I saw Oz the Great and Powerful. I can’t understand why the critics all raged against it. I thought it was great. Then again, I like the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. I loved those books as a kid and enjoy twisted, adult versions of them. Ah, the magic of childhood being corrupted. 🙂
On the topic of blogs versus _____ writing (title may change), I would probably prefer to write instead of blog. I don’t mind blogging, but I prefer to have a topic that captivates my interest, as my past blogs can prove. I enjoy writing for the sake of writing. I come up with many, many story plans, then discard them or file them away. I’m not particular in keeping or finishing most story ideas because of my characters. I have a collection of characters that form the backbone of every story I write. Their personalities and relations remain the same, even if their settings change. It’s difficult trying to explain them. Although they are usually the same, I do vary the names on occaision, so I refer to them by a color. Blue and Green are always the heroes, playing of of each other to improve themselves. Red and Silver are siblings of Green. Brown, Purple, Grey, and Tan vary between good and evil. Gold and Silver are in love. Black and White are always opposing, but not usually of one faction or the other. Red is evil, and is allied with Orange and Yellow. Blue, Green, Silver and Gold are the good allies. There are other characters that are present as well, but these are not the main colors, instead they have letters or numbers. The colors are based on the primary hue in their composition. “A” is usually a sibling to Blue, and his name always starts with and A. Ben is also usually a sibling to Blue, and always a younger sibling. Call it a quirk. Now that I have thoroughly confused you, I don’t think multiple characters should be alloted to each writer. Blogging is good for some, _____ could be good for others. I would vote that Ecach student be allowed to choose their own blogging to altternative ratio.
Until next time: happy easter!
I am really enjoying the Everstory Project deabate about various rules and regulations. There are so many things I didn’t even think about. For example, I never would have considered a long post to be a problem. I still don’t but it was an interesting concept.
I shared my idea of division with a few people in my class. I think the best setting would be a three part city. Most of the surface city is technologically advanced. A small surface segment is fantasy based. Below ground is a steampunk themed underworld. Depending on the number of people we have, we could divide people into different “neighborhoods” based on who their character is. This would allow seperate storylines to form within the larger, and each would be able to develop a unique plot while being connected to the others.
An idea was suggested to me today by a student, and while it is different than the original plans, it could be useful in improving the story’s quality. The idea was suggested that writers be allowed to control more than one character. While it was suggested so the person could control a romance, I would probably use one as my main character and one as a villain. Not necessarily opposing, just increasing the amount of evil in the story. This is a debate for Wednesday.
Until next time, I am: coming up with more rules.
I got four new books yesterday. The Vicious Deep, Poison, and Lure of the Dead (Last Apprentice series) were all awesome. I have yet to finish Partials, but the first few chapters have been good. I need two but more than four at a time…
Returning to the Everstory Project, I have spent time meditating on modes of media both miraculous and miserable. A blog would allow too much room for editing another person’s entry. The same goes for a Google doc. A Google Group or a chat on Google+ could work. Blackboard learn might be used as well. However, I belive that the best way to create the story would be a forum. I am a member of an online game called RuneScape, and the forums attatched to it work amazingly well for discussion of in game events, tech support, and other things. I have done some research and I have found several sites that would host a free forum. Administrators could limit who can view the forum, who can edit what, and also ban or handicap people who disobey rules. Several boards could be set up, each representing a “city” or “neighborhood” ingame so seperate storylines could develop. Another board could be a “news forum” to allow a basic overview of events taking place so that everyone could always know what is going on. The site I found also allows ranking of members to help create an administrative hierarchy.
Until next time, I am: enjoying this project’s creation.
I have been thinking about the Everstory Project and need to put stuff down. If a kids doesn’t want to write and specifically goes against the storyline, he or she ruins things for others. A kid who repeatedly breaks whatever rules we set up for the project should probably be banned. It sounds kind of harsh, and that may be the result that the kid is hopingfor anyway, but I con see no better alternative.
On a seperate note, I think there should be segregation among writers. There will always be those who don’t really care, or only take part because they have no choice. There are those with a mild interest who want to take part, but are not very dedicated. Then there are those with a serious interest who are willing to write large amounts. I’m not saying that this is absolutely necessary, but it is somethings to consider. It would allow kids to write on a level with those of similar interest levels. Another segregation could be Sci-fi, fantasy, and mixed. Some sci-fi fans would be willing to take part, but would not be caught dead working on a fantasy related story. Then again, prejudice between science-based and magic-based characters could lead to an important part of the story. It could almost be a good initial conflict: magic versus technology. One hates teh other for trying to rationalize everything; the relationship works in reverse due to those who refuse to follow the laws of nature.
I have spent a considerable amount of time creating various rules for the Everstory Project. Obvious rules include no permanent removal of a character and no sharing personal data. Language and inappropriate topics would also require a restriction. I’m saving these to present on Monday.
Another topic, on a much happier note, is roles that each character plays. Obviously, a world where no one has any responsibility is not an option (well, technically it is, but all utopias are a dystopian somewhere along the line). I think that there should be a week trial run, or similar time for our characters to get to know each other. Between that and the list of character mini-biographies so everyone can remember which character is who, we would be able to vote a group of characters as leaders of Everstory Project government. Unless a character has specified other employment for their character, everyone would be eligible. Kind and just government, or totalitarian? That would be up to the elected. Between establishing a government, other characters’ jobs and some loose form of society, it would be simple to lay the gridwork for a complex story culture to form. It would be nice to know the numbers of students involved in the project beforehand, but I guess.
Until next time, I am: contemplating why the story would ever need to end.
There are certain classes, Math and Geography among them, that could greatly benefit from a tiny bit of PBL. I’m not sure that many kids learn much when each and every assignment consists of a lecture and repetitive homework. There are very few kids who learn by wrote memorization. I am one of those few, but I remember what I read. I still think that I learn better with a small amount of PBL, but I don’t forsee certain classes evolving to a new form of education anytime soon.
I really dislike spanish, but that is less bad teaching and more lack of a teacher. Online classes in general are dificult. I can read and write spanish without much problem, but I cannot speak or understand it.
Tomorrow is prairie readers.
Until next ime, I am: irritated with school.
At least, I think this is post 87…
Today has been one of those days where I didn’t want to get anything done, but I still managed to somehow. Other than homework and other unfortunate necessities, I tried to enjoy the last day of the long weekend. We had a rather bizarre incident involving a flying sandwich at supper, but the mess has been cleaned up. My dog becomes frantic at the words “bird” and “squirrel” and we found that “bird-squirrel” got him to the point of complete and utter spaz attack.
Until next time, I am: feeling ill?
I just saw A Good Day to Die Hard. It was alright, but I have seen action flicks I like better. In general, it has been a while since I saw a movie I would consider to be truly amazing. I liked Ocean’s 13. Just that one. The others were not as good. Avatar (blue people, not chinese elemet controllers) was probably one f my favorite movies.
I turned in an application for a tour this summer, and then got a haircut. I don’t like it. It is way to short. I don’t like me with shorter hair.
Until next time, I am: not amused.