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I’m feeling very good

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WeFeelGood.org has some really inspiring things on it, if you click on any random dot. Some things might not relate to you. However, it’s simple to quickly change the criteria for a search. Country, gender, age, mood, and even feel words can be filtered. Having been on this site, I have realized how mood lifting and inspirational this site can be, and it gives some pretty good advice too.

This site also allowed me to think that maybe…there is hope for the human race. We aren’t heartless drones after all. My favorite so far is from Michelle Bloom. She says, “how i interpret, how i see, feel, know, much more in paintings than anything i think, even words, even if words communicate easier with a bigger audience”. I can relate to this in a different way, in how words will make much more sense to me than a painting or a math equation. Finally I would like to say that while writing this, my computer crashed, and I had lost that quote. Sad, I started clicking through the interactive website once again and FOUND the same quote. I found this amazing, as there are so many, but if you do not specify a date, you will end up getting the “feel” words from the last few hours. Being able to click on the quote and being sent over to the person’s blog is rather useful as well.

Written by augeregua

December 9, 2009 at 3:02 AM

Feeling Un-creative in Creative Writing I

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In my Creative Writing I class here at Rowan University, we have been assigned the task of writing a story. It will be eight to ten pages long, typed, and must have all of the dynamics of a short story. This includes but is not limited to an antagonist and protagonist, there must be a conflict. My main character must want something externally that is obvious, and then something internal which is harder to spot.

My beginning must provide background, establish a dramatic question, and drop the reader into the middle of the action. There must be three conflicts in the middle of my story, and there must be a trigger event, a bleak moment, and complications. In the end of the story, My character must learn a lesson or make a discovery, and then there must be a resolution or change in my character.

Besides the fact that these requirements are not the ONLY way to write a short fiction story, I do not think my professor should enforce this assignment on all of us. Not every single creative writer is a short story writer or even a story writer at all. Poets, novelists, children’s stories. We should be able to write what we are comfortable with writing… but I am required to write this farce of a story for a grade, so here is how it is going to go. Feel free to critique. I came up with the plot in a matter of 10-15 minutes, and it is rather cliché I am sad to admit.

My character Lilith Harrison is a smart girl living in the upper middle class neighborhood of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Learning comes naturally to her, and there is nothing she cannot accomplish once she sets her mind to it. Still, her father Gregory Harrison III has pushed her to go to school to become a doctor, and she has been accepted to enter college at Penn State on a scholarship. Her sophomore year of college, she is dorm-ing with an art major named Jane Fitzpatrick. They become fast friends, and as their relationship becomes solid, they discover that Lilith’s talents extend to include that of an amazing artist. All she would need is tutelage. Lilith decides to switch her major from that of medicine, to art. Only when she tells her father, he is livid. He wants her to become a doctor, and a doctor she shall be. For a while, she gives in to her father’s wishes, but soon grows weary of her classes. As the year progresses, she must deal with her father’s disapproval as she continues her love of art on the side, Jane’s apparent jealousy of Lilith, and the enterance of a well known artist taking an interest in her.

Let me know what you think. It’s a load of bull simply spewing out of my mind at the moment.

Written by augeregua

November 13, 2009 at 5:34 AM

Transcription Through Transition

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As a product of the transition years of the technological age, my main writing space would be the screen that is propped up in front of me and the keys that I type away at so diligently.

While legal pads and notebooks filled with lined paper provide a good means to take notes, generate ideas, brainstorm, and scribble, the computer has made editing, revising, and the rest of the drafting stage so much more convenient.

As for convenience, my third most common writing space would be the awe-inspiring yellow sticky. They work wonders when in need to jot down an idea immediately before tending to whatever it was you were doing when the idea bursted from your mind.

When considering remediation, I find that each writing space provides its own unique purpose. While computers threaten the ways of old as all “new media” has done in the past, I don’t quite see the pen and paper conceding their relevance just yet.

The pen is a mighty means of exploring an idea; however, it presents a much more permanent stamp… a more honest stamp even. The only way for reflection through ink (or lead) is to continue jotting down ideas that come to mind, scratching out what no longer fits, and leaving an incoherent trail through one’s journey through thought. At least that’s how it works for me.

My mind works in complex rhythms. Sometimes, I don’t know what I think about a particular topic until I explore it through writing. If I used a pen all the time my wrist and hand would cramp up before I ever found my way through an idea, all while leaving behind the need for an intense session of agonizing organization. That is why I love word processors.

Some may argue that physically writing with a pen or pencil requires you to think before you press the tip to the page… but I say, “bologna.”

Written by cor24leone

November 11, 2009 at 6:49 AM

The first piece of bologna

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I unfortunately didn’t get around to reading the Bolter essay but luckily Nina posted hers before mine, so I used that as a way to write this. My two most frequently used writing spaces are my notebook (it’s not spiral bound college ruled, but you can still write things in it) and Google documents. I seem to be one of the very few college kids who doesn’t have a laptop, but that problem should be fixed around Christmas time. Similar to a lot of people, I use typing and writing as a teamwork effort. I always write things by hand before typing because I really can’t think and type at the same time. For some reason, my mind lets itself out of its cage a lot more when I have a pen in my hand and a piece of paper before me. The reason why I have an account on Google documents is because when I write certain papers for these classes, I find myself very impressed with what I had written. Therefore, I save them on it with the hopes of reviving them at some point in time for perhaps a collection of short stories/essays or a novel of some sort. In regards to the definition of remediation, I think it’s safe to assume that Nina is a smart girl so I’ll go with what she said.

Written by halld76

November 10, 2009 at 5:11 AM