Thursday, February 19, 2015

Library Card or University Degree?

I've always been mad about tuition prices and degree dumping.  I honour the public school system to a point until it becomes unfair.
In an article by webucator founder Nat Dunn says:
Studies often compare what college graduates make compared to high school graduates. For example, this Pew Research Center article  points out that college graduates ages 25 to 32 who are working full time earn about $17,500 more per year than high school graduates of the same age. What these studies do not tell us is how well those college graduates would have done if they had decided not to go to college. In other words, is it the college education/degree that leads to higher paying jobs or is it that people who choose to go to college have more going for them, whether it be intelligence or drive or connections, already? And it is whatever that more is that leads to better paying jobs whether or not they go to college.
What if, for example, instead of going to college some high school graduates spent four years studying at the public library? Could they do as well as if at four-years of college?
Interesting question.  How many amazing on-line courses are out there? Webucator has just offered all of its courses for free to the public library system. World Science University  and Great Courses are other favorites of mine.  I've used them when homeschooling my kids and advancing my own education. I think people should always be learning, but I don't think I can soundly make a career from a seat at my local library.  I don't think employers take on-line education seriously. Sure, they should use it to motivate, and improve their staff, but when hiring they want to see your piece of paper proving how smart you are. It's a shame because I also can't afford tuition costs. 
On the other side, I am a writer.  Do I need an English Degree? No. I took all my courses on line or at conventions.  The writers I know with degrees might get paid better, but many times they are a pen for hire and don't get to chose what topic they write about.  That is not the career for me.
So sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  It's up to you what you do with your brain. It can be used for more that just your job.
Most important I want to stress the importance of the library.  This is a place full of energy and discovery.  A place to set free your imagination and creative spirit.A place to find an answer to anything.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Inkitt’s “Darkest Place” Horror Contest

www.inkitt.com/darkestplace
Inkitt’s “Darkest Place” Horror Contest, starting 2nd Feb 2015
Friends, come to Inkitt and vote for my story "The Hidden Twin". 
 With the most votes I can win stuff.  Want to submit?  here's the info:
What is Inkitt?
Inkitt is a free platform for writers to cultivate ideas and watch their stories grow. On our site, users collaborate with fellow writers and readers to give each other feedback and improve their work. Our vision is to help writers get the exposure they deserve and the publishing deals they covet without having to jump through the fiery hoops of traditional publishing, or wade in the shark-infested waters of self-publishing.
What is the theme of the horror contest?
"You are in the darkest place in the world." (This theme can be interpreted literally or figuratively.) We want writers who will submit their blood-curdlers, spine-tinglers, skin-crawlers, and hair-raisers; writers who will make it their duty to scare and shock their readers; writers who can really take us to the darkest place in the world.
What are the guidelines?
It’s all about fiction: flashes and shorts up to 10,000 words, written from any point of view.
Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible.
The contest opens on February 2nd and closes on February 28th. The contest is completely free to enter, and authors will retain all rights to any and all work submitted in the contest.
What are the prizes?
All entrants will have the chance to show their work to a growing community of authors and readers hungry for high-quality fiction and win the following prizes:
1st Prize $25 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook, custom cover design for the Inkitt story of their choice (created by Inkitt’s designer).
2nd Prize $20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.
3rd Prize Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.
Contest URL Twitter Handle Hashtag
www.inkitt.com/darkestplace @Inkitt #DarkestPlace

Monday, February 2, 2015

Today is the Day

https://www.facebook.com/events/780336855395399/
https://www.facebook.com/events/780336855395399/
Come to our event page and you can get this amazing anthology! I will be there answering questions and inviting Lethbridgites to the May 6th book launch.