And so it began…

My blog posts have become a platform for my stream of thoughts. I view these thoughts as a conversation between my conscious and subconscious. They have acted as time in my day to engage in introspection, as well as awareness of my surroundings and self. Life can get to be so busy and flustered sometimes that I have cherished the time in which I can take a break. Should you chose to read through these posts I hope that what I have spilt out onto the pages resonate with you as they have with me.

Blog Prompt: Week 10

Due: 8 (or 9) posts. Due Wednesday, Week 10, 11:00am.

Objective:

Assemble a narrative from the blog posts you’ve written this quarter.

There are three parts to your final blog assignment:

Part 1: Clean Up and Tag Your Posts

  • Review all of your posts from the quarter. There should be a total of 45-63 (9 weeks of prompts x 5-7 posts).
  • Make sure your posts are correctly categorized according to the week they were written.
  • Make sure none of your posts are categorized as “uncategorized.”
  • Make sure that all the categories appear in your blog’s primary menu.
  • For most of you, there should be categories for Weeks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and “Blog Narrative”…but if you did not go on the field trip, you will also have Week 5. If you haven’t already, you need to add this category and make sure it is in your Custom Menu…refer to the How-To instructions on this topic.
  • Tag each post to identify reoccurring themes, subjects or ideas.
  • If you have not repaired or addressed any technical problems with your site called to your attention by faculty or a classmate, now is the time.

Part 2: Cumulative Blog Narrative

  • As you review and tag your posts from the past weeks, select one representative post from each of the 7 (or 8) weeks for which you were assigned a prompt.
  • These posts are the elements (events) of a cumulative narrative. Together they should tell a kind of story…the story of your independent creative inquiry.
  • There is no need to alter the original posts, though please do correct any typos. Simply categorize them in the new “Blog Narrative” category, in addition to their original category. Do not remove them from their original category! A post can be in more than one category. The posts you choose will magically appear in two places on your blog: in their original weekly category and in the new category.

Part 3: Process/Artist’s Statement—the 8th Post

  • After you’ve selected a post from all 7 (or 8) weeks, write a new, final post to serve as a culminating statement—a kind of postscript—for this creative inquiry you’ve been engaged in throughout the quarter.
  • Categorize it in the “Blog Narrative” category.
  • Because it will have been written last, it will appear first in the list of your “Blog Narrative” posts, will provide context for the posts and for the blog as a part of your broader creative endeavor this quarter, and also will lend a sense of completion or wholeness to the body of your work.

Blog Prompt: Week 9

Due:

5-7 posts, uploaded to your blog no later than Friday, 10:00am.

Objective:

Again using the looping technique practiced in class and given once before as a generative blog prompt, use the writing of your classmates—or your own writing—as a leaping off point. Revisit a post you want to take further or examine from a changed perspective. Go somewhere you haven’t before. Go deeper. It’s your last chance.

Prompt:

  1. Every day, read a variety of your own and your classmates’ blog posts from the previous weeks.
  2. Every day, select one of these posts to use as the leaping-off point. Choose posts that inspire you in a variety of ways.
  3. Draw one line from the selected post.
  4. Write this line on “a fresh page” outside the blog environment.
  5. Write for 5 minutes, drawing from your own experiences, questions and observations.
  6. Read what you just wrote. This is not your blog post.
  7. Pull forward one line.
  8. Write this line on “a fresh page.”
  9. Again, write for 5 minutes.
  10. This still is not your blog post.
  11. Select a line.
  12. Use this line to start the final loop; write it on a fresh page.
  13. Write for 5 minutes.
  14. Reread this. Still not your blog post.
  15. Now, having done all this generative, exploratory work, write again—synthesize, refine, edit. Craft a finished paragraph that synthesizes the ideas, feelings, observations and images that issued from the loops. To “craft” is to pay attention to the ways form and content work together to convey meaning. This final short piece may be a “snapshot,” a scene, a nugget of insight, a series of questions…something that feels complete in its own way.
  16. This is your post! Copy and paste it into your blog.
  17. IMPORTANT: At the start of each post, before your own finished writing:
    1. write the original line you used as your inspiration in quotes,
    2. credit the author by first name only,
    3. hyperlink the line to its source. Use Hypertext How-To for help.

Note: A “Looping How-to” has been posted separately. It provides a tiny bit more guidance on the looping exercise.

Blog Community Service:

Throughout the week, read and respond to your classmates’ posts. Remember, critique is reserved for structured workshop settings.

Formal Requirements:

  • Posts may include images and text.
  • All content must be original—of your own making.
  • There is no minimum or maximum length for this assignment. Keep the publishing format in mind.

Quiet Lesson

Patience is not something directly taught, but directly viewed. You spoke of the word patience, and told me at times to be patience, but never said “let me show you.” Maybe that was your plan the whole time, hoping that I would catch onto the thing you had mastered, and I did. Now it is something we can see in each other as we grow into the individuals we are becoming. 

Hermann Hesse

It all started with Siddhartha and the way that book made me question so many things in my life. Questions that are still unanswered but the answers I got were influential. Your ability to tell a story is profound and really draws in a reader. You books brought me back to when I was a kid staying up late to finish the book I was reading, suspense refusing my tired body to fall asleep. Thank you for rejuvenating the magic of literature.  

(Some) Things Change

You never spoke much, but that makes sense since both of your parents had passed away before you were 6. Thinking about it now you never really had to, you spoke through your actions. Maybe that’s why we always went to the movies, you let the actors do the talking. It now seems that you are trying to make up for the lack of conversation, I’ll do my part. It takes two for a conversation.

Vinyl Records

Late at night, almost every night of the week, I would find myself in your room, in your basement. Clouds of smoke circled the ceiling dissipating to who knows where. Iron and Wine sprang out of the vinyl player enticing our young minds. What started out as an unfamiliar tune quickly turned into a piece of me. Led Zeppelin and Neil Young soon joined us, followed by CSN and Bob.

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