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27 August 2009 @ 10:35 pm
zomg second day of skewl!  
...my entry titles just get more and more creative as I go along, don't they?

Why am I so tired? Oh, right, I got up before eight and walked well over four miles. That explains it.

*sleeps on keyboard*

- Page 3 of my "Short Story" class syllabus:

The stories you write for this class should work - more or less - within the genre of psychological realism. That is, stories that belong to the (long and honourable) traditions of magic realism, science fiction, fantasy, experimental fiction, etc., will not be accepted.

...yeah, thanks for the heads-up, man. >_>

eltea and I have been trying to figure out loopholes all day, and I'm going to go to office hours next Tuesday and grill the guy about what exactly that means. Thanks for limiting my imagination; that's definitely how I wanted to start the semester. XD His explanation is that we just don't have time in a workshop class to do justice to the traditions of all of those genres, and we have to focus on the most common one, and I understand that, but... I can't write about Vincent. The way he defines it, which I immediately asked about -- "You can still have an unreliable narrator who thinks fantastical things are going on, but the reader shouldn't have to believe in any of those things" -- means that I couldn't even write something like "Mortals", or even "Flat". I write rather a lot of what I've started to think of as supernatural realism -- stuff that's basically set in a real Earth world, but with a supernatural presence or influence, possibly even in the alteration of just a single variable.

This is also what I consider Death Note to be, and it's probably my favorite genre, all things considered.

I write a lot of stuff that would work by his rules, but I just don't like feeling limited, and I'm annoyed about it. :| The least he could have done was warned us that this would be the case before we signed up; I still would have taken the class, but tacking it on under the assumption that every creative writer in Berkeley wants to stick to things that "could happen" is reductionist and, frankly, a bit insulting.

Pff, either way, I'm still going to try to write something so fucking fantastic that everyone in the class starts to look at me differently. XD' Which will be a big deal, to me, because it looks like we've got a lot of "I AM A WRITUR LOOK AT MY COOLNESS" types.

But we know how I am with snap judgments, lolfail. XD

- ...what the hell else did I do today?

- I bought chocolate. I've already eaten a ton of it. I really do think it's this city, this apartment, being in school -- I was fine at home; I went for weeks, but here I just can't go without it. >_>

- Still working on the thing for icequeenrex from that ask about a character meme. *seppuku* XD

- My Greek Religion teacher has a British accent. Which I knew he would from ratemyprofessors.com. This clearly did not affect my decision to take this class at all. OF COURSE NOT. >______>

- Uhhh... I made it into Theater 11 despite my dollop of failsauce. *\o/*

- I read "Those Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. LeGuin for my Monday class because I was bored/procrastinating enough to do homework. I think we read it in the tenth grade as part of our utopia unit, but I was still on a LeGuin-hating trip after The Dispossessed (I will never touch that book again; I hated every page XD), and it was more interesting this time. Which surprises me... not at all, since it's been, y'know, four years and a lot of formative experiences. XD

- Someone is finally doing American Idiot as a musical! O_O And it's the Berkeley Rep, which is the theater right across the street! And tickets are only 20 to 30 dollars if you're under thirty years old! And it's directed by the guy who did "Spring Awakening," which eltea saw last year, which was.... terrible.

Uh oh.

I dunno, at this point, I think I'd rather turn the CD up really, really loud for free and let Billie Joe sing the songs he wrote, because I love the way he sings them, and I don't think I'd actually want to see someone else reinterpret something I love exactly the way it is.

You know?

Ffff, also, I'm a fucking cheapskate. XD

* - Oh, also, I think I made the day of the woman giving out the bus passes (which let you ride on the city bus for freeeeee if you put the sticker on your card). Or at least her hour. The girl before me was really confused and chirpy anyway, and the lady was kinda like ">_>;", but then I was like, "Hi!", and when she asked me how I was, I said "Good! How are you?", and she looked really happy that I'd actually asked her in return. XD

Little things, little things. :)

I'm sure I had other things I wanted to say, but I honestly can't think of any more. XD

Typical me.

I told you that creative writing class was going to kill my soul. I CALLED IT. XD

Though, haa, speaking of calling things, I was totally walking out of my Greek Religion class thinking, "Maybe I should call eltea" while I unwound my iPod headphones, and then my phone rang, and it was her. XDDD


I need to sit down, shut up, and work my ass off this weekend. You're allowed to place bets amongst yourselves regarding how much I'm actually going to get done.

In fact, I encourage it.

I don't know if that's actually legal. Let's pretend. XD

Feeling: aggravatedaggravated
On the Radio: "Mean" - P!nk
Eltea: Pensiveeltea on August 28th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)

Write something as fantastical and supernatural as you want, and then when he tells you off for writing about stuff that “isn’t real”, burst into tears and tell him of course it’s real, all of it happened, and you’re going to report him for refusing to respect your religious beliefs, because you’d think of all places they should be accepted at a school that promotes diversity so much. D< (hey, if people actually believe scientology, how can he be 100% sure you don’t belong to a church in which fairies and time portals exist? XD)
Rex: DN - Mikami - I fap to thisicequeenrex on August 28th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
I laughed...so hard at this. XD

You are made of win!!! 8D
I MUST: Emily the Strangesabriel75 on August 28th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
What're you talking about... there are churches dedicated to fairies and time portals! Well heck, I can guarantee at least a few shrines and organized science labs in defense. XD

Perfectly logical... psychological realism includes psychos, psychics, psychotic break-downs, etc... and all those exist in reality but that doesn't mean the narrator's holding it together not to uhm... see things or truly believe their reality has been substituted by an alternate one. No?
marissaabitofadork7 on August 28th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm pretty sure that it's obvious you're a genius, so I'll just leave it at that...XD
richelle2972richelle2972 on August 28th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely brilliant. : ) PLEASE DO THAT!
Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on August 28th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
...then I could publish it, and it'd be like Dianetics, and I'd be FAMOUSSSSS. 8DDDDDD

lol you win so hard. XDD
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Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on August 28th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
It's like having an electric fence around my brain, haha. XD Stupid. :P Come on, it's a creative writing class, yes? So the creative part should not be subject to limitations??

idk. Also, I iz sorry that your Travel Writing class is being lame, too...! Just... sheesh, isn't the whole point that you're encapsulating your own damn experience? How can they possibly expect to be able to tell you how to do that? O_o

I've been considering that sort of thing... and Nick and Theo usually stay in a relatively real world (though they've got plans to wander out of it in the one thing for them that I've got started, which I now can't use either, *eyeroll* XD), but... okay, I know this is totally fail/insipid/so on, but I almost don't want to write anything too slashy, because what people are going to see is... what I write, and what I write on their critiques, and I don't want to be That Girl. Which is kind of dumb, because let's face it, I AM That Girl. XDD

Anyway, uh, you didn't really need to know that, but. XD'

It's my tenth-grade English teacher (who's the one who assigned it)'s favorite book, I think...? I was just... so unimpressed as a fifteen-year-old, lol. XD And so annoyed with the pages of pseudo-science that had no real bearing on the story, and I kind of thought Shevek was a douche, and... I forget; I just remember disliking it so much that I've never even looked at it in the intervening years. Which is probably a mistake on my part, especially since I really did appreciate Omelas this time around. ^^;

Uhhh, but yes. :3

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Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on August 30th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)

/did not even notice this
Vitamin C: Arthurtierfal on August 30th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Yes-yes, that's exactly what I mean -- I just don't want them to feel like they know me from one piece of writing, regardless of how representative it is. (Maybe I should, I dunno, write something touchy-feely for the first of our two pieces, then do something intense and full of gunfire for the second? lol. XD)

And, y'know, I've really strongly been considering writing something with very LESBIANNNNNN undertones. Partly just to see what they make of it, and yeah, partly because I'm just not scared of that part of me anymore. :333 And... what would happen would be that the three guys in the class would love me for-flipping-ever, hahahaha. XDDD

I don't think I know what I want. Hopefully I'll have a while before the due date to think about it! XD
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Vitamin C: Misatierfal on August 31st, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
... :d

Haha, I keep telling myself I'm not allowed to cut it TOO close -- because we have to print out a copy for everyone in the class, and if I run out of ink at 8 AM an hour and a half before it's due, my life will END. XDD
marissaabitofadork7 on August 28th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
You have to tell me about your Greek Religion class. Because anything Greek WITH British accents can be nothing but awesome.

XD My logic totally works.

Um...second day was good, yeah? Except for that one class that totally denies you your creativity, but hey. eltea worked that out, so it's all good. XD
Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on August 28th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Haha, it's basically Greek Myths, but with a focus on gods, I think? And I took a Greek Myths class freshman year, so I'm hoping that I'm set.

/such a cheater

I will totally let you know all the cool stuff, though. :D

It wasn't bad at all, on the whole, and I'll work the stupid creative writing thing somehow. XD' It wouldn't be the worst writing limitation I've ever had. XD
marissaabitofadork7 on August 28th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Well, if it's ancient Greece, yeah, that'd be the 12 gods of Olympus. I'm jealous; I wish I had a class on them. XD

Please do!! :D

What is the worst restriction you've ever had?
Vitamin C: White Guitartierfal on August 30th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
This'll be my second one, though a whole third of the class I took last time was heroes, and another third was just the Trojan War and stuff. :D I've always loved Greek myth, so I'm pretty stoked. 8D

Uhhh, now I have to think of one, haha. XD Hmm, just... being told how much or little I have to write is always tough, and a few contests I've randomly done on deviantART have had restrictions -- one actually told you what the basic-basic plot had to be, which was a bit tricky, and then the one I wrote "Welcome" for was supposed to include MCR. So I included them. Just that they were dead. XD'
marissaabitofadork7 on August 30th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
In my second-to-last year of Greek school or something, we learned all about the gods/goddesses of Olympus, and all about the wars of ancient Greece. It was pretty awesome. XD

Well, I guess there's always ways to find loopholes. XD
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Vitamin C: Improving Lifetierfal on August 28th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
IKR. What the hell. XD I think it's partly just the ambient stress of being in school versus being on my own schedule. XD
Emma Daiou: sylar kittyemmadaiou28 on August 28th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking writers in general just hate instinctively hate limits, because when I read your creative writing class requirement my muse went GNARLY-GRRRR HOW DARE THEY GRRRRRR!!!

....but then I realized that almost everything I've written in the last 10 months would be perfectly acceptable under that rule. I'm such a rebeeeeel. XD

My high school creative writing class killed my soul, though, so I'm slightly biased. I ended up writing ridiculous crap on purpose just to mess with my stupid beatnik teacher. REBEL, I say!
Vitamin C: Arthurtierfal on August 28th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)

I did the super-geek thing and went and made a list of all the stuff I'd written for brigits_flame, which I figure isn't a bad survey of my genre affinities all things considered, and... a lot of what I wrote was plain old realism, but the ones that I loved and was proud of and remembered... were very rarely those ones. XD


We were going to have a creative writing class at my high school my senior year, but five people signed up, and they canceled it. XD' I'm going to go have a nice debate with my poor teacher on Tuesday, which I will preface by saying, "I'm not trying to be one of THOSE students, but I'm legitimately confused about where you draw the line of psychological realism...", and then bust out my color-coded chart, wtf is wrong with me. XDDD
Rex: DN - mello kick matt!icequeenrex on August 29th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
:/ I think it really sucks that they won't allow supernatural/fantasy/fiction ahem REAL STUFF PLZ. Sounds like an evil dictatorship!!!!! D8


/fails majorly...
Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on August 30th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
IKR. Well, I'll talk to the guy and see what I can get out of him, and then I'll just... blow them out of the water with whatever I am allowed to write. XD


PFF, you are here now, and that is all that matters, y/y? :3