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Final Project Update

I have been posting more on my Instagram story. I have added five story highlights on my page: one for more poetry I don’t post with my coffee, my plants/animals, other creative things I’m working on (for example, I posted a picture of my camera there the other day), inspiration, and what I’m currently reading. I chose these five things to add, because I think they are relatable, and also things people would want to see. I mean, who doesn’t want to see cute, fuzzy animals who are trying to help me write? (Though it’s probably more likely that they’re trying to distract me from writing).

I have been receiving more likes on my posts than I did at the beginning (and I even have gotten a few comments!). It has been really fun to watch my account grow (though while I have been growing in likes, I haven’t been growing in followers. I’m not really sure how to do that). I still haven’t decided if I want to keep it anonymous or maybe actually put my name on my page. I do think that regardless of what I decide to do, I will keep up with this page even after this project is over.

I have really enjoyed making/keeping up with this Instagram page. It has made me more comfortable sharing my poetry/writing with the world, and I think it has helped me be more creative, which is always a positive.

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Final Project Proposal

For my final project, I think I would like to continue on with my social media project. For this project, I chose to do an Instagram of my poetry. In order to push this project forward, I have to decided to post more stories on the account (and then have them put in a ‘Story Highlight,’ so this way they last longer than a usual story, and are accessible after the usual 24 hour period). In addition, I have changed the profile picture on the account, to freshen it up a little bit. I have contemplated about making two actual posts a day (maybe one earlier in the day, one later in the day) but I’m not sure if that would make it better or if it would be too much posting. In addition, I have decided to use more hashtags, and instead of just using hashtags related to coffee or poetry, I have added hashtags that reflect on the poem itself. Examples of this: if it’s a love poem, I would put #love. If it’s a poem about growth, I would put #growth. I think this could help me reach a larger audience, which is the end goal.

I chose to pursue this project because I have really enjoyed doing it. It has made me bolder in posting my poetry. Before this project, I had been too afraid to put my work out into the ‘real world’ (beyond sharing my work in classes). For now, my poetry account is mostly anonymous, as I’ve never put my name on anything. I’m thinking about making a few more changes to the account (maybe no longer be anonymous? but maybe that’s part of the appeal). Also, maybe once the weather turns nicer again, I would like to post with more outdoor backgrounds. Lately, I’ve been setting with pictures out my window or with my plants, but it’s not really the same.

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Mini Project Reflection

The Lit Bean is a podcast with three collaborators: me, Tristan Pfeiffer, and Katie McLaughlin. We each have our different ideas: mine is about short stories; Tristan’s is about poetry; and Katie’s it a ‘lit night’ feel, with other individuals reading either their own poetry or their favorite poems. Mine, specifically, is about reading short stories I’ve written myself. The story I chose for our project is about a group of friends in a haunted mansion, and things start go awry, and certainly do not go as they planned. In the background, I played a spooky song in the background. I chose to do this, because I thought a spooky song would go well with the spooky story.

In this podcast, my aim was to tell a story. I aimed to tell a story that was a little spooky and kept people on their toes and wondering what the twist was going to be. My aim was to be entertaining and create something people would want to listen to. I think it turned out very well. I hope it is something people will find interesting and will want to listen to. I am happy about the way I chose to edit it. I think I chose really good background music throughout the entire podcast. I am also happy that I went with the idea of a short story in general, because it was fun to make. I learned a lot throughout this process, especially that when recording a podcast, you must take a minute to slow down. This was slightly hard for me, as usually I am a ‘go, go, go’ type of person, but it was nice to slow down and take my time to do this. I honestly don’t think I would do anything differently. I love my podcast. I love the idea behind my podcast. I love the story I wrote. I love everything about it.

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The Lit Bean pt II

So, I managed to get on the laptop that my script is written on, so here is a sample from my script:

The eyes in the painting follow me down the corridor. I’ve always hated haunted places, and it wasn’t my idea to come here. It certainly wasn’t my idea to split up, but as always, I was out voted. Doesn’t anyone else watch scary movies? Doesn’t anyone else know that’s how everybody gets killed?

I’m trying not to let the painting bother me, but it is. I creep closer to the painting, the eyes never leaving mine. If I didn’t know any better, I would say that the man in the painting is alive.

His hair is snow white, and he has a ‘no nonsense’ look on his face. He’s definitely the kind of rich guy who wouldn’t his abandoned mansion to be messed with, yet that’s exactly what we’re doing. On a bet, nonetheless. Cara said that whoever could stay in the house the longest would get $200. At the time, I thought it was a great idea; now, I don’t think there’s enough money in the world for me to be here.

There are five of us in the house: Cara, Delilah, Carter, Ryan, and me. We’re all delegated to different places in the house, where we must remain if we want to win. Cara’s in the first floor living room; Delilah is in the second floor master bedroom; Joseph is in the second floor mancave; Ryan is in the third floor library; and I’m just roaming the fourth floor. I was supposed to stay in the study, but it was creeping me out too much.

The man’s eyes hypnotize me as I get closer. I don’t realize how close I am to the painting until my nose brushes up against it. I realize with a start my nose is wet. I step back.

The painting is dripping. I know there’s something alive in there.

               “You need to leave,” the man in the painting says in a booming voice. “There is a great evil lurking in this house.”

I don’t even have time to process what that means, when I hear a scream from the second floor. I sprint down the stairs at full force, almost tripping over my own feet more than once. Everyone has already gathered in the man cave.

There’s blood everywhere. Delilah is in the corner, sobbing, and Cara is trying to console her. Ryan is checking for a pulse, or at least trying to, because it’s obvious that Carter is dead.

It does continue after this, but who doesn’t love when things end in a little cliffhanger? 🙂

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The Lit Bean

The Lit Bean is a collaboration with classmates Tristan and Katie. It is a three part series, including original ideas from all three of us. My piece for the collaboration is a short story. In my podcast, I have a little bit of discussion in the intro/outro, but the main focus is the story I’ve written. The purpose of my content is basically to be able to just take a break from the real world and be able to listen to a short story for a little bit. The story itself is about a haunted house (I would post a sample here, but I have it written on a computer that someone else is currently using and I don’t want to kick them off). However, the story is a mystery story about a group of friends who enter a haunted house, and not all of them leave. It is stated in the story that there is a ‘dark presence’ in the house, and that it’s not safe for anyone to be there. The story ends in fire and a sunset, with a smile. The intro is talking about our collaboration, and has a ‘what I’m currently drinking’ segment, before getting into the story. I would appreciate any kind of feedback anyone has. The outro is talking a little bit more about my own idea, and how I hope to put more content into the world for people to enjoy.

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Mini Project

One project I was considering doing was a podcast with short stories I had written. The stories would be no longer than 5-10 minutes and would be a variety of genres (i.e. horror, fantasy, adventure, etc.). The podcast would be called something like The Short Story Break or something like that. There would be relaxing music playing in the background (maybe something such as light piano music) so that it would not distract much from the story being told. I think I would rather have them be more ‘just for fun’ types of stories, as opposed to stories that have deep meanings (though if they did end up having deeper meanings, I think that would be pretty cool, too). I like the idea of just having a simple podcast someone could listen to and get lost in for a few minutes, though if I could write a story that would stick with someone longer than those few minutes, I would love to do that, too.

Another idea I was considering was another podcast. This podcast would be a 10-15-minute review of a book I had currently read. The review would have a rating (such as 1-5 stars) and would also have general comments about the book, such as how the plot, characters, and storylines were. I would also mention whether or not I recommended this book to others or not. Again, I would want to have a softer, less noticeable track in the background, as to not take away from what is being said. Other things I could mention would be the length of the novel, the pacing, and a short summary (spoiler free, of course). At the end of the podcast, something I was thinking about doing was adding maybe a list of tracks I listened to while reading the book (a playlist, of sorts) because I have found myself making playlists with songs that fit the books I am reading, and I think it enhances the reading of the book to make connections with things outside of said book. I’m not sure of what this podcast would be called, as I would want it to be something fun, yet witty.

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Podcasts

The podcast from the list I decided to listen to was Night Vale, A Story About You. What makes this literary is the fact that it is telling a story, and it involves the listener in the story. It is something that is easy to get lost in, which is usually what people are looking for when they read (I, for one, like to use reading for fun, and for a way to escape the real world). I think that is something that a story-telling podcast can do, too. It can pull you into its world, and if it’s good enough, it won’t let go.

This is not the first time I have listened to a podcast. I am subscribed to a daily Aries podcast (I’m not super into astrology, but I do think it’s interesting). I have also listened to a lot of mythological podcasts. I think these are also interesting, because they tell a story that has been passed down for generations. I’ve also listened to true crime podcasts (such as My Favorite Murder) and sometimes just gossip ones, talking about movies or show or reality shows. I think these ones are interesting (but very different from story ones) because they are true. When it comes to podcasts, it is all about personal tastes: some people prefer true podcasts, others prefer a story. And there are some that really like both.

Podcasts use sound and time artistically because those are the only things they can rely on. In traditional media (such as film, television, etc.) you are able to rely on visualization; however, in a podcast, you must time your sentence breaks in such a time that it will give the listener time to visualize what you are saying for themselves. If you can do this, then you are bringing the story to life for anyone listening. The pauses someone who is performing a podcast uses can make or break the podcast. If you do not give the listener enough time to be able to imagine what is going on in the world of the podcast, then the whole thing begins to fall apart.

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Caffeine Powered Poetry pt II

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Caffeine Powered Poetry

Here is the link to my Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/caffeinepoweredpoetry/?hl=en

I think it is going pretty well. I really enjoy doing this, and it’s good to still feel creative during times like this. The likes on my posts seem to be around the same. The highest number of likes I have gotten on one post so far has been 9. I’m not really sure what I could be doing ‘better’ per se (maybe generating more content? but at the same time, I wouldn’t want to overwhelm my page); however, I think these things just take time to grow. My page will continue to grow and change as I do. This has been a really fun project, and I think I will continue on with it even after we have turned it in.

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Social Media Project Proposal

  1. Vision/mission: One idea I have that I think would be interesting to pursue is ‘Coffee and a Poem.’ The whole idea behind this would be to post a picture of my daily coffee, along with a daily poem. The reason I would want to do this project is to inspire people to read more poetry (hypothetically, it would be a poem a day, but that might not be reasonable for everyone). The purpose of this is to spread the beauty of poetry, and my own words/ideas. The reason I chose coffee and poetry is because they are two things I am passionate about (as is photography, shown with the photographs of coffee), so not only am I sharing poetry/photographs, I am sharing passions. Plus, the idea that anything can be a passion if you put your mind to it/really make the effort for it to become to be.
  2. Platform: I think the best social media for this would be Instagram. Instagram I think would be the best, because you post images with captions on it. Also, Instagram has the option of being public or private, and if I make the account public it would invite more interaction/feedback on the page. Also, Instagram has a lot of room for creativity (editing photos, length of captions, etc) that I think would be very helpful/influential to my idea.
  3. Execution: I would make the page, then post on it every day with a new picture of coffee and a new poem in the caption. Every day would be something new (maybe a new flavor of coffee, maybe a new genre of poem, etc). One of the most important parts of this idea is remembering to post every single day, so maybe something I could look into would be an automatic posting system so I wouldn’t have to worry so much about it.
  4. Capture/Presentation: I would make the Instagram page open to the public, so people could easily follow it. For class, I would take screenshots, then make a compilation of my posts.