Feb. 10th, 2011

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Dear Friend's list,

I am a procrastinator - I admit this. I've known for 3 weeks that I have to deliver a persuasive speech for my Toastmasters club, and I've known since last week that I want to talk about Buffy - viz, "Why you, the audience, must watch this awesome fabulous show."

Except I'm a third of the way through the speech and I'm stuck. This is the reason I don't write meta. I enjoy the show, and if pressed I could point out a few specific things I love, but I'm no good at extended, well-crafted analyses of why the show is objectively Worth Watching.

Given that the speech is due tomorrow and I'd like to write the speech within the next 4 hours (and then record it and fall asleep to the sound of my voice playing on repeat), would you please PLEASE help me come up with reasons and supporting evidence? Yes, I am asking you to do my homework. No, I have no shame.

ETA: Speech written!

Here Be Writing )
If you think the speech sounds stiff, I agree with you. But I'm writing toward the third Toastmasters project speech in which we have to Make A Point in a very anvilicious manner. I've kept the sentence structure simple to make it easy to follow by ear, and I'll use vocal tone for variety instead. Some word choices are awkward, but that's when the better word would twist my tongue.

This was a hard topic to write on for a speech. I avoid multi-syllabic words in speeches but they were inescapable here - "intellectually engaging" is surprisingly hard to say. The  - - ' - - - ' - pattern of beats isn't common in conversational English and I keep tripping over it.

I will write thank you ficlets for the first 5 people who offer ideas.

And bake virtual cookies. Actually I'll bake real cookies but I'll have to eat them myself, since you are not here. Sorry. But I'll be thinking of how wonderful you are while I eat them!

Thank you [livejournal.com profile] snickfic , [livejournal.com profile] eilowyn and [livejournal.com profile] duh_i_read  for your ideas! I owe you fic, so prompt me in comments :D


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