This column first appeared in print on January 31, 2007 in that day’s issue of the Inter-County Leader.
I’m so bad at giving presents that my wife has taken to buying, wrapping, and then happily opening her own gifts so our children will think I actually got her something. As a grown man, part of me is a little embarrassed by this. Yet, another part thinks, “Is this cool or what?”
It’s true though. I’m just not good at giving gifts. I think the closest I’ve ever come to getting it right is a gift card. So, obviously, I’m a big fan. Probably not as big a fan as Brad Anderson, but then (as you will see), we like them for different reasons.
Ever do something you knew was stupid, and a complete waste of time, but you just couldn’t help yourself?
Yeah, me too.
A Figure of Speech is a literary device used to create a special effect or feeling by making some type of interesting or creative comparison.
What follows are some samples of real students’ attempts at this. Each definitely create a special “effect or feeling”–though I don’t think it’s what the writer was shooting for.
These were not written by my students. But the collection reminded me that I should really be saving more student work.
It really doesn’t get much better than this:
Writing can be a bitch of a thing to do sometimes.
Currently I’m working on a column (I’m sure I’ll post it here soon enough so I won’t spoil the surprise), but I’m having a heck of a time with it.
It’s a good topic– interesting, relevant, and I anticipated having a bit of fun with it. The only trouble I’m having is actually writing it.
I’m putting on my academic “teacher” hat now so if that sort of thing bores you, consider yourself warned.
Shoo. Scram. Get lost.