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The End is Near

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As the semester ends and I sort though what I want to keep and want to throw away and never use again, I find that I’m going to miss blogging. Something about knowing that people can read my thoughts comforts me, even if they don’t care enough to comment. That’s probably why I want to be a novelist–something about people reading my thoughts and ideas, even though I probably won’t personally know the people who read my books, gives me pleasure. I like the thought that someone could be inspired by what I write, as I was inspired when reading one of the many books I’ve read over my life.

Blogging is the one thing I feel that I’ve learned in this class with Professor Wolffe. He’s got great ideas and is a great teacher, I’d love to take him again, but my connection with technology has never been great. I probably picked that up in my early years with no computer and no TV. Books are, and always will be, my first love. I tend to handwrite most of my projects. But blogging holds a certain charm for me, even if I’m just going on about something no one cares about.

It could be because no one can tell me to be quiet. Motormouth–as I’m fondly known as–, Nina Tales and Stories (tales are worth 5 to 10 minutes; stories, at least 15), or just talking and then realizing no one is listening is something I’ve dealt with my whole life. And learning to be quiet leads to even more questions–are you okay? Why aren’t you talking? Blogging I can talk to people and the ones who want to listen can listen, and those who don’t care for what I have to say don’t read them.

Maybe I’ll keep blogging and talk about my stories, my journey as a writer. And if I do, I can only hope it’ll help someone out there and not be just for me. At least I learned that something I can take back with me this semester could be useful, if not enlightening.

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December 14, 2009 at 12:38 AM

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We Feel Fine.org

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Okay, so when Professor Wolffe showed us this website, I was in awe. Not because of the content, but because of the layout. It was beautiful. Tons of colored dots swirled around, and when you push on a color dot, a quote from someone’s blog, or facebook, or twitter, or whichever website they are using, comes up and you can see the word feel. Or you can try to single is down by gender, age, weather, words, month, day, and so on. Of course, you don’t always get what you’re looking for, but it doesn’t really matter. It was the fact that you could actually DO it. And the fact that the colored dots were really really pretty and I got distracted.

But the second time I went on the website, what got to me was more the content. Do people know about this? I’m sure I used feel in my statuses on facebook without realizing I was being put on a website for everyone to see. But that’s not the point…or is it?

And that led me to think that maybe the point was for people to feel–pun intended–closer because everyone feels. It’s a human thing, and so we’re all together and connected on this one thing. We all feel. And this website shows one persons desire to bring us all together.

Either that or he was just feeling bored and creative one day.

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December 8, 2009 at 4:28 AM

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What it’s like to have a best friend who’s an English Major

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As a writing arts major, I can say this: I can’t spell.

Whatever. I know I can’t spell, and I’m doing the best I can to make sure that people can still read what I can write. And, no, my homeschooling childhood has nothing to do with this particular shortcoming. It’s mostly my inability to retain things like i before e and words like supercalifragiliciousexpealidocious. Is there even a right spelling of that word?

Of course, I have accepted this shortcoming. I mean, that’s what spell check is for, right? Unfortunately, one of my best friends has NOT accepted this. Why? Because she’s an English Major.

I have nothing against English Majors. They seem to be great people, even if they are so nerdy that they can tell you the difference between literature and novels, or why we should all learn important life lessons from the Producers and how their idea of light reading is all of Shakespeares plays. But the problem I have with them is when they start to read my writers.

It’s like I’m back in high school, with pen markings all over my writing. But the worst part is: it’s not even about the writing.

No, it’s about the spelling. And the grammar. Like the fact that apparently I still write in fragments or don’t have commas in the right place and somehow managed to spell wierd wrong. Again.

And next time I give her something I wrote, it’s going to happen all over again, the next time I give her something. It’s probably my fault, but I can’t help having an innate sense that she’s going to finally get that I don’t need more grammar mistakes pointed out–after all, I went through high school like everyone else–I just want to know whether or not the plot works or if my characters are believable. But she can’t help being an English Major any more than I can help writing.

Don’t even get me started on what happens when you tell a math major you’re failing an elementary statistics course…

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December 8, 2009 at 4:13 AM

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Twilight Times

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Okay, so I’m going to be ‘brave’ and talk about a topic that is pretty widely debated, and not really in a good way, around colleges and high schools. Of course, some people like it, but unfortunately for me, not many people I know like Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. And why not? The idea of vampires and werewolfs–I’m sorry, ShapeShifters–is one that many writers tend to go for, if you look in the young adult fiction section of Barnes and Noble. So why do I know people who claim that Twilight is a cult? I mean, if you go to Australia, you can study the Way of the Jedi. How is that any different?

I’m sure that most people are well aware of the arguments between twilighters and non-twilighters, since this series has blow up to be almost–almost–as big as the Harry Potter series. Lucky Stephanie Meyer. So I’m not going to waste your time and talk about the arguments. No, I’m trying to point out that arguing about it is completely pointless. If there’s one thing I learned from being a catholic in a Baptist School for four years, it’s that arguing with someone who has a closed mind isn’t going to do squat.

And why does it matter is people are getting fangs or trying to be paler? Is this different than when my friends planned a Harry Potter party, complete with Butterbeer and Ice Mice? Or the fact that I have two lightsabers, all the Star Wars movies and the books in my room, and a clone trooper picture on my wall? So, please, what makes Twilight different? Are guys threatened by Edward, a fictional character? Are girls killing themselves because Jacob isn’t real? No, people are just acting the way we always act when there’s a new star and a new plot to follow. It’ll die down.

So, please, no more twilight arguments. And no more judging people who read them–if I hear one more “You’re one of them?” while I’m trying to finish Breaking Dawn, I might hurl the book at them. And that’s no joke, not when 754 pages are coming your way.

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December 8, 2009 at 4:11 AM

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Web Ways to Watch the World

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The world wide web is something that still astounds me even to this day. Even though it wasn’t really around when I was really little, by the time I went to High School, it was natural for me to be able to click a couple of buttons and connect with my friends, or find most of the information I need without ever going to my library (of course, most teachers still required it, but that’s not the point) and look up lots of useless things, like myspace or xanga webpages, pictures that people had posted, and pretty much whatever I wanted. Now, as a Sophomore in college, I can live off my computer–as long as I rest and eat. It has all the information I need, I could go to school or even get a job, all on my computer, and mostly through the web, or internet.

Why do I take this for granted? I used to be a firm believer in the internet as a bad thing, and that we shouldn’t be using it for entertainment when we have books and the outdoors, but now I find myself spending a lot more time looking up my favorite TV shows so that I don’t have to actually sit down and beg my mom for the channels and become a couch potato. No, instead I’ve become a bed potato–spending all my time in my room on my computer. I feel like I get more things done, but in reality I don’t get anything done besides making sure I’ve seen every episode of scrubs, psych, and glee.

So what’s the point of the web? There is no way to tell, except that no matter what people say, the internet is something that’s going to keep developing whether we like it or not, so we might as well accept it.

And ruin our computers so that we don’t become any kind of potato.

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November 19, 2009 at 11:55 AM

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Twitter Stalking

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I figured if I was going to stalk someone on twitter, I was going to either stalk someone I knew really really well or stalk a celebrity, someone who I don’t know really well at all and will never know, or someone I’m really close to and already know. But instead of doing one or the other, I decided to do both.

So, first the celebrity–kind of. It’s Chris Colfer, from the new show on FOX, Glee. I really like the show, and the music is fantastic, and Chris plays one of my favorite characters, Kurt, the gay boy in glee club. However, for me following him on Twitter, it seems that he’s not at all like the Kurt in the show. Of course, I can’t tell much of his personality from single random sentences over the three months I had the patience to read, but from what I can tell, he’s as nice as he is on the show, not really used to being famous, and sounds like he’d be a fun person to get to know. But I don’t think that you can tell someone’s personality from a website. Unless you know them already.

Which leads me to the other person I was twitter stalking. Melanie, my best friend. She hasn’t written much, even though she’s had her twitter account since July. That’s okay; she’s more of a facebook fan. From the little I can tell about her twitter, it seems to be what it is for most people–a way to get out her random thoughts. Like grapples vs banapples. Interesting, but typical for the girl who likes to draw cartoons and watches TV shows with serial killers.

And on a totally unrelated topic, yes I did say twitter stalking. I feel that’s the best way to describe finding someone on a website and reading back over their twitter life for months. I mean, isn’t that what stalkers do? Find out things about people from their websites?

And isn’t that what this assignment was all about?

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November 19, 2009 at 10:38 AM

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what ever happened to xanga?

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Whenever it comes to blogs, like xanga, myspace, facebook, and twitter, the only reason I ever made any account was because I wanted to be able to see what everyone was talking about. But of course, I became very addicted to them and watching friends, decorating, blogging, telling people about my day, and playing the games and attractions they offered. For the people of my generation and below, these websites offer a great addiction. I’m sorry, attraction. And even people in the older generations are beginning to see what younger kids have seen for years–how many times have I heard complaints that parents are stalking friends on facebook or twitter?

Of course, I agree that it’s one of those things that can keep you in touch with people from all different points in your life, and that it helps you get to know people that you might not have known otherwise, or help you keep in touch with people that you know really well.

But the privacy issue is a large one. I know of people who have gotten turned down for jobs because of the content of their facebooks or their statuses, making jobs about their job. People take what you put on those websites seriously, so you have to be careful. You can’t control what other people put on facebook about you, so I think it’s a good way to think about what you do with your life instead of just trying to cover it up. However, teenagers and college life is not when students want to soul search and settle down. It’s a time for them to have fun…and that can ruin you later in life, especially with all the social networking and open options. Anything on the internet can  be found and used against you, and of course no one’s thinking about that when posting things on facebook.

The thing that I know about all of these websites is that eventually there will be a better one that will come out that everyone will end up using, and facebook and twitter will be practically nonexistent. I mean, who remembers Xanga?

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November 17, 2009 at 10:15 PM

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