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.
- 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.”
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.