Lee Libby Reflects on the KMTA session ...

I found that Kairos afforded the proper medium for the article I created. Because the topic related to hypertexts, it was much easier for me to write the article as a hypertext. I felt more creative in the process. This may sound like a simplistic conclusion, but I have since published print documents about hypertexts and experienced something "missing in the translation" so to speak.

As far as my interactions with the Kairos staff, I must say that they were overwhelmingly positive. The critiques from my reviewers gave me substantive comments that helped me improve the article. There were always reminder emails in advance of deadlines, which I found most helpful. All my questions were answered promptly via email as well.

The MOO was a first for me. I felt like I was on a keyboard highway with text flying by at 80 words per minute. Although I was very nervous about being a "featured" participant, it was much more of a conversation than I expected. The time passed in an instant. When the MOO concluded, I felt like I was stepping off a roller coaster...thrilled but exhausted.

Since the article was published, I have received much positive feedback from writers here at Iowa State, and outside the University as well. In fact, aspects of my publishing experience with this article are being included in two PHD studies at different institutions. Because of these studies, I get a stronger sense of how my writing is "linked" to the larger conversation about hypertext in general.

There is only one place where publishing on the web leaves something to be desired for me. My Dad does not have a computer at home and has never surfed the Internet. He grew up very strongly grounded in print technology and has always been a worshipper of The Book. I don't think it means the same thing to him when I send printouts of my hypertext as it would if I could send a signed copy of a journal issue.

But...many friends and family members in professional fields other than my own have read the article because it is on the web, Had it been published in a print journal, I know they would not have done so.

I plan on writing more hypertext articles, and after my first experience publishing with Kairos, they will be certainly be on the top of my list for submissions.

L. L. Libby

Lee Libby is a graduate student at Iowa State University studying Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication.

Kairos Webtext
Libby's KMTA Session

KAIROS Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments.
Vol. 3 No. 1. Spring 1998