Using Contrast

I recently concluded my reading of Twelve Years a Slave, the autobiography by Solomon Northup, whom I wrote about before. If you’ve read the book, you would understand the heart-wrenching truths held within it’s pages. Read more

Escape By Faith

John Thompson, whom I have been reading about lately, lived a very interesting, yet very unpleasant life. I have completed his autobiography, and in the book, the last place I read that he was in was a whaling ship. This is part of the interesting part. Read more

No Need for a Speech

This week, I have brought my reading of Geronimo’s Autobiography to a close. The book was a bit strange to me, possibly because I don’t understand much about Apache culture, but it was an interesting read nonetheless. Read more

An Apprenticeship

A new book was recently introduced to me, and honestly, I welcomed it with open arms. It is ‘The $100 Startup’ by Chris Guillebeau, and it is not at all what I expected when it was given as a reading assignment. It basically says to take your passion, provided it is of value to other people, and build a business from it. Imagine that! The question assigned relating to this book is “The ideal apprenticeship job, and why?”

An apprenticeship? I never really considered it on a serious level. But, regarding what I like to do, being an apprentice to a musician, or an audio engineer would seem to me a good idea. Why? Because I love creating music with the few tools I have around me. I am fairly good at piano, but have little skill when it comes to sound systems and recording devices. By working as an apprentice, I could, in theory, learn how to operate a sound system and machinery like it. Then when I finally have the ‘know how’ I can use it to record my own music.

I guess this is an effective way to learn the skills to pursue your career in whatever it is you desire. I may actually work under an apprenticeship someday since I have discussed it. It would be a great benefit to me and my passion.

Able Audience

The book I have been reading this week is Geronimo’s Autobiography. He was an Apache warrior, one who was not very friendly with his neighbors, namely Mexicans and Americans. But my assignment this week has almost nothing to do with the book, but more towards me. Read more

Better If He Had

My teacher Dr. North gave a a very unexpected reading assignment for this week. He chose the autobiography of Mark Twain, a name I’ve probably only heard once. What is interesting about this assignment is that the book is not very well put together. It is more of a compilation of descriptions and stories that don’t really hold together all that well. This associates well with the question given to me today: “What can you do now to make your biography less disjointed than Twain’s?

Before I go on answering, here’s why I think the book is so messy. The human mind is very  a powerful piece of equipment, but it has its limits. It can store many long-term memories, but it can’t hold all of them. Well, not normally, for there are some with the gift of a vast memory. I do not, however, think Twain was on of them. Some things he wrote in his book may have been clouded by poor recollection, which is detrimental to the writing of an autobiography.

Now, back to the question at hand. What can I do to prevent this from happening to my autobiography? Well the easiest thing I can think of doing, and it’s a fairly logical one too, is to keep a record of what I do in my daily life. Essentially, keep a journal. This is by far on of the simplest ways to ‘save’, so to speak, what happened in my early life. In fact, I still have some journals from when I was about seven or so. Then again, it doesn’t have to be on paper. A lot of people keep video logs or even audio logs in place of writing in a diary, so it doesn’t really matter how you do it, as long as you do.

I honestly think that this is really the way to prevent an autobiography from becoming disjointed. Well, maybe one other thing. Putting dates on logs would be helpful so it’s not all out of order as well. So now I have stated all I can think of. I honestly think that Twain should have done this, and I know that his autobiography could have been written a good deal better if he did.