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Beyond 140 characters. Things that don’t go on Twitter.

I’ve recently discovered that I am unable to have any music playing when I’m attempting to read something for understanding.

I was trying to read something for MCO 435, and my concentration kept being broken by the music playing in my background.

I can have all kinds of music playing when I’m writing. In fact, I have to have music playing when I’m writing.

Attempting to have music playing while reading something has me going back over what I just read several times.

Is it just me, or do other people suffer from this affliction as well?

Let me know in the comments. I need someone to cosign this so that I don’t think I’m crazy.

I am having one of those days that affirms my career decision, and it feels so good

I want to remember this feeling of anticipation and excitement on the days when I can’t think of anything to write about. I want to remember it when I am having a hard time chasing that interview subject down.

I want to remember that I did the work and it paid off.

I am admitting that I am a lot less productive when I work at home than if I take my office on the road

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With the help of some people who love me very much, I was able to put together a very nice backpack journalism kit that includes a Chromebook, a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an iPad Mini. The idea was that I’d be on the go a lot, and having a bag full of tools would allow me to create my stories anywhere.

Then school started, and I got buried under a pile of studying, and the mobile journalism took a backseat to my grades.

Then freelance writing assignments started to come more frequently, and I found myself having to craft stories sometimes on a moment’s notice, but I was spending most of my time in my apartment, and all of the distractions therein made it hard to stay focused on multiple assignments.

I found out about coworking on accident, but it was the happiest of accidents, and I’m grateful for the opportunity it provides me to get some continue to work for myself, but not by myself as the motto of Blankspaces goes.

The downtown office is located near 5th and Broadway. The downside? You have to enter through the alley, which means holding your breath for  about a block as you walk from the Pershing Square train station to the office location.

The inside of the space is very big and wide open, and the staff is friendly.

I don’t notice as much of a networking vibe as I’ve gotten in other spaces, but I love the gigantic tables, the fast Internet and the unlimited coffee and tea.

They have a Meet Up every other Thursday to try it out for free. I recommend giving it a shot.

Hi, guys! How are you?

Screenshot 2014-01-17 at 9.59.20 AMAs you can see, I’m doing just fine!

I love that we are having summertime in January. This is what living in southern California is all about.

 

For reasons I can’t explain, I get excited when this shows up on my computer screen.

Screenshot 2014-01-15 at 2.49.15 PMGood afternoon! I’ll be here all night studying and doing homework because this class I’m taking with Dr FUN ain’t no joke.

 

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I make myself leave the house when it’s time to get work done, because I get next to nothing accomplished when I sit in my house all day. I need to be away from my household distractions and in the company of other people trying to get shit done.

My normal work space is the local Starbucks, and although the one on Crenshaw and Coliseum is within walking distance of my house, I prefer to go to the new one near USC, because it’s a lot more clean, quiet and structured.

The Crenshaw Starbucks is like a daytime club; the Expo/Fig Starbucks is like a library that allows us to have our food and drinks and occasionally plays good music.

Anyway, with all my Starbucks visits and Starbucks gift cards, I managed to move myself up to the Green level in Starbucks rewards which means that all of my refills while I am in the shop are free.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is #Winning

 

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This is my second class with Dr. Fun. I got a B in my first class with her, and I’m determined to get an A this time, so that means I am resolved to committing the 18 hours of work to this class that it deserves.

Send all your positive vibrations.

I just watched Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns

I have no complaints about the last 109 minutes of my life. The plot was enjoyable and easy to follow, and the only yawn for me was Paula Patton who, quite frankly, always makes me yawn anyway

James Marsden, Bill Paxton Edward James Olmos and the guy who played Bart Bass on Gossip Girl are all featured in the film

3214297-2-guns2 Guns is available at Redbox right now. You get your $1.31 worth.

 

I had an amazingly productive day today. January is mapped out on my calendar ans is full of networking and coworking all around Los Angeles There is still room in the calendar for socializing and living, but I’ve dedicated the biggest chunks to furthering my vision for 2014.

This feels good.

I’m now feeling like I should not have read all of those reviews of  The Wolf of Wall Street prior to seeing it. I now have all these weird expectations about it that weren’t there before. I’m worried about watching this with my parents and nephew being awkward.

The end of Week 1 finds me already behind

There’s something to be said about finding my rhythm quickly and sticking to it.

Kate is always stressing the deadline.
The fact is there are deadlines everywhere; they don’t exist solely in journalism.

So I head into the weekend with a plate full of delicious tasks to tackle, and tackle them I will, but as I do so I want to be ever mindful of part of my new personal mantra: always be ahead of the deadline.

As much as I would love to compete for the columnist position again this year, I know that I don’t have it in my time budget to do a good job at it. I’m doing course work at two separate schools, editing two pages in the paper and handling all social media accounts for the news organization, writing for the magazine and freelancing. There’s already a limited amount of hours for me to do that. I think I will just stick with what I have and give someone else a shot at shining.

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