Monday, May 08, 2006

Style: Lesson 10


Before I even got to the beginning of the chapter of Lesson 10, I could tell that Williams goal was to express the ideal writing style of simplicity to his readers. It is important, to yes have complex ideas that your reader will want to think about, but at the same time, witha style of simplicity so they can understand it and hopefully even base a relationship with the topic.
Many of us writers share the same difficulties. We may not know our audience or we may write with a clear understanding in our mind, but not being able to express it clearly so that our readers will understand it the same way we do! I have found that with this class, it is extremely important to write to give an understanding to your readers. Without that, you've lost everything! To establish a relationship, not only is understanding your readers and them understanding you important, but also with the use of simple word order or sentence structures.
For example, using "I" or "we" to find a basis on the relationship between you and your audience.

It is hard to be a "good" writer from the start, it's even harder to first find out what "good writing" really is. It may vary from writer to writer, reader to reader. I believe that there are many kinds of "good" writers. There are ones who voice their opinion and have a strong argument which makes their readers see and maybe even agree with their point of view. Another "good" writer in my eyes, is one that establishes a relationship and trust to his or her readers. If the reader trusts the author, than there is more likelyhood of agreement and concern with what the author may have to say.

Thus far this semester, I have learned a lot about my own writing ethics and how important writing actually is to me. To keep it simple is to keep it real and that's all one can really do!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

So, the year is finally starting to come to an end. Who would have thought that it would have flown by so quickly, especially when it was a shit of a year...well at least for me it was. But, at least I know that it's almost over and summer is just around the corner. I would have never thought that I would have made it through the year, especially considering how it all started. Let's recap real quick:

It was my first year in college without my sister here, or even in the states. She was traveling abroad from August until middle of November so I couldn't even talk to her really. It was my first year playing a college sport. I don't really have any comment there besides it kicked my ass and taught me how to manage my time much better! So that was good I suppose. Two of my family members passed away within a couple of weeks from one another and I got into one of the most terrible car accidents I have ever been in. So, what now? Well, let's think. I survived field hockey and the car accident. My sister is now back in the states, which is definitely much more comforting for me considering I can barely go a day without talking to her. And, though my family members have passed, they are now in a better place and our relationship has just developed on a more spiritual level...and that's is fine with me as long as I can lay down at night and know they are not suffering.
I have made new friends, ones which I have no idea how I did not have last year, but am so incredibly thankful I have had this year and look forward to living it up with them in the years to come. I ended a relationship early on this year and though it was one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through, and it was a friend who someday, I hope to get back, I have gained one of the best boyfriends I have ever had and couldn't be happier.
I can honestly say, though one of the hardest years, emotionally and physically...it's been worth it in the end and I couldn't be happier leaving it the way it is!!!

Monday, May 01, 2006

freewriting:


She stepped out of the car, one foot at a time. She had just moved to Warrenton, Virginia from Houston, Texas. Everything was different, even the clouds looked weird. The windy brisk air made her even more anxious about starting a new way of life. By now, she had made it to the front doors. She peaked through them and saw nothing by happiness. All the kids meeting up with their friends and the teachers preparing their desks for another exciting year.
Ten minutes passed and she was already in her first class, AP biology; an upper classman course. If she wasn’t already nervous enough, she was sitting next to one of the most popular juniors in the school. The stern teacher asked the first question. She raised her hand and to her astonishment, her answer was wrong. She was so embarrassed! The class ended and a break was already calling her name. She didn’t know what to do, where to go or who to talk to, so she just stood there, hanging up pictures in her locker, her only personal space in the whole school. She kept wondering what the day would bring.
After break, she had her poetry class. She had heard that the teacher was incredibly nice and really knew what she was talking about, so she was looking forward to meeting her and taking her class. She walked in, timid and quiet, but to her amazement, she had a great time, and met some pretty cool people. Unfortunately, it was only a semester class, but she knew it would be fun. Her poetry class was followed by an easy study hall, more of a relaxation time. So, she took it easy and just did some casual reading, one of her favorite Harry Potter Books.
Lunch came and she was astonished by how many people actually went to her new school. Everyone would sit in the hallways, up against their lockers, or some would choose to go to the lunchroom. She felt left out, and she was disappointed because the people that had been so nice to her in her classes would not even recognize the fact that she existed. From then on, she knew it would be a long day, and she was looking forward to going home. Two and a half hours later, her wish was granted and she was home.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sometimes we make mistakes and learn from them. Sometimes we don't. Sometimes we hurt others, or have our own hearts broken. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we fail. But it is these experiences and those people we meet that make us who we are. I know that without my family and friends, I would not be half the person I am today. I would not have learned from SOME of my mistakes, I would not have fallen in and out of love. I would not have succeed, I would not have failed. Throughout life, we make our friends and our enemies. It is up to you though, deciding who will be what.

"No body said it was easy, no one ever said it'd be so hard." - Coldplay

People also come in and out of your life, on a daily basis. Do YOU want to keep them in your life, or will you just allow them to sift through your hands like grains of sand? And that deciding factor can turn your hold world upside down, so I'm going to preach it...BE CAREFUL with your life and with others. Don't be selfish (all the time), but don't over-do it. Do what you wish to do in life and be yourself. Do not EVER fear being yourself. Because then you can't live your life how you wish, your dreams will not come true, and you will fail yourself, which I don't know if that is worse than failing others or not.

Friday, April 28, 2006

She lies there
On her bed
Wishing he was there
Wishing she no longer felt dead

She gives and loves
Him all the time
But why can’t he answer
The questions that run through her mind?

She longs for his touch
For his sweet embrace
Tears flow from her eyes
Remembering how he kissed her face

All she can think about
Is how perfect she thought it would be
But what she didn’t know
Is what she couldn’t see

She didn’t see how he was with other girls
She didn’t see through his lies
All she saw and felt inside
Was how he gave her soft sex sighs

She feels like she’s lost him
When he doesn’t remember to call
She sits there, with the lights dim
She feels her soul, crash and fall

Some people don’t see though
How much he does care
They just give her grief
With this, she can no longer bear

So she keeps her feelings inside
No longer expressing them with love
She is no longer free
She is no longer the sweet white dove

She doesn’t smile
His digits, no longer on the dial
She waits for someone else
To come and pick up his pile


Of shit he left with her
Not clothes, papers or a note
But the shattered pieces of heart
Which he so often broke

But she doesn’t see
How she deserves so much more
How life without him
Wouldn’t be such a bore

She’s got to be real
He’s got to learn how to deal
That it’s only his loss
He’s missing out, on her love sauce

She’s got so much to give
She’s got the kind of life to live
Others must see
That she’s the queen bee

No one’s stronger
No one’s lasted longer
She’s the one with all the juice
She’s the one who holds the wild deuce

So stop trying to front
Stop trying to play stunts
‘Cuz no one can top
The woman who rolls the blunts

To make it more true
People must see
That their time is due
All she can do is glee

For she knows she hasn’t wasted
Anymore of her precious time
On this boys love
Now it’s just like a sour lime

She no longer has that love thirst
He no longer makes her heart burst
She’s the one causing the pain now
To her, he must bow…

Thursday, April 27, 2006

So, I've been thinking...

The government is established for and by the people, meaning that the government is there to help and benefit everyone. The government should, without a doubt, be involved with regulating big businesses because if the private sectors are in charge and have ‘power’ then they will try to take over the world. They would be nothing but trouble because their only goal of importance would be to gain power and to rule as much as possible and they wouldn’t have concern of the people as a whole. It’s not like the people aren’t having a say in what goes on either, with having the government acting as a partial regulator of big businesses. The PEOPLE elect other people to be involved in the government.
People need to become more understanding of the fact that if the ‘invisible hand’ was in control and that society tended to its needs by itself things would not change! It’s not that the ‘people’ are not capable of controlling what happens in and with society, it’s the question of whether or not they are willing to take on such a responsibility of taking care of society as a whole and themselves alone even. Many people believe that people should tend to themselves and not worry for others, as where others see it best that the government should have some participation of regulating big businesses. Let’s admit, people can’t live in complete chaos and disorder, it is best for them to have some sort of regulation and laws to abide by to live up to their full potentials. “Regulation of business is seen as necessary to the welfare of the public to prevent exploitation by selfish business people. Such a view would be hard to square with reality, with history both recent and distant”

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In one of my classes, I have been working on a paper on the book I have been reading, "The Authobiography of Malcom X". Not only has it become one of my favorite books to this day, but it has taught me a lot about being honest and true to ones self before being able to do so towards others. Not only with this was he able to change himself, but nearly just as importantly, Malcom X was able to change society as a whole. He taught people to fend for themselves and to stay true to their beliefs. I couldn't think of a better role model who not only preached such powerful and truthful words, but also he stuck to what he believed in and followed what he said too.

Here's a little bit from my paper.

An extremely social personality, loving and strong willed. He never failed himself, and always tried to do what was best. He was a spokesperson for his people, one may recall. A powerful leader who never stopped trying to prove his place and other Negroes places in society. Through his lifetime, and growing up as a child, he learned through his experiences to see his race as a whole and not just himself, later looking for equal societal ways, whichever way he could get them. One elder lady, described this man after an afternoon of tea, enjoying his company: “You know, it was like having tea with a blank panther” (Haley, vii). He left a strong impression on individuals, communities, on the world as a whole. No one has ever come among us like Malcolm X has. No one will ever replace him, or take away his memories and all that he did for our society today. Not only should we be thankful in our day to day lives and hope for more people like him to travel along our paths, but we should never forget the footprints he made in our histories.

Malcolm, while experiencing his new job and new life, I believe develops an epiphany: he changes his last name to ‘X’, symbolizing the unknown African name he would have had if his ancestors had not been kidnapped and enslaved. I believe that this representation of ‘X’ is a sign of maturity and growth inside of Malcolm. He sees how important his family is to him and that he is not embarrassed of who he is or where he came from, but proud. It means more than words could possibly ever describe. Later down the road, he finds himself developing another temple in New York where he and his followers emphasize on the Christian’s role in the oppression of blacks.