Journey LogS Heather Lee ( flowerpot123) - ENGL 1030, 041

Heather Lee (flowerpot123) - 041 - mage - journey log #1

"Create a 60 - 120 second video using voice, images, and text. You may use Adobe Spark or Adobe Premiere Pro. A paragraph should accompany the video on the process of making the video." - GM, 2017

Video-making process: I expected to simply look over the passages from past reading assignments for this video project, but ended up doing so much more. I researched world-famous inventors (i.e. Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs) and their wise words relating to curiosity and innovation. I also watched a compilation of youtube videos ranging from comedy to fashion to news reports just to gather inspiration for editing, videography, images, and music. Furthermore, I knew that video-making was a tedious process but never thought that every single second of footage or text would matter so much to me (as a newly self-proclaimed perfectionist). Upon choosing to become a mage, I was prepared to be given quests of this sort, however it was a completely unique experience. I am excited to say that it was a great refresher for the past week of readings and discussions and hope that it will be able to assist other students or potential innovators in the making as well.

[picture retrieved from adobe spark images database also once used by GM in a lesson]

Heather Lee (flowerpot123) - 041 - ranger - journey log #2

"Research two concepts from class or readings and gather at least two sources for these concepts and explain why you chose these and how you found them. Reflect on the research process as well as the deeper meaning of the concepts. Make sure to cite all sources. " - GM, 2017

I chose to look into the origin of monsters and their use by society as "a coping mechanism for the most dreadful things in life" (Donovan, 2011). I selected the citations listed below because of their ease of access and understanding. I found it difficult to find respectable sources about monsters and villains and sifted consistently through course syllabi, comics, and amateur blogs. Although the first source "Villains or Monsters" was posted by S. C. Butler on a '.com' website, traditionally denied as a respectable source, I felt as though the article itself and the comments open to the public were interesting to read and decided to share it anyways. Butler (2008) states that villains and monsters differ due to their freedom of choice or lack there of. Villains choose to become evil or defy the protagonist, while in most cases, monsters are naturally wild and beast-like, not being able to control their actions. Patricia Donavan's "Why we create monsters" was the basis of my research because after I read this article, I became curious about the origin of monsters and their role in society. The history behind monsters is quite fascinating because they have been around since the Spanish Baroque period (1600s - 1720) yet they are still extremely relevant to this day. Lastly, to deepen my research, I stumbled upon an novel written by David Rengrow, titled The Origins of Monsters: Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction, which focused more on the spread of monsters throughout culture, a topic he refers to as "the epidemiology of culture". I believe that the deeper meaning behind monsters and their relation to society is that there is a hidden need for monsters in our lives. Chuck Klosterman (2010) states that "we tend to classify [monsters] as personifications of what we fear". Monsters help us depict and humanize our fears so that they seem fightable. For example if you were going through a mental health issue or thoughts of inadequacy, as unseeable entities they may seem scarier and larger than they actually are. Sometimes the people, places, and things, your fear are the ones you love and cherish the most.

CITATIONS

Butler, S. C. "Villains or Monsters." Science Fiction and Fantasy Novelists, 15 Aug. 2008. http://www.sfnovelists.com/2008/08/15/villains-or-monsters/. Accessed 30 January 2017.

Donovan, Patricia. "Why We Create Monsters." University of Buffalo Reporter, [Buffalo, NY], 27 Oct. 2011, p. All.

Klosterman, Chuck. "My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead." The New York Times, 3 Dec. 2010, p. All.

Wengrow, D. The Origins of Monsters: Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2014. Web.

Heather Lee (flowerpot123) - 041 - bard- journey log #3

"Draw, paint, or otherwise create something that represents this week's reflection. This could also be a video of process or documentation of a raid or adventure. A short story or poem could also represent your reflection. A paragraph should accompany the composed piece on the process and rationale" - GM, 2017

I have chosen to create a narrative poem describing the process of writing Raid #2.

"Wait until the LAST minute!", the Game Master said. Several brainy students ignored his request, others like myself, put themselves to the test. So until the night before came, I twiddled my thumbs and wished for good luck. I sat at my computer with no ideas, FUCK. Persistence was key, I needed to keep trying, so I went back to the Rhetorical Inn looking for a shred of inspiration. I saw that the Game Master graciously left some helpful tips. After reading them I finally agreed that I needed to write about something that I was obsessed with, (of course) nothing obscene. Naturally I looked to Netflix for a survey of my interests and searched for a monster from within. How I Met Your Mother and Friends had no foes, while House of Cards and Vampire Diaries had only those. I decided to go with Vampire Diaries because it seemed like the obvious choice. I hoped and prayed that I could showcase my voice. All in all I feel that my decision was right but I can't help but think that it was maybe a plight.

Process and Rationale: I wanted to write about a series of events that goes into research for any assignment (school/work), something personable, a widespread idea. I knew that I didn't want to rhyme every line so the poem was labeled a narrative. My rationale behind the poem was to tell a story so I guess it could be considered a short story as well. I have yet to use profanity in any of my work and thought that it added emphasis.

Heather Lee (flowerpot123) - 041 - bard- journey log #4

"Draw, paint, or otherwise create something that represents this week's reflection. This could also be a video of process or documentation of a raid or adventure. A short story or poem could also represent your reflection. A paragraph should accompany the composed piece on the process and rationale" - GM, 2017

I have chosen to create memes about proper research and the ideas discussed in John Oliver's segment about Trump's credibility.

all images are not owned by me

Process and Rationale: I decided to make some memes because honestly in combination with other classes I started to have writer's block. Therefore, I thought that I'd still be able to review the topics discussed in class this week with a more light-hearted medium. The process was relatively easy because I used an online meme generator. Don't worry though, everything is in my own words, only the images were taken from other sources. I think that memes are very powerful in that they are usually only made up of a couple of words yet have the ability to relay tons of information.

Heather Lee (flowerpot123) - 041 - bard- journey log #5

"Draw, paint, or otherwise create something that represents this week's reflection. This could also be a video of process or documentation of a raid or adventure. A short story or poem could also represent your reflection. A paragraph should accompany the composed piece on the process and rationale" - GM, 2017

I have decided to write a poem about the rollercoaster of a process of Raid 2.

LIFE. Often referred to as a game. GAME. Often referred to as a waste of time. TIME. A human creation to measure the day. DAY. Made up of 24 hours. HOURS. Not enough exist to be productive. PRODUCTIVE. The opposite of a typical college student. STUDENT. A full-time job, no excuses. EXCUSES. Not to get out of things but to fully explain yourself. EXPLAIN. 6 other class, 15 other hours, and 10 hrs worth of other assignments, it finally caught up with me. ME. I'll be back on track as a student ASAP. ASAP. As soon as possible.

The past few weeks have been pretty hectic and the raid process was much harder for me then I thought it would be. I just was not as interested in the topic as much as I originally thought that I would be. I found it difficult to diagnose and analyze Two-face in my own words. On the due date it was actually incomplete. I'm not proud of this but everything can't be done perfectly. I am not making excuses for not finishing the assignment just know that I have put a lot of thought into it, external distractions and situations have affected my school work and I will be back on track as soon as possible!

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