Thursday, March 12, 2020

Reading Notes: The Jealous Wife

A man had two wives. One was younger and one was elder.

I can only imagine that his wives were jealous of the other at times. He went away for some time and while he was gone, the wives decided to get ready for him by going fishing and getting some fish to cook. The elder wife went first. The younger wife went second and her son was brighter than the elderly wife's son.

That made the elderly wife jealous and she sharpened a razor throughout the day. She planned on using the razor to kill the young wife's son while the boys slept.

She killed the boy while they were sleeping and the next morning when she went to move the body she realized that she killed the wrong boy and she killed her son.

When she realized it was her son, she took him and ran into the forest. When the husband got home and found her missing he went to go look for her in the forest and they found her and killed her too.

Forest 
Source: CIA

Bibliography: The Jealous Wife by Notes on the Folklore of the Fjort by Richard Edward Dennett

Friday, March 6, 2020

Week 8 Progress

So far this semester, I am not very content with where I am in the class. While I have enjoyed it, I have had trouble staying on top of it and managing my time well enough to work the assignments into my schedule. I have missed lots of readings and that has affected me. I have done some extra credit, but not a lot of it and I need to take more advantage of it. My portfolio, however, is coming along great and I couldn't be happier.

As we get into the second half of the semester, I am wanting to stay ahead of schedule to ensure that I get all of the assignments done and turned in on time. I also want to utilize the extra credit that we have available to us so that I can increase my grade and be where I want to be. I am really excited to keep working on my portfolio and get to the final product.

Motivational quote to finish this semester strong;
Source: Flickr

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Week 8 Comments and Feedback

      The feedback that I have been getting from my classmates has been awesome. The comments have been extremely helpful and have bettered my writing. On the stories that I have re-written, the feedback has been constructive criticism and a lot of it has been suggestions on how to make the story better. In the story that I wrote about the lion and the villager, I took some of the suggestions from my classmates and included them in the story when I did my revisions. The comments on my introduction post were much more light-hearted and fun. It was mostly about things that my classmates had in common with me or found to be pretty cool about my life. 

      I believe that I have been giving great feedback to my classmates and the strategies that we have practiced have really helped. My favorite one that I use most often is the 3 W's. It stands for "WOW," where you mention something in their story that really wowed you. The second one is "Wonder," which is where I mention something that I am confused about or something that I am more interested in or questioning. The last one stands for "What If," and that is where you suggest a change that they could make or something that they could add-in. 

      Reading people's introduction posts really makes me feel like I know them. They mention so many facts about them, and anything you have in common with someone could be something that we can connect over. Most people with dogs will comment on other people's dog pictures and talk about their puppies as well. That is a connection in itself. 

      To be more successful in the future, the only change that I would make would be to spend a little bit more time on my writing and taking into account the feedback that my classmates leave on my page. I always read through them, but I do not always incorporate the changes and most of them can actually be pretty useful. 

Feedback cats meme created on Cheezburger.

      The reason that I chose this meme is that I personally believe this. Criticism is not always bad. Constructive criticism is one of my favorite things because you can learn so much from it. It is important to have an open mind when it comes to criticism and using it to learn rather than taking it the wrong way and getting upset. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Week 8 Reading and Writing

          Writing has always been something that I struggle with. When I first read the syllabus for this class I was terrified because it is all about writing and that is one of my biggest struggles in school. I am really proud of how far I have come. My first set of notes that I took in this class were super detailed and I took notes over every story. After that, I realized that it is easiest to just pick my favorite story to retell and write detailed notes about that one story. For my me second and third set of notes. I basically just wrote a summary of the story I read, and when I retold it all I did was change the names of the characters. For the most part, I kept the same storyline with some minor changes. However, on my last set of notes, I took notes about the plot, the conflicts, and wrote down ideas I had as I read. I found this a lot more helpful because I had written down all of the main events. I decide to venture out with this story and instead of just changing the character's names, I decided to keep the names and change the setting of the story. My project is going well so far. The detailed feedback that we get every time we do a revision is extremely helpful and helps me understand my mistakes to make me a better writer. I am really enjoying this class because I am working on one of my biggest faults in college, but my grade isn't suffering from it. Instead, I am learning and becoming a better writer and I am not scared to change things up because I know that it will be a learning experience.

          My favorite story that I have read so far has been Tricksters: Tiger, Brahman, and Jackal. I thought this story was funny and clever, especially when the Jackal tricked the tiger into getting back in his cage. I enjoyed retelling it because rather than having the tiger trick the Brahman, in my story the lion and the villager became good friends all because the villager gave him a chance and saw the good in him despite what others thought. The image that I used for this story was also my favorite image so far.

Lion being fed in a cage;
Source: Pixabay

         This picture goes perfectly with my story because of how the lion looks so innocent and sad. You can draw the conclusion that he wants to be free and is tired of being locked up. Also, there is food hanging on his cage, so this could be the lion talking to the villager as the villager is trying to feed him. 

          In my future stories, I want to venture out of my comfort zone and get more creative. So far I have remained very close to the actual story, but moving forward I want to make more changes when I retell them. 



Friday, February 28, 2020

Week 7 Story: Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit on OU's campus

You can find the updated story in my portfolio.

Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit attend the same university and have the same major, but have a small rivalry. They would often find themselves studying in the Bizzell Library especially during finals week.

Bizzell Memorial Library;

Brer Bear and Brer Fox were heading to the Bizzell Library to study for their chemistry final. On their way to the library, Brer Bear was giving Brer Fox a hard time because he wasn't friends with Brer Rabbit and they shared mostly all of the same classes. 

When they got to the library, Brer Bear broke away from Brer Fox and went to study with some other friends. Brer Fox continued down to the collaborative learning center where he saw Brer Rabbit. Brer Rabbit told him that he was full of fleas so it was best for Brer Fox to sit away from him. They talked a little bit but kept a fair distance. 

Brer Rabbit, a freshman in college, was living in the dorms. He asked Brer Fox if he would like to go eat dinner at the caf the next night. Brer fox accepted and they agreed to meet each other in front of the caf. 
That next night, Brer Rabbit saw Brer Fox coming so he started heading into the caf. He waited and waited but never saw Brer Fox come in. When Brer Rabbit walked out to go look for him, he saw his tail poking out of the red telephone booth that is located in front of the caf. Now knowing that Brer Fox was trying to hide from him, Brer Rabbit went back in and enjoyed his dinner. 

The next day, they saw each other in the Bizzell Library and Brer Fox apologized. He invited Brer Rabbit over for dinner at his dorm room in Waler Tower. Brer Rabbit agreed to meet him for dinner.

When Brer Rabbit arrived at Brer Fox's dorm room that night, he heard a painful moan coming from his dorm room. When he walked in, Brer Fox appeared to be really sick and was sitting on his bed wrapped up in a blanket. Brer Rabbit looked around and did not see any food prepared for their dinner and the only thing Brer Fox had was some chicken for them to cook. 

Picture of the dorms at OU;


Brer Rabbit asked, "Do you have any calamus root to season that chicken?"
"No, I do not have any of that," replied Brer Fox. 

So Brer Rabbit took off into the Walker-Adams Mall to look for some calamus root and kept an eye on the doors to see if Brer Fox would come out. A few minutes later, Brer Fox came out of the building looking for Brer Rabbit. He finally spotted him and started heading closer.

Brer Rabbit yelled, "I am going to leave this calamus root on this swing set for you to come and get."

With that, Brer Rabbit ran home and decided to call it a night. Brer Fox was always looking for a way to trick Brer Rabbit. but he outsmarts him each time.

Bibliography: Brer Rabbit: The Calamus Root from Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings by Joel Chandler Harris (1881)

Author's Note: In the original story Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox are trying to catch each other. At first, they talk but they keep a good distance between them as Brer Rabbit claims that he has fleas. Brer Bear was giving Brer Fox a hard time because he wasn't friends with Brer Rabbit. They made plans to have dinner together and when Brer Fox got there he just hid on the side of the house and Brer Rabbit saw his tail so he knew he was there. The next day when they saw each other, Brer Fox apologized and invited Brer Rabbit over for dinner at his place. When Brer Rabbit showed up Brer Fox was all wrapped up in a blanket as if he was sick and had nothing cooked for dinner. So Brer Rabbit leaves to go find Calamus Root and shortly after he sees Brer Fox go out after him trying to corner him, but he wasn't successful. Brer Fox never caught him and he is not going to. With my story, I followed the same storyline, but just changed the setting of the story. I thought it would be cool to make this story take place on OU's campus since that is the university that I attend. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Reading Notes: Brer Rabbit Part B

A Story About the Little Rabbits

Brer Rabbit had several chilluns who were well behaved and listened to their momma and daddy. They kept their clothes nice and clean and they listened to everything that they said.

One day, Mr and Miss Rabbit were both out of the house and the children were playing hide and seek when Brer Fox stopped by.

The chilluns looked very fat to Brer Fox and he needed an excuse to be able to gobble them up.

They were very skittish and kept an eye on Brer Fox.

So Brer Fox asked them to break off a piece of the big stalk of sugar cane. The chilluns could not figure out how to do it until a little bird started singing a song that told them how to break off a piece of the sugar cane.

Since that did not work, Brer Fox needed another excuse to eat them, so he told them to grab a sifter and go down to the spring and fetch him some water. Once again, they couldn't figure it out so the birdy sang them a song with instructions on how to get it done.

Since that didn't work, Brer Fox told them to put a big stick that he had found on the fire. Once again the birdy started singing and told them how to do it.

Brer Rabbits chilluns pushing the log and the birdy telling them how to do it;
Source: Flickr


As soon as they got that stick on the fire, Brer Rabbit came home and the bird flew away.

Brer Rabbit offered Brer Fox to stay and have a snack but Brer Fox went ahead and left.


If the chilluns would not have been able to complete any of those tasks, Brer Fox would've had the perfect excuse to eat them. However, thanks to the bird, he never had that opportunity.

Bibliography: A Story About the Little Rabbits from the book Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings by Joel Chandler Harris

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Reading Notes: Brer Rabbit Reading A

Brer Rabbit and the Calamus Root

Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox are trying to catch each other.

At first, they talk but they keep a good distance between them as Brer Rabbit claims that he has fleas.

Brer Bear was giving Brer Fox a hard time because he wasn't friends with Brer Rabbit.

They made plans to have dinner together and when Brer Fox got there he just hid on the side of the house and Brer Rabbit saw his tail so he knew he was there.

The next day when they saw each other, Brer Fox apologized and invited Brer Rabbit over for dinner at his place.

When Brer Rabbit showed up Brer Fox was all wrapped up in a blanket as if he was sick and had nothing cooked for dinner

      Side note: this was clearly a trap to get Brer Rabbit inside

Brer Fox wrapped in a blanket when Brer Rabbit came over for dinner;
Source: Flickr


So Brer Rabbit leaves to go find Calamus Root and shortly after he sees Brer Fox go out after him trying to corner him, but he wasn't successful.

Brer Fox never caught him and he is not going to.

Bibliography: Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings by Joel Chandler Harris (1881)

Maybe I can turn this story and tell it with Tom and Jerry as the characters since they as well have a small rivalry but live in the same area. This could be fun as many of us grew up watching Tom and Jerry...