Well, it’s week 3 – more like weak 3, am I right?
Yeeeah, I got in some of my assignments late, but at least I got all of them in. Some are pretty sexy despite my energy levels…
So, what did I slave over until 3am Tuesday morn?
Three Daily Creates
The week started early with our Tuesday daily create – kinda like the other flash fiction, but aliens now. My mind jumped to audio because I like working with audio and listening to music:
Everyone, I just took out one of those THINGS! They don’t like low-pitched noises – it stuns them for a moment, and you can do what needs to be done… SPREAD THE WORD, WE’RE TAKING BACK OUR PLANET.@ds106dc #tdc2213
— Christopher Ringham (@Chris_tastrophe) January 30, 2018
Certain things make our hair stand on end, like nails on a chalk board, so it’s plausible that these aliens have some similar weakness. Can you hear this GIF?
The next assignment was another daily create. Martha mentioned Pixlr as an online photo editor, and I used it to add the text and box here:
— Christopher Ringham (@Chris_tastrophe) February 1, 2018
The best for last, this one was my favorite daily create this week. I was able to look at one of my photos in a new light, and share what I thought made the best out of the capture:
@ds106dc Your source, angle, and intensity of lighting can determine the texture of objects within a photo and can make it easier to perceive small details. Here, the leaves cast tiny shadows that give the forest floor contrast.#ds106 #theend106 #tdc2218 #netnarr pic.twitter.com/ATGBdSWAoA
— Christopher Ringham (@Chris_tastrophe) February 4, 2018
That image was taken with my phone – the right equipment helps capture spectacular images, but creativity, knowledge, and “the eye” are what matter the most in my opinion. I’d prefer to build that base of skills before investing in an expensive DSLR, lenses, tripod, and numerous accessories. I’m excited for the upcoming week as we start getting into photography.
Four Assignments and One Reflection
I announced my book choice: Wool by Hugh Howey. I actually ordered the book on Amazon instead of putting it off, so I’m proud of myself for that. Speaking of Amazon, here’s my Products of the Apocalypse assignment. My review on Amazon for this zombie blaster highlights one of the evils of Nerf:
I actually submitted the review, I hope they approve it.
Onto a more serious assignment, I was able to write an alternative ending to Ray Bradbury’s There Will Come Soft Rains. It was really interesting to try and mimic his style of writing. This was in an attempt to keep the flow of the piece. In the ending of my piece, I tried to accentuate how the natural order of events will continue without humanity’s presence. I explore these ideas some more in my reflection post for two short stories. One is There Will Come Soft Rains, and the other is Finis by Frank Pollack.
I also took our “The End is for Everything” assignment pretty seriously. Instead of writing a traditional narrative style of story, I opted to write a program that tells a post-apocalyptic story inspired by Black Mirror! Of all the work I did this week, I’m most proud of this idea even if the implementation could have used some touching-up:
The final assignment I did was a poem parody on Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. I think it’s amusing and even a little clever – I wouldn’t say that poetry comes naturally to me, so I’m happy with what I produced. Granted, it’s easier when a renowned poet has laid out the entire structure of the poem for you.
I tried interacting with people more, mainly on Twitter, by responding to comments on my post, and commenting questions on another person’s post. I can tell there are awesome, fun, and creative people in this class. I’m always happy to see what everybody is working on.
Definately! I love the variety of prompts – they push me to create outside of my comfort zone. What’s your favorite part about the class (if you want to share)?
— Christopher Ringham (@Chris_tastrophe) February 5, 2018
No response on that one yet, but we’ll see.
Also, I need to manage my time by starting on assignments earlier.
“In the event of an apocalypse, do you think you’d be the kind of person to hoard your supplies (for yourself and your loved ones) or would you share them with those around you in need? Why or why not?”
I’d protect my family’s supplies like a dragon over a hoard of gold.
Under the assumption that we have limited supplies, and they are in demand, we cannot afford to give them away to anybody around us. Supplies meet physiological needs, and the family satisfies many psychological needs. Unless the outsider will somehow fulfill part of those two categories long-term like a family member, it’s a loss for the family to give away supplies. It would be horrible to turn away somebody in need, but necessary if it means a family member avoids hunger instead of the stranger. Of course, if we can afford to help, we should – I just don’t see it being affordable directly after an apocalyptic event.