Sticks and Stones

When I was in elementary school my grandmother, who taught me the word “idiot” at the age of 5, taught me the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Sound familiar?


I thought it was true for the longest time. Until words began to rip me apart from the inside out.  It’s true that words leave no physical damage in their wake, but they leave emotional scaring that can last a life time. So now, unlike my younger 10 year old self, the saying goes more like this, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can almost kill me.” As a reminder to myself (and others) that we should be mindful of the words we speak because they can uplift or absolutely destroy other people.

Semester Review

I have been really surprised by the gateway course this semester! It’s been a lot different from what I expected it would be.  I expected that it would be a lot more writing than it actually was.  I think it’s been really beneficial to experiment with doing similar projects in varying formats and transforming them for different audiences.  It’s been really neat to see how I can take a piece and make it into something seemingly unrelated – this seems like a practical skill to have moving forward as a writer because it’s a valuable skill to be able to send the same or similar messages to varying audiences and in varying formats.

author tracking project

I literally hated the author tracking project. I am not really sure if I even did it “right” but I didn’t really find it to be helpful or applicable to my experiments or projects.  It was interesting to start forming that map I guess, but overall I found it to be time consuming, frustrating, and it didn’t yield fruitful results in terms of relating to my experiments or final project.

experiment review

I really liked the challenge the course presented of doing 3 varying experiments and then choosing a final project to carry through to completion. However, I do wish that there had been a bit more written out material – instructions, hard deadlines, expectations, etc. I found it difficult to know what was expected of us at the end of each experiment deadline. Aside from that, I found the way the course was laid out to be very beneficial and more thought provoking than previous writing courses I’ve taken.

Writer’s: Trustworthy va. Authoritative

Whenever I read “Uninvited” by Lysa Turkerst, I find her voice to cut through her writing so vivaciously that it can’t NOT be convincing and true. She is so vulnerable and shares so many insecurities – she always seems to come across as painful authentic but somehow her voice remains powerful without being authoritative and condemning.

To counter that experience there are many times that I’ve come across articles on “The Mighty” or other sites like “Pukermob” where the author of the essay strikes me as authoritative, but as I’m reading their work it doesn’t gain my trust or build my confidence in their knowledge of the topic which they are discussing. I find this to be particularly evident in the articles I’ve read that relate to mental illness/health.

Tracking Project

After discovering that Shauna Neiquist has had works published by Zondervan I then looked into who else had works published by Zondervan.  The majority of the authors were Christian – which is to be expected from a Christian publishing agency. However, some of the people who had published Christian works also had nonsecular pieces as well. That was the case with author Frederick Beuchner and his composition, “The Wizards Tide: A Story.”

Beuchner had his Christian based works published through Zondervan but his book, “The Wizards Tide: A Story.” was published through Harpercollins Company.

Tracking An Author

I decided to track Shauna Niequist after reading her book, “Cold Tangerines” which is a compilation of short essays about her life experiences and her take on certain issues/how she copes with things that come up in every day life.

Her book was published by a company called Zondervan Publishing.  After looking into that company in detail this is what I found:

Zondervan is an international Christian media and publishing company located in Grand Rapid Michigan. Zondervan is a founding member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

In the next week I plan to investigate Zondervan more and track a different author whose works they have published.