Archive | July, 2015

Meeting, 7/29/15:  “Cooking”…

30 Jul

Quote from Tolstoy:  “If you want to be happy, be.”GORE VIDAL

Quote from Gertrude Stein:  “A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.”

Quote from Raymond Carver:  “That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.”

Word:  meretricious – (adj) apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity.

Word:  persiflage – (n) light, bantering talk or writing.

Outlines.  What do they do?  What are they intended to do?

A plan for YOU.  So you know precisely where you’re going with your topic, with what you’ve chosen to display expertise, or authority, or dare I say ‘mastery’.

And when we start writing, we follow the plan, the outline.  Sure there may be changes along the way, but make sure you’re consistent, that you don’t confuse yourself.  In fact, that’s a big part of the outline’s intention, so you don’t get confused!

Again.. about quotes.. like I always say, only use them when you need to, when you need support.

Poetry–  a reading…  “I, Too, Sing America” (Hughes)

Thoughts?  Questions?  What is his “thesis”?

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Gore Vidall

Final Thought from me:  Just start writing.  And don’t edit.  Just write.  Get onto a second page..  And bring tomorrow a 1-page typed entry of your writing process so far.  that is, what you did and how you did it, what you plan on doing from here.  Tell us how far you get.  AND, tell us the steps you take in developing your topic!  STAND YOUR GROUND!

HW DUE TOMORROW: the 1-page typed journal entry of your progress.. (1 full page, double-spaced, please)

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One more thing!  And I can’t emphasize this enough:

28 Jul

Don’t let quoting interrupt your voice on the page!  I want to read your arguments, and your passion, and your position!  Not an excess of outside articles and experts that support.  And that’s just it.. you only quote them to support YOU and what YOU have to say!  That’s all.. I’ll see you soon, please don’t stop working on your final papers!  And don’t let it stress you, budget your time!  Like Leo Tolstoy once said: “If you want to be happy, be.”Leo-Tolstoy-Quotes-1

Outline notes and thoughts, and drafts…

28 Jul
outline

just an example.. simple, but with only two supporting points, as you see…..

Please below post what you have of your outline.  Remember, an outline is to guide you through your topic, display a plan of how your ideas are to be delivered, the order of statements if you will.  My counsel: have six or seven main points (Roman Numerals, and this includes the intro and conclusion paragraphs), then three supporting points specified by lowercase letters.  But that’s just my advice!  Do what works for you!  And don’t forget to edit!!!

-Mike

Assigned to Moments

17 Jul

So I time myself this morning with writing, just as I invite you to do in class.  And I know how hard itHunter-S.-Thompson-Quotes-2 2 is.  Time IS the enemy for us as students, as writers.  But we persist with our thoughts, stay on our respective and collective Road, Roads.  I’m with a coffee and several characters around me in a Starbucks and I feel uncomfortable with the crowd and the noise I even hear over the Thievery in my earphones, but I write on.  No writing spot’s ideal, I understand.  And no writing I write’s ideal, either.  But I still write.  I don’t doubt, as I don’t have time.  I don’t worry about how this will be read, as I don’t have time.  No time to be delicate or obsessive or anything but in the page’s ebb and tumult.  So I storm with my brainings, and a storming brain gets me somewhere, not sure but I’m here anyway, writing to you all, encouraging you all to BE your writing.  To embrace your voice and thoughts and what you put to page.  Write with the embrace of the class and what it entails, yes, but don’t let it compromise your expression, ever!

I hope you all have rewarding weekends with fruitful edits of your drafts before final submission cometh Monday.  And that’s all I’ll say about that.  I just wanted to thank you all for your enthusiasm and patience over the past 5 weeks.  And with this entry.  I think of students often when I have observations random and unplanned like this, in a Starbucks (not the most riveting and shaping of locales, I know, but I thought I’d note it.  For you.

Keep writing.  Keep reading and re-reading your work.  Make it your own and don’t be light with your sentences.  Be confident and convincing…  That’s what I’m looking for.  That’s what YOU should be looking for!

Loyally,

Mike