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Week 12, StoryLab

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Type Writer Advice to Writers For this story lab, I chose to focus on Jon Winokur's advice to writers.      Starting off, I like how as soon as you click on the website it gives you a daily quote. You can also, go back and look at the past day's quotes. These quotes can offer inspiration, advice, and/or criticism. This can give writers the boost they may need for a day.     The interview section I believe is really helpful because it brings in authors who are well acclaimed and goes in-depth with basically how their writing process works. They get to give advice on how to deal with writer's block and it even goes into where the best place to write is for some authors. The interviews are recent too, so these are writers who are active and may have new and improved techniques.     Another good resource on the website is the writing books tab. This gives you a page full of books that could help you in the writing process. It is a really good feature and if someone does not kno

Week 11 Story

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                                                                                                        Bhima Story King Bhima is walking alone one day when he runs into a very dangerous rakshasa while in the forest. However, he is not alone. Hidimbim, the sister of the rakshasa, watches as Bhima kills the rakshasa. Hidimbim secretly hated her brother so she falls madly in love with Bhima. After a while, they have a son. His name is Ghatotkacha. Fast forward a couple of years and Bhima fights another rakshasa. The rakshasa is named Baka. Bhima is now old and so everyone is surprised that a Bhima can defeat a demon as savage as this. However, Bhima was injured in the battle and was left very sick. All the best healers and priests tried to come heal him. No one was successful and Bhima dies. Hidimbim wept day and night at her husbands passing while Ghatotkacha came to become the king. King Drupada lived close by but overheard that King Bhima had died and wanted to send Ghatotkacha a gift

Reading Notes - Krishna Part B

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                                                                                                                                     Krishna & Balarama Notes - Brahma saw Krishna sharing his plate with his friends so he stole the cows and Krishna's friends.  - Krishna made new cows and villagers and Brahma finally respected him. - Hastin the bull was extremely violent and no one wanted him so everyone wanted to kill him.  - Krishna then rode Hastin the bull into the village and everyone in the village was shocked and learned the lesson of kindness from Krishna.  - Krishna wanted to marry Rhada but his real truth got revealed about his destiny and his birth/parents.  - Kansa had one final trick to try and avoid his destiny of dying to Krishna. - Akrur was supposed to trick Krishna into going to Mathura but he confessed due to Krishna's divine presence. - Krishna decided to leave Vrindavan to go fulfill his destiny.  - Krishna and Balram arrived in Mathura and begin becoming

Reading Notes - Krishna Part A

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                                                                                                 Krishna Notes - Kansa the cruel king, killed Devaki's children so that the 8th one would not kill him like he was told. - Devaki became pregnant with the 8th incarnation of Vishnu. - The gate was unlocked and Vasudev took his son (Vishnu) to the river and a serpent protected the two from the rain.  - Vasudev found Yashoda and left his son with him. - Vasudev brought back a little girl who turned into Durga and told Kansa that his slayer will kill him when the time is right.  - Putna came to visit Yashoda and see Krishna and stole him to kill him, but Krishna ended up killing Putna instead.  - Years later Krishna caused trouble all throughout the village. - Krishna was playing music one day and found his friends poisoned by a snake and everyone realized he was an avatar. - He played the flute to the point that the snakes couldn't handle it and they removed the poison from the lake as

Reading Notes: Mahabharata videos, Part C

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                                                                                         Bhima and the Baka Notes - Karna had enchanted armor, he knew he was special since he was young. - Karna's father found him floating in the river, his armor grew onto him as he grew up. - He then learned he was a Kshatriya. - Karna sought out the greatest master of arms he could find - Drona.  - Drona told Karna that he could not teach him because he was not a Kshatriya.  - Karna did not want to tell him that he was a Kshatriya because he did not want to demean his parents that brought him up.  - Karna returned home and wept and would continue for the rest of his life keeping his pain in silence. - Karna came running to his mother one day and was excited that he found a guru. - His guru was the greatest in all of the land but would never teach him the art of war.  Bibliography Mahabharat Episode 18: Karna's Quest. Epified.  http://iereadingguides.blogspot.com/2016/01/reading-guide-epified-

Week 8 progress

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  Measuring Progress                                                                                          Looking back I am satisfied with my progress so far. My schedule has been very hectic this year so I do not have all the points I want but I am thankful for the extra credit opportunities each week to make those points up. Story writing is probably my favorite assignment each week, and it has helped me to write better blog posts I think. Going forward I will want to take advantage of every point opportunity because the ultimate goal in this class is to get an A because there are so many chances that you almost have to.

Week 7 Story

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                                                                                   ( Druapad'si Swayamwara ) Story  Bhima kills a very dangerous rakshasa while in the forest. Hidimbim, the sister of the rakshasa, falls madly in love with Bhima. Together they have a son. His name is Ghatotkacha. In the forest, Kunti and the Pandavas are trying to get away from Hastinapura. Vyasa wants the Pandavas to disguise themselves. He suggests disguising themselves as brahmins. By disgusting themselves as brahmins, this will hide their identities as Kshatriyas. Bhima fights another rakshasa. The rakshasa is named Baka. Everyone is surprised. It is surprising that a brahmin can defeat a demon as savage as this. King Drupada is holding a Swayamwara for his daughter. His daughter's name is Draupadi. Draupadi is also the mother of Dhrishtadyumna. The Pandavas, Karna, and Duryodhana all attend this swayamvara. The avatar of the god Vishnu, Krishna, is also in attendance. Even his brother Balara