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    Week 12, Nearing the End

    As we get closer to the End, we get closer to the end of the year! Next week is my last week of undergrad and I don’t know where the time has gone? I feel like it was just yesterday that I started school.

    This week was a lot of work for this class, but I enjoyed it all! I really liked making gifs, I think that is a really cool way of telling a story. I feel like for this class I try to get a lot of work done with a few assignments as possible, so I’m more likely to do a 4-star assignment over two 2 star ones. But I decided to switch that up this time. I wanted to do more assignments because there were so many to do! I really enjoyed doing a lot of different things and experimenting with different assignments.

    For my 5 star assignment, I wanted to try to create my own adventure. I failed miserably at it. I read through the assignment and downloaded the software, but I just couldn’t get the knack of it. I tried to do the coding and figure out how to make the different commands, but I ended up just getting increasingly more frustrated with my computer. So I switched to a different assignment. However, I want to go back and try to figure it out someday!

    If I look to my right all that is on the couch next to me is one of our PS4 controllers. I was watching Shameless on Netflix and used the remote to turn it on. I don’t really know what this is going to do for me during the apocalypse. It doesn’t even have batteries because it charges with a cable. I’d say I’m pretty screwed.

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    End of Video Weeks!

    I am so sad to see the end of the video weeks to be over! I really enjoyed making all of the different assignments for the past two weeks. I was a little nervous going in, but I had a great time cutting things together and getting back into editing. I loved watching the movies and looking at the different ways that things are cut together and edited. I enjoyed analyzing the scene, especially because I haven’t taken any film classes this semester and I was really missing it! I am so glad I got to watch a movie from one of my favorite franchises, Cloverfield, and one with my favorite actor, Cillian Murphy.

    My favorite things that I have done over the past two weeks are definitely the stop motion videos! I had a lot of fun making them and getting it all together. I thought they were going to be really hard, but I found them to be pretty easy, just a little tedious! I also think it is really important to do things like adding a little noise and music to make the videos cuter/more engaging. I liked them so much/didn’t find a very good assignment bank assignment about stop-motion that I made one up and used it as one of my submissions! I suggested people should do 2-5 minutes because that is a pretty long stop motion to be doing. I hope that other people find it and like doing it as much as I do!

    If I heard a radio broadcast that the end was coming I would spend a lot of time with my friends and family. I would want to do things that I really enjoy– like cooking and watching movies and cross stitching. At first, I thought I would want to jam as many things as possible into however many days I had, but I would want to focus on being with people that I loved for as long as possible.

     

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    It’s not Ben 10, it’s Week 10

    Wow! This week was a lot more work than I thought it was going to be! But I had a really good time putting it all together! I really enjoyed exploring iMovie and learning how to cut things together. When I was in High School I was on the Morning News program and we used to film and edit our own segments so I felt a little familiar with that. However, when we were doing it we used FinalCut Pro and I don’t have the personal funds to purchase that (nor do I super remember how to edit on there anyway). So I made do with iMovie and I didn’t have too hard of a time navigating it!

    My favorite thing I made was the stop-motion turtle! I just think it was really cute and I have loved showing it to my friends! I am hoping I can do another similar assignment next week.

    I also really enjoyed that we learned about movies! I have taken a couple of film classes here at UMW and I love talking about movies! I also love the Cloverfield franchise and was so so so excited to watch 10 Cloverfield Lane for class. I like reading the article because it made me think about different parts of the film. I’ve spent a lot of time in class talking about how shots are composed and what things look like in the shots. The 10CL was shot in a really small space, and they did a good job of building tension in the small area with not a lot of movement.

    It was also really cool to watch the videos. I think Stanley Kubrick films are really interesting and the cutting together all of the scenes made for a good video. I took a class on exploitation cinema and we talked a little bit about his film style. My favorite director is Wes Anderson and that’s because his style is so distinct. That is also why I like Stanley Kubrick films– you always know when you’re watching it who made it.

    If I could ask the class anything, I’d ask them what they like to do in their free time! I feel like I see how creative everyone is, but I want to know what they like to do when they aren’t working for this class!

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    Week 9 Victories and Reflections

    What a week! It was definitely very exciting for me, I have officially accepted the position as a graduate assistant in Elon University’s Gender and LGBTAI+ office and will be getting my Masters of Arts in Higher Education there starting in August! I am so excited and also so so relieved to have all of that work off of my shoulders. I am ready to get back down to business and finish up these last five (ah!) weeks of undergrad strong.

    There wasn’t a whole lot going on this week, but it was nice to look at what other people are doing! I think because this class is online and very personally driven I sometimes forget how many people there are in this class and participating in all of this with me. Between listening to radio shows and commenting I got a really good glimpse into what everyone else has got going on! I really enjoyed looking through other people’s blogs and seeing how they are set up.

    Finally, after many attempts the first time and three attempts this time, I got my gif to fit and work nicely into my blog post. I feel kind of silly that I couldn’t figure it out until just now– but hey, everything is a process, right? Also, that is one new skill that I can properly say I know how to do, and should I ever need to create a gif and embed it in a WordPress site, I can do it!! Even little victories are still victories.

    In the apocalypse, I would need to either have some good cross stitching kits or good books. I know that is kind of cheating to have two, but no one can stop me. Cross stitching is absolutely a little lame, but it takes a really long time to do, creates a nice final product, and gives me something to do. I think these would be harder to come across so that is why I would settle for some good books too. I think during the apocalypse I would, understandably, be a little stressed and I would take anything that would get my mind off of my imminent doom. In desperate times I would definitely go into the creepy old house that may have raiders in it to get some books or a new cross stitch project. I might be dying anyway, right?

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    The One When the Apocalypse Hits

    It feels like just yesterday I was writing my blog post for last week. Things are going by so quickly, and I can’t believe we are finishing up our third week of the semester! Heading into the fourth week and we are almost 1/4 of the way done with the semester.

    I have been enjoying all of the reading we have done over the past two weeks as well as the different writing assignments. I was intimidated by the Assignment Bank when I first looked through it, but I feel much more comfortable with it after completing a couple of things from the bank. There are a lot of options and opportunities to get creative when looking through the bank.  Over the rest of the semester, I am excited to explore more of them and to make my own.

    Choosing short stories this week was one of my favorite parts. I mentioned in my review of the short stories that when I was in high school my theater department did “Dandelion Wine’ and that was when I started to love Ray Bradbury’s work. This was why I picked “There will come soft rains” when I was trying to decide what to read. I knew I was going to be excited and interested in the entire thing. After reading it, I called my mom and told her to read it, and she loved it just as much as I did!

    Looking through this week, I realized I didn’t check the blog until Wednesday and that was a bad move. I missed the first Daily Create of the week because I didn’t read it in time. I feel like I am learning how to do things better and better each week. I now know I need to make sure to read what gets posted on Tuesdays to make sure I am not missing important deadlines. Last week I learned not to leave everything until the last minute, and I think I got a little better at that this week. I have started watching the videos, and those have helped too!

    My most significant accomplishment this week was working on my blog. I didn’t know what I was doing really and so whenever I did “Site Work” I was just fumbling around and trying to figure it out. Because I am stubborn, I wanted to learn how to update menus and my blog by myself. I almost gave in and asked my friend for help when I figured it out!! I was so excited and proud of myself for setting up a menu right. Which sounds silly and not like a huge accomplishment, but it felt like it because I am not the most technologically advanced. I was able to find a new theme that I liked way better than my old one, and I even got to incorporate my little social media icons/links and felt like a real blogger. Again, such a small accomplishment, but it felt like a big feat.

    If there were to be an apocalypse, I would want to share my supplies, but I think there would be times I would be selfish. It is hard to figure out how many supplies you will find. In one of the short stories I read, it seemed like the group walking down the highway wasn’t particularly worried about finding supplies because there wasn’t anyone/thing which was trying to kill them or take supplies from the world. If I were there, I would share everything. I just started watching Lost and was talking to my roommate about what would happen if we were in a plane crash. Now, I know that plane crashes and apocalypses aren’t the same, this question made me think of that conversation.

     

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    Coffee Talk: Apocalypse

    If I were to be stuck in a bunker after the apocalypse, I sure hope that there is a fully equipt barista there to make me coffee. Like every cliche college student, I run on too much coffee and not enough sleep. I wouldn’t say it is essential to my ability to tolerate people in the morning or be able to complete my work any better, but I always seem to have a cup with me.

    I write this post sitting in a coffee shop downtown that has a mural of a mushroom cloud coming out of the coffee pot, so it seems eerily fitting to be working on my post for The End.

    Reflecting on this week, I realize how excited I am for this class. I feel like I have been talking non-stop to my friends and roommates about what I am working on, what I am posting, and how much I love this class already. I was nervous/hesitant at the beginning of the week while setting up all of my accounts because it felt like I had no idea what I was doing. To be honest, it still feels like I don’t know what I am doing, but I am doing something and haven’t received negative emails so it must be something right?

    I really enjoyed working on things for The End this week. It feels like I have an outlet to be as creative as I want but also given some structure to base it all around. I have kept myself entertained with ideas of what this semester might be like and what I can make of it. I’ve been able to interact with online media in a way that I usually don’t and see things from a different side. Something that has always interested me is YouTube. With thousands of hours of videos being produced daily and creators being paid to create essentially mini tv episodes daily or weekly– I think it is an incredible platform. I spend a lot of time watching videos and absorbing content, and so it was really exciting to me to post my own. Sure, I could have theoretically posted anything at any time on YouTube. There haven’t been any rules barring me from it in the past, but I think it was always out of my comfort zone.

    Now, I didn’t post a wildly popular video. In fact, I am sure that in its lifetime on the web it will only get a handful of views. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t get a little rush of joy as I uploaded it and pressed the “publish” button.  I also got a kick out of making it, and that is rewarding enough for me. When I saw the Daily Create prompt was to make a video about what was in our bags if The End were to come today I immediately thought of that popular tag of “What’s in my Bag?” where people go through their purses and show what is inside. That was what inspired me to turn my new YouTube channel into vlogs about the apocalypse.

    Maybe this didn’t come across, but my roommate and I got a good laugh about it. Video Blogging (or vlogging) about your life has taken off in the past couple of years with people doing as often as every day. I have seen countless different creators making these vlogs, but something I haven’t ever seen is on about the impending apocalypse. This might be because there hasn’t ever been a coming apocalypse while YouTube has been big, but I feel like that explanation cuts down on my creative high. I want to take this semester to flesh this out. I might be the only one that ever finds it funny, but as long as I am enjoying myself, I am going to continue. I have a secret fantasy to become the first ever beauty vlogger to document her process during The End. We’ll see where this whole blog goes. Maybe I will hate this bigger story in two weeks.

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    My relationship with apocalyptic/ post-apocalyptic fiction is a long one. I, like most people born after 1995, was reading in the boom of apocalyptic young adult fiction. The Hunger Games came out in 2008 and thus came with it an influx of YA authors exploiting the post-apocalyptic narrative. That isn’t to say that novels and YA novels like this didn’t exist before then. They certainly did. But I remember after reading The Hunger Games that all of a sudden there were so many books similar to it. I thought they were fascinating and so I kept reading them, just like everyone else my age. I think this article does an excellent job of explaining why our generation is so interested in these books.

    This past semester I was in a Science Fiction class where we talked a lot about/read about apocalyptic fiction. We read some really interesting short stories and books and expanded my personal canon of apocalyptic fiction. I don’t think I have a favorite type or genre; I think it is all really interesting. If I had to choose I would say I like reading about apocalypses caused by natural disasters because it often has commentary on how if we don’t start doing something about the environment things are going to end poorly for us. Most Science Fiction has an ax that grinds very hard, and apocalyptic fiction is no different.