Two travel articles!

March 31, 2010

I’ve recently been trying my hand at travel writing – all the while staying stationary. Here are excerpts from two travel articles, recently published on other sites.

A Girl’s Travel Guide to Charlottetown

  • Charlottetown is the capital city of Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. Nestled into Canada’s rugged east coast, PEI is a lush, green island, best known for being the home of Canada’s Confederation, gorgeous red sand beaches, rolling potato fields, and Anne of Green Gables… (Continue reading.) (Published at Girl’s Getaway.)

10 UK Hostels That Are Far From “Hostile”

  • I’m desperate to take a jaunt over to the UK for a couple months after I graduate from college next year. When I started my travel planning, I quickly realized staying in hotels would simply not be an option for me, as my wallet would be stretched to the limit anyway… (Continue reading.) (Published at TalentEgg LAUNCH.)

He’s one of the original cast members of CollegeHumor and his sketches are some of the funniest on the website. Check out some of my favorite videos featuring Mr. Streeter Seidell.

How did you get your start with CollegeHumor? Besides act in various skits, what exactly do you do for the site?
I started at CH by writing articles when I was still in college. I used to write a few a day and post them to the site. When I graduated they offered me a job. As for what I do at CH, I do a little bit of everything. I act, write sketches, write articles, come up with T-shirts and do the live shows. But along with Jeff, I run the editorial department of all CH sites which means I co-oversee our whole operation.

What character is your favorite to play?
If I got the chance to ever play Phantom, I think that would be my favorite.

Do you have a favorite CH skit you’ve been in? What would might it be and why?
I really like one Pat and I did called [“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell“]. Pat and I wrote it together after improvising this little scene on the set of a different video and I think it’s really funny. I really like the way it looks, too.

What did you learn while doing the short film Old Man and the Seymour?
I learned that when actors complain about being tired there is actually some truth to it. I was exhausted the whole time and I had always thought that was bullshit.

You’ve done some stand-up comedy in addition to your work with CollegeHumor. What techniques can you use in either domain? What are some challenges when it comes to doing stand-up?
I think the same rules for comedy apply to all different ways of performing or writing. You just need to do what you think is funny. When I have tried to change my voice to fit what I thought an audience wanted to hear, it didn’t work.

Do you have any tips for up-and-coming comedy writers?
You know, I get asked that a lot and I always say the same thing which feels like a cop out, but I really think it’s true. The best thing any aspiring writer can do, of any genre, is get his or her work out there. Nobody is going to come knocking on your door asking if you have any great ideas unless you give them a reason to show up. Everything I’ve done and hopefully will do is a result of just putting my stuff out into the world.

And lastly, after Amir’s latest prank, how do you feel about skydiving?
I still think skydiving is perhaps the most fun thing you can do in the world.

Check out Streeter’s page on CollegeHumor, follow him on Twitter, check out his blog or become a fan of him on Facebook.

“Distance makes the heart grow fonder, but soaking it in brine makes the heart far more delicious.” – Phantom of the Office

To see more Phantom of the Office stuff, check out his phat Tumblr page. Or follow him on Twitter. Or see his videos on CollegeHumor.

Describe your perfect date.
I’m honestly more of a prune man myself, but dates will do in a pinch.

What historical catastrophe, caused by you, are you most proud of?
I might have to say the Johnstown flood. Look it up.

If you were stranded on an island, what book, movie and food would you choose to have with you?
Funny you should say that. I was stranded on an island for some time in the mid-Atlantic. All I had with me was a Bible and thank God, because it truly was a miracle. Using its pages, I was able to start a signal fire that could be seen miles out to sea.

Photo by Jillianne Hamilton

The autopsy results for a male victim involved in a fiery collision on Tuesday are expected to be released later this week.

RCMP investigators have several leads as to the identity of the man; however, they are awaiting further details before officially identifying the victim.

“Results are due tomorrow afternoon or Friday morning,” said District 4 RCMP officer Sgt. Paul Ouellette, who added the autopsy will be conducted tomorrow in St. John.

Around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, local emergency personnel were called to the scene of the fire after a vehicle struck a fuel tank beside the town of Sackville’s public works garage, located in the industrial park. The fire burned for more than an hour and cut off electricity to several businesses in the area as it burned through electrical wires.

Rolling black clouds of smoke could be seen from miles away in every direction.

The vehicle was traveling east on Crescent Street and didn’t make the turn, Ouellette said.
“Then the vehicle drove straight into one of the fuel tanks. I’m not going to speculate right now why that happened.”

The RCMP used information they gathered from the charred vehicle to track down the owner, he said.
“Based on that, we know there is a gentleman from Sackville who is missing. We presume that it was him that was in the vehicle.”

Dental records will be used to confirm the identity of the victim, he said.
“We’re not prepared to release the name in the meantime.”

Sackville Fire Chief Craig Bowser said 28 to 30 firefighters responded to the fire.
“It took about an hour to knock it down until it was safe for us to move in closer,” he said.

The public works building wasn’t damaged in the fire, he said.
“There was significant damage to the gasoline tank that was hit and ruptured and the diesel tank next to it. It sustained some heat damage.”

The fire department responded to the call in under four minutes and was not impeded by the traffic caused by industrial park employees evacuating the area, Bowser said.
“That’s a very good response time for a volunteer fire department.”

(This article was written and published on the Tribune-Post website on January 20, 2010.)

I have a new post at the Maclean’s OnCampus blog. I discuss the unfortunate events of 2009- and the very few good things that happened — 2009: A Year Dans Review.

On Monday, January 4th, 2010, I start a 4-week internship at the Sackville Tribune in Sackville, New Brunswick. I look forward to working in a new environment, meeting some new people and writing some new stories.

Happy New Year everyone!

[edit] The weather is just too horrible at the moment to attempt the trip from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. So, I hope to start my internship on Tuesday or Wednesday. [/edit]

I think it’s safe now.

September 19, 2009

So, I’ve previously mentioned on this blog that I’m up for an internship during the school year. Well, as it would turn out, I am, in fact, getting to do the internship. And I’m thrilled.

I start the internship at the Confederation Centre of the Arts next Monday (I think). I very much look forward to the opportunity and I expect to learn a lot while I’m there.

I also have a new post up at my Maclean’s OnCampus blog: Five reasons why going back to school sucks. (Don’t take it too seriously. It’s meant to be satire.)

Post at Simply Bags

September 13, 2009

I wrote a post for Simply Bags, a website that sells personalized tote bags. (They really do have some beautiful bags. I have one of the black and white damask bags with Jillianne on the side!)

Anyway, I wrote this post for their blog, titled What Every Student Should Have In Their Bag.

Kill Jill Goes To College was back online when I woke up the next morning. No worries.

As a part of my online internship with myUsearch, I did a guest post at MyCampusChronicles: “How to Avoid Scams When Job Hunting Online“. That can be found here.

My newest post for my blog at MacLeans OnCampus was published last night: How To Spot a College Student.

I’ve also started a home/dorm/decor/decorating/photography/whatever blog: My Kingdom for a Margarita.

A long time ago (and in a galaxy far, far away), I did an interview with Alina Simone (check out her MySpace) for a website I once had called Jill Pushed Jack (now closed). The article was recently picked up by Dollymixture, a new online magazine for cool, alternative chicks. You can check out my article on page 18 of the premier issue.

I’ve also recently done two guest posts as a part of my myUsearch internship. The links for those are below.

I made a new post on my blog at Macleans OnCampus. It’s another humor post. I seem to be doing a lot of those these days. But it’s good, I enjoy writing them.

This one is called “10 Commandments of the Summer Job”. Enjoy!

Also, I decided to remove the “Published” page from this blog. I haven’t updated it in ages. Besides, I post all my recently published stuff on here anyway. So, it’s not a big deal.