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Week 5 Story: Interview with a Legend

Sindbad the SailorImage
He finishes off another drumstick, sauce dripping onto his plate, and discards the bone gently. As he wipes his mouth with an embroidered napkin, he looks me in the eyes with a steely gaze.
"So," he asks. "Where would you like to begin?"
Wait, let me back up a bit.
Today is quite possibly the most important day of my career. I've been a reporter at the Baghdad Herald for 3 years now, and I've been searching constantly for a breakthrough that could get me out of this place. Local newspaper reporting is so incredibly dull, and I've got bigger dreams than writing articles about someone's cat being rescued from a tree. But today is the day that all of that changes, because I got an interview with Sindbad the Sailor.
I'm honestly still in disbelief about it. I mean this guy is a living legend and has turned down interviews and biography offers from international news giants, but here he is agreeing to an interview with some …
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Reading Notes: Sindbad Part B

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The Seventh Voyage This story is unique among Sinbad's adventures due to the fact that he did not embark on it willingly. In fact, loss of agency seems to be the theme of this voyage, as none of the things that happen to Sindbad are things that he can control, as he is not only sent on this trip against his will, he is then sold as a slave and forced to hunt elephants for their ivory by his master. This also makes this story unique from the other Sindbad voyages as it seems to be the only adventure where Sindbad actually kills something, even if it is in the act of hunting. 
And boy does he make up for lost time. Sindbad kills at least 60 elephants by himself and even when he's cornered by the other elephants (who apparently have a history of murdering slaves), Sindbad is still inexplicably able to make it out of the situation alive, and even ends up with his freedom and more money than he had at the beginning of the voyage. I think it w…

Reading Notes: Sindbad Part A

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The Third Voyage
Having read the Odyssey I find the similar, yet different nature of Sindbad very interesting. Unlike Odysseus, who's illustrated multiple times as a cunning, strong, macho-man, Sindbad is simply an ambitious merchant with a penchant for making it out of sticky situations. This is highlighted in Sindbad's especially perilous third voyage, where he faces off against a horde of murderous dwarves, a clan of equally murderous giants, and a flesh-eating giant snake all on the same trip. But, instead of being the trademark "valiant hero" that slays the monsters, saves his crew and returns home as a famous legend, he survives solely on the fact that he just got lucky. He's not a dashing pirate or hardened warrior, he's just the dude who happened to make it back alive.

I could definitely see myself writing a story highlighting this subversion of the tropes and ideas of the hero archetype. I could tell the story from the v…

Storybook Plan

My Storybook project is centered around telling the stories of different creatures that have ingrained themselves into the horror stories of America. Stories of monsters like Bigfoot, Mothman, the Jersey Devil, the Wendigo, and the Chupacabra are all legendary in their different areas of the country and have heavily influenced local cultures.

I will be using Wikipedia based sources for many of these creatures, as well as information from select research societies based around specific creatures, such as the Bigfoot Field Researchers' Organization  and the Mothman Museum and Research Center. These may not provide sound scientific evidence for the existence of these creatures, but they do provide key cultural and historical information about the legends of the monsters.

I'm playing around with the idea of making this project a Twine-based, choose your own adventure horror audiobook, set in a strange zoo that houses these creatures. I want the reader to feel involved and allow fo…

Storybook Comment Wall

Mothman: Image
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I hope you all enjoy it, and I appreciate any feedback you can give!

Week 4 Lab: Twine Story Software

Layout of a branching narrative: Image
After getting a bit more familiar with Twine through the first and second Tech Tips over the software, I think that I definitely want to use this software for my storybook project this semester. It's simple to use, allows for much greater options when telling a story, and seems to be a great way to brush up on my admittedly rusty HTML skills. 
I have always been a fan of "choose your own adventure" stories and other forms of branching narratives, and I've never really had the opportunity to create a narrative like this for a class throughout my time in college. The prospect of having free reign to make a story like this is very exciting, and I plan to make full use of this technology to create a story unlike anything I've ever made before.

Reading Notes: Jewish Fairy Tales Part B

Oh Boy, here I go beating people again: Image
The Higgledy-Piggledy Palace
I think if I retold this story, it would be pretty funny to retell it from the point of view of the spirit with the club. I'd like to think that he's just some dude who likes turning invisible and beating people up with a big stick, and simply jumps at the chance to do so whenever he's asked. Maybe I could even include an angle where God hears Abraham's prayer and understands the urgency of the situation, but all the other angels, who all have crazy powers and authority, are otherwise occupied, leaving him with no other choice than to send in the guy with the club, whose only trait is, you guessed it, beating people with a club.

The Rabbi's Bogey-Man
This is a very interesting story and one that has a good deal of story angles to pursue if I wished to retell it. I think that if I were to retell it, however, I might go with a more-horror focused style, perhaps borrowing from stories like Franken…