San Antonio Sabbatical

Writing, Reading, and Eating

Posted on: October 1, 2010

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I’ve been keeping busy with classes and other activities.  Here are a few highlights from the past week:

  •  Writing

I attended a free online two-day video conference for International Freelancers Day.  The event took place on Friday, September 24th and Saturday, September 25th and included a variety of educational video seminars.  The information I learned will be useful as I pursue my part-time writing career.  My favorite sessions were:

                    *  “Getting Corporate Clients: The Master Marketing Formula to Landing Great Clients” (Steve Slaunwhite)

                    *  “How to Attract Freelance CLIENTS with Your Blog (not other freelancers)” (Michael Martine)

                    *  “So You Want to Write a Book — An Introduction to Writing, Publishing and Promoting” (Dan Poynter)

                    *  “Content Rules: What Stories, Blogs, Video & More Should be Doing for You” (Ann Handley)

                    *  “How to Land Bigger Freelance Clients” (Jill Konrath)

                    *  “Become an Expert at Optimizing Web Content for Social Media” (Nick Usborne)

                    *  “Negotiating Your Way to Success” (Michel Fortin)

  •   Reading

I finished reading Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez (an autobiography).  This is the October selection for the San Antonio Public Library’s (Cody branch) Thursday Book Club.  I will be attending the discussion later this month.  The author, Richard Rodriguez, is very controversial and has strong opinions against bilingual education and affirmative action.  Rodriguez was born in Mexico and moved to California when he was a young boy.  The process of assimilation was very difficult for him and it weakened his ties to his family and to his Mexican culture.  He states that affirmative action policies in higher education don’t address the real problem which is class (socioeconomic level) rather than race.  Furthermore, he notes that the greatest changes are needed in elementary and secondary schools, not at the college level.  He also states that affirmative action most helps those “minorities” who least need it (i.e., the middle and upper classes) instead of “cultural minorities” (i.e., the poor).  He doesn’t view himself as disadvantaged.  He sees himself — a scholarship boy — as lucky, a beneficiary of an unfair process.  Rodriguez discusses how the school system changed him.  He has achieved success, but doesn’t feel like a success because he has lost a lot.

  •  Eating  

I tried a new restaurant, Tin Star.  The menu emphasizes “sizzle, smoke & salsa”.  I ordered the Southwest Tilapia (topped with pico and chimichurri – a parsley, onion and garlic pesto) which came with seasonal veggies (carrots, zucchini, and mushrooms) and green chili rice.  I drank Dr. Pepper.  The meal was flavorful, but more spicy than I prefer.  Nevertheless, the food was delicious and the service was good.

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