Well, my essay for this week about my grandfatherÂ is finished.Â Except for the printing &/or copying.Â (I need to find a place where I can copy the paper as I don’t really want to use up my printer ink spitting out 7 copies.)Â I had actually started the piece for last week’s assignment, but I couldn’t write anywhere near the 5 pages (doubles spaced) requested.Â But I decided to expand the scope of the essay and at one point had 7 pages.Â And there was still more I could have added.Â But I was able to pare it down to 5 pages, keeping the most interesting things.
My first essay was a big hit!Â The class and instructor hadÂ a few comments to improve it, which I haven’t incorporated yet.Â I plan to upload it here as a separate page, but haven’t done so yet.Â That would be a good project for this weekend.Â (And since it’s in Word, there will probably be a shit-load of fixes I need to make before it looks presentable.)
I don’t know that the class is helping me write more creatively; but then, I’ve only been to one class so far.Â Â I still write like I talk, just a little more refined.Â However, the essays are helping expand my ideas of how to word certain phrases for high impact.Â And I’m using fewer prepositions.Â Now if I can just stop overusing and and but (& their synonyms) to start sentences, I might be on my way.
The site of the Arts Center where the class is held is in a hoppin’ section of Arlington.Â There are several trendy restaurants around the area; and since today is my birthday, perhaps I’ll try oneÂ before class.Â Or, I could just go to the Silver Diner, enjoy a classic burger, oldies music and a chocolate milkshake.Â Yummm.