Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Week 8 Reading and Writing

part one

blog - i am somewhat happy with the layout of the blog. most of the issues i have with it are back end issues that can't be resolved with google changing the back end. 

website - i like the website i'm using for the story. really easy to navigate. only issue is the copy and paste feature that puts breaks and spaces in places that weren't supposed to have them. 

part two - 

reading - my notes could be better but i would essentially be copying and pasting the section.

stories - i would say my stories are good as i tell a new version of the story each time.

part three -

looking back - i would say that i should have picked better stories to read from the weekly selections as i struggle to synthesize the readings to an extent but i make up for it with my writings. my biggest accomplishment is probably my storyboard on troy. i usually have trouble meeting the word count for other assignments but i can easily blow past the 1,000 word maximum on the storyboard.

Writer’s Block

looking forward - catch up and get ahead. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Week 7A Reading

Week 7A Reading will be from the Notes on the Folklore of the Fjort were collected in the late 19th century by R. E. Dennett

1. How the Wives Restored Their Husband To Life -
The women were starving until the men brought them food to eat after a long hunt. The women imagined that the men were dead and brought them back to life and they made them food. 

2. How Gazelle Got Married -
Nsassi claimed two women as his wives. There was a war but Nsassi won and got to marry the women.

3. The Vanishing Wife -
A weird section about a parrot showing a fish to woman and making everything vanish into thin air.

4. Another Vanishing Wife -
Instead of the woman leaving it was the other way around. The men left the woman because she treated him badly.

5. The Jealous Wife -
The wife was jealous of the other wife due to her having a more brighter and more intelligent child.

6. Ngomba's Balloon -
While fishing she lets our her frustrations over her mothers' neglect.

7. The Wicked Husband -
They killed husband by burning him alive while he was tied up and they made the wife smoke and dry the body.

8. How Kengi Lost Her Child -
Gunga stole Kengi's new born child and Kengi cried as she demanded that Gunga give her the kid.

9. The Twin Brothers -
Not a very good relationship between the two brothers as Luemba hunted his brother down and killed him.

10. The Younger Brother Who Knew More Than The Elder -
They went out and discovered that one of their wives was in a trap. The brother ultimately tricked the man and returned home with the wife.

World's Deepest River

Friday, February 21, 2020

Week 6 Story: The Life and Death of Buddha


Author's Note: For this story we'll be taking original elements from Part One of The Life of Buddha by Andre Ferdinand Herold. Instead of starting from birth to becoming the Buddha, we will start in the middle of Siddhartha's story as he becomes the Buddha and finish with his death/rebirth with more of a humble origin story rather than being a Prince. 


A depressed Siddhartha looks out upon the world.
He’s shut himself and has isolated himself.
His father does not like the state of mind in which his son is in.
The father decides to throw a party.
Everyone is laughing and happy.
Everyone except Siddhartha.
He doesn’t want any of this.
He thinks there is more purpose to his life than being a farmer boy.
After the party Siddhartha decides.
He decides he’s going to leave home and never look back on his past.
On his journey to find himself he runs into an old man.
The old man handed him an old robe and other clothes to guard his skin from the natural elements.
Siddhartha journey continues up a mountain.
Siddhartha reaches the top of the mountain.
In his new robe Siddhartha feels like he is king of all.
Siddhartha ultimately changes his mind and chooses to return home to his mother and father.
On his way back he encounters invaders from distant lands.
The name of this foe is Mara.
Mara’s army has never lost.
They have a reputation of being butchers to populations that do not surrender.
Siddhartha approaches Mara.
Mara orders Siddhartha to remove himself from the path.
Siddhartha refuses to do so.
Mara orders the army to open fire on Siddhartha.
Before Mara’s army could get of an arrow.
Mother Earth emerged and swallowed Mara’s army whole into the ground.
Mara surrenders to Siddhartha, the new Buddha.
Siddhartha journeys home.
He finds his mother and father.
Tells them of his adventure.
He tells them that he believes his journey in this life is complete.
It was at this moment that his parents finally feared death.
They knew their son was about to part from their world.
They thought it would be a bloody exit.
But Buddha simply disappears into the sunset.

Officially reincarnated into a god.

Siddhartha Gautama

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Week 6B Reading

Week 6B Reading will be from Part One of The Life of Buddha by Andre Ferdinand Herold

Siddhartha Leaves -
Siddhartha leaves his family and has zero regrets!?!?!

Siddhartha the Hermit -
He is presented with robes and he's ecstatic about it. He felt like he was the king of the mountain because of it.

Gopa and Suddhodana Grieve -
Chandaka says he will not return until he's conquered old age and death. And his father loses it when he leaves the city.

Arata Kalama
The most interesting part about this section is when it talks about or rather lack of is the lack of fear of death even though it talks about death three times in a short span of time.

Siddhartha and King Vimbasara -
Rudraka's disciples join Siddhartha at the end of the section.

Siddhartha Deserted by His First Disciples -
They weren't loyal to him so they left him to join or go to Benares. Moral of the story is not to trust anyone that joined you recently.

The Tree of Knowledge -
There is great depiction in the section. Particularly the description leading to the tree of life:

The road was sprinkled with gold-dust; rare palms, covered with precious stones, lined the way. He skirted the edge of a pool whose blessed waters exhaled an intoxicating perfume. White, yellow, blue and red lotuses spread their massive petals over the surface, and the air rang with the clear songs of the swans. Near the pool, under the palms, Apsarases were dancing, while in the sky the Gods were admiring the hero.

Mara's Defeat -
Mara had an army that commanded respect and fear of their opponents. This did not matter as the mother of the Earth came and won the day. Mara broke down because they had lost.

Siddhartha Becomes the Buddha -
There is a new Buddha!

He has come, he who brings light into the world; he has come, he who protects the world! Long blinded, the eye of the world has opened, and the eye of the world is dazzled by the light. O conqueror, you will give all beings that which they hunger after. Guided by the sublime light of the law, all creatures will reach the shores of deliverance. You hold the lamp; go now and dispel the darkness!

Baby Buddha

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Week 6A Reading

Week 6A Reading will be from Part One of The Life of Buddha by Andre Ferdinand Herold

Maya's Dream -
There is a lot dialogue between Maya and Suddhodana in this first of the story. I liked the part where she basically became a god and let the blind see, the deaf hear, the dumb speak, and the dying actually die.

Birth of Siddhartha -
This part covers the birth of the son of Maya and Suddhodana. Suddhodana as any parent would, is full of joy and happiness. He led a caravan of people to his sons birthplace.

Asita's Prediction -
Asita is a hermit and he broke down into tears when he saw baby Buddha.

Siddhartha at the Temple -
Maya's sister basically becomes a babysitter for the young Buddha. She mentored him a lot in this section.

Siddhartha's First Mediation -
In this part of the story Buddha begins to age. He begins to learn how to write and other necessary traits he needs to become a king.

First Encounter -
The Prince stumbles upon someone and appears that he is cursed as all the joy and happiness he had leaves his soul and becomes depressed speaking about nothing else other than old age.

Two More Encounters -
The King notices his son is now depressed but the child has already shut himself off from the rest of the world. Now the King does not want his son to ever leave the palace as he worries something awful will happen to him.

The Fair Maidens and Gopa's Dream -
The King heard that his son wasn't the only one acting weirdly so he went to investigate. Something weird happened as Gopa was stripped naked with her hair cut.

The Great Truths -
The Prince is still in a depressed state at the end of the first part of the story. While everyone was having fun and laughing he didn't care and he went to palace stables. We'll find out what happens next tomorrow!

Queen Maya - Mother of Buddha

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Childhood BFF, Biography - EC


When I first moved to El Paso from Oklahoma she was the first person in head start to befriend me. We became the best of friends. Did everything together. From sitting together in class, to playing together on the playground, and watching our parents watch sports while we played Uno.

Usually if you hit someone with a draw four card in Uno they will hate your guts. But for us it was a laugh. 

The friendship developed into a relationship soon after that.

While we are no longer dating we are still best friends that can go to each other at anytime. Some friendships only last a few years but ours has lasted decades and will likely last a lifetime because of our strong bond that we established as kids. 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Week 5B Reading

Egyptian Myth and Legend by Donald Mackenzie


The Two Brothers: Part One
First of part of four parts. Most interesting part of this portion is when Anpu burst in ready to kill his younger brother, Bata, with a dagger. There is intensity between the two characters in this part of the story that allows me to picture the build up to this moment as Bata doing wrong to Anpu to get him so angry that was not told in the 800 words of this story.

The Two Brothers: Part Two
Bata sensed Anpu's desire to kill him immediately and basically taunted him at the door telling him that he knew what he was doing. Ra came to Bata and gave him a wife. One that Bata said he'd die for. As a result his heart became hers and revealed his secrets.

The Two Brothers: Part Three
The King of Egypt takes (?) the wife of Bata while he's away on a hunt. 

The Two Brothers: Part Four
Bata ultimately becomes King. He makes his brother, Anpu, his heir. He ruled for 30 years until he died and his older brother took the mantle of King. 

The Book of Thoth: Part One
A feast honoring Nefer-ka-ptah and Ahura was made by the priests of Isis.

The Book of Thoth: Part Two
We finally find the Book of Thoth hidden inside multiple boxed.
He opened the iron box and found a bronze box,
He opened the bronze box and found a keté-wood box,
He opened the keté-wood box and found an ivory-and-ebony box,
He opened the ivory-and-ebony box and found a silver box,
He opened the silver box and found a gold box,
He opened the gold box and found the Book of Thoth.

A giant scavenger hunt for part two.

The Book of Thoth: Part Three
Ra lets them do whatever they want with the wife and child. In the end vengence was the results but Nefer-ka-ptah was still in possession of the book. 

The Tale of King Rhampsinitus
The line of Pharaohs crosses borders. A rich ring that made his subjects construct grand structures and palaces for him. He was strict yet fair. Harsh yet nice.