Mythology with Erin

Adventures in storytelling

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Week 14 in Review

Week 14 is the last week of full classes before dead week! I can’t wait to be done with the semester.

Here is my favorite image from the class announcements this week:

I love this graphic about things to put in a writing notebook. I keep writing notebooks of my own, and this has made me want to pull them out and keep using them regularly. I love my notebooks; I’ve finished one entire pocket-sized Moleskine, and I’m about halfway through with my second. I don’t often write in them anymore, but I take both of them with me in my backpack wherever I go. I love this tongue-in-cheek representation of the things that go in a writer’s notebook (like bad poems, lol, I have some of those). I also like that it ends on a serious note: yourself. 

My favorite video from this week was the short film, The Present. I love short films, and they have this horrible ability to make me tear up in a way nothing else can. I think it’s the minimal dialogue paired with extremely expressive storytelling. Also the music is always very appropriate to the story in a moving way. I especially liked that this one had a puppy. It made me wish that I had a puppy to play with, but I’ll have to wait until I get home for Christmas to play with my dogs.

Image 1: Rewind knob. Source – Flickr.

Image 2: “What to put in your notebook” Source – Grant Snider 

Week 4 in Review

This is my favorite image from Week 4! I definitely relate to The Cleaner. I will do my laundry, unload the dishwasher, reorganize my bookshelves, and dust everything before sitting down to work. I also relate to The List Maker, Sidetracker, Researcher, Snacker, Gamer, Watcher, and Perpetuator… Basically I will find any excuse to procrastinate.

Here is my favorite video from Week 4:

I love watching short films because they tell such great stories despite so many parameters. They don’t have a lot of time, budget, or dialogue, so every moment is important. Often, music is key, and I’m a sucker for good film music. This short film is adorable because it’s about daring to be different and see the beauty in the world even when the day-to-day tries to suck you dry. I especially like the use of color in the film, too. Give it a watch!

Image 1: Rewind knob. Source – Flickr.

Image 2: A Field Guide to Procrastinators. Source – Twenty Pixels.

Week 2 in Review

My favorite image from this week’s announcements is The Intervention of the Sabine Women by Jacques-Louis David (Source – Wikipedia).

One of the first things we learned about in my first Latin class last fall was the Rape of the Sabine Women, then this event, in which the Sabine women, who are married to the Romans but related to the Sabines, stop a battle because they don’t want to see blood shed on either side. It’s a cool, “girl power” story, especially considering the Sabine women had previously been kidnapped by the Romans. Way to take back charge, Sabines.

The video that I watched was this video about nominalizations, or zombie words. I watched it because we actually talked about this in my Media Writing class this week! We did not call them nominalizations (and definitely not zombie words) but, being the grammar nerd that I am, it was interesting to learn more about them in zombie form. Now I know more about WHY my Media Writing professor told us not to use nouns that were derived from verbs. They’re clunky, pretentious, and difficult to understand. I’ll be on the lookout in my own writing for zombie words to appear!

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