Memories…

I am finding just how important memories are, how important capturing them and digitizing the old vital. Not just for past generations, but also, for myself.  Snippets, minute filaments locked away and remembered with one small image. Over Christmas break, I returned again to Pennsylvania and snooped around the old homestead.  I knew where Dad…

Legacy…

Time is measurable. Over the summer I went back to the old homestead in Pennsylvania to visit my parents. Mom and Dad have reached that age where time is fleeting, and I dread that final moment. I cherish the time I have now, knowing time is our enemy.  I think every child does. We don’t…

Small town spirit…

Small town spirit highlighted by publication #JohnstownMagazine #Tourism #destination #spirit

“Heritage is a thoroughly modern concept” *…

Originally posted on Lost in Tourism:
Heritage is a thoroughly modern concept ~ McCrone, Morris and Kiely (1995, p. 1) As McCrone, Morris and Kiely assert in their seminal work on Scotland – the Brand: The Making of Scottish Heritage (1995), heritage as we know it today is not the same concept of heritage from…

Writing tools…

I am always looking for tools to aid my writing, and to pass on to students to help them.  One resource that just came to light, and I’m testing with editing the novel is Grammarly. I signed up for three months subscription in order to finish off the novel.  The sad part is I didn’t…

And the organizing continues…

Originally posted on The Macleod / Doughlas Novels:
Using Scrivener to map out Stronger Together In the midst of editing, when time allows, I am organizing our brainstorming for our second book, Strong Together.  I have utilized several resources, and ideas, and refined them to suit my needs, my partner needs. We both learned several lessons…

I’m a gadget girl at heart…

I’m a gadget girl at heart. And as I grow older, I’m finding that I want to recapture my youth, and the past. For the past three or four weeks, I’ve been trying to get into a shop here in town to see the lady’s typewriters. I’ve been searching for one particular brand for several…

As a researcher…

Numbers…yesterday I saw a post on Facebook from a few fellow researchers about research methods, and design.  It was an old debate about experimentation, utilizing either quantitative or qualitative methods.  It brought back memories of grad school in the 1990s when I was working on my Masters.  Friday afternoons were devoted to seminar, and discussion. …

Sense of Belonging…

Originally posted on Lost in Tourism:
Stormy skies over Ring of Brodgar, Orkney So my tourism class has finished up for the most part motivation and I am sitting here reflecting on what we talked about.  I tried to convey to the students that they have to develop their own understanding of the functions of…

On the road again…

Originally posted on Lost in Tourism:
Horatio Nelson Jackson And in tourism, we are talking about the history of tourism, and how the tourism umbrella, the value/supply chain has evolved in organization and complexity over the thousands of years it has been in existence. Students are assigned a discussion question after watching the Ken Burn’s documentary…

Heritage, Image and Branding…

Originally posted on Lost in Tourism:
So the first week of the Spring semester has come and gone.  We have skimmed the upper ice berg of the definition of tourism, and now diving below the waterline to see all the complexity associated with that definition.  Today, my 8am class (I know, ugh 8am), was awake…

Veterans Day

Originally posted on Lost in Tourism:
WWI Vet by Lost in Scotland (bap) Today is Veterans Day (thank you to all that serve, or have served our Country), and another opportunity to dive into different market segments, and motivations for tourism.  Over the last few weeks we have been studying travel motivations, the tourist, and…

Some times inspiration comes in unusual thoughts…

When the idea comes to you on how to write, don’t slam the door on his face. Allow the muse to walk in and take a seat. Let him sit there and be quiet, and on occasion ask you relevant questions.  No, I’m not inspired  {at the moment} by Jamie Fraser to write, though Sam…

Research

I’ve reached past the word count for NaNoWriMo2015, and can now coast to the end, hoping to reach 90,000 by the end of the month.  I have a host of ‘irons’ in the fire, because my brain is running on varying paths.  I am having to stop, and use my journals to catalog ideas, and…

It’s the annual NaNoWriMo Challenge…

Well, it’s another NaNoWriMo challenge…and I’m participating.  I have been at it since November 1st, and making good progress.  I could definitely use some sleep, but will chug on through. The challenge target is 50,000 words, and I am hoping to accomplish 90,000.  I will definitely make it, currently at 29,824 word count on the…

Developing ideas…

Writing.  I love it.  I love to create original ideas, and map them out.  I love working with dreams, with daydreams to flesh out a story.  I have a good friend that has joined me in this endeavor.  I used to do fan-fiction, but realized, why am I working with someone’s work, when I can…

Now back to our regularly scheduled program…

I have been knee-deep in the new job, and acclimatizing to the new town, new community, and new university setting.  The journey so far has been exhilarating and frustrating.  Life shouldn’t be complicated.  But sometimes, you stand at the plate, and you’ve got Elf on the mound, throwing baseballs at you in rapid succession. I…

Inspiration…

There is nothing like a good video to inspire your writing.  Scotland is my second hame.  I lived there for almost seven years, during my PhD studies.  People are clamoring for the novel I am writing with a friend and the other I am writing myself.  So I need to hit Scrivener and get to…

Just morning…

Waking up, I noticed a pinkish cast to the blinds. I quickly dressed in something appropriate, grabbed my iPhone from the nightstand, and peaked through the blades. A nice salmon sky greeted me, and I snapped off a picture, because a few seconds later it was gone. The leaves are already changing this far north…

I’m back…finally gainfully employed

Well, I’m back.  I have finally found a job, and moved to the area.  I am still exploring and getting my used to the new compass points.  One item I will definitely need is a new winter coat.  Winters will be brutal. But I’m from the Laurel Highlands, I should manage.  So, the next evolution…

Taking creativity to the next level…

Today I created a category cloud that defines ‘me’.  Thought I would use it somehow in the redesign of the website and digital portfolio.  Might even make one for the website itself.

Continual refinement…even thoughts

Working on another presentation for an upcoming interview.  Have to get thoughts down visually before I even attempt to construct the Power Point slides.  So this presentations will examine Meetings and Event management, and technology trends, handling the nuances of ‘big data’ and attaining positive service execution.  Thought I’d give you a sneak into the…

My top 5 technology/software favorites…wish list.

I was traveling this past week for an interview and was thinking about the technology/software that I love to use.  How I might give you insight into what I find to help me in all that I do. So here goes: Scrivener:  Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate…

When on a roll, don’t stifle your creativity….

One of my philosophies is when you’re on a roll, don’t stifle your creativity.  As I await for feedback on my Enhanced Novel Template, I’ve working on three things.  Two presentations, and a thesis/dissertation template.  The later stems from a mind map I created from reading and utilizing the Guide to Successful Thesis and Dissertation…

What to do in the mean time…

So, been busy with the job hunt, writing, editing, creating to keep myself busy. I wanted to take that organization of writing to the next level. Over the years, I have researched the process and developed, enhanced and utilized a host of tools. I’ve now had the time to put them into Scrivener and create…

Thinking in the wee hours of the morning

Had another interview today with a great Tourism and Hospitality program.  Of course, preparation for the interview started the day I received noticed about the interview.  I acquire the names of those that will be a part of the interview, delve into the university, look at old and new clippings from the news, etc.  I…

Stepping off into Magic

Cuillins from Kirkibost Originally uploaded by bruiach1 Wrote in 2010: I wrote several years ago, well seven, actually about my meeting an elderly gentleman at Inverness Bus stop. At the end of our conversation, we parted as friends and he said something strange about gifting me with magic. That conversation has stuck with me the…

While I wait…

Well, while I wait and prepare for a phone interview this morning, I zipped over to Faith Popcorn’s site, Brain Reserve.  I use Popcorn’s site both in my understanding of current trends and issues, as well as within the classroom.  I am all about the future and like the game of anticipation.  I love examining…

Scrivener Job Hunt Template

So I finished the template. I still think there is more I need to do. One, I need to figure out how to import email messages, without too much headache. Unfortunately, Scrivener can import PDF’s, but I can’t move it to the appropriate folder. And I can’t sync my Yahoo folder for the job hunt…

Using Scrivener in the Job Hunt

So today, I needed to organize the job hunt. I have this great program called Scrivener and use it for my every day writing projects. I thought, why not the job hunt, to keep things organized and in one place. But I wanted this special, so first I went online and found some new icons…

Moving tribute to 75 year old love story….

I found this on Yahoo today and I’m sure others have. But it is worth a look. Great story…and have tissues… Buy “Oh Sweet Lorraine” on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/oh-sweet-lorraine-feat.-jacob/id676472051 GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Green_Shoe_Studio_Oh_Sweet_Lorraine_feat_Jacob_Col?id=Bwynwhkhgilvifufeaaj45io3tu A short documentary telling a poignant story of life, love and music. http://www.facebook.com/greenshoestudio http://www.greenshoestudio.com http://www.twitter.com/greenshoeinc http://greenshoestudioblog.blogspot.com

Day 11: Epiphany…

Sorry, haven’t posted in a week. Final push to get the move finished. The pod was booked, delivered and packed with stuff for storage. It was picked up and driven off by the company last night. Needless to say, had several minutes of anxiety. How tethered we are to our meager items. I know I…

Day 4: Packing

Packing has commenced in-depth to get finished by the end of the weekend.  So, the job hunt has been put on hold.  I shouldn’t have put this off for so long, but well, change is hard as I said.  But the I am bound and determined to get the kitchen done today, and the living…

Day 3: Time management….

There are just not enough hours in the day for me at the moment.  My strategy is to devote the morning to social media, job hunting, resumé and cover letter construction, and blogging.  I have a three prong approach, just like in teaching.  The three areas are: collaborate communicate critical thinking/creativity and maybe a fourth,…

Day 2: Pick yourself up…

Been filling out forms this morning and making phone calls.  Then went in to help a friend with the scanner/printer I sold her, made sure she was set up and ready to go.  As I stood there, directing her how to use her computer (MacBook) and how to download the driver, install the software (not…

I am unemployed….

Well, I’m unemployed.  I now have to work out how to get a job either back in academia or industry.  And on top of that I am moving, trying to find a place to settle in; a place that has more opportunity than my current middle of no where.  Boxes litter the floor, half packed…

Hints….

 There are hints at the shifts in service quality, in the reinforcing and rebranding of British Airways.  I was alerted to this by a friend on Facebook (power of social media) and went to the video.  Digital storytelling is taking on new art forms.  Are we willing to sit down in front of the tv,…