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Final Farewell

So  this is the end… I am blessed that I was able to take this course and I have learned so much about electronic literature.

Before this class, I was very green to the idea of Electronic Literature. When I first enrolled in this class, I was eager to learn what Electronic Literature was. I always to to try new things, and I had zero idea what Electronic Literature was and even how to create an Electronic Literary piece. I had blogged before for other class but not as how we blogged in this course. I am grateful for taking this course because I have learned and experienced quite a lot.

There were a lot of takeaways that I was fortunate enough to take away from my time in this course. One take-away that I took from this class was that I was able to create my own blog, and keep up with it, for the most part. As I said before, I have created blogs for different classes before at Kean, but I was given a strict rubric about what to write about and these topics would never interest me. In this class, I was able to express my opinion in the words I saw fit. When I become a teacher, I plan on blogging a lot more and implementing blogging strategies into my teaching. When I blog, I feel I am able to express myself a lot more through writing rather than speaking.

Another take away that I took from this class was that I was able to create my own electronic literary piece. At first, I was very nervous about creating my piece. For a long time, I was unsure of what I was going to write about. Fortunately, I was paired with the perfect group to workshop with and they helped me immensely with getting all my information centered and how I would go about creating my electronic literary piece. I was able to come up with my topic of my E-Lit piece and what tool was going to work best with my piece and it was all because of my group.

I developed new skills and knowledge about the world of Electronic Literature. One skill that I developed in this course was the use of Prezi when I was creating my electronic literature piece. I have never used Prezi before but I knew it would be useful with the structure of my E-Lit piece. I was able to navigate through Prezi pretty easily and soon enough I was able to put my electronic literature piece together. I feel that Prezi was a great fit for my electronic piece because I wanted the the feel of “zooming into” my piece to uncover the story.

One thing I learned about electronic literature in this course is that electronic literature is very interactive and it is considered “literature”. For example, in our class, we covered an electronic piece called Icarus Needs. At first, I thought that this electronic piece was just a video game. It had the feel of a video game which made me question if it was literature or not. When I actually went through the piece, I found that there was a storyline and characters that had human characteristics so, it can be considered Electronic Literature. I would have never know that electronic literature could be fun and interactive if it was not for this course.

Another thing I learned in this class was that electronic literature pieces can bring light to events in Electronic Literature history that people, like myself, would not normally know about. For example, I presented the electronic literary piece called Quing’s Quest VII: The Death of Videogames.  This interactive fiction piece was created during a time where feminists and people who advocated for diversity in video games were being accused of “ruining” The gaming industry. Quing’s Quest was created by Dietrich Squinkifer, who is a transgender male. Talk about diversity there! This piece is fun and interactive, there is also a somber tone to this piece that is dedicated to the “Social Justice Warriors” and the pain and struggles these gamers went through to make the gaming industry the way it is today.

The absolute best part about this course was the diversity of students in the class. In my class, there were undergraduates, like myself, graduates, and international students. I liked this diversity of students because the graduate students would help the undergraduate students and we were all able to help each other, despite our educational levels. Our class was semi-small so, we were able to make connections with other people and be able to see different writing styles of everyone and see what we could integrate into our own writing.

Now that I have taken this course, I feel that I am a stronger student in the area of Electronic Literature. I have a better self-confidence level because I know that I can create a piece of electronic literature and know what tools I can use to get my message across. I am now now able to set deadlines and follow-through my assignments. This class has taught me better time management skills because there would be projects, such as our presentation and our own electronic pieces, that I had to plan out so I would do it all last minute. I truly enjoyed being in this course and I am glad that I “came through”.

If I could give myself a grade in this course, I would give myself a B. I feel like a B would be a sufficient grade because even though I came into this class three weeks later than everyone else, I feel that I have proven myself. I worked as hard as I could so I could get on the same level as my classmates. I was able to come over obstacles in this class and was able to succeed. I would personally like to thank Dr. Zamora as well. Thank you, Dr. Zamora for letting me into your class and believing in me so that I could succeed

The Death of VIDEOGAMES!!!!

My presentation tonight is on the Interactive Fiction piece titled, Quing’s Quest VII: The Death of Videogames. This piece is written by Dietrich Squinkifier, aka Squinky, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2014.  As I read through the Author’s Statement before beginning the piece, I noticed that he had used Twine to create the piece. I found that so interesting as we have been discussing the use of Twine when creating our own ELit pieces.

Now time for the good stuff…

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When you begin the piece, you are instantly greeted with music that I equate to as “lively elevator music”. The music seems bright and cheerful, which could mean a foreshadowing that “everything is not what it seems”. Since this is Interactive Fiction you are able to click on certain hypertexted words that either give more information about the background of the setting or my most favorite, click and choose what your outfit will be for the day, cause what person doesn’t love raiding their closet trying to find the PERFECT outfit…

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What I found interesting about this part is that you are able to choose either feminine or masculine clothing options.

As you continue through the piece, you learn about the planet you once lived on, Videogames. Once I clicked on the hypertexted word, the music automatically changes. The tone of this music is lamentable, almost as if reflective on better days and fond memories.

When at the bridge, you meet a new character. Again, this is a hypertexted word and you are able to change to name of the character. Again, there are male and female name options.

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While working through the game, you are asked to insert new disks to continue the piece. The conflict of the game arises when the “Gamer Police” are coming to capture you. Quings.5

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What struck me as intriguing is what the police are arresting you for.

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You fight the Gamer Police off by dancing…. Silly, I know, but that’s what makes this piece so light and enjoyable. As soon as the Gamer Police has exploded into glitter bombs, because why not, you have the option to either save, destroy, or “Get The Hell Away” from Videogames.Quings.8

I thoroughly enjoyed working through this piece It opened my eyes to how the author was able to shed some light on various societal issues, but bring them up in a playful manner. These societal issues include misogyny, racism, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination. What a great way to make a statement!!

I would like to leave you all with the last line of the Editorial Statement:

“This work captures the tension of a historical moment in which only some voices, games, and critiques are heard and others are silenced and dismissed.

Can’t wait to hear your thought’s in tonight’s class!!! Laters….

 

 

Update: Finding Abigail

I was opening the My Hands, Wishful Thinking and I was not able to download the file. But, in other news I was finally able to finalize a program that I will use. I will be using Prezi to present my E-Lit piece. I feel that Prezi goes more with the flow of my idea for the piece. I have also given my characters names and have a story-line.

My two characters are Mark and Abigail. Abigail is a young, 24 year old, who has a job as a teacher in a local elementary school. She have never had the time for relationships and past relationships have left her questioning if she will ever find love. Now she is ready to start up the dating scene again.

Enter Mark.

Mark is a wealthy contractor. Eight years her senior, Mark is everything Abigail could hope for, and of course, so much more. I express her feelings about Mark and her relationship taking off in the piece I am writing, which will be featured in different sections that the readers will be able to click on and read.

I am changing the opening image to a diary where Abigail has written down journal entries. Then, I will move to the image of the house, as the story moves forward.

As I start to put the images in, it will become easier and I can see where things work best.

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Okay, so this may sound all over the place but this is my idea for my piece of Electronic Literature…

I want to create a piece that is interactive, the way that we went through High Muck a Muck, where readers will be able to click on certain image and a piece of text comes up with sound.

The story I want to create is about a girl who is going through the cycle of domestic violence. What I want to start off with is an image of the outside of a house. From there, the reader can click on the door to “enter” the house.

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Once inside the house, the reader will see a blueprint of the inside of the house of different rooms. The reader will be able to click on different rooms to uncover pieces of the story. For example, the reader can click on the kitchen to see the freezer is open with a bag of frozen peas that was used to ice a bruise.

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    I am still looking into what programs I would like to use to create my elit piece. I would like to use a program that is similar to the one used for High Muck a Muck or Pieces of Herself.

 

 

 

Cruising for Understanding…

Cruising, by Igrid Ankerson and Megan Sapnar, is truly a “cruising” piece of literature that is controlled by a keyboard mouse. While scrolling through, you can control how large or how small the words appear on the screen, by moving the mouse up and down, and how fast or how slow the words come, by moving the mouse left and right. When I first came upon the piece, I had no clue that the mouse controlled everything. I was “aimlessly” moving my mouse not realizing that I was making the text move very fast, which after a wave of nausea subsided, I was able to slow down the text and truly read the poem. I use the word aimlessly here because the text itself is about a girl who is walking the streets of a small town in Wisconsin, waiting for something exciting to happen.

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I found this poem to be extremely relevant to my life. During my first two years of college, I really did not know what I wanted to pursue. I was “cruising” through my first two years, trying to find something that excited me and in turn, a major that I wanted to take on. What excited me was teaching. I began to enroll in Education courses and began to like this major. As my third year came around, my personal life began to affect my school life. I tried to balance obstacles on my own, and I thought things were okay, which they really weren’t. So I began to “cruise”. Cruise control was my only speed for the next two years, which unfortunately led me to not be able to pursue my Education career no longer.

Luckily, I was able to find something that, like Education, excited me. This is writing. Writing came naturally to me in grade school and I enjoy writing about my life. As I assemble all the parts I need to fix my dream car, my dream goal, I can’t help but keep reading this piece over and over.

 

 

BOTS?!

To be fair, I was very thrown of by BOTS. I have never experienced, or at least to my current knowledge, bots nor did I know that I could create a bot myself. As I have stated before, my experience with Electronic Literature is very slim, so any information about BOTS and what they do is slowly watering my Elit garden.

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    As I started my journey into this unknown place of BOTS, I began to click on various types of twitter pages that BOTS are used on . The first page I came across was Tiny Crossword. Just as it reads, Tiny Crossword is comprised of three pieces of a crossword puzzle (i.e down/across). They player is given three clues in order to solve the puzzle. The answers to the clues have to fit in the down and across pieces of the mini crossword.

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Curious, I attempted to solve one of this crosswords. Without looking at the answers that are tweeted above the actual crossword puzzle, I noticed that I had to look up the answers to the clues. In one part it is tedious because some of the clues are not common knowledge answers and having to look up each answer is difficult. On the other hand, it is also a helpful experience. My reasoning by this is that I was able to learn new information that I would have never known about. Just like learning about BOTS, learning the answers to these clues was new information to help water my garden.

Is this ELECTRONIC LITERATURE?! In my opinion, this type of BOT is more game like then literature because the whole act of looking up the answers to the clues and trying to fit them into the spaces seems like something I would be scribbling in the Sunday paper.

Another BOT that I came across was THEODORA. Theodora is a twitter page that is run by a bot, (again, new information watering my ELIT garden). I never knew that a BOT can run a Twitter page. What this BOT can do is there are books, poems, and other various writings, are plugged into this program that the BOT can spit out a tweet using random bits of these writings. Some of the tweets make sense, while others, a person can tell that it was created by the BOT.

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      Is this ELECTRONIC LITERATURE?! I do think this is Electronic Literature because various published writing works are used/ downloaded electronically in order to create the tweets. I would like to expand my knowledge of BOTS and hopefully work with them someday.