Another day, another process reflection. Let us talk about the e-poster that I published, discovered broken, found as a broken file on my computer, restarted the project at midnight, only for the program to crash a few hours later (I didn’t save because I get cocky when I’m drinking), and I restarted it once again at 3:30 Sunday morning and finished at 7am. It is a project that I’m not that proud of anymore, but I was much too tired and much too drunk/in headache world to do much else. The program I used was Inkscape, a program I haven’t had issues with in the past and that I use to create things all the time. For some reason, every time I try to do a project for this class my PC freaks out and decides it is going to have all of the problems.
Anyway, I did my poster on a slice of what I hope to include in my CPE. As my project has a lot to do with the evolution of the horror story I thought it was only fitting that I would do the poster on the different elements that a CreepyPasta has and somewhat discuss how a future writer could handle and combine all the most popular elements that create a CreepyPasta. It is a list based on information I’ve gathered from my own experiences while reading as well as data collected by others interested in the the formulas behind the stories that have captured the attention of so many. Creepypastas are more accessible to ordinary people and almost everyone at this point knows who Slenderman is (whether it is the original stories, the film, or the attempted murder). Most CreepyPastas are short and episodic in nature, their stories have a tendency to cliffhang which can inspire some readers to stick with the author writing or go a different route and just accept that cliffhang. Even though they are all horror stories, more people read them. People who would normally not read anything in the genre. It is something I want to cover in my CPE because the growth of the audience is definitely something that deserves to be looked at.
I like projects where I can be absolutely creative and just have fun and that was with the A/V Project. By the time I got around to it I was up for 30 hours and I was pushing myself so hard, but I feel like how ridiculous I was really played to my strengths. My other idea, and I had it after I turned it in because of course that’s when I had a better idea, was to just rub the tissue together and have my commentary be a scrolling text section. Because I think that’s funny. ASMR Tissue Time.
Even though the issues seems hilarious, I think it’s something that a lot of people deal with on a daily basis and I think it needs attention drawn to it. I know I didn’t write a script for it because that just wouldn’t have been me and with something as personal as what you use to clean yourself, I felt it was necessary to actually just be myself in the video. That way my audience would have connected with me on a more personal level.
After I made the video I was sick in bed all weekend with a headache that felt like it was going to crack my skull, which is why this blog post is late (and ultimately why the other post is going to be late). I can only hope that the school sees my video and understands that it isn’t ultimately cheaper because we go through so much of the stuff. Knowing how the internet works that isn’t going to happen but I can always dream.
There was a lot of stuff that I wish I had done, I had different plans for the project but I needed assistance to film certain parts and I couldn’t find anyone who was available at the same times I was and it just kinda imploded. So instead we’re given a video of me just telling you how it is and I feel like that made a good video.
There were certain things that I could have done differently. I could have shot it with a fun time lapse where the camera is the viewer and I’m explaining my anger while standing outside the bathroom. Or over coffee where in frame there is a coffee mug and I’m talking with the camera, but my confidence fell through on those. I’m safe recording in my room and I’ve been recording in public so much lately that it was nice to not feel the pressure of having to be in front of a camera, in public, being weary that at any moment a manager was going to come over and ask me to put the camera away or ask me to leave. *shudders* Too much confrontation.
Overall I had fun with this project, I got to work on my digital tracking a lot and it still didn’t pay off entirely, but that gives me something to work on in the future (I’m also considering a career in video editing, perhaps, who knows at this point).
I found in the readings and the videos that we watched for this post, that I already use SO MUCH of the suggested ideas. Some of the videos creeped me out a little, only because who ever told some of those students to use a sultry voice were wrong to waste it on a video that wasn’t themed toward that. It was interesting. My writing space is not as organized as the ones portrayed in the videos though, nor as clean. As I clearly show here:
I did a lot of writing this weekend that (while not having to do with any of my classes) manifested itself in a mass. But implementing this image into my post is on track with the readings we did as well.
Bernhardt talks a lot about page design. In fact it reminded me of the the design book we read in WRIT374, about how the objects on the page are just as important as the information. In particular, Bernhardt’s section on the visual gestalts. I identify heavily with these, because, although it looks like I can just throw any old blog post together, I spend a lot of time figuring out which graphics to use to help tie to piece together.
Wysocki speaks to me more though. I’m not going to mis-gender the woman author this time, I did not delete the entire post, nor am I speaking about her with an accompanying Dale Cooper gif to distract me from the actual article.
Maybe because I’m working on a few different media projects right now that have me doing weird things at weird hours. But I didn’t realize how many different surfaces my projects were taking up before. When I stop and think about it, it’s rather interesting. I start out with the canvas being my brain and thoughts (not always mutually exclusive). From there is moves to, usually, jotting ideas down on whatever appendage I have that isn’t currently being used. Then, if I develop it enough, it starts to take shape on sticky notes and other miscellaneous papers. I may have never finished a big writing project, but I’ve kept every envelope, every receipt, and every gum wrapper that I’ve brainstormed on. In the event of a film project, I do branch that out into a storyboard type deal; nothing sleek, as I’m not the best artist, but I like to sit down with a set of brush pens and just paint until I’m out of ideas. Rarely are the paintings related to my actual idea. Like the picture to the right. It’s a picture of the road around Hungry Horse Reservoir, when the soil becomes more oxidized and the clay is thicker. My mother ran her last Ultra-Marathon on this road. But I didn’t put it down on paper until I was brainstorming for a project I’m doing in another class.
Once, I’ve gone through all of these different canvases, it finally gets to it’s final form (at least for now) and either ends up as a digital file in my computer or posted to this blog. I don’t think I’ve ever thought about my canvas the way Wysocki made me think about them (whether or not that was the intended outcome).
I do have a separate notebook for every project I’ve ever done. Starting fresh with a new canvas every time. It’s not cost effective, but it gives me the illusion that my ideas far exceed their actual page count. But as a font geek, I love the section on the fonts. Even just glancing at it, I love fonts. My personal font of choice is Cambria.
But Cambria, unfortunately, doesn’t fit for every application. I wouldn’t use Cambria on a new logo design for West Elm. The brand seems to stick with a Helvetica-esque font and a serif font would not agree with their advertising. It is more and more accepted for papers and the like, but I hope that one day it will overthrown the tyrannical grip that Times New Roman has over the academic and scholarly communities.
As someone who has quite a handle on design I did find the articles helpful in reminders as to how I should be applying certain aspects and how I should better understand my media and its applications. I wouldn’t use techniques I use in short story writing on a film, simply because I can’t manipulate actors the same way I manipulate words. Wysocki essays are the essays that I live for.
We’ve been together for about 5 years now. I thought it was longer. I know it doesn’t feel like it though. I’m just posting a heads up that for the next 5 months this blog is going to be featuring a lot of school work. We’re required to keep a blog for one of my classes and instead of making a new one, I’ve decided that I’m going to use this one (as that is allowed). So don’t be surprised if everything gets to be weirdly school-like. Even though I haven’t posted in a few months… and a year before that.
So, I’ve lost quite a bit of weight over the last few months and I’m glad to say that I now weigh about 255. I started the year over 300 and I think it’s super important to me being healthier that I share with everyone. I’m still not super confident in myself but this summer I’m going to work extra hard to change that. A friend of my mum’s has offered me her bicycle since I won’t be leaving C-falls much this summer and to help save some money. My diet has gone from what the dining hall says I’m eating to what I say I’m eating. Speaking of what I’m eating:
Now aren’t you jealous? It’s really not hard, but it does take time. Also, where I’m currently at it’s really expensive. Starfruit is the cheapest “exotic” fruit I can afford. Blood oranges are a close second. Both are good though.
I’ve been spending more time in my tiny kitchen (I’ve got a rent free situation this summer in a nice two bedroom) than I thought I ever would. I was going to more Keto stuff but I’ve found a happy place in my diet. Chia seeds keep you so full!
I won’t lie, I have lost steam for this blog and most things lately. I know I say in a lot of them that I’m going to work harder at creating more posts and then I never follow through. So I’m just going to go ahead and say I’ll see you when I see you and hopefully I’m down another 50lbs by then.