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Log #14: A Reflection and a Letter

Dear Aris, I am replying to your letter from last week.  I also wanted to tell you that if you are gointo deliver me a letter, do not do it on the back of a unicorn.  It’s “disguise” did not work at all.  It only made the unicorn more obvious.  People started to call the cops, and I had to get the unicorn to run away, which is much harder than it actually sounds. I am very thankful that I […]

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Log# 12.5: A Goodbye (For Now)

The other day while I was eating a cookie, I received a strange letter arriving pinned on the back of a unicorn.  This unicorn had a sign on it that said “Normal Human Animal”.  I think my alchemist friend from Arganee needs to take a class on Earth species.  Anyway, the letter was quite peculiar: My goaafy friend, I am writing to tell you that I am thankful for your help.  Rebeg contacted me and the other alchemists to tell […]

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Log # 12: Alchemy in Paint

Even though I am a digital alchemist, I also work with other kinds of alchemy. Here are some of my own paintings: This acrylic piece depicts a snowy mountainside in the middle of February. This acrylic piece depicts a snowy forest in the middle of December. This oil pastel depicts a field with a forest in the background. This is an impression of Alexander Calder’s painting of Balloons at the Circus.

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Log #11: A Pinch of Homesickness and a New Friend

This week in NetNarr I befriended an imaginative alchemist named Aris Anastos (@Aris_Anastos). He seemed to be from the dying world of #arganee.  He wrote a flavorful story for me called “A Pinch of Homesickness”:  A Pinch of Homesickness Main Ingredients: teacher archaeologist champagne coriander tattoo Spice Pack: 1/8 whisper of disapproval 1/4 pinch of homesickness One day a 17 year old boy was walking down the street, dreaming of becoming an archaeologist.  He was just about to be home when […]

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Log# 10: Is the Truth Gone?

Last week I went to Washington D.C. with my mom to go to the National Writing Project spring meeting.  They had a presentation on fake news.  The presenter shared a historic example from the 19th century like the “manbat” rumor, where two scientists that were looking for attention made up a story that said “manbats” lived on the moon.  The funny thing is that people believed it.  It was posted in a historic  newspaper.  But why did people believe this […]

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Log #9: The Sound of Life

In Week 8 of Networked Narratives, we are talking more about sound.  Therefore, I took a closer look at sound. When I think of sound, I think of everyday normal sounds like footsteps or a conversation.  But when I recorded “ambiance,” it just sounded like a foggy mess of words and noises with no defined subject.  It was background gibberish.  After listening to a track I recorded in Starbucks a few times,  I realized that we take ambiance for granted, and […]

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Log#8: Pros and Cons of Life Online

This post is about the pros and cons of online life.  I have only been online for a few years, but since then I have learned a lot about the internet. The Pros of the internet:   #1: The internet is a virtual library of things!  It makes researching things for school or any subject a ton easier.  Instead of going to the library overtime to research a subject, you can just look it up on your nearest electronic devise. […]

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Log# 5: Listening is Noticing

In week 5  of Networked Narratives, our class was given an assignment about sound.  In the small clips that are posted on the weekly announcements,  one of the videos talks about how we hear things, but we don’t listen.  There is a huge difference between hearing and listening.  Hearing is just hearing.  Listening, is hearing and taking in what somebody said.  Listening is noticing.  My mind trailed off and I started thinking about language.   When you think deeply about […]

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Log #4: Stories are like buildings…

The format of a story was always a mystery to me.  I always had trouble understanding where the character is in the climax, or the rising action.  But in the Week #4 post of Networked Narratives,  there is a video by Kurt Vonnegut which explains a lot. In this small clip, he draws two lines on the top and the bottom of a blackboard.  Then he draws a line in the middle of the blackboard.  He explained that the top line […]

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The Underground Greenhouse

Earth, 2084. A Nuclear war has broken out between the races of men. Earth is now a charred, barren desert world. Deep underground, in a fallout shelter, there is a tunnel. Not a clean, shiny tunnel. But a very dirty and disgusting tunnel. Not one that many would hope to climb. If you would think to climb down it, you will find the most magnificent sight the world should see. Down in the depths of the shelter, Is a greenhouse […]

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Log #3: My story of Ignis, Aqua, Terra, and Air

Literal Elements   Air is the first element on my list. We breath it in, and it is important to keep the air pure, so our lungs don’t get filled with smog. Fire is the second element on my list.  It is dangerous, but is a source of heat and it gives us the ability to cook. Water is the third element on my list.  It is a vital source of nourishment for animals and plants alike. Earth is the last […]

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Log #2: The Sandbox in Your Mind

What is Alchemy? Alchemy is Chemistry.  Well, not really.  Alchemy is the medieval forerunner to Chemistry.   It is mainly known for turning a common element, such as lead or carbon, into gold.   A lot of alchemists were also know for trying to make an elixir of life, that will either awaken a passed loved one, or make themselves younger or immortal. I know, all of these spells sound impossible.  I doubt that many succeeded in this crazy sounding magic. […]

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