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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Week 3 - Story: Dryad - Text: A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris

Week 3 Blog assignment
Mooring Against the Tide Ch 15
From Harris text:
Rainy Days and Mondays
Dryad
By now you will be coming to understand point of view and how the vantage point a story is written from will affect you as a reader. Ask yourself how you respond to the point of view in this week’s stories. What pulls you closer and what pushes you further away? Do you find that you have a favourite point of view as a reader? How might identifying this affect your own writing?

   
       Reading about Tree huggers and Environmentalists I can deal with, but reading about someone who actually fell in love with a tree makes me uneasy. Trees are still beings. They are alive but little movement is seen from them - also that little movement is seen only when there is a strong breeze of wind. It's hard enough to love a fellow human, how much more a tree who has no way to respond to one's feelings? I've read and heard of interracial relationships, even relationships of a man and his dog, but a woman and her tree? This is the first and probably the only story out there.

      I did not like this story at all cause I really couldn't picture the idea of being in love with a tree - it's just absurd. The 2 narrators in this story sets it apart from the rest of the stories. It's still written in First Person POV but it now has 2 people telling their stories. How the author did this was create a long dialogue conversation between the 2 female protagonists. The older woman, Mrs.Clarke told her tale and somehow it was similar to the tale of the other female protagonist. Sadly, most romance is tragic - one could die, the couple could get into a big fight, the couple could get tired of each other, etc. Mrs. Clarke's love story is typical of most old folks: they marry young and don't really have a firm relationship or understanding of each other. In her case though, Stan was a loving husband and stayed with her till the end even when she deserted him for The Beech. I like the way she described The Beech and how she loved to draw him. She paid attention to every detail making sure she could devote herself to her love and show how magnificent he really is. I believe the way that the author decided to relay this story is the best way. As first person, it's more interpersonal between the two characters - making them to be able to relate to each other and at the same time share this story too with the readers. If it was told in Third Person, i think the readers would feel more distant to the characters. Telling this tale in First Person POV makes the reader feel like the story is directly being told to him or her and they can feel how much Mrs.Clarke loved The Beech even though she herself knew that this was such an odd and strange romance.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Week 3 - Reading: Chapther 15 - Text: Mooring Against the Tide & Story: Rainy Days and Mondays - Text: A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris

Week 3 Blog assignment
Mooring Against the Tide Ch 15
From Harris text:
Rainy Days and Mondays
Dryad
By now you will be coming to understand point of view and how the vantage point a story is written from will affect you as a reader. Ask yourself how you respond to the point of view in this week’s stories. What pulls you closer and what pushes you further away? Do you find that you have a favourite point of view as a reader? How might identifying this affect your own writing?         


                Chapter 15 of Mooring Against the Tide, talks about Point of View which is commonly known by it's abbreviation POV. POV is defined as a standpoint, a perspective on which a story is told. There are 5 kinds of POVs: First Person POV - where the narrator is also the protagonist; Second Person POV - where the reader is directly involved/addressed in the story, though there are not many stories in this perspective; Third Person Multiple POV - where the narrator is kind of like an observer that's seeing what is happening from different angles; Third Person Limited POV - where the narrator is similar to a tiny person who is perched on a characters shoulder, telling us how he sees the story unfold when that character he is a perched on is involved; and Third Person Omniscient POV - where the narrator is basically similar to a god, who can see everything. Our stories this week were both in first person POVs and so were the previous stories. 
               Honestly, I prefer third person POV, cause the story is told more as a whole, than just from one person's view point. If you ask me which third person POV, I would say Omniscient but it doesn't make much of a difference to me if the story is told in 3rd person limited or 3rd person multiple cause they are all POVs where the narrator is an observer and not a character who is biased to how he/she only sees things. However, it depends if the story is well told/written - I mean if it is well written, it doesn't really matter what POV it is written in cause the plot and the characters are well relayed. As a writer, I prefer and lean towards writing in any of the 3rd person POVs; but mostly it's my character who tells me what to write and not I. So however my character dictates the story should be told, I write it that way - I'm more or less just a medium, because I have little control on how I want my stories to go.

               The first story entitled "Rainy Days and Mondays" is about a rain god who happens to be a human named Arthur. Arthur lives in Manhattan, New York. He falls in love with a woman named Sunny. Sunny as you could have guessed had a very uplifting personality which contrasts greatly with Arthur's personality. Basically the story circles around this premise and is told by Arthur/the rain god's perspective. What I dislike about this is that readers don't get an idea of how Sunny feels toward Arthur - Does she return his feelings or not? Does she think the weather is odd(cause Arthur is just changing it for her sake)? Is she herself, maybe also a god (cause there is that possibility)? If this story were told in 3rd person POV, we would have more of a sense of how Sunny feels about the story and the story would no longer be centered on Arthur's perspective. I think it would be better, if told in 3rd person POV. Mondays are awful enough on their own, add in the weather condition of rain - it's a dreary start to the week. I think the title fits the story very well. I did not like how the short story involved gods cause I felt that the gods have this history which is not being told and readers are only getting a glimpse. I would like to learn more how the gods came to be in human form, why are they in human form, how many and what kind of gods are there, do the gods know of each others' existence, how do their powers really work - do they only control a certain area with their powers, and why are they not seen as gods by the normal people anymore. Other than that, I love it's fictional, fantasy feel cause the reader knows that the story is not happening in the real world but in another world - I am bias though about fiction and fantasy based stories.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Short Story Character

Character

Activity: Create a character of which you will write about in your short story to your group

Male Self
First Name: Kleio Reed Makotto
Age: 19 years old                                                                                          
Birthday: September  11
Blood Type: A
Gender: Male
Hobbies: reading, writing, delving into fashion, drawing
Profession: first year college student majoring in fashion design
Hair Color: Jet Black
Eye Color: Forest Green
Physical Description: lanky body type, with square glasses , spiky short hair
Race: Asian - Half Japanese, Half British
Mom – Cassandra Reed Makotto
Dad – Daisuke Makotto
Relationship Status: Single
Place of Birth: Osaka, Japan
Currently residing at: London, United Kingdom



Female Self
Name: Renée
Wig Color: Coffee Brown
Wig Style: short bob cut
Clothing Style: loose, anything lose and simple


Kleio was never a masculine boy. He isn’t interested in sports or anything of the sort. To make matters worse, he’s an introvert. He spends most of his time on his computer or with a book to his face. He rarely left his dorm room and he was rarely seen without a pencil and sketchpad. He loved to draw. Mostly he’d just sit there and sketch people – his most favourite subjects, ironically though he does not interact well with them. Due to his personality, Kleio always felt like an outcast. His best friend, Mollie, did not help either cause she was female – even though he admits she is pretty awesome. However, what probably set Kleio from most of the boys was that, as much as he hates to admit it, he likes yaoi/boys love. Oh he is straight, well at least he thinks he is. He first encountered yaoi from Mollie when he was helping her clean her room. She was so unorganized that it was like a pigsty in there. Kleio has no idea how she is able to manage with all that clutter – in her bag, her desk, her locker, for heavens sake even her wallet! He as you can guess was a neatfreak. He liked keeping things in order. I guess that’s how they two got along so well. Anyways so Kleio found these yaoi mangas in Mollie’s room and for some reason he could not avert his eyes from them. When Mollie was not looking he took a peak, just a peak but then after he realized he made a mistake.

The idea of the story that I want to tell is about Kleio’s conflict with his identity. He finds this roleplay forum in which he creates a female character in. He somehow begins to enjoy this forum so much that he developed a second persona, this female character who he’s more comfortable in. The roleplay group hit it off really well that they decide to meet in real life. Kleio dresses up as a female to avoid the awkwardness that might, well for sure would occur, if the group were to meet him as a male. True, crossdressing was able to help Kleio but will he be able to keep the truth from the group forever? And what if something else were to occur, something worse…

Week 2 - Stories: There's no such place as Bedford Falls and Would You Like to Recconnect? - Text: A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris

Read: Chapter Seventeen in Mooring Against the Tide,“Character”, and Chapter Twenty-Five “Workshopping a Story in the First Person”
From Harris text:
There’s No Such Place as Bedford Falls
Would You Like to Reconnect?
Please make sure you use paragraphs, correct spelling, and correct punctuation.
Did you care about the characters?
How did the writer make you as a reader feel that way?
Was there enough dialogue? Was it convincing?
Did the characters seem rounded to you? Flat?
What did the writer do that drew you to the characters?
Did she do anything that pushed you away?
Is there anything you might change about the way you write about characters in your own stories now?

           Christmas in September huh. I don't know about that...mostly September is associated with school so reading a Christmas story is kinda out of the season but who can't love Christmas? There is No Such Place as Bedford Falls is a story about the Christmas spirit and about not losing it. The plot's very simple and the character is too. Like the other stories before, There is No Such Place as Bedford Falls is also written in first person point of view. I'll be honest, though the writing of the story is good and the essence of the story is great - especially the moral. The shallowness of the story is what drives me away. Like the whole story circles around Christmas and trying to make the season work, trying to show people the true meaning of the holiday. But there's just a point where the story seems too cheery and you want more conflict - this is how I felt when I read this story.
            I do care about the character of this story but not as much as Raleigh's characters or  Morgan's characters. The reason to this is maybe cause the story is too cliche and I know it so well that it has lost it's flavor with me - I've watched and read too many tales about keeping the Christmas spirit. There was definitely enough dialogue to convey how the character felt. The character felt Flat to me, like his personality was only his joy about Christmas and nothing else. I guess what I could take away from this story is the moral not to have a cliche plot that way the reader will see the story as something fresh.
     
            Would You Like To Reconnect? Now that's a story I definitely would love to reconnect to. Definitely to us, the younger generation, this is the type of story we'd more likely connect with - something to do with technology. As a fellow twitter user and fanatic, I can totally relate to the main characters. @Llamadude and @MTnestgirl were round characters with really flushed out personalities. Also their relationship as mother and son intensifies their character even more. @MTnestgirl is the narrator, as this story is also written in first person - like the rest. She talks of her son and how she connected to him even when he left for college. Oh the wonder of technology - why just from a click of a button, you can send a message all over the world and back again! @MTnestgirl longed to be close with her son like any mother would - she wanted to be with him even when he's far away. Twitter fulfilled that purpose - it became a way for her and her son @Llamadude to keep in touch and stay "together". She knew what he was upto and he knew what she was up to. From their feed they could read what was happening in the other's life and this way it's almost as if being there.
         I cared a lot for these characters. All throughout the story  I felt how the mother would have felt - all that yearning, that loneliness, and emptiness inside. It's what one feels when they've lost something they know they've never get back. I think at some point in our lives we attain this feeling of forlornness. The connection between the mother and son was strong, you can see it from the dialogues they had on twitter and how much they came up in each other's feed. I love how Joanne Harris thought to write a story involving technology and the love of a mother for her son. It's a good story that shows the importance of parents which, trust me, the younger generation needs these days. Nothing pushed me away in this story. This was the most page-turning tale I've read from all the previous readings. What I could bring from this to my writing? Definitely the element of connection. I want to write about a topic in which my readers will be able to relate to and want to reconnect again and again with my story, even after it's long past it's prime. Because the true value of a story is known by how much the story is being told, even after the author has long gone.