Introducing the WRAC Communications Team

Now that you’ve been reading our work, we think it’s about time we introduced ourselves.

Shewonda Leger is a writer who has love for creativity, whether its fiction or non-fiction. She is a graduate student at Michigan State University, pursuing her master’s degree in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing. When she is not at home in her pajamas working on her novel, she is writing for WRAC or consulting at The Writing Center @ MSU. Follow her on Twitter @Mz_Poesy.

Haley Erb is a junior in the Professional Writing program. She also studies creative writing and the digital humanities. She is a pro-oxford comma and an excellent marshmallow roaster. Willing to ramble about typography, writing, design, food, science, books, space, or pretty much anything. She can be bribed with sour candy. Follow Haley on Twitter @haleys_comma.

Kelly Turner is a Junior and Professional Writing major here at MSU. Writing, reading, and obsessing over TV shows and books are how she likes to spend her time. She believes peace, love, and reading are all we need. She loves website development and environmental science, and if you can’t tell, she’s a huge nerd. She’d also like to die peacefully in a bath of peanut butter and chocolate. Follow Kelly on Twitter @wordscreateus.

Leading this creative bunch is Casey Miles, PhD student in Rhetoric & Writing, with a master’s degree in Digital Rhetoric & Professional Writing. Casey’s research focuses on queer rhetorics, specifically looking at butch ways of knowing, doing, and being in academic spaces, as well as documentary and video composition. Casey continues to work on her documentary series, The Gender Project, which explores gender, gender identity, and sexuality in everyday lives.  Follow her on Twitter @soulsmiles.

5 ½ Reasons You Shouldn’t Post That

We’ve all had the should-I-post-it-should-I-not moment where our finger hovers anxiously over the ‘Post’ button. Fear not! There are ways to nip this in the bud. Try to give the idea space or, rather, give yourself time away from the idea so you can return with fresh eyes. If a post seems too controversial, ask yourself if it’s really important to face the backlash from it. If it’s not enticing enough, try adding different elements like quotes or anecdotes. Don’t let the fear of posting keep you from actually posting. Check out the rest of CopyBlogger’s tips here and blog on.

Procrastination: A Productive Activity

I know you’re only reading this because you’re putting off that paper you have to write. Or that test you need to study for. Or that project you need to start. But that’s okay because I’m here to put you back on track. Do you find yourself mindlessly wandering the Internet to escape the daunting burden of academia? Wander no more. Turn your procrastination into production! Instead of getting lost on the web, try looking for inspiration, something that will spark an idea to get you working again. Talk to your friends and try to explain your ideas.

I seem to find that this helps the most when trying to unstick your thoughts, putting things into words really focuses what you’re having trouble with. A new mind to look at the problem never hurts either. Most importantly, take a break. Get outside. Get away from the computer screen. A bit of fresh air will do you good, and maybe you’ll find new ideas with new surroundings. If you’re to click any link next, it should be this one to Lifehacker to learn more about how to be a productive procrastinator.

From Lifehacker: “Read Later” Apps Compared

Whether you’re a quick scanner or thorough drudger, we all save articles to read for later. We simply don’t have time right now. Hey, that’s okay. There’s an app for that. Actually, there are a few. Pocket, Instapaper, Readability – but how do you choose which one is best for you? If you’re looking for a free app, then Instapaper is out. However, if you want to export an article into an ePub format, Instapaper is the only one that can do that. And Pocket is the only one that can save an embedded video from an article to watch online. And if you’re looking for the app with the best layout, look no further than Readability. Compare and contrast the features, prices, and layouts of the top bookmarking apps in this Lifehacker article.