Not the First, Nor the Last.


I want to add the notion that it is okay to be confused or outright wrong. I also want to highlight the differences and diversity between people. I know this doesn’t make my paper as conclusive, but in real life, things are rarely black & white. I want to show people that ambiguity is the nature of life (in some aspects) and that we should tailor our reactions/perceptions to best fit us as individuals and those around us. Specific to my topic, I don’t think there is one way to be healthy. It’s easier to rule out unhealthy behaviors that can shorten our life (like smoking), but the counterargument that can be made is that smoking makes some people happy, and that quitting, even to lengthen one’s life, would be unhealthy because of the distress it causes. I’m not advocating for smoking…I’m actually very against it, but my example illustrated the gray nature of any health benefit or cost.

  1. What genre do you know or like the best?

    I feel I know the genre of the novel the best, even though it could be seen as more of a format. It usually has chapters and often a narrator telling a story from his/her story or from a third person view. Some of the most interesting books I’ve read employed the idea of different chapters being told through the eyes of different characters. In novels there is no typical length. I’ve read novels with short and long chapter; books with many chapters and those with less than six. Many novels do follow the organization of setting–> details/character details–> climax–> resolution or conclusions.

  2. What do you consider to be the most important rules in writing? Why? Are there any ways these rules may not apply?

    Rules I’ve learned to be most important to me in the past are: 1. Never use first person in research or academic papers (or VERY sparingly). This rule I chose has helped me in some situations, but hurt me on others. It has allowed me to learn a good formal tone that is expected in academic writing. On the contrary, my writing may sound stiff at times when I want it to be more fluid. 2. Always provide evidence to support your claims. In many fields, this rule has applied for a very long time. It’s essential for credibility. Though I will argue that for more abstract ideas & creative writing pieces, evidence may be hard to find or not even necessary for the paper. 3. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS give credit where credit is due–> citations. I feel that this rule will invariably apply to any paper that includes the work of others. I doubt I’ll ever encounter a situation where a citation isn’t necessary when providing or quoting another’s work. I take it very seriously and I think people should spend more time trying to cite correctly.

  3. What is your writing process? How do you compose?

    It really depends on what I’m writing. In all writing, I usually make a list of things that I want to cover. I find that if I initially use a more formal composing structure, my creative process is stunted. With too much form, I don’t write as freely and may not put to paper something cool that I could use. Most often, I just start writing as it comes to my mind, with no regard to order or paragraph presentation. I can always organize and restructure it later as long as the content is out of my head and on paper.



Dear Picture of me and my dad,

You are very special to me. You remind me of the love between me and my father when times were much simpler. You reminded me of the freedom I was allotted when I was young and the lack of pressure to be any one way. I care for you because even though he is gone, you are a positive memento of the good things he was. You also make me laugh because of that can of bud light sitting on the porch. I will take you with me wherever I go because you remember me more than I remember me.                Love, Ayla

P.S.: Your splintered sides and chipped jewels reminds me that life will continue long after we are pretty and young.