PW Student Spotlight: Ian Terry

Photos courtesy of Kevin Fox

Ian Terry has been writing action, fantasy and sci-fi novels for 12 years. When asked about his future career plans he explains, “I just can’t decide. If you ask me what I want to do tomorrow, it won’t be the same. However, I know whatever I do, I want to continue to write fiction, probably as a side job.” Currently, Terry has written one full length novel, Monster Seeker 2: Rise of the Phoenix King, and multiple short stories, including Bad Liar Society and a series called Zombie Warz. All of these stories can be found and purchased on Amazon for Kindle.

In addition to Terry’s passion for penning action stories on paper, he also has a love of writing for the big screen. Terry is currently a junior at Michigan State University pursuing a major in professional writing with a specialization in editing and publishing and a minor in film studies. It was his interest in film writing that inspired Terry to join the MSU student group Telecasters, who produce the undergraduate student-run drama series TURN. These students both write and produce their own 5- to-15-minute-long episodes each month and air them on Youtube. Terry is the head writer for TURN and has even written and directed his own episode called Ghosts. “I started work with TURN when I was a freshman, but didn’t become an integral part until my sophomore year. I really enjoy it,” Terry says.

Terry doesn’t leave all the action to his characters on screen and on paper. He is quite the man of action himself. “I run, I bike and I swim, so one day I thought to myself, ‘Why not do a triathlon?’ and I have been training ever since.” In addition to his triathlon training, Terry has devoted 11 years to learning the martial art of Okinawan-style Sanchin-Ryu Karate, earning a first-degree black belt. When asked if his training helps him channel his characters, Terry says, “I think my karate and triathlon training have helped me develop how my characters act and react in the situations I’ve put them in. Even though the action sequences can get kind of over the top and cartoony, they tend to be rather grounded in reality with how the human body takes damage and pushes stamina and adrenaline, and how the mind deals with trauma, both physical and psychological.”

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to not only celebrate the strength and accomplishments of women all over the world but to also open one’s eyes to all that they have fought against to get where they are today, where they want to be in the future.

According to the Library of Congress, “The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.”

Their website is flooded with stories of these amazing women in history from Amelia Earhart to Clara Barton. There is content for educators from stories to videos to audio. There are even a list of exhibits and events being featured each day of the month at all of these institutes.

In addition to the stories offered by the Library of Congress, there are more recent women with stories like the one in the Thoughtful Catalog blog. “What I Learned In The Back Of The Class” by Diana Kirk is her eye opening account of her experience being ordered by her professor to sit silently in the back of her Literature by US Women of Color class all semester.

No matter what you choose, I hope it opens your mind just a little more.

Is Texting Killing Language?

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True or false: the addition of texting into our society is leading to the destruction of language as we know it. The answer? According to linguist John McWhorter, this is hardly the case. In fact, according to him, it’s a “miraculous” vehicle of communication. 

In this TED Talk, McWhorter opens our eyes to a different view on texting, and how it’s not “writing at all.” Definitely check out the TED talk to learn more about what he means by this, as well as to learn what a great addition texting can be in our lives. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Making The Most of Your Goals

School, no LIFE is all about setting and achieving your goals. However, setting goals can be hard and discouraging. Sometimes I get so caught up in making a list of what I want to achieve that I get overwhelmed and have to set it aside.

Thorin Klosowski’s article “Focus Your Ambitions with the Lifehacker Hierarchy of Goals” offers a new way to plan out one’s goals.

“Setting goals is easy, but prioritizing them is hard. Humans suck at properly weighing what we need to achieve our goals. We take on too much, skip steps, and often, as a result, we give up. Once you commit to a framework to prioritize your goals and cut the junk, achieving your goals gets a lot more realistic. Here’s one way to do it.”

For more details on Klosowski’s plan, check out his Lifehacker article.