Writing topics -
Spirituality, travel, entertainment, writing, art history, fantasy and sci-fi
Writing, baking, portrait drawing, travel, capoeira, yoga, movies, books, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Ann Lauterbach, Bjork, Enya, J.W. Waterhouse, India, Krishna, history, mythology, dreams, hiking, nature, photography, shopping, notebooks, flowers, trees, Indian and Greek cuisine, vegetarianism, karma, reincarnation, knitting, laughing, etc.
CSK attended Mills College for 4 years and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English. Mills College is an esteemed U.S. women's private college. There, CSK took several courses in literature and creative writing. They increased her abilities in writing, grammar, punctuation, creative thought, revision, and meeting deadlines. She also studied Shakespeare, art history, journalism, book arts, and took general education courses. Her thesis consisted of 40 pages of short stories. During her schooling, she worked as a librarian and a journalist for the College's library and newspaper respectively.
CSK writes in the Hobby category on writing, specifically what it is like to write fiction and poetry. Her ten online articles on this topic are hosted at various online forums and a past personal blog. Her topics included author interviews, tips and clues for writing fiction and poetry, and Dos and Don'ts for publishing one's work. She explored illustrating one's writing, such as for comic books and comic strips, and showed some of her own work as examples.
Her expertise in this field comes from personal experience and research. CSK has been writing fiction and poetry for 13 years. She has done extensive research on the process of writing and what it means to be a writer. In college, she took several creative writing workshops on writing for young adult and adult audiences, in all genres. She took one course on advanced free-verse poetry. All of this makes CSK a good writer and a very capable person to discuss this hobby. Her articles appeal to new writers as well as to those more experienced. To date she has published one flash fiction, "Flying", available at Smashwords in the 2013 Flash in the Attic Fiction Anthology. She is currently revising her first and second novels and compiling a poetry collection.
CSK's Entertainment articles focused on particular living, famous, and obscure musicians or artists, excepting historical Pre-Raphaelite artist J.W. Waterhouse.
Each article has an introduction, at least one accompanying gallery, and CSK's personal thoughts on that particular person. (This was encouraged on the website for which she worked.) Article lengths varied from 1000 to 5000 words.
CSK's expertise comes from reading and research about the entertainment industry. She likes to keep apprised of current events with celebrities, new trends in the film and music worlds, and reviews of vintage art. She also has a few connections in the art world. Her commentary on entertainment topics is new, exciting, and supported by fact. There is a friendly flair to her work that makes her articles fun and relatable.
CSK wrote several travel blog entries and one article was selected for publication on a large website. In it, she covered her experiences traveling through and staying in a small town in Northern India for one month. Her article includes practical tips for new travelers, pros and cons of staying in a Third World country, and her impressions going on a pilgrimage to some of the holy places in Uttar Pradesh.
CSK's goal is to appeal to an audience of new travelers who are looking for opinions and practical advice about staying in specific countries. Her traveling experience includes stays in India and Germany, as well as traveling within the U.S. She has traveled extensively in California and knows a great deal about California vacationing.
CSK wrote one article for the Spirituality category for another website. This article is about deity worship as practiced in ancient and contemporary India.
Although CSK has published only one Spirituality article, she has written many articles on this topic, both in essay form for college classes and as opinion articles. Her extensive travel in India from 2010 to 2013 gives her a big advantage when exploring Eastern vs. Western religious thought. Her personal involvement in the day-to-day activities of Indian temple life give her a unique perspective. Her articles include clear-cut, detailed descriptions and well-thought-out points.
CSK has written articles on spirituality, travel, writing, and entertainment. Most of them are for another paid-to-write website. Because of her expertise and experience, she is able to write on many topics.
CSK did many presentations for school, and also one project for an Economics class in 2010. With a partner she presented an introductory look at automobile insurance.
CSK's expertise on presentation comes from years of presentations in school. She learned to use programs such as Microsoft Powerpoint to do this. After years of experience, she understands that creating presentations requires a lot of research and knowledge on your subject. It also requires knowing about your audience and collecting information and pictures to make your presentation clear and interesting.
CSK wrote one script for a Shakespeare study in which she was assigned to mix in Shakespeare characters from different plays to create a new, engaging tale. She picked for her main influence a lesser-known play of Shakespeare, TITUS ANDRONICUS, with characters from MACBETH and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. It necessitated a lot of research. CSK loves research. She found this assignment quite enjoyable, and welcomed the challenge of crossing plays.