Massive Nerd Moment

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There were several times this week in which I felt like a real nerd. They are as follows:

  • While reading a book called Line By Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing I decided not to skip the introduction like I usually do in books that I think will be boring but I need to read so as to better enable myself to advance my career. So I’m reading it and it’s going on and on about the basics of grammar and rules like subject, predicate, subject-verb agreement, modifiers etc, and I found myself absolutely glued to the page. I love grammar! Grammar excites me. I was that kid who loved sentence diagrams and got all of them right in eighth grade. I was that kid who made her younger siblings say “You and I” rather than “me and you.” I was that kid who corrected her father’s grammar in front of his friends.

Nerd.

  • The second occasion occurred when my father and I were discussing my upcoming semester abroad in London. After expressing his disappointment that I have not begun packing yet (there’s your answer Lua!) he asked me what I wanted to do while I’m in the UK. I promptly rattled off a list of all the authors’ homes and places of residence I wanted to visit (Dickens, Bronte, Shakespeare, Stevenson, Tennyson, Woolf, Conan Doyle to name a few). We then moved to the subject of money and talked about how little I really would have after the exchange rate (damn you General Motors for floundering and becoming the catalyst that sent our economy down the tube, and damn you Obama for not fixing it yet.  Btw, how’s that oil spill?). He (my dad not Obama)  told me not to worry about money and that I shouldn’t let that hinder me from doing wonderful things while abroad. I replied verbatim, “Well the only thing I really want to do is see where Jane Austen lived and write in the same place she did even if it costs me all my $5000.”

Nerd.

Dad then commented that not many people would say such a thing. Most college kids from the USA would only be concerned with how much they were going to drink in Europe since they’re legal there and that I might be a little bit of a geek.

I say so what? It’s my dream come true to write near Jane Austen. And I’m going to do it. I may be a little bit of a nerd, but I’m happy the way I am. I think now I’m going to go write a tad more of my story Ensnared for Serial Central – which you should check out on Monday – with Miss Austen in mind.

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40 responses to “Massive Nerd Moment

  • Melissa

    Oh, grammar. When I was in college, I worked for one of the English professors as his assistant. Basically, I did a lot of research on James Fenimore Cooper and graded Comp I and Comp II grammar. Let’s just say, I wanted to go up to those classes and help teach them how to do grammar properly. I felt bad for some of them. I took a systems of grammar class my senior year and it was a lot of fun. Who doesn’t love sentence diagrams? haha

    I look forward to reading your story!

  • Brown Eyed Mystic

    Tee hee.
    I love Grammar too. I used to ace those “surprise tests” and class assignments. Lovely days.
    Also, I envy you girl! xx Lucky one, you get to travel to London–and hey your feeling nerdy over it is totally cool in my dictionary. Who cares about drinking and such when you can feel the high from these legends?

    Happy travelling lovely! 😉

    -BrownEyed

  • brownpaperbaggirl

    Rosemary, I wonder sometimes if you aren’t my long lost twin! Intelligence is attractive, by the way. So nerd = double attractiveness.

  • krisceratops

    I loved grammar so much, I got a DEGREE in it!

    Super jealous that you’re going to London, by the way! I am confident that you will meet your own sexy Julian (or better).

  • junebugger

    Hmmm I’m not too fond of grammar. I love studying how other writers arrange their words together and all. But…to study it…to study verbs, adverbs, nounse, sentence structure, and all that technical stuff…yah, not my thing. I think my lack of enthusiasm for grammar itself is one of my failings as a writer. But oh well! At least I can write decently enough for readers to understand.

    Anyway, nerds rock!

    • Miss Rosemary

      I wouldn’t say it’s a failing. You can be perfectly good at something without acing the technicalities of it. My sister is a great tennis player but she has no clue what half of the moves she performs are called …

      And nerds do rock!

  • jannatwrites

    I used to LOVE sentence diagrams in school…unfortunately time has taken away most of my knowledge of how to do it 😦

    I don’t think your London goals are nerdy at all. I mean, what’s the point of going to London if you’re so drunk you don’t even remember anything??

    Looking forward to checking out your story!

    • Miss Rosemary

      Exactly! I want to be able to recall the places I’ve been in my own head not just by looking at the pictures.

      And honestly, I probably can’t do a sentence diagram anymore … but I still love grammar!

  • highheelsandslippers

    Oh golly – I’m not a grammar fan but as for the Bronte sisters – used to go there quite often as a kid and it is best, I feel, on a wintry bleak day when the wind is blowing and the mist is rolling off the moors – oh enjoy! 🙂

  • Jessicas Japes

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Glad I came here. Look forward to following this new Serial central that I heard of through Lua. I hope you enjoy visiting all the wonderful places over here in the UK. You’re on my blogroll now too.

  • coffeepearlsgrace

    Girl, I am right there with you! I loved diagramming sentences, and I think your itinerary for Europe sounds amazing! 🙂

  • T.S. Bazelli

    You know, visiting all those places sounds fabulous! I always read the introductions/forwards/afterwords in books. I’m a complete grammar geek too! A friend and I once spent lunch correcting errors in the local newspaper just for fun… um… maybe I shouldn’t admit that LOL

  • Maimoona Rahman

    Thumbs up, nerd!

    Damn! You’re going to the UK! 😦

  • Cities of the Mind

    There’s nothing wrong with liking grammar… a little. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting to write where other writers have written. Maybe someone will want to write where you wrote, someday.

    That said, you are definitely a nerd.

  • Emily and Her Little Pink Notes

    It’s great news that you are coming to London! You’ll have so much to explore (parks,markets…clubs) I am not the nerdy type & I don’t care much for grammar (although I suppose I do pay attention if people write/speak in italian).

  • sharmon

    Girl, I’m from the South and I butcher grammar every day of my life…but not on paper. Well, much. I was the sentence diagramming nerd too (sadly, I probably could use a refresher)and ALWAYS read the copyright, foreward, prologue, epilogue, afterward, author’s notes…you get the idea.
    How jealous am I that you get to write where Austen wrote! My cousin went to the UK this summer to Oxford and got to see where Tolkein, C.S. Lewis and others wrote. I had to wipe the drool off my chin!

    • Miss Rosemary

      Ah! More to add to my list!!

      and LMAO about the South! Don’t forget that one of the greatest American writers of all time, Miss Margaret Mitchell, embraced the south and wrote the most epic American novel in Georgia.

  • Gabby

    Grammar? What’s that?
    It’s ok if you’re a nerd, I am too. How else would we be friends? I don’t think I’m doing anything nerdy while in Italy though–the only Italian author I know of is Italo Calvino, and I don’t know anything about him!
    P.S–I heard the oil spill was cleaned up

  • 83October

    Nerds rock! Then again coming from a similar nerd isn’t much. Haha. But yeah, who cares, so long as you’re happy visiting Jane Austen. I love the grammar part. I’m still trying to get that down. I envy anyone who’s good at it. That moment though reminds me how excited I am reading through massive amounts of research journals and get enamored by them. Sigh.

  • Lua

    OMG can we be any “nerder” than this? 🙂
    OK- I just started reading Line by Line to help me with my revision process…
    And I’m super excited because I’m going to the country of Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, John Fowles and John Keats!!!
    But girl- you got to start packing!
    Ah never mind… we’ll just go to shopping in London 😉

    • Miss Rosemary

      Isn’t it a great book? It’s more for professional writing but it helps with going back to the basics and making you think about what it is you’re trying to convey with your sentences.

      And HELLS YES WE ARE GOING SHOPPING IN LONDON TOGETHER!!! (not that I have much money … lol 😉 )

  • Rowenna

    Yay for nerdiness! I would love to go abroad–I didn’t go as an undergrad, and now I’m secretly hoping my husband can’t find a job right out of grad school and we’re “forced” to do a post-doc in some ridiculous locale 🙂

    I’m actually quite awful with the terminology for grammar, and hated French grammar when I slogged through it, but am still anal retentive about it–I find myself wanting to correct signs and take a red pen to advertisements all the time…

  • aloysa

    London! I feel a little jelous (in a good way). So much to see, so much to do, so many places to visit.

  • ABlankWhitePage

    Okay, so I’ve lived in London for a while now, and have not visited any of those authors’ homes.

    Perhaps this means I am not a nerd!

    Actually, I use random quotes from Austen, Orwell, and Eliot in everyday conversation, so maybe I am a nerd.

    I also use Fight Club quotes though, which makes me a cool nerd. Or something equally contradictory.

  • Slamdunk

    I should have listened more closely to the grammar correction specialists in my life during childhood.

    I hope you get to see it all in Europe.

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