We are now at the final phase of our Digital Storytelling course here at Kean University.
This past week, we returned from Spring Break.
It was extended tho – with a little March Blizzard.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to class.
Fortunately, Professor Levine recorded it.
Nonetheless, the class carried on strong.
Taking the Virtual Bus Tour stop to Vermont’s Young Writer’s Project.
I visited their website & It’s pretty inspiring to see really young writers have a certain comfort in their writing!
This week, in serendipity – I looked up the word ‘onomonopia’ from a random conversation outside of class. The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.
This week I was more aware of “sound” in coordination with my writing. Even having a discussion as to whether or not, sound affects your writing. If one is able to control their writing/ typing ultimately separate from the sonic influences – or are they inevitably effected by it. I think it depends on the music.
Also happy to share that I discovered a white noise app. I didn’t know what that was either. Basically, its noise filter of everyday background noises – geared to help you relax and focus. My favorite is a fireplace burning.
I used this tool to play in the background while writing.
What I haven’t done yet – is experiment with soundwork.
I was able to get as far as downloading Audacity here at school.
I was able to record some audio – but took video really, hoping I could just translate the video into an audio file somewhere. It’s now 12:40am after we just submitted this post.
I tell you tho – I’ll be a bit late – but I will, get the goal in.
For the Digital Daily Assignments – again, surrounding the theme of writing with sound, I kept on the uniform. You can check them out here >> Writing a Short Novel w/ a Photo #DDA75 & this here >> Visualize Your Social Bubble #DDA77
I’ve also tried playing around with Stepworks . Just browsing and failing to jumpstart it but really, I just need to spend more time on it. I’m super excited to utilize these two new programs though – this and Audacity! I smell FUN results on the horizon.
Our muscular ability,
– we’ve developed an antidote!
– a medicine
– through fashion design.
Fashion design thru particular selection
– of thread. A thread
– that is knitted?
Yes – exactly.
Granmè doesn’t just knit
– her consciousness
& thoughts are transmitted through the fine generators
of each fiber on.
because of Granmè
– each time you wear her hand-knitted scarf,
you may just feel — stronger
[ *scene ]
Hello there, the prose I’ve shared with you ( hopefully, you were there each word with me and so excellent appreciations to you ) – is merely based on the wisdom of grandmothers. GranmèJo is a character I am developing as the wise silent & strong carrier of history, science and art. She is Grand-Mother. She is Granmè.
Below are two in-depth explanation as to how this concept of Knitted Muscles exist.
#chemistry in clothing #alchemistfindings #lepetitjo #netnarr
(Lyrical Interplay w/ the Odyssey)
Home this, now –
Snow deposited –
from the Hi-West wing …
Slowly it Melted,
A Spring to Do.
( as new season approaches )
Driven by a Wild West Wind,
Thy Breath under
East Wind’s Wing,
A Flame, A Foe, A Fellow
Flow in Flocks Anti-Mellow.
( coming softly but swiftly,
diverse crew fight unhappiness )
The Discovery of Cots,
They Got To Plot
These Pots of Lot,
( what awaits are fruits of their labor )
Godly Gaudy Treasure
Matching the Cores
( lust-er be not taboo,
god-ly can be unjust too )
as They Roll Up –
into Lo-Fi’s Curve, a
Differentiator of Quotients.
Thru the Chaos.
( calculating as they rise and bend,
finding the differences between location
coordinates, even thru uncertainty )
Utterly Those …
Molecular Shapes –
Trigonal Pyramids too ?
a Chemistry between 4 Pairs?
( is Polygamy ok ? )
Chaos invites cultures.
peace evokes chaos of the cultures.
a battle for what it’s worth.
a stark without.
come pair it son.
( war and peace from xenophobia )
Peace there will be,
In hearts of intention,
God’s not perfect,
He too can’t do it alone,
He needs her hand.
( navigating with comrades in battle,
thru channels to rise )
(Dr. M Zamora & Professor A. Levine )
This week’s main topic struck home to my digital experience. Asked if I had, a feeling of control in the networked narrative experience – whether I felt lost in the chaos ( ha! ) or maybe, even a combination of both – I was eager to work thru a response.
To answer this, in our Digital Storytelling class ( taught by two professors, Dr. Mia Zamora & Professor Alan Levine ) we made a live Human Spectrum! We gathered around in front of the class, and while facing Professor Levine ( while in Arizona! ) via laptop screen dimensions – we navigated into rows and columns, in order of height and personal measurement, of where we each felt on a scale of – being ‘ in control ‘ vs. being ‘ utter chaos ‘ – all in effort to conclude our present comfort levels of engaging in the digital alchemic practice that is #netnarr.
One student holds a fitting ‘ In Control ‘ sign, another an ‘ Utter Chaos ‘ sign. I stood right next to this one. Other than my Twitter engagements ( which is very much an achievement to my lo-fi demise ) and my Tumblr feed, comfortably rolling out and about with image content — I did not, in fact, feel, like I was in control of my digital quest. I didn’t feel like I was navigating the assignment schedules, the daily creative calls and the weekly studio visits with clarity. Not to mention, a not-much expressed yet very key factor of operating with limited Internet access .
After expressing concern, Dr. Mia Zamora met with me after class. Having been preparing research for a Communication Class’ Group SPEECH project; titled [Negative Effects of Social Media on College Students] – it was serendipitous to experience the positive effect of face-to-face contact and the richer solution this method of interaction provides. FOR THE RECORD: Dr. Mia Zamora is amazing, from Day One I was in awe of her dictation of words – absolutely, spell-binding. I guess that’s why they call it spell-ing. She patiently showed me where the links to studio visits and weekly recaps – where they can easily be prompted from the Network Narrative website.
This demonstration was key. Immediately I FELT more calm from my digital anxiety. It’s great to experience the effect of good interface design – which is a central part to the navigating ease of the Internet user. I just needed a bit of personal direction to the right place and voila; back in business – or at least I know how to. I should also mention my lo-fi operating tools. I use 2 outdated PC laptops and between these two, I was getting 2x as frustrated. Pragmatically, I’ve learned to keep an optimistic attitude nonetheless. I thought I could compensate with dependance on my android smartphone; to utilize my Twitter account as a way to stay in-the-know of the #netnarr stream. Ironically, this method just agitated my Fomo. Fear-of-missing-out led me to passively rely on the content that was shared by others, although great responses and writing prose skills well exercised – I was not really taking control of my voice and contributing to a personal narrative longer than 140 characters. Here now, a lovely alchemic challenge awaits me – to increase participation in the Networked Narratives ( #NetNarr ) activities; to also evaluate my experience thru thoughtful reflection.
I was advised to start a WordPress blog once again but have long avoided WordPress because I found the interface ( for customization ) pretty difficult or rather, pretty yet difficult. Well, in light of encouragement from communal sanctions expressed by classmates of feelings of chaos in their digital alchemic venture, I decided to persevere on in what I thought was a struggle of my own. What a great big touchbase by great Professors who care. Initially, Professor Alan Levine checked in with me, offering tools for aid. Greatly appreciated as I will need to schedule a video appointment.
So, now, here we are, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon – writing this reflection and as of last night, le-petitjo.com was born. With WordPress as Father, #NetNarr as Mother – WordPress will be hosting weekly reflections and digital creations; as well documentation of challenges in my creative & academic space. To my #netnarr and internet community, feel free to share any tips and suggestions you may have in successfully riding this WordPress train – even if just to say hello 🙂