Okay, so the gif above might not exactly have anything to do with the shaping that I am going to be talking about in a second, but come on… GREASE! Talk about a story eh?

Anywho, hello inhabitants of Earth! This week I have been asked to think about the shapes of stories because there’s obviously a ton, right? I appreciated the humor in the video of Kurt Vonnegut as he gives this brilliantly sarcastic presentation of a few far too familiar storylines and their outcomes, but all while mapping them on an x,y axis grid. Maya Eilam was very creative in her attempt to take a more visual approach to Vonnegut’s theory of the shapes of stories. Every story has a shape, and whatever that shape may be is going to be undeniably unique from other stories and their respective shapes.

So, my first thought in relation to the Networked Narratives course is what the shape of this course would look like. How can one go about shaping a college course that is constantly veering around corners and flipping us in the air like El Toro at Six Flags? (In a good way of course because El Toro is one of my favorite rides) However, I honestly have no idea. The spreadsheet that Professor Levine linked to that is tracking the twitter activity is a pretty neat way!


But there are so many ways that a story can be shaped, and there is indeed a plethora of ways that this course can be shaped. When thinking of just the blogs that each student uses for this course, I am automatically drawn to the statistic pages of each blog. Think about what this course would look like visually if we put each statistic grid of views, visitors, likes, and comments side by side in a huge thingymabob! That could be pretty cool as well. I am not really that great at thinking off of the top of my head, but that is just one idea that popped up first. Hmmm… now I am starting to think about how interesting tracking heart rates would be when doing the petchaflickr improv activity



Okay, onward and upward!


Media Projects

Four Icon Story

The first media project that I chose to do this week was the four icon story. This activity was basically summing up a movie, book, story, or maybe even a TV show into four icons to have one’s audience guess at what it could be. Well, did you guess what I am about to insert in next? Yup, thats right. KABLAM! My icons:

I didn’t have to think long about this media project assignment at all because as soon as I finished reading the directions, I knew what I was going to do with it. I am excited to see if everyone else gets it as fast as I was able to drum it up into this noggin of mine. I will give no hints.


Wait, did you heart that? That’s right! We’ve got MAAAAAAIIIIIIL


Postcards from Magical Places

Boy oh boy am I excited to mention my second media project!

My mind began racing with ideas, and I couldn’t contain my joy for this assignment, so I began to do a sort of dance that goes a little something like this


I chose this particular project out of the four given because I have personally never created a postcard for purposes such as the ones given. Soooooooooo, I am a creative person (*audience murmurs* duh we know this), but I have a tendency to gravitate toward creative ideas/concepts grounded in historical truths and so on. What kind of Richonda would I be if I didn’t think of a place, and then place that place on an actual map of the world and bound it within a sort of real context? (Did you just read that sentence at a faster pace than you have been reading this entire time? Good!). Let me introduce you to Alnnihaya, Egypt.



Post Card From Magical Place.jpg


This postcard idea is actually based off of a story that I had started writing YEARS ago. I wrote the message on the back of the post card as if I were Eliza Wazowski (Ethan’s wife). The place that she is visiting is Alnnihaya, Egypt. Alnnihaya is actually Arabic for “end”, which then suddenly gives that tagline on the front of the postcard a different meaning *menacing smirk inserted here*. I have placed this magical area right in between Alexandria, Egypt and Mersa Matruh, Egypt (along the highway from the Nile River and the Libyan border). Alnnihaya is right up against the Mediterranean Sea. The gist of the backstory is that Eliza is trying to finish what her father (an archeologist) started, but then got killed doing. She is trying to solve the mysteries of the ancient myths and legends about a god known as Quintundester (despite a real geographical location everything I just said about the myths is made up, but then again so is this place so we’re good).

I had a ton of fun doing this assignment, and I just can’t wait for those who choose to read my blog to see it. Thanks for tuning in guys!




6 thoughts on “*sings* You Better Shape Up

  1. Wonderful as always. So entertaining and full of life. I’m really loving you gifs. I wish I could figure out how to add them to my blogger. Anyhoo excellent job on the post card very nice! Also I have no clue what your 4 images represent. I will ask you in class tomorrow. Lol.

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie! And I will check the dialog box that pops up to add content on blogger, and explain how to get gifs in your blog tonight in class. I honestly think I just clicked and dragged, but I’m sure there’s another way too if you click “insert media” or something.


  2. The course is kind of like a wild roller coaster ride, …,but wait, a roller coaster is on a track, so even though you are whipped around on what feels like a chaotic joy ride, it was actually a steady locked-in course from beginning to end. I am not sure this course is that🤔. But it is a thrill😉👍
    The post card exercise is definitely a kind of fictive world building exercise, and yours is so intriguing/beguiling. I love the proximity to Alexandria (and the lost ancient library, no?). Also, I love that you are picking up on threads of earlier creative projects.👍

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    1. Yes, that is exactly how I think of this course (in the most ecstatic and positive way I know how to explain it). It’s a wild ride, but it’s definitely on track and is a lot of fun! And yes, the lost ancient library was located in Alexandria, so it is definitely close to where I set my magical city! I am so glad that you enjoyed it. I had a ton of fun drumming up ideas for it!! 😀


  3. You can never have too many GIFs… well maybe you can, but I enjoy your use of them as both an expression, and almost punctuation. But do you know what is better than finding the perfect GIF?…

    .. making your own! We will do some soon, but one of my favorite is http://giphy.com/create/gifmaker where you can make one from a YouTube segment or one from your slideshow images http://giphy.com/create/slideshow

    (That’s an aside)

    For more on the shape of story, go back to Freytag’s Pyramid https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramatic_structure which is esstentially the formula of about 98% of Hollywood films. And a more in depth interpretation (and it likely came first) of the story shape is Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. The key is that the character in the start is incited to enter a realm, faces obstacles, and returns, but is forever changed (the original Star Wars follows the Hero’s Journey to a T). That’s always been a key to me- that your character goes through a series of events, adventures that end up teaching them something about themself they needed to learn.

    As usual I am totally stumped on the movies in the 4 icon story.

    I totally love how you brought your own story to beautiful life in that postcard- you have graphics chops for sure!

    Fantastic work this week… NOW WHAT WAS THE MOVIE!???? 😉

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    1. I found making gifs both challenging and fun. I remember using giphy in my Writing for Cyberspace class a few semesters ago to play around with gifs! And yes, the famous pyramid. It has always fascinated me that one formula could be used for so long and stand the test of time in the industry. And I didn’t think I would stump as many people as I did for the icon story. It was Mrs. Doubtfire!


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