Meghan with an H

There are so many rants I could go on about grammar. I am one of those grammar freaks who gets ridiculously irritated by the simple misuse of your or you’re. I could write hundreds of words about how I hate when people incorrectly use their, there, or they’re. But I think those rants are so “been-there, done-that.” I’ve seen numerous twitter posts exclaiming people’s disgust with these errors, and even more comments on several social media sites where people are correcting their friends’ grammar mistakes. I’m not going to to that. Instead of going on a grammar rant, I’m going to go on a spelling rant.

For me, spelling someone’s name correctly is a matter of respect. My entire life, people have constantly spelled my name incorrectly. It’s MegHan. Not Megan, Meagan, Meaghan, Meagen, or any other variation you can think of.

I understand that it might be difficult because there are so many different spellings for one name, which is why I usually allow people a first-time misspelling. I usually correct them in a jokingly way, but from then on…I expect the correct spelling. I have this one friend (who shall remain unnamed) that I have known for about five or six years now, and he still spells my name incorrectly EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. Like, come on man! It’s not thaaaat hard.

What really gets me is Facebook posts, however. Every year on my birthday, I will receive several “happy birthday” posts where people still spell my name wrong. SERIOUSLY? It is written right there above the post. It clearly says, “MegHan Brown.” Therefore, you should write: “Happy birthday MegHan!!” Not “Happy birthday Megan!” No No No No No!!! It just doesn’t make sense to me how you can spell my name wrong, when its written on the same exact page. It’s really not that hard to read it.

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To most people it may not seem like that big of a deal. Yes it’s only one letter. But to me, it is extremely irking. Sometimes I wish my parents would’ve named me something with less variations in spelling. But I love my name…So please, please, please remember.

It’s Meghan with an H.

I’m not a writer, but I want to be.

Even as a Minor in Writing student, I still don’t really consider myself a writer. I know that probably doesn’t make much sense, but it’s true. When I picture writers, I see people who just write for fun. I see people who write daily about anything and everything. I wish I was one of those people. I never really take time out of my day just to spend some time writing, although I know I should and wish I would. Several times I have considered starting a blog of my own, but I never do it because I don’t actually know what I’d write about. That’s my problem, I suppose. I have even tried out tumblr (back in high school when all my friends decided it was cool), but I guess it just wasn’t really my thing. That type of writing just doesn’t come easily to me. In fact, I’ve actually had quite the time writing this blog post. I am a perfectionist and want everything to be absolutely perfect before I submit it. This whole blogging this is very different from the academic writing I’m good at. I find enjoyment in spending hours editing and re-editing my academic pieces.

I’ve tried to convince my friends to join the minor because I truly believe in the importance of being a skilled writer, regardless of the field a student decides to pursue. From that, I should probably follow my own advice and realize that in order to become a better writer, I need to put more time into it. But at the same time, put less time into it. Not all writing has to be perfectly edited. Sometimes I need to write just to write. If I am able to do this, I think I will finally be able to consider myself a writer. But until then….

Am I funny yet?

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Sneak Peek of My Dad as a Comic Character

I feel like I’ve got a pretty good start on my project 2. I have, in fact, decided to go with the comic strip idea. So far, I’ve created about four comic strips with my dad as the main character (an ordinary hero). The general idea of all the the strips is that I am basically making fun of the fact that my dad has to deal with raising three girls. As the only male in a houseful of women, my sisters, mother and I also make the joke, “poor dad.” So I figure this project would be a good way to show my dad, in a comical way, that we really do appreciate all the things he does for us.

As far as things I am worried about and questions I have…

First of all, I am worried that the content of the comics won’t be funny to my readers because they aren’t in my position. Also, I’m not sure how many different comic strips I should make in total.

Second, I am writing a piece to go along with the comics that sort of explains my idea (as I did above) and I’m not sure exactly what I should and shouldn’t include in that additional piece.

The Freedom of Writing.

Be free.
Be free.

Writing is free! It makes you feel free.

It gives you a sense of power. The power to create.

To recreate. To experiment with words.

Write for yourself or write for others.

Write to clear your mind, to make up your mind, or even to

lose your mind.

Write about what you love or what you hate, or about

something in between.

Whether you spend seconds, minutes, hours, or days writing,

you are creating something meaningful.

The beauty of writing is in it’s ambiguity, in it’s

freedom.

Super Dad

Well well well, look what we have here. Project 2 creeping around the corner. After finally deciding on what piece I wanted to work with and how I wanted to repurpose it, I started doing a little informal internet research on my new media. In case you didn’t know my plan, I have decided to take an old essay I wrote back in middle school about my dad being my hero and I am going to repurpose it into some sort of comic strip. With my dad, aka super dad, as the main character/hero of the comic (super dad), this idea sounded fun, new and interesting to me. I started with some cliche google searches such as, “How to write a comic strip” and “writing a comic strip.”

Peanuts in super hero costumes…could this picture get any better? No.

These two simple searches proved to bring up a whirlwind of even more questions for me. I found a couple wiki pages about how to write comics strips and they were somewhat helpful. They even included pictures as an aid to their advice. Aside from that, my research hasn’t quite extended into more scholarly pieces quite yet. I’m still taking a look at the informal pieces, as I think writing a comic is a more informal writing media.

I look forward to seeing where this project takes me because it is unlike any piece of writing I have ever done before.

Brainstorming is hard.

After talking with a small group in class, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m pretty much on the same page as most other people when it comes to project 2. We all sort of have ideas and options of past writing that we could build off of for the rest of the semester, but we aren’t quite sure which pieces would work best. I have to admit, it’s been difficult sifting through all of my old pieces of writing. Most of my work was lost when my old computer crashed somewhere between junior and senior year of high school. Among the few pieces I was able to recover, along with everything I have written since the devastating incident, I am still having difficulty choosing which direction I’d like to take this assignment. The pieces I’ve looked at range from something as elementary as a Junie B. Jones journal to a rhetorical analysis of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

I have taken T’s advice to heart, that we should pick a piece that we are passionate about and would be happy working with for the rest of the semester, and have narrowed down my options quite significantly . After some sifting and a lot of thinking, here’s what I’ve got so far:

Option 1: I’ve being doing a lot of thinking about a piece that I wrote back in middle school. It’s titled, “My Hero,” and is written about how much my father means to me. I’m almost positive that this is the piece of writing I want to work with because, although my middle school writing is poor, the basic ideas of the paper are still relevant today. I still look up to my dad in more ways than one and consider him one of my most important role models. It’s the “taking my writing in a new direction” part of project 2 that is causing me some problems. In regards to this piece of writing, I was considering a couple directions to take it. One direction that I’m thinking about is possibly making a brochure about the importance of father figures in a child’s life. I could research stats on the emotional/educational effects of not having a father figure. The trouble I have with this, however, is I’m not quite sure who my audience would be. Men who have fathered a baby, possibly? Or even single mothers…? The only problem with this is that this type of writing is fairly typical for me, as I am a Neuroscience major and constantly rely on numerical evidence in research projects. Again, T suggested picking a piece that would stretch our writing abilities, which is why my second option seems rather interesting to me. This option being a comic strip of some sort. Because my essay was titled, “My Hero,” I think it would interesting to somehow create my own comic strip. I could make it satirical, or for children. Again, I’m not quite sure about my target audience, I’ll have to discuss that with T. I guess we will see.

My dad and I on game day!
My dad and I on game day!

Option 2: Aside from the paper about my dad, I also have been looking at a piece I wrote for my English 124 class last year. It was an informal, one-page piece about what makes me wild (as the subject of the class was wilderness/wild). I’m not quite sure where I’d go with this piece, but I’m probably going to give it a little more thought. The only thing I could think of was maybe create some type of buzz feed-like quiz about hair, because the paper was about my wild hair.

Writing About Myself in the Third Person

Oscar Patch Brown
Oscar Patch Brown

Meghan Brown is a sophomore at the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing a degree in Neuroscience, as well as taking part in the Minor in Writing program. She considers her hometown, Traverse City, Michigan, the biggest influence on her passions in life. Growing up surrounded by water, she spends most of her time at home swimming, boating and enjoying the beauty of Northern Michigan. She also loves spending time with her big Italian family, her friends and her beloved dog, Oscar.