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August 28, 2014

It Needs to be How Long?!

Filed under: Articles,Writing — R @ 12:00 pm
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I have an on-going frustration with the length of things. In school, all my papers were longer than I thought they needed to be. (Unless it was a creative writing assignment. Then I distinctly remember raising my hand after being told the minimum page length, and asking “Is there a maximum?”) Everything was too long. Papers were too long, assignments were too long. I hated trying to fill page lengths. I had that problem in college as well; I’d finish papers in too few pages and have to pad it out. (I got pretty good at that, though.)

But now I’m having an opposite problem.

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July 31, 2014

On the Subject of Books

So I came across something on Tumblr the other day which really set me off. Someone had shared a picture which said “No one should be shamed for reading” and it had a picture of a little paper book and an e-book reader holding hands. Very cute.

No one should be shamed for reading!

Adorable, no? I’m absolutely loving this.

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September 24, 2013

The Length of a Sentence

Filed under: Articles — R @ 12:00 pm

During my time as a student, I’ve had lots of teachers tell me what words to use and how. As a Masters of Creative Writing student, I’m more likely to take my current mentors’ words for it.

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher attempted to drill the words “things” and “stuff” from our collective vocabulary. In the Internet age, things and stuff have become descriptive words on their own, with no easy replacement term. However, I still take her lesson to heart, and attempt to use better words when I’m trying to describe something.

However, I’ve run into an interesting argument with my current mentor. And this time, I’ve got a published author to back me up.

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September 20, 2013

Critical Response: 100 Things Every 20-Something Needs to Realize

Filed under: Articles — R @ 2:32 am

I do try not to engage with trolls. My time in live-action roleplaying has taught me that it’s rarely worth the time and effort, since you’re likely to lose – and my time on the Internet hasn’t disproven that.

However, once in a while, I find something that I genuinely believe is trying to be honest…and is failing to get out from under their bridge.

I responded once to an article that talked about things that twenty-somethings needed to hear at this point in their lives, and I agreed with much of it, to an extent. This list is longer, but less in-depth, and is only a list of half-baked sentences that the author believes to be universal truths. While I’m sure that author Paul Hudson means well, his list is…well, flawed.

I agree with some points. I disagree with pieces of others. There are far too many that make me want to fly to Manhattan and shake him violently by the shoulders. A few make me want to shake him violently by other pieces of his anatomy.

But in true critical fashion, I’m going to go through the list (found here, in Hudson’s original article). If I agree entirely, I’ll skip it. Otherwise, you’ll see my response. Original list entries are in bold.

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July 26, 2013

A Rebuttal on My Knowledge

Filed under: Articles — R @ 1:52 am

I was linked to this article by my father earlier today, and while I agree with much of it, I think it requires a counter-point to be offered – by someone in said age range.

Without repeating what the article says verbatim, Jason Nazar of Forbes Magazine has come up with a list of “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get”, and then has rattled off several things that they feel that the adult world understands that my age demographics doesn’t. Most of it makes perfect sense – and is good advice for those entering the work force. Some of it I wonder about…and the rest, I’ve been told the exact opposite as well. So I’m going to go through each point and make my own comments on them. Original headers are in bold.

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