On May 4th, 2017, I finished the final project for my social justice senior capstone at Hamline University (basically it was the final course required to get my social justice major). What was the project, you may ask? A professional website/online portfolio. Our professor Valerie Chepp wanted us to have something that we could actually use in the real world after graduating. The idea was that it could be an online resume of sorts that we could use to apply for jobs or grad school.
Beyond some baseline requirements--it had to have our C.V., a complete biography, a written article on our chosen field (this was the first blog post on this site)--we were free to do pretty much whatever we wanted. And since I'd wanted to return to the DZA blog I'd started on Blogspot and then abandoned when college got to be too much, I decided this was the perfect opportunity.
I adhered to those requirements in order to get a passing grade, and as soon as I had my bachelor's degree (in both social justice and history), made some changes. The C.V. was ditched in favor of the Published Works pages, the biography was rewritten, and blog posts became a bit shorter and more fun.
Two years have passed since then, and it's been a blast! I am truly honored to be able to write about amazing books I've read, and to share the tips and insights I've learned in my own writing over the years with other authors.
Given the occasion, I wanted to take the opportunity to do a check-in of sorts. This blog has covered a variety of topics, and I wanted to make sure that everyone is getting what they want out of this website. So I've got a short survey for you guys. It would really mean a lot if you would answer the questions and leave any comments/concerns you have. This way I know what you want to read more about and I can deliver!
The first Dragons, Zombies and Aliens blog was started in 2015. Somewhere between college coursework, paying rent with door-to-door sales, and keeping up with my sorority sisters, I wrote reviews, rants and commentaries on books, TV shows, and movies. Now, this blog has moved, improved, and the sky's the limit!