This week I learned that I should probably make some sort of schedule for this class. I had a lot of work in my other classes so the mix of that and general tiredness meant that I ended up procrastinating on some of the work. I was able to finish some of the daily creates during the week. I first did the daily create on Wednesday that involved creating a picture with a cat and a synthesizer in space.
It took me a while to make. I used an online photo editor. I took a photo of space, two kittens and a synthesizer. I uploaded them into the editor and had to cut out some parts of the picture of the cats and synthesizer. I couldn’t get all the white spots out of the pictures so the editing is a bit sloppy.
The second daily create I did was the eye selfie on Saturday.
I took my glasses off and opened my eyes up wide because otherwise they appear really tiny in the pictures I took.
The third daily create I did was a the collage of a day in college. Usually I will eat brunch or lunch with my friends, then I will work on homework and go to my classes. Around 6 or 7 I usually eat dinner and then proceed to either do more homework or watch a tv show. One of my favorite tv shows is called Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Since I cloned the WordPress blog of my previous site, I had a lot of left over stuff from the website. I changed the theme to something different and changed the coloring to light blue which I might change to maroon later but I’m not sure yet. I changed the name of my blog from “Kassia’s Digital Storytelling blog” to “The Time is Now … or maybe later” because I thought that the first title was too much like “My ds106 Blog”. I installed all the necessary plugins and that had to be the easiest thing I did all week, understandably.
One of our assignments this week was to read some noir.
The read The Postman Always Rings Twice first. I thought the ending was very sad but I wasn’t really invested in the character’s story-lines.
I read The Killers by Ernest Hemingway second. I found it interesting how the story didn’t really have much description and a lot of dialogue.
My favorite out of the three I read was called The Shadow which was from the death triangle. I was invested in the story and for the whole time I thought that Corvet was going to be the Shadow and when he ended up not being the Shadow, I thought that it would be a perfect plot for an alternative ending.
We were supposed to write character dossiers and mine was a bit weird. I wanted to do something different but still have it be noir. I thought it would be fun to create a character that lived in modern day and bring him to the past. I think that I should probably work a bit more on the noir in my story and with my character, but overall Lukas Jones will be fun to write.
I did the random newspaper article title assignment called The Struggle of a Food Detective. I picked a bunch of article from online newspapers.
We had to complete writing assignments that totaled to 8 stars. I first picked the Once Upon a Time word generator assignment using an animal. I started on Tuesday with the assignment and just kept adding to it from there. It kept on getting weirder and weirder and turned into this.
I really wanted to talk about the origin of my name it is one of my favorite stories to tell. When I found out one of the assignments was centered around that I jumped on the opportunity.
Like I said before, I did The Shadow alternative ending assignment because I thought that the Shadow was Corvet for almost all of the story.
The last assignment was sort of a last minute decision. I was thinking of having my character teach as class, but I thought it would be better to involve other characters in his life. I wanted to add other elements of noir and explore some of the tropes, so I added characters that I could use for the tropes. I choose to do the Seven Character Story Treatment because it was the perfect way to add to the world I wanted to create.
Overall, this week was hard. I’m not a very good creative writer and I have to work on the way I word things. I also need to work on making my character more noir. Hopefully this will become easier as time goes on.
During the week, I had a lot of trouble with other homework and procrastination, so I will probably start a making a list of things I have to do each week and post it on my wall. I can usually get work done better when I make and list and can cross stuff out. My goal for next week is to start earlier, complete more daily creates and finish most of my work in the middle of the week instead of doing some during the week and the most of it at the end.
Daily Create- Kitties
Daily Create- Eye Selfie!
Lukas Jones: Character Dossier
The Struggle of a Food Detective
The Pug and the Horse
What’s in a Name?
The Shadow- Alternative Ending
Strangers- Seven Member Team