Life (as it) Happens

In undergrad, I spent one semester at the University of Missoula, MT. I took the usual classwork for an English Lit major, including a creative writing poetry course, but had also decided to take a criminology class on a whim. (Why not, right?) The criminology class turned out to be one of my favorite classes. It was interesting to learn about the “why” behind the crimes, and the coursework inspired the poem I titled The Criminality of Love. I had gotten the prompt “love” from our professor and didn’t know what to write, but the night before the love poem was due, I got the idea for The Criminality of Love. It was a middle-of-the-night, words-pouring-out-like-water kind of idea that happened in 30 minutes, chock full of all the criminality jargon I learned in class. (I also accidentally knocked over a can of soda when I showed the poem to one of my roommates. Oops.) I really loved how that poem turned out, and since then, I’ve been looking for a good place for it.

The perfect place turned up over six years later.

I’ve followed the Vlogbrothers – Hank and John Green – for years, so when the first ever Nerdfighter Poetry Book was accepting submissions, I knew I had to try for it. Plus, they announced that all the proceeds would go to the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, which was a great cause. (More on that later.) I decided to submit my criminology poem and it got accepted!

*does a little dance*

So here’s where the announcement portion of my blogpost comes into play:

The Nerdfighter Poetry Book, titled Life (as it) Happens, launched just last week! JUST LAST WEEK. Go check it out!

Poetry is a lovely form of expression, and I’m honored my late night, criminality inspired jargon-filled poem is among them. So, do need a cool gift for a poetry lover? Consider Life (as it) Happens and help support other non-profits while you do.

Oh! And here’s some information about the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, according to their website:

“The Foundation to Decrease World Suck, Inc is 100% volunteer operated and exists solely for the purpose of raising funds to be donated to other non-profit organizations. The majority of fundraising is through and during the annual Project for Awesome. The small operating expenses of the Foundation, including tax return preparation, are paid for by donations to the Foundation by the Directors of the Foundation. Money donated to the Foundation to Decrease World Suck will be distributed to non-profits selected by Nerdfighteria and the YouTube Community through the Project for Awesome.”

Okay, that’s it for me right now. Have a lovely Sunday!
Warm regards,
Kellie

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LifeHack: De-Stress Post

So, a bunch of people are stressed around this time, myself included. Because of that, I’ve decided to put together a post with a bunch of cute animals I found on the internet in hopes to ease some of their stress (and mine)…because why the hell not?

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Pomeranian puppies
Four puppies of the purebred pomeranian-dog

Also, here are links to Buzzfeed articles about The 27 Best Red Panda Gifs, 33 Animal Gifs That Are Guaranteed to Make You Laugh, and 27 Gifs So Cute They Might Actually Kill You. Enjoy.

Now, take a deep breath, realize you are amazing and smart and will get through all of this, and have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday.

Warm regards,
Kellie

Let the Freaking Out Commence: School Is Starting

PSU starts on Monday. This Monday. Two days from now. And to say I’m unprepared for my second (and final) year of graduate school would be an understatement.

Things I Don’t Have Prepared (followed by my internal screaming):

  • Class Locations (WHERE ARE MY CLASSES?)
  • Class Schedule (WHEN ARE MY CLASSES?)
  • Notebooks (WHERE ARE MY NOTEBOOKS?)
  • Calendar Dates (WHEN IS EVERYTHING?)
  • Internship Research (WHAT DO THEY DO?)
  • Vanguard Copyediting (WHY HAVEN’T I PUT IT ON MY SCHEDULE?)
  • Chronicle Blogging (WHAT AM I DOING FOR BLOG POSTS AND WHEN?)
  • This Blogging Schedule (SAME AS ABOVE!)
  • DPP Author Stuff (WHAT AM I DOING FOR MARKETING?)

So. Many. Things.

So, to that end, this weekend I’m going to be preparing for school.

Thankfully I had a meeting with Chelsea, my co-manager for Write to Publish today, so we have that pretty much covered. And, to be fair, I am having coffee with Ripple Grove Press (my internship place) on Monday, so we’ll figure stuff out then.

I’m just much more prepared by now, you know? It’s awkward. And oddly stressful. But I have my tea with milk and honey and I have a plan of attack for getting everything done, so I’ll be good.

Are you prepared for school to start? Or were you, when it did? (Surely I can’t be the only one, right? Right?)

Warm regards,
Kellie

LifeHacks: Studying Tips

The school year is upon us once again and whether you’re in high school, undergrad, graduate school or beyond, this transition from summer to fall also means the start of what I like to call the “Studying Season.”

And, while my graduate program doesn’t technically restart until September 28, I figured I would share four studying tips that have helped me over the years in the hopes it would help all of you!

Tip #1: Study A Little Bit Every Evening
This is a tip I figured out in high school. I used to have major tests every week and cramming the night before just didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t remember everything all at once and hyperventilated when I couldn’t. Then, I found out that studying a little every night helped me really process the information. It also gave me the freedom to study a little instead of in huge chunks, which helped me not freak out over the testing.

Tip #2: Use Your Resources
Resources are helpful. Resources can be in the form of study sheets, the questions in the back of each chapter if your books contain that kind of thing, the library, or your professor, ex cetera. It can also be things like creating your own study materials, crafting a quiet study area out of your room, or highlighting your textbook. All of these aspects will help round out your studying. Heck, you can even ask to use a fellow classmate’s notes! Which bring me to my next tip…

Tip #3: Quiz Each Other (Or Form Study Groups)
To be fair, I forced my sister and my parents to quiz me, but this can be helpful for friends, too. This could also be known as a study group. I did a few of these in undergrad, and they helped in two ways: a) they allowed us to learn the material in new and different ways since you have different points of view and b) they allowed us to have some fun in the process. Hanging out with friends, even if you’re studying something, is bound to be an enjoyable event. This segues into my to my fourth and final tip.

Tip #4: Have Some Fun
I’m the first one to raise my hand and say that studying is vastly important. Going over information learned in class will help later on, even if you don’t have a test to prepare for. That said, however, it’s really easy to be caught up in the Studying Season kind of lifestyle, where that’s all you do all the time. You should also take some time for yourself. Have some breathing room in your schedule—even just an hour a day would help—and do something fun. Anything fun. It may seem like your blowing off your homework for a little bit, but it’ll be better for you in the long run. Plus, letting off some steam helps ease the tension of test day.

Well, that’s all folks! My four tips to help you study during school. I hope they help you… they certainly helped (and are still helping) me.

Now that I’ve said my piece, I want to hear from you! What are some of your tips for studying in school?

Warm regards,
Kellie