Half a Week Down, Amiright Y’all? ;)

Hello everyone! I began my week trying to figure out the ins and outs of all the websites we have to use for this course. I set up my Twitter, my Instagram, my Youtube, and my Soundcloud accounts which I will be using, for this course; I also used my middle name Scott for the display name for each of my accounts as opposed to my last name, Coburn, just out of a personal preference.

Once all that was taken care of and all my accounts were in order, I got to working on our first Daily Create assingment, “Monday Face”:

I decided on a selfie with a kind of scrunched-up expression hunched over my computer since that was pretty much the expression I was already making, and it seemed rather appropriate for a Monday mood, in any case.

Later, I uploaded three photos to my Instagram, as a way of introducing myself:

I went with some of my favorite photos that were on my phone–my favorite selfie, my favorite photo of my cats, and pretty much the only group-shot of my favorite band–and tried to give as brief a summary about myself as I could.

The next day, I did Tuesday’s Daily Create – coming up with a color theme based on a picture uploaded to the Adobe Color website:

I thought about using a photo of Tokyo that I found online, but then I thought that it might be better to use a photo that I took myself, just in case. Either way, I really enjoyed this one; I’ve always liked playing with colors and color palettes, so really this was the perfect assignment for me!

Mostly this week so far has been getting acquainted with the websites–mostly WordPress, Twitter, and Slack–that we’ll be using throughout this semester, and figuring out how to use them, i.e. uploading files and the like for our assignments. I’m looking forward to all the different methods of storytelling through social media, since I’ve mostly associated sites like Twitter and Instagram as places to simply share updates on one’s life, as opposed to a means of telling an actual narrative.

Question of the Week: What is your favorite type of story?

I like several types of stories, but I suppose if I had to narrow it down to just one, it would probably have to be fantasy. While I never really got into books like Harry Potter growing up, there was one particular trilogy that really moved me, that I still occasionally go back to, to this day: the Theatre Illuminata trilogy by Lisa MantchevEyes Like StarsPerchance to Dream, and So Silver Bright. As flawed as the books are, in hindsight, they still hold a very special place in my heart. Two fantasy books I read in high school, Eon and its sequel Eona, by Alison Goodman, were the thickest books I’ve ever read start to finish, ever!

While I do like stories that are lighter and more comedic, I suppose I just can’t help but gravitate towards books and stories with fantasy elements to them, and I can’t really describe why that is, exactly. I guess, like the Theatre Illuminata trilogy, the genre as a whole just has a special place in my heart, simply due to how much it impacted me, from a creative standpoint–one of my own stories I constantly go back is a fantasy story, featuring monsters and the like. I guess another reason I enjoy them is because, while I have nothing against more realistic fiction, there is generally more room to suspend your disbelief with a fantasy story, at least in my opinion, which I think can be a lot of fun.

Well, I suppose that’s about it for now. Tune in later this week for my next bi-weekly sum-up! Talk to y’all later!

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