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I’m Featured!

Posted: May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’m Featured!

Towson University’s write up of my presentation at 2014 MAWCA

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My door is for open for consulting work. I’m skilled in the following areas:

  • grants
  • educational research
  • resume/cover letters
  • technical/policy manuals
  • scholarship/college applications

Contact me at eraffens@gmail.com for fees-per-service and to negotiate deadlines. You’ll be assured quality writing from a dedicated, determined, and diligent professional writer with 5 years experience in the field.

The Learning House

Posted: May 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s with great excitement that I get to announce my full-time employment status with The Learning House. http://www.learninghouse.com/benefits/ I’m an Enrollment Counselor who schedules interested students for their online classes. The Learning House is a one-stop-shop service for colleges seeking to integrate an online course program in their educational plan. The company serves as an all-purpose service: it does the works–learning management system upkeep, marketing, recruitment, enrollment, and retention. It’s exciting to be working at a job that aligns with my career interests (higher education) and my personal passions (helping people by working with them one-on-one).

 

In the meantime, I’m taking on consulting work. My current projects consist of writing an appeal letter and a scholarship letter. It’s great to finally have some stability in my finances and my schedule.  I’ve been truly blessed with this opportunity! If you need assistance with writing or know someone who struggles with day-to-day writing assignments feel free to contact me at eraffens@gmail.com. I’m always looking for extra side writing projects.

To MAWCA or Bust!

Posted: April 3, 2014 in Uncategorized, Writing Humor
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It’s a great week because this Friday is the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference. I’m really excited to be presenting the independent study I worked on in the fall. I also can’t wait to do a workshop on my writing to prepare it for publication. It will be especially awesome to see my old friends from York College of Pennsylvania and my new colleagues from Towson University.

 

In honor of the general nerdiness, read McSweeney’s.

A take on writing for perfectionists: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/you-know-you-are-a-perfectionist-when

A take on Strunk & White: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/revising-strunk-and-white

Posted: January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized
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http://cristianmihai.net/2014/01/23/inspiration-2/

New Look!

Posted: January 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Spread the word: Bleed Words; Live Boldly has a new homepage! If you need to get in touch with me, please use the contact form on that page. Be sure to pass the word around that Bleed Words; Live Boldly is available 24/7 for writing help, humor, and advice. Share links, bleed words, and live boldly.

This post will be number 100 with a count of 50 likes and 34 followers. Can you help me reach 50 followers by February?

In Outliers by Malcom Gladwell at most 10,000 hours are required to be a success in your craft or field. The Beatles did it. Bill Gates did it. Jim Henson did it. Can I do it? I nearly have a Master’s–come on May 2014!–and have been writing regularly since 3rd grade. I estimate that I’ve put in half the time needed to be a success. By that standard I’m just a beginner at writing. Here’s Ira Glass’ stance on beginners: https://wordplay11.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/ira-glass-advice-on-creativity/Focus by David Goleman says 10,000 hours can’t just be arbitrary here-and-there hours. They have to be quality time, meaning your full concentration and the feedback of an expert is necessary. These two factors means you’re able to develop a feedback loop, which provides the ability to identify and fix mistakes. That’s why I pursue writing at a level that is demanding as a higher education. I don’t want to be a successful amateur writer. I want to be the best. Is it possible to be the best writer? 10,000 hours is a lot of time.

I’m not giving up though. If anything, I’m inspired that half the required hours have already happened naturally or by the demand of the job market. I’m sure that these hours have already occurred for you as well in your day job, odd job, night job, or whatever job it takes to become schooled in life/creativity experience. Instead of being frustrated by the time it takes to achieve greatness, focus on what makes you an outlier. What unique give do you have to ship out for the world to use? Your experiences, according to Elizabeth Stevens in “Finding Success in Creativity“, shouldn’t be the things “that hold you back. They might just be the key to your success.”

 

Time Management

Posted: January 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Time Management.

This Literally Means War, Figuratively.

Garrison Keillor’s Life Advice

http://www.publicradio.org/columns/prairiehome/posthost/2012/03/05/trying_to_turn_a_passion_into.php

Doubting is part of life. Garrison Keillor offers some advice on how to negotiate your personal passions based on your time, money, and energy