5 Reasons to Donate Money, Not Stuff

Sometimes, I write articles in an effort to convince myself of something. Well, it worked; after doing the research, I no longer want to donate anything other than cash again. https://borgenproject.org/5-reasons-donate-money-not-stuff/

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The original draft of this article had the first sentence of each point as its own paragraph. The version in the link condenses everything. Back when I was in a high school debate club, I would have loved a comprehensive guide like this for an issue. So let me ask my readers: did you read this article with a goal in mind, or just for the sake of learning?

Again, the article can be found in this link. And if you like my work, why not donate to the cause as well?

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How All Former U.S. Presidents Fight Global Poverty

So far, this was my favorite article to write for the Borgen Project: https://borgenproject.org/former-u-s-presidents-fight-global-poverty/

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My internship allows me to pitch articles at any time, for any amount of times. In the past week, I submitted about 20 or so pitches for editorial approval. Not only do multiple pitches give me topics to choose from for each week’s articles… but it allows me more freedom in what I want to write. On some weeks, I’d pitch an article on Tuesday, have the prompt accepted on Wednesday, then decide to write it out on Thursday just because I’m in the mood! The more you pitch, the more room you have to follow your muse.

Again, the article can be found in this link. And if you like my work, why not donate to the cause as well?

How To Help The United States Shipping Industry: Less Is More

I’ve written quite a bit about this topic for future posts. Here’s my first article about the impact of The Jones Act on the United States! https://borgenproject.org/united-states-shipping-industry/

The editor made a couple of minor changes, and one big one. The draft I sent broke the article into four sections with attention-grabbing bullet points leading into each major claim. The bullet points were removed from this article. Like with all the edits, this change removed unnecessary characters and allowed for smoother reading. Here’s my question to you, lovely reader: can you tell? When you read the article, are there moments in the paragraph breaks where you think, “there’s a subtitle missing here” ?

Again, the article can be found in this link. And if you like it, why not donate to the cause as well?

10 Facts About The Turkey-ISIL Conflict

My first published article on an official website! You can find it here: https://borgenproject.org/facts-turkey-isil-conflict/

And here’s a post-submission strategy I took from Cracked.com, though I can’t find the exact source.

The article in the link above contains changes from the version I sent. I expected that to happen. So I printed out my version of the article, booted up the published version, and wrote on the printed copy any changes the editors made to my version. This way, I’m better suited to what my editors want next time!

Again, the article can be found in this link. And if you like it, why not donate to the cause as well?

Update 8/29/2017: The Rest and Art in “Restart”

A month and a half ago, I outlined a new plan and purpose for this blog. I’m still excited about those prospects. Provided, of course, that I find the time to refurnish the blog after finishing my marketing research and finding a steady job. Which is part of the problem.

I established the “1,250 words a week” goal to ensure I’m always putting some work out on a regular basis. I’ve seen what happens when content creators disappear for too long and become forgotten. But I’ve also seen what happens when a content creator fills their site with low-effort, innocuous shit that no one really wants. I like what I put on this blog, and I’m thankful for every like and comment I receive. However, as of right now, it’s impossible to tell what’s really “clicking” with my audience… and until I take some time to figure out my audience, this problem will only get worse.

So, yes, another hiatus. When I get back, I hope to have a strategy for engaging with others, so I don’t have to worry about burnout again. I’ll also share relevant blog posts I enjoy after a while. I’m a little ashamed to be letting down my personal goals like this. But I’d be even more ashamed to choke up the mailboxes of my (few, but well-loved) fans with random frivolities. I’ll see you under sunnier skies.

Two Silly Skits About Hamlet

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Hamlet: A School Play

Performed by Mr. Branagh’s Kindergarten Class (adapted by Nick Edinger)

 

GUARD stands outside.

 

GUARD

This is the story of Hamlet. I am a guard for the state of Denmark.

 

GHOST

(Offstage)

Boo.

 

GUARD

Oh no it is a ghost and I am frightened.

 

HAMLET enters.

 

GUARD

Hamlet there is a ghost outside and I am frightened.

 

HAMLET

That is ok because I will talk to the ghost and I am a prince.

 

GUARD leaves.

 

GHOST

(Offstage)

Boo.

 

HAMLET

Talk to me ghost I am not afraid of you.

 

GHOST

(Offstage)

I am your father.

 

HAMLET

Hooray!

 

GHOST

(Offstage)

Your uncle the king gave me a snake and now I am dead.

 

HAMLET

Oh no! I shall a-ven-age you!

 

GHOST

(Offstage)

Swear!

 

HAMLET

(Out-of-character)

But my mom won’t let me.

 

DIRECTOR

(Offstage)

The line is “ok.”

 

HAMLET

Ok!

 

CLAUDIUS enters.

 

CLAUDIUS

How are you Hamlet? Mwa ha ha ha ha ha.

 

HAMLET

I want to tell you a story, Uncle Claudius.

 

CLAUDIUS

You may tell me a story, Hamlet. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha.

 

HAMLET

It is about a boy named Hamlet and his dad named Hamlet. Hamlet’s big bad brother Claudius gave Hamlet a snake and Hamlet died, which made Hamlet sad. Does that sound familiar?

 

CLAUDIUS

It does, Hamlet. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha.

 

HAMLET

Oh no! Claudius is the bad guy!

 

CLAUDIUS

That’s right and now I am going to send you away to England. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha.

 

HAMLET

Oh no!

 

HAMLET leaves.

 

HAMLET returns.

 

HAMLET

Ok I am back from England now. I got to see Big Ben the Clock Tower. I can’t wait to tell my friend Yo-rick about my vacation. Oh wait, Yo-rick is dead. A lass, poor Yo-rick, I knew him. A most exce- exa- exca- he was a good guy.

 

CLAUDIUS

Hamlet is back, oh no! Mwa ha ha ha ha ha.

 

HAMLET

Claudius, I channelage-

 

DIRECTOR

(Offstage)

“Challenge”

 

HAMLET

That’s what I said, channelage.

 

DIRECTOR

(Offstage)

“Challenge”

 

HAMLET

(Out of character)

Shut up! You’re not the boss of me!

 

HAMLET runs to the edge of the stage, crying loudly. DIRECTOR enters, takes the script that HAMLET dropped.

 

DIRECTOR

Umm… hi folks. Due to emotional conflicts, the role of Hamlet will be played by me, the director. Ahem. “Claudius, I challenge you to a duel!”

 

CLAUDIUS

But I am a coward. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha.

 

DIRECTOR

Then we shall play a video game!

 

CLAUDIUS pulls out a controller. DIRECTOR steals controller from HAMLET. They play a video game for five seconds.

 

DIRECTOR

Yes! I am victerious!

 

Fuck! I meant victorious.

 

CLAUDIUS

You win, Hamlet. You win this juicebox. Drink it, mwa ha ha ha ha ha.

 

DIRECTOR

That is poison. You drink it first.

 

CLAUDIUS

Ok. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha.

 

CLAUDIUS drinks.

 

CLAUDIUS

Oh no, it is poison and I am dead. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha.

 

DIRECTOR

I win! Truly good wins in the end.

 

DIRECTOR drags HAMLET, who is still crying, back onstage. The cast links arms around each other.

 

EVERYBODY

To be or not to be, that is the question!

 

DIRECTOR

Stop crying, you pussy.

 

BLACKOUT

 

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