Joel’s Journal – November 16, 2016

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Added 991 Thursday morning = 109,836
Sometimes it's all about changing the angle of things. This was an easy enough shot to take, I just leaned back like I was trying to catch raindrops with my camera and snapped away. Usually, these shots turn out looking like a mess, but something about this one looks almost symmetrical to me.  This is another from the hike I took with M through the woods behind her house.

About Today's Cover Shot

Sometimes it’s all about changing the angle of things. This was an easy enough shot to take, I just leaned back like I was trying to catch raindrops with my camera and snapped away. Usually, these shots turn out looking like a mess, but something about this one looks almost symmetrical to me. This is another from the hike I took with M through the woods behind her house.

Speaking to a crowd

Entry #16

Today, I did my civic duty as a reporter, more so than I normally do I guess.

Those who follow my Facebook page will know that I was invited to be part of a panel at a Communications Workshop hosted by the City of Oshawa’s Cultural Development and Programming department.

The event was well attended with local community group reps who were looking to get information on how to get the media’s attention. So, there were questions on how to craft a press release and what makes a “story” a story in the newspaper and other things like that.

It was really exciting for me and I enjoyed being able to share the information I’ve learned over the past four years of working in journalism, and the last two years of working in Oshawa. If you’re looking for more info on that, I’ve added a full post on the information that I shared in my Reporter’s Notebook, so feel free to take a look.

The panel also helped to lift my spirits a bit and get me feeling more like what I’ve been doing over the last few years really matters.

It also filled me with a real surge of affection for this place I’ve called home for the past couple years, because it made me realize there are a lot of great community organizations out there with interesting stories to tell.

ON THE NOVEL

Big news today, we have reached the halfway point of my villain’s story line. He’s arrived at the final destination, but I think he’s going to be fumbling around a bit before the climax. A lot happens in my other timeline before the villain comes into the picture, so I need to fill some space in his world to even things out before bringing the two together.

Regardless, if you understand that, just the fact that I’m willing to write about it means I’m excited. Really excited! As I’ve said before, I think this is some of my best writing to date.

Yes, go ahead, grab yesterday’s entry and shove it in my face. I know I compared my work on this novel to chewing an old flavorless piece of gum. So sue me, I was in a bad mood. Today, I guess I’m feeling a bit better. I guess sometimes it just takes a little bit of a change of scenery.

As always, thanks for reading,

J.J.W.

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