What a week! Is it time for midterms yet? It sure does feel like it! Like Kimmy Schmidt said, “I survived!”
I started out this week by completing three Daily Creates. If you would like to see what I did for those, check them out below!
Around 2:30 AM I was woken up by an extremely bright light coming from outside. There was no way it was already daylight. I look out and there it was. A UFO parked on Ball Circle. Unearthly creatures came out and I thought this was just a bad nightmare. It wasn't. #tdc2213 #ds106 pic.twitter.com/vOgiyY8iWU
— Elizabeth Finto (@eafinto) January 30, 2018
I totally forgot to add the picture to my post on Tuesday for some odd reason! I'm so sorry! I still hope this is acceptable!
Don't go backwards. Keep going forwards. We may wish for a restart, but sometimes we really don't need one. #tdc2214 #ds106 #NationalBackwardDay pic.twitter.com/ihYpSpbyRE
— Elizabeth Finto (@eafinto) February 4, 2018
— Elizabeth Finto (@eafinto) February 1, 2018
In case you would like some context for these “stories,” here we go! On Monday, the Daily Create said to create a Flash Fiction story on Twitter with only 280 characters about what I would have seen/experienced if a zombie apocalypse occurred. On Tuesday, it was National Backwards Day, so I decided to find a picture of a rear-view mirror on a car that is looking back behind the car as to say “Don’t look back. Keep going.” On Wednesday, we went to the Random Compliment Generator, which gave me the compliment “Oh!, how you inflict me with wounds of paranoia and desire!” Talk about an awkward situation! Do I say thanks? Hahaha!
Let’s just say I had a lot of fun. I feel like I got to let loose and have fun with these assignments for once! That’s one reason I took this class! I don’t have to write a 5-page paper or study for an exam. I get to explore my creative side!
Also this week, I got the apocalyptic sci-fi novel I will be reading over the course of the next few weeks in the mail! I haven’t started reading it quite yet because it’s been difficult to find the time! However, I plan to start reading it this upcoming week! I’ll let you all know how I like it and if I recommend it!
I also read two short stories, which I reflected upon in a post a few posts down from this one! You can find it here! Long story short, I read Tupac Shakur and the End of the World by Sandra McDonald and There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury. I enjoyed both of these stories because of the way each author used such vivid imagery that led to me feeling as though I was there living in each story and having to figure out a way to survive each apocalyptic setting! Also, after reading Tupac Shakur and the End of the World, I decided to write an alternative ending to this story. I began to wonder if I should end the story in a happy ending or if I should go over to my dark side and kill everyone off. I chose the happy ending, however, I did not want to make it seem like something out of a Disney movie. If you want to know how I decided to end the story, go check it out here!
I also got to explore the apocalypse by making it my own! I not only wrote the alternate ending to one of my new favorite short stories, but I also left an Amazon review for a product that I think could help me survive the apocalypse. Sadly, I do not actually own the knife because I don’t know if I would trust myself with all of the different pieces and parts! It seems like a great tool, though, and if the apocalypse does come some day, then I’m definitely going to invest in one of these. If you want to see the product itself, and my review, you can find it in a recent post here! To finish off the week, I completed three more assignments. I decided to write a haiku all about the apocalypse and how it changed the world, itself. It’s difficult to write everything you want to say about the apocalypse in a 5/7/5 syllabic pattern. You can find what I ended up coming up with here! The second-to-last assignment I completed was one in which I chose a picture and then wrote a short story that I thought the picture told. If you want to see my short story/interpretation, you’ll find it here! The last assignment I worked on this week was one that became quite a challenge! The original assignment was to create a story in each word began with the consecutive letter of the alphabet, for example, “A bear cooked dinner…” However, this became way too difficult to do with the apocalypse. I made it my own by writing 26 sentences, in which each sentence began with each consecutive letter of the alphabet. Go check it out here! I definitely had a lot of fun with each of these assignments from our class’s “Assignment Bank.”
Also this week, I began to explore my classmates’ creations and stories. One of my favorite blogs so far comes from my classmate, Elaina Finkelstein. She created an “Apocalypse Terms of Service” and it explained the rules of the apocalypse only through GIFs! I really enjoyed it, and you should definitely go check her out here! Another one of my classmates’s blog caught my attention! He also created an alternative ending for the short story Tupac Shakur and the End of the World. It was fun to compare my ending with his! If you want to see what he’s up to, you can find his blog here!
That’s a wrap on this week! See you next week in “The End!”
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? (Feel free to also answer this question in the comments below!)
If I was faced with the apocalypse, I think that I would hoard my supplies for myself and also for my loved ones. That makes me sound like a horrible person, but I feel as though the apocalypse is a situation in which it’s every man for himself (or herself). In class, I’m happy to give you a piece of paper or a stick of gum, but if it’s a life or death situation, I’d rather be able to take care of myself and my loved ones rather than run out of supplies before I, myself, can benefit from them. Who knows how long I’ll have to live off of my supplies? I’m sorry!