On Writing: Reading as a Part of the Writing Process

The more I write and prepare for class papers, the more I realize how integral reading and re-reading are to the writing process. Usually, I think of the writing process as this: 1. Brainstorm 2. Outline 3. Draft 4. Revise If I do factor in reading I tend to consider it a “pre-writing process” step. While this is a very traditional way of thinking of … Continue reading On Writing: Reading as a Part of the Writing Process

Daily Word: Tautology

Define This: Tautology Defining something as itself or using a word twice in a sentence with the aim of providing deeper meaning yet failing to do so. For example, the following sentences would serve as an example of tautology. “Tautology means tautology. Simplicity is when something is simple. She was good because she was goodly.” Use it in a Sentence Prominent satirical authors use tautology as … Continue reading Daily Word: Tautology

What’s Happening: Staying Fit From Week 1

Staying Fit From Week 1 On this glorious return to UCLA (I’m sure many of us would have loved if Spring Break was just a tiny bit longer) many of us are trying to start off with a clean slate. We haven’t yet fallen behind on our readings (hopefully) or lost all hope of finishing the quarter with a perfect GPA. We are squeaky clean … Continue reading What’s Happening: Staying Fit From Week 1

You’re Such a Diva

“What’s a diva?” “A what?” “A diva.” “Velvita?” “No. A diva.” “A diva?! You know like a diva. A princess boujee diva.” *** I don’t think I’ve ever been called a diva. But that’s probably because I’ve been called dramatic. And I am VERY dramatic. My drink isn’t great. It’s amazingly fantastic. When I’m upset I’m not sad. I’m ruined. So when I start to … Continue reading You’re Such a Diva

Exposition: Peaches and Roses

“Are you sure it’s here?” Clementina’s mom said, pulling into a parking lot full of yellow shirts. Dozens of young high school graduates like herself were already lining up at the sign-in table, waiting for their room assignments. “Yes, Mom.” Clementina said, in a voice that was trying to hide her frustration. She had been in a car for 3 hours and in her hurry … Continue reading Exposition: Peaches and Roses

Daily Tidbit: American Cultural Literacy

[Aside: I felt compelled to write about this because my boyfriend kept saying this and referencing The Outsiders (a novel by S.E. Hinton) even though I doubt he has ever read it.] “Stay gold, Ponyboy.” If you ever hear someone say this to you don’t be confused. If someone says it casually they probably mean nothing more than “I’ll see you later” or “Have a good day.” But, … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: American Cultural Literacy

Suggested Reading: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

I don’t usually read new fiction. By new fiction I mean fiction published within the last two years. The most recent “new” novel I read was All the Light We Cannot See, and I technically haven’t finished that novel (I’m a really slow reader). Some people might say “Hey, 2014 isn’t that old,” but it is. By this time next year there will be thousands … Continue reading Suggested Reading: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Advice From my Research Binge

Did you know that when Emily Brontë’s first novel, Wuthering Heights was published, it was often quoted as being written by Currer Bell, the pen name of Emily’s sister, Charlotte? The mistake is understandable. All of the Brontë sisters wrote under pseudonyms with Charlotte being the first sister to publish Jane Eyre as Currer Bell, and Emily and Anne to follow as Ellis and Acton … Continue reading Advice From my Research Binge

Daily Tidbit: This Day in History

On October 26th, 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr. was sentenced to four months in jail for a sit-in demonstration. Considering recent events surrounding civil rights issues including but not limited to the Black Lives Matter movement and the standoff at Standing Rock, reflect on your own experiences. What is a consequence you have face for defending the rights/livelihood of someone else or yourself? If you haven’t … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: This Day in History

Prop 62: Fighting to Repeal the Death Penalty in the State of California

On November 8th, U.S. citizens will have the opportunity to vote in arguably the most critical election in American history. Regardless of the outcome, the 2016 election will be regarded by generations to come as one of the most controversial and extreme elections seen in the U.S. Seriously this rivalry can challenge the late 1700s dispute between Hamilton and Jefferson. (If it doesn’t ring a … Continue reading Prop 62: Fighting to Repeal the Death Penalty in the State of California

America’s Obsession With Grades

Have you ever gotten a really shitty grade? Like a what the fuck just happened kind of grade? The kind of grade that makes you contemplate whether or not living with your parents until you’re 30 is okay. Yeah….me neither. …I’m kidding. Of course I’ve had a grade like that. I’m a hot mess. But in all honestly bad grades suck. Especially when you thought … Continue reading America’s Obsession With Grades

Daily Tidbit: Quote

In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens. ― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Quote

Daily Tidbit: Why Do You Write Arguments?

You do not write arguments to browbeat an audience into accepting your ideas. Otherwise you would write purely emotional persuasion, like advertisements, or propaganda, which demands only one response: Don’t think, just believe. Rather, you write arguments because you care about the free exchange of ideas. You care about what other people think. You care about the quest for truth. And you care about your … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Why Do You Write Arguments?