Thursday, April 28, 2011

Edit, Revise, Repeat...

For me, I have reached the hardest, yet most fun part. With my sidebar around 95% complete, the last little bits of editing are becoming quite a pain. The same goes for my main story, but on a much smaller level. Being as I have just started to write my main story, the revisions are minimal because I'm not looking for the smallest details yet.

With that being said, I do enjoy the challenges of trying to perfect my writing on this project. It helps make me a better writer and journalist while keeping it entertaining. There is clearly a lot more ahead of me than I was saying before, but I think if I can get drafts competed for each section of my story I will have plenty of time to stress over editing it in the future.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Filling up the page

My homepage is actually starting to look like some of the others from previous classes! After adding my sidebar, heading, and sub-headings there is actually a good deal of material on there already. It looks like I'm really getting down to having nothing left but the main story, and I have a feeling I can handle that now. 

I'll need to get a little more information and quotes from my sources so that I can fine-tune some of my writing, but this shouldn't be a problem. It's exciting to see this come together, really, and I can't wait to see what it will look like when I'm finished.

The semester is coming to an end faster than I really expected, and while I may not be there yet, it seems like horror stories didn't really apply to me. Whew!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Coming Together

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for this project. While the main story is probably the most demanding piece, it's really all I have left. There are some other small tasks and a few edits I need to make on other things, but for the most part this thing is really coming together.

Interviews keep coming in and my sidebar came together nicely. I'm sure I'll have to make some revisions as it was only a rough draft, but I feel good with where it is right now. I've structured how I want the main story to play out, and if it all goes as planned then it should really come out alright.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

They found me!

Manhattan, Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City, St. Louis, even Denver, and still no one had time or the desire to speak with me about dreams. Strangely enough, as soon as I had just hung up the phone to try another day, I received a call from a psychologist who not only was interested in dreams, but was working on becoming a psychoanalyst specifically for dreams.

After this interview, it seemed like all the others just fell together later that day. Better yet, I have more on the way, and the people are trying to get a hold of me now. I guess after you call ever psychologist and clinic in all of the closest cities your name gets out there.

Regardless of the hassle, I'm glad I have a couple of the sources I do now. They will be incredibly helpful along the way, and they have shown a firm interest in continuing to give me their input. Now it's time to take on the bigger portions of the project. Bring it!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Piece by piece...

Slowly but surely I can see this thing coming together. I know it's nowhere even close to being finished because at this point in time my homepage is still blank. However, the little things are slowly getting completed, which I hope will result in the bigger things coming together as well.

Each activity I've completed has opened a new door for material to write about...I can't believe I used to think dreams would be a hard topic to find information on. Resources of all different kinds are presenting themselves now, and I can honestly say I'm beginning to feel ready to take on the larger portion of this project.

That being said, not everything is just falling into my lap. I still haven't been able to even speak to a psychologist or psychiatrist to set up an expert interview. There's still time, but it's definitely running out on me. If I have to wait much longer just for an interview, I may have to speak to one as a patient instead.