5 Reasons I Write

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs, Digital Studies |

1. It is a release for me.  When I am having a bad day or am struggling with something emotionally, writing is the best way for me to come to terms with how I feel. I am not very emotional or very in touch with my emotions nor very good at expressing them, so writing helps me get there. 2. It is an escape.  I write a lot fantasy and enjoy creating new worlds and peoples.  Writing lets me make a world or a place that is not my own.  I can get away for a while, just like reading. 3. I love reading.  I’ve loved reading since I was 4 years old.  Because of this love and appreciation for reading, I fell in love with the idea of creating stories like the authors I adored as a child and growing up.  Like C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Avi, Gary Paulsen, Jane Austen, and so many more. 4. I’m good at it. This is one of the only things I feel comfortable and happy doing.  I know that when writing I am creating something that hopefully people will love as much as I loved and love the work of other writers. 5. I can do a lot with it. Being a good writer is needed in a lot of fields spanning a lot of variety.  Being an English major and writer makes me very marketable as so many businesses and different fields need good writers.  I can do marketing, advertising, editing, publishing, writing, and the types of writing are so diverse – technical, proposal, creative, dialog,...

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Twine Game

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs, Digital Studies |

I’ve created my first twine game! It’s still a bit rough and needs much editing but here’s my first result! http://philome.la/Chillinliketoof/lifesometimes Let me know what you guys think/have any questions in the comment box down below!

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Twine Story

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs, Digital Studies |

Today, I attempted to make an interactive story via Twine! Here is a link to the first version. It’s very short, with only a few pages, and simple images. I’m hoping to expand it to include multiple choice options, so the reader gets to “play” as the main character and decide what happens. As of now, it features Kutoof getting turned into a Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtle-ish crime fighter....

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Reflection on “Little Brother”

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs, Digital Studies |

I’m a huge fan on Young Adult fiction, although I rarely get into dystopian novels. However, I found myself really enjoying this reading and I definitely plan on finishing reading the book over winter break. I really liked how the technology used or mentioned in the book was explained by Marcus in an easy to understand way. I found all the different tools really interesting and gave shape to the world he’s in. One of the most intense and thought-provoking moments for me in the first five chapters was when Marcus was contemplating whether or not he’d give them all his personal information in passwords. I had never really considered what I would do in that situation or why even innocent people feel highly protective of their privacy. Personally, although I don’t really feel that I have anything to hide, I like my privacy. I like having my own thoughts and private conversations. I like knowing that certain things are either solely mine or they are shared between a limited number of people. I think its a means of maintaining your identity separate from other people’s. Another aspect of privacy is being able to control what parts of your life or personality are kept from different audiences. I know that I use Facebook and Twitter differently, and being able to have them separate from each other enables me to not be giving away all of myself to everyone. I use Facebook as a way to give life updates to relatives and friends. I try to keep my content clean because I have younger audiences on there. Whereas on Twitter, I see it as a platform to be as honest and uncensored about things as I’d like to. It’s where I can present an image that isn’t tailored to prevent drama or judgement from relatives or old friends, but to spark conversation, add humor, or express some sentiment for what it is. Another great point the book brought up was how the government can easily jump to conclusions when it comes to their efforts to prevent terrorism. I know I often times become overly self-aware when I’m doing something or googling something that might come across as sketchy without the proper explanation. Especially being a writer who is interested in a lot of dark topics, I fear what conclusions people would draw about me if they only had my Google search history to consider. I’m really interested to see where the rest of the story takes the reader and am looking forward to finding out over winter...

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Let’s talk about Pinterest

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs, Digital Studies |

Pinterest is an online social bulletin board. You can create multiple boards and post pins to them. Pins are basically images that link to another site with further information/explanation. Popular pin categories are fashion, art, architecture, DIY craft projects, beauty, health, fitness, food, gardening, photography, tech, home decor, etc. From what I’ve seen, most pins come from people pinning things (products, art, ideas, etc) that they discover while browsing on other sites. Another option is that companies or artists (or other people) will generate  original pins by posting their own products or ideas. You can also re-pin things from those you follow. The goal of Pinterest is two-fold: to provide people with a way to organize their ideas, wish lists, goals, etc, onto boards based on topic; and to share/discover ideas or products socially with your...

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5 reasons I Love Harry Potter

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs, Digital Studies |

1) I grew up with the novels and movies.  The first novel, Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, came out when I was almost 8 in 1999, but I don’t think I started the books until I was 10.  In 2001, the movie came out and I was hooked. 2) I was in the age range of the main characters.  Harry was 11 years old in the first book, and I was about the same either 10 or 11 when I first picked up J.K. Rowling’s first book that fateful day in Barnes and Noble.  Throughout the six following books and movies, as I grew, Harry, Hermione, and Ron (and all the other main characters like Neville, Luna, Dean etc.) grew up. 3) It is fantasy but isn’t so fantastical that you feel as if it is so far away and so unbelievable as some other fantasy novels.  Rowling does this by positioning the “Wizarding World” in the human world and not making it separate but just a hidden part of it.  She also has us learning about the world through the main character, Harry.  It makes you feel as if this could actually happen and make you wish it even more. 4) They have everything. Any book that can make me cry, laugh, nervous, scared, and excited is an amazing book.  Every single one of the books in the HP series did this for me.  As did the movies.  The novels are well written but also entertaining, innovative, meaningful, and deep. 5) It lets me escape.  This is the series I go to when I’m feeling truly sad or lost or lonely.  I read a chapter of one of the HP series and just let myself dive into it.  It also was the most influential book on my desire to be a...

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Klout

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs, Digital Studies |

I got an account with Klout recently, and linked in my Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Facebook. I’ve been tracking my “score” on the website since then. On November 22, it had pretty much only analyzed my Twitter, and my score on the site was 23.18. On December 2, after break, I opened up my account again to see what had happened. I was surprised to see it was 45. The score had gone up gradually until around November 26. On this day, it looks like Klout finally analyzed my Instagram as well, and as I’m pretty active on that site, this seemed to boost my score by over 20 points! It looks like Klout gives you points for every time people “engage” with a post you make. Looking at my score breakdown, it looks like it hasn’t analyzed my Google+ or my Facebook page yet, so I’m looking forward to see how the score changes when that happens. I’m surprised how excited I am about this whole score thing. I never really thought of my internet social activity as “ratable” or quantifiable, but now that it is, it’s feels like some sort of competition against myself. I want to get a higher...

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