Category Archives: Week 2

Famous Last Words: Already 2 Weeks Complete?

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Time flies.. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was beginning college, and now I’m already 2 weeks into my final semester at OU? That’s so crazy to me.

As far as the first two weeks went, they’ve been crazy!

I began week 1 work for this class before the semester even started which was a tremendous help. I’ve been working every single day at work right after I get out of lab class until close. This makes it extremely hard to find time to work on school work. BUT, I’ve made it work.

This week I tried to get as much work done early in the week as I could. I’ve completed all of the assignments this week prior to Friday, so that I can work on week 3 assignments over the weekend. I’ll hopefully have some time to complete many more extra credit assignments this weekend as well. Needless to say, I’m proud of my progress thus far and I am excited to decide what to do for the project and get started on it!

Once again, my goal this semester is to complete all of the extra credit that I can as it will help me in the long run. I know there will be weeks that I’m struggling to find time to complete all of the assignments, so it will make that time less stressful. Because who needs any more stress in life? My one certain goal that I KNOW I can do is to complete at least this extra credit assignment each week. It excites me to do this assignment, because it’s sort of like a diary. I get to keep up with my weekly progress both in and out of school. This will also be super cool to look back on as I progress further into my future.

Bibliography:

Image One: Exhaustion found on Public Domains Pictures.

 

 

Feedback Thoughts: Criticism As a Positive

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This assignment last semester really helped me a lot in learning more about feedback and how to make it a positive experience. Feedback is more than just reading someones work and saying “great job!” But, positive feedback is encouraging and useful as well, there’s just much more to the entire feedback picture. From my experiences in the mythology class last semester, I found that the people that actually took the time to really read my project work and provide detailed feedback helped me the most. I’ve learned that harsh feedback is generally not meant to do anything but help you improve your work. But, there are more ways than one to get the point across when providing feedback.

The two articles that I read were Using Harsh Feedback to Fuel Your Career and Overcoming the Fear of Feedback. The steps in order to fuel your career with harsh feedback are very useful. One that seems very important is the step to prioritize which feedback is useful and should be dealt with compared to those that aren’t.  I think most times people read harsh words and it’s hard to fuel that into positive energy. But sometimes, the harsh feedback is exactly what we need in order to push forward and improve. In Overcoming the Fear of Feedback, the idea revolved around the mindset. I am very interested in the growth mindset view, and continue to enjoy learning more about it and the different ways that it affects individuals. Who knew that the mindset individuals have could play a role in so many different ways? When struggling with feedback in the different scenarios, this article would be great to go back and reread.

Bibliography:

Image One: Get and Use Feedback found on Flickr.

 

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.

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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.

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Image One: Battle found on Wikipedia