Barbaric Blog Yawp

new short2Hi, I’m Sarah. I am a writer, and an artist, and a hopeful future teacher.

Place I exist in the ether:
– where my blog for this class will be. It also has my ED 677 projects.
Twitter @sgcarstensen
– I don’t tweet often, mostly I use it to keep up with a far flung friend. Feel free to follow me; if you have your #nousion tweet up I’ll follow you back.
– Again, mostly used to keep track of friends and family in far places. I don’t check it very often and I’ve got it pretty locked down rather than share my drama with snoopy students.
– Just started using this last semester for Digital Storytelling. It is a nice way to keep school & work related links organized and accessible even when I’m not at home.
Places I exist that you can’t see

Steam, PSN, World of Warcraft
– I play a lot of think-y games like Portal, point-and-clicks like Book of Unwritten Tales, and for stress relief games like WoW.
– for following fanart/comics. I don’t post there, or really use it much. I caught-up on some comics during break, but it had been about 3 months since the last time I logged in.
Fanfiction accounts
– I used to write fanfiction. A few people can connect me to my pseudonym, all RL friends, otherwise I enjoy having a space where personal drama doesn’t intrude.

I crochet, make jewelry, paint, draw, and sew. I’d rather mow the lawn than do dishes, laundry is a bane, but I like to cook. I’ve driven from Alaska to Pennsylvania (down the Alcan to Montana), and the reverse five years later.

I took time off from my education to care for my Grandfather, after my Uncle passed. Which meant moving to rural PA. People would sometimes think my Mom and I were sisters because everyone knew Grandad had two daughters.

    Cities I’d like to see

  • Seoul
  • London
  • Las Vegas
  • Kyoto
  • Hong Kong
  • St. Petersburg

I almost studied at the Art Institute of Phoenix. I got my BA from UAF in History, with English and Asian Studies minors. I’ve been the digital editor for Ice Box, as well as an officer in the club. I was an officer in the UAF History club, and am a member of Phi Alpha Theta.

I have drawn cover art, created ebooks, and websites. I worked as reconstruction security for West Fred Meyer a few years ago – basically keeping track of the contractors.

I don’t like to talk about religion or politics, especially at the dinner table. I would protest against inequality and intolerance. I think less of each would make the world infinitely better, it is certainly something I would change if I could change the world.

    Ideas, projects, or jobs

  • student teaching
  • Insidious Osmosis
  • Dad’s afghan
  • poetry chapbook
  • castle painting
  • epic drabble collection
  • kid’s book

If I could change something about myself, I’d be healthier. I think I’d give myself a love of running or sports, something that would encourage me to be active and outdoors.

I adore music. I will listen to anything once, but I’m sort of picky. I like music that is fast paced, and not discordant. I don’t mind some screaming, as long as it’s balanced by actual singing. I listen to a lot of bands that fall toward pop-punk or alt-rock. I also listen to a lot of international artists from places like Korea, Germany, Japan, Turkey, etc.

I like action movies, and I hate chick-flicks. I am loving the superhero movies trend. I don’t watch much TV. The only show I’m currently following is Running Man, a Korean variety show – it is how I wind down on Fridays. Before we ditched our cable I used to watch Mythbusters, and No Reservations.

    Fictional places I wish existed

  • Xanth
  • Rivendell
  • Ankh-Morpork
  • Hogwarts

I am a voracious reader. I love the Xanth and Discworld series. I have a whole shelf of Louis L’Amour hardbacks, that I read in a single summer. One of my favorite books is Woman Who Rides Like a Man, by Tamora Pierce. I also read graphic novels/manga and comics. Though, I haven’t been buying many lately – Grad school is expensive.

5 Comments on “Barbaric Blog Yawp

  1. Awesome! I look forward to seeing which of your many interests and talents you explore and tie to the class as a means of considering the notion of digital citizenship, online presence and agency, etc. It feels like an amazing time right now for artists, writers and designers with mad tech skills—I work with more than a few of them! There are many open questions about what digital citizenship means for creatives and for those they teach, formally and informally (not to mention a need to critically examine the very notion of “Creatives” and such, characterizations that have become ever so popular with the speed and ubiquity of tech-mediated communication).

    Given my own background, I have a strong interest in writing, publishing and words in the digital age…and it’s practically reprehensible how many people are coming out of higher education programs in art and creative writing with almost no idea of the power (and obligations) they naturally have at their fingertips. For example, poetry, which is my particular “thing,” is absolutely thriving online and in various digital forms, but you’d think it was a dying art if you listened to most of the people teaching it in the academy nowadays. I am continually amazed at how quickly the “old days” are forgotten…what I’ve seen in my relatively short time from publishing (and publishing in) zines and little magazines to the incredible possibilities of web and other digital publications—and all the hybrids in between—is nothing short of astounding. In this area, and many others, I share my friend Gardner’s feeling about the squandering of “bags of gold,” which you’ll be seeing in the course readings/viewings soon.

    Fanfiction, of course, has all kinds of interesting entanglements with new media (both as its source and its own mode) and copyright/intellectual property.

    And we share similar predispositions toward music and away from being gym rats…the less I say about the latter, the better, but I do love discovering new music, so hopefully you’ll share some of those discoveries.

    • One of the things I was really glad about, as an undergrad, was Sean Hill teaching creative writing. Sean is an awesome poet and was great about letting students explore poetry and talk about it as a living art form rather than a dusty off-shoot.

      I’m looking forward to seeing where we’ll go with this course. 🙂

  2. Hi Sarah,
    I’m looking forward to seeing all your creative work based on your talent and hard work. I hope that teaching works out for you and that you’re able to inspire students to be creative too.

  3. Hi Sarah,

    Couldn’t agree more with your statement, “I’d rather mow the lawn than do dishes”. During our class meeting the other day, I was thinking about seeing if Dillion wanted to start a landscaping business here in Juneau where I could work. I don’t even want to own the company, I’d rather just be the worker!

    Nice to meet you! I haven’t heard of Ice Box, I’ll have to check it out.

    • Dishes are evil. 🙂 Ice Box is the UAF undergrad literary journal. It is quite a neat project, although a bit rocky at the moment since UAF closed their print shop.

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