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Ashley Benning


8/15/09: Just found out that the academic papers from TwiCon might be published.  I can’t post my paper on here until we’ve gotten that all sorted out.  Sorry!  I’ll keep you updated.

**UPDATE: Sorry for the delay, folks.  Had a rough week getting back on track after TwiCon!  Will get the paper up for you to read this week. 🙂 **

One of the tricky things about panel presentations is that there is a chance you will not be left with the amount of time you planned for. The Legends panel ended up being allotted 30 minutes less time than we had anticipated–through no one’s fault– and we had to adjust.  As a result, I chopped my paper into a 6 minute bite rather than present the whole 18 minutes I had written.  I still had a great time presenting and feeding off of that audience high, but I’m afraid the ideas came off truncated and scattered.

I had a few TwiCon attendees ask to read a copy of my paper, “There is NO Team Jacob.”  I still have one or two things I need to add to it before it becomes public (such as a few reference page numbers, a works cited, etc.), but I hope to have it up here within the next week.  Please feel free to send me an email or comment on this post if you’d like to discuss the topic of the paper further; I’d love to get a good discussion going so I can see all sides of the issue before I try to get this thing published.

Thanks for attending TwiCon and allowing me some time to present my idea to you; this has truly been a unique and rewarding experience for me and I’ve loved hearing your thoughts about the series.


P.S. Make sure you check out Maggie’s blog for more pics and a behind-the-scenes look at the academic side of TwiCon. www.imstillwandering.blogspot.com.

Here is the article by Shannon Hale featured in the October 2008 School Library Journal.