Why I Read…

1. It’s relaxing

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After I read a book I feel like I’m floating through my life, I feel calm and relaxed. I feel there is nothing anyone can do to ruin my day after I’ve read. When I read, I think about the characters in the book and make up my own stories as I read without thinking about homework or stressing over graduation.

2. Empathy

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I’m the kind of person that enjoys books that make me want to cry.(which some might find totally strange) When I cry over something it shows that I really care about what happens. Sometimes, it encourages me to want to do something about it if the book is nonfiction. It makes me what to help change the world and impact people for the better.

3.Imganation

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Sometimes after I read a book, it gives me a creative vibe. Sometimes I’ll even paint after I read and I end up really liking what I made.It helps me think of things I won’t normally think of. Reading help me think of new ideas.

4. It’s a movie in your mind

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I’ve always liked the book better than the movie, most authors don’t control the exact image you see in your head. If the author says someone looks pretty than you visualizes what you think is pretty, there is no image of picture there to control what the character’s supposed to look like.

5. Better discussions

Kitten trying to get at a goldfishI think reading books can help to fuel some really good discussions. It helps people think even deeper about life, we start asking some pretty serious questions and figure out what we think works and what doesn’t work in the world. Book discussions can sometimes help us solve real life problems.

6. Last, but not least.. THE SMELL

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The smell of a book, new or old, is unique, I think it is one of the most wonderful smells in the world. If frebeze made a scent that m like books I would certainly try it.

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About the Author: John Grisham

John Grisham is the author of the true story, The Innocent ManHe has written many books, some have been published as far back as 1988 while others are more recent. His first book was A Time to Kill and he first best seller was The Firm.

John Grisham stated that he “never dreamed of being a writer.” It wasn’t in tell he witnessed a trail that he became inspired to write.

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Grisham’s life seems to have turned in all kinds of directions before he started to write. When he was younger he wanted to be a baseball player. Then he released his dream wasn’t realistic so he went into accounting at Mississippi State University. Then in 1981 he graduated from law school. He was elected to the state house of Representatives in 1983 and served until 1990.

The trail that inspired Grisham to write his first book was not his case. However, he still took the time to watch the trail. It was about a twelve year old girl who had been raped and beaten. Which inspired Grisham to write a story where the girl’s father killed that rapist and was then put on trail himself. Grisham would wake up at 5 am each morning before work so he could work on writing it.

Once he had finished writing his first book A Time to Kill, it was rejected by more than 25 publishers. It wasn’t published until the unknown pushing company, Wynwood Press, decided to print it. The day after his first book was pushblished, Grisham decided to work on his second book, The Firm. 

Most people would assume that everything in Grisham’s life was fine after he published his second book and Paramount offered him 600,000 dollars for movie rights to his book. However, after becoming a successful writer terrible things were happening at his firm. “Two of the firm’s lawyers [died] mysteriously.” He knew he could be risking his life if talked to the FBI about what had happened. They thought that the deaths were connected with the mafia. Grisham realized that after this incident, he had to stop working at the firm. So he began writing full time.

Then after writing many books, Grisham announced he was going back to the courtroom in 1995.  He accepted a case in 1991 where he, “[represented] the estate of an employee of the Illinois Central Railroad who was killed on the job.”

Grisham stated that, “for lawyers, the main dream of escape is to get out of the profession.” Which is exactly what Grisham did, however, he didn’t stay out of the courtroom permanently.

 

Please Note

Hello everyone! I think this blog has gotten a little cluttered so the blog for my English class can be found here. I plan to organize this blog more in the future. I’ve already moved all of my English assignments to this blog and will be deleting my English posts on this site this weekend.

Swales Activity Group 2 Part 1

In the article, The Concept of Discourse Community, by John Swales. He has a “tentative,” definition for the term discourse community which is, “is a group of people who share certain language using practice. These practices can be seen as conventionalized in two ways. Stylistic conventions regulate social interaction both within the group and in its dealings with outsiders: to this extent, ‘discourse community’ borrows from the sociolinguistic concept of ‘speech community’.”

Review of Key Terms

After reading quite a few articles for my English class and analyzing them, here is a new list of my key terms:

Genre: Something that organizes different subjects and reoccurring situations.

Audience: The people who read someone’s writing, watch someone’s video or play. People who are open-minded rather than closed-minded.

Rhetorical Situation: Is the context of a rhetorical event that consists of an context, an audience and a speaker.

Reflection: A summary something you’ve experienced and what you’ve learned from it. Could also be used to look as the future and present as well.

Discourse Community: A group of people who share a set of discourses, understood as basic values and assumptions.

Knowledge: The theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

Context: The parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage to clarify it’s meaning.

Purpose: The reason which something is done.

Cognitive dissonance: The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.

 

 

7.19.2017 Three Minute Reflection

I think my writing has improved. After taking a creative writing course in High School I’m beginning to spend more time revising my writing and making sure it is structured well and makes sense.

I used to dislike writing if I’m being honest. I used to motivate myself to write a lot, but all of it was through negative motivation. Now, I use positive motivation to encourage myself to write more. However, I have also recently been trying to ensure that my writing is quality writing and not just quantity.

Discourse Community and Veganism

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After reading The Concept of Discourse Community By John Swales. I’ve found that a discourse community I belong to would be veganism. Veganism has all six of the discourse community characteristics:

1) “A discourse community has a broadly agreed upon set of goals”

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There are at least three goals in the vegan community, at least each person will agree upon one, but most agree on all of them. Some of are goals are:

  • To stay healthy(however, you can still be unhealthy as a vegan)
  • to help the environment (animal agricultural a major cause of global warming)
  • To improve the live of animals
  • Nonviolence
  • Use organic cleaners (usually 100% vegans)
  • Wear and use non animal products (usually 100% vegans)

2) “A discourse community has mechanisms of intercommunication among its members”

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The media has been our main way of communicating. From documentaries like What the Health to things as simple as YouTube videos and blogging. Since the number of vegans in the world is small(but increasing rapidly in the U.S). It isn’t often that many vegans get to get together face to face. Most of us are spread out across the world so the media is really are only way of committing on a daily basis.  

3) “A discourse community uses its participatory mechanisms primarily to provide information and feedback”

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Feedback is what most vegans thrive on. Since we don’t follow the crowd that makes make the majority of us open-minded people. On YouTube there are debates on what kind of vegan diet it best such as “high carb low fat” or “high fat low carb”. Most people comment, but every once in a while other vegans channels will make a video about what the other channel said and tell their viewers what they think.

4) “A discourse community utilizes and hence possesses one or more genres in the communicative furtherance go its aims.”

There are plenty of topics! With the main ones talking about diet, obviously. However, sometimes vegans that have been vegan for a while might discuss where others can find clothing that doesn’t have animal products. Other topics might be finding organic cleansers, but I have personally only found that discussed in vegan books. I have seen soon YouTube channels discuss what kind of processed foods are vegan. (Oreos are vegan, I was so surprised to find that out)

5) “In addition to owning genres, a discourse community has acquired some specific lexis”

Vegans do have some form of lexis, however, we keep it simple so others who are curious about it might understand it relatively quick. We use the term, “high carb, low fat” and that means a diet that is high in carbohydrates, but low in fat. Some vegans try to do a “high fat low carb” diet. Personally, I think the high carb, low fat is best. However, vegans  do not normally mention that they usually put fruits and vegetables before carbohydrates and fat when they say, “high carb low fat.” They really mean eating mostly carbs and less fat while eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Then there are others who go, “raw vegan.” A raw vegan diet is a diet of usually just fruits and vegetables that aren’t cooked. “100% vegans,” are vegans that not only choose a vegan diet, but vegans who use oranges cleansers, wear non animal products, and do not have any animal products in their household. However, most vegans never go 100% since it is so hard to achieve.

6) “A discourse community has a threshold level of members with a suitable degree of relevant content and discoursal expertise.”

Some people have been vegan for decades, but seems that not a whole lot of people have been vegan their whole lives. The majority of us are not experts on this lifestyle -yet. Veganism in the U.S has risen over 500% in the past few years, so even though I do believe quite a handful of people will weave in and out of this community. I do think there are novice vegans out there who plan on learning more about the diet and don’t want to give it up.

People like me.

Blogging Struggles

 

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In my mind, my blog isn’t even close to good enough compared to all the other bloggers I’ve seen.  I’m writing this to show everyone the struggles I’ve come across and I hope to fix them soon.  Some of the struggles I’ve had are:

1) Finding good content

I think writing is the easy part of blogging. Once I have an idea I can just type away, but finding an idea takes times and thought. First, I have to figure out if the idea is worth writing to begin with. Sometimes I think I might posts things that might conflict with other people too much so I delete the drafts.

2) Posting consistently

I’ve been getting better at this, however, I think I still need to improve. So far,  About the Author posts are the the only posts I will write monthly. The rest has been, well, for my English class.

3) Organizing Posts

I’ll admit, I’m a terrible book reviewer. I haven’t make a rating system yet and I still don’t really have an idea of how I should outline them. I just go off  about whatever comes to mind that is related to the book, however, I only think this is good to some extent.

4) Organizing the Blog

I’ve been getting better at this too. However, I still think there are some posts that I am yet to give a page for and many of my posts can only be found on my feed and not on my pages.

5) My English Class..

My first College English has really showed me just how much work my blog needs. I’ve been doing three minute reflections for this class. Only three minutes for one post?!?! I think each of my posts deserve at least twenty minutes of my time. Sure, I think trying to write a prompt fast can help me become a better writer, but I don’t want to post it because I know I only spent three minutes on it. I know that technically the posts for my English class are due by the end of the semester, but I think I’ll forget to post it later so I publish as soon as the three minutes are up so I can get credit for it. I plan to revise them in the future so they aren’t as choppy.

What struggles have you had as a blogger? How far do you think you’ve come?