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a change to space

Originally I was going to add to my Twine I’d made earlier, but I have been feeling a bit burned out on writing after working for 35 hours on another creative writing intensive project. So I decided to flex my creative muscles in another capacity and return to the Broadsides. I hadn’t been entirely happy with my original one, but I really liked working on InDesign so I wanted to try my hand at it again.

This time, I decided to make a series of Broadsides in different styles all relating to Space and Astronomy in some way. I have a bunch of poetry that is related to the topics, so I thought it was the perfect time to meld my two passions, poetry, and space!

I have 4 made currently and I’m thinking of perhaps doing one more that would probably be vastly different. More of a 60s space-race design, but I haven’t fully decided yet.

Below are the PDF drafts of my series.

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Final Project Proposal

For my final project I would like to return to my twine project from earlier. The concept is a bar that shifts depending on which name you choose. It was a fun story to work on and I managed to get two of the routes done, but I wanted to expand and finish the third one.

The first two routes you could go down are a bit more melancholy, softer, more about sitting down and talking to the patrons (who are ancient gods who are no longer worshipped in the ways they were before). But in the third one, The Solar Eclipse Bar, I want to experiment with the format and the choices. I kind of want it to be more about self-destruction, as opposed to finding your place within the bar.

I also wanted to expand the narrative of the other two bars, since I feel in some respects it was rushed in order to fit into the deadline of the project. The themes of the Serpent & Ram I want to be more defined as dealing with grief and loss and the Blue Feather is more about the trauma that comes from abuse.

I also think adding an ending where the narrator finds out that they are a god and they’re essentially coming home to their family would be a nice way to have an additional ending.

So, more endings, more planning, and definitely more graphics and backgrounds and colors!

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reflection upon podcast

My podcast is the second installment of The Lit Bean Podcast, a virtual coffee shop for writers by writers! Jessica, Tristan, and I kicked around the idea of opening a cafe together called the Lit Bean when we were still able to go outside, and since our concepts for the podcast project were similar, we decided to make them part of a series! They are mostly the reading of poetry and relaxing from the stressful world outside, which is something we all need in times like this. We added talking about our coffee of choice to add to the cafe vibes and encourage others to sit down with a hot beverage and take a moment for themselves.

As a writer and a poet, I find that listening to poetry is such a soothing experience. So for my podcast, I wanted to share our tradition of going to Lit Night at the Artist’s Hand. The last Friday of every month, my two best friends and I go and read and listen to other poets, so I wanted to feature them and their voices as well as mine. My aim was to make it like the listener was sat in a cafe, listening to the ambient noises and relaxing with a coffee cup. And Audacity, as an audio/podcast program, made it easy to add that underneath the talking. I think if I was to expand on the idea, I would talk more about the pieces that were read and the connection to the pieces. One of the important parts of Lit Night is an introduction to why you were reading a piece, maybe about the emotional state of the week you’ve had, or how you’ve been dealing with writer’s block, but this poem spoke to you on an emotional level.

I hadn’t expected the talking and recording to be so difficult. Everytime I messed up, I felt like I should be doing better. I couldn’t figure out how to cut out one part of the audio where I had flubbed up a word, so I just deleted it and recorded the entire two minute poem again. Some parts I think felt too scripted and others, when I went off script, to feel more natural, were a little nervous and had some stuttering to it, which bothers me. So I think striking that balance was a difficulty, but ultimately at the end of the day, this is my first experience doing a podcast or even trying to read from a script for a recording, so it makes sense that it was hard.

Next time, I think I need to relax and not be afraid to breathe. I think if I were to continue podcasting, the rhythm and flow of the show would become more natural and I wouldn’t sound like I was thinking about what I was going to say before I said it.

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rough[ish] draft of the podcast

So Tristan, Jessica, and I decided to all have our podcasts connect together as a virtual cafe called the Lit Bean. Obviously, I think we’ve taken out creative liberties with how our episodes are structured, but they are intended to come together as a series.

Here is a kind of final draft of mine – –

So I guess the feedback I would want is if the coffee shop background noise is distracting or if it makes it feel more ambient? Is the fact that my audio quality is different than my friend Taylor’s jarring? Is it enjoyable?

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podcasting

I have decided that I would like to do a podcast. I think it fits the forms of writing that I prefer to do, while also forcing me to think outside the box of typical narrative fiction.

My first idea is to transmute a short story I’ve recently written into a type of criminal podcast. Obviously, the story is fictional, but it is kind of the folktale of what happened at an Island. So, the podcast would involve investigation and the reading of diary pages from the characters and their life goes to hell. It would be more involved and I’d probably have to be condensed into one episode and I’d probably if all goes well, make that my final project and do like three or four episodes? I think it might have a similar vibe to Night Vale, like a broadcast of events like the news, but probably less self-aware than Night Vale is.

My second idea involves my friends. We love to go to Lit Night at the Artist’s Hand. It’s a monthly poetry slam and we love to go and read our poetry. Of course, now that COVID-19 has destroyed all of our social engagements and my friends live four hours away, this might be the perfect opportunity to do something like Lit Night for a podcast. I was thinking of maybe calling it the Artist’s Showcase? I would have my friends send a recording of them reading their poems, I would do mine of course, and then I would cut them together as almost like the narrated feeling of being in the coffee shop and hearing our poems.