Five strategies to get your academic writing “unstuck” – Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD

When I blog about academic writing, I do so from the vantage point of someone who does it on a daily basis. Someone who recognizes his own time limitations (because I’m pretty busy), and his challenges (because I write academic prose both in English and Spanish, each with their own challenges). Even though I have an incredibly well-organized schedule, sometimes life happens and my schedule gets somewhat derailed. This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Moreover, sometimes, I also get stuck. I want to write, but my brain doesn’t want to push words out through my fingers.

The more I work with myself and think about how I approach my research, the more I can see how I can improve my writing. In particular, lately, I’ve found five strategies to get myself “unstuck”. If I feel that the words aren’t flowing, I use one of these strategies (or all combined).

1. Write an outline.

This is pretty basic advice, but one that has helped me think through my research. When I feel that I am stuck, I write an outline, either of the paper I am already writing, or of a new paper. By liberating my busy mind from the worry of not having anything to write and plotting a new idea or conceptual map, I allow my thinking to flow freely.

2. Set a few sentences or a paragraph as your target.

When I set myself a hard target (e.g. 2 consecutive hours of writing), I often see it as a challenge. However, if my goal is to just write a paragraph in a paper, I often find myself that the writing flows more and more. Also, there are very few things that are more fulfilling than seeing the blank spaces being substituted by words, sentences and paragraphs. That feeling of completing an explanation or outlining an idea is just amazing.

3. Answer questions related to your research/paper.

This is related to the first strategy, and I found it helps me quite a lot. I am currently writing on water privatization in Mexico, and I found that the easiest way to write about it was to answer questions. When somebody is reading my paper, what kind of questions do they have, and how can I help them answer them? I find that when I answer a question, that response usually forms one or two paragraphs, and more often than not, a full section.

4. Read a paper and summarize it (in writing)

This is another strategy I’ve been using lately. Instead of getting frustrated about why my writing isn’t flowing, I simply grab an article that I already have read, and I type my notes. I usually type those notes (which are often handwritten) to then transform them into a “memorandum” or a “memo”. I took the idea of writing memos from when I took a course in qualitative methods during my PhD. These “memos” are simply messages to yourself, crafted in such a way that you can generously lift text from them to add them to your paper.

5. Go for a short walk, armed with a pen and paper pad.

I have a small travel handbook (Moleskine is your best friend) similar to the one that I always carry on the field, when conducting interviews, doing participant observation while on fieldwork. So when I feel stuck, I take my “ideas” notebook and go for a short walk. I usually listen to classical music while I write, so I grab my iPod and play some classical music while on my walk. This usually puts me in a thinking mood and therefore I am able to more quickly jot down ideas that I then come back to my office and type.

As I have told other people, I write about what works for ME. Hopefully these strategies will work for YOU too.

City Council picks Abel Pacheco Jr. to rep NE Seattle — and help lead city zoning conversations | Crosscut

He will represent District 4, which snakes along the eastern part of Lake Union, to north of the ship canal and ends south of Lake City, encapsulating the University of Washington and its surrounding areas. 

After winning the seat, an emotional Pacheco recalled promising his mother he’d make her proud. “Just like I told her, I hope to make all of you proud,” he told the council.

Pacheco, 31, will have seven months to make his mark on the council as chair of the Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, during which time he will lead the council’s discussion about what comes after its most recent landmark upzones. Specifically, his committee will grapple with how much density to allow around the Ave in the University District and next steps in the council’s drawn-out tinkering with the city’s backyard cottage rules.

Pacheco said he “tentatively” supports upzones around the Ave, but wanted to meet with businesses to “alleviate” concerns. He also said he supports easing restrictions on backyard cottages.

Perhaps his biggest responsibility will be to study and likely help amend Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed 2020 budget this fall. For the council, budget deliberation is an opportunity to bring home money for districts and pet projects, as well as to lay out the body’s broad priorities.

As someone who does not own a car, Pacheco also said he would focus on ways to improve transportation transit connections to the UW light rail station.

At 31, Pacheco becomes the council’s youngest member. After graduating UW in 2012 with a master’s in public administration, he worked as a communications and programs specialist with the Seattle Police Foundation, an entity separate from the police department that raises money to offer resources to Seattle police officers.

Most recently, he worked as the director of strategic engagement with the University of Washington’s MESA program, lobbying the Washington state Legislature for funding to promote mathematics, engineering and science achievement for underserved populations.

Pacheco has also dipped his toe into land-use issues, serving on a Wallingford focus group for the city’s housing and livability agenda.

In advocating for himself, Pacheco also emphasized his story: a person of color who barely graduated high school and has overcome adversity. “While my resume highlights my community involvement and professional experiences that have prepared me to serve, it is my story that has fueled my heart’s desire to serve,” he said in his application.

This is not the first time Pacheco has sought a seat on the Seattle City Council. He ran in 2015, but failed to advance past the primary. He also sought to fill a vacancy left by Tim Burgess, who became acting mayor in 2017, but the seat was granted to Kirsten Harris-Talley.

My Everything Notebook – planning my research and writing output – Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD

I have very odd methods of doing things, I recognize this. I don’t follow anybody’s “time management system”. I adopted many of the tips that are now praised in the methodologies that “Getting Things Done“, “the Bullet Journal” and other productivity systems boast since I was a child, and I’ve faithfully kept my working habits, so it’s sometimes weird to see them called someone else’s philosophy when I learned how to do them in my childhood. To be honest, I had a homework notebook since I was in grade school (I studied with the LaSalle system).

Our daily homework agenda (”diario de tareas” in Spanish) was a little notebook with space for every day of the week, where the teacher asked us to write down every piece of homework we had to do. Like a ‘homework journal’. Because I did my schooling with very strict teachers, they would review our “Homework Journal” every single day, and we had to have our parents sign it. Every. Single. Day. So, I got used to writing down what tasks I had to complete and by when. I don’t think I still have a copy of my “Homework Journal” from when I was little, or I would totally post it. Trust me, it worked. I never missed a piece of homework because I *had* to show it to my parents and they *had* to sign off on each page.

A lot of people have seen how I work since I started publishing my “My Own Workflow” posts. Many folks ask me how I plan my days, weeks and months. Since July 1st was just a little while ago, and I’m a big believer in tracking progress (because you can’t fix what you can’t measure as per the first principle of total quality control), I decided to take stock of what I had accomplished in the first semester of the year. I also wanted to plan for the fall. I was curious to see what other people were doing for their To-Do lists, and contrast their process with mine. In a brief exchange with my graduate school friend Dr. Amanda Bittner (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and Dr. Andrea Collins (University of Waterloo), Andrea mentioned the “Bullet Journal“, a planning system that is basically a series of itemized to-do lists (monthly, weekly, daily plans).

@amandabittner @raulpacheco It’s a systematized journal of to-do lists. It solved my problem of having post-its everywhere!

— Andrea Collins (@A_M_Collins) June 30, 2016

The Bullet Journal sounds good in theory, but as Jennifer Kerner Parkin wrote on her blog, it’s not really very good for academics who usually don’t think in linear models.

I tried the #bulletjournal for several months. Here are three reasons why I’ll never use it again: https://t.co/gOmCie1Aal #productivity

— Jennifer M.K. Parkin (@JMKernerParkin) July 1, 2016

I work with a very different but (in a strange way) somehow similar version of what the “Bullet Journal” seems to teach (a system which I developed completely separately from the bullet journal model throughout the years, and modeled very much after my Homeworks’ Notebook). My model is simple: I plan for the year, then semester, then month, then week. I also have just ONE notebook: It’s My Everything Notebook.

I divide my plans in four sets of items: Student Mentorships (be it undergraduate or graduate), Research (which can be notes about journal articles, ideas I have about new papers, project tracking, research meetings notes, etc), Personal and Administrative (project management and daily stuff that doesn’t really add much value but is stuff you NEED to do anyways) and Teaching (which is usually notes about my syllabus, how I develop lesson plans, etc.).

For my writing output, the main overarching framework that organizes my papers is my Publications Planner. I draw from the general “What Remains to be Done” cell and send it to my weekly plan. I plan for journal article and book chapter submission from the same Publications Planner and put it in my 6 Months-Monthly Plan (which is a series of printed monthly calendars that I then glue together to give me a general overview of the semester. I put together a weekly plan that is drawn from the Publications Planner, the semester calendar (I teach two courses in the fall), and some meetings that I already know I will have in the fall. Now that I have a newly funded project, I am going to have to schedule time for meetings and fieldwork for that one. I also make sure to include actual personal time and items in my planner (e.g. grocery shopping, laundry, weddings, birthdays etc.)

On my campus office whiteboard I write the five days of the week and type under each the day of the week what I’m supposed to be doing that day. That information comes from my weekly plan, and it’s integrated with my daily plan (see below). I make sure that I synchronize my daily and weekly plans with my Google Calendar (because let’s face it, I can get distracted rather easily). See below for analog synchronization of daily plan in the Everything Notebook with a weekly layout on the whiteboard.

As you can see, I moved things around, things “happened” (green) and stuff got done (crossed) – still working! pic.twitter.com/xWPIBGfAWS

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) June 7, 2016

Because I used to List All The Things and I wanted to Achieve All The Goals, and I suddenly realized I can’t really do that, I changed my system to simply listing the stuff that MUST BE DONE, AND IS ACTUALLY FEASIBLE OF BEING COMPLETED BY THE DATE WHEN I PLANNED IT. This is important because I am always shooting for achieving more and then realizing my body (or life) happens.

I don’t “Bullet Journal”. I do write tasks to do, those completed get a ✅ – green ink is “Stuff that Came Up” pic.twitter.com/kMoK0816X7

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) July 2, 2016

The question that I get asked All The Time: DON’T YOU SPEND MORE TIME PLANNING THAN ACTUALLY DOING THE WORK? My response to that question is always the one shown in this magnet (which is also in my campus office): I am just too lazy to look for things. So I make it super easy for me to find *everything* I do. Notes from a meeting. Research findings. My plan for a certain week. Because EVERYTHING is in my Everything Notebook, I really don’t have to look for anything. I just need to organize it once (and this July it took me about 45 minutes of one lazy Saturday).

Now you understand why I am so obsessively organized with my time, my books, my journal articles and my life ☺️ pic.twitter.com/pjmdhYoppl

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) March 26, 2016

My process is actually quite simple, and I am happy to share it because if it can help someone else organize their thoughts or life, all the better. It does help me. And reflecting on my own processes helps me think about how to improve.

Isaih Pacheco overcomes family tragedy to lead Vineland’s football team

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco
Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Isaih’s bedroom dresser doubles as a shrine to lost family members, in addition to storing his many trophies. Below, his parents, Julio Pacheco and Felicia Cannon, join him on the field at Senior Night.

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, has a mirror in his room with some obituaries and memories on his mirror of his lost family. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, has a mirror in his room with some obituaries and memories on his mirror of his lost family. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, plays with his next door neighbor,Exodus DeJesus,10 , throwing a football in his yard. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland’s Isaih Pacheco all smiles in the 4th quarter against Atlantic City. Oct. 20, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland’s Isaih Pacheco runs into the end zone for a touchtown during the Fighting Clan’s victory over Atlantic City.

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Vineland’s Isaih Pacheco after scoring, uses headset to communicate with coaches during the game against Atlantic City. Oct. 20, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland at Atlantic City football

Vineland High School senior Isaih Pacheco runs against Atlantic City High School during fourth-quarter action in a game last week. Pacheco, one of the state’s top players, ran for 222 yards and a touchdown in a game three days after his sister was fatally shot.

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Vineland at Atlantic City football

Vineland’s Isaih Pacheco shows number #1 in the 4th quarter against Atlantic City. Oct. 20, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland’s Isaih Pacheco breaks a tackle by Mainland Regional’s Dean Deveney, Friday Nov. 6, 2015, during their high school football game in Linwood.

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, plays with his next door neighbor,Exodus DeJesus,10 , throwing a football in his yard. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland High School senior Isaih Pacheco lost his sister Celeste Cannon to gun violence in September. ‘My sister was like my best friend,’ Isaih said. His brother, Travoise Cannon, was stabbed to death in Bridgeton in January 2016.

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco pump up for the game. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco with his coach Dan Russo. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, with his parents Julio Pacheco and Felicia Cannon. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, with his parents Julio Pacheco and Felicia Cannon at Senior Night. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

A picture of Pacheco’s brother Tavarios Cannon, was stabbed to death last year. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

‘He warms my heart,’ mom Felicia Cannon says of Isaih, shown with his father, Julio Pacheco, left, and dog Kylie.

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, with his parents Julio Pacheco and Felicia Cannon at Senior Night. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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A picture of Pacheco’s sister, Celeste Cannon, who was murdered in September. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco during National Anthem. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, with his parents Julio Pacheco and Felicia Cannon. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Pacheco Warns About Scams Targeting Rock Springs Residents

Scam artists are developing new and creative ways to take your money and personal information, according to the Rock Springs Police Department.
ROCK SPRINGS — According to Rock Springs Chief of Police Dwane Pacheco, Rock Springs residents continue to be the target for a number of different scams.
Various telephone, mail and e-mail scam attempts continue to be reported around town. In some cases, people are notified they’ve won a lottery or a prize of some sort and then they’re asked to send money in advance for fraudulent reasons, then they can collect their prize.
These are normally frauds, and international lotteries are actually illegal. In some attempted scams people will be notified that a foreign prince needs to move some money out of his country and needs a valid checking account in the United States to deposit the money.
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In other instances, someone will be sent an unsolicited check and the sender will ask the received to take some of the money and return the rest. A very simple confirmation to the check issuer, normally found on the face of the check, will show the check to be a fraud.
The Rock Springs Police Department urges residents to remain vigilant to deals which just “seem too good to be true.”
RSPD Chief Dwane Pacheco offers some tips on how to recognize a scam.
“While there are many legitimate investments and businesses, there are also predators who seek to take your hard-earned savings,” Pacheco said.
As a reminder, clicking on a link from an unfamiliar sender could result in a computer virus downloaded on to your computer. Trusting a phone number or e-mail address from a phony credit card company could result in you sharing valuable personal information.
“The internet and mass mailings have opened new horizons for millions of Americans,” Pacheco continued. “At the same time, predators have seen these advancements as opportunities for crime. Please remember the old adage, ‘if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is’.”

Noah Pacheco leans into acoustic singer-songwriter vibes on new album – The Fulcrum

Album tackles personal growth and finding your way post-graduation

Ottawa’s singer-songwriter scene has a new powerhouse in Noah Pacheco and the release of his acoustic-focused second album, Elixir, out Friday.

Pacheco graduated from Carleton University’s aerospace engineering program last year. While in school he released his first album, Ever. The follow-up, an acoustic-driven indie-pop record, was released on most streaming platforms Friday.

Elixir is Pacheco’s second album, and the first that came with a release party. It’s more coherent than his first record, which he labels as “testing the water” in several genres.

On Elixir, Pacheco leans fully into the acoustic singer-songwriter sounds he honed at open mics, mostly at Pressed (an Ottawa coffee shop on Gladstone Avenue), where he held the sold-out album release party. The album has an overarching theme of growth and life changes, which came out of Pacheco graduating and thinking about his life post-school.

“My publicist said that there was this large looping theme of growth and evolvement, and I took a second look at it and realized she’s right,” said Pacheco. “I talk a lot about purpose and finding one’s place and how to deal with one’s past and still move forward.”

From the reverb-drenched a capella opener of “Alive” and the hip-hop inspired drums and synth on tracks like “Back” and “Battle Cry,” Pacheco adds depth to his songs from his home, mostly working off FL Studio on his computer. The studio work shifts the album away from basic singer-songwriter, adding in pop elements, especially on songs like “Flashback,” but still through an acoustic lens.

Other tracks like “Coffee Shop Love,” plaintive album closer “Tired,” and the ukulele-driven “Visit” are pure singer-songwriter built around Pacheco’s acoustic skills.

“I started writing around this time last year. I wrote one or two songs while I was finishing up school. And then the big question came up of what to do with my life now,” said Pacheco.

Pacheco’s typical writing process starts with a guitar or piano and notebook in hand. Once he has the acoustic version written out, he’ll go onto his computer and start adding fuller production. He’s found the vocals tend to take the most time to get right.

Pacheco’s slowly been making the shift from open mic nights to more professional shows, though it’s been difficult. He said of the 25 cold calls he made to find a venue for his release party, only Pressed took him on.

Pacheco admitted that one of the hardest things about being a student-musician is balancing music with school. He confessed that usually, if you’re going to do both, you’re going to suffer in both.

“Between social life, music and school, most of the time school took the backseat,” Pacheco said. He credits school for introducing him to lots of new people, but university was more for the social life than the academics. Now that he’s out of school, he finds the music-work balance a lot better.

“I was always of the opinion that I wouldn’t love any job that I did, unless it was music,” Pacheco said. “Unfortunately, I don’t think I could make a job out of music, so I settled to work and then do part-time music … and it worked out.”

“I’ve been more productive than I have been in school, that’s for sure,” he added.

 You can find Noah Pacheco’s new album and more on his website. 

Creating subject sentences and also crafting paragraphs– Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD

Two of the concerns I obtain inquired most often certainly not simply by my personal trainees yet through various other historians on Twitter too are: “how perform I create good subject paragraphes?” and also “just how do I compose really good paragraphs?“. These pair of techniques are very important for lots of causes, yet the one I deal with the very most is actually the subject matter sentence, because I believe really good topic paragraphes commonly can cause sturdy, well-written paragraphs.

This is one factor why I am actually (like PHYSICIAN Eve Ewing in a tweet I price estimate below), an enthusiast of the 5 paragraph essay (a form of essay that is typically educated at the college/university degree). In my perspective, well-crafted subject matter sentences prepared show business for meaningful and also sturdy paragraphs which then create noise, sound, express expositions. While in some cases unpopular, the Introductory, Physical Body, Proof, Conversation, Final thoughts design (the 5 paragraphs exposition) is actually reproduced in scholarly composing beyond undergraduate creating (observe the IMRAD model of scholarly paper). I hence agree along with PHYSICIAN Eve Ewing listed below because the 5 paragraph composition IS actually a brilliant method of introducing undergraduates to scholarly creating.

unpopular point of view: the 5-paragraph essay actually carries out exemplify the essential principles of really good essay creating (intro, documentation, verdict; a crystal clear feeling of design as well as signposting) and is actually a fine means to show students the beginning stages of prose writing https://t.co/CFJhukdta6

— wikipedia “in season halloween label” brownish (@eveewing) Might 19, 2018

This newspaper on facilities privatization aids me exhibit something that @jessicacalarco has actually spoken about in earlier threads on writing abstracts and overviews. Attention where I denoted * TS […] this is a topic sentence, repeated coming from intellectual in the intro. pic.twitter.com/cuGMeFKZfc

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) July 15, 2018

Some of the journal articles, manual chapters as well as manuals I read through avoid the basic framework of a paragraph as explained next to PHYSICIAN Patrick Dunleavy in his weblog message on constructing paragraphs. This is problematic due to the fact that if the subject matter paragraph is actually not the 1st one that you discover in a paragraph, it is actually harder to determine which one is the absolute most necessary and also for that reason, visitors may discover it challenging to review the material to establish one of the most important and also beneficial tip within.

The standard framework of a paragraph is actually (and I borrow coming from the Dunleavy design here, though I administer my own codes):

  • Subject Sentence
  • Physical body
  • Souvenirs (Sustaining Evidence(
  • Cover (Closing)

Professor Dunleavy does not concur that the Wrap paragraph (what I refer to as the Closing Paragraph) ought to connect to the upcoming paragraph. However seriously, I simulate doing this, as well as my writing shows this. I think that the Closing Paragraph need to enable me to observe the flow (the Throughline or even) of the whole entire newspaper.

Exactly how perform I recognize whether a Topic Paragraph is actually well designed? This is a question I typically get asked. One test I usually inquire my pupils to use is to highlight in yellow (view my colour-coded highlighting and also scribbling scheme listed here) the first sentence of every paragraph of a whole paper or even manual section. If they manage to understand what the newspaper or book phase has to do with by means of simply the topic paragraphes, then the writer chose the appropriate ones. This approach for easy reading (skimming) only functions if authors comply with the version where you begin a brand-new paragraph with the topic paragraph.

I acknowledge with Dr. Jessica Calarco (Indiana Educational Institution– Bloomington) listed here where she says that a robust essay ought to possess strong topic paragraphes and also well-written paragraphs.

Agreed. When I give essays to my undergrads, I provide suggested describes. Those details follow the 5-paragraph design. As well as they assist trainees learn to design a crystal clear argument and also assistance that argument with cases (subject matter paragraphes) and documentation (instances as well as evaluation). https://t.co/p0kzDQG3o7

— Jess Calarco (@JessicaCalarco) May 19, 2018

When I create, I make an effort to comply with the topic sentence model. For me, a key concept must be actually included in one paragraph. As I browsed for sources that I can connect to if you want to aid viewers know what a really good topic sentence is, I came upon D’Angelo (1986 )’s article, “”.

This introduction to D’Angelo’s evaluation of The Subject Sentence is actually fantastic, as it supplies a complete paragraph that consists of the main point AS a subject paragraph, as well as additionally manufactures the whole report in the first paragraph. Directly, I like this pretentious technique. pic.twitter.com/pXAMhyfSof

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) October 25, 2018

If you read this post, D’Angelo returns to the intellectual record of what a subject matter sentence as well as a paragraph appear like. What D’Angelo and also the authors he mentions suggest is actually that a paragraph is a set of sentences that are actually coherent, natural and give a whole idea in a self-supporting unit. A subject paragraph establishes the TOPIC (or even the theme, the principal tip) of a paragraph.

Child actions function actually properly for me. Crack down the work into very small parts: a paragraph, mention. Break the paragraph into components: Topic paragraph, instance, finalizing paragraph. Centering on writing a very small item at once as well as celebrating that truly aids me develop assurance.

— Elise Paradis (@ep_qc) September 19, 2018

The topic sentence must, for that reason, guarantee that if we read it (and also merely that specific paragraph) we can possess a broad, bird’s eye view of the complete paragraph, also if we add assisting product and a closing paragraph after that. A paper with really good subject matter paragraphes ought to for that reason effortlessly be skimmed by reading through only the initial sentence of each paragraph. Although as I stated above, there are actually an amount of academic authors that perform certainly not observe this design, regrettably, because they experience it is actually formulaic. I firmly believe in following techniques as well as solutions and THEN utilize minor variations and also deviate from the version.

That is actually why I suggest creating documents through a couple of approaches: (1) Answering Inquiries as well as (2) Noting Subject Matter Sentences. These subject sentences then, as DOCTOR Calarco discusses in her tweet over, end up being complete paragraphes. I also motivate my trainees and audiences of this particular blogging site to take into consideration paragraphs as their target objective. Making good enough words to end up a couple of paragraphes and create a strong, logical and meaningful paragraph ought to be actually an authentic goal for academic article writers. This opinion is actually likewise why I urge my pupils to write in paragraphs, one suggestion at a time.

I think it is vital to instruct procedure. Possessing a good TS should likewise originate from observing various other’s work that’s effortless to check out and recognize.

— Mr. J. Puntillo (@MrJPuntillo) August twenty, 2017

Once you’ve crafted your entire paper/essay, you can then operate a Reverse Outlines (Paragraph Replanning) evaluation like the one assumed through Dr. Rachael Caeley below. By making an overview as well as finding just how it seems like, you can easily see if you need to have to reevaluate particular paragraphs.

A couple of resources:

  • WikiHow’s “Just how to Create an Excellent Topic Sentence” message.

Perhaps this blog are going to aid people make much better subject matter paragraphes and also develop more powerful, extra meaningful and sound paragraphs.

Jessy Pacheco’s Family Held Interview Regarding His Gain

TRUCK BUREN, Ark.– Jessy Pacheco and his household stored an interview in Van Buren today (June 23), observing his return.

Pacheco had actually gone missing in Guadalaraja, Mexico, recently while commemorating his latest graduation from health care university.

His loss made titles around the nation, along with many thinking about if Pacheco would certainly return home.

Pacheco’s family announced on Friday (June 21) that he was actually found risk-free as well as will make his way home quickly.

During the conference, his family members showed that he had actually taken flight back previously this weekend break.

Pacheco’s family members also stated the FBI was entailed in the instance.

Pacheco mentioned he does not recognize where he was or even who he was with, mentioning he blacked out after he was actually taken and also didn’t would like to go over exactly how he was returned property.

“I failed to presume I was going to be actually back residence. I presumed my lifestyle was over, Pacheco pointed out mentally.

When inquired about his good friend Carlos Romero, who had been actually found lifeless, Pacheco said he preferred nothing at all had actually occurred to him.

“I simply desire to state I will have taken his area,” Pacheco claimed. “He really did not deserve it. I didn’t deserve it, either. He was actually a terrific man. Carlos was actually a buddy of mine. I’m sorry that it took place to him. We hoped a whole lot for his loved ones …”

His family happened to claim that they desired to say thanks to the area as well as every person that discussed Pacheco’s tale. They stated they think it is the factor he was actually returned residence.

Pacheco was actually participated in through his mother and also his relative in the course of the push meeting.

A Go FundME account that had been actually established for Jessie has actually lifted over $7,000.

Kitimat’s Pacheco talks Road Show, Spruce Kings and his time at Brock University

Photo credit: Prince George Citizen

Growing up in Kitimat, B.C., former Prince George Spruce King and Cowichan Valley Capital Skylar Pacheco is well-aware of the charms that come with living in a small town.

The defenceman who played over 200 BCHL games from 2011 to 2015, enjoyed his childhood there, especially from a hockey perspective.

“It’s a great place to grow up,” said Pacheco. “It’s a small town, so everyone kind of knows everyone. You’re able to ride your bike two minutes down the street to go play with your buddies. It’s a really tight-knit community, so I definitely enjoyed my childhood there. Most of my friends still live there, so it’s always nice to go back and visit everyone.

“Playing hockey, there was a lot of travel, but it made for a lot of fun times traveling with all your buddies and staying in hotels. I got to be really close with everybody there. It was challenging sometimes, but it was also good for my development. There weren’t as many kids around, so coaches could kind of focus more one-on-one.”

After his four-year career in the BCHL, Pacheco moved on to play at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., where he’s been for the past five seasons.

On a recent trip back home for the holidays, he noticed there was a buzz around town and around the rink. The town was eagerly anticipating the BCHL Road Show event supported by LNG Canada and the two regular-season games that are coming to town.

The Spruce Kings and the Langley Rivermen are set to play two games at Tamitik Arena in Kitimat on Feb. 15 and 16.

“I know my dad has definitely been looking forward to it,” said Pacheco. “I talked to a few different people around town and they all brought it up and mentioned how they were excited to watch. Everyone is just excited to get some hockey of that calibre in the town.”

As the most northern city in the BCHL and by far the closest to Kitimat, Pacheco says it makes it even more special that the Spruce Kings are involved in the game. He knows this from experience as he spent three of his four seasons with the team.

“There’s been four or five kids from Kitimat that have played for the Spruce Kings throughout the years and, with that being the closest team, I’d say if anyone in the community is a fan of a BCHL team, it would have to be the Spruce Kings.

“It was exciting when I first started playing there. My parents were out there quite a bit. Every other home game they were making the drive over. It seemed like every home game I had friends or family there. It was a fun time in my life and I just look back at it with really fond memories.”

Although he was across the country at Brock University, Pacheco has still kept tabs on his old team, especially during their long playoff runs the last two year. After losing in the championship series in 2018, the Spruce Kings broke through and won the franchise’s first-ever Fred Page Cup last season.

“When I was there, we always had pretty good teams, but we could never really make it over the hump in the playoffs,” he said. “The run that they made and when they won it all, I was definitely paying attention and watching all the way through. It was pretty cool to see. I’m just happy for that organization, the community and all the fans there. They have great fans and I know how much they care about the Spruce Kings. For all the volunteers and everyone who’s supported them throughout the year, it was pretty cool to see them finally win it all.”

For Pacheco, he’s close to wrapping up his final year at Brock and is set to graduate this summer. His ultimate goal is to continue playing hockey at a professional level, but he knows with his education, he has something valuable to fall back on.

“We’re just looking into everything at this point,” he said. “I’m looking at options in Europe, anything pro, just kind of listening to different place and weighing all my options.

“Coming out with a business degree, I’m looking at jobs right now as well. As it gets closer to graduation and as the summer goes on, we’ll see if I continue to play or if I try to transition into the business world.”

No matter what he decides or what transpires the rest of the hockey season, his thoughts will be back in his hometown of Kitimat on Family Day long weekend.

“I wish I could be there to watch,” he said. “But I know it’s going to be a great event. The people that I’ve talked to, everyone’s really excited. Hopefully the teams can put on a good show.”