Internship week 3

Sharing one story at a time

Sharing one story at a time

Working for Stage of Life the past three weeks has been a learning experience.  The fifteen weeks are going to fly by before I know it!

This week:

2/1/2013 Spoke with Eric on phone, contacted possible bloggers to contribute to SOL   1.5 hrs

2/4/2013  Blog content, read/comments   2.0 hrs

2/5/2013  Wrote post, emailed bloggers, researched bloggers   3.0 hrs

2/7/2013  Met with Eric at the office, discussed ideas, established a list of items to begin, Finished several posts, emailed a new blogger to SOL community, continued working on Quattrone interview (professor), spoke to Dr. Walters about involving class with SOL, took postcards to writing professors offices, dropped off posters at OSAO office for permission to display.   4.0 hrs

2/8/2013 Continued email with new blogger, referred her to Eric for technical difficulties, emailed Quattrone for more information and clarification, Joined Pininterest to follow fellow SOL intern.  2.0 hrs

Total hours 12.5 hours & 4.5 previous = 17 hrs


Get more specific writing for SOL column

Check on Eric’s progress of getting the interns on the website and our specific column.  LOL

Have Wendy’s membership issued resolved.

Complete a minimum of 25 hours intern work

Check out and share a little story!


Stage of Life, The Spartan & Girlboxer1970 Unite

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Everyone is in a stage of life.  

And they are all personal.

What stage of life are you in?  My life as a college student has grown.  I was hired as an intern at Stage of Life LLC, a company that privately hosts a website to promote writing in and about any stage of your life.  The Spartan is my college’s newspaper.  I write articles and also serve as the online editor of The Spartan.  And last but not least, I am Girlboxer1970, mastermind of writing about my life and finding people who care.

A blog was the best idea Dr. Travis K. ever suggested to me.

I’ve been combining my Spartan articles with my blog since mid 2012.  Now my work as an intern at Stage of will be combined with the written and online version of the Spartan  As a student I have to blog about my experiences in each of the ten main life stages of the website.  In YCP’s Creative Nonfiction class I have to keep a journal.  I write for the newspaper.  I write.  And then, I write some more.

Ever think about writing a blog?  Or an article for a campus or local newspaper?  Soon I will have a column on and will be prompting story ideas, writing about personal experiences, choosing finalists for contest submitted stories, randomly choosing bloggers to feature, and advising on how to write a blog someone will be interested in reading.  That’s what it’s all about.  When people begin to read what you write.

I encourage everyone to check out the Stage of Life blogging community.  If you have a blog, it will give you exposure as you share your stories.  Don’t have a blog?  No excuses…follow me to a membership FREE, AD FREE, and FREE CONTEST website that I am honored to become part of.

Like Stage of Life  and YCP The Spartan Newspaper of Facebook.

Follow onTwitter:  @StageofLife  Follow me: @girlboxer1970

Rock it out, write it now, submit….it’s legit.


Deer Here

York County is country.  Farms and fields, acre after acre.  Woods and animals, mile after mile…

Practice went well and the whole team was pumped for the game the following afternoon.  I loaded up the van with our gear: bats, balls, gloves, helmets.  Half the team depended on me for a ride to the games.  Anything smaller than a van wasn’t going to get us to the ball field.

It was getting dark after dropping off my team mates.  I was exhausted after a long day of classes, followed by practice, followed by delivering my girls to their homes.  Calculus was on my brain, calculating how long it would take to do my homework after a hot, relaxing shower.  The showering thoughts made me sigh.

He came out of nowhere.  My mind was still lingering on the shower when the white of his chest caught my eye, just not quickly enough.  I slammed on the brakes.  They squealed loud, the rear of the van began to fish-tail.  The impact slowed my momentum but sped up my heart rate.

I put the van in park to see how much damage he did.  The front passenger side was crushed.  Headlight obliterated, turn signal broken and hanging from various wires.  Damn it!  I walked around to the side and realized the door was also crushed.  Fucking deer.  Must have swung around to do double damage, just my luck.

It was completely dark now and I only had one headlight.  I glanced over at the fucking buck, my guts twisting when I realized he wasn’t dead.  All that damage to my van and the son of a bitch is still kicking two of his four legs.  One was missing completely and the other bent at an unnatural angle.  This didn’t stop him from attempting to get up.  His struggling, snorting and blood coming from various injuries should have evoked sympathy for the white-tail.  It didn’t.

I walked to the back of my van and opened one of the double doors.  I pulled out the team’s equipment bag and dragged it around to the front.  Two solid swings and his escape attempts ceased.

“You’re outta here!” I yelled, to no one in particular.

L:Brackish Water

L: Brackish Water-“No! Don’t get in that water Tesla!”  A little pool of water remained after the creek flooded.  The water was dark as oil and appeared just as slick.  Tesla halted suddenly at the edge, aware of how icky the water actually was.  “That’s disgusting Mommy!” she squealed in delight, proud of the fact she knew what disgusting meant.  “Yes, it is.” I replied, thrilled she didn’t stomp through it like other rain puddles she can’t seem to avoid. 

David Shields breaks form

"Write what you can't shut up about!"

York College of PA hosted David Shields as its 2011 Writer-in-Residence from March 23-26.  Shields gave a public reading from his 2008 memoir, The Thing about Life is that one Day You’ll be Dead.  His memoir in uniquely formated and challenges the reader to think about the facts of morality on a scientific level as well as a personal level.  Shields is often expectantly funny, poking fun at himself and at issues of death.  Other passages are dark and pointed, changing the mood towards the seriousness of death.

Through-out his reading and during the follow-up questions, Shields gave quotes and anecdotes.  While there were many, a few that he gave concerning writing were: “cut the fat” by “gold-mining your data dump” and “strip mine it for choice material.”  He also suggests using writing “as a way of out prison” and believes his completion of any written piece is a way to “retire it in his psyche.”

Shields’ writer workshop was held the last day of his visit.  Fourteen York College students, including myself, sat with a National Bestselling Author and had the opportunity to read our short stories to him.  After reading, positive points were discussed and constructive criticism offered by students, attending professors and Shields. 

Shields visit to York College of PA was a wonderful learning experience to all who took advantage of meeting this amazing author.  He broke from the traditional novel format causing quite a stir in the literacy world.  His views on creative non-fiction have cracked the traditional mold and opened the door that any format in writing will be taken seriously.

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