Near the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, in the state of Texas, travelling for more than 500 miles, is an accessible creek, that is populated by many coastal birds and a couple of ducks but only a handful of people each month. To reach the creek, officially called Oyster Creek, you walk along a trail aptly named Oyster Creek Trail. When you arrive at the entrance of the Missouri City section, marked with a sign indicating thus, you are greeted with a sign that says “Edible Arbor Trail”, completed with clip art illustrations of vegetation and a squirrel. As you continue along the trail, you notice the abundance of houses on either side, one of them being my own. The trail is elevated at least fifty feet above the creek, so to reach the actual creek, you have to carefully climb down the hill that divides the creek from the rest of the landscape around it. The creek is usually calm; however, if you were to go to this creek while rain falls from the sky in buckets, you would have to be extremely careful to not slip and fall into it. You would also have to be mindful of the height in which the creek is able to rise during heavy rain storms. This creek is important in terms of Texas history, but to many of today’s locals, including myself, it is a convenient body of water we glance at from outside our windows before we resume our duties.
https://app.box.com/s/11xhhh83nl35xu9zcru1 – Recording of Initial Paragraph
http://screencast.com/t/JxltIDWMCtP – Video of Edits Made to Initial Paragraph
The Four-Letter-Word projects are writing. Since they do not exemplify the traditional sense of the word, the term writing must be then redefined. Kress mentions that language “demand[s] . . . commitment to naming a relation and commitment to a location in space in another.” (Kress) In other words, language requires two things: relationships and space. Writing, in itself, is a language that has these requirements. Certain words and letters have to be placed in a specific order in order for arguments and ideas to be expressed clearly. As such, the Four-Letter-Word-Projects rely on the relationship and placement of images to convey arguments and ideas effectively. In this manner, they are a subset of the writing language; as such, they are writing.
A writer is someone who quietly observes the world around them and comments on it. He or she doesn’t interfere or change the way things are at the moment but will interfere or change the way things are through his or her writing. Additionally, writers tend to have this reputation of being crazy for actually pursuing the craft among people who aren’t writers and among people who are writers, they are considered insane. Despite that opinion, though, they continue practicing their craft, constantly working on perfecting it. Given this criteria, I would definitely consider myself a writer. I’ve been writing journal-type entries for as long as I can remember and short stories based on television shows and original fiction since I was about nine years old. Aside from always receiving “You’re a really good writer” comments from teachers, other adults, peers, and even people younger than I am, I’ve always thought I exemplify what it means to be a writer; I think this not only because I write journal-type entries and short stories in my spare time but also because I definitely have the personality with which writers are generally stigmatized: absolutely good with writing while simultaneously lacking the sanity to fit in with the “normal” crowd.
I’ve never been one to change the titles of my blogs. My experience has been that changing blog titles or changing usernames was a privilege only for the elite premium members who paid a lot of money. Changing my blog title from “German Sparkle Party” to “Your Move” was really difficult, if not painful, simply because I’ve never really done it. Luckily, I came up with a blog title that not only pleases me but also expresses my writing style accurately.
Why the shift from “German Sparkle Party” to “Your Move”? When I first started posting here, I thought this blogging experience would be a fun one filled with snark comments about life, precisely what the music video for The Something Experience’s “German Sparkle Party” (the namesake) entails. It’s not that I don’t think blogging here is fun anymore. Given the posts I’ve made so far, though, it’s not the most accurate title.
Why “Your Move”? This title actually references my favorite card game anime (Japanese animation) franchise – “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters”. The characters will say this to their opponents to challenge them to react to what just happened in a duel (e.g. summoning their ace monster, having just pulled off an amazing combo). Since I wanted a title to reflect who I am as a writer as well as my interests, I felt the phrase was the best choice. When I write thoughts that I plan to publish, I always strive to write in a way that challenges the reader to respond, either negatively or positively. I definitely feel that I definitely chose a great new title because of that.