Posts Tagged ‘writing’

No Writing Class Today

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Today I didn’t have my writing class because it was a workshop day to work on our big final report papers. And it was really nice because I got to sleep in a bit and now have to worry about getting to class on time. Now in this free time given I didn’t work on the report paper, I instead worked on a bunch of the other papers I have to do so then later today and tomorrow I can work on finishing up all the parts of the report paper. So that will be a fun thing to look forward to tomorrow.

World of Warcraft, John Keats, and my last paper

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

What does the popular MMORPG World of Warcraft have to do with 19th century romantic poet John Keats? Well, for one thing, they are both featured in my final paper for British Literature II, the last paper I need to write before I graduate! For this paper we were challenged with the task of selecting a written work we studied this semester and finding a modern artifact that clearly drew inspiration from or critiques it. And YES, World of Warcraft writers were inspired by Keats. In the third installment of the game there are hundreds of references to John Keats Poetry as well as several other well-known authors such as T.S. Eliot and William Wordsworth. Where are these references found? In the armor. John Keats “viewless wings of poesy” become WoWs Viewless Wings item level 359, +18 Agility, +27 Stamina, +12 Critical Strike, +12 Haste, usable by druids, hunters, rogues, Shaman, and Monks. I won’t get into the analysis here, but the point is, pay attention to where your academics come into play in every day life and get creative with your essay topics!

Ugly Sweaters and Shakespeare

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

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Short Story Readings

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

For my Creative Writing Final each person had to read their short story aloud to the class. This was super intimidating for a lot of people, especially those who’ve never had this type of class before. Thankfully, I took Ryan Vines poetry class last semester so I was pretty used to the set up. Even so, it was terrifying to get in front of the class and read my piece. I put so much time, effort, and love into it and it’s scary to know everyone is judging it. My short story had little pieces of my life scattered throughout it; things I care about, people I love, and emotions I’ve felt. Reading it was tough but I’m glad I did. I even got quite a few compliments on it and I think it got the right emotional response from the audience. I hope to continue working on this short story and others. Maybe I’ll even get another poem or story published!

The Birthplace of Harry Potter

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

This afternoon, I arrived in the birthplace of Harry Potter: Edinburgh, Scotland. I am even writing this blog post from the very place J.K. Rowling wrote her incredible string of novels, The Elephant House. This journey marks the beginning of a quarter year of travels around Europe by myself, and I am beginning it with great gusto and positivity. As a writer and student, I find it extraordinarily inspiring to be seated in the very space a great, such as Rowling herself, gave birth to the magical world of Harry Potter. She is human, like me. And, she was probably drinking her tea/coffee and working away, just as I am write now. This relation is one I failed to realize until recently. I had never been, until now, so close to the people who have created the imagery, media, and content I have drawn inspiration from throughout my entire life. I am in the space of Rowling in Edinburgh, I was on the red carpet with Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in London, I stood above Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey, where he is buried, in London, and I have learned and worked beside friends who have already accomplished great things in the media industry and beyond. The world holds its doors open to me, and I believe, now more than ever, than anything is possible if I am willing to set my mind to the challenge.

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