Thursday, September 27, 2012

Publishing an Academic Paper

I have finally officially decided to get off of my rear and get busy submitting some academic papers to a few journals. The whole idea is terribly frightening, but I am going to push through it. I have one particular paper already picked out that I have also presented at an Undergraduate Research Forum. As with anything I do, I have put my heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into my work. When I find an idea that I am completely interested in, I enjoy writing academically almost as much as creatively. I am now perusing through the mountains of journals out there that accept material on Contemporary Fiction. At least this is a start...I have a long way to go. I have to be mindful of submission guidelines, the length the submission needs to be, and I have to be willing to adjust accordingly. Hopefully I will find a good fit for my paper.

Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on this topic would be greatly appreciated!


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Friday, September 7, 2012

My First Book Club

Believe it or not, I have never taken part in a Book Club until now. A really good friend of mine had the brilliant idea to create a Book Club page on Facebook. This idea is simply genius! This type of book club will not require anyone to be anywhere at any specific time. How convenient! The discussions can be given deeper thought this way. You read a question, have time to mull it over, and then you can give an answer that has substance. I love this. We have just finished our first book. The discussion was lots of fun. I am finding that this Book Club is helping to keep my mind fresh. I love discussing books whether they are good or bad. The first book we read was The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau. The book is an elementary school aged read, which I think is a perfect way to get started. I found that we could see a lot of themes and issues in this type of book that I might not have imagined. I also absolutely loved the story. It would be a wonderful read-aloud book for parents to read to their children.

As luck would have it, I got to pick the next book that we are going to read. I chose The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus. I am hoping it will spark some pretty interesting conversation as well.

I think that participating in the Book Club is going to give me a lot of interesting perspectives on reading and maybe even writing. Each person is going to get to pick a book that they would like to read. I am sure we will get to read things that we might not have picked out on our own. I love this idea. I can't wait to see what everyone chooses.

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