Obligatory post on the DNC

Some of you may remember that I live in Denver, and you might have wondered why I haven't posted about the Democratic National Convention, which is going on this week.

The truth is it hasn't really affected me much. I've read some of the headlines and listened to some of the speeches, but since I don't often get downtown (and since my writing assignments typically don't include any news reporting) it has actually been a fairly normal week to me.

However, on my library's website I found this delightful "online exhibit" (read: long video) about the last time the DNC came to Denver, back in 1908. Of course the party held some significantly different values back then, before the Dixiecrats split, but for the sake of history we all seem to have forgotten that (ha ha).

In any case, the video has some great pictures of Denver and the convention, and is well worth watching! If it won't load, click here to watch it on the Denver Public Library site.


1908, When the Democrats Came to Denver from The Denver Public Library on Vimeo.

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By Katharine Swan On Friday, August 29, 2008 At 9:34 AM 0 comments

Register for the 2008 Muse Online Writers Conference

Just yesterday, I registered for the 2008 Muse Online Writers Conference. Since there are only a couple of days left to register — registration ends September 1, 2008, according to the website — I wanted to post a reminder for those of you who planned on attending this year.

Last year there were things I really liked about the conference, and things that disappointed me somewhat. I am going to attend again this year, but I think I will probably sign up for fewer chats and workshops, and see if I enjoy it more if I have less to do!

Did you attend the online conference last year, and if so what did you think? Will you be attending again this year?

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By Katharine Swan On Thursday, August 28, 2008 At 10:07 PM 1 comments

When I most love working from home

Today is cold, dreary, and rainy — it was not quite 50 degrees at mid-morning, and it has been raining constantly all day.

We don't have many days of solid rain in Colorado, but when we do it's always been a treat for me — especially as a freelancer. I love to write or read all snuggled up on the couch with the blinds open. Same with snowy days.

Now, however, I have a "job" of sorts — going to the barn to clean stalls. Not only do I not get to stay cozy on the couch all day, but I also need to work outside in it!

Cleaning Panama's stall last winter, I found that the cold doesn't bother me for long at the barn — I warm up pretty quickly. (Especially with the help of long underwear, which I hadn't worn since I was a kid and thought I'd never wear again.) The rain rather sucks, though. After I clean stalls today, I plan to warm up with a mug of hot tea and a comfy sweatsuit!

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By Katharine Swan On Friday, August 15, 2008 At 11:20 AM 0 comments

Writing at the barn

Today I am finally trying what I've wanted to try for quite some time: I am writing at the barn.

I was planning on being at the barn for a while today, so I decided to bring my laptop and do some work if I had a chance. The idea was to clean the stalls and then work while I hang out with my horse. It didn't turn out exactly how I thought it would — Panama got injured and the wound had to be cleaned — but I am now sitting here with my laptop while Panama grazes in the front yard.

Writing at the barn

It's a great place to work, though of course it lacks some of the comforts of my house. My butt is beginning to really hurt from sitting on the ground, for one thing. Also, I don't have Internet access, so I'll have to copy and paste all my blog posts into Blogger when I get home.

Uh oh — time to go. Panama just got tired of the grass in the front yard, apparently, and walked off with his lead rope trailing. That's another drawback of working at the barn, I guess — it's over when my horse says it's over!

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By Katharine Swan On Monday, August 04, 2008 At 3:56 PM 0 comments

Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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