#cca0991 Novel Unit – Lesson 3: Activity 1 – Informal Presentation

For an online English course that I’m helping to develop, I’m now taking the Student role to do some careful usability and functionality testing.

This is one of my assignments.


Novel, Lesson 3: Activity 1 – Informal Presentation

In Defense of the Character of Sal Paradise

Over the backyard, grey clouds thickened and threatened to rain. Two crows fought raucously over a chicken bone near the garbage cans, and two sets of shoulders propped themselves on opposite sides of a common fence.

“So, that nephew of yours took off again, did he?” Cora Wilkes never did much to hide her disapproval of Sally’s young charge.

Sally Morgan wasn’t having it. “The boy’s only taking his journey – doing what he needs to do, that’s all.”

Cora snorted a little. “Don’t you worry about him? What’s he going to do? Running off and bumming around like that? What about school?”

“Well, Sal’s taking his own path. He’s…”

The dispute between the crows became louder and more heated. One grabbed the chicken bone and flew off, drawing shrieks of protest from the other crow on the ground.

“He’s being a bum!” Cora hadn’t expected to blurt it out like that, but there it was, how she felt, plain as day and she couldn’t take it back now.

Sally squinted and held Cora’s face in narrow, squinty contempt for a long three seconds before breathing out and letting a calm understanding smile take her face. “He’s not being a bum, Clara, and he’s not running away from anything. Why, it wasn’t that long ago that my folks and I had to move around from place to place to find work. My uncle rode trains and trucks from one side of the country to the other looking for work! A little travel’s not the end of the world.”

“That was different,” Clara retorted. “Folks had to move – to live! To find a new start!”

“Sure – a new start. They did it to pay the rent, and feed their families. Sal’s doing it to pay his dues, and feed his mind and soul.”

Cora mumbled something about her laundry, and turned away, not willing to meet Sally half way in Sal’s defense. Sally felt a loss, but knew that some people just need to experience the world face first to learn anything. That was something Cora and her nephew actually had in common, although Cora would never see it.

Farther down the sidewalk, a small bone fell from the sky, and a young crow swooped down from a branch where he’d been watching his peers fight. He picked up the bone and took off easily, heading into the wind with new rain in his face.

#cca0991 Novel Unit – Reading Log for “On the Road”

For an online English course that I’m helping to develop, I’m now taking the Student role to do some careful usability and functionality testing.

After many weeks of transforming course content from Word documents of in-class handouts to various file formats for the Moodle LMS, it’s so refreshing to walk slowly through the narrative of the course and absorb what it means – to “get into it” – and evaluate it from a learner’s point of view. I love this part…

For the Novel Unit of the online course “CCA English 12″, I’ve chosen to read “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. While I read it, I must keep a Reading Log of my observations of the characters and plot of the book.

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fingerpainting: ghosted cold, memory

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finger painting: scrubbing colour into a sick man

#StoryMOOC : My Creative Task for Chapter 4

I’m enjoying the MOOC “The Future of Storytelling” (#StoryMOOC).

This little video is my response to the Creative Task for Chapter 4 (“Inspirational Week”)

The proposition for the task was this:

Take a camera, be it you mobile phone, a webcam… Introduce yourself to the other StoryMOOCers, telling us who you are where you are . . . → Read More: #StoryMOOC : My Creative Task for Chapter 4

Wondering at The Eastside Culture Crawl 2013

The Eastside Culture Crawl is East Vancouver’s own open studio tour. I don’t go every year, but have gone for many years. It feels good to wander through studio space, smelling paint, sawdust, and sometimes coffee, tea, and cookies.

Wandering through a painting studio always gives me a sense of wonder, like I’m exploring a . . . → Read More: Wondering at The Eastside Culture Crawl 2013

The Future of StoryTelling #StoryMOOC

I’m enrolled in the MOOC “The Future of StoryTelling” (#StoryMOOC, iVersity.com).

This Massive Open Online Course provides a foundation in the principles of the formats and methods of fictional storytelling.

The reasons this online course attracted me are:

The topic interests me: I’m beginning to write again, and I want to learn more… The method . . . → Read More: The Future of StoryTelling #StoryMOOC

Have mobile web devices un-widowed the “Computer Widow”? #edcmooc

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, there was a term called “The Computer Widow”. This referred to the wives who hardly ever saw their computer-obsessed husbands, except from the back.

It’s a morbid metaphor, but served a purpose: obsession with computer-based work or distractions took time away from relationships, leaving wives feeling bitter, . . . → Read More: Have mobile web devices un-widowed the “Computer Widow”? #edcmooc

Reporting Life: Creating blog musings, scribbles and other artifacts…

This is like an inventory of things I do to express myself. I don’t know why I nee to do a catalogue, but it feels right – like emptying a closet before you reorganize it.

Writing I post musingsand observations to my blog. Theseoften are like a journal of reflections, or

some passing whim or . . . → Read More: Reporting Life: Creating blog musings, scribbles and other artifacts…

DEVOlving: musings on art, music, and creative synthesis…

Yeah – I’m going through a DEVO phase again. I listen to their music all the time. Their voices and sounds are familiar, like visiting an old neighbourhood.

I get emails from Club Devo,and see snippets of mutated art from Mark M., photos from their irreverent, young new wave days, and so many artifacts of . . . → Read More: DEVOlving: musings on art, music, and creative synthesis…