In my last post I apologized for my lack of posts here lately. I mentioned that I've been very busy, and it's been hard to find the time to be able to sit down and post to my blog.
I feel a bit like the proverbial chicken with it's head cut off, running around with no real sense of direction. Sometimes I feel like I'm not a good judge of deciding when I've taken on too many projects at once, and this is one of those times!
I'm currently working on a 10 week internship for the petition website ForceChange. I don't know if anyone is interested, but you can read my petitions here. This week will be my 4th week, and I am suppose to write at least 5 petitions a week. I'll be honest, it's more work than I thought it would be when I signed up. It's not just about writing an effective petition. There is a lot of research involved before you can even start writing! I'm finding that, most of the time, it takes me a lot longer to do all the necessary research beforehand than it does to actually get the writing done. All in all though, I am finding it to be a valuable experience. I'm not all that used to having someone seriously critique my writing, and it's been helpful for me to have someone else point out some of my shortcomings. I'm not only learning about activism, and how to write an effective petition, but hopefully how to be a better all around writer. The subject matter I've been writing about has been tough at times. But I like to think that maybe my petitions will bring about some good, even if it's just making a few people aware of things that are going on that they otherwise wouldn't have been aware of.
Now normally writing 5 + petitions/articles a week, even considering the background research, wouldn't be a big deal. However, the internship did come at kind of a bad time for me. My book is scheduled to be released this month. Although it's going pretty smoothly, I feel like I have a ton of work to do on it before I'm ready to let it be released. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I know it won't be perfect, but I want to get it as close to perfect as I can.
On top of all that, I've just been trying to keep up with everything else - Beast Boards, other articles I need to get done, and life in general. Of course at the worst possible time we had a Beast Boards software update that messed up the chat on the site. So on top of everything else, I have to try to find the time to sit down and either figure out why the current chat isn't working, or just completely recode a new one. Fun stuff!
So those are all my excuses! I will try harder to keep up with my blog this week though. I have a product review I'm working on for Friday, with some more stuff to review on it's way in the mail. I hope that everyone had a nice relaxing weekend, and that you all have an amazing week!