Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Tiny Story

This is a small piece for submission to a pretty cool writing experience.

Paper

He always wrote his own life, or what he dreamed it to be

As a kid he loved the fantasies.

He grew up and continued to explore the infinite of the imagination.

Then one day he was gifted the future.

He didn't know the power of the paper, but he tested its gift.

He could've written that he was an astronaut, that dinosaurs ruled, or that he was the wealthiest man.

But he wrote of a knight, a man who risked his life to save a woman; the one of his dreams.

He wrote of love.

He always wrote his own life, or what he dreamed it to be.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

#1 Ask

Definition

Verb

  1. To put a question to: inquire of
  2. To request information about
  3. To try to get by using words; request
  4. To solicit from; request of
  5. To demand; expect

Story

"Okay, what do we do next?"

"We adventure!"

"Where do you want to go?"

"Hawaii? Paris?"

"I love Spam Sushi and Wine, where else?"

"Disneyworld!?"

"YES!"

"What is your adventure?"

"A life time of adventures with you."

Monday, April 15, 2013

#14 Glints

Definition

Noun

  1. A momentary flash of light; a sparkle
  2. A faint or fleeting indication; a trace

Story

Young boys dreamed of stars. Halden was no exception. He looked at the sparkles in the sky everyday and knew that something was alive beyond what he could see. He just knew it. It never made sense to him that the people on this planet are the only ones in existence. That of all the stars and all the planets that he learned about in school that only one had the right combination of elements to create intelligent life.

Halden asked his mother one day what she knew about the stars and the worlds that had to exist.

"Well Halden we used to travel beyond the stars. Hundreds of years ago we used to send citizens in ships into space. They investigated some of the closest planets to us they even tried to settle there. We even found evidence of life on one, but it was long gone. There are rumors of a planet that still possessed life, but we never got there. Many people went on the journey to it. None ever came back. The researchers never could perfect their ships so they could go far enough without people dying of old age. No one wanted to send children young enough to survive. Our people decided to spend their resources on bettering our own planet instead of seeking one to escape to. There have been rumors that the new resources to harvest the power of the stars and energy could be used to get someone far enough, but because of the wars there is no money."

"But why? Has anyone tried to go without the support of the people's resources? Can I go?"

"Of course son. You can do whatever you set your heart to. But for now it's bed time."

That was what did it. Every parent says it, but Halden never grew out of his dream to find life elsewhere in the universe. He had a pet guinea pig that he talked to everyday about how he and Simon would put on their little space suits and build their own ship to find new life beyond what they could see in the night's sky.

Simon, and Halden's family, didn't live to see him fulfill his dream. He was the only one who escaped. He was the only one who believed that his world wasn't peaceful. He was the one who continued the research that his people did not have the resources for. He was the only one who got out alive.

Halden was still young when his planet crumbled beneath him. But he believed in the stars, so he took to them to save himself. He flew and flew. He was 60 years older when he landed on a strange planet that he was destined to find. Halden knew when he was greeted by the residents of this planet and knew that the planet that his mother said his people never traveled to was a lie. He recognized these people as ones of his own kind. He knew then that this planet came long before the one he flew 60 years to escape. His people were still alive. He lived for 10 years on this planet. Meeting the people and sharing the story of his home planet and the destruction of his people. The story of how he traveled so far to find a planet that was supposed to only be a myth.

Halden died at 104 years old, on Earth.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

#2 Alumnus

Definition

  1. a person who has attended or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university
  2. a person who is a former member, employee, contributor, or inmate


     

Story


 

So for the word this week, I pose a question:

What would you say to students of your alma mater?

I was asked to do this about a month ago. I had a plan. I went in to that room of, somewhat impressionable, students. They were honors students. They were seeking an education that they could use to make our world a better place. Whether being educated in history, biology or environmental studies, they wanted to change the world. That is what a liberal arts education can be good for.

Since these were honors students I went in with a way to get them to think about their honors thesis that they would have to write to complete their Minor in Rhetoric. The prompt was as follows:

  • What do you love?
  • What do you want to learn more about?
  • What is your primary field of study?

My answers to these questions are how I formed my thesis when I completed a similar program. Movies, The Holocaust and English…were my answers. Well that turned in to The Messenger's Messengers: The Study of the Portrayal of Nazi Soldiers in Turn of the Twenty First Century Popular Movies. This paper was quite an undertaking and turned into a pretty cool analysis. I wanted to use my experience as a way to get them to understand what the whole program was about to me: Learning how to communicate and learn more effectively.

I was asked by the professor/advisor, sitting in on this little get together, what I got from the program. This led me off on a tangent…

College is about learning how to live in the real world. Your professors are your managers and supervisors. They hold you accountable to tasks and reward or penalize you accordingly. They help you when you ask for it and are happy to see that what they teach impacts their students. But if you don't love it and don't want to be there, they can see that and wonder why?

What I learned from this program and going to college? They asked.

I learned that:

  • If you don't love what you do. Don't do it. If you have to do it to survive, find a way to learn from it and incorporate something that you love.
  • A career is very different from a job. You should work jobs to learn what your career should be.
  • You should always try to learn from your experiences.
  • Life doesn't fall into your lap once you have a college degree…you still have to be driven to live your life to the fullest!
  • Most importantly…finishing college is one of the most important things you will ever accomplish in your professional life. It shows that you can start something and finish it. A valuable skill in any working environment.

What did you learn from it?