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I'm doing a terrible job in grammer. Everything I get back has a C on it. (Which, although I'm no 4.o student by any means, anything under a B- is completely unacceptable to me and the grade makes me disgusted with myself) I don't know why I'm so fucking retarded but grammer is like math. I get it, understand it all when I do the reading and hear the lectures but when it comes to the homework and the quizes everything i do is wrong. Something is not connecting. I'm just grammer illiterate which is lame becasue I really really really want to learn to write better, with every fiber of my being. Part of me is upset about the grade I'm going to get, the other part is just disapoint in myself and there's a bit that's just like, "wow $60,000 in debt and you can't remember where to put a fucking comma?' I disgust myself. You know it has always been a joke with the people who know me or read my LJ about my spelling, typos and grammer but this shit is not funny. I could write if it weren't for all that technical stuff. When are they going to invent that machine where I just put in the creative imput and the machine makes the words all pretty? Goddamnit I'm frustraited.

That's not the only class I'm behind in either. I'm pretty much behind in all of them. Or at least it feels like I ma. I guess I'm only technicaly behind in philosophy, and I keep forgetting to post those assignments on Angel for Modernism (which is bad but internet assignments are a terrible thing, man. It's very inconvient)
I posted my graduation announcement on LJ, and tomorrow night the English department is having a dinner for us graduating English majors. I'm so excited about graduating. But on the other hand, everything is going wrong at school for me. Today after a completely failed grammer quiz I was outside somking my cigarette in defeat, thinking about all these graduation things coming up, and I realized "why the fuck are you celebrating now, You have no guarentees you're going to graduate, you don't have that paper yet." Now that was me being a depressed fatalist, I know I'm going to graduate, it's just the time before which that's going to kill me, and my GPA is going to go down after this qtr thanks to a coupple of classes. So don't expect to see me at punklife, or doing anything fun over the weekends, really. Luckily I've already bought my Stereo Total tickets so I can't back out of seeing them despite the fact that it's on a monday night. What i should stop doing is wasting my time on LJ and get back to my work....
I just needed to bitch and moan for a bit.

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oniglass
May. 18th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
I talk good English...

most grammar rules are dumb and pointless anyway.

Good luck with the dry spell and I'll see you Thursday hopefully.

I love you Mir!
pandapropaganda
May. 21st, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
I luv you too!

See you on Tuesday maybe. *mwah*
flyvapnet
May. 18th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
Alas!
First of all, pandapropaganda, let me affirm grammar is more important than present-day secondary-education administrators and Ebonics-speaking entertainers want you to believe. Assertions to the contrary are almost always made by those who, out of either laziness or role-playing, refuse to learn. That's my disclaimer, by which I hope to head off statements which insist grammar as a concept is somehow arcane and can be ignored.

If you want your writing to be free of spelling errors, use a spell checker. For matters dealing with punctuation, read this book:

Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. Gotham, 2004.

From Publishers Weekly:

Who would have thought a book about punctuation could cause such a sensation? Certainly not its modest if indignant author, who began her surprise hit motivated by "horror" and "despair" at the current state of British usage: ungrammatical signs ("BOB,S PETS"), headlines ("DEAD SONS PHOTOS MAY BE RELEASED") and band names ("Hear'Say") drove journalist and novelist Truss absolutely batty. But this spirited and wittily instructional little volume, which was a U.K. #1 bestseller, is not a grammar book, Truss insists; like a self-help volume, it "gives you permission to love punctuation." Her approach falls between the descriptive and prescriptive schools of grammar study, but is closer, perhaps, to the latter. (A self-professed "stickler," Truss recommends that anyone putting an apostrophe in a possessive "its"-as in "the dog chewed it's bone"-should be struck by lightning and chopped to bits.) Employing a chatty tone that ranges from pleasant rant to gentle lecture to bemused dismay, Truss dissects common errors that grammar mavens have long deplored (often, as she readily points out, in isolation) and makes elegant arguments for increased attention to punctuation correctness: "without it there is no reliable way of communicating meaning." Interspersing her lessons with bits of history (the apostrophe dates from the 16th century; the first semicolon appeared in 1494) and plenty of wit, Truss serves up delightful, unabashedly strict and sometimes snobby little book, with cheery Britishisms ("Lawks-a-mussy!") dotting pages that express a more international righteous indignation.


Mind, I've not yet seen a "punctuation checker" on line; but the appropriate software exists — and if you're very wealthy you can buy it. (At all big-shot publishing houses books are now proofread by computing systems rather than humans, which accounts for the increase in grammatical howlers tucked away inside brand-new publications.) Anyway, that Lynn Truss book is worth reading insofar as her approach to the subject might click in that part of your brain which deals with such disciplines as grammar.

Beyond those two meagre suggestions, the spell checker and the Truss book, there's always the option of retaining a tutor. But first, I'd go with the spell checker so that you're not consistently reinforcing the "I can't spell" mind-set and advertising it to the world via writings submitted either in class or on line. It's a starting point.

=^..^=
pandapropaganda
May. 21st, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
Re: Alas!
That sounds like my kind of way to lear grammer, with british witisisms!! Thanks! I should check that out.

I use spell checker for all assignments, on LJ however, I coudn't be bothered.

I need a second pair of eyes to read what I write before I turn things in. Or in the future before I try to submit writings for publication. I need a mini me or something.
mariposagerl
May. 18th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
Darling, I know I have said it a billion times, but you are going to be okay. The world is not going to end if you forget to put a comma somewhere. You are still a brilliant writer, and that is the most important thing. Grammar and spelling are important, but if you don't have the creativity you're worthless as a writer, and you have that in spades.

I love you, and it is going to get better, just try to stay calm! :)
pandapropaganda
May. 21st, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
Thanks, feeling a bit better about it now.
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