Week 2 Story: Chester’s Triumph

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<Apologize for your wrong doings to make it right>

*Thousands of crocodiles resided at Crocodile Lake. The lake stretched for miles both long and wide. Chester King Crocodile ruled the waters. One of his biggest requests was to help save anybody and everybody they could, strange for crocodiles to do. This particular week had sent a treacherous downpour directly over the already large body of water, causing it to overflow and spill over the roads that both land animals and humans traveled. Waylon the wolf traveled this route every day to get to work in the forest across the water from where he worked.*

It began as a normal day for Waylon as he neared the road towards work. When he realized the road had been flooded he immediately burst into tears.

“Why today? Today is the day that I promised I would be at work early,” Waylon pleaded.

Chester had overheard Waylon’s cries, and rushed to the bank.

“I can help you under one condition, Waylon.”

“Chester, I haven’t seen you in months.”

Chester chuckled, remembering all of the bad things that Waylon had done previously, such as injuring one of the crocodiles without warning. He had attacked one of the crocodiles when she was on the bank catching some zzzzzz’s.

“I’ll give you a ride across the lake under one condition. You must apologize to Betty Sue, who you injured so carelessly for all of the wrong reasons.”

Waylon immediately dried his tears, thanked and jumped on Chester, and off they went.

***

As Chester slowly made his way through the water, Waylon began to get really annoyed.

“Am I ever going to make it to the other side? I can swim faster than this?” Waylon questioned.

“Your remarks are horrendous, here I am trying to do everything in my power to help you, and you can’t even be appreciative. All of this for an ungrateful soul is not worth it. Betty is up ahead, be prepared to give her your apologies.”

As Chester propelled towards Betty, Waylon grew nervous. He let out a low growl and got into position to attack. He had not intended to make any sort of apology. Immediately from fear Betty flopped under water and Chester threw Waylon upon the largest stump in the middle of the lake.

 

“I knew you couldn’t be trusted. You had no intention of turning your wrong into a right. For that you will be punished. I will only help you down and across the lake after you’ve endured a week of fasting and praying.”

Waylon shouted, “You can’t just betray me like this!”

Chester submerged under water, not being able to make out any of the nonsense Waylon was shouting. He felt that his way of helping Waylon was different than the typical case. If he left Waylon there on the stump to confess and pray, he surely would become an honest, outstanding individual.

Author’s Notes:

In The Crocodile and the Monkey’s Heart, the crocodile had malicious thoughts to help the monkey across the water and get his heart for his wife. The monkey out-witted the crocodile by ensuring the crocodile that he kept his heart in the tree across the way. The crocodile believed him, but the monkey quickly escaped up the tree upon arrival. In the Pious Wolf, a wolf decided to fast when he found out the rock he had been sleeping on was flooded around him upon his waking. It was determined that he wasn’t serious about his fasting, as a fairy faked to be a kid and was immediately preyed upon. The wolf couldn’t resist the kid and fast as he wanted. I combined these two stories with a twist, keeping the characters of the crocodile and wolf (but giving them names and more personality). It seems like crocodiles are always given the short end of the stick, so I wanted the crocodile to actually out-wit the wolf here. The wolf attacked one of the crocodiles and wouldn’t own up and apologize for his wrong doing, so he was left to fast on a stump, similarly to the Pious Wolf. I left it as a cliffhanger, so the audience doesn’t actually know how it ends for the wolf.

Bibliography:

The Pious Wolf by W.H.D. Rouse in The Giant Crab.

The Crocodile and the Monkey’s Heart by Marie L. Shedlock in Eastern Stories and Legends.

Image One: Crocodiles by Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

Topic Brainstorm: Horses are Ideal

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Horses:

Horses are of course my favorite topic to write about, so I really want to write about horses again this semester. I have tons of knowledge on horses in general (and even mythological horses after last semester), but I have no knowledge of the horses in indian epics. Horses Divine gave me some really good ideas. History of the horse in South Asia is a good start to the sources, and reminds me how many options I have within this topic. The twins, Nakula and Sahadeva could be characters in my storybook. Since I don’t know very much about indian epics, I’m not quite sure exactly where I’d want my story to go. I would somehow incorporate the background of different horses. I want to do something similar to last semesters project where Pegasus flew around the world to find love. Maybe one of the horses here has specific features that will allow them to do something similar. I will definitely look more into this topic for week 3. BUT, the seven-headed flying white horse is a MUST in my storybook.

Elephants:

Well, if it’s not horses, elephants will probably be my second choice. I have such a love for elephants, and also find that I have multiple pairs of clothing that have elephants on them. I’m familiar with elephants, but not familiar enough to write an indian epics storybook without much research. That being said, it would be a joy to learn more and more about elephants in indian epics. The Asian Elephant gives much needed background to write a storybook, and the Jataka tales give me so many different ideas. I would love to create a storybook that contained different versions of Jataka like tales involving elephants. Maybe one elephant could endure many different scenarios and could even include people in the journey.

Epic Heroes:

It would be interesting to write a storybook based on one overall, epic hero. I love how in Mahabharata: The Heroes the writer focuses in on a different hero per new section/chapter. It would be a wonderful source to get ideas from on how to write a storybook about heroes, but I’d want to find different heroes as I read through the reading and Wikipedia search for background on my heroes. Hero tales also have such a wide range of stories that can be told, there are so many possibilities that make this topic something that could be extremely fun. Also, there are so many different characters in Mahabharata alone that the hero is up to interpretation from different readers. So my idea and version of a hero may be completely different than my neighbors.

Jataka Tales:

Jataka tradition provides necessary information about the background of the Buddhist tales. I’ve enjoyed these tales so much that I completed two assignments over it, so my presumption is that I’d love it enough to continue further and create a storybook over it. The only knowledge I have of these tales are what I’ve read from the tradition piece, and the reading we’ve done in class. It would definitely be a fun collection to make!

Bibliography:

Mahabharata and army preparation with horse found on Wikimedia Commons.

 

Reading Notes: Extra, Extra

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The Pious Wolf:

I enjoyed the Jakatas tales with animals for the reading this week, so I just had to go read some more. This was probably my favorite of all of the stories thus far. I just LOVE how the wolf thought he might be “pious” and all until the fairy joined him on his rock as a kid. Since he failed in his pious ways, the fairy issued him another week ontop of the rock to fast. The wolf could play a part in my other ideas from previous stories with the crocodile. The roles could be switched and the crocodile could actually be the good one. He could be doing a favor for the wolf by transporting him across the water, but the wolf could have bad intentions. If so, the crocodile could throw the wolf atop a large rock surrounded by water. He could sentence him to one week of fasting to beg for forgiveness of his wrongdoing. Wolves just make such good characters with their sneaky personalities.

The Grateful Beasts and the Ungrateful Prince:

This story had a great overall meaning when the grateful beast rose above the ungrateful prince. The imagery used was fantastic, I felt as if I was there through the journey of these two. My favorite line of the whole story was: “He was a thorn in the flesh to everybody that he came across.” What a perfect way to describe how much of a pain he was to everyone he met. I don’t think I’ll create my story from this one, but this story does contain excellent vocabulary!

Bibliography:

Brown wolf on a rock found on Flickr.

Reading Notes: Jataka Anthology

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I really enjoyed the cultural feel of all the stories in the section. They were all generally story lines that I haven’t heard of, or read. I love the buildup of the different animal characters. There are so many different versions and stories that could arise from having these animals as characters and giving them different personalities. Also, who doesn’t love animals as main characters?

Two Turtle Jatakas:

I thought the two different sides of the turtle (foolish vs. trickster). My favorite parts of these two turtle stories was the character development. It was comical to establish such personality and decision making for animals. I could use the differing turtle experiences in a new story. The turtle could be a trickster, because that’s my favorite version.

The Crocodile and the Monkey’s Heart:

Dialogue was used in this story to provide a clear relationship and development between the crocodile and monkey. Last semester I really wanted to try some writing with dialogue as the basis. So many questions can be answered through dialogue.  I also could create a new story spinning off the crocodile wanting to get the monkey’s heart. The monkey and crocodile characters could be developed more with their background providing more detail. The monkey definitely won the “wit” contest in this story by getting what he wanted and avoiding death. The crocodile thought he was being so smart by allowing transportation for the monkey who he was going to steal his heart, but what if the crocodile had a change of heart? He could develop a beneficial relationship with the monkey. I could change the story to the relationship between them growing to where they help each other out, although at first the crocodile had different intentions.

I could also join these stories together. The trickster turtle could come into plot with the crocodile and monkey. The turtle could be the one who tricks the crocodile and gives the monkey a second chance at life. That could then lead into a relationship development between the turtle and monkey. OR… The crocodile could be carrying the turtle across (though turtles can swim), and the monkey somehow comes into play. The ideas are endless here.

Bibliography:

Turtle and Crocodile by Wikimedia Commons.

Reading Options: Ramayana and Beyond

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After searching through the many weeks with different options, I got really excited to begin a new journey. I chose three different stories that I wanted to read and my reasons as to why. I’m honestly very new at the entirety of Indian Epics. This course will definitely be eye-opening, and I look forward to learning a lot. I was a bit confused when first starting to explore reading options, as it’s different than in the mythology class.

  1. Ramayana Online: Public Domain Edition –> I used to hear Ramayana and have no idea what people were talking about. When I read through previous Storybooks for this class, my interest only grew to read about Ramayana. The first two in section A, King Dasharatha and Dasharatha’s Sons really intrigue me, because I read about them in a storybook. This version can be accessed straight from the computer, so I look forward to reading this! I also really looked into week 3, since that will be the next task, and I want to prepare myself as much as possible. I really look forward to this reading to begin the study of indian epics.
  2. Mahabharata Online: Public Domain Edition –> There are so many interesting characters involved in these readings that I’m going to have to be taking many notes. I want to know each of the characters and their contributions. I really want to grasp the reading with these. It’s hard to tell which section I’ll like best, because I have little to no knowledge of most of the characters and plot.
  3. Brahma Dreaming –> I really enjoyed all of the mythology from last semester, so I really want to use time in this class for more and more mythology. This is a must read for me that I’ll probably buy from amazon. It contains Hindus’ great gods tales, and so much more.

Bibliography:

Image One: Battle found on Wikipedia

Time Strategies: Not Too Busy

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I really enjoyed The Myth of “Too Busy” by Tim Grahl. This semester I’m only enrolled in part time credit hours due to working full-time and trying to prepare for my future. Since I feel as though I’m always crazy busy going straight from Capstone lab each Tuesday through Thursday to work, I gladly clicked on the article that portrayed “too busy” as a myth. I found much of the article helpful, because there is so much time in the day to complete and achieve goals that you set. The main point was to prioritize time wisely, and plan each day ahead of time. Instead of feeling as though I’m always busy, this article has helped me realize that I just prioritize my time, and I can adjust my schedule to further do so.

The second article I read was Four Questions to Help You Overcome Procrastination. It sounded oddly familiar as I read through the blog. I looked back to last semester, and I actually chose to write about this same article. That really tells me that one of my biggest worries is procrastination, and I want to do everything I can to avoid it. Reading through the article a second time just gave me a new motivation to overcome procrastination completely, which l actually overcame a lot last semester.

In my opinion, I prefer to get assignments done early when given the opportunity so that I don’t have to worry about them later. My main strategy is to get what I can done early, and if I can’t, then adjust. Since I’ve taken the mythology course, I feel that I have a jump-start in maintaining a time schedule that works. It’s really hard for me to stick to a set schedule, because I usually like to begin my work whenever I have any free time. I would like to do all the work for each week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s. However, if I have free time where I can jump ahead, I will do so.

Bibliography:

Image one:  Time is our most precious resource found on wikimedia commons.

Technology: Learning More

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Just as slow computer monitors have transformed into fast, slim, laptops, brick phones have turned into iPhones. The rate at which technological advances occur is absolutely crazy. Growing up in this fast pace society means that everyone must keep up. In an online educational environment, I’m so thankful for last semester’s class! It really has helped me learn how to use many online sources that I had no clue about, as well as to better communicate with others online.

I think that blogging is always a good tool to understand and use. In the future, everything is going to turn more and more to online (as if it hasn’t already, right?). The use of communication online will help not only education majors, but microbiology majors, and the majority of others.

One new tool I’m excited to work on this semester is the graphic creation! I’m really not sure if I did any last semester, but how cool is it to create your own graphics? Another tool that most people have heard of (bookmarking) is actually so important in this class. Last semester I thought I could just return to each website through my blog post tags. BUT, bookmarking them is so much easier, and makes a lot more sense. So here’s to a great semester of learning many new tools!

Bibliography: Image one of technology accessed from Max Pixel.

Assignments: New Semester

I’m very familiar with most of the assignments and structure of this course since I took mythology and folklore last semester. I know it does seem a little much at first, but I can’t wait to get in the hang of things and on a set schedule again.

The reading each week is a real essential in this class, as it gives the base for storytelling, as well as the understanding of the unit. I generally really enjoy the reading, and I also enjoy telling my own story from the reading. It gives me a chance to break the monotony of other class work and let my imagination fly. The project is really tough at first in the decision stages, but once I figure out exactly what I want to do, it will be so much fun again.

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Extra credit makes anyone happy, right?

I mean, just doing one or two extra credit assignments a week can help finish the class up before dead week. I was so proud of the pace I worked at last semester that allowed me to finish early, and I hope to do the same this semester! My favorite extra credit option is the famous last words. It really allows me to pause and think about my week. Also, it’s cool to have a “diary” of how the entire semester went in school and outside of school on a blog.

Bibliography: Cat extra credit meme by Paul Anderson, found on Flickr.

Growth Mindset: The Second Time Around

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I feel like the picture above completes my feelings on the growth mindset. Carol Dweck is such an inspiration, so I was happy to watch the videos about growth mindset, and to get back into the mindset mentally as the semester nears closer. I still agree with last semester’s blog I wrote, and the importance that maintaining such a mindset has. This will be the second semester of learning and understanding the growth mindset further, and I feel that it has helped my mentality in school work and everyday life. I look forward to completing more of the growth mindset challenges and progressing more.

I went back and read through my growth mindset blogs from last semester to begin, and I was reminded just how helpful it was for me at the time. Not only does this mindset apply in school settings, but it applies in everyday life settings as well. I also posted blog reflections each week, which further helped in my progress with schoolwork and time management. It’s hard having a job and completing course work semesterly, but I’ve realized that it becomes a lot easier with the right, positive mindset!

Personally, I think this online class is also something that you have to have a growth mindset in. You can complete all the work if you believe in yourself, and if you don’t, there’s next time! There are so many opportunities to learn and succeed. It’s so great that there are so many extra credit options in this class, and allows students who may be behind to catch right back up.

Bibliography: Growth mindset meme accessed from Flickr.

Storybook Favorites: Indian Epics

The storybook that first caught my attention was Animal Cruise.

The image in the introduction sets the story up great providing great imagery for the cruise journey that’s about to take place. I think this is such a creative idea, and it’s something that I have not found this type of approach to. I do know a little bit about Ramayana, but I have a lot of learning left to do in that area. I love the touch of comedy as well as the monkey introductions! This is definitely a complete storybook that I’d want to read once learning more about Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Brothers Forever:

I was a bit confused when reading the introduction about all the different relations and what story line this would entail. However, I did like how it contained a brief background to help with my confusion. If it were a topic that I was much more familiar with, I would’ve understood much more. That being said, by the end of the semester, this story would probably make much more sense to me.  It followed the same basic set up as the first story did, but was a bit more scattered in context.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The title of this one immediately grasped my attention. I really liked the layout used here, as well as the colors of the storybook. I also found that at the end of each section, the author had a link to the next section, as well as the headings at the top right hand corner to easily navigate the storybook. I think the author does a good job at sticking to one topic, making it broad, but being able to focus on a big picture while maintaining understanding. The diary entries are such a good idea, and allow the reader to understand the emotional levels of the characters!  I also really liked the pictures used in this storybook, especially the main page pictured above.

Bibliography:

Image One: Cruise Dining Room accessed from Royal Caribbean Cruise and found as an image in Animal Cruise.

Image Two: Found in The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and accessed from Beauty.