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Penguins, meth and vampires. Oh my!

Chapter Eighteen: Fictional Blogs

In past chapters we’ve read a lot about blogs and publishing and all that jazz. Every time we begin delving into this kind of topic I also think back to the Julie/Julia project and how Julie Powell‘s blog was eventually made into a book and then a movie. There have been numerous other examples of these happenstances (blogs turned to books) which get me thinking: can any blog be turned into a book? What makes them more appealing than other blogs? The first example was a log of cooking experiences whereas the second was a man swearing down cute animals at every turn. A bit of a difference? Quite.

And then there is what we’re doing or, at least, what I think we’re doing. You see, for this class I feel the blog is being used more as an alternative writing tool. Not only is there a required “text” portion but also image/video embedding, hyperlinking, and blog-to-blog networking must be considered. Some of us are sticking to what we know, meaning the basics of everyday word-processing (Hey, it get’s the job done!)  while others are playing around with the software available to them.

Their innovative play with the medium is creating a narrative, which at its best is multimodal, hypertextual, episodic, serialized, and interactive.

Interactive? Like those 3D games at Downtown Disney? Maybe not that interactive.

The interactivity of fiction blogging versus fiction-sans-internet creates this sort of digital pat-on-the-back atmosphere where authors can receive feedback (good and bad) from viewers during the process of writing their piece of prose instead of finding out later after publishing that their tale of ninja tacos rampaging the lowly city of New York was not a good idea. Audience feedback, people.

Now using a blog as a drawing board can go a few ways, one of which involves intertwining the blog and the fictional world completely. The book and I agree that this would be the best example of such. Although Glass House hasn’t been updated since 2005, it is a brilliant example of taking a world created in fiction and making it real. One author, one unending story, one piece of great online literature.

Then there is the less-intensive version:

It’s part creative writing, part blogging, part role-playing. (203)

This is popular in fan fiction, where you take on the role of a character and when you are placed in certain situations you react how you believe they would. For those who have ever played Dungeons and Dragons, it’s like that but real life.I can relate most to this through my Twitter feed. (I never thought I’d say that.)

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I follow a Walter White as well as a Walter White Jr. through Twitter. However, there’s a catch. You see, these two individuals don’t actually exist. Well, they’re not figments of my imagination either. They’re two characters from the show Breaking Bad and yet they both have Twitter accounts.

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This leads us into fan fiction blogging, like on Muggle Net. For those Harry Potter lovers who ship Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy, fan fiction is the place for you. For those who believe in their heart of hearts that Buffy The Vampire Slayer should have never ended, fan fiction is where you belong.

 

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The Sunday Post (Part whatever week number we’re on)

So this week was interesting to say the least. Monday started me off blogging about something I cared about. Some friends and I started a tag project so that was pretty neat, if I must say so myself. It wasn’t a required task but I actually blogged for me and not a grade this time. It was a breath of fresh air. I tried to incorporate some of the things I’ve been learning in the class: embedding images, linking to sources, quoting outside articles, considering everything an experiment waiting to happen. Strangers really seemed to like it.

Then we got our book assignments to read through chapters 11-14 and type up a few posts. I made my first post how I would take lecture notes. I went through the text making comments here and there and highlighting important quotes i would find helpful later one. In then typed it all up in my own words. That was on chapter 11. Chapters 12 and 13 didn’t really trigger any responses from me. However, after reading chapter 14, something snapped. I’m a raging feminist at heart (maybe it’s because I have ovaries) as well as hater of those who feel dealing out judgement is entertaining. Call me a hypocrite if you want. That chapter gave me my idea for this week’s digital artifact which I worked on with Joe and Matt. Instead of making one giant post, we all found parts of chapter fourteen that interested us and then elaborated in our own ways. I touched on sexism and the blogging bourgeoisie that find it their duty to patrol our pingbacks. I talk about manhandling. You should read it.

Joe’s post was about pseudonyms. Did you know that J.K. Rowling specifically chose to have her name initialed to make her name more gender neutral? What twelve year-old boy is going to pick up a book by a Joanne Rowling?

Matt addressed the issue of ageism, however it wasn’t from the end of a young person but from the older generations. Interesting stuff. Make sure you check it out!

Also, check out this awesome work of online literature. It does a fantastic job of taking into consideration the future of blogging as well as the day to day worries of the prepubescent  learner or, in this case, lurker.

Next week is supposed to mark a change in pace so it will be interesting to see just which direction this class goes. I’ve learned how to keep up in my own way and now it’s going to mixed up all over again.

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The Tag project.

When many people think back to high school fond memories usually aren’t the first things that come to mind. This is where I’m thankful. You see, for some reason my grade in high school consisted of just a ton of really awesome people. My specific group of awesome people consisted of about 30-80 people at any given time. Parties were fantastic. For some reason, unlike any other conglomeration of hormonal teenagers, we didn’t “clique” up. We had the varsity football players, the green team founders, the theatre kids, the band kids, the orchestra kids, the we-don’t-do-anything kids, the smartest people in the school, the dumbest people in the school, the alcoholics, the longboarders, the Magic maniacs, the C.O.D. guys and the religious bunch that weren’t allowed to read Harry Potter. We were The Breakfast Club on steroids; we had a little bit of everyone. And we only had one rule: be yourself. If you were anything else, we would know; I don’t how but we knew. If that makes us a clique then so be it. I still do not know how we all got along, but we did.

After high school it was like the breaking of the fellowship. We all spread out across the country and I lost touch with quite a few people. Yeah, it sucks but people move on with their lives. If I see you again, great! If not, oh well, it was nice knowing you! Then my friend Walker created a page appropriately titled “Keeping in Touch.” Ever since the creation of that I’ve felt that we’ve been able to at least keep some ties intact.

Recently, there was an article posted about a group of four guys who had been playing the game of “Tag” for 23 years. 23 YEARS. Yeah, talk about commitment.

The game they play is fundamentally the same as the schoolyard version: One player is “It” until he tags someone else. But men in their 40s can’t easily chase each other around the playground, at least not without making people nervous, so this tag has a twist. There are no geographic restrictions and the game is live for the entire month of February. The last guy tagged stays “It” for the year.

How did they manage this? Well, by flying across the country and hiding in one another’s car trunks, breaking and entering, steaking out in bushes, whatever they had to do to get their tag. Although the four men have all gone their separate ways, some to priesthood, some to criminal law practices, this game has allowed their friendship to stay strong throughout the years.

Mr. Konesky, a tech-company manager, is now “It” again and has had 11 months to stew. With February approaching, he has been batting around a few plans of attack. He says he likes to go after people who haven’t been “It” for a while. That includes Father Raftis, who has been harder to reach since he moved to Montana but who, as several players pointed out, is a sitting duck on Sundays.

Well, my friends and I also have no desire to lose each other so we decided to come up with our own version. There are seven of us, all at our respected universities: Alec, Alex, Walker, Kristi, Taylor, Joseph, and me. Organized through Facebook, we tried the whole “NOT IT” approach to see who would be “It” first. I had no desire to be”it” first so I changed the rules a bit and introduced the “nose goes” approach. If you’re not familiar with “nose goes” the rules are simple: don’t be the last person to put your finger on your nose otherwise you’re it. If you want some advice, the key to never losing is to start the process. 

So I switched it up. I posted a picture of me with my finger on my nose and my idea actually caught on. I love these guys.

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Joseph was the last one to participate thus he didn’t make it on to the collage. Out of everyone, though, he probably has the best placement to start us off. Taylor and I mapped it out so we know. Kristi is probably the safest over in Boston whereas Walker should watch his back. These guys are the kind of people who are not above driving ten hours and hiding in your closet, bribing people to achieve victory or ambushing you in the shower. They’re horrible and I love them dearly.

We begin in March.

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