My Fifth Week Nearing the End

This week has been pretty interesting. I have enjoyed all of the audio things we have done this week! On Thursday I listened to a story on DS106 Radio and the story I listened to was pretty interesting, especially with the sound effects. I enjoyed live tweeting with everyone, I thought that was a lot of fun.

This week I introduced my character Bellamy Reyes, who is one tough girl. I enjoyed writing about her past because I was able to create her the way that I wanted to and I had no boundaries.  The Frequency 2156 assignment was good for the most part, until I went to upload it on the website and it wouldn’t work. 🙁 So I uploaded it to SoundCloud where I then embedded it into my post. I used Audacity to create all of my audio assignments this week. I love Audacity because it is so easy to use and I have used it many times before. The two audio assignments I did were Call Me, Beep Me and A collection of your favorite sounds. For Call Me, Beep Me I acted like I was Alice from Finis, the short story we read a few weeks ago. I thought this was fun because I was able to act like how I thought she would act if she called her mom an hour before she died. The collection of my favorite sounds consisted of the ocean, birds, waterfalls, and rain….can you tell I like water? That was fun and soothing to do at the same time because I got to listen to all of those noises.

Lastly, I did our self evaluations, which I enjoyed doing because I like when professors want their class to rate themselves and for the students to reflect on everything they have done.

Question of the week:

Overall, I am feeling really good. I feel like each week we are learning new things and we are able to use these things through our assignments so that we get a better understanding. I definitely don’t feel overwhelmed in this class.  I get my work done fairly quickly. I think it is enjoyable and definitely something that we can all have fun in.

My Fourth Week Nearing the End

This week was, for the most part, a lot of fun. I love taking pictures and being creative and this week I got to do just that! First I started out with watching the weekly video to get an idea of what was going to be happening this week. I then looked at the photography tips and gallery of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  In that post I included what I learned from the tips, what the photographer used at that base, and the photo blitz assignment. I enjoyed the photo blitz assignment because we had a time constraint to complete the seven prompts. I thought it was a lot of fun because we were kind of under pressure to be creative.

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I did the Before and After the End assignment, I thought this was a quick assignment. I decided to use an app that had cool filters to show my after picture of the apocalypse. The second assignment I did to complete my stars, was the favorite photo picture which was easy for me. I love sunsets and there was one sunset picture that I had taken that I absolutely love…pictured below. 🙂

Watching the short film and actual movie this week was my least favorite part. I really enjoyed the movie The Road, but I didn’t like La Jetee very much. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. Yes it was educational in a sense that we saw a film that was produced out of still frames and that was it. I left these for last because I was not looking forward to sitting down and watching a movie that I didn’t pick.

The Daily Creates were fun this week! The first one I did was telling someone how much they mean to me, then telling all of you.

The second one I did was my mutant self. I decided that if there was going to be a mutant of me, she would have four eyes instead of two.

I really enjoyed the daily creates this week!

Question of the week:

Depending on the GIF, I do think that some of them could be considered a story. As the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words,” if a picture is moving for a couple of seconds then it could be worth a million words and we can create our own story with what we think is happening. Like the GIF I posted below, we can tell that they probably haven’t seen each other in awhile and something scary happened to where they thought they were never going to see each other again. 

My Third Week Nearing the End

This week, I did a lot of writing. Not that I minded it, because I love writing and being creative with it. I started my week off with doing The Daily Create on Tuesday. This was a lot of fun because I was able to be creative with it and create a mini story.

I did two other Daily Creates, the first was on backwards day so I decided to post a picture of a guy riding his bike backwards…you don’t see that everyday! The second was the Generator Powered Stories, the story that I got was very interesting and probably something I or anyone would never read.

Throughout the week, I took each assignment slowly and thought about them each. The first one I did was the reading reflections of the two short stories we had to read. I actually really enjoyed reading the short stories, especially FinisI thought this story got interesting as it climaxed. This was actually the story I used to create an alternate ending. The ending I created for this short story was much different from its original ending. Instead of ending life, I saved Alice and Eastwood’s life. I liked creating an alternate ending for a story that was already published because I was able to end it the way that I thought it would end best.

The Amazon product review was probably the funniest assignment I have ever done. Just because anyone in the world could see my comment about the product and how it helped me survive the apocalypse! So people might think I am crazy if they ever come across my comment, but that’s okay. 😉 Finding a product wasn’t very hard because I just thought of a survival kit and I happened to come across the handy bracelet.

I really enjoyed doing all of these assignments, because  I really like writing. I enjoyed being able to choose two assignments out of the Assignment Bank on my own because that gave the class some freedom and the ability to choose what we are interested in with things that relate to the apocalypse. I chose the Apocalypse Terms of Service and The End Is For Everything.

Question of the week:

In the event of an apocalypse, I think that I would be the person to share my supplies with those around me in need. I am a very helpful and caring person so I wouldn’t be able to see someone suffer knowing that I have things that could help them to survive. I would definitely help and share my supplies with my family and loved ones but also the people that really need them.

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My Second Week Nearing the End

My second week nearing the end has been another great, productive week. I have been preparing and educating myself on The End. This week I decided to jump around and do things in a different order. I first started with the Daily Create that we all had to do.  I created my story about my day at work and the zombie apocalypse. The second Daily Create I did was the gate into another dimension and the picture I used for it was pretty creepy, because the entire apocalypse theme to me is a little creepy so I decided to stick with it!

I really enjoyed writing my story for the Tell It/Tweet It assignment we had. At first I thought this was going to be a little tricky because sometimes it takes a little while for my creative juices to get flowing, but I gave myself a few days to think about what I wanted to write. I think this assignment really helped me with digital storytelling in writing. I had a lot of fun with it!

I filled out the form for the course planning and the apocalypse archetype. For the archetype I talked about the survivalist characteristic because of The 100, all of the main characters are survivalist with the characteristics of being tough, intelligent, and headstrong.

The last thing I did was watch End Day, read the Routledge article, and I read an excerpt from the book “The Passage.” I think that End Day was informative in a way that not every apocalypse is about aliens or zombies. An apocalypse can be a natural disaster or a really contagious virus going around.  I feel that these opened our eyes more to what an apocalypse really is and why so many people are interested in them. I actually enjoyed watching and reading all of these because I feel that I learned more about the apocalypse which is going to help me in this class.

Question of the Week:

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, I would rather be turned into a zombie than everyone I love be turned into one. I think I would rather be turned into a zombie because I am one person rather than so many people I love. Either way I will be alone because no one can really interact with a zombie and I wouldn’t be able to interact with anyone. I just don’t think that I could watch everyone I love be turned into something they aren’t, so I would rather just be the sole person that gets turned into a zombie.

Looking forward to seeing what we will be doing this upcoming week. 🙂

My First Week Nearing the End

My first week nearing the end has been a productive one. The first thing I did was set up this blog website so that all of you could read my journey as we are all reaching the end. This part was fairly easy as I had an online class this past summer where we had to create a website just like this that had WordPress downloaded onto it. The second thing I did was set up an Instagram, Twitter, Slack, and SoundCloud just for this class. I have my own personal Instagram and Twitter, but I decided to set up one just for this class as it will be easier to put up posts relating to The End 106.

I added some items into our bunker. These items were combat boots as the world might be a little rough and we will need some durable shoes to get around. I also put in a fire starter and protein bars, so if we need to start a fire we will have something to help us get one faster, and if we get hungry a protein bar would be perfect to give us some energy. I read about apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction on Wikipedia and that definitely gave me some more knowledge on both of them as my understanding of both was limited.

I really enjoyed doing the video of what was in my bag and how those items would help me if the apocalypse happened at any time. I did realize that I had very few items that would be beneficial to myself in the apocalypse. The items that would be beneficial to me, would not have lasted long, except for my sunglasses. Luckily, as I prepared this video I only had to record it twice, because the first time I went slightly over the 90 second mark.  If you’d like to see the contents in my bag, it is posted below. 🙂

Question of the week responses:

My own personal relationship with apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction is that I don’t mind it, but I haven’t always been a big fan of it. I have never been super interested in alien invasions or zombies, as those things could potentially happen in real life but it is very unlikely.  As it is fiction, it is not real, and I think that is why I have a hard time really liking these things. There is one show that I absolutely love and has resonated with me and it is The 100.

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This show is one of my favorites and it is about a nuclear apocalypse that destroyed civilization on Earth. There are only 4,000 people living and they are living in space. The problem is that they are running out of oxygen up there, so they send their 100 teenage prisoners down to Earth to find out if Earth could potentially be livable and to see if people would react badly or die from radiation. Then it gets crazy from there. That show has resonated with me because a nuclear apocalypse is something that could happen in the future. I don’t know if people could live in space, but the show is just so interesting. A nuclear apocalypse is the type of apocalypse that is particularly interesting to me, just because I feel that it could really happen one day. I think I also have the show The 100 to thank for that, because it is one of my favorite shows.

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I am looking forward to the rest of this semester, I have already learned a lot in this first week. I also really enjoyed this first week in The End 106 and I am looking forward to reading everyone’s blogs each week. 🙂