Well yesterday I didn’t post if you didn’t notice, that is because I had a big paper due today and a quiz due that I hadn’t even begun to study for before yesterday. I just didn’t have the time for a post.
I think my outlining helped quite a bit for the paper and as expected I used almost none of it. If I used none of it I am sure many are wondering how exactly it helped. Well like I said previously I think it really does do a service to me to go in knowing about what I wanted to write about. When I sat down to write the paper, I knew exactly what I wanted to say and I think my paper worked out a little better than my previous ones because of it. It did take a small new direction that I hadn’t expected, that being that I brought in real life history into the differences between Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle… something that really I wouldn’t have done without looking up some random thoughts gotten by the outline. So overall I am quite happy with it and assuming that I have time, I plan on using it more in the future.
Now that those two big things are done… I feel alot more relieved, like I have more time to relax which I haven’t really felt for awhile. I already spent a couple hours this afternoon playing video games, but I think I will spend the rest of the evening working on my Geometry class in hopes of finishing it off tonight or tomorrow so that I can get my test in by next week sometime.
Ok I’ve never been a huge fan of using outlines in my writing. I don’t know what it is about them, but I always found them more frustrating than helpful. I think the reasoning behind this might be because of how it has always been explained to me. It has been explained as a tool to better organize your paper. Meaning you already know what you are going to say, so put it in a few main points, and subpoints and what not in outline form, then take that to write your paper. But this struck me as wrong, perhaps because I am a bit lazy, but I didn’t want to basically do the work twice. I’d rather do a rough draft and a final draft (and the many rough drafts in between) than deal with an outline which has no real merrit on the actual paper. So I’ve never done them.
Then as I started listening to Podcasts, I picked up on Tracy Hickman’s podcast. Tracy Hickman co-wrote the Dragonlance Saga and I’ve always had a respect for him. Well it came time for him to promote his latest in the series with Margaret Weis and they were podcasting their book tour. I started hearing Weis’ tale of how she really came up with Raistlin’s character and this is honestly what started me with outlining.
With Raistlin, Weis was given a picture and she had to come up with a character to fit with the picture. The picture was of a young man whom was frail, with golden skin and hourglass eyes and white hair. When she asked the artist why he was like that, the artist replied that it looked cool. So she began to ask herself and she came up with answers that fleshed out the character.
Well when I came up with an idea for a story I started doing the same thing, except I wrote it out in an outline format. So I would have the main point in the beginning with sub-points, and sub-points to the sub-points. It made for a much more organized beast that does a good job at setting up this story. Now I will likely not use much of this material for the actual book, so I’m not organizing the story in anyway. But what I am doing is organizing my ideas so that I know what is going on fairly easily. I don’t have to look through paragraphs anymore, I can look things up very quickly.
This week I have a paper due in my Detective fiction class so in order to write it out I decided to give the outline another shot. The question is how are two detectives different so I started outlining how and why the were different. It seems to be working, it isn’t ordering the paper in anyway, I will do that myself, but it does allow me to figure out what my main points should be which should help me figure out an order better.
Now I need to just start thinking about doing this type of outline for my first story that I plan on writing and publishing.
After two straight nights of 5-6 hour sleeps and a weekend of running around doing things with my daughter, I decided to be a bad student today and take the day off from classes. Most of my day has been playing video games, mostly X-Men Legends which is a most excellent game. I did try to get some homework done, but honestly my mind wasn’t in it. Anything I read was going in one eye and out the other. I realized fairly early that my mind wasn’t into it which is why I really didn’t get far, though I am going to try more later tonight.
The day wasn’t a complete wash though, I was able to go get change to do laundry, I closed my old bank accounts out because I am switching to a new bank, and I started my laundry. So I at least got some stuff done. For some reason I really haven’t been wanting to take a nap though that may be upcoming still. I would think that given how little sleep that I got over the weekend that I would be more than a little eager to go take a nap but it just hasn’t been there.
So ok capitalism as a system isn’t totally bad. The higher ups sold this idea to the lower class by telling them that anyone could go from the gutter to the biggest house in the country if you were dedicated and you worked hard to get it. Yes and you too could become royalty if you found a toad in the swamp, kissed it, had it turn into a beautiful prince(ss) and married that toad royalty. It happens, but not often. Read more “Capitalism is great”
In yesterday’s blog I forgot to mention that not only do I have those console games but I also got Sims 2 Pets this week and next week I get NWN2. Yesterday I downloaded the toolset for NWN2 and I didn’t really play with it much but it looked a lot more complicated than NWN1. That often means that it is more in depth as well, but I couldn’t tell at a glance what to do to make a quick module like I used to be able to do. This may be an eventuallity as complexity increases and the game moves from 2D to 3D but it sucks as I bet there will be a lot of people who could have done it on the old system and couldn’t do it on the new system.
I went to my advisor this week to talk about the class I wanted to drop. And she agreed that it was ok to drop the class, so I did it. That means that I will gain about 9-10 hours a week probably by not having to go to the classes or do the homework. That should help me out alot! I already started using up some of the time to finally finish the High School Geometry that I need to get done by mid-November. I hope to have my last assignment in the mail by the end of next week and the test done in about two weeks. I don’t care what grade I get in it, as long as I get like a C or higher I will be happy, I’m probably averaging a B+ on homework and I think I got a B+ or an A on my midterm so that shouldn’t be too hard to swing.
I do have a busy couple of weeks for classes though. I have a big paper due in my Detective Fiction class this week, haven’t even started that but I really need to look at it a bit during the weekend. I also probably have a quiz in Spanish next week and I really wanna pick up my studying in Spanish class, I’m tired of my lower grades in the class. Lastly I have a test in the Divine Comedy next week, but those don’t seem too hard. I did fairly well by reading through the Spark Notes for it in the last exam, however this one will be covering alot more material so it could definitely be more difficult.
A couple of weeks ago I sat on ebay for almost the full week buying up gamecube games. I decided that since the Wii will allow cube games to play on the system that I could probably buy up some cheap used games and be ok with it. So I bought several games at dirt pricese.
I bought SSX3, X-Men Legends, Final Fantasy: Chrystal Chronicles, Tony Hawk American Wasteland, Mega Man Anniversary Collection, and Geist. For those titles I probably paid around $75 shipping included, some were like $2 plus $4 shipping so I basically got a couple games at $6 each, not bad. Over the bunch I think I shouldn’t have bought Geist. I had heard a lot of good things about the game but I guess I didn’t realize that it was a full on shooter which is not my type of game at all. Plus shipping on that title was $15 since it was from Canda!
I’ve played a ton of the SSX3, had rented tricky before and loved it so I wanted to own a copy and am happy with it as well… I’ve beaten a few bosses on Mega Man 1 (it has Mega Man 1-8 plus a couple other fighting games on it), and have played a small amount of Tony Hawk. I just recieved FF & X-Men today so haven’t had a chance on those but am looking forward to them and I think they’ll compliment my collection nicely.
Now I have a TON of gamecube games. I’ve always been in the habit of buying a few games for each system. I think my Gameboy systems have the most games but that is cause they’ve all been backward compatible to some degree… but I think I have close to 20 games for the Cube and could probably pick up another 10 that I have my eyes on if I wasn’t careful. Yet I haven’t really finished any of them.. I really should put aside a weekend or something to finish some games up just so I can say that I’ve done it. Wind Waker I stopped playing when I was really really close to completing, just never got around to it(think I played over winter break one year and just never got back in it after school got out the following summer). In the meantime though I think SSX is a great pick up and play game that I can put back down fairly quickly. Good short bursts.