My Final Two Weeks Nearing the End

The end is hear and I can’t believe it! This semester has been a lot of fun and I definitely learned a lot about digital storytelling. The apocalypse theme just made it a whole lot more fun. These past two weeks, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to make my final story about. In the end, I came up with the virus theme of course to tell my story and how the government is trying to keep this apocalyptic virus on the low. I used three elements, writing, design, and visual. I hope that you all enjoy reading my story and that it all ties in to what we did this semester and everything that has happened with us trying to figure out this apocalyptic mystery.

I did seven daily creates within the past two weeks. The first one I did was one that I created.

The second was drawing the most important person in my life, which is my whole family and my boyfriend, but since my family is so big I did a quick sketch of my boyfriend. The third one I did was the ice-cream extravaganza! With my favorite ice cream ever,  coconut chocolate chip ice cream. The fourth was using a GIF to describe my experience with DS 106. The fifth was another one that I created:

The sixth was making a GIF from a scene of our favorite movie and saying why it was our favorite movie. The last one I did was if animals were combined.

Overall, these past two weeks have been fun and I can’t believe this semester is basically over. I have really enjoyed all of the work we have done in this class. I have also enjoyed reading everyone’s blog posts each week and seeing everyone’s creativity. I hope you all have a great summer!!

This is the End

This final story for the end and boy is it a good one. I have kept my eyes open the entire semester for things that appear to be odd or out of place to me.

Writing Section:

First, I believe that there is a virus that is spreading throughout our area and it is not just a flu virus. This virus is something that can end the world or a good majority of it, making it an apocalypse. Now, the government doesn’t want us to think anything differently about the widespread virus happening around here and they want to keep it on the low. They  know that if they announce that this is an apocalyptic virus, then everyone is going to freak out. There are a few pieces of evidence I have of the government wanting to keep this virus on the low.

First, for this class we had to do an Amazon review on a product that helped us survive the apocalypse and so I picked a paracord bracelet and it was something that I found that didn’t have many reviews on it because I didn’t want people to think that I was losing my mind or anything. Well, the thing is…my comment AND the product disappeared off of Amazon days later. The bracelet was just a survival tool that had like five different things in it and you wore it as a bracelet. In my comment, I just talked about how this helped me survive the apocalypse and how amazing it was.

A screenshot of my review is below: 

The second weird thing that has happened was when Professor Burtis was recording our week five weekly video when a man, Dr. Rausch from a company came in to ask her a few questions. He was constantly asking her about different things students in our class did and he even brought up my product review that got erased. Now, he is with a company that deals with disease control…AKA they are dealing with this virus that is spreading and they don’t want the word of it getting out there.

The third thing is that there is an infection map, which shows all the areas in the United States that have been infected, but it doesn’t specify what it is. Infected by what??? The apocalypse virus? The answer has to be YES! This infection is surrounding our entire Fredericksburg area, so when Dr. Rausch saw all of us posting things about the end, he had to try and a put a stop to it immediately.

Lastly, Professor Burtis came down with what she thought was a cold. In one of the weekly videos she posted she was catching a cold, but I honestly think it was something else. I think this virus is coming off as what seems like a common cold but it gets worse quickly and people start to drop like flies. Think about it, when you have been in class this semester, did you see more empty seats than normal? I definitely have, and there have been a ton of people in my classes coughing and sneezing. I think this virus is more than a common cold and it is getting to people QUICK.

Photo section:

There are three photos that I am going to show you of people that have been infected. These may be a bit graphic, so viewer discretion is advised. These are three photos I have found of people that have been infected in our area. They consists of a man, a woman, and a child.

Design Section:

This is the last part to my whole virus story with evidence to show you guys that I am not crazy! One day while I was walking on campus I came across a flyer, at first I just glanced at it but then I did a double take and when I looked again, my jaw almost dropped to the floor. This flyer was about a virus!!! Not only was it about a virus but it was saying to go see Dr. Rausch in the UC????? WHAT!! Of course, we are the only ones that think this is crazy, but everyone else probably just thinks it is about a flu vaccination, but really this man is probably trying to take all of the people that have the virus symptoms and lock them up…just take a look for yourself.

I don’t know, it is all weird. There is definitely an apocalyptic virus happening around us right now and the government and the disease control center is trying to keep it on the down low so no one knows about it.

Progress Report!!

Just writing this to give you guys a quick update on the progress of my final story! I am currently trying to figure everything out, but I do know the three types of media I will be using! They are writing, design, and I think I want to use photography!

I am excited for you all to see my final story and I hope you all really like it!

My Twelfth Week Nearing the End

We are getting SO close to the END!!!! This past week was fun completing all of the assignments surrounding our novels that we read. I hope that the assignments I did helps all of you kind of understand the longest book I have EVER read in my life, The Passage. Long but good. The assignments were fun this week because we had a wide range of assignments that we got to choose from. We just had to make sure we completed twelve stars and that one assignment was five stars. You can see all of my assignments under the tab: The Passage Assignments.

The evidence portion of this week was fun because I thought outside of the box when finding some evidence and I think what I found or figured out is something that is definitely happening around here at UMW.

Anyway, I enjoyed this week and I honestly can’t believe we are THIS close to the end of the semester!!


Question of the week:

The thing to my right is the only thing that I can use as a weapon to survive the apocalypse…this is pathetic, it is a water bottle. I mean I guess I can throw it at people when necessary to buy time so I can run away. I can also use it to drink water to stay hydrated. Honestly though, I don’t think a water bottle will help me survive.

Evidence, Evidence, Evidence!

So as I was thinking about evidence and what I could write about with some  evidence that I believe is important…I came across this. A couple of weeks ago in a weekly video Professor Burtis was sick and coming down with something…this led her to canceling a showing by notifying us on Slack. Well, what if Professor Burtis is getting this apocalyptic virus? I have noticed in my classes lately that there have been fewer people each day, and  there are many people coughing and sniffling, are they about to get hit with this virus also?

We need to keep our eyes open and be aware that our professor and peers may be getting this so we need to STAY AWAY. Obviously connecting over social media is okay because we don’t come in contact with anyone face to face, but I nor any of you should risk getting this virus. This is clearly evidence to this apocalypse that it is in fact spreading and it has hit UMW already. Just not everyone, and many seem to think it is allergies or a common cold, but I assume otherwise.

Be safe out there and don’t breathe in anyone’s air… 🙂

Phake Tweets

This is a two star assignment. I decided to do this because I thought it would be fun to be a six year old tweeting. I created two tweets that involve some things that happened in the book. I used the link under the assignment to create the tweets then I pasted them onto canva so I could add in the picture of Amy.

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The Passage Alternative Book a GIF!!

This is a five star assignment and man was it harder than I thought it was going to be. I decided to do this because I liked the original one and thought it would be fun to make a GIF book cover. Well, it was hard, but I did it. It is not the same image as my previous one so this is another alternative book cover, lots and lots of options for Justin Cronin if he ever wants to change the cover! I stuck with the tree theme but this time I included some rain. I downloaded a gif maker app that allowed me to make one!

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Let’s See Some ID

Here is Amy Harper Bellafonte’s military facility ID where she is a test subject for this virus.

I decided to do this three star assignment because I wanted to create something for the main character of the book and this was the perfect opportunity to be creative with it at the same time. I googled pictures that seemed familiar and this was what I could find to best fit six year old Amy.  I used Canva for this assignment!


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What’s the Meme?

This is the start of the 12 star assignments that I will be completing revolving around the book The Passage by Justin Cronin. This is a two star assignment and the meme I created is a confused, young girl and the meme is basically about her mom leaving her at a convent with a Sister. So one, her mom just abandons her and two, her mom leaves her to live with a stranger(s). I decided to use this picture because it is funny and it is a popular picture. Also, it seemed fitting for the situation that occurred in the book.

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My Eleventh Week Nearing the End

Can you believe it is week eleven?! I can’t. This means I am getting closer and closer to graduating, which is crazy! This week was a fun week. I started off watching The Quiet Earth and creating a genre mashup with a pop song added onto it. I then answered the ten apocalyptic questions and those were fun/funny. I did the six stars of video assignments because I chose path one. I also created two daily creates which were fun to do. Lastly, I did two daily creates this week!

The first one I did was the required story telling one, where we added on to the person in front of us tweet with a GIF. This was fun and after everyone did it and I looked at our story…it was quite funny and interesting.

The second daily create I did was the one where we had to create a playlist that we would listen to while escaping the apocalypse. Below is my playlist!

Question of the week:

If I hear on the radio that the end has started, I would immediately drive home and call my parents, siblings, and boyfriend to tell them to gather everything necessary. Then I would tell them to seek shelter all together and we would all stick together to survive the end together!