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Exploring Peace and Harmony

This week in E-Literature had a Chinese theme and both pieces complimented each other with the idea of melodies carrying the writers ideas timelessly. Each author decided to go with poetry, but I was able to see two different styles of in within the e-lit world, which was portrayed very nicely. We look to be unique in our delivery as writers and creatives, and I could clearly see with both works how the authors chose to display their creative side.

Peaceful Dream really made me think with its bold imagery, and the use of sounds throughout the video poem. When we look at art, or even “read” different pieces of literature the author can take you on a journey, and while on that journey you may have your own thoughts and questions formulate that could be different than even what the author was thinking. Good creative pieces spark conversation and sometimes it never really has a meaning, but was just simply there to carry on the story. I felt the author wanted the readers or viewers to truly take their own journey with the images portrayed and think of what they might mean to you as an individual. Clearly the theme was peace, but in some ways some images were those that could either be peaceful, or completely the opposite. I take the image of water, and yes it can be a peaceful moment staring at the ocean with your toes in the sand and maybe a nice clear day, but the ocean can also bring on terrible storms. Storms take form in the middle of the sea and can devastate communities. I tried to look at these images and truly give them two perspectives, and I really feel this was the idea of the piece, to simply think and ponder on the images.

Zi Young Shi had a similar theme as it offers it’s own type of peaceful way of looking at poetry. The imagery in this work was interactive and gave the reader the ability to almost create what they saw on the screen. This is a big part of E-literature that I have noticed throughout the weeks, that some authors truly want their audience to feel as if they are making it happen on the screen. I feel this keeps readers engaged with the work. This author created poetry with Chinese letters that when hovered over gave phrases or words to create the poetry through words, and it also was able to give us a melody every time it regenerated, changing how each poem created was different from the other. I felt this was very interesting and offer a different take then the first work I spoke about earlier.

I enjoyed being able to see both authors offer two different ways to view poetry digitally. One was created simply with image and left a powerful statement. The other gave imagery, melody, and words and still sent the same creative powerful message. The fact that these Chinese works give off peace in two different ways was very interesting and truly I was able to see both perspectives creatively.

Letters and Memories !

I am really getting into this Electronic Literature! At first I was a little thrown off, as I am more traditional when it comes to my reading style. I enjoy being able to open a book ( especially a hard cover), get a great wif of the smell of a new book, and dive in. I enjoy placing a book mark, or anything I can find to stick their to hold my place, but this is honestly turning out to be quite exciting. I was nervous because I tend to distract myself on the computer and phone, so to use it to read felt a little like a set up for me. I must say those these last few weeks I have really dived in to the E-Lit readings and have found myself engaged and fascinated with them.

This week the first E-Lit piece was called Letter to X. By the name alone I knew this was going to be something in journal style, which I truly enjoy. It’s something about reading something personal to someone that makes you feel more connected to the author. As I read the authors statement I then leaned that he had friends of his produce the letters we would be reading which then made me more interested. The fact that he told them it would be anonymous also gave the hint that they would write whatever their heart desired and hold nothing back.

Once you open the piece you see the letters have blanks, again it’s the aspect that you are able to connect with the author by being able to manipulate something within the piece gives it this fun interact trait. It is a deep think piece though. As you go through them it makes you think about who you would be saying this too, and why have you not taken the opportunity to say this yet, or even if that person is gone why didn’t you say it sooner. Giving it this interactive method really helps the reader to be connected to to it and it something of their own. These are also inspirations for great journal writing ideas, creating letters and maybe even filling in some of the blanks later. Overall the them of this piece was concise, yet each page gave it’s own uniqueness with a different topic, or story to tell ( letter to write). I loved the idea that he also used the original handwriting of those who wrote it, making it more authentic with keeping in touch with those who helped to make this think piece come to life.

my Grandmother recently just passed away and the funeral was on Tuesday of this week. I’m numb when it comes to topic like this because I try to keep myself in a happy mood because that’s what others like out of me. This actually helped me to think about the feelings and place them somewhere, instead of just keeping them inside and saying the words “I’m fine”

Never !

The next work was called Forgotten Nights and this one was another think piece. I don’t think the people who chose these for their presentations even knew they would be doing almost two similar pieces, when it comes to the attitude and feelings it gets out of the reader, for this week on purpose. it worked out beautifully.

The idea of the sky at night, with the simplicity and beauty of the stars accompanied by the moon, is something a lot of us have taken for granted. Stars have always stuck with me since I was little girl. My dad use to tell me all the time he named a star after me and every night on our way home we would play a game of following it and it always led us home. I never knew if it was the same star, and I knew it really wasn’t my star, but it was such a special gift for me.

This author made different stars tell a different tale which is so becoming. Looking at the night sky for some is relaxing, because they tend to make up what they see the stars forming, similar to cloud gazing as well. This was a unique twist on something that everyone can possibly relate too. Even the fact that some of the stars didn’t tell a story was a great idea, because as you look in the night sky not all stars shine as bright as the other, but still helps to show the bigger picture being presented.

I felt connected to this piece as it brought me back to my childhood which I liked. I could see how some may find this a bit distracted or could click on the stars and could possibly become disinterested when they don’t find the stars with the stories, so him having the button revealing the stars that tell stories was a great idea to some of us who may be in a bit of a hurry to get to the content. I would have liked to hear some type of melody or white sound in the back as well to accompany the great pieces. Again, I thoroughly enjoyed both of these pictures this week.

Recognizing Realism . . . Positive and Intriguing

This week both readings were truly different, but truly grabbed my attention each with the authors content. I showed me to different approaches that can be taken in E-lit, still fit the genre of E-literature, but can still be different in so many ways. Throughout this genre i have learned many different approaches so far throughout this semester, and with the wide variety I feel the authors always do what works best for them. Each of these compelling pieces both had a unique spin a ordinary ideas that we as writers may take for granted at times.

“If approached form this point of view then it is an obvious conclusion that you should be celebrated simply for being here”. This quote comes from the Artist Statement in “Everything is Going to Be Okay” that really spoke out to me even before I started the reading, but I really grew to understand it as I started the piece. The author believes in the idea that when it comes to victims of trauma, abuse, and depression are survivors which is opposite of what most people think on this topic. I felt this was a good way to portray this entire topic in whole and enlighten those who may not be aware of how deep this subject could possibly be.

I watched the initial video and was slightly confused at first. I wasn’t sure what was going on honestly. Only certain parts were meant to hear though as i look deeper into the entire piece. The bunny was introduced to us here and I truly liked how the author picked such a harmless creature, in look and action, and went with the theme of depression and trauma. She said she wanted to make it more fantasy, but she still portrayed the message with something that represents almost the opposite of it in a way. I also enjoyed how the entire work was a extension and it wasn’t all within the browser. I want to learn how to do this myself, possibly for the final project within this class. I thought it added a layer a depth, but also if we speak about the tech side gave here room to add the graphics she was trying to achieve.

Each “page” or click of this work really allowed for the reader to see another layer of this work unfold. She used game, stories, the readers input, and many other interactive models to portray this message. Unfolding the work was also up to the readers choice as everything was scattered around. This offers a unique reading experience for each reader, and I feel it keeps you engaged and wondering what might be coming next. I took an image from one part that i will leave below.

The Story I “Created” From Page 5

This is just one example of the work readers were able to create during this work. I feel this piece was a great telling of the people who have gone through things that may make them feel. like they don’t want to be here anymore, and for those who may not feel this deeply but still may have bad thoughts.

Blackout Poetry Tool was a unique twist on poetry and a great way I felt the author may have used their favorite pieces to influence this. An idea that seemed so simple but it made such an impact on the idea of what poetry could be. It allowed me to honestly dive deep into a way to see how other people see poetry as well.

So the way it works is at first you click your way into a poem, then the bot chooses, then the bot and you choose together, next you choose one the bot chooses one, and the last one the bot picks something that is already given.

The bot created this one
One I created on my own!

With both of these you can clearly see how I thought of the words i chose carefully. The bot was very random, but both pieces could be used as poems you could possibly find meaning in. I like the idea of the bot being random, because I felt I may have thought about it to much. I truly enjoyed the entire experience of this piece because although it was simple it could offer a lot of potential insight.

High Muck a Muck: Interactive Historic Journey

At glance of this interactive work of E- literature I was intrigued by the actual visuals that these individuals used t capture this story. When you first enter the site you are introduced t the lottery card, which I soon learned was a game that the Chinese play in their culture. I also saw it as symbol to represent the sort of luck or gamble the Chinese immigrants were taking with their migrating to British Columbia, Canada. Once you click the blue shaded Chinese character you are immerse into a new world almost.

The entire outline used was the human body, but it included many elements of the earth and world that surround us, such as trees, boats, the ocean, and mountain shapes. The way the authors portrayed this map showed the idea of the Chinese people moving throughout earths different terrains as they migrated, and what they may have seen on their travels through the different areas in which they came from and where they ended up. Next you are prompted to click on the blue shaded areas and this is how your journey through this work of literature truly begins.

Everywhere and Nowhere is where I started and was met with a video of an older Chinese man who looked very aged, and as the video closed in on his eye you can truly see the wisdom and knowledge that an elder has typically because they have lived a long life. As the video began to pan out the eyes then changed to that of a new born whose eyes looked more bright and eager to learn in a way. You can see the difference in wonder in the baby compared to the elder who was old and seems as though he has seen a lot throughout his life time. This peace spoke to the way the authors related things to the ancestors through the work.

Skipping around on the map I landed in Canada where a quote stuck out to me. “Trust ugly words, to show how heavy, beauty” . For some reason this stuck out to me and made me wonder what the author truly meant. As i ponder I thought maybe he can be referring to the beauty in everything, even somethings that we may find least attractive or appealing. I thought of things within nature that may not be the prettiest but still has a beautiful story or purpose. Even words that or spoken can have an ugly context, so to speak, but hen paired with the write verb-age can create a beautiful language. For instance I thought of a fire. They can be dangerous and create a bad ending, but the image it creates as it burns is something beautiful. At a campfire to hear the crack and pop of a fire created, to feel its warmth when it is cold, and to see the different shades of red within creates a beautiful imagine for something that can be so dangerous.

“These are gates and you can either kick them open or walk through in silence, same dif.” This is another quote which i found in the Victoria section and it resonated with me. As these immigrants leave there homes to go to a place they are wanting to make a new life in they are met with some boundaries. They can be language barriers, settling issues, or trying to make a living in this new environment. They can either chose to let these obstacles stop them, or they can chose to conquer them and succeed. As they go through these obstacles, or “gates”, they can chose to either sole their issues calmly or they can literally face them head on, but either way to end goal is to get the job done no matter how each individual chooses to do so. Everyone chooses a different path but its completing the goal that matters in the end.

Although their were parts I did not fully understand I still found-the piece very interesting and engaging. The story tellers did a great job of keeping the theme alive ,but yet you can still see the many contributions each author made as well. Collectively the piece flowed and gave a great poetic language to such a heavy topic. his was definitely something new for me, but really enjoyed the experience and can see me finding other pieces like this to engage with. Overall this gives he reader an experience and at the same time allows for the reader to read while creating their own experience by being able to read whatever they want next and having no specific right or wrong way to read the text.

New Semester Vibes !

Stepping into this new semester is quite refreshing for me. It gives me some time to decompress and apply myself in an area outside of BABIES! My fiancé and I welcomed twins into our home on April 29th, 2022. My 3 year old has taken the lead with her sisters which is amazing to me. I was trying to find a balance for both age groups in the house without having to make her always feel left out. She likes being a big helper which I have grown to appreciate, even if her help creates another mess; Through this world wind of chaos I have found some time still to still reflect every now and again.

I work from home now which suites me very well. I am a homebody and enjoy feeling comfy. I am in phase in my life where I have to be flexible, but prompt, Quiet, but heard, and making every moment count. Even now as I type this my power cord suddenly stops working. But it brings me back to how life is having me travel in this pattern of mystery. Unknowing can lead to worry, but I tend to look at the brighter side of the spectrum and sit as I can only imagine the good things to come. I have been told that I can live in a false reality but at the end of the day I am the only one who can be held accountable for what happens in this vessel of life.

Currently I’m in a time in my life where I am trying to gain more structure. I want to be more disciplined with how I live life because preparation enhances performance. My partner and I have been our biggest support systems with the help of our parents. Seeing the generations come together is something we have all waited for. Im maturing at the age of 27 quite gradually because I have had no choice but to jump right in.

Starting this new semester off I’m looking forward to the influx of new ideas and collaborations. I’m coming with an open mind and allowing myself to take the time to understand others opinions and see how they may be different from mine. As an English Grad student I love to get my point across, especially through social media, so I’m hoping that in this course I’m able to share new experiences and ideas with each and everyone of you.

As a side venture I started getting back into a game I truly love which is Sims. Since I was a kid I found so much enjoyment being able to create my own world and see how things would turn out if I had absolute control! Seems a bit selfish, but it really does help with my old tendencies of wanting everything to be a certain way. I have started expanding it and joining a discord in the social media world with it and I am happy to see where it may take me. I’ve been trying to do this for years and it never seems like I have had the time, and even though now I’m busy more than ever I feel like being able to get some relief from this game truly helps within my day to day.

Violet Penelope
Valencia St.Claire
Victoria Blair (in action! I can never get a good picture because she is always busy 😂)

Chapbook Progress !

My experience with the chapbook has been a little different. I will be creating mine digitally using keynote, since I have been away from the classroom the last few weeks. I have enjoyed seeing everyones work and now being able to put it together piece by piece is truly inspiring. I feel we all collaborated really great together and have allowed each other to see for the last time a true piece of us.

While working digitally on my chapbook I feel am I able to add variety, but it has also been a bit challenging just figuring out where things may go. I will leave a link below of my chapbook work as reference to how things are coming along.

A Collection of Different Voices . . . Final Group Project

This semester I feel I have grown in ways within this small class group setting . I have learned that through different voices connections can be made and spark endless conversation for a group of people . There was a intimacy in the setting of the small group that allowed us each to be heard and truly capture an understanding for each person involved . Overall great things were shared , learned , and contributed and now it is time to combine our mines for this final piece of the puzzle .

The group has decided to create a chapbook which I feel will truly capture our “Voices in Chaos” theme. There is so much that has been expressed by us through our different walks of life and creating some this to capture a piece of us all to share is inspiring , not only for us but for those we share this with . We have grown to understand each other during this semester so sharing this with others can inspire others as well .

Every these that we covered this semester showed us how each of our voices are unique and special in many ways and can spark great general discussion . No one felt excluded so for the readers I’m sure they will each feel compelled to share as well especially on the social media side . I like the fact we are also bringing songs along to incorporate this time because this is also a stimulating piece in todays modern world , giving us more to connect with our audience .

This I’m sure will be an exciting and stimulating ending to a wonderful semester and will help to truly bond us all due one final time . I feel I will definitely be showing a more of a poetry scheme on these topics we have discussed since I haven’t really been able to throughout the semester . I feel this is the time to show new things for one final time .

Writing and Structure . . .

When I hear the word formula automatically my mind thinks of an equation that a mathematician or a scientist are solving. The last thing that crosses my is the art of writing and creating readings through words. I feel there is truly no real “formula” to writing although there are different medians to writing (i.e. business writing, different genres of writing, academic writing, etc.) These different modes to do create the need for different teachings to understand how to get them right, but still there is no true formula to creating the these actual pieces of writing. People can have different approaches to each and still get it right, so to speak.

Teachers with early childhood students may take take the Schaffer approach and use the 5 paragraph, 8 sentence structure to introduce writing to new learners so they can develop a healthy method to tackling the way to for paragraphs and sentences. This provides a since of stucture. I feel we were all even this sheet at some point in elementary school to fill out and to guide us through the new world of writing.  As students then develop they adapt their own approach to creating and developing their writing which s important because the Schaffer approach can only hold up for so long in my opinion.

Trapping students in mode of formulaic writing keeps them limited to expanding their use of language and their creativity in writing, and this hinders growth and performance. Some teachers may focus to much on they idea of students test scores, instead of actually developing stronger writers in the classroom.  That is why most great writers are developed on their own and taught themselves through reading and creating.  They develop a style that works for them and this idea generates an audience for them.  Unfortunately some students may get lot along the way with this idea of formulaic writing, because it comes across as boring and structured.  Personally I took every creative writing class offered through middle school and high school to see what “creative” actually meant.  I found that it was just a way into seeing different ways to create writing pieces by adding your own style and flare. This helped to create my style, and once I went to University it truly showed me how much I actually love writing.

Switching gears to our group project . . . .

I’m super excited to have the opportunity to be collaborating with the group of people in our class. I feel since we are a small group we have shared a lot throughout the semester and have been able to get to know each other and this will allow for a somewhat seamless team work effort.

This issue I am having is trying to grasp every subject we have learned throughout this course and creating something to represent a little bit of everything, along with everyones specific ideas and preferences. It is very great to have this sort of freedom, but it has also left us a bit open when it comes to simple planning especially with the time we have.

My idea would be to incorporate social media, or the use of an app, so it is accessible to everyone on campus and even those who may not. Even using social media we will be able to incorporate #unboundEQ which will help to expand our reach to those involved. I want to use the social media aspect to engage those who went in the class with some sort of question and answer ideas with what they consider writing to be, their preference in literature, and maybe even how they see it fit in this modern age with social media. Engaging them with a way they have to respond will lead to more feedback, while also using some of our own writing throughout to show them examples of things we have worked on.

I feel using social media or an app may make this easier on us as a collective because its the short time period it will create a sense of ease for all of us to not only contribute but also to be able to create something easily accessible by us later to look back on, reference to, and to use when necessary.

Some themes I feel were a core part of this courses topics would be the idea of teachers understanding students through their writing, if writing is something that is able to be graded properly with the rubric style method, why looking back at the past and creation of writing has helped to shape where we are now within writing, and lastly the use of voice in writing and how it is important for each writer to create their own and generate their specific audience.