Contra Mundum – Episode 7: Firefighting, EMS, and More!

Hey guys. It’s late, but it’s here.

In episode 7, I interviewed my friend Mica Kluge. I met her last year when she came to my writing club. We’ve always had really good conversations, so I invited her onto the show.

As it turns out, she has had some really interesting experiences as a volunteer firefighter. We talked about how it feels to fight a fire, what it was like to be a 13 year-old firefighting cadet, and her scariest firefighting experience.

Enjoy!

This was a really fun interview to do, and I learned a lot during it. I hope you all enjoyed it just as much.

This is probably the last of these episodes that you’ll see in video format. I’m not a huge fan of the time it takes to edit the videos, and I have a lot more freedom to make it sound really good when I just do the audio side.

Also, WOW, my hair was fluffy in this video. Must have been humid or something that day, sheesh.

Any thoughts on this video? Did you learn something about firefighting? Let me know in the comments below.

Contra Mundum – Episode 6: Why Would an Author Quit Publishing?

Hey guys! Again, I’m sorry I’m a day late. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my friend in Georgia, and I forgot to actually post my podcast on here.

On the other hand, I did post the video on YouTube on Saturday. I actually usually post the video to YouTube earlier than it goes up here. So, go ahead and subscribe for early viewing.

This episode was fun. I sat down with my friend and fellow writer, Elizabeth McKinney. We talked about writing, publishing, and the reason that she decided to stop publishing. She also has some good advice for writers who want to go into publishing.

I hope you enjoyed this episode. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel on YouTube if you want the episode a little earlier. I’m trying to get them done a little earlier than the day they’re supposed to go up here.

Next week’s episode will feature my friend Mica, who will be talking about her time as a firefighter.

See you next week!

Contra Mundum – Episode 5: Why Textbook are SO Expensive

In this week’s podcast, I sit down with Dr. Brenda Ayres, a professor at Liberty University. She has published multiple academic books in her long career. We talked about writing, publishing, and the enormously high cost of academic books.

On a personal note, I have to tell you that Dr. Ayres is the sweetest lady. I originally interviewed her for a school project. A few days later, I realized that I needed a photo that I didn’t have. So I had to inconvenience her twice in row. In return, she bought me lunch. Twice!

“I don’t like for students to buy their own food,” she said.

She’s the best.

If you’re curious about all of the background noise, it’s because we had to record in a busy restaurant at lunch time. I didn’t think it was too bad, so I didn’t bother trying to remove it.

I hope you guys enjoyed the episode. In next week’s episode, I interviewed a friend of mine on the creative side of publishing.

See you next week!

Contra Mundum – Episode 4: Unintentionally Hilarious Glass Blowing Talk

This podcast was a lot of fun to do because it’s with my little sister. She’s an amazing artist, so I knew that I wanted to do a podcast with her while I was home on break.

Here’s one of her more recent artworks that I really love:

Christina's Painting

I actually have two of her paintings in my apartment at college. They definitely make my boring room a little more interesting.

The podcast was a lot of fun, but was… um, slightly awkward. See, glass blowing has some strange terms, and… Well, you’ll see.

I was afraid that my H4N recording device didn’t pick up the entire episode, because it had cut off by the time I went to hit the stop button, but thankfully it did. Lucky, because I didn’t want to lose any of this one.

Here’s the SoundCloud version, if for some reason, you’d prefer to watch that. I’ve got maybe two more podcasts before I run out of space on my SoundCloud page. After that, it’ll be just YouTube.

In next week’s episode, I sit down with a professor from my college and talk about academic writing, so you budding intellectuals should take notice. But honestly it’s a very interesting and informative for any writer.

See you next week!

Contra Mundum – Episode 2: Epic Star Wars Discussion

Hey guys, remember when I said I wouldn’t have any guests on the show for a while. Apparently, I lied. A friend of mine came up to visit me for my 21st birthday, so I asked her if she wanted to record a short podcast.

Well, we ended up recording a not-so-short podcast, but it’s definitely worth the listen. We talked for about an hour about Star Wars. The conversation covered everything from the old movies to the new movies to the expanded (not extended, as I thought) universe.

This was just an audio podcast, so I’m just leaving the SoundCloud file. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to post to SoundCloud, since they only allow so many hours of audio, and this podcast took a huge bite out of what I have left.

Luckily, I’ll still be able to upload to Youtube, so I can just host the audio files on there and you’ll  be stuck with a boring photo for the duration of the show.

I’m sorry about being a day late, but it’s my Spring Break, and I’m trying to have a little fun before I have to go back and start filming Flicker.

Next week’s podcast will feature my friend AJ, and we’ll be talking about technology. I promise, that one will just a bit shorter.

 

Contra Mundum Podcast Episode 1

I told you in my last post that I’d be starting a podcast. Here is the first super short introduction teaser episode.

Follow my YouTube channel for future podcasts, or you can just subscribe here because I’ll be posting every episode here.

If you don’t want to watch a video, then you can follow me on SoundCloud:

Future episodes will include guests. The idea is that everyone is an expert about something. So I’ll have my friends come on to teach about whatever subject they’re an expert on. Some of the future subjects will be on graphic design, history, and journalism.

I probably won’t have any guests until after my spring break (ends March 19th) because I have another massive project, which I’ll probably be letting you all know about in a few days.

Why I’m (sort of) leaving Facebook

It’s March 1. I know it’s a little late for New Years Resolutions and major life changes, but to be fair, this is something I’ve been planning for a while.

I’ve had a Facebook for a little longer than I’ve had this blog, but I think it’s time to quit. Facebook, that is. I’m keeping the blog. And it’s mostly because of the blog that I’m leaving  Facebook.

I feel like Facebook has become something of an addiction for me. I check it every day, and I start to feel nervous when I haven’t checked it in a while. Which is absolutely ridiculous. I know that on a subconscious level, but I still feel the lure.

But more than Facebook being addicting; it’s also an incredible time-suck. If I’m not careful, I can spend hours on Facebook between looking up news articles, reading about my friends’ lives, and watching stupid videos. It’s not so much the news articles or my friends’ posts that bother me. It’s good to keep up with those. No, it’s the stupid cat videos and dumb listicles that do nothing but waste my time that I’m tired of.

I don’t need to read any articles about “10 things employees have done to get back at their bosses” or some such nonsense. I don’t need to watch yet another video of a cute animal. These might be good in moderation, but when I spend hours reading and watching nonsense, it just makes me feel like I’m wasting way too much time.

Now, I’m not actually quitting Facebook entirely. But from now on, I’m going to use in a much more efficient and thoughtful way. First, I’m limiting my mindless wandering on my personal page to just the weekends. Those are my rest days anyway, so I’m not trying to be productive. I don’t mind watching dumb stuff then.

Next, I’m going to be using my author page a lot more. I’m well aware that success these days has almost as much to do with quantity as quality. I made the page for a reason: to help build my personal brand. But the way I use it doesn’t do me any favors. I’m going to be actively searching out and posting actually good content for my author page.

And a few memes. I am a millennial, after all. We can’t just not post memes.

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If this seems like it’s coming out of the blue, it’s not. I’ve been thinking about this for a few months. Leaving Facebook (mostly) is actually part of a larger plan to revamp my writing practices.

It’s been bothering me that I haven’t been writing as often as I used to since I arrived at college. Writing makes me happy like nothing else does, and I’m pretty sure that my mood has suffered for not doing it as often as I’d like to. I know that I can spend more time on it if I just don’t have as many distractions.

I’m also pretty terrible at self-promotion, so that’s another thing I’ll be working on. I recently learned that, for people my age, Snapchat is almost more popular than Facebook. I know that for authors, Pinterest is a big part of their promotion. Now, I do have a Snapchat account and a Pinterest page, but I never use them.

I just checked my Pinterest account and I have 300+ notifications. That should let you know how long I’ve ignored it.

So, now I’m making a schedule for posting to my Facebook author page, Pinterest page, learning Snapchat, and probably Instagram. The Facebook page and this blog will be the main two platforms, but posting more consistently to the other ones should help with coming up with content for the main two.

Finally, I’m going to be posting MUCH more consistently to this blog. Yes, I know I’ve said that before, but now I have an Excel sheet to back it up. For now, the schedule will be once a week on Wednesdays at about noon. I have a lovely (read: long and incredibly boring) 4 hour break in between classes on Wednesdays, so that’s probably when I’ll make most of those posts.

I’m also starting a podcast that I’ll be posting here on the weekends probably. So you might get 2 posts a week. The podcast might be too labor-intensive to do every week, but I guess I’ll find out.

 

Do you still use Facebook? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.