Hello! After many hours of hard work, my E-Portfolio is finally ready for public viewing. I hope that those who view the website have fun exploring and interacting with its many features—maybe they’ll even develop an interest in Bowie as an added bonus. I used outer space as the theme for my website because I thought it would tie everything together in the atmosphere it creates. Even the songs I included aim to evoke a certain tone that I want viewers to carry with them as they browse the website. The idea of space also happens to fit well with Ziggy Stardust and the rest of Bowie’s other-worldly characters.

Overall, I aimed to (aesthetically and thematically) emphasize fun, creativity, and the idea that writing takes you to other, unfamiliar worlds that are ripe for exploration. Please enjoy the website, and, along the way, listen to some good music! https://cnmorse99.wixsite.com/eportfoliofinal

A Gateway to Great Things

I’ll start with the biggest piece of advice—savor the experience. At least for me, this class served as a break from my usual tireless, academia-filled days. It helped me escape from nightmares of textbook readings and monotonous study routines, giving me a chance to remember my unrestricted and authentic voice as a writer.

Also, don’t be afraid to share from the writer’s notebooks! Initially, I was wary about reading work that I messily jotted down in a pocket-sized notebook within a span of five minutes. Just remember that your classmates are not judging you. Everyone is supportive and wants to hear what you have to say. It can be really enjoyable if you let it. It’s also a great way to get to know your classmates as writers and as people.

As for more business-oriented matters, make sure you choose a topic that you are passionate about for the experiments. I really can’t stress that enough. The project was a really great experience for me because I chose a topic that I wanted to spend almost half of the semester with. Go with your gut! Furthermore, start work on the e-portfolio or experiments that you know will take a long time earlier if you can. If you are not able to, that’s ok too. You will still have enough time, but it never hurts to get a head start.

Basically, you’re going to do a lot of writing this semester. So, by the end of your time in the gateway course, that writer’s bump on your finger might grow, and that’s a sign of success.

Have fun!

The Big Reveal

For my final project, I’ve decided to fully realize my Ziggy Stardust fan fiction piece. More specifically, it’s a short story based on David Bowie’s concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spider’s From Mars, telling the tale of Ziggy’s fall.

This piece was my very first experiment. After choosing my origin material, I knew it was something I wanted to try since it had so much creative potential. When I began the story, I immediately felt a connection to it. I found myself unable to stop writing, as ideas continuously flowed onto the page. I also had the opportunity to have this piece workshopped, receiving significant valuable feedback that I want to incorporate into the final project. Part of the reason why I chose this project was that, out of all my experiments, I felt most uncomfortable with having this piece remain unfinished. I want to finish what I started, and create a full story by filling in the missing pieces.

One of my concerns is that I wrote the majority of the story in my sample. While I do have a good amount of detail, background, dialogue, etc. that I want to add, I don’t think it will end up making the piece significantly longer. I mostly just want to make the story feel complete, rather than change it dramatically.

Moving forward, I want to focus on making the fan fiction story as strong as I possibly can. I began my e-portfolio ahead of time so I can put more time into my writing. I hope to get some fresh eyes on the piece since I have read it so many times at this point.

Don’t be afraid to experiment…

I sincerely mean it when I say, I really loved doing these experiments. Working with a subject matter that I’m passionate about for practically a whole semester is hardly something to complain about. It never feels like doing “work” in the typical sense of the word…I do my experiments when I want to put off my other work. Even the genre analysis, while more difficult than the other sections, was enjoyable. I truly liked reading scholarly articles about fan fiction and learning more about that world—I almost feel like I’ve been welcomed into another writing community. Also, taking the origin piece that I put hours of work into in my senior year of high school, and extending and transforming it, makes all that effort even more worth it.

I feel that through these experiments, I have broadened my horizons as a writer. I never thought that I’d be creating fan fiction, or even a dating website, and that I might actually be good at it. While a lot of it was out of my comfort zone, I wasn’t worried about failing. I knew there was a risk of it turning out poorly, but, experiments aren’t always successful. You can try and fail and that’s okay. The important thing is that I had fun with it, and expressed my creativity in a unique way.

Finally, having the finished piece is quite rewarding. When I scroll down from my proposal to my reflection, it really demonstrates a writerly journey that I went on. I can see the mindset that I was in while writing my proposal (before starting the actual experiment), and then look at how my thoughts and ideas changed as I continued into the process. At the end I think, “Wow, look at this cool thing that I’ve created.”

Origin Story to Origin Piece

Hello all.

I’ll do a quick proverbial introduction to get it out of the way: Sophomore, New York City, *insert fun fact*. Okay—that’s done. Onto my writing journey. Only recently have I begun to explore the vast horizons of being a writer. In high school, my assignments never went far beyond academic essays and maybe a creative mini-project here and there. Accordingly, I didn’t think there was much to writing as a student—it was just required. However, when I got to college, my initial beliefs were swiftly catapulted out the window. As I took more writing classes that provided exciting prompts and directional flexibility, my love of writing progressively grew. That love was always there, but it was never given a proper outlet. I am truly excited to be a part of the minor in writing. This was the first class where I outright recognized that “I am a writer.” I sincerely look forward to completing the projects to come. 

For the so-called “main event” of this course, my origin material will be a David Bowie presentation I did in high school. It is a standard Powerpoint composed of bullet points and a number of video clips—nothing special really. However, the broadness is what really excites me about using this piece for my project. I feel a strong sense of possibility and power, able to take this project anywhere I so please. I am eager to see how the different transformations turn out. It’s like I’m on “Extreme Makeover,” but for writing. 

I wonder if, at the end of this class, I will look back on my old writing and see some drastic improvement. Every year I think, “This is the best my writing is ever going to be.” But I continue to surprise myself, improving every step of the way.