Finally!

At the end of the semester, I can finally look back on the work I’ve done and comment on it. Briefly, I’ve grown as a reader and writer this semester. After dabbling in a variety of genres and learning more about the term genre itself and its allowances and constrictions, I feel a little bit more liberated in terms of my writing. Standard, traditional definitions of specific genres do not dictate my writing — I can take them as guidelines and help in formatting, but ultimately, what matters is my purpose. Genre is simply an outline, a platform from which to enunciate a message. If the message isn’t thought out, then it doesn’t matter what genre is used. 

I’m going to continue to build on this by practicing new genres in my writing. I would like to go further out my comfort zone from now until the capstone by trying out genres I’ve never tried writing in before. 

Anyways, here’s the link to my ePort! https://gunala.wixsite.com/wri220eport

Minor in Writing: A Proper Noun

Enrolling in my first, gateway course to pursue my minor in writing at the University of Michigan molded a unique experience that I never expected.

During interviews, people ask me, ‘tell me about yourself’ and to ‘walk me through your resume.’  I scan through my few years as an undergraduate at college: my accomplishments from before, my projects right now, and my goals in the future. ‘I am pursuing a minor in writing because you learn how to tell a story. You learn how to convey meaning, so that the customer understands. Because you need to empathise with the customer; you need to know how the customer can feel and understand something in the same way that you do,’ I tell my interviewers. I still hold true to this. I still believe this is one correct way to interpret writing and transfer it to my career aspirations for marketing and communication for life, in general.

I came in with the assumption that I would be working on a ‘professional’ and ‘formal’ piece. ‘What is the minor in writing,’ people would ask, ‘what kind of writing do you do?’ In September, I told them that my focus was in formal writing, ‘like essays and research.’ By the end of October, my answer flipped into creative writing. That, precisely, is my growth pattern whilst enrolled in my Minor in Writing Gateway course. I always advertise myself as a ‘generalist’: someone who holds many curiosities and interests, many abilities and backgrounds, and wishes to apply it in every corner of their life. But, my refusal–my fear–to stray away from formal writing contradicted that very philosophy. This course inspired absolute free-thought and wild creativity, that many other courses would frame as a deviation from institutional formulas and their structured checklists. And that is where the takeaway, growth message derives.

I learned how to not conform to my and others’ historical successes–to not limit myself from taking new risks.

My final experiment was a prologue to a novel, which is something I never expected to start entering the course. But, that is precisely the lesson. I tried something new and, consequently, expanded my writing expertise on the more creative side of writing. This, I think, is the true ‘storytelling,’ that I always mention during my interviews and when people ask me about my minor in writing. I grew as a writer, in these past three months, as I took the uncomfortable risk of writing a prologue to a novel (in the style of collection of vignettes, which is also newfound to me), for the first time. My expanded progressiveness toward risk-taking is the very strength that I am excited to expand as my Capstone course approaches, thus concluding my Minor in Writing experience.

What I find even more phenomenal, though, is that this project is incomplete, in a sense. I have ideas bouncing in my head; sometimes it is the only thing I think about, as I walk to-and-fro between my class meetings. I adore this passion that I have nurtured through this course, along with hearing the many stories that fellow classmates have composed, too. Now, I understand why the ‘Minor in Writing’ is capitalised as a proper noun: it is, truly, a unique experience, inimitable in any other course at my university.

As my graduation approaches closer with each passing day, I eagerly look forward to expanding this prologue into a full-fledged chapter for my novel.

 

To Tommy and Alex, the two narrators in my novel’s plot: see you again in Fall 2019!

AP

 

Final ePortfolio for the Minor in Writing: https://alexpan71.wixsite.com/alexpan

The Grand Finale

My final project will be a final version of my experiment one, which was the idea of doing a commercial. The commercial includes the beloved Satan and a lonesome man trying to sell Satan pepper jack cheese at a kiosk in a grocery store. I have always loved working in iMovie and experimenting with different formats, so I think working on making a commercial could be both fun and challenging.

In order to accomplish this large goal of mine, there are a few things I have to get cracking on!

  • First and foremost, I need to finalize my commercial script so I can begin sharing this with the actors (two of my friends) who will play Satan and the salesperson. The casting process was rather vigorous, but I know my two chosen actors will bring their all.
  • This may be a seemingly minor step, but ultimately pretty big in the scheme of things. I need to figure out what the heck Satan is going to wear/ look like in order to correctly convey the image of Satan grocery shopping. Just some quick ideas on how to do this include red clothing, potentially working with special effects to add flames around my actor, maybe using a voice to emphasize fear in the actor’s voice. If anyone has any ideas, toss them in the comments.
  • Location is crucial to this project. I would like to shoot in the dairy/cheese aisle of a grocery store, preferably Meijer or Kroger. Shooting directly in a grocery store creates more of a commercial mood, as well as adding humor through physically seeing Satan grocery shop.
  • Also, I must make sure I film extra footage, in case I need to play around with editing more! Quantity is important!

However, every experimenter must have some concerns or it would be too easy. I am definitely concerned that my vision for this project is so specific that it won’t end up coming out the way I want it to. That will be the biggest thing for me to overcome through this project. I have to keep my mind open to change and new ideas. Another concern I have is that this entire idea is out of my comfort zone. I’ve never done something like this before, so the unknown can be fearful. It scares me but excites me. Challenges are always fun, and I am definitely up for one.

I am really excited to get started with turning this project into my vision. Cannot wait to see what it turns out looking like!

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Present Tense: Me as a Writer

Writing has this preconceived stereotype that it needs to be extremely literary and include numerous fancy words (shoutout Thesaurus). Growing up, I always attacked a writing assignment with the intent of making it sound like some British scribe in the 1920s. Yet, on my writing journey, I’ve found that writing has no rules or boundaries. So, in looking at myself as a writer right here in March of 2018, I would say I am a very visual writer who writes as she speaks. When I write, my mind immediately goes to descriptive words. I love to write about what I see, feel, hear, tase, etc. I also write just as I speak. Most of my writing wears a very distinct voice “coat” (if you will) that gives away my writing identity. I know I could never anonymously publish something as everyone would know it was me. But even despite this, I feel I’ve personally grown as a writer. My articulation, even since entering the gateway, has improved tremendously. I also feel that my ability to take risks with writing has become less of a fearful task and more exciting. That was most certainly not the case a few years ago. Why this is the case, I cannot answer. But what I do know is that my writing journey has just begun. Where I will end up in a few years will probably be rather different than right now. And that, I guess, is the fun aspect of writing. My current articulate, descriptive, personalized writing may change soon, and I cannot wait to see how and if it does.

Truth About Writing

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this semester, it’s writing about truth. Writing about what’s real, and making it the best evidence a writer can have to substantiate her claims. In this ePortfolio, it’s a compilation of a lot of original content, which I value a lot in being able to take away from this class.

More than ever, I want to continue to grow my ability to create a message that lasts, both professionally and creatively, in all senses. I’m definitely not playing around with my writing. To articulate in shorter, more concise sentences. To be more honest on what I hate, and what I like. That being said, I hope I can add a lot more original content that will prove to readers the value of writing has for everyone, and the value it has for me as a skillset to forever hone to this ePortfolio all the way to the capstone.

https://www.katherineqiao.com/

BREAKING NEWS: Grady officially publishes ePortfolio.

Philadelphia, PA – According to recent reports, Connor Grady has officially published his ePortfolio. While earlier reports claimed that Grady was expected to make his ePortfolio live sometime during the early part of this week, the exact timing was unknown. Housed on a Wix website, Grady’s ePortfolio represents a tremendous accomplishment in his writing career thus far.

Discussing his ePortfolio in an interview, Grady explained that he feels he has grown most as a writer in terms of his knowledge of genre and his ability to analyze his own writing. “Through my process of experimentation this past semester, I think I better understand some of the subtle nuances and distinctions between different genres of writing,” Grady said. “I also have a stronger grasp of how to critically question my writing.”

Grady went on to state that he believes he has added to his revision skills during this past semester. “I was able to improve my already-solid editorial abilities through the three experimental phases. That being said, I hope to continue honing my revisionary techniques as I prepare to take the capstone next year.” Grady concluded the interview by encouraging me to visit his ePortfolio and share it with others.

Confessions from a Flake

I’m a lot of things. Loving son. Yellow-lab enthusiast. List-maker. But unfortunately, I’m also a flake. Every squad has at least one. I’m sure you’re picturing your flake right now. Now, the traditional usage of flake is someone that dips out of plans right before they happen. Now, there are many flavors of flake. I wouldn’t say that I’m one that flakes out of plans with friends (I am, but I’m not going to say it). I’m a self-flake. I’m the kind of guy that will make a big declaration, and then do nothing about it. I’m gonna start watching T.V. in Spanish, I’m gonna try listening to KPop. I’m gonna practice writing with my left hand so I can become ambidextrous. The end result: nada. This isn’t a hard and fast law with me, but it’s definitely an alarming trend that has scientists puzzled.

Thus, when I planned on making a rap song for my semester project, a betting man would’ve called this a flake-in-the-making. Well, that betting man is gonna have to tell his family he lost a lot of money, because I actually followed through! The project is completed and out on my EPortfolio (Click the link to check it out. Please, I need traffic so I can start putting ads). This project has honestly helped me understand how to take a project from start to finish. I think part of the reason I flake out on stuff is because the initial planning stage is usually so rose-colored that when the hard work kicks in it feels like the worst kind of grind. Realism is definitely a helpful tool for a writer, and hopefully I can carry that to my future projects.

My last big takeaway from this semester I that writing can actually be a hobby, and not just schoolwork. I know that there are plenty of people that write for fun, but I never really thought of myself as one. When I wrote, I wrote essays. Some were good, some were bad, but all were grindy. Writing lyrics for this song were completely different. It was engaging and extremely rewarding without even resembling work. I’m gonna try and recreate that energy in my future pieces, and I know that my readers will be able to feel it.

The Author Adele: Writing 220 E-Portfolio

We made it! It has been a great semester with our class of “tea cup pigs.” So, I first just want to say thank you to everyone, you guys are what made the class so special.

Below is a link to my e-portfolio, The Author Adele, it showcases all the projects from the Gateway course, as well as an extra special one from high school “hidden” somewhere. The theme of my site is “love.” From my love of the U.P to a project on dating, my hope is that my thoughts and feelings on this topic would be understood.

I am very proud of my e-portfolio and hope you enjoy reading through all of my projects! Feel free to contact me with any and all questions!

 

Link: http://theauthoradele.weebly.com/

Enjoy!

-Adele

See Me on the Big Screen

… okay maybe just on your laptop screen. But still! My EPortfolio is up and running, and you can find it here: http://dhtond.wix.com/eportfolio

While I hope that anyone viewing my Eportfolio enjoys my writing, I more so hope that anyone visiting my eportfolio will come away with an understanding as me as an individual.

This project primarily began as a way to showcase my writing, and even though that is still the principle purpose of this portfolio, I feel like it holds so much more than that now. Throughout the website, you will find a list of some of my favorite quotes, authors/books, poems; essays explaining aspects of my life that even some of my closest friends are not aware of; email exchanges between an instructor and me that truly altered the course of my life due said instructor’s constructive criticism and kind words of encouragement; and so on. You see, after the “Why I Write” project, I realized just how personal writing is to me. As a result, I wanted to present myself not only in an academic, professional manner on my EPortfolio but also in a personal one. Looking at the final product (well, ignoring the fact that I may choose to add more work later on), I can honestly say that this portfolio presents a snapshot of me—certainly as a writer but also as a person. Hope you enjoy!