Initial thoughts: Ada Dev Academy and Seattle tech culture

Scribbles. Loose scribbles.聽That鈥檚 really all my brain can process聽at the moment. I don鈥檛 think I can adequately聽organize my thoughts on my early Ada Developers Academy days into a very coherent blog post. So far, I鈥檓 absolutely loving my experience. I placed my hands聽on a聽keyboard, started coding, looked up, and hey!聽A week went flying聽by! Time travel is real. It鈥檚 difficult聽to focus on anything else, because it feels like a large portion of my brain鈥檚 processing power is always聽chewing on something code-related in the background....

May 17, 2015 路 Loraine

Expanding with Ada Developers Academy

So I鈥檝e got some really fantastic news. I鈥檝e been accepted into the third cohort of the聽Ada Developers Academy, a tuition-free programming school for women. It is based here in Seattle. Unlike a traditional college or university, this non-profit throws you into the deep end with intensive, on-site courses held 9am-5pm聽for seven months. Phew! In addition to scooping聽Ruby, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript into our skulls, we鈥檒l also be accountable for 15-20 hours of homework each week....

April 2, 2015 路 Loraine

Storytelling at The Moth's HAUNTED Halloween Event

Last night, I聽participated in my first Moth event and told聽a story called 鈥淭he Body on the Trail.鈥澛營t was great fun, and I can鈥檛 wait to share more tales in the future!

November 1, 2014 路 Loraine

Chuck Palahniuk's Book Readings Are Like Rock Concerts

Most people know Chuck Palahniuk because of Fight Club,聽the novel that was adapted into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.聽On October 20,聽my sister and I attended Chuck Palahniuk鈥檚聽Beautiful You book launch and got to hear some of his short stories. We鈥檝e been long-time fans of his work, and it was thrilling to see him in person.聽Here are some photos that capture just a teensy聽fraction of the聽cacophony....

October 23, 2014 路 Loraine

API Flying Bookshelf Reading

Last month, I performed a spoken word piece at the API Flying Bookshelf launch in the Chinatown-International District of聽Seattle. The project聽is a fantastic book and 鈥榸ine collection that features the creative work of Asian and Pacific Islander artists and writers. It鈥檚 so important for these spaces to be visible聽and thrive. Tuyen Than at The Seattle Globalist聽put together an amazing article and video recap of the entire event....

August 1, 2014 路 Loraine