- Yes, it's #nanowrimo time…#digiwrimo too. What is it about November & writing? Be daring: double up this year. To quote this blog post, "Writing is like walking out into the ocean. At some point, the waves will lift you up, and you won't be... able to touch the ground." That sure reminds me of double up daring.
I need a month of writing dangerously, especially after last year's unnerving and surrealistic (or perhaps Bizarro World) NaNo. But that's another story...saving it for when I need the words.
So, does anyone here NaNo? Digital Writing is a new twist, one I bet our experimental, social media savvy poets would take to. Anything goes and do whatever you want. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdigitalwritingmonth.com%2F&h=uAQH28Cba&s=1 …" class="">digitalwritingmonth.com/
Now back to catching up on posts, announcements, reminders, shares, etc (which also count as digital writing)
- There's always activity on The New Faculty Majority page. Today was less active than usual.
- There has been talk of reaching out for increased student involvement in adjunct issues. Students have been in the front lines of SEIU adjunct organizing efforts. My personal take: we should make their issues ours... student loan debt, student rights, access. The river of quid pro quo flows in two directions. If our teaching conditions are their learning conditions, then their learning conditions are our teaching conditions. So what are the options? Where do we start? I'm all for underground. Can Edupunk, DIY and unCollege be put to use here? Anyone for starting an underground MOOC for undocumented students? Could existing DANTES and CLEPS programs be used for credits?
- Meanwhile, over at the New Faculty Majority, yesterday discussion on immigrant students being denied access to education. Ana posted the original and feel strongly about our getting involved. I agree and pinned the post to the top of the page. Below, student loan debt and hurricane, also on the New Fac FB page.
- At the ProPublica Student Debt Community, Adam Minsky on #studentloandebt & #Hurricane #Sandy, "Need temporary relief from your student loan payments because of the hurricane? Check out my latest article for some tips."
PS to east coast colleagues, let us know how you are doing & what affect Sandy is having on you professionally & personally
- Most of today's (Storifyable) Facebook discussion has been in the Fantasy/SF and book talk groups. We just finished reading Orwell's 1984
- Brooke Preston Connors, bear in mind: this is a first. Think beta. #nanowrimo has been running since 1999 so they've had time for bug fixes and to write handouts and FAQs. There is no big word counter in the sky... at least (reading Big Brother) I hope not. I'm trying out Storify for collect on the fly from Facebook and Twitter but otherwise going with old fashioned copy and paste saved in a file.Midnight Launch Digital Poem, http://www.digitalwritingmonth.com/2012/10/31/midnight-launch-digital-poem/And … useful parts from the main page: ●How Does One DigiWriMo?●● There are no discussion forums anywhere! [alternately, everywhere and anywhere you want or can't escape from]Because digital writing takes place everywhere on the web, so will our discussions. Plan to join our Twitter chats using #digiwrimo, head over to our Facebook page, and post plenty of comments on any and all DigiWriMo-related blog posts (here and everywhere). Virality is the best form of dialogue!● Not all digital writing has to be public. But, if you want to share your work with others, do so by posting it on our Facebook page, on Twitter using #digiwrimo, or tag your blog posts with “digiwrimo”. That way, you’ll have all the audience you deserve for your grueling hours of digital brilliance. We’ll be curating content created on the web via the #digiwrimo Scoop.it topic.● Check the calendar! All the Digital Writing Month events (including not-to-be-missed guest blog posts) are posted there. [**NOT a requirement, just recommended by organizers**] And my personal favorite:● There are no secrets to doing DigiWriMo, no right way and no wrong way to do it. Some people may write a novel using their computer and call it a day; while others may write hundreds of Twitter haiku. The key to success is your imagination and your love of experimentation, exploration, and fun.
- Brooke, same here. Another piece of advice I picked up ~ this about setting goals for online courses ~ is align objectives with *your* goals not the other way around. Mine is to take it for a spin on a lark just to see what happens. Plus the process will make me look closer at my existing digital writing patterns...not saying they'll get better organized or less chaos prone as a result, but no telling what could happen.
- Answering (or trying to) questions about #digiwrimo and how to manage words, keeping track. Note: long comments do not format well. And so a genre evolves...
- (for a real change of pace.... ponies from the past... maybe this is place to add a picture)