November got me started on writing regularly as part of the NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo project and I’m SO glad I did it! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do, and just somehow never felt I got the right blog layout or the right name or the right something. My friend has been telling me for awhile “Just DO IT!!” So this November I did! =)
It’s not quite what i had in mind initially but what I’ve written has been a function of the festivities and news that happened to be going on while I was blogging. My initial idea for this blog was focused alot more on amusing thoughts and ridiculous ideas in my head as well as a style/beauty aspect to it. I’m going to try to get more of those *supposedly* funny ideas from my head onto posts. And we’ll see if they get an audience.
I’m absolutely aware that very often, things sound MUCH funnier in my head till i start writing it… then it falls to pieces and crashes on its head.
So I’m going to continue writing for December and it will probably take some time to get things into shape. It’s a process and I accept it. It’s something I’ve recently learned to accept and instead of going “ARGH why isn’t it perfect NOW?!?” So, I accept that this will be a process and it will take time and we’ll see where it goes =) I’ve signed up for BlogHer’s December NaBloPoMo again and look to continue writing.
I hope you’ll enjoy my posts, share them with your friends and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments!
My other goal is to exercise and eat better for the next three weeks in December ending Dec 21. Because who are we kidding, come Christmass and New Year’s, all bets are off!! I”m pigging out!!
Due to a series of health laments, I haven’t been exercising much. So for these 3 weeks I’m going to work on exercising at least twice a week! I need to improve on my eating habits and I’m going to try my hardest to eat by 730pm or 8pm at the latest and eat healthy protein and vegetables and minimize the carbs. Yeah, I just had a HUGE Bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese earlier =P So that’s my goal for the next 3 weeks.
Share your goals with me, I’d love to hear them!
Have a great weekend! Hugs!
For those of you who go into a rage reading ungrammatical sentences, like learning new grammatical rules, or simply want a topic to mull over…
An intense note on the use of “such as” and “like”
Enjoy this post from The Economist!
ON ECONOMIST.COM we recently wrote the following:
Mr Blankfein called for “shared sacrifice” and even argued that rich people such as he should pay higher taxes…
It struck me as odd. “Rich people such as he”?
But I wasn’t sure why I thought it looked wrong. “Like” would be straightforward, and takes the accusative case (People like him should pay higher taxes.) But some guidebooks include a ruling, specious in my view, “like” cannot introduce examples (Rock stars, like Bono and Mick Jagger, do not have to make reservations), and that such likes should be changed to such as. I thought maybe my colleague had wandered into error by trying to apply this (non-)rule. But rich people such as him should pay higher taxes looked weird to me too.
I couldn’t find a ready answer in the “Merriam-Webster’s Guide to English Usage”, Bryan Garner’s “Dictionary of Modern American Usage”, or the OED to my question: what case of pronoun should follow such as? Does it matter that he should pay higher taxes could stand as a clause on its own? Striking out with my reference books, I wrote Geoff Pullum, a syntactician from the University of Edinburgh currently visiting at Brown University and probably most widely known for his no-nonsense blogging at Language Log. He replied generously at such length that this should really be considered a guest post by him. The * indicates an ungrammatical sentence, and the ?? indicates an unidiomatic or questionable one.
[Begin message from Geoffrey Pullum]
The standard wisdom about case of pronouns that are predicative complements (and that includes many complements of “than” and “as”) is that if you could fill in a clause instead of a pronoun, and in that clause the pronoun would be nominative, then the nominative pronoun is correct. So:
He argued that rich people such as he is should pay higher taxes.
*He argued that rich people such as him is should pay higher taxes.
He argued that rich people such as he should pay higher taxes.
But purists then overreach by saying that the alternative is bad:
He argued that rich people such as him should pay higher taxes.
But for these prepositions like “than” and “as” that can take both pronouns (“smarter than me”) and comparative clauses as their complements (“smarter than I am”) the position today is that normal style uses accusative. In some cases the nominative is not permissible at all:
It annoyed the others more than me.
*It annoyed the others more than I.
But even in the cases where it is possible, using the nominative is incredibly formal and pompous. It just doesn’t sound like an ordinary human being:
??He is smarter than I.
??He is as smart as I.
??If only it had been I.
These are not just a little bit formal; they are so stuffy and fake-sounding that I think anyone learning English should be told quite decisively to avoid them like the plague.
At the very least, I’d say don’t use these structures if you want to sound as normal as me.
This stuff is treated in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language around pp. 459ff.
[Ed. that would be Prof Pullum and Rodney Huddleston’s own “Cambridge Grammar”. Johnson’s thanks to Prof Pullum for his guest post.]
Sometimes even if you like or want to do something, it takes effort.
Have you ever had those times where you feel like you need to summon all your energy to get something not that bad done?
Well, I’ve been working on writing regularly and posting regularly here. It’s been great so far. I enjoy writing and I truly believe it’s a process.
If you want to be a writer, guess what? You gotta keep writing.
I’m having a “I’m too tired to write” bug and what I really want to do is go curl up in bed.
After 30 mins of wrestling with myself and having those common conversations with myself (lonely? It’s never lonely here in my head!) I’ve decided I need to scrap up the effort and write.
So here. I’ve written. Sharing with you what’s going through my mind and the roadblocks I face.
Anyone there have their own “overcome the roadblocks” stories to share?
You know what? I’m going from throwing myself a “I’m TOO TIRED to write!!!” tantrum to writing 3 posts. Yay!
Guess what? It wasn’t so hard to write this and it feels good!
Enjoy your day! Hugs!!