Excuses or Good Intentions?

I’ve officially failed the Post a Day 2011 challenge.

I can make excuses: I just moved. I didn’t have internet for a week. I write all of the time at work…

But you know what they say about excuses. Or was that good intentions?

I will continue to post under the tag so I can see how well I end up doing, but I know I can’t maintain the challenge. (Unless, of course, you count the blog entries I write for All Green.)

Excuses, excuses

I feel like I’m stuck between idealistic and realistic. I honestly planned to do a post a day here, but at the same time, I don’t think that’s very realistic. As you might know, I already post 5 times a week on my company blog while doing other work for them. I try to write posts on the weekends and evenings, but I don’t always have the time or energy to.

I’ve also been sick–first with a cold, and now an infection. And I’ve been packing up my childhood room and shopping for my apartment. I move on Saturday, so I expect I”ll be quite busy until then.

I have some planned social media posts and book reviews, all I need is time.

Maybe it’ll be easier to jump back on the bandwagon once I move. I can be an idealist sometimes, right?

 

But it looks like a pomegranate, right?

Somebody saw somethin’ and they said hey, it looks like a pomegranate, and I don’t know why they call it a pomegranate, but it looks like a pomegranate, right? It became, no matter what language you spoke it in, the syllables are frequencies. It’s the world of creation in vibrating strings, which is sound.

I’ve loved Bright Eyes ever since I was 15 or 16. The lyrics are lovely and poetic, you can find a song to fit almost any mood, and Conor Oberst is just nice to listen to.

Anyway, the first Bright Eyes album in about four years came out yesterday and I’ve been listening to it ever since.

Even though the part I quoted wasn’t spoken by Conor Oberst, it made me smile. Doesn’t everyone wonder these things? Or maybe it’s just people like me, who love words in general.

Do you ever wonder how words like this came to exist?

By the way, the song is called Jejune Stars if anyone is curious.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s the thing I hate about Valentine’s Day: It’s assumed that if you’re not dating someone, you’re depressed and bitter about it.

Why must that be the case? Can’t you be single and fine with it?

Now this blog is not for my love life so this is a one-time deal (for the record, my love life, or lack thereof, is not for sharing on the internet. I don’t even keep a relationship status on Facebook).

Anyway, I’m single and fine with it. Valentine’s Day is just another day for me, no reason to get depressed and bitter. Well, I take back the part about it being just another day–my parents usually buy me See’s chocolate, which makes it slightly better than the typical day.

Even when I wasn’t single, I felt the same way about Valentine’s Day. I think I fail at being a girl– I don’t go for all of the romantic, mushy stuff. I’d rather watch an action movie than a romance. (Would you rather watch stuff blow up or people make out? Yeah, I thought so.) Mushy Hallmark cards make me laugh. Flowers are pretty and I do like them, but they die quickly because I have the opposite of a green thumb. And all of those terms of endearment just annoy me. Why must they sound so condescending? Oh and the color pink? No thank you.

I’m not against love or romance, but I believe you should show your appreciation and love every day, not just on February 14th. I also think that the thoughtful gestures are the most romantic.

Have you ever lied about your age? Why?

Have you ever lied about your age? Why?

To be honest, I’m not at a point where I have to lie about my age. I look younger than I am, but I’m old enough to do the things that I want to do.

When I was 16, a couple of weeks before I turned 17, I saw an R-rated movie with my friends. They were all 17 at the time. I was so afraid that I was going to get caught, but no one carded me and I got away with it. For the record, the movie was Wedding Crashers. I told my mom when I got home, and she was okay with it. She did the same thing at my age.

Actually, I’ve only been carded for an R-movie twice: Once when I was 20, and then once a couple of weeks ago at age 22. Both times I was baffled, but then realized, “Oh yeah, they actually card people for these things.”

People rarely guess that I’m older than my age– the only time it has ever happened is when I’m in a room or a class with people who are all slightly older than me.

Should you dumb down your writing?

 

“It’s not just the vocabulary words that matter, but understanding the relationships that underlie the words — the fact that ‘eight’ is one more than ‘seven’ and one less than ‘nine.'”

via Study: Why Language Has More to Do with Math than You Think – TIME Healthland.

As a writer and an editor, I come across many people who will use the biggest word they can think of, even if it makes no sense in the context. Come on, this isn’t showing off! All it does is make you look silly.

There’s nothing wrong with big words; I like to use them whenever I can. The thing is, we sit and learn a long list of vocabulary words all through school–for spelling class, for the SATs, for various classes . . . How many of them do we actually use though? I want you to think about it, think about a news article or a blog post that is well-written and informative. What kind of language does it use? Who is its target audience?

I’ve learned that you have to write as simple as possible to reach the biggest audience. For someone who loves language and words in general, it can get depressing at times.

I think that I keep this blog somewhat simple, but I do sometimes analyze books I read. Funny story: When I was applying for jobs, I had a phone interview with a person who had read my blog. He strongly implied that I write at too high of a level for his intended audience. I suppose I should have been . . . flattered? Other than my series that analyzed Twilight, I think that I keep my writing pretty simple on this blog. I can write at a more complex level, and I can write on a simpler level. I did tell him that, but I didn’t get that job so maybe he didn’t believe me.

Also, I’d like you to keep in mind when I say I write at a simple level for my audience, it is so I can reach a wider variety of people, not because I’m implying that my readers are dumb!

Do you dumb down your writing for your audience?