Two Wednesdays So Far

September 21, 2011

Am I the only one who mentally pronounces Wednesday as ‘Wed-nes-day’ when writing it out? Anyway…

I’ve really enjoyed these last two Wednesdays. They’re hectic, they’re a little chaotic, but that’s what makes them so fun. I genuinely feel like I’m learning, and I must admit that it’s nice to be able to listen to music while technically being in class! I also feel like we’re still hitting on the goals of the class, especially ‘Respond carefully, critically, and sensitively to language, and identify and properly employ relevant literary terms, such as imagery, allusion, voice, tone, metaphor, meter, diction, figurative language, form, meter, and rhyme.’

In other words, we’re doing a lot of analyzing of language, but at the same time I don’t find myself getting distracted or bored. It’s a lot of fun to see what my fellow classmates have to say on various topics, and this way everyone has a chance to say something. Looking forward to more of these Web Wednesdays!

And the searching is complete! It’s still a ‘war’ story but quite a different one than something from the Cold War genre:

http://www.shortstoryarchive.com/l/glory_of_war.html

Looking forward to seeing what I can do with this!

UPDATED: The story’s changed, it’s now http://www.shortstoryarchive.com/e/canoe_fight.html 🙂

And So It Begins…

September 14, 2011

Hey, all, it seems that I’m supposed to talk about an author, genre, or short story I’m interested in. I’ve been skimming Project Gutenberg, and while I haven’t found anything in particular just yet I’d be fascinated to read something from the Cold War era. I’m a bit of a history geek, and that period in time is really interesting to me as it wasn’t so long ago, but at the same time it ended (the collapse of the USSR) when I was just eight months old. Because of that I have no memories of the era but I have cousins not much older than me who do have vague recollections of it.

One of the problems with this is that finding something from the public domain is a little difficult as the copyright for most of these stories hasn’t expired yet. I’m looking through the Russia section of Project Gutenberg at the moment and finding nothing. I’ll try various other Slavic countries when I’m through, and maybe I’ll find something under Germany (East and West Germany have fascinated me for years!).

If worst comes to worst I’ll go back a bit further and try to find something pertaining to WWII, or maybe further back than that. I’m not dead set on finding something Cold War/Soviet era related, but it would be nice to find something. It’s always fun to see both sides of a story, even when that other side is all the way on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Wish me luck!