week 2 in a nutshell

This week started out with MLK DAY! (or as I like to call it, milk day). I looked over what we needed to read and thought “Man. Maybe this is a typo and they meant week 2 AND 3″. Once I started though, I fell into the trap. It was actually becoming ENJOYABLE.

Like the daily creates. I enjoy those and am finding myself looking forward to them. The reading was LONG, but once I would start a story, I wouldn’t put it down. My favorite story was the Wild Party, just because the author managed to do the WHOLE thing in poem form. From that came one of my weekly assignments I called My Wild Party. I enjoyed that assignment so I decided to try it again, creating “Don’t drop the soap… and other shower horrors.” based off of Psycho, the Alfred Hitchcock movie. The one I picked to dedicate to my character, Delilah Valentine, was a visual assignment where I had to make a collage telling a story. And the last of my visual assignments I did for kicks and giggles was called RUN FORREST RUN!! The readings, as I stated before, were long. But I came out of it feeling cultured, and I’m beginning to recognize different Noir undertones in movies today. You can get my full and detailed opinion here.

As for participation, I will admit, posting on someone else’s blog for the first time felt intimidating (and honestly, slightly intrusive), but I finally did, and it wasn’t that bad. In fact, now that I’ve been posting to the different social media sites, I find that more people are posting on my stuff, leaving encouragement and constructive criticize.

Writing Noir

This week, we read A LOT of Noir. It was gripping, dark, and all contained a murder motif. The females were all hyper-sexualized and broke the traditional female characteristics of the time. Instead of being prim,unkempt, and prudish they were gritty and promiscuous (all had a hinted preference for S&M sexual preferance).The men fell into extremely masculine roles and the foil for the antagonist was usually another male.
Noir style is defiant of the cultural dynamics everyone was desperately tying to convey. As people, we have this sick craving for the twisted human nature. We become addicted to the shock and marvel at how cold the human heart can be,especially if the culture surrounding you is trying to give the appearance of put-together and innocent. The creators of Noir recognized this and appealed to our need for some perversion. This subject material is very controversial, but yet the style is still around. In fact, very popular film and T.V shows are based directly from Noir. It’s a brilliant style and took cahones to make, but it’s become the most important revolution to American film and culture to date.

Delilah Valentine

PicMonkey Collage

This post is dedicated to Delilah Valentine, my character for my semester. It explains what hippotherapy is, and if my character was to be played by any actress/performer, it’d be Taylor swift (as long as she dyed her hair black and kept it natural). Delilah’s story is a simple one. She’s a Spanish-American gypsy who spent her childhood traveling the plains of Iowa. At 15, she was exiled from the gypsy community because of her faith, and spent the rest of her teenage years working at a horse ranch and getting her education. She graduated from UI and used her horse background to become a hippotherapist (a therapist who uses horses to help aid in therapy with the mentally disabled)