Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'm a Freelance Reporter!

I applied for a job with a local weekly paper, The Valley Chronicle, back in August, but wasn't picked up. However, just this week, the managing editor called and said they were looking again and still had my resume!

In my interview with the managing editor, she asked me to write up the weekly crime report, and sh also wants m to be a backup reporter for any events that she won't be able to attend. Then I pitched a few ideas and she said the valley's annual Turkey Trot could make a good story. So I covered it!

You can find my first (paid) newspaper story here, on The Valley Chronicle's web site. I also filmed the footage that's in the VCTV report on the home page! So excited!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ambition vs Happiness

A guest blogger, Eric, on Brute Reason, wrote a post called "The Tradeoff Between Ambition and Happiness." I think he makes some good points, but as I said in the comments, this only applies to people who do not like their jobs and are only in it for the money or prestige.

"Ambition requires focusing on what you don't have," Eric says. "Happiness requires focusing on what you do have."

But working a great job isn't about what you do or don't have. If you love your job, it's about what you're actually doing. Staying over when you love your job is great, because working makes you happy.

What do you think?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

2012 Election

Besides the obvious race, there are also eleven props and multiple candidates to decide on tomorrow (if you live in California). The last time there was an election in my town, about 10 percent of the population made all the local decisions for the entire valley. If you don't like what we did, go out and vote!


Happy National Novel Writing Month!

Is anyone else doing this?

Since I frittered away my summer hours traveling around, I'm going to try to write about 50 -100 pages on my thesis (1.5 to 3.5 pages per day, or 25 per week). Let's see what happens.

Homework, thesis notes, and favorite novel.