At times, throughout the event, I felt a bit out of my element. Mainly because Sheila’s experiences and interests differ from mine. There is also a difference between gearing up to write when it’s one’s profession and when one is a student. Writing for me has always been subject to a strict dichotomy, either forced or completely willing. Class assignments usually fall into the forced category whereas any other form of writing outside of assignments comes naturally and does not need coaxing. I related to when Sheila mentioned auto-ethonography and how she just did it out of instinct. Most of my writing style just happens as well. I usually play it by ear, whether I’m critiquing grammar or style or whatever. I rarely have on hand any explicit rules – if it sounds good i’ll use it. I think this stems from my eagerness to be thrown into an environment and figure things out for myself, the “sink or swim” mentality. After listening to how Sheila writes I can say that is how I write. I just jump in and see what happens.