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Winter 2018

Winter 2018

I was lazy this season, but thanks for sticking with me.

Winter is coming to a close and much like the weather here in New Jersey/New York, my winter season was rather frozen in regards to updating my website, dating, and everything else. It’s time to do a bit of Spring cleaning and really get to work. Since I’ve been negligent in updating you all over the last few, um… months (sorry), I’ll give you all a quick update here:

I had a medical incident back in Fall that I don’t want to write about but will share on anyway because it concluded this season. I had a freak incident from two strains of the flu that resulted in an abnormal amount of inflammation. Said inflammation spread to my spine and caused numbness in my legs. After a few emergency room visits, a trip to the neurologist, and many tests later we found out it was just a weird case with inflammation, but for weeks I was worried of what it could be. Thankfully, it was nothing.

Since I’ve left Wiley, I’ve been doing a little bit of blogging outside of this page (I’ve provided a few samples below). Mostly, I’ve been blogging about anime/manga, but that’s just because I’m obsessed with some of the series I’ve been consuming.

Let’s see… what else…

Over the last few months, I’ve been freelancing. For who? A handful of very talented writers who I’m not sure will publish for at least a year. Upside, it’s work! I’ve also joined the MAL Rewrite team as a new editor. (<3) Anyone who knows me knows how happy I am about that–but with everything going on, I’ve started wondering about my writing. I mean, I’ve always been excited and passionate about it, but I’ve barely done any over the last nine months compared to the rate I used to produce things. I think it’s about time to get back to it, especially since writing has always been a great comfort. Time to up the output!

Another upside, my dad is doing lot’s better. His chest is almost healed now that he’s post-surgery and, I, am moving back to California for a little while. Los Angeles, here I come!

With that, I’ll shut the book on February and Winter to welcome Spring a little early as March 1st comes around.

Best wishes y'all.

Fall 2018

PRE-PUBLISHING:

I posted the current draft of my book, College 101: What I Wish I’d Been Told, on Wattpad.com in November.

It is currently still available on Wattpad as a free advice book for new and current college students.

The book started as a private, rant journal I kept while in school and has since transformed into a book that will, hopefully, help readers avoid the pitfalls my peers and myself suffered as undergraduate students.

John Wiley & Sons | Wed. 15 Aug. - Mon. 9 Nov.:

I Quit Wiley. Shocking, I know. I'm not really the "quitting" type, as most of you know. Sadly, I didn't really have much of an option. My father is extremely ill which has pulled me away from my work and with how much worse things have become in the last month it looks like I need to go home and help out with his care. I had an option to take leave, but that seems selfish in a way since it would leave the two editors I serve as an assistant for with an unfilled role that can't be hired for while I'm still an employee (even if I'm not there). I feel like quitting is the best option for myself at the time.

Rather than a tradition post about how fun it was and how many friends I made (of which lots of fun was had, and the friendships were abundant :-D), or writing about the sadness I felt leaving the job--I recommend checking out my post about the role of Acquisition Editors at Wiley under my Wattpad publication, Notes.

All I could add on a personal note that would differ from my usual gushing is how fantastic it was to work with authors. These were (and are) business leaders, true innovators in their field, who were working with us to create books on subjects that they are so passionate about that the feeling was infectious. Working with these authors taught me how vital finding your passion is and reaffirmed my love for editing.

NOTES: Wiley - Business Trade Books - Originally published Nov. 13, 2018 on Wattpad

Introduction

John Wiley & Sons is an academic publisher that I worked at for about three months (August 2018 to November 2018). While working there, I was an Editorial Assistant for two Acquisition Editors and learned a bit about the fabulous business-trade books industry. Now that I’m no longer working there, I’m going to share with you what I can about the particulars of this type of publishing (at least for Business Books at Wiley). NOTE: This process is different from other publisher’s and genre’s processes. ALL of the information below can be found in chunks online. I am only sharing what can be considered public knowledge in one place from the perspective of my personal experience.

Chapter Key:

AE=Acquisition Editor

Pub Date=Publication Date (Usually on a Monday)

MS=manuscript

Core Title= the title that each item of the project is named

1. Role of the Acquisition Editor, a basic run-down

The AE is involved in nearly every step of the book’s road to publication.

First, the AE find the authors–either through an author(s) sending them a proposal (sometimes through an agent, sometimes not) or by searching them. In the former case, an author has already prepared the proposal or manuscript and sends it to the AE for review. In the later, the author will develop a proposal on their field and provide it to the AE for review.

They then decide whether or not the book’s proposal “fits” at this time or with the company. If the proposed book doesn’t fit, they will reject the proposal and/or recommend another editor/publisher. If the proposed book does fit, then they will pitch the book’s idea to the other members of the team, in particular, the Publisher.

If the pitch passes and the company decides that they would like to pursue the book, then terms are negotiated, and a contract is prepared, issued, and signed.

The editor then creates the Editorial Schedule and an item list for the project (each version of the book [paperback/hardcover, eBook, etc.] is it’s own item and will later get it’s own ISBN). After, the AE is tasked with the difficult responsibility of project management (i.e. keeping the author and other team members/teams to the schedule until publication).

After publication, the AE’s job continues–as they are the ones that check in with the authors to see whether or not more can be done to help the author’s book.

[If you want a more detailed explanation of the role, this website does a pretty good job of explaining: https://www.bestsampleresume.com/job-descriptions/publication/acquisition-editor.html]

2. The Author/Book Schedule

There are two vital dates in which everything else is calculated. The first is the manuscript delivery date–i. e. the author’s deadline for submitting their drafted book. The second is the "pub date.“ The pub date is the when the book will officially be available in stores.

Without the manuscript, there is no book, so it is essential that the author’s meet the deadline for the Project Editor (the one editing the text) to get the book into production and for production to get the book to publication. NOTE: Project Editors for this Wiley Team are different from other Project Editor roles. The variance of this role is not unheard of, as many companies define roles differently.

MS delivery date to the pub date can be anywhere from five and a half to nine months, or more, depending on the project and schedule that the AE sets.

I’ve made up a fiction schedule for this publication that you can view here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IjDnTU7L_fGfUdC48G9qgJMlsiCv1E93HhKH3lYPFYU/edit?usp=sharing NOTE: This sample does not include all steps in the process–only that which applies to the author’s schedule and identification of the book). Since the internal editorial schedule is different for different places, there is no usefulness in sharing that information.

The AE often does multiple follow-ups after the book is published (up to three years in some cases). They want to help the author do well with their book, so they often discuss successful marketing strategies with the authors, give them updates on how the book is doing in sales, and generally act as the main point of communication between the publishing company and the author (at least at Wiley).

One of the coolest things about Wiley, I think, is that the company provide authors with a digital database for permissions, knowledge on copyright, and other important aspects of preparing their manuscript for its final submission (link here: https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/index.html).

With that, all I have left are some interesting things (to me) I learned/noticed while there:

1. Wiley’s café is fantastic and, if you didn’t need a security badge to reach the floor it is on, I would probably return to eat lunch there frequently. Also, all the staff is super nice!

2. I’ve gotten used to referring to books by the Author/Title/ISBN format–yesterday, I recommended a book by texting my friend, "You should read Kruger/TheNightHasTeeth/B01M7SWFEI [<this is an ASIN, which is similar to an ISBN] next!!!”

3. Author engagement with their own text can mean everything to the success of their book.

AND THAT’S ALL I HAVE ON THIS FOLKS!

Published on Wattpad.


WattCon | Sat. 27 Oct. - Sun. 28 Oct.:

I had an amazing time at WattCon 2018! On the first day, I not only met a lot of new friends but won the raffle drawing for a pre-release of White Stag by Kara Barbieri (Pandean on Wattpad.com). I started reading the book that night–only breaking for part 2 of the convention on Sunday, and finished Sunday night. I didn’t want to put the book down and recommend it to anyone interested in reading the next great young adult story seriously–I love this book and can hardly wait for more)!

After attending, I was so inspired by how active the writing community on Wattpad was that I decided to make a new account with my @peggyseditorial username as a means of fostering my passion for sharing information on the industry with other members of the community that are hoping to enter publishing (of any kind). First and only publication so far on the website are copies of my notes (tentatively titled “Notes”) from the convention–a publication series I hope to continue as I gather more notes from the various places I attend.

I had the opportunity to meet a lot of great authors while there, some panelists and others just fantastic people attending with the same intentions as myself–meeting, greeting, and connecting. I joked that the weekend had quickly become a networking one, but I’m not sure how far off the joke was because I’ve already glimpsed some spectacular talent who will, without a doubt, become the great movers and shakers in our literary community. So–hats off to a great weekend and the people that attended.

About Wattcon: “WattCon is created for Wattpad writers at all stages of their journey—from beginner to expert. All writers will come away with an understanding of how to disrupt the industry and harness their authorpreneurial ambitions. Just starting out? You’ll learn from the pros and gain confidence to go for your dreams.”

(Me with Emily Lindin, Author of Unslut: A Diary and A Memoir.)
(Me with Kara Barbieri!)

Her Campus Fashion Week | Sat. 20 Oct.:

The Her Campus College Fashion Week was so much fun!

First, there was a bunch of stands available throughout the space that offered fashionable photo opportunities: Primark had several cubbies with some of their clothes available for viewing as people lined up to take pictures and EOS had a ball pit for people to sink into and play. There was also a DIY bar where people could make bracelets and buttons that I saw people wear throughout the event. Plus while waiting for the show to begin, Almay’s cafe offered ice-cream and totes, and Ulta Beauty was giving hairstyles and makeup makeovers. It was, essentially, busy at all times, which gave me an excellent opportunity to make some new friends. (Sadly, the awesome women I ended up chatting with most of the night had to return to Canada the next day so it looks like we probably won’t meet again until next year’s fashion show!) I loved Sabre Safety’s stand and feel like pointing to them individually here. I thought that their message was great and my interaction with them led me to check out their company further (link here). I had literally been talking to my best friend Jenna the day before about my need to heighten my safety precautions now that I’ve moved so far away from my California stomping-grounds and now that my life has opened to more than just academic-based events. The company is cool, and their goody-bag serves as an encouragement to be proactive in the safety of yourself and others around you.

Second, the fashion looks were, of course, awesome. I love #TheRealRunway message that the show put on, and enjoyed seeing the different models wearing clothes that were not only comfortable looking, but also something many of us will realistically wear at school or in our daily lives not just at a gala, fine dinner, or dance (not that all fashion shows are like that, but the image of fancy or eccentric outfits is usually what comes to mind when I think of these events).

Finally, I got to meet a handful of the Her Campus team, which was epic in its own right. I met Gina Escandon who I love because of her variation in work. I mean, sometimes she’ll write an article on a new sex toy only to write another on sororities, both of which are preceded by a listicle of movies. This variation is not altogether new, but going through a list of her articles was the first time I picked up on it. Having taken only a handful of journalism classes before, most of which where me just hopping into a classroom and auditing without registrar knowing (sorry), one thing my professors always seemed to stress was sticking to a particular interest and making your name known there, yet one night I was flipping through the Her Campus website (I had just joined and was thinking about what I should focus on) when I recognized her name on two very different articles. I can’t remember the names, but the difference stood out at the time. Plus I started following her on Instagram after the HC Conference, so meeting her was just amazing. Then I met Windsor Hanger Western who is a co-founder, president, and publisher of HC; she was extremely nice and took the time to talk with me briefly even though I’m sure she was super busy hosting the event. Lastly, I met Rachel Lewis. I was honestly not familiar with her work at the time and approached her because Windsor had encouraged me to when I expressed interest in the possibility of someday working for Her Campus. Rachel was incredibly cool as I stuck my foot in my mouth and confessed that I did not know her work at all but still hoped to work with or for her someday. She gave me her email anyway, and I then proceeded to go home and read about 20 of her most recent articles. Some of them I recognized, like “How to Come During Queer Sex When The World Is On Fire and We All Have Anxiety” because not only was it a well-written article, it was one that I sent to my bestie, Grace, back in early July. Some I didn’t know at all, but that just meant I got to enjoy the newness of them. So, in all–it was a great night, and I fully intend to go again next year.

Summer 2018

Her Campus Conference | Sat. 21 July - Sun. 22 July:

I absolutely loved attending the Her Campus Conference this summer.

Before the conference even began, I was able to attend a pre-party at the Rosé Mansion in NYC! It was a lot of fun attending with my roommate from NYU. It was an excellent launch for what would be one of the most fun weekends I’ve had since coming to New York.

When the conference began, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had seen a lot of panels I was interested in online but was assuming the conference would be like many I had experienced before – either too academic to the point of boredom or so fun that the majority of the panels are a form of entertainment rather than educational. I was honestly stunned by how much the panels changed my way of thinking.

To start, the keynotes were incredible the best of which, I believe, was Dr. Jen Welter. I am not usually the one to say this, in fact, I firmly believe this is the first time, but I felt like fate was intervening when Dr. Welter took the stage. At that particular moment, I had been debating whether or not to stay in New York and accept a job offer with Wiley. New York, of course, is the center of publishing–the industry I’ve devoted my college career to entering–but so much has happened this summer back at home in California including my dad getting sick. I wasn’t sure what to do and, in a moment that was so unlike me, I told myself that if I didn’t know after the next panel, which was actually Dr. Welter’s keynote, then I would reject the offer and go back to California for a safe job in sales at one of my parents’ companies. If I was meant to stay in New York, then the next panelist (rather, the next speaker) needed to convince me to stay. When Dr. Welter took the stage, I was taken by the story of how she became the first female NFL coach. The parallel was so strong in some cases and so different in others that I was left thinking of all the opportunities I didn’t take because I was uncertain… because the safe path while unfulfilling is still safe. I mean, I had devoted my education to prepare me for publishing my writing and editorial, but was willing to stay in sales than risk myself on a job in the industry I wanted because of what? Myself. Joanna Coles’ speech from her visit to the NYU program came back to me at the moment too. Her keynote made me rethink my options and attitude.

In addition to the keynotes, I found the panels on social media to be incredibly helpful to my current interest in building a personalized social media campaign that I hope to launch in January 2019, which will feature a blog, YouTube channel, Instagram, and Twitter (please be on the look-out if you are interested). Plus I got to meet Hailey again from the HC Chapman chapter (she transferred last year)!

By far, the conference was one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve had this summer in addition to the phenomenal NYU program.

(Me at the Rosé Mansion Pre-Party!)

Her Campus Commentary, UPDATE!

Hello! It’s been a while since I was able to update.

Her Campus provides a place for citing photos now, which is fantastic. This short post is simply a follow-up to the commentary I gave months ago.

(Me with Katie Stevens)

POPSUGAR Play/Ground | Sat. 9 June - Sun. 10 June:

While attending NYU SPI, we were gifted a pass to POPSUGAR’s Play/Ground event at Pier 94. One of the best parts about the event was getting to meet Katie Stevens, who plays Jane Sloan on The Bold Type. I got to meet her after the Ultimate Style Guide For Summer panel on Saturday. Dana Cohn’s advise during the panel on Summer seasonal wear was interesting, aiming for the traditional lighter colors that often mark the season with vegetative patterns (fruit or vegetables) that are more often seen in Spring than Summer. I look forward to seeing if her predictions for this season are right as thus far I’ve seen more floral patterns than vegetative.

The other panels were also fascinating to watch, but I enjoyed running around to the different company stands throughout the convention hall more. On in particular that stood out was POPSUGAR’s beauty stand (and not just because it was by the host!)–in a rand spin of the wheel, attendees were offered a makeup product corresponding to their spin, and I received a traditional lipstick. At first, I thought the color was a little to dark-brown for my taste but was pleasantly surprised later when I realized that in natural lighting it was more of a dark pink that closely resembles my natural lip color. I now carry it almost everywhere and fully intend to buy more from their shop once it is available.

(Me with Katie Stevens)

NYU Summer Publishing Institute | Mon. 4 June - Fri. 13 July:

While attending NYU SPI, we were gifted a pass to POPSUGAR’s Play/Ground event at Pier 94. One of the best parts about the event was getting to meet Katie Stevens, who plays Jane Sloan on The Bold Type. I got to meet her after the Ultimate Style Guide For Summer panel on Saturday. Dana Cohn’s advise during the panel on Summer seasonal wear was interesting, aiming for the traditional lighter colors that often mark the season with vegetative patterns (fruit or vegetables) that are more often seen in Spring than Summer. I look forward to seeing if her predictions for this season are right as thus far I’ve seen more floral patterns than vegetative.

The other panels were also fascinating to watch, but I enjoyed running around to the different company stands throughout the convention hall more. On in particular that stood out was POPSUGAR’s beauty stand (and not just because it was by the host!)–in a rand spin of the wheel, attendees were offered a makeup product corresponding to their spin, and I received a traditional lipstick. At first, I thought the color was a little to dark-brown for my taste but was pleasantly surprised later when I realized that in natural lighting it was more of a dark pink that closely resembles my natural lip color. I now carry it almost everywhere and fully intend to buy more from their shop once it is available.

My time at NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute is invaluable. I was expecting it to be incredible since it is noted as one of the top three programs in the country but was still blown away by how much was packed into the tight six-week schedule. Not only did I learn so much about the publishing industry that I didn’t know before, but I also had the honor and opportunity to meet many of my publishing heroes, including Joanna Coles (former Chief Content Officer for Hearst Magazines) and Samantha Barry (Editor-in-Chief of Glamour).

Joanna’s speech was undoubtedly one of the most memorable. She talked to us on the importance of seeking out the job you want in addition to focusing on self-improvement. Her words regarding journaling your daily experiences and reactions are ones I’ve implemented into my daily life as a means of seeking out my own habits. She is not only an inspiring woman and icon but a leader who has clarified that our tallest barriers are more often ourselves.

While in the program was Editor-in-Chief of our magazine project and the Social Media Director of our book project. You can see some of my work on these projects under the “Editorial & Other Work” tab of my website.

In addition to providing incredible speakers, the program allowed us to visit various publishing groups throughout our time with NYU. I attended the Vox Media visit which was blogged about on the official NYU SPI 2018 website. You can view the post here.

(The Brochure is available here.)
(I got a picture with Samantha Barry!)
The picture is from the Vox Visit! Classmates and myself enjoying ourselves at Vox Media’s HQ in NYC.

27 MAY 18 - (Original posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

NYC - I MADE IT!

Just got to NY! Can hardly wait for the courses to begin 😄

Spring 2018

Graduation + Thesis | May 2018

My MA Thesis, “Oscar Wilde: Child of the Classics.” It was a mythopoetic approach to Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which I examine the use of the Narcissus myth that is rebuilt in the narrative to show that Wilde is warning people of his age against hubris.


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Endymiasyzygy.

13 MAY 18 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

LoL

How to wake up an editor in the morning:

7 MAY 2018 - (Originally posted to theanimeview.tumblr.com)

WHY MECHA? WHY?

Hey…

I love mecha animes. If there is a big a** robot fighting monsters or other big a** robots, I’m your girl. I don’t know why but I just love it.

HOWEVER, that leads me to the uncomfortable question of why creators make mecha animes so sexual?

It feels like too many of them involve some “deep” moment between man and machine–even deeper if it’s a two-person machine–and I want to know WHY this “deep” connection almost always involves compromising positions in the machine, groans of pleasure, and other sexualized things that don’t really add to the story.

Darling in the FranXX does it - Gurren Lagann - Genesis of Aquarion - etc. (okay, Darling in the FranXX I maybe get because it has a thinly veiled message of “have/make babies,” but what about the other ones?)

I almost feel like the Netflix twitter responding to the “sexy robot” picture.

Unless all mechas are a thinly veiled message for have/make babies that I’ve been missing until now, can someone explain to me why so many are overtly sexual?

Thanks.

2 MAY 18 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Not a great day...

Welp… I just got charged $5 for turning in my room booking thing 3 minutes late.

; _ ; Because this day wasn’t bad enough.

20 APRIL 18 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

A Text Conversation Between Grad. Students:

Me: If I die from lack of sleep this week, blame my thesis.

Friend: *laugh/cry emoji* I feel it. Mine was due on the 11th and I still have hives

Me: *crying emoji*

Friend: *crying emoji*

Both of Us: *continue sending crying emojis back and forth for the next few texts*

18 APRIL 18 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Question for Fanfiction Readers

Does anyone else obsessively read a certain subsection of fanfiction? Like–I like other fandoms sometimes (nerdily enough, I look up fanfictions of classics that I have to read for class when I’m bored and liked the book), but does anyone else seriously obsess over one pairing? Because I’m going on year six of reading about only one particular pairing in one particular fandom every week/day of my current life and I’m honestly concerned.

10 APRIL 18

I’ve been taking some journalism classes at my university lately, and I realized that they don’t use textbooks… At least, none of the four classes I’ve seen thus far do. Which begs me to question, why not?

I’ve seen how the classes are run and I assure you that the professors try their best. The material they teach makes sense, but unless you’re taking detailed notes or have an eidetic memory, it won’t help much because the real learning in these classes is done by trial and error. Students are thrown right into writing, researching–into telling a story that will inform their peers like professionals do every day–and they have no bloody idea how to do it. They need the structure and a book they can check when they have a question because 9/10 don’t ask enough questions in class. They don’t even know what to ask because many are so new to this type of work. I’ve voiced my concern over this recently and offered a suggestion… but knowing this, it’s no wonder that almost every journalism-based, student-publication coming from our university has some sort of typo, awkward phrasing, or random-other mistake in the first sentence that sets a tone for the rest of the work. It’s sad and its even sadder knowing that those of us on the editorial team are trying endlessly to fix that.

Her Campus:

Our chapter received Pink Level status! Meaning we are in the Top 25% of all HC chapters! (It’s the highest level you can achieve!)

This summer I’m going to the Her Campus Conference. All of the Keynote Speakers look amazing, though I am honestly fanatic about two in particular: SAMANTHA BARRY Editor-in-Chief, Glamour & AISHA DEE Actress currently playing Kat Edison on The Bold Type. I’ve met Samantha Barry before through the NYU SPI. She gave a phenomenal keynote for the Magazine Section (which you can read all about on NYU PUB POSTS). I look forward to hearing from Ms. Barry again and hope I get the chance to take a picture with Ms. Dee!

8 MAR 18 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Her Campus Commentary

I’m a proud member of Her Campus… no really. Please don’t take any of what I am about to write as a sign that I don’t love it because I do. However, my love is not blind.

I have found massive issues with Her Campus. Mostly concerning how much it may prepare its members for careers in journalism, of which I would say is unlikely–at least in my chapter. First of all, look at their contributor’s agreement. The language is vague and troubling, putting the financial and legal responsibility of intellectual property infringement on the contributor–most of whom are new to college and do not understand what that means. (More than likely they are referring to the use of copyright material without proper citation.) I can tell you right now that most everyone does not cite sources at all in their articles, especially not images.

When I began writing for the chapter, I purposefully left articles without images because I was new to journalism and didn’t know how to give credit appropriately. However, on more than one occasion my work was published with illustrations that I did not include in my submitted draft. The added images came from the editors–all of which were without credit and easily traceable online. Including pictures without credit is, without a doubt, a violation.

Adding to that note, I’m concerned about the editorial staff of the chapter. The members are not familiar with basic publishing guidelines, nor do they attempt to stick to AP style guidelines; moreover, I’ve had more incorrect grammatical additions to my work than I would care to mention at this moment (suffice to say there are A LOT). Additionally, besides changing the grammar to be more incorrect than correct, I’m disturbed that they will change content without notification but won’t alter awkward phrasings that tends to appear when one–like myself–may submit without knowing much on journalism or proper AP writing (like, did I even say that right?). Ex. Once I used the same word three times in a sentence, which was left untouched, but the editors changed my listicle about things you’ll want to take on vacation to stuff you’ll want before the semester begins… of which the content was left unchanged. It made the paragraphs devoted to vacationing feel awkward since the new focus of the article was what you'll want for the Fall semester AND THEN it was posted late. I still love Her Campus, but I feel that my criticisms are valid. Perhaps if Her Campus had a way for contributors to type in sources for the images when they upload, such as with Wordpress formats and the like, this type of behavior regarding the images at least might change (especially if the company required the information before publishing). It would certainly save many students from feeling pressured like myself about using images I didn't make on Canva. As for the other editing issues, that’s something I’ll have to take up with my chapter, don’t you think?

The 6 Editorial Boards I Worked On (Creative Journals, Journalism, & Interdisciplinary Journals):

I was offered the managing editor position of both Prowl Magazine and Prowl the Daily Digital Newspaper. I accepted both positions at the start of the term. Around the middle of April, I began working solely for The Prowl. Prowl Magazine, now ChapBook, was a wonderful experience but the daily digital, The Prowl, needed a lot more commitment. Additionally, ChapBook had a second Managing Editor who performed phenomenally and was able to take over my role with ease. I’m happy that the experience was so educational and loved making friends on both teams.

24 JAN 18 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Ambidextrous Problem?

I’m ambidextrous, but often use my right hand when in public because my notebooks are (basically) made for right-handed people.

Yesterday, I was discussing class readings with my friends and, when I can’t remember, I often look up (most people do). Someone laughed and said I was lying about doing the reading–because apparently right-handed people look up and to the left when they’re lying–but, I wasn’t lying and I soon remembered the passage they were discussing.

Still, that stuck with me. How many people who think they “know” that trick to tell if someone is lying or telling the truth are wrong? How many times has my behavior been mistaken for lying because I looked up and to the left or right while using my left or right hand and they thought, “Oh, they’re lying” when that’s not the case???

Is this a problem for other ambidextrous people? Am I crazy for thinking about this?

21 JAN 18 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

BECOME FRIENDS WITH PURDUE OWL

Best Advice for Any Student in ANY Discipline: Become familiar and Friends with Purdue Owl.

AP StyleBook: https://www.apstylebook.com/

Associated Press Style: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/735/02/

Media Ethics: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/735/03/

Inverted Pyramid: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/735/04/

How to Write a Lead: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/735/05/

Writing Press Releases: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/735/06/

10 JAN 2018

Conclusion of My DC Comics Internship

On January 10th, the project I got to see from pitch to print was finally released! BoP #18 is a fantastic issue and I am so happy to have been apart of its production. Thank you to Senior Editor Mike Cotton and Editor Rob Levin for allowing me this great opportunity to learn about the comic-publishing process.