On Writing – Making Your Own Words

photo courtesy of http://www.itsnature.org/air/birds-air/vermilion-flycatcher/
photo courtesy of http://www.itsnature.org/air/birds-air/vermilion-flycatcher/

Shakespeare liked to invent his own words, often using currently available words to make them mean something else (most often just changing them from nouns to verbs, verbs to adjectives, etc.).  Such words that we still use today include puke, gloomy, dauntless (hey, Divergent), and jaded.  This is undoubtedly one of his greatest contributions to the English language, and is one of his most praised achievements.  That being said, I absolutely love to shakespeare (see what I did there, noun -> adj).  I like to take cool words and give them new or added context / meaning.  For example, in my first post, I use the word “vermilion” to describe something as beautifully bright.  Vermilion is one of those exceptionally titled crayons you find in the 152-pack, and say to yourself “well, that’s a sweet name for a color.”  It is a very bright orange-ish red, and it is quite beautiful : perfect for an adjective meaning ‘bright.’  I thought it would make for an great example of a word that can be given new meaning.

Making new words is great, and whether or not I have the same mastery of the English language as Shakespeare, it seems worth it to establish my writing by using my own dialect borne on an already-established form.

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An Introductory Post

As a first foray into blogging, I feel it appropriate to establish intention, background, and motive in order to explain what it is I am doing here and who it is I am blogging to.

Initially, I had the intention of solely expressing myself through written word.  After relatively little thought, it occurred to me that something worth reading does not include just my opinions or inexperienced writing.  Thusly, my intention is the following: to provide adequate journal of my quest for improvement in the fields of programming and written language.  Hopefully, it will provide relatable expressive hopes, victories, and struggles, and will inspire some to express their own journeys.

A little about myself: I am a Computer Science student at the University of Missouri.  I grew up on a farm in a small, rural Missouri town, where I was not blessed to have much access to internet during my 18-year residence.  Following a little self-intervention and a bit of light programming in college (after finally having a consistent internet connection), I was able to come to terms with what I was passionate about.  Thusly, I ended up on the long, arduous road of programming.  I’m hoping to make it into the (currently not very) lucrative area of game design– I’ve made a couple Asteroids remakes in C++ so far.  On the other side of creative expression, I’ve been writing (bad) poetry for about 8 years now, and I love to jot down the occasional short story or write the occasional political essay.  Behind all of this, I’m a pretty normal guy – I swim, play a bit of tennis, dominate some Smash (melee, of course), and drink a little too much beer on the weekends.  In any good work, I feel it is important to know who is writing.  Therefore, here is a little piece of this new blogger.

Many would argue that the hardest part of creation is motivation.  What is going to make this thing worthwhile?  Who will even pay attention to what I have made / am making / will make?  Why am I doing this (or worse, what am I going to even make)?  For this page, motivation was easy.  Starting from a need for a little resume boost, creating a blog eventually evolved into a place where I could publish my thoughts clearly, record my progress over the course of my education, and possibly relate to others who are ‘finding themselves’ in their own studies.  The eventual hope is evolving this blog into a webpage that is relatable and interesting, studious and vermilion.