A Journey Through the Archives: Why Louise Writes

 May 10, 2011

Going into retirement.

            Well, the senior issue of The Talon is completed. How wild. I can’t honestly say whether I’m going to miss this newspaper staff or not. While making deadline was almost always a struggle (you’d think we would learn to not procrastinate), I think we consistently wrote great pieces that any high school newspaper would be proud of.

It seems strange to be hanging up my editor-in-chief hat to move onto bigger things at U of M. Who knows what’s in store for me there? Maybe I’ll look into writing for The Michigan Daily or some other publication. Or, more realistically, I’ll just be writing so many papers, I won’t want to do anything outside of class!

           Off to new adventures!

Geez, after writing for the high school paper for four years and having leadership responsibilities for three of those four years, I guess I was ready to step away from the world of print journalism (if you can qualify a high school paper as a piece of journalism). I mean, having to hound kids for articles for every deadline does get a little old. I suppose I was ready to try something new.


October 5, 2011

Already getting involved.

I’ve only been in college for a month and I am heavily involved in WOLV-TV. Not going to lie, I’m a little shocked how I was able to jump right in. I’ve been working for a show called “Sportsnite” and so far I’ve been writing a lot of the stories for the reporters to read; it seems to me that not many people like the creating process, but just like sitting in front of the camera. That sounds harsh— maybe they just don’t like writing. I really don’t mind at all. I love researching Michigan sports and getting to write game re-caps. I suppose it makes me feel more included or like I actually play a role on this massive campus.

I’m really starting to think that sports broadcasting might be the field I want to go into. So far, it has combined my love of sports, writing, and being on a deadline, so it is actually quite perfect for me. I guess we’ll just see where WOLV takes me for now.

Things are falling into place!

This post makes me laugh because I was really trying to move away from writing, or so I thought. I was burned out from four years of writing for the high school newspaper, and I thought I would get a fresh start in college. TV was an open door calling my name freshman year, but it seems like I just continued my role from the high school paper in assigning, collecting, and editing stories, while I wrote my own too. It’s funny how some things just stick with you. 


March 23, 2012

Second semester is halfway done.

I am almost done with my first full year of college. Wait, what? I guess I just got busy with classes, WOLV, and now Big Ten Network Student U that I haven’t had time to come up for air. I’ve finally started being crewed for the frigid cold spring baseball games. It is exciting to produce coverage for a sporting event, exciting but also very demanding. If you’re working a double header, you can kiss your entire day goodbye.

It seems fun for now, I just wish I could do some sideline reporting from the get-go. I guess I have to bide my time like the rest of them.

Just have to keep trucking.

Wow, I was chasing that broadcasting career like no one’s business. I mean it’s so glamorous being on camera, but when you’re just pressing buttons to keep score, sports television is not so great. Many a weekend were spent unraveling cables from the press box out to the centerfield camera man when I could have been doing something better with my life, for example, anything.


November 20, 2012

Overloading my plate.

So I know this sounds crazy, but I am actually doing alright with my magical balancing act of school, WOLV, Big Ten Network, and now the Michiganensian Yearbook. I don’t have a moment to myself, but I really felt like I was missing a piece of me not writing as much as I did in high school. Now I get to keep pursuing this sports broadcasting career while keeping myself sane with a hobby of writing.

I know I write a lot of papers for all of my classes— I honestly don’t even remember the better majority of them (thanks procrastination)— but I felt like I needed that extra outlet. It’s just a different type of writing with the yearbook, I feel like I can actually have a voice. Plus it is really fun to conduct interviews and learn so much about my University. I might be sleep deprived, but I think I made the right decision.

Feeling good about my choices!

I feel like an enigma looking back on how much writing I was doing and actually enjoying. Most college students loathe writing a paper, but I’ve always said, “bring it on.” But writing papers wasn’t enough to counteract my sports broadcasting dream. So I beefed up my resume and to this day I have no clue how I managed it all. But I suppose when you aren’t happy with what you’re doing, you tack on more to figure out what it is you love. At least, that’s the Louise way.  


January 13, 2013

A couple wrenches have been thrown into the plan.

I know I used to be pretty in control of my life, but then I realized that I was not a fan of what I was doing. Working at WOLV ended up being Louise writing every story and doing all the behind the scenes work while everyone else fights for screen-time. I know I said I like writing stories, and trust me, I really do, but I’ve discovered that I really don’t like television production. It is such a thankless and exhausting job, which I don’t think I could ever do every day of my life. WOLV has been a great experience to get my feet wet, and it has confirmed that I enjoy deadlines and writing, but I need more. I had to cut ties.

I’m still working at Big Ten Network for now, probably because we are actually on salary. But I even had an epiphany when I was sideline reporting for a Women’s volleyball game: I despise being on camera. I really love laying out the groundwork, you know, thinking of good stories to talk about, researching players, interviewing coaches; however, I would much rather mask my face behind a sheet of paper than broadcast it to the world. I don’t think a shaky voice and nervous sweating is all that appealing for a sports broadcaster.

It’s back to the drawing board career-wise. Woo hoo.

Finally Louise Marie Fletke came to her senses! I sound so melodramatic in my send off, but this was actually one of the better things to happen in my life. I, for one, am proud of myself looking at this entry; I was grown up enough to quit something that gave me no enjoyment and that I saw no future in. I think this is when I started to think about different careers where I could do what I do best— write.


October 17, 2013

I hear opportunity knocking.

For the past two years of college I have always known I wanted to be a Communication Studies major. But I never thought that was enough. I toyed around with the idea of a Spanish or English double major, but none of that sounded interesting. Then tonight I went to a Minor in Writing informational session and I heard a knock at my door.

After dropping Big Ten Network from my schedule, I have been looking for more opportunities to write. I still have no clue what I want to be when I grow up (no, 20 years old is not an adult), but I know that it will involve writing in some capacity. I’ve been writing for LEAD magazine, which seems like a great publication so far. LEAD is in the process of rebranding, so we can really make it what we want and write about what we want. Between that, yearbook, and classes, I rarely stop writing. But you know what? I absolutely love it.

Finally feeling on the right track.

I remember how excited I was when I left that informational meeting. I called my mom when I was two steps out of the room to tell her about how perfect everything sounded. Pardon the cliché but between LEAD, the yearbook, and classes, it’s like all of the pieces of the puzzle were coming together. I was finally beginning to feel unstoppable.


January 14, 2014

So many revelations.

We talked about why we write today in Writing 220 and it was actually pretty thought provoking. I guess I just have a history with writing, I just never thought of it as a viable option for a career. But no matter what I have tried in my short life on this planet, writing has always been there, kind of like a driving force or something to fall back on.

I don’t think I will ever be completely clear about what I want to do with my life, but I know that writing has always been the talent/craft/hobby that I cling to. At the very heart of it, I write because it is just a part of me, it is ingrained in my genetic makeup. It might actually be the easiest way for me to express myself or feel comfortable engaging in conversation with others. It will be interesting to see if my reasons for why I write change, but I think it’s safe to say that writing is just what I do.

Louise, the writer.

Looking back at these entries it seems plain as day that writing has always been underlying my journey. I even gave myself goosebumps reading my title of “Louise, the writer.” I think that this title could sound awkward or weird, but guess what, I’m both of those things, but I am also a craftsman with a pen and paper (or my Macbook Pro). I had to go on my little roundabout trip to see that writing is what I need to be doing in my life, and I’m excited to look back on these entries years down the road to see how far I’ve come. 



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