Four Weeks In

This week was quite visual! I enjoyed documenting and storytelling my apocalypse using photos, gifs, and videos.

My Week:

  1. Daily Creates. My daily creates this week were both visual assignments just by luck. I did not expect the random generator to assign two TDCs that fit with the classes theme, but it just added to the fun! The two photos (below) are screenshots of the twitter post that I published my daily creates! 
  2. The Road. From the list of apocalyptic films on I chose The Road since it is on Netflix and seemed pretty intriguing. To be completely frank, I was disappointed! I really was looking forward to the movie and expected at least some action, but ended up watching a lot more dialogue and waiting around than anything else. Those are not my favorite thriller/apocalypse films, however, this scene had me on the edge of my seat… only to be let down, because there was, yet again, NO ACTION.

3. Photoblitz. My first photoblitz was fun! I have always wanted to do some photography and this was a good way to get my feet wet. I enjoyed the challenge of completing the project within twenty minutes (mine was precisely 17 if you saw on instagram).

4. Installing plug-ins (Akismet and Jetpack). Successful.

5. QOTW: Do you think an animated GIF can be considered a story? Why or why not? It would be great to include some examples to illustrate your thoughts.

No way! In my (un)professional opinion, I think that the point of a gif is almost like a commercial. Gifs are meant to grab your attention and tell only a tiny portion of a larger story. However, I have seen some gifs that are much longer (minutes) that do in some way tell a story, but a majority of gifs are not to tell stories but to highlight a portion of a story! After all, a picture is worth a thousand words… so a gif is worth a few thousand words.

Week Three in The End

This week was productive! Took several steps forward on long term projects. I started off my week by making a book choice! My book for the next few weeks will be The Stand by Stephen King! I am excited to continue the book from last week. Im sure you will hear more about the storyline soon.

After making my book choice, I posted my book choice and checked in on my mentions and posted onto the #welcome post. I enjoyed seeing the activity of my peers and all of the neat stuff they are doing!

I didn’t participate as much as I wanted to this week! I got behind a little bit with an illness, I have been suffering from bronchitis and a sinus infection recently. However, I will be posting more frequently on both slack and on twitter.

The daily creates were fun this week!

Short Stories

The two short stories that I read from the selection on the link included on the class page were: The Defenders by Philip K. Dick and Finis by Frank L. Pollack. I definitely preferred The Defenders, as the story line is eerily possible, I enjoyed how the writer engaged his audience by making the scenario/apocalypse realistic and appealing to the time period in which it was written. Dick used great imagery and scene-like transitions to make the plot unveil properly. On the other hand, Finis was a very compelling and interest concept as it followed a natural disaster from the third person of a party of people to give the reader different perspectives. I would definitely recommend both stories to anyone interested. Give them ratings: The Defenders-8/10 Finis-7.5/10.

QOTW: In the event of an apocalypse, do you think you’d be the kind of person to hoard your supplies (for yourself and your loved ones) or would you share them with those around you in need? Why or why not?

I would definitely be the kind of person to hoard my supplies for myself and my loved ones for sure! However, if me and my loved ones came upon another group of survivors and we wanted to put our societies together, I would be open to the idea. I am imagining something along the lines of the Walking Dead apocalypse, in that kind of scenario, it is so important to make sure you have enough to support your own!