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DS 106 Assignment #2

Ok, so this post is gonna be a bit weird. See, this is technically an assignment where I could describe how a group of fictional or non-fictional people came together and became friends. However, I already kind of had a story written around this very idea, but it only involved two of the main cast for one of my books. So I’ll be adding some to it.

I don’t expect you guys to understand everything going on in this story, since I haven’t published any of the books in this series. Most of what you need to know is that this story universe takes place in the afterlife and follows a group of young grim reapers as they battle evil and learn how to do their job. This is a quick anecdote of how they became the group of four that we find in the second book. Yes, the second book. The first focuses on only one of them.

Without further ado here is how the young reapers met. I hope you enjoy!

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Wikipedia Editing

Well this was a somewhat tricky assignment.

So, for class, we had to edit or make a page on Wikipedia. I chose to edit a page. You can view the page here. It’s about the last book in the Heroes of Olympus series. Much of what I did was proof-reading cause I had no idea what I could add to this or other pages. It was an interesting experience, but I don’t think I’ll be editing anything else on Wikipedia. Unless it’s a page about me or own of my future works ;).

I will be posting another short story later today, so keep an eye out for that! Keep it Reel!

Connecting to Classmates Blog Post

Ok, so this is another assigned post, I promise I’ll put some trivia up soon to break up the monotony. But anyway, on with the post!

As a quick side note to my fellow bloggers, don’t forget to use the “read more” feature. It helps navigate between posts and your readers will thank you for using it.

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Nugget Assignment 3

“Here is how people operate, we make time to do things that are important to us.

The Question Should Be: Why are you not Blogging

This is a statement I have always disagreed with. This article isn’t likely to be the last place I see it either. The concept that we just magically make time to do the things that are important to us is silly. First of all, people have day-to-day obligations, which include doing somethings that aren’t important to us but we have to do anyway. Habits too, good and bad, aren’t meaningful or important to us unless your a person who is comforted by routine. If we all made time to only do the things important to us, there would be a lot more writers, artists, and travelers. They wouldn’t necessarily be good at it, but there would be more of them.

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Second Nugget Assignment

“Number 12–The web has unleashed a wave of human creativity

Before the web, “ordinary” people could publish their ideas and creations only if they could persuade media gatekeepers (editors, publishers, broadcasters) to give them prominence. But the web has given people a global publishing platform for their writing (Blogger, WordPress, Typepad, Tumblr), photographs (Flickr, Picasa, Facebook), audio and video (YouTube, Vimeo); and people have leapt at the opportunity.”

25 things about the web on its 25th birthday

I like this spot on the list because it shows the positives and negatives of anyone being able to post anything on the web. Sure, you don’t have to deal with anyone giving you permission to do original thing (parodies and reviews have to be careful though), but you are also going to have a harder time getting noticed. While persuading “media gatekeepers” to publish your material, once convinced they become strong allies that help with marketing you and managing your business dealings. Online, you have to furiously advertise yourself to even have a chance of getting any sort of attention for your work.

For a casual producer of content, the web can be an easy place to just dump some of their creative efforts. But for someone serious about producing, and profiting from, creative content it can seem like they’re stuck between a rock (“media gatekeepers”) and a hard place (internet advertising struggles).

Of course, you can do what I’m doing and try to go after both options at once. But the key to all of these is patience and determination! Keep it Reel!

P.S. For all Undertale fans. Reading the post fills you with determination!

“Nugget” Asignment

“Often when schools talk to students about their presence on the Web, they do so in terms of digital citizenship: what students need to know in order to use technology “appropriately.” Schools routinely caution students about the things they post on social media, and the tenor of this conversation — particularly as translated by the media — is often tinged with fears that students will be seen “doing bad things” or “saying bad things” that will haunt them forever.”

This paragraph, from this essay, was probably the one that made me realize the, while we surf the web every day, we don’t actually fully grasp what we can do with it. We flitter from one social media website to another like bees or butterflies, but we don’t really have a nest to call our own. We warn others about the dangers of the web, but instead of teaching them how to deal with it and manage the web, we restrict web access or tell them not to go to one website or the other.

It seems kind of like a pool to me. Bare with me on this analogy. What we do everyday on social media is like frolicking in the shallow end. Not much danger unless someone holds you underwater too long. The rest of the web is like the deep end, but instead of teaching us to swim our parents just warn us never to go to that end of the pool or we’ll drown. They may even put up a safety net or distract you with toys to keep you in the shallow end.

But, if you learn to swim and go to the deep end, suddenly you’ve discovered all new ways to have fun in the pool. Yes you can still drown, but since you know how to swim there is less danger than before.

Of course it’s not a perfect one-to-one analogy, but that’s just my two cents, especially after having built this website for myself. Hope you enjoyed my ramblings! Keep it Reel!

Wandering Cyberspace for Outer Space

So for the next part of the website class I had to track my wanderings through the internet of something I’m interested in. So I decided to look up faster-than-light travel on Google. Here is where the breadcrumb trail led.

First post to use the Read More feature.

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Post Numbuh 2

So, time to cover some bases I didn’t get to in my first post. These are some things I need to talk about for my website building class. First, I will put a picture of myself in the About section soon. Next, what would I change about myself and/or the world? Too much darling, too much. Lastly I have learned that according to Google I do not have much of a presence on the web as a whole. That’s fine by me, like I said before I enjoy my privacy. Sorry NSA. Anyway, that’s it for this post. I will be putting up my first trivia post soon. Stay tuned and keep it Reel!

The Fun Has Arrived!

Hello everybody! This is my first post on my new website. Some people in my class are probably confused about why the website isn’t my-name dot com. Well, that’s because its actually my pen name/pseudonym. See, I’m an aspiring author but my real name isn’t very eye catching or cool sounding like J.K. Rowling or C.S. Lewis. So to fix that, and because I like my privacy, I use my pen name: L.B. Reel.

“But why use your author name on a website for blogging?” I hear you ask.

Simple, I want to blog and share my short stories on this website. Many authors nowadays have a personal blog and I want to use this class as an opportunity to get started on that before any of my books that I’m working on are published. I also want to start drawing attention to my writing through my short stories by putting them here and getting some feedback.

I promise short stories aren’t the only thing I’ll publish. I’ll still use this as a blog and once in a while put up some cool trivia I found while researching for my stories. For example, did you know that the Archangel Gabriel has a flaming horse? I’ll expand on that fact at some point.

Please feel free to comment on my posts and don’t be afraid to give honest, constructive criticism on any of my short stories. Many of these stories I haven’t had a chance to really edit with a fine tooth comb, so I welcome the help. The only way to grow as a writer is to get lots of feedback so bring it on!

Anyway, looking forward to building this website! I hope you enjoy it! (Assigned picture post will come soon, more info in About.)

P.S. Fair warning, I love puns. MWAHAHAHA!!!

P.P.S. Just for the google search and inquisitive future fan, my real name is Brian Rael Lazarow