#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, since we've been talking about perceptions of the "right" way to do things and reality, it's time to talk about your inner critic.  Below are two pieces that might prove illuminating for you -- (here's a hint: the point of both is to be patient and learn to let go.) A video on …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, we thought we'd start the conversation about the perceptions of writers and writing with a humorous take.  Remember these memes from a few years ago? Well, we dove back into the recesses of the internet to find some classics about academia and writing...like this one: and this one: or these perceptions about specific …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week at SJSU we're hosting a regional CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication)! A few of our Writing Specialists are speaking during various panels and our faculty are hard at work presenting a workshop as well. So, this Friday, we thought we'd celebrate the art of the conference presentation. Usually when folks think …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, we're enjoying the creative work of new Writing Specialist Daniel Tafoya! Welcome, Daniel!       Do you find yourself writing the same sentence over and over again for hours on end? Are you worrying about your grammar when you should be worrying about the strength of your thesis? Has the cleanliness of …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, enjoy the creative talents of our new Writing Specialist Jenn Hambly! The end of the spring semester is looming, and it seems like everyone who comes to the Writing Center has citations on the brain. So, to ease the pain of all those nit-picky parentheticals, painfully punctuated APA sources (don't forget the periods!), …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Editor's Note: The next three Friday posts will feature our three new Writing Specialists! Let's welcome them! by Luke Coulter Randall Munroe is the artist behind the webcomic XKCD. While his comic’s topics range from dressing up ferrets to speculative fiction about the scientific source of the story of Noah’s Ark, our personal favorites here at …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

There's a reason why we sometimes say we're "running on fumes" when we're exhausted. The same can be true for our writing lives - there are days when you just can't bring yourself to write one more word.  What do you do in those situations? Well, for some writers, they turn to food...for both comfort …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Puns never go out of style, and as far as grammar is concerned, puns easily integrate into the eye-rolling humor depicted in Bizarro’s comics like in the one below: Beyond the obvious and cheeky phonetic similarity between “pronounce” and “pronouns,” the comic demonstrates a morphological transformation between the former verb and the latter noun. Morphology, …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, Sammy the Spartan gets into the action: And Sammy isn't the only one around here who loves being a grammarian.  Everywhere we've turned this week, we couldn't help but notice other people joining in our quest. First, we saw this New Yorker comic... and then we saw this BBC story and video about a self-proclaimed …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Yippee! It's Spring Break! If you aren't heading to the beach next week, you might be at home writing all those papers you've been putting off.  To help, we thought we'd take a look at the writing process:  Grant Snider, the mastermind behind Incidental Comics, has a sense of humor about writing styles...and the inspiration …

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