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Stolen Memories: A Post 9/11 Memoir From Beyond (Working Title) By: Laura Lopez My project is an experiment in genre-blending storytelling that pushes the boundaries between the classic memoir and historical fiction.  I intend to explore the implications of mode and memory on character and plot development through the creation of a series of fictionalized […]

After the Rain

Thursday night’s guest speaker was amazing! Barbara Ganley is truly inspiring and gave me some great advice for my project.  “Just write the thing” was spot-on.  I’d been delaying it for some time, not sure if I was “ready” and already burdened with more than enough research reading to catch up on. I think it […]

Reading, Research & Other Stuff

This week has been a whirlwind…and it’s not over yet…. It was a thrill to “Virtually Connect” with the DML conference last week.  A great big thanks to Henry Jenkins and Kim Jaxon and ALL of the participants for taking the time to “meet” with us.  And to our professors for continually providing us with […]

Looking for Sources in All the Right Places

This is going to be a bit shorter of a blog than usual, as only a few significant things have happened in the past week.  I have been able to locate, curate, and analyze a lot more sources, and I am feeling pretty jazzed about that.  My white whale, however, continues to elude me.  Moby … Continue reading Looking for Sources in All the Right Places

Thinking things through…

I feel like I’m at a good place with regard to my thesis development.  There’s just the right amount of tension/stress/anxiety and a load of excitement/enthusiasm/energy.  There are still, however, a bunch of questions.   I struggle with trying to define the genre of my piece.  Should I call it historical autofiction? Faction? Fictionalized memoir? […]

A Chronicle of Contemporary History??

Although I’m not quite ready to begin drafting any of the fictitious “conversations” with my father, I have been thinking about what they might sound like.  What I might say to him.  And he to me.  The thought of spending countless hours “interacting” with my father again (even in an imagined space) is exciting. And […]

Something New to Puke About

Well, following the recommendation of my boss in the Writing Center, I just submitted a proposal for the PCACA 2018 National Conference. My proposed paper/presentation would be a truncated version of my thesis that covers the same topics, but less extensively than I intend for the thesis.  I’m feeling sick with anxiety right now, and … Continue reading Something New to Puke About

Purified Consumerism in the GremCorps Community: A Mini Discourse Analysis

Art and character by me Grem2 species by MrGremble on DeviantArt Last semester I coined the term “purified consumerism” to describe some of the buying/selling/trading practices I had noticed in CS communities.  “Purified consumerism” refers to an informal agreement between a seller and buyer that the product, in this case a pre-made Grem2 character design, … Continue reading Purified Consumerism in the GremCorps Community: A Mini Discourse Analysis

That to this…

I envision and hope for my final thesis to be equal parts creative and analytical.  Kinda like me.   In three short weeks, I have eliminated 4 of my original 5 potential thesis topics.  Replaced one of the eliminated topics with a completely (sorta) new topic .  And, most recently, have managed to combine the […]

Grab Bag(bean?)

Hello, readers. I know I said I was going to talk about the economic features of CS (this is the abbreviation I’ll be using from here on out for “closed species”) communities in my next blog post, but I’m sorry to say that’s not going to happen today. I feel like I still need to … Continue reading Grab Bag(bean?)

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