#WeeklyLittlePieces

I created #WeeklyLittlePieces, a weekly tiny form (<200 characters) composition contest for current Emerson College Writing, Literature & Publishing students, with winning submissions published on the Emerson WLP Twitter and Facebook each Friday. Submitters enter pieces each week to be anonymously judged by an Emerson WLP faculty member. Emerson College wrote an article about the project here.

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The Pubcast Interview

The Pubcast is a weekly podcast of interviews with electronic publishing professionals. The episodes are hosted and produced by Emerson students, and this is my interview with Matt Nelson, who owns and runs WeRateDogs on Twitter and also everywhere else. If I had another shot at this, I would do a few things differently, such as use a better microphone and ask roughly fifty more questions, but regardless of hindsight, Matt Nelson is delightful, and–to quote my instructor–OMG I INTERVIEWED WERATEDOGS.

Listen here:

"счастливого Christmas -Jerrika! 2016" appears over a drawn image of four huskies wearing reindeer antlers playing in the snow and attached to a sleigh with a sack of present and a fishtank with an orange fish inside and a Santa hat and beard outside of it

Christmas Cards

Every year (or so) I draw a Christmas card that usually features animals somewhere they aren’t supposed to be. A few examples are below:

A white, gray, and tan calico cat is sleeping on its paws at a table covered in wrapped Christmas presents. There are pieces of tape and ribbons on the cat, table, and floor. The card reads "Merry Christmas! -Jerrika!" above the cat's head.
A small purple dragon standing on a present, holding a round shiny Christmas ornament, and staring up at a blue Christmas light on a tree in awe. A tag on a present in the background says "Buon Christmas! -Jerrika"
"счастливого Christmas -Jerrika! 2016" appears over a drawn image of four huskies wearing reindeer antlers playing in the snow and attached to a sleigh with a sack of present and a fishtank with an orange fish inside and a Santa hat and beard outside of it
The words "Frohe Christmas! -Jerrika! 2014" appear over a drawn image of a fireplace mantel with Christmas decorations and a bell and five stockings hanging from it filled with stuffed animals; the second stocking from the left has a wombat looking around
"Joyeux Christmas! -Jerrika! ~2013~" appears over a drawn image of a cheering penguin wearing a helmet like the French guards in Monty Python and the Holy Grail standing on a castle wall while two swallows fly toward him with a strung up coconut
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The Outer Banks Voice

From September 2015 to April 2016, I wrote articles for the North Carolina-based online news source The Outer Banks Voice. Topics I covered included theatre and book reviews, museum exhibits, and an animal rescue profile series called Fetch and Rescue.

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Non Finito Spaghetti

Non Finito Spaghetti is a project designed to explore the reasons why people do and don’t get things done. I created it in 2013 for a school assignment, and have “maintained” it with varying levels of neglect and attention.

The site is a forum to report, discuss, and analyze the finished and, importantly, the unfinished work of different people who began different things in different times and places. I also use Non Finito Spaghetti as a platform for people to submit challenges to me that I must complete within an assigned time-frame. I’m using the blog this way in an attempt to generate some personal productivity and hopefully kick some of my incompletion habits.

In the video below you can watch me mumble an explanation for my motivation for this project and why I named it Non Finito Spaghetti. Enjoy?

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National Literacy Trust

During the fall of 2012, I studied in London and interned with the National Literacy Trust as a part of their Schools Team. I performed a variety of tasks while I worked with this organization, including editing video footage, designing documents for distribution, and creating original graphics for projects like Reading as a Rainbow, WriteOn Poetry Competition, and the WWE Road to Wrestlemania. Some examples of those graphics are below: