Week 7 Story: Exiled in the Tongass

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The dense air weighted on the shoulders of Jacob and Joseph as they plunged through it gathering all their supplies to head out camping into the Tongass, the largest forest in America located in Southeast Alaska. They looked forward to this day for months, but something didn’t seem right to the twins on this very day.

“Maybe it’s just the polluted air making us feel uneasy,” Jacob screamed to Joseph who was forcing a few last things into his duffle bag.

Joseph nodded in agreement, and began discussing all of the plans the two had for the trip.

“You know, there is everything we could possibly want to experience there. There’s dog-sledding, fishing, hiking, and 17 million more acres of activity in the forest.”

With the positive outlook on vacation, the two loaded up the third brother, Wayne’s car. Wayne dropped Joseph and Jacob off at the grand entrance of the Tongass, helped throw out all of their supplies (tent, etc.) onto a safe camping spot, and waved the twins goodbye. As soon as Wayne drove out of the gate, thick barricades rose up from the ground. As far as the pair could see, barricades kept rising. There was no way out.

A gruff voice spoke, “now you both are captured, you will live life exiled in the forest until further notice. It’s only a small whisk at gaining back what you’ve put us through.”

Joseph and Jacob frantically looked around to locate where the voice was coming from. No one was in sight, but Jacob quietly whispered, “the Jural brothers.”


Years seemed to pass by and Joseph and Jacob were still living exiled in the forest in a one stall tent. They’d fought for survival until they grew so weak that they barely had enough strength to hold the fishing rod in hand waiting for a bite. They’d grown so very tired.

“Joseph. Jacob.”

The brothers hadn’t heard a voice in years, could this be their saving grace?

The barricades to the entrance alone lowered and in walked the Jural brothers with bulky guards all around them…

Authors Note: Life in the Forest from the Mahabharata, as well as scenes from the Ramayana were used in order to create a modern approach to exile in the forest. Joseph and Jacob represented the Pandavas brothers. In the Mahabharata, the Pandavas brothers were exiled to the forest for 12 long years. During this time the Pandavas brothers encountered many different sages who lived in the wilderness, which I didn’t include in my recreation. The Tongass Forest is truly the largest forest in America, and I thought it was a cool idea to bring in some of the things you can actually do at the forest, as well as information about it. I wanted to leave the story at a cliffhanger on whether or not the Jural brothers, taking the place of Duryodhana and his brothers in the original, to decide on whether or not they would be able to enter back into the real world.


Image One: Tongass National Forest by Wikimedia Commons.

Sources were taken from several different places: Arnold, Besant, Devee, Dutt, Ganguli, Kincaid, Macfie, Mackenzie, Nivedita, Seeger, and Tagore. All were accessed online for free here.

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Reading Notes: Mahabharata, Part D

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All of the revenge and plots to seek revenge is crazy! Literally I feel like almost every character has “beef” with someone and wants revenge on someone. The revenge then leads to more problems and more people seeking revenge. The way in which each death is described is intense and creates such imagery. For example, Ghatotkacha’s death basically felt like a horrible sad movie. I love the way it’s described. Unfortunately, there were many other deaths that occurred during this reading, and each time the imagery was intense. Seriously, many of the characters died off based on trickery, battle, and for the well being of others. Could you imagine the change of power that this brought forth for those living where kings died?

The Night Raid was definitely the most unexpected and interesting reads in this section! I remember how nervous I was as Drona’s son snuck into the darkness to fulfill his revenge on the Pandavas brothers, who I’ve grown very fond of since they’re in my very own storybook. It took a turn with Ashwatthaman, and I was not expecting it to end that way. The following section discussed what Ashwatthaman faced after raiding the Pandava’s brothers camp. The jewel that Ashwatthaman has on his forehead also symbolizes him. The symbolization also plays a huge part in the cultural text already, and I think it’s cool that the jem basically protects him. A story could be created where a character is played as Ashwatthaman and cannot lose a battle, because of the jem placed upon his forehead at birth. The rest of the story could be whatever I wanted it to be, but the jem protecting the character would be interesting!

After the completion of the Mahabharata I definitely get the main ideas and pictures, though many of the character plots are really confusing to me. BUT, the Mahabharata was overall an excellent read! I feel like many parts are sad due to the high number of deaths and mourning! As far as the storytelling goes, I do want to stick with my camping story previously discussed from the last reading.


Image One: Indian Epics Battle accessed on Flickr.

Sources were taken from several different places: Arnold, Besant, Devee, Dutt, Ganguli, Kincaid, Macfie, Mackenzie, Nivedita, Seeger, and Tagore. All were accessed online for free here.

Reading Notes: Mahabharata Part C

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The first reading section, Life in the Forest, sounded so familiar to context from the Rayamana. The Pandavas brothers enter an exile in the forest for 12 YEARS similar to that of Rama. What can happen in 12 years of living in the forest is unimaginable. A story could be recreated to modern time once again, because I’ve still been trying to get a story and turn it modern. A few brothers could be out camping when the world turns crazy, and they aren’t allowed to enter back from the woods. I could have the brothers represent the Pandavas brothers, and Krishna’s visit could bring forth another character during their time trapped in the forest.  They would have to face “Duryodhana and his brothers” before being able to answer back into the city. It would be awesome to make this weeks story about the exile in the forest (or camping trip), and then leave off at a cliffhanger of when they approach the brothers. That story could then be picked back up and finished the next storytelling week. Of course, I’d change the characters, but stay with the same overall characterization. The biggest difference would be the relations to culture from India to here, currently. Also, the vocabulary would be a huge difference.

I was so excited when Hanuman came back in the Mahabharata! He’s definitely a character that would be great to incorporate into any story! Him and his brother, Bhima, could have an entire story dedicated to them alone. I could discuss their father, Vaya (the god of wind), and how they came about on this earth. Maybe they could go on some crazy adventures with their dad controlling the wind? They could also be incorporated into my first modern story idea. Hanuman could come and bring the trapped brothers hope.

When Karna enters the story, I was amazed at the natural armor and earrings. Karna also seems like such a comical person at the same time. What a character!

Image One: Camping Barriere Lake accessed on Wikimedia Commons.

Sources were taken from several different places: Arnold, Besant, Devee, Dutt, Ganguli, Kincaid, Macfie, Mackenzie, Nivedita, Seeger, and Tagore. All were accessed online for free here.

Week 6 Review: Another Week Done

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I decided that backing up my storybook would be a wonderful ideal this week, but I think it’s really important to keep a back up of it. There’s just so much effort, thought, and time that go into each story it would be awful to lose it all. Hopefully a new thing that I can start along with the famous last words is to stay up to date on backing up and reviewing.

Wow, I really appreciate the time and effort put in to creating the class announcements. I really found a meme that I absolutely loved this week. It’s true that I get behind on reading the announcements, so I’ve enjoyed backing up and looking at all of the announcements throughout the week that I missed. This assignment also helped me find the class progress chart. I know I’d always make sure I was standing in good terms by the chart, and this semester I haven’t been able to find it.

So now I feel so much better knowing that the chart is available to look at and make sure I’m keeping up! All in all, backing up to review is always a good thing!

My favorite meme was actually found on Sunday, October 1st! My favorite is the cat meme stating “Difficult is not Impossible” and accessed here. It just brought me happiness, because it’s so true! And what better way to depict that than to have 2 cats plot to open a door?

Backup accessed on Wikimedia Commons.

Famous Last Words: Progress

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My overall outlook on this week was the progress I’ve made. Man, who knew the last semester at OU that time would be so limited? I sure didn’t. I thought this would be a nice semester of relaxation and work. Boy was I wrong. BUT, progress is in the works and that’s all I can really ask for! I’m by no means doing bad in school, I’m actually doing very well in my classes, just not as ahead as I’d like to be.

In this class I was able to complete my story and enjoy it! I’m so proud of myself for that, because I haven’t written a story in weeks due to the Thursday night deadline and me having so much going on (no excuse). Although I did better at completing assignments, here I am on Sunday night finishing up the rest of the weeks work. Again, I’m not happy about that.

In my capstone class I stayed true to my statement last week that I’d work on the lab report a little bit each night.  However, I was still up quite late working on it the night before it was due. I’m sure glad I got it completed, and I’m sure I did well on it, but here’s another scenario of getting things done in time, just not as ahead as I want!

I’m really looking forward to getting ahead in my classes this week. Tomorrow morning I plan to complete the reading for the week before I head to work, and hopefully get some great ideas for storytelling this week! This week I’m not working full time hours, so I really need to take advantage of the extra time I’ll have. Instead of hanging out with friends and having a social life, I need to stay focused on completing my school work first, and then enjoying time with friends.

Image One found on Flickr.