In-Class Writings.Spring

I try to read as much as I can, however the literature that I read is varied in topic and extremely diverse. Keeping in the same vein for too long bores me, so I try to mix it up as much as I can. These vary from the Mormon Bible  to Alan Greenspan's The Age of Turbulence.

Sometimes I enjoy writing, but only when I am inspired to fight for something. Most of the time, I simply feel I can't be bothered to expostulate on topics that are banal in nature and uninspiring in essence. But when I get going, baby look out.

My best reading memory is every time I read my two favorite books- Where the Red Fern Grows and Into Thin Air, by Wilson Rawls and Jon Karkauer, respectively. I enjoy these two books not because of their literary level, at which I'm sure any scholar will scoff, but because of the great memories they induce.

My worst reading memory is every time I have to give up reading the book and read the SparkNotes. It's depressing and embarassing to do that and is a poor reflection of my work ethic and intellect. I try to keep from doing this, and the last time was that book about Scout and his lawyer dad in11th grade.
For essay 2, I know I will have a tendency to try to completely "word" the whole essay, or take the essay and overexplain it to convey a sense of what I mean. But, in the reading for today, VTComp stressed the use of visuals in the writing to allow your words to be able to be tangible in some way. No matter how many times you describe a park, your reader will always imagine their own version of a park, when the reader's idea of a park could conflict with the writer's intention. By using maps and graphs, we can better give our reader a sense of a feel of the place that we are studying, and better transpose the reader from their natural, biased idea of location into that of the writer's. 

  Charts are also helpful, in the sense that they can provide better flow than words can. Also, for most readers, they tend to be more interesting.


Interviews are a crucial way to gather evidence and research background from reputable as well as not-so-reputable sources. From the reading, I gathered that interviews need to be professional and courteous in order to gain the trust and get the best info from a source. It is important to be on the ball before an interview- it is necessary to do planning and research on the person and topic on which you are interviewing. After the interview, it is good to reflect upon the knowledge shared as well as give yourself a brief recap of the interview as a whole.

Because of the different syles of interview (phone, email, in-person) it is important to frame your questions importantly.

Two things I learned from reading:

1. The library can actually be beneficial through the resources accessible at the library. And, apparently, the library has "knowledgable" librarians that can help. That, in a strict sense, is something new that I have learned. I will attempt to become more familiar with the idea as time rolls on.


2. Also, the book cleared up the ideas of plagiarism and the hazy line of common knowledge. I often get into trouble in my writing assuming that most everything that is not from a journal article is common knowledge, when, in fact, that is not the case. The warnings provided in the book about plaigirism make known the hazards of such an blatantly unethical process.