Writing Blog 101, Your Personality on the Page

Today’s Prompt: We all have anxieties, worries, and fears. What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears.

Today’s Twist: Write this post in a style distinct from your own.

Earlier in Writing 101, we talked about voice: that elusive element that sets you apart from every other writer out there. Style, however, is different. Your writing style might affect your voice, but ultimately style and voice aren’t the same thing.

You might prefer long and complex sentences, or sentences with a lot of commas and layers building upon each other, or perhaps intentional run-ons and thoughts bleeding into the next and no pauses and lots of imagery and never-ending moments that run onto the next page.

Or, you might write short sentences. Fragments, even. Simple prose.

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End of first week of class

The first week of Coding (Programing) Immersion class was a little information overflow.   Our homework for the week was to create a simple website with HTML and CSS.  I did not completely finish it as I have to know the reason why something work a certain way.  I could not just copy and paste stuff from other websites and play with it.  Also our end goal with this class is to able able to create a website with Ruby on Rails.  So I went through the tutorial on creating a Ruby on Rails website.  That way I could make notes on it and notate the reason why and how a line of coding was being used.  I may not have finished the project, but I have a much better understanding of coding a website with Ruby on Rails which also uses HTML, CSS and JavaScript.  I am okay with that.

Usually we have Friday off, but we had a field trip to ThoughtBot and then one of the senior programmers there came back to class with us and gave us some good advice on Developer Survival Tactics.  It was a great presentation.

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Homework

Day Four of class . . . what can I say other than information overload.  I know that is how the first week would be, but it is taking a while for my brain to process.  I do take notes and yes, I do hand write them down.  They are very messy, but then I rewrite and clean them up (in colors) and it sticks in my head better that way.

I was thinking in a couple weeks I probably think this is not as bad as it seems to me now.  That hindsight thing, you know.  At least I can go back and look at my blog for comparison. 🙂

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Writing Blogs 101, To Whom It May Concern – Day 14

Today’s Prompt: Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. If you need a boost, Google the word and see what images appear, and then go from there.

Today’s twist: write the post in the form of a letter.

Note: I have missed a few days due to starting Coding Immersion and my brain can only do so much, so I’ll do the ones I can. 🙂 Without killing my brain from information overload.

The book I picked was “Latin Via Ovid” my Latin text book from college, as most of my books now are ebooks.  The first word is etiam meaning still or yet.

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Too much information & not enough

So Day 2 & 3 in class have been interesting and a little overwhelming at the same time.  Day 2 we got to see how a completed website in Ruby on Rails looked. The big picture . . . I always have a hard time with these as I like to dig and dig deep.  I want to know why, what, when and how you do something.  I understand better this way and the anal retentive part of me thrives on learning this way.  Needless to say I had to work very hard not to ask all the questions I really really really wanted to.

Day 3 definitely a little better, we worked through a very basic website with a couple pages with HTML and CSS.  Easier to understand since we created it from scratch, but will still take time for my brain to fire off quickly without thinking so hard.  Though I believe my stumbling block will be putting the ” “ in the correct places.

I did go nosing about and found some very helpful widgets for my Macbook to help.  Tags HTML and Tags CSS allow you to start typing the type of command you need help with and then bring up everything that has it in it.  Anything to save typing is a God send.

Due to my brain being very tired, that is all for today.

First day of Coding Immersion boot camp

Finally the first day of class!  I did not think it would ever come.  I am so ready to start a new career.

One of the first things that really stood out is the coding/programming is close-knit and they help each with finding jobs, socializing and helping each other figure out coding problems together.  My first workshop back in February for “Intro to Ruby”.  It was a free workshop on a Saturday and everyone there volunteered their time to run and assist students in this workshop.  The community is amazing and just even taking half a Saturday to help newbies check out a programming language, Ruby is just awesome.

I have already started learning Ruby via www.teamtreebook.com a few weeks ago.  This website is a great resource for explaining what and why; as well as learning how to code/program with various coding/programming languages.

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WRITING BLOGS 101, Size Matters (In Sentences)– DAY 11

Today’s Prompt: Where did you live when you were 12 years old? Which town, city, and country? Was it a house or an apartment? A boarding school or foster home? An airstream or an RV? Who lived there with you?

So write with a combination of short, medium, and long sentences. Create a sound that pleases the reader’s ear. Don’t just write words. Write music.

When I was 12 years old I lived in Martinez, GA.  My home was a light tan one-story 3 bedroom house. My mother was meticulous with the the front lawn and everything had it’s place in the yard.  Roses on both sides of the front door and red tip bushes all trimmed to the exact same height and width that lined the front lawn like a fence.

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