Mythology with Erin

Adventures in storytelling

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Week 9 Story: Space Escape

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It’s usually a dull job writing the transcripts to security tapes, but the events in this series are the highlight of my career. These tapes just came in to the USS Argofrom a captured ship of the Varknoss race.

This camera shows a long hallway deep in the belly of the ship, which doesn’t look as alien as movies would have you think. It’s pretty normal, except it’s lined with doors, each with a label and a barred glass window. This is the brig. All the lights are on, and some of the prisoners pace their cells or sleep. It makes the hair on my arms stand up to see: most of them are humans.

At the end of the hallway, two figures appear. The first is our young hero: Lieutenant Chris Rowland of the USSS Endurance, a small vessels pilot. He looks pretty beat up, though the picture is blurry from this distance. The second figure is one of the Varknoss, a tall alien creature with a long, reptilian snout, clawed hands, and such a high body temperature that they can breathe fire. The Varknoss have a tentative peace treaty with us Earthlings, but the brig of this ship proves that the race still harbors cruel intentions toward humans.

The Varknoss goon throws Rowland in one of the cells, his nostrils hissing steam to scare the other occupants of the room from the door. Then the alien leaves, and the hallway returns to its previous silence.

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This camera gives us a better shot of what’s going on in Rowland’s room. Despite his bloodied lip, the captured pilot doesn’t seem fazed as he addresses his five cellmates.

“I didn’t spend six years in officer’s school to get eaten by a dragon-man on my first transport job,” he says, pulling a small rectangle out of the interior pocket of his jacket. Is that a…cassette player?! This space-jock has watched to much Guardians of the Galaxy.

Several of the cellmates—and most of the humans in the brig—are also soldiers, and they’re sick of watching their numbers dwindle day by day as their companions are taken to satisfy vicious Varknoss appetites. If Rowland is clever enough to get them out alive, they’re in.

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This is the part of the video where we come in. Three days have passed since Rowland was taken prisoner. His commanders don’t even know he’s missing yet. But it turns out that Rowland’s little cassette player also picks up radio waves, and he knows exactly what we’re about the see on this camera, which is affixed to the exterior of the Varknoss ship, keeping watch over an airlock. Technology, huh? 

Everything seems really slow in space, so if you really closely, you’ll see a giant silver and white bullet floating across the corner of the feed. Yep, that’s the USSS Argo, completely unaware that they’re skimming the skies several hundred miles above a Varknoss ship containing dozens of illegal human prisoners. 

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We’re back in the cell with Chris Rowland, and he’s in action. In one minute, the Varknoss guard is going to deliver food, and the prisoners are ready to escape. Rowland is wearing the standard-issue military jackets of the three soldiers in the cell with him, plus his own. Why? It’s unclear, but he looks like a navy marshmallow man.

The Varknoss opens the door, and the prisoners press themselves to the far wall, but then Rowland jumps forward!

Smoke fills the air as the Varknoss lashes out with fire, but the flames have no effect of Rowland as he wrestles the reptilian alien to the ground. The layers of flame-retardant military jackets protect him. 

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While Rowland occupies the roaring guard, the rest of the prisoners stream into the hallway. Once all 46 humans are free, they dash out of the brig. Rowland disengages from his foe and sprints after them, followed closely by the alien.

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Clever Rowland chose to escape during Varknoss dinner time, so the ship’s hallways are empty as the long line of humans hurtles toward the nearest escape hatch. Rowland is still at the end of the line, and the Varknoss guard is so, so close. Close enough to grab him.

The pilot suddenly thrusts his arm into the air and uses his thumb to click a button on the cassette player he holds aloft. Funky music starts playing, with a catchy bass riff and tasty guitar licks. This man knows his enemy. The Varknoss soldier suddenly stops to dance to the groove. That’s their biggest weakness: they love music, and it holds an almost magical power over them. The Varknoss keeps dancing until Rowland and his speaker are too far away to hear. Then, the spell is broken, and the ugly creature races after his quarry.

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When the Varknoss gets close to the prisoners again, Rowland blasts the next song. Once again, the alien has to stop to dance. The lieutenant repeats this process until his group finally reaches the escape pods.

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Varknoss escape pods are strange. They can connect together in a long chain to help an escaping population stay together, which will make Rowland’s task much easier, as only three people can fit in each pod. When it’s Rowland’s turn to board the sixteenth pod, he tosses the cassette player at the Varknoss’s feet, leaving it trapped in a dancing frenzy.

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A long, straight chain of escape pods slowly crosses the distance between the Varknoss ship and the Argo. By this time, the Argo has noticed the enemy ship and hailed the pods. The Varknoss ship doesn’t stand a chance as the warship turns to rescue Rowland and his friends.

Author’s Note:

This story is based on “Why the Moon and the Stars Receive Their Light from the Sun” from West African folklore. In the original tale, Anansi and his son, Kweku Tsin, get captured by a dragon along with many other people, and Kweku helps them escape by throwing a ladder up to the gods and playing a fiddle to district the dragon and make him dance. In the end, the gods turn Kweku into the Sun because of his good deed. I changed the setting of my story because I’ve been wanting to write a story set in outer space, and this seemed like a good one to do it for. The Varknoss are a dragon-like alien race, meant to equate to the dragon in the original tale. Chris Rowland represents Kweku, and like the African hero, he is clever and quick-thinking. I still wanted to have the aspect of music to distract the dragon, so I threw in some Guardians of the Galaxy.

I wrote my story from the point of view of a person transcribing the events as seen through security cameras. This technique is inspired by one of my favorite book series, The Illuminae Files, which are written as a collection a files, many of them being security footage transcriptions. I thought it would be a creative and high-tech way of telling the story. I hope you enjoyed!

Bibliography:

West African Folktales by William H. Barker and Cecilia Sinclair with drawings by Cecilia Sinclair (1917). Web source.

Image 1: Milky Way galaxy. Source – Pxhere.

Image 2: Cassette tape. Source – Flickr.

Image 3: Artistic rendition of Earth in space. Source – Pixabay.

Week 9 Reading Notes: West Africa, Part B

Why the Moon and the Stars Receive Their Light From the Sun:

Oh, a dragon in an African tale! I didn’t expect this. I wonder how this dragon differs from the typical image of the European dragon. It does breathe fire, which is pretty typical. What other monsters appear in African folklore?

I really like Kweku because he has all of the attributes of a trickster: he’s clever, quick-thinking, and bold. However, he makes wise decisions and uses those traits to keep his father from screwing things up. However, it still seems like he loves his father, even though he’s a troublemaker.

This story has an interesting way of incorporating the gods in a way that hasn’t been done before. Why do they choose to hold onto the rope? It would be interesting to have more details about them.

I love how Kweku stops the dragon from climbing up the rope by distracting it with food and music. 

“Thereafter, it was Kweku Tsin’s privilege to supply all these with light, each being dull and powerless without him.” This is definitely a laugh-out-loud moment with the subtle jab at Anansi. 

I wonder if this story is supposed to be “the end” of Anansi stories, since he’s turned into the moon. I’m not really a big fan of that ending; it seems strange that the nameless gods would turn humans into celestial bodies just for escaping a dragon. 

How the Tortoise Got Its Shell:

I love it when the myths that explain how things came to be start with situations vastly different from real life. Like in this story, the tortoise is tall, fast, and an excellent warrior, which we would never associate with turtles.

“The amount which he had drunk, however, made him feel so sleepy and tired that he could not walk fast with his load.” This is a clever detail that explains why turtles are so slow.

The Hunter and the Tortoise:

I like that this story includes a song that contains hints about what the story will be about. It reminds me of books that have short poems, riddles, or songs in them that eventually come to mean something to the story. I’ve always wanted to try including one of those in a story, but I’ve found it difficult to plan it well.

Bibliography:

West African Folktales by William H. Barker and Cecilia Sinclair with drawings by Cecilia Sinclair (1917). Web source.

Image 1: Waxprints in a West African shop. Source – Wikipedia

Image 2: Kweku distracting the dragon. Drawing by Cecilia Sinclair. Source – West African Folktales

Image 3: An African spurred tortoise. Source – Flickr.

Famous Last Words: Bye, Bye, Bye

I’m sorry most of the titles for these posts have to do with the football schedule, but when you’re in Pride, that’s essentially what your life revolves around! This weekend was our bye week, which means it was my last free weekend until after West Virginia. I’m not upset about that, though, I love football games. This weekend has been kind of boring because all three of my roommates are in Pride, and bye-week means visiting home. Unfortunately, I live too far away to justify a weekend trip, so I’ve been home alone since Friday afternoon. The silence has been driving me crazy! 

I’ve officially finished all of my midterms, and I escaped unscathed. My biggest midterm was Tuesday night, and I was genuinely nervous for it. It was for Media Writing & Storytelling, which is a weed-out course, and I was afraid the midterm would be long and difficult. However, my studies prepared me well for it, and I got 100%! The only major work I have to do this coming week is writing a five page paper on Beowulf. I should probably get started on that.

I enjoyed having a review week in this class because it meant I had more time to devote to studying for my midterms. I also liked looking back on all of the things I’ve done this semester. Wow! I wonder how many words I’ve written total for this class because it’s probably an exorbitant amount. 

I’m so happy that fall has arrived! It’s chilly outside, which is my favorite weather because I love wearing pants, hoodies, boots, and coats. Finally, I can order hot coffee at Starbucks without seeming crazy. 

This week I played drumset for two OU volleyball games, which was new for me. I love playing drumset, and I’ve always loved the pep bands at basketball games, so when a couple spots opened up in the volleyball band, I took them. I had several friends in high school who played volleyball, but I was never able to go to a game due to scheduling conflicts. It was nice to finally attend a game and to learn the rules. It’s actually a very neat sport! I like the nested scoring, where best 3 of 5 sets wins, but each set is to 25 points. I didn’t really like playing drumset for the games, though, because we only played during timeouts and set breaks, and it’s lonely to be the only drummer at a gig. I didn’t have anyone to talk to or watch the game with; I just sat in the corner at my set. 

I’m ready for the TCU game this coming Saturday! The entire band is going, but it sucks that kickoff is at 11:00 (AGAIN). We’re driving down that morning, which means we have to leave at 5:00 a.m. I don’t know why we can’t just have later kickoff times.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed the restful bye-week, but I’m ready to see OU football win some games!

Image 1: Orchard in fall. Source – Flickr.

Image 2: Nature trail in fall. Source – Pixabay.

Learning Challenge: Reading Out Loud

Yesterday, I did my reading notes, and to shake things up, I read the stories out loud. I wanted to see how reading out loud was different from reading silently and if it could help me absorb the stories in a new way.

Reading out loud was different because it forced me to slow down while I read. Occasionally, I would get reading too fast and I would realize I wasn’t paying attention to the story, or I would be out of breath and stumbling over words. When I slowed down and read the story like a storyteller would, with voice inflections and natural pauses, I found that I was more engrossed in the story than if I were just skimming it silently.

I think reading out loud is a very valuable exercise, especially when proofreading your own work. It’s also helpful when you’re feeling distracted or tired and reading silently requires too much focus. By reading out loud, you can slow down and pay attention more easily.

Because I was reading out loud, I also found that I was able to appreciate the tone of the stories more. I noticed strategic uses of pacing, like short sentences for excitement or comedy and long sentences for tension.

It was hard reading out loud because my mouth got dry and I was out of breath, but I think I’d like to keep reading out loud occasionally so I can practice controlling my breathing. I’ve always been envious of people who can read a book to children in an engrossing way, and I’d like to practice my own storytelling skills, especially if I might be doing book tours and readings (hopefully).

Image: Storyteller at the Bank of England Museum. Source – Flickr.

Week 9 Reading Notes: West Africa, Part A

How We Got the Name “Spider Tales”:

It’s interesting that Anansi (Spider) isn’t really personified as an atual, eight-legged spider. It’s almost as if he has a human form but represents spiders. How else could he take “an earthen vessel” with him on a trip? 

The clever way that Anansi traps the bees reminds me of the story about the Tiger, the Jackal, and the Brahman that we read in the first unit. I like that it plays off the pride of the targets; it’s always clever to use your enemy’s weaknesses against them rather than using brute force.

I really like how this set of stories begins with the “main character” forcing himself into being the main character. It’s actually very comedic to imagine!

How Wisdom Became the Property of the Human Race:

This sounds like it will be a Pandora’s Box kind of story.

I wonder if Anansi’s character traits will change in every story as it seems they have changed here. In the first story, Anansi was clever, cunning, and perhaps a little vain. In this story, he’s less of a mischievous trickster and more of a wise old man.

Thunder and Anansi:

I wonder what kinds of foods Anansi got from the pot. I’m not very familiar with African foods, but food seems to be a central part of the culture, as it has appeared in nearly all of the stories.

In this story, Anansi is very selfish and doesn’t seem to care much for his family. I wonder why his family isn’t described much at all. His wife is not given a name, and we don’t know anything about his children. 

Kweku Tsin has appeared in two stories now as Anansi’s son, so there is some consistency to the stories. Kweku is as clever as his father but seems to be wiser about using that cunning.

“Anansi returned, ready for his supper, and, as usual, went into his room, carefully shutting the door. He went to the hiding-place—it was empty.” The narrative pace slows down here as Anansi looks for the pot. This helps to build the tension in the story.

Why the Lizard Moves His Head Up and Down:

I’ve always liked the trope of names being an important part of a person’s identity, so I like seeing that in the naming challenge in this story. 

Tit for Tat:

Kweku has caught onto his father’s antics, and it’s kind of amusing to imagine such a father/son relationship.

These stories always describe in great detail the traps and methods that Anasi uses: he coats fruit in honey to surprise the princesses, he fills Kweku’s bag with ashes. He’s also very good at persuading people to listen to him, such as in the first story, he persuaded the snake to get near the stick and the tiger to want his eyes sewn up. He also convinced Nothing to trade clothes with him. I like the details, as it makes the stories more realistic and easy to imagine.

Bibliography:

West African Folktales by William H. Barker and Cecilia Sinclair with drawings by Cecilia Sinclair (1917). Web source.

Image 1: Landscape from Guinea in West Africa. Source – Pxhere

Image 2: A common spider from Gambia. (Also, Googling “African spider” was a big mistake. *shiver*) Source – Wikipedia.

Image 3: A big lizard. Source – Pxhere

Image 4: A map of West Africa. Source – Wikipedia.

Wikipedia Trails: Ouroboros to Saint Catherine

Several times this past year, in things I’ve read or watched, I’ve noticed a strange symbol of a snake eating its tail. Sometimes it’s depicted as two snakes, one dark and one light, and sometimes it looks like a knot, but it’s been popping up often. I mean, check out The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. It’s a wildly popular young adult novel, and its sequel released this week. The snake symbol is featured on the covers of both books.

I really wanted to find out more about this symbol, so I dove into Wikipedia and followed the trail!

Ouroboros

The snake symbol is an ouroboros, and it’s a common image that comes from Ancient Egypt. It’s been connected to alchemy, Gnosticism, Norse mythology, dualism and other ancient religions/cults. The ouroboros is a symbol packed with many different meanings and variations, but the general idea is this: the snake eating its own tail symbolizes the infinite unity of the universe. The snake destroys itself, but it also gives birth to itself, an idea which has connected it to the Tao concept of yin and yang. When the snake is presented as half-dark, half-light, or as two snakes of different colors, the ouroboros represents dualities like life and death, birth and destruction.

Jormungandr

Jormungandr is a representation of the ouroboros in Norse mythology. He is the World Serpent, the offspring of Loki and Angrboda. He’s so big that he can circle the entire world and grasp his tail in his mouth, and he lives at the bottom of the ocean. The mythology says that come the apocalypse, Ragnarok, he will let go of his tail and surface to poison the sea and sky of Earth. He’ll battle with Thor, and Thor will kill him, but Thor will only be able to walk nine steps before he dies of Jormungandr’s venom.

Kenning

A kenning is a literary device that is usually two descriptive words hyphenated together to stand for a normal word. They’re used very often in Old English and Norse poetry, but we still use them today for effect or idiom. An example of a kenning from Beowulf is “whale-road” which just means the sea. A common way of describing a dragon is “fire-serpent.” A modern kenning that we use without thinking is bookworm.

Catherine of Alexandria

Catherine is a Christian saint who is said to have been martyred at the hand of Roman emperor Maxentius, who persecuted Christians. She debated with the emperor’s best scholars and converted them to Christianity, so Maxentius had her tortured and imprisoned. Angels treated her wounds and she emerged from the dungeons more beautiful than ever. Many people visited her, and they were all converted to Christianity. Maxentius tried to have her executed on the breaking wheel, but when Catherine touched the wheel, it shattered. Eventually Maxentius had Catherine beheaded.

Image 1: Thor battling the Midgard Serpent by Emil Doepler. Source – Wikipedia.

Image 2: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. Source – Simon & Schuster

Image 3: The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell. Source – Simon & Schuster

Image 4: St. Catherine of Alexandria by Artemisia Gentileschi. Source – Wikipedia.

Week 8 Progress

After looking back at all of my weekly posts through the semester, I’m very proud of the amount of work I’ve done and progress I’ve made. I’ve done a great job of keeping up with assignments, though I would like to get back on my planned schedule for this class. I hope to get that reset done this week.

I’m happy with my progress in the class so far. In fact, I’m sad because I’m so far ahead, which means I’ll finish this class early! I don’t want it to be over! 

I like how I did a lot of extra credit in the first couple of weeks, so I feel comfortable doing less of it when I’m busy. I try to always do a Tech Tip because I find them fun and educational. I also have enjoyed writing a Famous Last Words post to review every week. Most of mine focus a lot on our football games, and I’m excited to be able to look over the season once it’s over. I want to get back into doing extra reading every week because I enjoy watching the Crash Course videos for that assignment.

I feel a lot more confident in building blogs and websites because of this class. I’m even developing a little bit of comfort around HTML and other computer-y things. I’m glad I challenged myself by using a WordPress blog and a Wix website because it has forced me to figure some things out on my own. 

For the second half of the semester, I would like to get onto my planned schedule of doing the readings on Fridays and the assignments during the week. This would make life a lot less stressful and would mean I don’t have to do enormous amounts of work on Sundays after football games. I want to continue trying new things with my blogs and websites, and choosing creative ways to tell stories. This class is really helping me with my creativity and writing, and I truly love it.

Image 1: Panorama of Glacier National Park. Source – Max Pixel.

Image 2: Hiker on top of Sepulcher Mountain. Source – Flickr.

Tech Tip: Embedding Twine

Here is my very first Twine game! Enjoy, and stay tuned for a full Twine story soon!

Image: Backlit keyboard. Source – Pixabay.

Week 8 Comments and Feedback

We’re only eight weeks into the semester, and I’ve already given and been given so much feedback on writing! It’s certainly making me more comfortable with giving and receiving critique, and I’m actually excited when I get comment notifications instead of fearful.

Feedback In:

I’m getting pretty good feedback from the other students in the class. Overall, most of their comments are positive, which I like to hear because it lets me know the things I do well. If I had to give feedback on their feedback, though, I say that I’m ready for them to step it up a notch and to not pull any punches. I love hearing what I did well, but I also like hearing what didn’t work out! I love getting questions in my feedback, even if they’re questions that I choose not to answer in the text. It still let’s me see what people are interested in knowing. I also like comments that point out plot holes. Sometimes I feel like the queen of plot holes, which is one reason why I enjoy revising so much, so when someone is brave enough to point one out and say “That doesn’t make any sense,” I always appreciate it.

Feedback Out:

I’m also enjoying giving feedback because many of the stories are so good! In other classes where we’ve done peer review, so many peoples’ work was incoherent due to poor writing and other major problems, but everyone in this class writes really well! I often have to think very deeply about what I want to suggest for them. I think my feedback is of very high quality because I try to provide suggestions that would really help elevate the writing. My favorite feedback strategy to give is also my favorite to receive: asking questions. Asking questions in most of my comments was something I challenged myself to do in my feedback posts at the beginning of the semester, and I think I’ve been doing a good job of that.

Blog Comments:

I love getting to know others by reading their introductions! Everyone is so interesting! I want to keep adding some more little things to my introduction so people will think I’m interesting, too, haha. It’s been strange because as the semester continues, I’m realizing that I’ve met some of my classmates in person before or that we’re connected in other ways. It’s very impressive how this online class can still feel very connected!

Looking Forward:

For the rest of the semester, I would like to continue giving quality feedback every week by asking questions. I’d also like to focus some on giving website layout feedback because that’s something that I’ve grown to understand more in these past few weeks. I’m really enjoying reading everyone’s projects, so I want to continue keeping up with those as we continue through the semester. I’m going to add some more to my Introduction very soon. I think my Comment Wall is fine, and I love collecting more comments on it every day! They’re so uplifting and helpful!

I chose this Feedback Cat because I think questions are the best kind of feedback. They are a great starting point to dig deeper into the story!

I also have to say this picture reminded me of a picture I took at the OU-Texas game. This is Gage, and a butterfly landed on his back and stayed there for a good two minutes.

Image 1: Feedback Scrabble tiles by Nick Youngson. Source – The Blue Diamond Gallery

Image 2: To learn, start by asking a question. Source – Growth Mindset & Feedback Cats.

Image 3: Gage Cornell, an OUDL quad player, and his butterfly friend. Source – My personal photos.

Week 8 Reading and Writing

Looking back on the first seven weeks of the semester, I’m astounded at how much work I’ve done. There are dozens of blog posts on this website, and all of them represent a lot of effort and thought. 

Blog/Website Review:

I haven’t changed my blog a whole lot since the beginning of the semester, but I did a lot of work at that front end getting it how I want. I love my theme because it’s clean and user-friendly, and I’ve already put a bunch of fun stuff on my sidebar because I figured out how to do that last semester with my other blog. I especially like the tag cloud on the sidebar that makes it super easy to navigate around the site.

I also love my project website. I’m incredibly impressed with the amount of features you get with a free Wix website, and it looks great! Everyone has been very impressed with the animated homepage, and I love it, too. I’ve also gotten a lot of positive feedback about my interactive images. I still want to add music links on every page, and I’m working on finding relevant tracks. I’m not entirely happy with how the text of my introduction/stories looks on the page. I think it’s hard to read. I’m going to try messing with that   by increasing the font size, changing the line spacing, adding space before/after paragraphs, and adjusting color. Right now I think it’s hard on the eyes.

Reading Review:

I enjoy doing reading for this class because I can choose what I want to do from many options. My favorite reading so far has been the first week, when I read The Illiad. I’m always inspired by epics, and I love classical culture, so I enjoyed working with the story. It has been cool to read stories from the Middle East and Asia, too, because I don’t know a lot about those mythologies or cultures.

Sometimes it’s hard to do the reading notes posts because I just want to read straight through the texts, but I like the challenge of reading like a writer. I try to add new strategies every week, and one of my favorites is looking up unknown things on Wikipedia. It really helps with the cultures that I’m less familiar with! I’ve discovered from taking these notes that I naturally like focusing on character in my stories, so in the next few weeks I’d like to challenge myself to practice other things like plot and setting.

A note-taking strategy that I particularly enjoy using that I’ve developed myself is the idea of “If I were…” Making this statement, and finishing it, allows me to get ideas for my own story adaptations while critiquing the reading. Sometimes it’s “If I were this character, I would have done this instead” and other times it’s “If I were writing this, I would have focused more on this part than that one.” I really like approaching my notes from this point of view.

Writing Review:

I like the amount of writing we do in this class because it forces me to be productive. I usually don’t write much “for fun” during the semester because of my other classwork, but this class allows me to be creative and practice my craft consistently. It’s also incredibly open ended, which I love. I hate writing under parameters.

I’m satisfied with the quality of most of my stories so far. Sometimes I’m very rushed in writing them, but I think I still execute well. I think I’ve done a good job of trying different kinds of storytelling. I’ve done a gender-flip, an epic poem/ballad, a katabasis (love that word), first person point-of-view, a frame-tale, and a major setting change. I’m looking forward to trying more new things! 

I’ve been really enjoying crafting my project. The assignments tend to sneak up on me and I’m left scrambling on Sunday to write an installment. However, I always end up enjoying it. It’s hard to get started. Sometimes I have to mentally grab myself by the lapels and shake myself, shouting “You like writing!” Once I get typing, I fall into a rhythm and have a great time crafting. I love my story topic, and I’m excited to write the rest of the story! 

Hands-down, my favorite part of the Storybook project is the built-in revision process. I’m not a fan of drafting, but I love revising and rewriting. Having the ability to do that makes me less stressed about grinding out a first draft and makes me feel better about the final product.

Image:

I chose to use this image in my Illiad reading notes. It’s a fresco depicting Achilles after he defeats Hector. Even though I’m totally #TeamHector, I like the image of Achilles holding Hector’s helmet aloft. The painting also shows the desecration of Hector’s body. It really captured the tragedy and drama of the epic for me and helped inspire me to write my ballad. 

Looking Forward:

During the rest of the semester, I would like to continue trying new note-taking strategies to make the exercise more fun and useful. I’d also like to keep trying new storytelling styles every week. I definitely want to do a Twine story, and I’d like to try a science-fiction genre story, too. I’m excited for the rest of my Storybook project, too!

Image 1: Rewind knob. Source – Flickr.

Image 2: Triumph of Achilles from the Achilleion in Corfu, Greece. By Franz Matsch. Source – Wikipedia

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