Thursday, June 12, 2008

it has come to my attention

that i ought to update my blog a bit more often.

i can't promise anything.

this week i've been playing taxi driver and it's taken all the wit and spunk out of me. i have nothing clever to say.

this lack of inspiring banter led my little train of thought down the following track: i majored in english, heavy on the grammar; i minored in linguistics with a focus on computer language. i was fascinated with how we communicate. i used to be pretty good at grammar. but as time has gone by, i've gotten lazy, i'm taking freedoms with the language that i never would have dreamed of as a freshly graduated english major. i write like i talk, not too many complete sentences, lots of 'ands' and 'buts' at the beginning of sentences, inconsistent following of usage rules. i rarely capitalize, except when i email my dad, the english teacher that he is. he says it doesn't bother him, it just takes him a bit to get used to the e.e. cummings approach. my dad never criticizes me, he just finds a positive spin on my idiosyncrasies. :) but i digress off my original thought. the grammar bit, it got me to thinking, it's been a long time since i've read one of my favorite tomes on the subject. so i was googling it just now and found the whole thing ONLINE at bartley.com.

when i was in college, i wanted to be an editor. i took all the right classes, read all the right books. then i got married, had kids, and put my dreams of that profession on the back burner. but recently that back burner has been turned up a bit, i've been mulling over the idea of getting back to the whole writing thing. one of my goals is to write articles for a magazine someday. i'm sure all you who know me won't have too difficult a time guessing which magazine has peeked my interest since i've started scrapbooking. and while my casual style is fine for my blog and my journaling, i think a refresher by dr. strunk might be just what i need to further that dream. and now i find it online, so i leave you, my faithful reader. i'm off to read The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. i know i have the little book somewhere in my bookshelves, but the fam's watching hawaii five-o and i really don't want to get pulled in, you know...

just know i can't promise i'll start capitalizing.

but i can tell you october afternoon products are out :) i'll try and have a layout for you tomorrow!

8 comments:

Rachel Carlson said...

i'm highly intrigued and this is an eloquent post! i can only GUESS as to who is reminding you to update your blog - tee, hee! rich is fascinated by linguistics, i'll have to tell him of your background. i'm off to check out bartleby! hugs, rachel

Steph said...

Barb and I actually live in the same CITY! We're 12 minutes away!

See you next month :)

Houston said...

We are so similar. I have at least two copies of that book and those same thoughts were going through my head. You can do it Emily, that mag would be so happy to have you! Thanks for the comment, you know me too well; I had to stop shaking my head.

Lisa Dickinson said...

well i for one can see this dream going somewhere. you're already well on your way :)

and i will continue the lowercase writing in your honor if you can't...

*Paula* said...

I did not know that about you!! I love it when I learn something new. :) I've always been intrigued by language too but an unispiring teacher scared me away from doing anything abou it and I ended up in Engineering (shudder!). I think you would be a wonderful magazine editor :D -- you'll remember us little folk when you need some work done, won't you? BTW I'll be back from Ireland on the 19th.

Kendra said...

You really are a very interesting person. Loved reading this! I can relate very much to your feelings here! I constantly look at my writing and see things I know are no-nos but high school English (taught by a teacher who couldn't focus on anything beyond her spiritual connection to Sylvia Plath) is the extent of my education. Maybe I should I stop being lazy and pick up a copy of Elements of Style. : )

I truly expect to see your name much more frequently in that magazine!

Vivian said...

Oh yes, I can relate! (Both to seriously relaxing by writing style and to having an English teacher parent!)

Heather said...

english-smenglish. ;-) You can do anything you put your mind to. And yes, us little guys will be here to support you in any way you need. :-)