The Virtual Power Hour – Academic Productivity

In the final months of my PhD, COVID-19 restricted everyone in Ireland to work from the seclusion of our homes. PhD’s are a group that is already at risk of developing issues associated with working in isolation. Thankfully, I had a strong network of friends and fellow PhD seekers in place before the lockdowns hit. Keeping motivated proved difficult without the spontaneous “water cooler” or coffee break chats. There was…

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Writing Interactive Fiction on Twine

As part of my PhD, I’m taking a computing science master’s course on contextual media that involves game design, narrative, and critical studies. One of the assignments was to write an interactive fiction story and being a writer, I couldn’t help but reflect on this experience. I have to admit that my first thought was one of dread when I learned we would need to write an interactive fiction narrative on…

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Best book trailer ever?

Thug Kitchen Cookbook

I forgot how quickly Wednesday comes around when you have to think about what you’ve done and blog about. Joining the ROW80 challenge is definitely the way to be accountable for completing my MA project. The thing is: When I blog, I think When I think, I get creative When I get creative, I want to write creative fiction and/or non-fiction When I want to write creative pieces, I read. So last…

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Turning over a new leaf before 2015

A colleague of mine said to me last week: “When you commit to something you don’t do it in moderation do you?” I laughed and then I starting thinking about what she said. She’s right. When I’m on track, I’m on track! I’ve blogged a lot less frequently because most of my free time is now dedicated to completing my MA degree. I’ve successfully completed 8 courses, I’m currently taking my…

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Participate in a Book Trailer Survey

Have you ever watched a book trailer? Have you thought, hey this is a great idea? Or hmmm do people really watch these? Well now’s the time to find out! As a graduate student at the University of Alberta in the Master of Arts in Communications and Technology program, I am working with Professor Jessica Laccetti on a research project about book trailers. I want to know, do readers like…

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