PB & Me

My whole life I have grown up loving peanut butter, especially in the form of Reeses candy.  But, something this summer changed.  I didn’t love peanut butter, I was obsessed with it.  I would come home every night from work and stick whatever I could into the jar – chocolate, toast, apples, my fingers, my tongue, etc.  I ate through entire jars in less than 2 weeks and couldn’t go a single day without it.

Now, the addiction has multiplied.  Every morning I have to get my fix or my whole day will be a wreck.  I have three jars sitting in my room (they are calling my name as we speak) just in case I eat through one and another one somehow disappears.

If peanuts ever go extinct, I think I will as well.

How Do I Write?

I started a magazine, which became widely known throughout my second-grade class, called “Teen Dog”.  I spent months mapping out my cover pages, articles, and layouts.  I planned my future headquarters, all the way down to picking out the material the office desks were to be made from.

Being older now, I have come to realize that how I worked on my magazine back in second grade is equivalent to how I work in my everyday life, especially in my writing.  I spent countless hours planning every detail of my future business to guarantee perfection and have no need for change later down the road.  When I write, I start with an outline, making it more and more detailed, until it is essentially a paragraph with bullets in the middle.  I lay out all my quotes, facts, and arguments in order, making sure there isn’t a single item out of place.  I then go in and retype the outline, adding in transitions and making words flow.  Everything directly reflects my outline, just as I had planned, with no major changes.

As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that this is a doggone terrible strategy.  I tend to get so dead set on my original plan that I ultimately refuse any change and feedback.  This leaves much of my writing repetitive and uninspired, despite the large amount of time spent planning.  Although I am inherently afraid of change, I have been working on tweaking my process.  I have realized writing is not solidified, but rather a piece that will probably never be finished.  Recently when I write, I print out multiple copies and mark all over them, rearranging paragraphs, structure, and even changing my entire topic.  But, even doing this, I will still revert to my old habits, rearranging an entire essay so that it ends up the same as the original.  Changing my mind is like trying to pursued a car to run on its own.  But as I get older, and technology grows, maybe cars will be able to start with just a simple thought, just as I will be able to accept change.

WRITING 220 INTRODUCTION: Alexis Bausch

YO! My name is Alexis and I am a sophomore pursuing, aside from the Minor in Writing, a degree in business.  I was born and raised in Ann Arbor and, apparently, liked the town enough to stick around for another 4 years.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been interested in the Fashion/Magazine world.  When choosing a major/minor, I took this into account and looked for a way to incorporate my love for journalism with skills I could apply in the Fashion industry.  This lead me to finding an interest in marketing, but I still urned for more creativity and writing in my life, thus leading me to join the Minor in Writing.

Throughout my life, I have always been extremely shy and awkward.  When I discovered writing (as it was taught in high school by my FAVORITE teacher), I realized, rather than socializing, I could express myself in words on paper!  I would like to push this interest further and get more in tune with my creative style and the styles of other writers as well.  I often push my hobbies to the side, but this year I vowed to pursue what I love and not let anything stop me! (Except maybe law enforcement)  I am excited to see where this new thinking will take me, along with what the Minor will allow me to learn about myself!

Talk soon,

Alexis (pictured below)