

UPDATE 1124.09: Noah passed away at 8:02am this morning in his home. God hold you close baby. Noah and his family received over one million cards this month alone from around the world. Thank you again to everyone who sent one. Please pass the word to STOP sending cards because they need their privacy now. They have posted a request which you can find in the newest update here.

UPDATE 1118.09: STOP SENDING CARDS! From what was relayed to me, they received 80,000 pieces of mail on November 11th alone. Wow.

Wow!! Thanks! Please STOP!!!!
Posted Nov 13, 2009 1:03pm

Wow! The outpouring of love and concern for Noah is just amazing! Scott and I never in a million years thought that so many people would want to send Christmas cards to Noah. However, please note: We did already celebrate Christmas LAST Sunday — November 8th.


Noah is very ill. He is not getting out of bed and it’s time for Scott, our families, and I to concentrate on our son. His time is very short and he needs us.

Scott and I would like to say thank you so much for the support and continued show of love. However, we are asking that everyone please stop sending cards and gifts.

Also, everyone please post the stop order on Facebook and any other websites or organizations that you belong to. We need the peace right now.

Thank you for your understanding in this request.

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This was sent to me today by an Art for Cures member. Please read and take a moment to send a card, it means the world to this little boy.

Noah Biorkman (age 5) is in the last stages of neuroblastoma cancer, after a two and a half year battle.  He and his family are celebrating Christmas next week and all he wants are Christmas cards.

Please, please take a moment to send him a card and drop it in the mail right now. Do not put this off till tomorrow, he may not have one.

Email me for the mailing address.

Please take a moment to send a card full of love to Noah and his family and keep the spirit of Christmas in your heart all year long.

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with Noah and his family…

Art can be anything

If there is one thing that I have learned in this life, it is that anything can be used as a creative tool. I hope you are as impressed with these as I am.

Chalk, not just for teachers and clogging your lungs anymore. I really enjoyed the music on this as well.

Think about this the next time you build a sand castle. I am not sure but I think this was the Russian version of the Got Talent-like shows. If anyone knows, let me know.