Happyness (Yes, It’s on purpose)


I’m sitting in the chair at the desk in my bedroom, searching through old Facebook messages, trying to discover some practical way to express the oddity that I see in them. I know I want my project to focus on these estranged, yet intriguing messages, but I don’t know how to make anything of them.

The Elliott Smith song (in the link) comes on my iTunes, and I now believe I’ve found my outlet.

This is entirely outside of my realm of confidence, yet I’d be willing to try it out: I’d like to create a sort-of love story from the viewpoint of a 13 year-old kid who feels so much for a girl, yet his emotions are unjustifiable to everyone else because he’s just a kid. My goal is to use direct quotes from the Facebook messages to build the foundation of the dialogue. It will be somewhat humorous, somewhat sad, and ultimately give merit to the things I felt back that, though now they seem so childish and unjustifiable.

Because much of my project involves finding specific messages of Facebook, much of my early research has included looking through these messages. There is one, in particular, that strikes me: I met a girl on a spring break trip with my family one year and the two of us talked constantly (for a few days). I remember feeling a strong, friendly connection to her.

End of conversation.
End of conversation.

That was in 2008. We never finished that discussion when she was done and we never talked again.

I think it will be interesting and challenging to make something positive out of these now-meaningless, then-meaningful messages, and justify these childish thoughts, rather than degrade them.

The end is just the beginning

So, I think I have settled on a series of fictional speculations about the afterlife as the topic of my project 2. In my earlier post I mentioned that this idea came from a book I read. That book is titled Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, written by David Eagleman. This book has forty different versions of the afterlife, each very different from the others. I came across this book in my English 223 class.

To start my research off, I have decided to read the book over again. I’ll be looking for ways I can be different from the stories in the book, but also how I can stay within the same realm of thought. I may deviate from David Eagleman and write longer stories that are more fleshed out, however, being concise and letting the reader envision as much as possible is important to me as well. I think reading the book again will help get me into the mindset I need to start writing my own stories.

Sum has been published in 27 different languages!
Sum has been published in 27 different languages!

Blind Competition

First, I want to include a link to my original source for project 2. Here it is: http://www.willmruben.tumblr.com/

Feel free to explore it to get a better understanding of my project’s intent.

As explained in my proposal, I am going to create a business plan/feasibility analysis for opening a rock music venue in Ann Arbor. As part of my initial research, I begun by looking at competition. The most direct competition I found was another popular venue for alternative rock music, the Blind Pig. To learn more about this successful business, I decided to visit their website. The purpose of learning your competition is to know what is working, what isn’t, and what is still not being offered that customers would like to see.

From this initial research, I was able to view the acts that are coming to the blind pig so I can offer something new. I also took down pricing tips. Lastly, I must consider timing conflicts between shows at the Blind Pig and other venues to allow the opportunity for the most potential visitors to my club.index_header

Additionally, based on this image, I now that I am going to need a very strong marketing technique to catch the eye of the average college student.