My repurposing project is finally coming along. I have taught myself to navigate through Microsoft Word’s project gallery, and am making my three-pronged spread on salsa (the food) look like a true magazine article. I added images from Flickr, which I never knew existed before this class. I’m finding relevant and high-quality pictures on the site, which is making my project really come to life. I am slowly figuring out that magazine writing is my passion, which is why I am really enjoying doing this project. This experience reminds me of my experience as a writer for Spoon University, an on-campus magazine I just started writing for this year. I write for the “food-for-thought” section, and the style, I am finding, is very similar (as is the topic of food, of course). I think I’m going to be proud of my repurposing project when I finally finish. They say third time’s a charm… and my third draft is the one that I feel most proud of thus far.
My repurposing project is giving me more trouble than I thought it would. For this project, I am repurposing a research paper on salsa into a magazine spread. At first, I took bits and pieces of the research paper and modified my argument. The initial argument of my paper was how salsa has diversified into a food that has adapted to different cultures around the world. This argument, in my opinion, seemed a bit too “research-ey” for a magazine article. So, I changed the tone of the paper. As I wrote, I came up with a better idea: a guide to help housewives or chefs “spice up their life” in the kitchen. I offered a variety of recipes to add change and innovation into the same old routine meals they cook for their husbands and kids each and every day.
However, after completing my first draft, I felt my repurposed argument was all over the place. Did I want to offer readers with a history of salsa and explain how it became such a popular, versatile food? Did I want to offer tips in the kitchen/new ideas/new recipes for housewives who were bored with their elementary cooking skills? Did I want to talk about the different types of salsa (texture, spice levels, etc) that can me made? All of these arguments were in my repurposed paper, and I felt it was a bit scrambled.
After speaking with Professor Silver, she helped me come up with a solution: create a magazine spread on salsa, dividing it into separate parts. Each part would spotlight a particular argument I was trying to make. I now plan to break it up into three sections: “A Brief History,” “The International Cookbook” (containing international recipes and how each plays an important role in the cuisine of its country of origin), and a last section that will work as a guide to people who struggle in the kitchen, and whose skills are elementary (will show them how simple it is to make salsa!)