AcWriMo 2014 is coming! You in?

acwrimo1-01November is nearly upon us and that means it’s nearly time for Academic Writing Month 2014!

For those completely new to “AcWriMo” it’s a month long writing event that academics all over the world can take part in. This event was created by @CharlotteFrost and is run with the help of a group of volunteers (including yours truly). For more detailed information, and to read about the history of this event, head over to PhD2Published blog (click HERE).

During #AcWriMo, this is what you do:

1. Decide on a writing-orientated goal. It should be challenging enough yet realistic in terms of what you think you can accomplish in a month’s time.

Some blog posts related to goal setting:

“Change is as good as a rest” by Rachael Cayley 

“Why I participate in AcWriMo” by Rellypops

2. Go public and declare your goal on the AcWriMo accountability spreadsheet found on this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xkLlO3GqTej52RccKqsHwhf6v4pF2yaRZvywY1KuNtM/edit#gid=0

3. Get organised. Create an action plan that will help you achieve your goal. This may involve scheduling your work day, having smaller goals or just a change of work space. Whatever your goal, get yourself a plan of action.

The following blog posts have some great advice on developing a writing strategy:

“Ladder 1: Rung 1” by Ellen C. Spaeth 

“Writing accountablility part 1” by Jennifer Lim 

4.  Keep accountable to others by updating your progress online and/or discussing with your friends (in person or on Twitter) how you’re doing. It’s important not to isolate yourself during this event because there’s loads of support available, but you need to ask and reach out to others.

Some useful blog posts on previous #AcWriMo experiences:

“#AcWriMo Peer Pressure: Time, Challenge/Support & Cheerleaders” by Laura Pasquini

“I did #AcWriMo 2013 and survived to tell the tale” by Elizabeth Lundberg 

“#AcWriMo – Writing ‘with’ a community” by Eljee Javier

New to AcWriMo – What are you reservations? Back for more – what would you do differently? Feel free to comment below. 

Photo courtesy of flickr creative commons user woodleywonderworks

I am now a reference!

I got something published and people can reference my work! OMG.  I recieved the book yesterday – which was a total surprise as I was expecting it in May.  So lo and behold I opened the package and found it staring me in the face.  Flip open to the table of contents and there is my chapter, listed.  And I am solo author!  So what does any newly published academic do?

Call mom!

Ah, it is very exciting and the reality is sinking in very slowly but surely!  I mean, people can cite me (as follows):

Javier, E. (2010). The Foreign-ness of Native Speaking Teachers of Colour.  In D. Nunan and J. Choi (Eds). Language and Culture: Reflective Narratives and the Emergence of Identity. Routledge. pp. 97-102.

It’s almost weird seeing my name in that form as it doesn’t seem like me.  Or rather am I now part of that group, one of those hundreds of faceless authors that university students and academics look up.  It is a rather strange view to see oneself in.

To be honest once the initial excitement settled down (a bit) I found myself getting very nervous about the fact that