Slang and Accents in Writing

A few months back, I wrote an article on a professor who had her first book being published.  One thing that was mentioned about Lauren Cobb’s book Boulevard Women was how it would be easy, in a sense, for an author to lose out on a certain authenticity of slang and accents when you’re from a different region and the story you’re writing about happens in another region.

Personally, I have always had a thing for accents.  Regardless if it’s a southern accent, British, Spanish, or any where else.  I’ve only traveled out of the midwest twice in my life and both times where to Washington DC.  So I’m very use to the northern Minnesota accent.

But regardless of why I love accents, I have always found that when I am reading book, or even watching a TV show or movie, is that when there are accents in it, I love it more.  But I also find that when an author uses slang from the area that they are using; or if they have a character from a different region or country, that character using slang.

Thankfully, with modern technology, it’s so much easier to find slang for different regions and countries.  For example, there’s this article entitled 40 Southern phrases explained.  Sure, some of them we all already knew.  But it’s still nice being able to add a wider ranger to your vocab for writing.

And another thing that’s nice about the world wide web is that it’s easier to chat with people who live in other countries whose slang you want to pick up for writing and make sure you have a handle on it.

Potential Third Degree

Once again, I find myself looking at potentially getting another undergraduate degree.  Currently, I am looking at doing one of two different programs: an Associate of Science (AS) Business from Vermilion Community College (VCC) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Photojournalism from Minnesota State University – Moorhead.

AS Path

I have actually thought about getting an AS in Business for some time after my initial undergraduate degrees since I have always wanted to own my own business.  And one thing that would be nice about getting an AS from VCC is that I would be able to cut down on some costs while working towards another degree.

I would also have the chance to work with an incredible organization – Incredible Ely – that is in the process of starting up and help them shape it .

BS Path

Now, with trying to get a BS degree from Moorhead, I would pursue either a Publishing Certificate or a Certificate in Professional Writing or possibly both.  This is tempting, because I already have a background of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Creative and Professional Writing and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Liberal Studies from Bemidji State University (BSU) and I want to expand my knowledge and skill set.

If I did do the BS path, I would end up moving to a new city and I would be pushed out of my comfort zone even more, which would be nice.  I would also have a wider choice with activities I could join; but I’d have to pay more money.

Either way I look at it, it would  enjoy the curriculum that I would have; if I did get another undergrad degree prior to going on to a masters program.  And it wouldn’t hurt me either way since I would keep motivated with my education.

Why do I do this to myself, I know that looking at academic programs  is like catnip for me.

The 100 1×01

The CW aired a new TV series last night: The 100.  When I heard about the series and watched a couple of the previews, I couldn’t help but think that the series has a striking similarity to Lord of the Flies.

In the series premiere, we’re introduced to the usual background information: why people hadn’t lived on Earth for 97 years, why they sent 100 teenagers down to Earth, and character backgrounds.

Once the 100 has landed on the earth, we see how Clarke Griffin essentially become a leader – or at least one of them within the group – and leads a group of four others to where the 100 where originally support to land: Mount Weather.

On the way there, they see just how the radiation has effected the Earth and the creatures that have lived there:

© The CW.  The CW retains all rights to this image.
© The CW. The CW retains all rights to this image.

By the end of the episode, we find out that the 100 aren’t the only ones on the planet.  Personally, I would love for a big foot tie in; but I am willing to bet either one of the other 100 was behind Jasper’s death or one of the other countries that we are lead to believe has people in space has sent people back to Earth.

But we’ll see.

Writer Wednesdays

I’ve been trying to think how to get myself to blog more and I figured that I would try to do a couple of weeks worth of focusing on writing.  Since I am one of those people who likes alliteration, to a degree, I figured that the best day of the week to posts these would be Wednesdays.

To be honest, I don’t have much planned for these posts.  I mainly want to focus on a few different aspects of writing ranging from writing prompts to story arcs to what every comes to mind.  Hopefully, I come up with some interesting posts for all of you to read.

How to Survive Your Freshman Year

A couple of weeks ago, I checked out the book How To Survive Your Freshman Year.  The book’s premise is a simple one: several “real world” pieces of advice for incoming college freshman.  The book’s chapters range from what to pack to dorm life: social experiment to dating and sex to doing laundry.

For full disclosure, I’m not a college freshman and I haven’t been one since 2008.  I’ve worked for Residential Life as a summer Resident Assistant/Conference Host, I’ve worked with the Advising success center as an Orientation leader, and I mostly wanted a good laugh.

With that said, the majority of the advice in this book would be worth the $15.95 plus tax or doing what I did and checking it out of the library.  (If there are any parents reading this with several kids, I would suggest just buying it .)

One of my favorite tips from the book is:

Don't Drink the punch

Another thing that I like about the book is that it does go through everything you may need to bring.  I know that one thing that Bemidji State University does is have a move in guide of things to bring.  But I think what’s nice from what the chapter of what to bring does is that it gives a more complete idea of what you may or may not want to bring.