March 2008 Archives

How history has changed.

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"You find not the apostrashas, and so miss the accent"?  Well, no, of course you don't, nobody remembers anything said by that frightful bore, and we certainly shan't detain ourselves bothering to work out what he was driving at.  All we need to know is that, in Shakespeare's time, an apostrophe indicated omitted letters, which meant Hamlet could say with supreme apostrophic confidence:  "Fie on't! O fie!";  "'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wish'd"; and even, "I am too much i' the sun"-the latter, incidentally, a clear case of a writer employing a new-fangled punctuation mark entirely for the sake of it, and condemning countless generations of serious long-haired actors to adopt a knowing expression and say i'- as if this actually added anything to the meaning."  (Truss 37-38)


I thought this was interesting because over time, it defined who the apostrophe should be used.  like it stated, it was first just to put in the place of unused letters.  and now, its used for possessions pretty much.  wow how things have changed, they are not even similiar uses. 

I never knew that!

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"We are like the little boy in The Sixth Sense who can see dead people, except that we can see dead punctuation.  Whisper it in petrified little-boy tones:  dead punctuation is invisible to everyone else- yet we see it all the time.  No one understands us seventh-sense people." (Truss 3-4)


its weird to think that someone could actually put a name to people who are grammar nazies.  but most people who write any more are if you think about it.  you either put so much punctuation in that its ridiculous or you don't put enough and then it sounds bland.  but to actually say that its a seventh-sense makes it seem like we're all freaks.  but if you are a fictional writer or even not, aren't we all freaks because of the things we think of to write about?  so it does fit!!

I'd be freaking out....

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i would just like to make a general claim about the whole entire first entire paragraph to the O'Connor reading.  if i were being stalked by a peacock i think i would be freaked out ane probabley run from it not just admire it.  i've had a few encounters with peacocks and they are not the nicest animals.  but hey at least some people can keep their cool and just look at the good side of things.  whatever works...

Keep it flowing!

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"An extreme form of the third-person limited point of view is the stream of consciousness technique, which is used to replicate the thought processes of a character, with little or no intervention by the narrator."  (Hamiliton 118)


i love when you can read into the thoughts of the characters in a story.  you have like the 6th sense and can hear what they are saying.  it makes things more interesting when reading some times to know a little more than what is given. 

True Life, true things.

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"Nothing is perfect.  This is one of Mrs. Hopewell's favorite sayings.  Another was: that is life!  And still another, the most important, was: well, other people have opinions too"  (O'Connor 169)


i really liked this line because these are sayings that we heard almost everyday in one way or another.  maybe not the same words, but something similar.  How much more true could have these words been.  isn't this how we live out life?  Nothing is perfect, there is always a flaw somewhere; That's life, yeah if something bad happens but there is always a brighter side, thats just life;  and well, other people have opinions too....i dont think that i need say any more.  its just real life but in a different time when the book was first written.  crazy huh?

It takes just a little bit of skill

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"Advertising is one component of marketing:  It involves the development of the ad itself (for print, broadcast, etc.), the positioning of the ad, the consideration of how the ad fits in with a larger ad campaign.  You see all around you the manifold ways in which ads are presented and positioned:  It's not just developing a five-by-seven spot in a newspaper"  (Lemire 188)


when i was going my job interview for high school, i actually went to a local TV station and stayed with people there all day.  i got bounced around and found out just what everyone did.  the people that i had the best time with and the most interest in were the people down in the basement who make the commercials.  as soon as we had got acquanted though, they gave me my first task.  they wanted to see what i was all about and challenged me to write dialogue for a commercial that they had already made.  it was for a local pizza place.  i sat and work down my ideas and when they read it they told me that maybe i was cut out for writing.  there job really does have a lot to do with writing and how to writing something to intrigue the viewers interest.  i thought it was soo interesting.  i think that it i cannot make it was a free lance writer, i would go into making commercials or maybe even do that on the side.  its a great way to learn about how to play on words and intrigue the views to catch their attention. 

When World's Collide!

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"If you had asked me the difference between writers and communicators when I was an undergraduate English major, i would have said that writers major in English and communicators major in communication.  Not so.  To parse  the difference between writing and communicating, consider:

  • Writers know a lot of words.  Communicators know which word to use when, how, and why.
  • Writers know what to write.  Communicators put value on how written content is relayed, the manner in which it is presented, in what format, and how frequently.
  • Writers express themselves through words.  Communicators may express themselves through words accompanied by pictures, music, charts and diagrams, and interactive media."  (Lemire 156)

i thought that this was interesting even though i disagree with it.  i mean Lemire makes a good point, but aren't writers also communicators?  writers write to communicate with the world around them.  we, as writers, just do it in a different way.  we may use words in different context then a communicator would, but its still all the same thing!  writting is communicating!

Stop repeating me!!

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"the repetition of Wednesday makes the days seem like a prison sentence, monotonous in their dreariness and isolation." (Hamiliton 102)


repetition does not always make things monotonous and dreadful, sometimes its a keyword that will point out something later in the story and you'll be like ohh my god! now i see it!  but not everyone looks at words like that.  it all depends on the context of the writing and how you use it.  try it out sometime.  haha

Nothing to be Embarrassed about....

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"I probabley shouldn't have done this and you're going to think it's really silly...." but she's brought me a sandwich for lunch.  this is because i'd told her i was living in a motel almost entirely on fast food, and she felt sorry for me.  Now I'm embarrassed, and beyond that overwhelmed to discover a covert stream of generosity running counter to the dominant corporate miserliness."   (Ehrenreich 163)


why would she have been embarrassed?  there are some people who literally live in hotels/motels because thats all they can afford.  i mean sometimes it would be a heck of a lot cheaper to actually just have an apartment or what now, but still.  there is no reason for her to be embarrassed because someone is helping out.  did she not mention early about going to church to find people from WIC?  thats still someone giving stuff to those who need it.  she makes no sense!

"My next step is Winn-Dixie, the supermarket, which turns out to have a particularly onerous application process, featuring a twenty-minute "interview" by computer since, apparently, no human on the premises is deemed capable of representing the corporate point of view." (13 Ehrenreich)


this did not suprise me at all.  there seems to be no one on one interviews anymore except for a few select places.  how can you get to know if a person is right to work in a company or not without actually talking to them and meeting them?  what happens if someone is great with computer tests and has a crappy personality?  i think that company would need a very big bandaid for the big boo-boo that they made.

Everyone Has to Start Somewhere....

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"If you're a college student, chances are you would rattle off names such as Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Playboy, Vogue, O, perhaps Wired, or the New Yorker."  ( 96 Lemire)


its not always a bad thing to know magazines like these.  did anyone know that Steven King first submitted his short stories to Maxim and Penthouse?  thats how he got his start because adult magazines sell more because of the audience that it appeals to.  now i'm not saying to go out and publish your stories in porn magazines, but its just an example of how magazine sells can help freelance writers to become more known among society.

Can you put a price on your love?

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"When it comes time to discuss payment, a lot of books on how to be a freelance writer or editor spill ink telling you what the industry average is in terms of dollars per inch, pennies per word, or dollars per hour." (145 Lemire I'm an English Major, Now what?)


i think that it would be a very hard thing to have to put a price on what you love to do.  writing in my mind is a passion that people have to love to do to be good at it.  when someone would ask you how much are you selling your story for, how can you give them an honest price?  i just feel that it would be one of the hardest things to do, it would be like selling your parents or a beloved.  there is just no price to put on love.