Sunday, December 03, 2006

Finalement!

Dear Friends,

This my final post. You’ll find me here:

T. Budnik: No More Searching For Things I Can’t See. I’m Living.

This is my regular blog. Here you’ll find postings about books I’ve read, my travels, and other interesting things that happen to me. Occasionally, you’ll find a birthday story posted. It's a special treat because if I don’t write a birthday story for you, you can at least enjoy other people’s.

December holds a lot of promise. I have a break from school the last two weeks. This means donating blood with the possiblity of more bruising, hiking, a day road trip, and Christmas.

Hope to see you there.

Enjoy!
T-Bud

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: RECURRING DREAMS

Dear Birdie,
You’re a little late commenting on this entry, but nonetheless I thank you for leaving some dream definitions. Prior to reading the definitions, I figured that jogging meant I was content with how things are going in my life. Not that I won’t be making any transistions in the seemingly near future, but that I feel like I’m on the right track. As far as the old and the woman definitions, I don’t know.

Sincerely,
T-Bud



RE: DO YOU THINK IT’S A SIGN?

Dear KBezzie,
At first, I, too, was thinking, “what old woman?” Then, I remembered my dream. I don’t think I’ll be asking her about the old woman because of Birdie’s insightful definitions. I want to use my free question wisely.

Sincerely,
T-Bud


Dear Mom,
You can’t cramp my style if you don’t get it right. It’s “I kid because I kare,” not “I JOKE cause I kare.”

KBezzie wasn’t talking about you, unless you do want to claim to be the old lady in my way on the sidewalk in my jogging dream.

Sincerely,
T-Bud



RE: THINGS I’LL NEVER LEAVE BEHIND

Dear Mom,
I am stopping this blog because it was created for a class and the quarter is coming to an end. Rest assured, you will be updated on my straight and narrow life. You can look to my other blog. I am answering your questions in this letter.

Sincerely,
T-Bud


Dear KBezzie,
Sing it sister! You are right, I do have my old blog for which I am already planning new things. Yes, it does seem I was the only one in my class to fulfill the requirement of writing every day. This is addressed in my reflection of the class and blog assignment.

Sincerely,
T-Bud



RE: Book Review

Dear Mom,
You need to expand your personal literary canon. You read my stories, don’t you? And you enjoy them, right? Don’t tell me that you only like my stories because your own flesh and blood wrote them!

Sincerely,
T-Bud


Dear KBezzie,
Is Quilt Lit akin to Chick Lit? Is there any Man Lit? You ready for it? Here it is: Man Lit is just literature. Man Lit doesn’t need to be distinguished because it is Literature. See, women can relate to Man Lit, but men can’t relate to Chick Lit. It’s the same bullshit that makes a square a rectangle, but a rectangle not a square. Why the hell can’t we all just be people and polygons?

Sincerely,
T-Bud



RE: NABLOPOMO REFLECTIONS

Dear Mom,
I read all of your comments with the “Mom Voice” in my head. All I have to do is add “Hey, I’m coo’!” and I burst out in laughter. And then the Mini-Mom in my head breaks out in one of her signature dances. Birdie knows what I’m talking about.

What I’m getting at is that I appreciate your comments.

Sincerely,
T-Bud


Dear danelle,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope to see you here often. Of course, I’m changing back to my regular blog, but there will be a link.

Sincerely,
T-Bud


Dear KBezzie,
My daily entries ended on Friday, as you know now. My classmates shouldn’t have been required to create a blog. No?

Sincerely,
T-Bud


Dear kim,
I have bookmarked your blog and will visit it again. And then maybe again after that.

Sincerely,
T-Bud



RE: REFLECTIONS ON WRITING EVERY DAY AND W4W @ PC

Dear Mom,
Lord knows that you kept up with me! I’m going to have to send you one of my books one of these days. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure it’s one that I actually enjoyed. And then, your mind will be blown.

Sincerely,
T-Bud


Dear KBezzie,
Yes, Mom does have a comment-competitive streak in her. She also has a beedie car-competitive streak in her. Although, I think she’s missing an out-of-state-license-plate-competitive streak because if I remember correctly, I whooped her boo-tay in that game on our road trip.

I’m glad that you enjoy my not-so-subtle dig. You’re right, they’ll probably never read it.

Sincerely,
T-Bud

PS. No, I don’t want to be a skank-mouthed copywriter. I’m already a skank-mouthed person. You know how I don’t like my personal and work worlds to collide.



RE: I DID IT!

Dear KBezzie,
Isn’t that little elf Will Ferrell from “Elf?” That’s who I thought it was. Which reminds me, I have that movie—props go to Bub—I’ll have to watch it sometime soon.

Sincerely,
T-Bud


Dear Mom,
Geezus. It’s “I KID because I KARE.” You can’t cramp my style if you’re not going to do it properly. Haha!

You need a blog. Make it a quilting blog. Perhaps you could find some people to sponsor you underground. And then you could pretend that you always say things like, “I love using GUTERMANN HAND QUILTING THREAD (available in 64 colors). But my hand is starting to hurt from all of this sewing (and because I’m old). I bought a HANDEZE THERAPUTIC CRAFT GLOVE. It works like a dream! My needle hand feels fantabulous!”

Seriously.

Sincerely,
T-Bud

Saturday, December 02, 2006

I did it!

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Reflections on Writing Every Day and W4W @ PC

Look at my first entry. I hate writing every day. I decided to be a good sport and do it anyway. For the sake of the class, it wasn’t worth it. Click on any of the links to my classmates’ or instructor’s blogs. They didn’t do the assignment. For the sake of the class, this blog was worthless. In addition to not keeping up with their own blogs, these people didn’t even keep up with my blog. My stat counter indicates very few hits from the Atlanta area.

Because I had to post every day for this blog, I was willing to participate in NaBloPoMo which as I stated before gives me a sense of a blogging community—something I felt I was lacking before. For the sake of NaBloPoMo, this blog was worth it.

As far as saving my soul, this blog didn’t do it. The fact is I already have a blog I post to periodically. I have a couple of physical journals I’ve kept up since I started college. I’m going to tell it like it is: I’ve been a full-time student for 14 years. While, that doesn’t mean I have a degree in education or anything worthwhile, I can tell you that I know how I learn. All I’ve ever done in my life is learn. I don’t need to do things I know aren’t going to work for me.

W4W @ PC was enlightening. It was an introduction to commercial writing that isn’t ads. That I appreciate. The more I go down the advertising road, the more I think that it’s not quite for me. Not that writing isn’t for me, I just don’t want to end up a slick, skank-mouthed copywriter spewing shit that “stuns” people and stands out for the sake of standing out. And as I continue along this advertising road, I’m learning how to distinguish that which is good and that which is standing out just for the sake of it.

I can’t say that I was excited about all that was W4W @ PC. A lot of the exercises took me back to my English 314 Technical Writing days. I don’t really want to spend time summarizing. Not that I wouldn’t do it if I were getting paid, but English 314 was a breeze so if there’s nothing new to teach about technical writing, then, well, leave it alone.

Anthem, oh, Anthem! I didn’t really care for you. I know that in a million years, I will never, ever want to write for said magazine. I know that in a million years, Anthem magazine will never, ever want me writing for them. Urban is not me. I don’t understand it. I respect it as a lifestyle and the art that comes from it. My Alaskan mind just can’t get wrapped around it. I buy my clothes from JCPenney and Lands’ End. I listen to NPR and watch the Food Network. The people reading this magazine probably think I represent everything that’s wrong with this world.

You gotta take the good with the bad: that’s W4W @ PC. Good: being exposed to commercial writing that isn’t advertising. Bad: tedious tasks (oh, and maybe the fact that the scope of the large project wasn’t very clear until the very end).

Enjoy!
T-Bud

Thursday, November 30, 2006

NaBloPoMo Reflections

I stumbled across the NaBloPoMo event by hitting the random blog button in Blogger. Someone had just joined and was discussing the month-long event. It was almost midnight on Halloween when I read about it and I contemplated it on my own, but didn’t decide to do it until after discussing it with KBezzie via MSN Messenger. By the time I figured I’d give it a try, it was well after midnight. KBezzie helped me out. She’s a time zone behind me so she sent an email entering my url before midnight.

Throughout November I’ve used the NaBloPoMo Randomizer to scope out other participants’ blogs. All are very interesting and it was fun to see how many people had actually kept up with posting every day. Some hadn’t, but a lot had. I even received at least two comments from other participants who found my blog via the randomizer and felt my blog was interesting enough to leave a comment. I, too, did this with a couple of blogs.

Keeping up with my Stat Counter, I saw that I got a lot more hits. A majority of these hits came from either the NaBloPoMo Randomizer or from Google searches. Because I’ve been blogging daily, there’s a lot of content on this blog thus increasing the number of Google search hits.

So, I didn’t make any blog friends through this program, but it was fun to participate in something larger than the community I belong to. I felt like I belonged to the community of NaBloPoMo-ers who all were simultaneously blazing the daily blogging trail.

If NaBloPoMo happens again next year, count me in.

Enjoy!
T-Bud

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Book Review: Things You Should Know: A Collection of Stories by A. M. Homes

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My favorite thing about this book is the badger/penguin on the cover. The stories weren’t great. Most of them tried to go beyond reality, but for me, didn’t go far enough. In the end they just seemed contrived—as if the author was trying too hard to make things work.

A lot of the stories included the raunchy. Now, I’m not an opponent of raunchy, but I want raunchy with a reason. I couldn’t find any reason for the raunchy some of the stories touched. In the end, it seemed like the author used raunchy ‘cause she could.

The story that I came the closest to liking was “Rockets Round the Moon.”

Enjoy!
T-Bud

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Things I'll Never Leave Behind

Sorry folks, I'm out of things. What did you expect from a chick who was able to pack everything necessary into her Ford Taurus and move 5,634 miles?

Here's a sneak peek at some noteworthy forthcoming entries:

November 30th: NaBloPoMo ends. Reflections on participating in an event that is larger than PC.
December 1st: My last day of classes. Reflections on writing every day and Writing for Web (W4W). The last daily blog.
December 3rd: Final issue of "Sundays I write Letters" at T-Bud in W4W @ PC and information about my regular blog.
December 4th--16th: Catch me if you can. I'll be wrapping up projects and heading off to critique.

Enjoy!
T-Bud

Monday, November 27, 2006

Do You Think It's a Sign?

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Getting into my car after work yesterday I found this wedged in the driver's door. I did a quick check of other cars in the parking lot. There weren't any other flyers wedged into any other doors. I surveyed the ground to see if there were any abandoned flyers. Nope.

Do you think it's a sign? Do you think Virgina felt something coming from my car and strategically placed one of her flyers in my door where she knew I'd see it?

The last line says that I can call for one free question. What should I ask?

Enjoy!
T-Bud