Story Graphs: Plotting a Plot

The other day I came across a picture of Kurt Vonnegut’s story graphs, which started me thinking…how many stories could I graph myself? Well I had some fun with it over a few days, and here’s what I came up with. Most of these do a little harmless damage to the truth, but if you’re looking for a humorous oversimplification of some classic stories then look no further!

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My favorite one of Kurt’s is his rendition of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Absolutely nailed it.

Here are my attempts:

This is obviously the entire series up to now. I figured the fortune of the plot could sort of be generalized down to 'horrible.'

This is obviously the entire series up to now. I figured the fortune of the overall plot could sort of be generalized down to ‘horrible.’

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Let Your ‘May’ Mean ‘Might’

This is just an attention-grabber. It has nothing to do with the post.

This is just an attention-grabber. It has nothing to do with the post.

I was reminded of a subtle grammar rule today, and it inadvertently sparked a whole line of strange thoughts. It’s a rule I often forget, and I hope that by writing this I will be able to internalize it. But, also, I had a thought about application that I wanted to share for the fun of it.

The difference between Might and May:

We use ‘may’ to say that something is possible, in fact, that it’s more possible than a circumstance in which ‘might’ is the correct term. Small difference. Continue reading

Let’s Go!

Photoshop Design project: We were asked to link a phrase and image that were not intended to connect in order to alter the meaning. I was going for humorous,wondering what e. e. cummings would think of one of his most famous lines as linked to bovine ambitions. It’s not really a project worth any of the skills I’ve picked up in this class, but we just started moving into images with text to form meaning, so the exercise is appropriate.

Exercises are great. This took me about two minutes.

Exercises are great. This took me about two minutes. Easy points!

Let’s be honest…the grass does always look greener on the other side, and right now, with graduation just over that white picket fence, I’m trying to figure out whether the grass is real or just a photoshop altered mirage.

I hear people saying that these college days are the golden days, the sunniest days. It never gets any better than this! Granted, these maxims mainly come from faculty who never really left college in the first place, and from where they sit it just isn’t as fun as it used to be.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Hopefully. Now that I’m ed-u-ma-cated I should have the wits to find some of that grass. Even for a poor writing major with no street compass. I should have the guts to do a bit of exploring.

Sure, I’ll hop that fence with style and take whatever leafy green shoots I can find…Nope.

I’ll probably trip up and land on my face, feet tangled in the place I just left. Most events in life happen that way. The good thing about the ground is that’s where the grass is. (that’s the sound of a metaphor stretching to its ripping point).

Hopefully God has it in mind to smile ruefully and let me trip my way into a green patch. I’ll keep faith in the suspicion that the best things in life happen because of our blunderings and his design. It’s wonderfully humbling, but it’s no wonder Scripture constantly compares us people to livestock.

“Golden days” probably has more to do with one’s eagerness and earnestly and less to do with actual circumstances.  That’s what I love about this line from e. e. cummings that I plastered on a Google image of cows. The eagerness. The excitement about whatever the hell is over there we don’t know let’s go.

I love cummings’ use — or lack of — punctuation. It’s a small gesture that creates an entire style, and, as readers, we feel the excitement of it. There’s no time for commas or periods! Let’s go go go! (Cows wouldn’t know how to use punctuation either, so you see how this is all coming together).

I guess I can’t speak with any integrity about the woes of the daily grind when I’m used to the twists and surprises of college. Keeps me sharp. Can’t complain now, and maybe I won’t complain then when I’m munching on grass that’s exactly the same shade of green as the stuff I just left. That’s pretty green. Bitter on occasion, but, hey, it’s not worse and it’s not bad.

Flying Fortresses

Just some amazing alliterative awesomeness this week.

Moon Spawn appearing over Coral, an artists impression © Corporal Nobbs

Moon Spawn appearing over Coral, an artists impression © Corporal Nobbs

Moon’s Spawn — from one of my favorite books, Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson — was a frightening sight for anyone. Especially since its keeper, Anomander Rake, wielded a sword that transported its victims to another hellish realm. In the ninth book in the series our heros had to face down about twenty of these things. Not pretty.

A Russian Flying Fortress. This was a 1930’s concept - it wasn’t built.http://mrlake.fncinc.net/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=10864

A Russian Flying Fortress. This was a 1930’s concept – it wasn’t built.http://mrlake.fncinc.net/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=10864

Odd. It looks a little like the German flying machine in Captain America. I think it’s safe to say that if the Russians ever created these things we would have been in a lot of trouble.

Even the most pixelated fantasy lands can have their flying fortresses.

The Helicarrier from The Avengers.http://forum.madgaming.eu/index.php?topic=3696.0

The Helicarrier from The Avengers.http://forum.madgaming.eu/index.php?topic=3696.0

No Flying Fortress compilation would be complete without the Helicarrier from the Avengers movie. (Not possible, of course).

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Is it really flying if there is no gravity? Vader says this still counts. I’m not arguing.

If you can think of any other great FFs to add to this list, holler!