I'm Dawn Papuga, the owner of Reality 101 and Lyrique Tragedy Reviews. At the core, I'm a writer and a teacher, and you'll find those themes sprinkled throughout everything I do. At Reality 101 you’ll find topics that range from Comic Books, Film, and Feminism to MMA commentary, Creative Writing prompts, and Social issues. It’s a place for me to communicate with like-minded individuals and share opinions (comments are always welcome). The site was born out of my work in the Social Media world, and serves as an outlet for my unquenchable desire to inspire creative thinking and uses of Social Media.
Lyrique Tragedy Reviews is my book review website that features book reviews, author interviews, articles, criticism, and commentary about books and the literary world in general. I’ve recently moved to Baltimore Maryland from Pittsburgh, Pa, and in the transition my library has yet to find a home without being subdivided in boxes, so temporarily my reviews are limited to what I can physically get to and settling in to a schedule that allows for dedicated reading and reviewing time. I’m hoping that’s very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
What I do:
I’ve been called a “professional student” because of the number of universities and colleges I have attended and for which I have taught, but I take that title seriously. I consider my profession to be a Student and Teacher in everything I do, and I'm a believer in life-long learning. My scholarly focus has been diverse– ranging from Renaissance literature, Film theory, Race theory, and Feminist theory to Pop culture, comic books, and uses of technology in the classroom, Higher Education, and in the business world. I’ve been an active part of the social media world for over a decade through the development and management of interactive writing communities, blogs, and for the past 6 years, developing new uses for social media in the classroom. I’ve taken those tools and applied them to consulting on the development of Social Media strategies for individuals and for both small and large institutions. I also focus on utilizing Social Media in the promotion and marketing of books and authors.
I’ve recently parlayed most of my passions–Education, Writing, and Technology–into a new career in Baltimore, MD as a Course Developer for online graduate degree programs, and I honestly feel I’m one of the lucky few who truly love what I do every day. I’m still constantly working on new ways to incorporate Social Media and new means of communication into both brick and mortar class rooms and in online environments, so don’t be surprised to see some of those thoughts spill over onto the blog! I’m working on a few articles on social media and education for publication, but I'm still searching for a way to combine Social Media, Education, and Gaming Technology into a PhD or some other means of research.
For now, I’ll have to be happy with my freedom and ability to research and write without another student loan looming in the distance.
Social Media Community:
I recently left a thriving, highly collaborative and successful Social Media Community in Pittsburgh, and I’m looking forward to contributing and getting involved in the burgeoning Social Media community in Baltimore. Already, the Social Media community here has been welcoming and helpful, and I’m eager to see what kind of goals and projects are in progress here–or those that are waiting to take off!