Saturday, June 3, 2017

Extra Week Post: A Writing Exercise Designed to Assist Your Brain in the Creation of a Story, as well as Create an Accessible Collection of Writing Tools*

Good Day, most honorable Readers.

It is, indeed, a pleasure to be invited to write upon Spruce's blog again. On this fine day, I shall detail a process of story-creating, and allow you access to some few tools of a writer.

I do think you're great, Dragomir, but I feel like half the people will skip this post just because they don't know what the title says. As you can see, Friends, Dragomir is again writing a guest post! If you've no idea what the title says, here's a simpler version: Writing Exercises to Help Your Brain, and Some Handy Writing Tools. Also, this post kind of ties in with the the Creative Complex: Uniquity from a few weeks ago.

As I was describing, I have one principle I would prefer to expound upon, which, as goes the saying "kill two birds with one stone," will cover both aspects of the title. It is worthy to mention this exercise was first introduced to me by a teacher of mine.

As in Spruce's post "Creative Complex: Uniquity," we shall first prepare a variety of settings. In this instance, though, they will be more specified. Therefore, select a manner of tales. Because I prefer Gothic tales, I shall choose the Gothic manner of narrative.

He means choose a type of story, such as dystopian, fantasy, sci-fi, realistic fiction, historical fiction, etc.

After this, procure a piece of paper to catalog your ideas upon. Next, we shall break down the tale into its components. The way I break down Gothic stories and the examples I utilize I used for a piece of Gothic literature I wrote some while ago.

1) Setting

Select multiple settings in the particular genre you have chosen. I have selected four: 

2) Details of That Setting

For this component, place the name of each setting at the head of a piece of paper. Thereupon, allocate a portion of the paper for each of the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. Subsequently, record sights, smells, tastes, sounds and objects one might come in contact with in that setting.

I shall model this for you:

Forest:

Sights:
  • Trees
  • Mist/Fog
  • Stars
  • Clouds
  • Bats
  • Apparitions
  • Spiders
  • Moss
  • Vines
Smells:
  • Decaying wood
  • Rot
  • Dirt
  • Fog
 Sounds:
  • Owls
  • Bats
  • Wolves
  • Wind in trees
  • Whispering
 Tastes:
  • Fog
  • Dirt
 Touch:
  • Tree roots
  • Bark
  • Dirt
  • Spider webs
  • Fog
 Thereafter, compile a list of literary devices with which to enhance your writing. With all this knowledge, compose a story.

As always, it is a pleasure to share my experiences in the process of writing with you, Readers.


Dragomir
 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dates and Post Scheduling

Hello, Friends!

I'm just going to explain this once and for all, so I don't have to keep explaining it. :)

I can schedule posts ahead of time, or "back in time," which means I can schedule them to release on a certain day. This means that, after a long period of time where I've been unable to write posts, a bunch of posts will show up saying they were written a long time beforehand, when really they weren't. I change the dates to what they should be if the post was written on time to keep my records straight. It is not a glitch your browser or my blog has.

Thanks!
Spruce Nogard

Creative Complex: Mud*

Hello, Friends.

Why does mud exist? What are the different uses for mud? (Make them up, real uses, etc.)


Spruce Nogard

*Actually posted on June 1st. See here for details.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Extra Week Post: Fairy Tales from Around the World*

Hello, Collectors!

This is an extra week post. For more information, click here. (The second paragraph under the first picture explains extra week posts.)

Previously, I have mentioned a few fairy tale collectors, as well as multiple fairy tales. Now, however, let's continue by talking about fairy tales from around the world.

1) Russian Fairy Tales

Famous for Baba Yaga, the witch who is known to eat human flesh, but has also been known to help others. . . You may have heard of her hut, the hut on chicken legs. I haven't read very many Russian fairy tales, which is something I hope to change. :) You may have also heard of the tale "Ivan and the Firebird," and multiple fairy tales are similar to their counterparts from other countries. Russian fairy tales are wonderful, beautiful, and have their own set of tropes.

2) Norwegian Fairy Tales

I've talked about "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" before, and sadly, that's pretty much the only one I've read. Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe are the two most famous fairy tale collectors of Norwegian fairy tales. As always, I can never have enough fairy tales, so I'll have to start reading Norwegian fairy tales soon. . .

3) Irish Fairy Tales

Irish fairy tales, of course, have the most stories about children getting carried off by fairies. The fairies are a big part of Irish fairy tales, sometimes mischievous, and others more sinister. I know Joseph Jacobs, who collected English fairy tales, also collected some Irish ones, but I'm not sure who else collected Irish fairy tales. I've talked about Irish fairy tales somewhat here, and I included links to Irish fairy tales.

4) Tales of the Arabian Nights

Tales of the Arabian Nights are mostly Middle-Eastern and Indian fairy tales. The main story is the story of Scheherazade, who becomes the wife of the sultan to save other women from suffering the wrath of the Sultan: every night, he marries a new wife, and every morning, he cuts her head off. Scheherazade cleverly asks the sultan if she can tell her son one last story before she dies, but she doesn't tell the whole story. The sultan keeps her alive the next morning so he can hear the rest of the story, then the night after to hear the end of the new tale she's started. . . This continues for 1,001 nights, and this is where the fairy tales come from. It is uncertain which of the tales considered to be from the Tales of the Arabian Nights now were in the original volume, or even if the original volume was complete. Many scholars think multiple authors wrote the Tales because of the variety of styles, traditions, and cultures seen throughout Tales of the Arabian Nights. In any case, these are all wonderful fairy tales, from "Aladdin," to "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." 

What fairy tales from around the world do you enjoy?

Spruce Nogard
*Actually posted on June 1st. See here for details.

Attributions:
https://www.amazon.com/Russian-Fairy-Illustrated-Alexander-Afanasyev/dp/1908478683/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1496436188&sr=1-2&keywords=russian+fairy+tales
https://www.amazon.com/dAulaires-Norwegian-Folktales-Ingri-d-Aulaire/dp/0816699321/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1496436381&sr=1-2&keywords=norwegian+fairy+tales
https://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Tales-Enchantment-Scotland-Brittany/dp/145215175X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1496436559&sr=1-2&keywords=irish+fairy+tales
https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Arabian-Nights-H-Dulcken/dp/089009800X/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1496436754&sr=1-12&keywords=tales+of+the+arabian+nights

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Topic (Genre) of the Month: Tragic Hero*

Hello, Archetypal Characters.

Today, we are looking at tragic heroes. To not offend anyone and keep this interesting for everyone, we are sticking to fictional characters. I just realized I haven't posted about tragic heroes before. I will devote an entire post to the definition of a tragic hero later. For now, though, a tragic hero is basically someone who could be a traditional hero, but makes the wrong decision and usually dies as a result.

Beware! Spoilers included!

Bellerophon

Bellerophon was sent to accomplish multiple strenuous tasks, and once he came back victorious, received much glory and honor. However, he got increasingly prideful, and decided to fly Pegasus to Mount Olympus. The gods got mad at him because no mortal was as great as a god. So, they sent a fly to sting Pegasus, and Bellerophon got thrown off Pegasus's back, crippled for the rest of his life.


Anakin Skywalker

In the chronological first three Star Wars movies, we meet Anakin Skywalker, a young slave. As Anakin grows up, it is apparent he has great power in the Force, and as a result, has great potential. However, he continually lets his anger get out of control and makes the wrong choice. Eventually, the lure of the Dark Side is too strong for him, and he joins the Dark Side.


Gatsby

Jay Gatsby, in The Great Gatsby is a millionaire, and moves into a mansion near Daisy and Tom Buchanan. The story is told from the viewpoint of Nick Carraway, Daisy's cousin. Daisy and Gatsby dated when they were younger, and Gatsby hopes Daisy will fall in love with him again. They have an affair, and in the end, Gatsby is killed because of this.


Macbeth

Macbeth, from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, starts out as an honorable noble, but when he receives a prophecy he will become king, he kills the king to fulfill the prophecy and makes himself a tyrant. He continues to spiral downward, and is eventually killed.


Who are some tragic heroes you've heard of? Who's your favorite tragic hero?

Spruce Nogard
*Actually posted on June 1st. See here for details.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Writing: Creative Complex: Glass Blower's Apprentice*

Hello, Figurines.

You are a glass blower's apprentice. What do you learn? What are you making today?


Spruce Nogard

*Actually posted on May 31st. See here for details.

Monday, May 22, 2017

On My Mind: My Dream House*

Hello, Dreamers.

Today, I was wondering what your dream house would be like. Even though it's quite unrealistic, imagine what the perfect house (on Earth--we'll save fantasy/dystopian, etc. houses for later) would be.

Mine would have some main parts:

1) Library. I would have a library room, and tons of cats. Some relatives of mine have a library room, and it is one of the most magical places ever. Also, their four cats make the room complete. :)

I always imagine the giant libraries, like in both the Beauty and the Beast movies. Wouldn't it be fun to have that many books?

2) Garden. I would have a giant vegetable garden. Because my dream garden is so big, (and perhaps not doable), I'll have to give it its own post.

3) Cat rooms. I would foster cats, and of course, have my own. I'd have to make sure they all had plenty of space.

4) A cellar, or someplace to hang herbs, and a very big freezer.

5) A few bedrooms, a good-sized kitchen, dining room, and at least one family room.

What does your dream house look like?

Spruce Nogard
*Actually posted on May 31st. See here for details.

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