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Write > Revise > Rinse > Repeat

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In chapter 8, Kawaski writes on the importance of editing. This immediately struck me as something I need to read, because, admittedly--I am often a poor editor of my own work. It took me until junior year of college to concede that I needed to give myself a day between finishing a draft and editing and reworking it. My beginning stages as a writer were marked (frustratingly) by trying to produce final draft product on the first draft. It seems obvious now, but no matter how good a writer a person is-- things will not come out publisher-ready the first time around.

Slow and Steady

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Austin Kleon says that sharing something small everyday is more important than showing the "big stuff" once in a blue moon.

In chapter 3 of his book, "Show Your Work", Kleon shows how putting some small piece of work out daily keeps you as a creator on other people's radar. Basically, people are busy and they forget you and me exist. Kind of. (Not really. But mostly.) So we remind them.
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New Literacies

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In his chapter entitled "New Literacies" Clive Thompson talks about the evolution of different forms of media over the years. What I found most interesting was his idea of the "post it note phase."

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(Note here, ironically, I have been taking notes on this chapter on virtual sticky notes on my Mac...)

Basement Graphics

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I love design. We are more and more a visual people, and so it follows that we are drawn to that which is aesthetically pleasing. No rocket science here.

I found the following images in the Freeman Hall basement, where the printmaking and photography studio are located.

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This first image is a poster displaying the various events going on within the Clemson art department. I love the grid structure and how it contains little bits of beautiful chaos in each cell. The juxtaposition of order and disorder come together beautifully here.

Balance and Lifelogging

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[This post is in response to Smarter than You Think... A week late... too bad I didn't have some Lifelog apparatus to help me not forget....week 3 blog commenters, carry on.]

Smarter Than You Think is very thought provoking, and embraces a topic that I know only a tiny bit about. Thompson’s anecdotes of lifeloggers were wholly terrifying to me. After being thoroughly creeped out for a a page or so, I asked myself—what is so terrifying about this? I am a social media junkie—to a fault, I’d say—and a photographer, a writer, someone curated to record and document, recall and describe. But lifelogging takes it too far for me.

Amateur Guitarist

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Kleon’s “Show Your Work” really elicits a sigh of relief, and particularly from college students. Perhaps we are the most acutely aware of our being unqualified for “real world success.”
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This is the first time I’ve ever been encouraged to embrace my amateur-ness, and that, for one, is an assignment I feel fully capable of doing. I’m an amateur. I’m a dreamer deep down and a recovering perfectionist, and those two qualities want to cancel the other out.