Thursday, April 24, 2014

The End.

So I submitted my paper to three different venues as mentioned in a previous post. BYU Scholars Archive, AWE: A Woman's Experience, and The International Student Journal. It was scary at first, but now that it's done I feel more confident. I am excited to explore more publishing options with upcoming projects that I have in mind.

Goodbye to all my classmate bloggers! I say goodbye to this blog, but not to blogging. Here is my finished product. What a journey! I've learned so much.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Thousand Splendid Words

Well, it's been a journey.  A journey of a thousand splendid hours, sources, and words to get to where I am now.  And here's the final draft of my paper, titled A Thousand Splendid Suns and Sons.

I always knew that I wanted to write about Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns.  While I am not a strong advocate for feminism in America (simply because I feel that feminists should work on getting other countries to where we are now in regards to women's rights) I am a strong advocate for feminism in the Middle East.  I remember the first time I had heard that it is legal and encouraged to kill a female family member for "dishonoring" your family--such as having a baby out of wedlock.  I was appalled, and all of the sudden, advancing feminist agendas in America didn't seem that important when there are still areas in the world where they can kill their daughters for having sex--legally kill their daughters--without a trial.  It's absolutely wrong.  And there is no way to make it ever seem right.

A Thousand Splendid Suns and my essay on it is the perfect outlet for my emotions and feelings.  And I hope that it feels like I poured my heart into this essay, because I honestly tried to.  I ended up submitting my essay to the Awl, an online New York based journal that publishes hot-topic submissions.

It's Submitted!

I recently submitted my paper to Student Pulse, which is an international online student journal. In order to submit it I had to change the citations from MLA to APA, which took some time since I've never used APA before. It was nice that that was the only restriction because they accept work from both undergraduates and graduates and the word limit was 2,000-7,500 (my paper is just over 3,250) Now it's submitted and in 2 to 3 months I will now if it's been accepted or not. 

Here's my paper with the APA formatting
And here it is with MLA (if you were unable to see it in this post).

This Video Took Forever


Finally, after a seemingly never ending trail of technical problems, I finally loaded this masterpiece to Youtube. Now the whole world can share it. I enjoyed being able to write about something personally meaningful that could engage further discussion from an informed audience. If I get a fair response from this short intro vid, then I might have to circulate it on the social webs. Anyway, you better appreciate this because I put too much work into it. Thanks, everyone. (I love you)

P.S. If anyone would like to read my finished Paper . . . there you go.

The Rabbit and The Hobbit Hole

Here is my video. Shared on my Google+ account.

Here is the Paper. I think the video is probably more entertaining. At least that is what my dad said in between deep breaths and laughter.

Faulkner and Carroll on the Little Screen

I begrudgingly shared a video of a camera...on Google+. Here it is!

As reluctant as I was to talk about my paper on video, I am a little sad to let it go. It's occupied so much of my thinking time these past two months, and I might go through some Alice withdrawals. In fact, I'll probably read both books again this summer.

Thanks for a WONDERful semester, everyone!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Last Melon

Alright, you guys. Here it is. The video introduction to my essay, which I shared via Google+. Because of this, Anonymous Gopher, Anonymous Wolf, and Anonymous Pumpkin are now reading "Woman, the Unsuccessful Colonist."

I have learned so much this semester about claims, the research process, and social proof-- all of which have been extremely helpful in learning how to become a better essay-writer. As I reflect back on the progression of my blog posts (which I now realize I was supposed to do on the 15th), it's neat to see the growth-- from absolutely no idea where I was going to go with it (as in "Broken Bangala") to beginning to gain ideas (like in "Displaced Female Colonist Loses Direction"), to sharing my ideas through social networks (in "Taking it to the Old FB"), to getting frustrated, bouncing my ideas off classmates, and finally striking gold with Edward Cutler, an American Literature professor with an incredible knowledge of feminism and colonialism and who also let me borrow four books that helped me out a lot ("How Conversations Spark Ideas"), and then, at last, to the point where I have a finished essay. (For those who would like to read it, here is a link.) This really has been such an awesome class and I have learned so incredibly much. I want to give a big "THANK YOU!!!!" to everyone! You've all been wonderful people to learn from and talk with. It's been a great class!