Category: Weekly Updates

Goodbye, DS106

Goodbye, DS106

It’s about that time, fellow survivors! We have reached the End of the End.

Can you believe it’s been 16 weeks? I can’t!

These last two weeks, I have completed seven Daily Creates and finally finished my final story, which I worked on with my friend, Taylor! It took us quite a while, but it is finally finished and we are both so proud of it.

Taylor and I decided to work together on this project because we really enjoyed working together for our radio show a few weeks back. We decided we wanted to write a story, because it is something that both of us love to do. I could spend hours and hours writing fictional stories with no storyline whatsoever. However, I definitely do that this time!

We decided to tell the story of our two characters, Dr. Annalise Huddleston and Felicity (Flick). Go check out our story, An Adventure to Remember. We included three elements in our story including writing, design, and photography. We wrote the story together, and then yesterday and today walked around UMW’s campus taking pictures of buildings around campus that gave off an apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic vibe. Our design ideas came to life in the wedding invitation that I created, the blog posts from Flick (Taylor), and the “evidence” board as we called it where we kept track of “what we know” about the apocalypse that we “created.”

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed writing and working with Taylor. I also can’t tell you how proud I am of how this story came together.

Besides our final story, I completed seven Daily Creates. Check them out below!

We have come to the End of the End of the End.

This semester has been one of my favorites, and if I could, I would take this class again. I enjoyed the creative freedom as well learning more about myself. I could write another goodbye blog post all about this semester, but for now, I will say goodbye here. I will always have a scrapbook of memories from this class here on this blog! I’m so proud of everything I’ve done this semester! Please continue to enjoy my past works! Let me know what you think!

“This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later.”

 

But Do We Have A Story For You!

But Do We Have A Story For You!

The End of the End is upon us! Crazy right?

For my final project, I have decided to work with my friend, Taylor Malone (one of the girls from my radio show), on a final story! I can’t wait to start the process of writing our story! We already have our plan and ideas for how the story will work, but we have not started the writing process quite yet!

For our story, we will be using three of the elements that we learned about this semester. These three elements will be:

  1. Writing
  2. Design
  3. Photography

We have some amazing ideas of how our story is going to work! I don’t want to give too much away right now because there is just so much amazing detail that will be put in that I want you guys to wait for all of the details until our story has been finished and finalized! However, I’ll give you just a little teaser!

Our story will involve my character, Dr. Annalise Huddleston, and Taylor’s character, Flick (full name is Felicity). We end up meeting each other as I have visited New York University, where Flick is studying. I found out that Flick and I have to escape from New York. We journey together to survive and power through the apocalyptic world while we miss what and who are closest to us.

That’s all I want to say right now before I give too much away!

I will update again soon!

What do you think our story should be titled?

 

Putting the “Fan” in Fan Fiction

Putting the “Fan” in Fan Fiction

T-minus 3 weeks until the END of the semester! I’m losing my mind. Don’t know if that’s because of the apocalypse or if it’s my work load.

Fan Fiction. We’ve all read it. Some of us have created it. Don’t lie to yourself. 😉

This week was filled with it! (Kind of)

I was to complete 12 stars of assignments for this week after choosing from a long list of possibilities. It was a lot of fun to have all of this free reign! There was one catch, though! Each assignment had to be based on the novel I read for this class which was California by Edan Lepucki! I really enjoyed this book! For these assignments, I took twists and turns in some of my creations! You can see below what I did!

  1. “Focus on the Background” – 3 STARS

    (To read the full story, please click on the image above)
  2. “That Bucket List Though” – 2 STARS 
  3. “Let’s See Some ID” – 3 STARS 

4. “Imaginary Places” – 3 STARS  

5. “Animated GIF Alternative Cover” – 5 STARS 

(Hint Hint: If you click the images/media below each title, it will take you to the more in-depth blog post about the creative processes behind each one of these projects!)

Next! I found a new piece of evidence! I walked outside yesterday and saw a long trail of random keys everywhere on campus! I don’t know what it means, what they go to, or anything like that! It’s scary! Here’s a picture! Watch out, guys!

And that’s all for Week 12, friends!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK: 

Look to your right. The thing you see is the only weapon you’ll have during the End. How will you use it to survive?

To my right, I have a stapler. This will definitely come in handy! Has anyone ever accidentally stapled themselves? I have. When I was four or five, I was playing with this tiny stapler, and a staple shot out and cut into my thumb. Ouch. I will now use this stapler, not on myself, but as another weapon. I will get it to shoot staples at the enemies. It may not kill them, but it will take them down for sure. There is no pain quite like having a staple in your skin. Plus, there are a lot of staples in my stapler! Watch out, zombies!

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Video Week 2.0

Video Week 2.0

We have reached the end of our video unit. Ladies and gentlemen please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle until we have finished this blog post. Thank you.

First things first, I completed two Daily Creates this week!

On Thursday, as a class, we wrote a story all together in which we could only respond with GIFs. We started as “Once upon a time, this star was moving through the sky  at quite a pace and smaller stars fell from its wake…” And once I was ready to respond, we were talking about Kanye West. Then it went on to talking about Kim Kardashian crying. Let’s just say it took a turn! You can read the full story by clicking on the Tweet below! You don’t want to miss this one! Kanye will know if you keep scrolling!

Then! On Saturday, I made my own “Escape the Apocalypse” playlist on Spotify. Honestly, I find some of my song choices to be quite hilarious. For example, I can imagine myself driving/flying/walking/running away from everything in slow-mo while listening to “We Are The Champions” by Queen.

Source: Giphy

Next, I watched another apocalyptic movie! This week, I watched The Day the Earth Stood Still from 1951. I enjoyed it very, very much! It’s all about a ‘man,’ Klaatu, who comes to Earth with his robot friend Gort to bring a special message! I wrote a reflection post about it, as well! After watching, I created a video in which I compiled clips of different aliens, futuristic people, etc. Check it out!

Next, I sat down and had a Q&A session with Dr. Vanessa Locke! She asked me some questions about the apocalypse and what I have experienced. She needs to know these things!

As a video assignment from the video assignment bank, I chose to complete a 3-star assignment in which I highlighted my favorite person. Without even having to blink, I chose to talk about my mom. If you want to see more, you can read this blog post!

As my last assignment bank assignment for this video week, I created a notecard story! We’ve all seen the videos in which people tell sad, personal stories while lifting up different flashcards with their stories on it. I wanted to make one, and I wanted mine to be funny! All I have to say is that sometimes, my dreams are so realistic.

Also this week, I was able to create my own assignments to add to the Daily Create collection as well as another assignment to add to the video assignment bank. I somehow managed to forget to take a screenshot of my Daily Create, but I made it so that people would have to put a SnapChat filter over a clip of their favorite movie or TV show. My favorite videos of this are from Friends, the TV show. If you’ve never seen one before, watch this one below! (I did not personally make this video.)

For the assignment bank video assignment that I created, I asked for people to create book trailers for their favorite books or even for a book that they personally want to write!

We have now reached the end of this weekly update. Feel free to get up and move around the site!

😉 Until next time!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK

You hear on the radio that the End has started. What do you do first?

I hear the End has started. Immediately, I make sure that I, in fact, am not dreaming. Next, I grab my bag that I prepared years ago just in case. Then, I try to go anywhere safe that I can all while calling my relatives and friends to tell them where I’m going and that they need to stay safe as well. I just keep running away from whatever it is that has caused the End.

 

3…2…1… Action! – Week 10 Recap

3…2…1… Action! – Week 10 Recap

Ugghhhhh… This week, you guys. I’m barely crawling out of week 10 alive. This week was filled with so much  to do, not just in this class, but in all of my classes! In college, the grind never ends. It’s 10:00 PM on Monday night, and I am exhausted.

But! Enough complaining!

Week 10 was the beginning of the video unit here in DS106! Say cheese while I call action!

This week started out with me completing two Daily Creates!

On Wednesday, the 28th, I decided to create my own fantasy plant! We’ve all probably heard of the  Giving Tree, but have you ever heard of the Talking Tree? Now you have! I figured this tree looked like it belongs in Horton Hears a Who, but it might not be animated enough. Anyone else agree?

On Thursday, I did the Daily Create in which I was to take a “tourist slogan” from a particular place such as Los Angeles, Niagara Falls, Paris, France, or whatever I wanted to add, and then add that slogan to somewhere it obviously doesn’t belong. So, for fun, I decided to put Disney World’s slogan or theme “The Happiest Place on Earth” under Virginia, where I live. VA can be a happy place, but is it as magical as Disney World? Probably not.

Next, I read and watched some sources in order to learn about how to read a movie! Yes, you read that correctly. You can read movies. If you want to see a more in-depth look into my reflection of the different videos and movie I watched (The Quiet Earth), I wrote all about it in one of my blog posts from this week!

Source: Bloody-Disgusting.com 

The next three assignments this week came from the Video Assignment Bank for DS106!

The first video I created was a digital, video snapshot of my last three years of college in which I included numerous pictures from freshman year all the way to now, in junior year. A lot has happened in only three years! Take a look:

The next assignment was a lyric video that I created for one of my favorite songs, “Future Looks Good” by One Republic. I do not own the song or the band. I just wanted to make this video for a song I love. If you’ve never heard the song, then you can listen below!

The last video I created for this week was a quick survival tip video from Dr. Annalise Huddleston, herself! She gave some insight into how to survive the apocalypse, and clear some things up from the radio show that she starred in two weeks ago, Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse. 

That is all from me this week! Onto Week 11 we go!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

What question would you like to ask the class?

One question I would like to ask our class is:

What is your favorite memory? Why?

A Recap of Week 9 of The End

A Recap of Week 9 of The End

It has been a great week!

Week 9 began with with my group’s radio show, Girls’ Guide to/for/through the Apocalypse. It aired on DS106 Radio on Tuesday night. It was so much fun getting to hear our show on the air. We all worked so hard on it, and it was so exciting to know that anyone could hear something we put so much work into. I was also able to live-tweet our show, so make sure to check out my Twitter or this recent blog post to see my Tweets! I also loved getting to work with my group, and I hope we get to work together again in the future!

Also this week, I completed three Daily Creates! You can find them below:

On Wednesday, the 21st, I completed the Daily Create in which I created a daily check-list for my character, Dr. Annalise Huddleston. I figured that this covered all the tasks that a doctor should do during the apocalypse. What did I leave out?

On Thursday, the 22nd, I completed the Daily Create in which I renamed an animal with a more descriptive and accurate name. I figured that a good name for a dolphin would be “friendly shark.” Think about it. When you’re in the ocean, sometimes it’s difficult to know for sure if the fin sticking out of the water belongs to a dolphin or a shark. Check out this webpage where you can find even more funny/accurate names for your favorite animals! Some of my favorites are the “Tyrannosaurus Deer” A.K.A the kangaroo, the “Cat Bird” A.K.A the owl, the “Sea Flap-Flap” A.K.A the stingray, and the “Formal Chicken” A.K.A the penguin. Share some other examples in the comments! They never fail to make me laugh.

The last Daily Create that I completed this week was on Friday, the 23rd. As a person who has grown up with both cats and dogs, and watched hundreds of hilarious videos of dogs and cats, I had a difficult time deciding which is the best. I had to settle for both. Cats can do things that dogs can’t, and dogs can do things that cats can’t. Across my lifetime, I have had three cats and two dogs. The dog on the right in the picture below is my dog, Molly, who recently passed away, and someone who I knew since I was seven-years-old. The dog on the left is Lily. She came into my life when I was fourteen. She’s very sweet, and loved her best friend, Molly. I love all animals, though. If you put a skunk in front of me, I would still say that it’s cute! No shame!

I interrupt your regularly scheduled content for a moment because I don’t want to be done talking about cats and dogs, so here are some of my favorite GIFs of them.

Source: Giphy
Source: Giphy
Source: Giphy

And now back to your regular scheduled content…

Another assignment from this week was to “remix” an assignment that I have already completed this semester. I chose to recreate the haiku I wrote back in February. To see my reflection of this assignment, you can find it in this recent blog post!

The first version:

Photo by Jaak Horn on Unsplash

Our world was gorgeous.

 The apocalypse took it away.

 Now we wear gas masks.

The remixed version:

Photo by Satwik Arora on Unsplash

The road is empty.

Once in a while I see you.

Someday this will end.

The last main thing I did this week was step up my commenting game. I definitely tried to comment on many more of my classmates’ blog posts. I will continue to do so in the future, as well! If I left you a comment, great job! If I didn’t give you a comment, I’ll make sure to do so before the semester is over!

This week has been quite fun! Not only did I have these assignments for DS106, but it was also Junior Week here at UMW! I attended Junior Formal on Friday night with my best friends, and then on Saturday, I received my class ring! I wish I could go back and do it all over again, however I don’t think I would change a thing! One thing that I took away from the ceremony and speeches was the line that it’s okay to be uncomfortable. You might be uncomfortable, but you aren’t paralyzed. I love that so much, and will be taking that along with me through the rest of my life!

Also, we’re just SIX weeks away from summer vacation!! Let’s do this!

One quick comment, too! Happy Easter!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

What’s one thing you definitely couldn’t live without during the apocalpyse? How would you go about obtaining it?

I would have to say that I definitely couldn’t live without my family. I would make sure that I could stay as a unit in the apocalypse. The four of us could get much more done than just one of us. I like to be alone when I want to be and when I’m comfortable. However, in the apocalypse, I know I will not want to be alone if I can avoid it. If I wasn’t able to get to my family before the apocalypse, I would try to use my phone as much as I could to find out where they are so I could find them before it’s too late.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Been a Minute, Fellow Survivors

It’s Been a Minute, Fellow Survivors

Hello!

I had a wonderful spring break and I wish I could have about two more weeks of it. Unfortunately, I had to come back to the real world. I went down to Kiawah Island in South Carolina to visit family. Kiawah is a very special place for my family and me. We have celebrated numerous Easters and Thanksgivings down there. I learned how to ride a bike on the beach and it is somewhere where I felt like I grew up. It’s a second home, and somewhere that is extremely special to me. It was amazing to be back down there after a few years of not being able to go down or spend long enough. If I had to explain Kiawah in one word, I would say “paradise.” Just so you can get an idea how amazing this place is, here are a few pictures. If you click on them, they’ll take you to the Kiawah website so you can see even more. (I seriously recommend taking a look!)

  Source: GolfAdvisor.com
Source: Federal Highway Administration

That last picture? Yeah, that’s me around the age of 6 or 7 jumping across a little fountain/pond thingy. I could spend hours doing that.

So anyways, now you can kind of see why I love this place so much. But you want to know what I did for class these past few weeks, right?

So, let’s rewind a bit to before spring break! Before spring break, I finally got to meet with my survivalist group for the apocalypse/The End. I really, really enjoy working with these girls. We all get along and I’m excited to continue to form friendships with these ladies. If you want to know who I’m talking about, they’re names and blogs are as follows: Taylor, Rachel, Emily, and Morgan. Our tasks for the past few weeks have been to work together to think of, create, edit, and share our own radio show that will be featured on DS106 Radio. Without giving too much away, the title of our show is “Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse” where each of us acts as our characters that each of us have created. We have Taylor and Rachel portraying their characters, Felicity and Offred as two advice columnists, Emily and Morgan portraying their characters, Jennifer and Bobbi Jane as two beauty gurus, and then me portraying my character, Annalise as a doctor giving advice and tips in order to survive. That’s all I can tell you as right now, but check out DS106 Radio this week to hear our debut! Oh! Also here is the promotional advertisement I made for our show! You’ll have to check out the other designs and promos for our show on the other girls’ pages. After the show, please let us know what you think!

Also over the past few weeks, I have completed four Daily Creates! Check them out:

For the first one, I used Hero Machine to create what I hope to become by the end of the apocalypse. I was tempted to create some kind of different creature, like a hawk with an alien’s head, or something strange like that. However, I’d really like to still be me at the end of the End. Therefore, I made myself, or a portrayal of me as myself and as my character at the same time.

For the second one, I got to play some Pictionary. My drawing skills are quite possibly some of the worst, but I still had fun. Can you guess the word? The funnier the guess, the better.

For the third one, I got to use an online template in order to make my own Wheel of Fortune word puzzle. Can you solve the puzzle?

For the fourth one, I used Canva to create a postcard that I sent to my parents as a last message in the apocalypse. I hope they’re safe and doing well. I hope I get to see them soon.

So! That was my past few weeks in a nutshell! See you next time!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

If the apocalypse were to happen, and you had to become something. . .else. Which kind of something would you want to be and why?

  • Some kind of mutant, like a zombie, vampire, or werewolf?
  • A cyborg who looks like a human but is actually operating from an artifical intelligence?
  • A being from someplace other than Earth?
  • A supernatural being, capable of feats no human could even begin to comprehend?
  • A time-traveler with the ability to potentially travel back and forth in time to change the outcome of the apocalypse?
  • Something else?

If the apocalypse were to happen, I would want to be a time-traveler. I think time-travel is pretty awesome, and I sometimes really wish it existed so that I could be a kid again! Life was so simple and wonderful! I also feel like I could become some sort of superhero that saves the day by preventing the apocalypse all together. I would also want to travel to the future if I’m too late and the apocalypse has already hit. I would want to travel to the future so I could see if we’ll get through this, and maybe there is something I can do in the future to redirect the results of the apocalypse. However, one fear of mine is getting stuck in the past or future and not being able to return to the present. However, a time traveler seems much more exciting than becoming a zombie, no offense zombies.

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Listen One, Listen All: We’re Going to be on the Air

Listen One, Listen All: We’re Going to be on the Air

My group and I met Wednesday night to record and edit our radio show, “Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse,” which will be airing on DS106 Radio next week! Keep your ears open for it!

We met in the vocal booth in the HCC to record all of our segments, bumpers, and more! After overcoming a few issues with the microphone and computer not wanting to pair up and function properly, each one of us (Rachel, Taylor, Morgan, Emily, and I) recored our different segments of our radio show. I went first, and I have to admit, I felt kind of silly recording my voice and my segment. We all acted as our characters in our segments. Instead of Rachel, Taylor, Morgan, Emily, and Elizabeth, we were Offred, Felicity, Jennifer, Bobbi Jane, and Annalise.

One thing that worked so well was the fact that we all worked together, and before any of us did anything, we did our best to share our ideas and scripts with one another so no one went in completely blind as to what someone was going to be doing/saying. First, I recorded my segment where I shared some health advice on how to stay healthy and safe during the apocalypse due to the fact that my character is a doctor. Then, Taylor and Rachel recorded their segment as Felicity and Offred, our group’s midwives! Their segment followed the form of an advice column. I won’t give their secrets away, so you’ll just have to listen to our show to find out what they said! Last, but definitely not least, Morgan and Emily recorded their segment as Jennifer and Bobbi Jane. Their segment was all about the different beauty hacks you can use during the apocalypse. I’m also not going to reveal anything about their segment because I don’t want to spoil anything!

Source: Paul Bogart

After all of the segments had been recorded, Emily recorded our introduction to the overall radio show. Then, two “commercials”/bumpers were created by Taylor and me. Our next bumper will be a song to make our show sound more like a radio show rather than a podcast.

Once everything was recorded, Morgan and Rachel worked together to work on music and sound effects for our overall show. We’re so grateful for them! Then, Rachel took on the huge task of editing everything together! She has had the most experience with this sort of thing, and she didn’t mind doing it!

Our show is almost completely finished, edited, and ready to play on the DS106 Radio. I absolutely have loved working with the girls in my group. We work so well together. Everyone takes control of each situation, and we are able to get our work done. The first night we met, we had already come up with our topic, what we would be saying, the name of our radio, and more! After only the second meeting, our radio show is completely recorded and almost completely edited! Rachel let us know as of right now, our show is about 19 minutes!

Get ready to learn about some hacks and useful tips to use for the apocalypse. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to tell us what you think!

Go check out my other group mates’ updates and thoughts below:

Taylor Malone

Rachel Melvin

Emily Sanborn

Morgan Burke

Week 6: A Recap

Week 6: A Recap

We’ve made it through Week 6! I didn’t know if I’d make it! This week has had its absolute ups and its awful downs. For one thing, I had to say goodbye to my sweet yellow lab, Molly, on Thursday after 14 years together! I hate it, but I’m getting through it!

Besides everything that’s been going on in my personal life, it was DESIGN week! I definitely think this week was definitely one of my absolute favorites. I got to discover a creative side of myself that I didn’t ever really know I had!

First, I completed three Daily Creates (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) :

(Not quite sure why my picture isn’t coming up for that last Daily Create, so here it is: )

 

Next, I watched two TED talks! The first was given by Paula Scher, and the other was given by David Carson. Both were very interesting! Paula Scher is most well-known for the creation of the Citi Bank logo! She also has taken different things, such as the US map, and turned them into her own art by recreating the map only using the names of cities, countries, states, etc. Pretty cool, right? She also has included humor in her designs. For example, one sign that she created was a bathroom sign that just said “Go to the bathroom” with an arrow in the direction of the restrooms. She takes ordinary things that we see everyday and turns them into something more noticeable and exciting! David Carson is also a very humorous designer. He originally started out as a sociologist! His designs are more minimalist, but are still quite interesting! They can be interpreted in numerous different ways! I’d love to see more of both Scher and Carson’s works! If you’d like to read more about how I felt about both of these individual designers, I wrote a recent blog post about it! Check it out!

I also got to work through a few tutorials on Canva.com! I have a new-found love for Canva! It’s so much fun and there are so many possibilities of what and how you can create!

The next project I worked on was my DesignBlitz! For this assignment, I had to illustrate five elements of design with images that I took! The elements I chose to depict were hierarchy, proximity, color, alignment, and space! Here’s the end product:

My favorite assignment from this week is next! It was to create an alternate book cover of the novel I am reading for this class for the semester, California by Edan Lepucki. I’ve barely started it, but it is a post-apocalyptic novel about a husband and wife who are learning how to survive in the wilderness after their world is stripped from them. I really liked the original cover, and wanted to continue the theme of the original to my new updated version. Check it out:

My second-favorite assignment from this week was getting to bring my apocalyptic character to life! I’m so excited to continue Annalise Huddleston’s story! Please join along in the journey! As I stated last week, Annalise is a doctor who specializes in cancer research and care. When I created her on Hero Machine, I decided I wanted to go ahead and dress her in appropriate clothes for the apocalypse, but put her in her own “natural” environment, the hospital.

Another favorite assignment from this week was getting to play with writing out Annalise’s name as a personal “logo,” if you will! Here’s the result:

The next assignment was creating a word cloud to describe and depict Annalise! I included words to describe her, as herself, and also words that describe doctors and their profession! I also really love the contrasts of all of the colors!

One last assignment I did was try to help Martha find her apocalypse hat!! She’s lost it and we NEED to find it! It’s urgent! If you know anything, please let me know!

One of the last things I did this week was become a part of a survivalist group! I’m so excited to work with my teammates! They all seem very nice and open! I can’t wait to be able to work our different characters into a story together! We need to make a survivalist group name! I’ll make sure to talk to them about that this week! I’m working with Taylor, Rachel, Morgan, and Emily! I am looking forward to getting everyone and fighting the apocalypse with each other!


WEEKLY QUESTION:

Group dynamics can be tricky.
What’s been the most successful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?

I have definitely worked in groups that just haven’t worked at all! High school was the trickiest.

However, the most successful group I’ve ever been a part of would have to be the group I was in for a presentation we had to do in my Intro to Cinema Studies class. We were assigned a passage in the book, The Beguiled, and we had to adapt the passage in the book to a “storyboard” that we would use to turn the passage into a part of a film. We worked very well together, and I’d definitely work with each person again! One thing that worked so well was the way in which we communicated all the time. We kept each other in the loop. We’d send each other messages like “I’m working on this scene” or “I just finished this.” We also laid out an outline that we all agreed upon. Then, we divided the scenes/shots up amongst all of us evenly, and everyone was allowed to have a say of what parts they wanted to do/work on. We compiled everything into a Google Presentation, and ended up getting one of the highest grades in the class!! I was thrilled! We all were! It was definitely so great! Communication was key, as well as the fact that we each made time to all get together and work on the project as a group instead of only communicating through texting and Facebook Messenger.