Category Archives: Week 6

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.

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Week 6 Story: Vyasa’s Birth

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Indra, the king of first heaven, was silently lurking through the village contemplating which fellow villager would become the next king. He had been king for his whole life, and he had decided that it was finally time to at least think about passing down the crown to a new leader. No man knew his plan so the faces that gazed upon his were confused and worrisome. As he stared at longing faces throughout, he thought to himself.

“If only a man could step up and proclaim strength and dignity.”

Just as those thoughts crossed through his mind, commotion erupted around the large body of water near town center. Indra rushed to the scene. Two children were flung from a sharks mouth abruptly, and the cries could be heard miles wide.

“What is going on here!” Indra shouted.

“King, this shark has given birth to children. This can’t be so,” a random villager urged.

Grasping for air, Indra coddled the two babies.

“Is this the answer to my prayers?” he thought to himself.

He handed the baby girl to one of the villagers whom he didn’t know or care to know, but held the baby boy with pride.

“You will be the next king. I will name you Vyasa, and you will change the world son.”
With that he lifted the boy up into the air, sprinkled sand on his head, and just like that the baby boy morphed into a grown man.

Indra stood in awe at the grown man that had just appeared before him and reached out his hand for a firm shake. It was as if Vyasa was prepared for life in his prior form, because he stood at attention, shook hands, and immediately began talking as if he’d lived in the village his whole life.

The conversation between Indra and Vyasa was straight to the point, and Indra declared that Vyasa was indeed an answer to his prayers and he wanted to immediately proclaim him as king. The surrounding areas were then to undergo a change in power…

Authors Note:

In the Mahabharata portion discussing Vyasa and Ganesha, Vyasa’s birth story is told. Gods sent Indra to go bribe the king of Chedi with a crystal car that has the capability to carry him throughout the sky. His semen ended up falling in the water on one of his journeys, and 10 months later fisherman caught a fish and discovered the had two children. The king took possession of the boy, but sent the girl off to help on the river. In my version, I wanted to make Indra the main character and the one searching for a replacement. I did want to keep the same cultural relevance to the story, and chose to make the boy take over as king. I also added in new details such as Indra easily morphing Vyasa into a man with sand alone. I didn’t want to begin discussing the changes and outlooks that Vyasa made, so I ended with the power being overturned.

Bibliography:

Vyasa and Ganesha accessed online here. The Mahabharata, A Summary by John Mandeville Macfie was also utilized as a source.

Indra: Wikipedia

Vyasa: Wikipedia

Image One: Vyasa  accessed from Wikimedia Commons.

Reading Notes: Mahabharata Part B

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The reading guides really help me out, as the first paragraph of reading B I’d already mistaken that Vidura is Pandu and Dhritarashtra’s wiser brother. Unfortunately since his mom was a servant or “slave girl” he was not allowed to be king. He would be a good character to create himself his own story. What if he could be king? Why does it matter that his mother was a servant? I know that it’s cultural, but I could change it to where he’s king.

Although the reading guides do help tremendously, I’m still confused and lost in all of the different characters. I’m generally able to separate the characters out, but they all seem to jumble together when recalling events and the outcome of those events. I really enjoyed all of the wilderness scenes in the Mahabharata. These scenes would be so much fun to rewrite as well. So many different things can happen in the wilderness, and obviously dangerous things as seen in the story. They could also encounter characters from the Ramayana! That’d be a fun plot.

Nalayani’s life with her 5 husbands is another idea that could be written as a story this week. I thought it was an interesting story to read, as she’s now Draupadi. The Pandava brothers are for sure something very strange and different to write about.

Keeping up with 5 husbands obviously would be a never ending task. I’m curious if I could rewrite something of this approach in the modern world. It could be 5 friends married to one woman? I could give modern problems they’d face. I’m still not sure what I want to do or write about. I have so many different ideas, but so many that I can’t fully develop.

For next weeks reading, I plan to set aside time to listen to your audio version. I really think that will allow me to slow down, think, and really understand and distinguish the characters. As for now, I’m still a bit confused at all of the events that have taken place in this weeks reading. I’m really enjoying the reading, it’s just hard for me to remember each characters part in each situation.

Bibliography:

Image One: Draupadi at pachisi game 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.

Reading Notes: Mahabharata Part A

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The amount of characters presented in this first section of reading is numerous. I have sort of lost the importance of each character, but I know one things for sure, Vyasa is very interesting. I love where they stated at the very beginning that not only is he the composer, but he’s also a character in the story. I hope that these characters are introduced good int he next few sections if they return so I’m able to recall.

In this story as well, there are staple objects that represent tokens in their culture. At the very beginning, I thought it was interesting that Indra was sent to bribe the king with a crystal car that could carry him through the sky. I chuckled a bit at his semen falling from the vehicle as a fish ingests the semen, later resulting in a boy and girl. What a very different way to bring forth new characters into the story. This is how Vyasa arose, and I have so many different ideas for different ways that he could’ve came to life with a twist on the culture. His birth could take place similarly to Uchchaihshravas rising from the churning of the milk ocean, since I’ve been reading so much about it. Maybe Vyasa could arise astride Uchchaihshravas?

King Shantanu and Ganga had such a weird relationship. I was very confused through the child birthing of Ganga’s children, and why it happened the way it did. For that reason, that will be something I could recreate to something more understandable. I could give another reason and action for why she departed and never returned. The next love interest for the king, Satyavati, was the mother of Vyasa. This was a repeat of the first story in a way, but I enjoyed the ties between the families. I was surprised when Shantanu didn’t consent to the promise of the father of Satyavati prior to giving his daughter to the king, leaving the king’s heart heavy.

The story of how Devavrata got his name, Bhishma, could be retold in so many different ways! That’d definitely be a cool remake.

Amba is definitely a character that could be focused on, for she is the only princess that didn’t wed the king. I love and admire her strength here, and she could also have a different story be told for herself. The Pandu family is also very interesting, and many different events could be changed and retold there. I’m excited to read tomorrow’s section for this class, because I’ll probably be able to write out more of the ideas for a potential story later this week!

Bibliography:

Image One: Mahabharata 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.