Week 10 Reflection


Seriously… who knew I might actually be good at creating something in this class?!  Almost as badass as Will Smith taking on some weird zombie dudes.

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Making videos takes a lot of time, but I really love how many options I have and how creative I could get with these assignments.  I am not gonna lie… I kinda really did not like the radio stuff, it was tough for me to figure out and I am so much more of a visual person.  I think it would be cool if we somehow figured out how to do one big class video of our journey to The End….

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Question of the Week

What question would you like to ask the class?

I would like to ask everyone… “Do you think we are going to survive The End?”

Sometimes I feel like we aren’t, or at least I’m not… but then I just keep pushing through and try to stay positive about the inevitable.  I have been so burned out lately… and I think I am starting to catch a cold or something, I am just not feeling great.

Week 9 Reflection

This week FLEW by for me, and I am not complaining!  As the semester is winding down, and graduation is quickly approaching, work from my classes is getting more and more intense.  I was thankful for a lighter workload for this class and I really enjoyed listening to the radio broadcasts… I can’t believe how creative everyone is… well i can, but still, WOW!
I am excited to start diving into the work on our books and also the fact that we might actually get spring weather next week!
Question of the Week:

What’s one thing you definitely couldn’t live without during the apocalpyse? How would you go about obtaining it?

One thing I know I could not live without is WATER! Obviously we need it to survive anyways, but I LOVE water.  I hardly ever drink anything else except for the occasional coffee.  It would be nice knowing that out of all the things I would need to worry about, I wouldn’t have to worry about finding water for myself.  What a relief!

Weeks 7 and 8 Reflection

So spring break was awesome! I traveled to Florida for a wedding and spent tons of time with family soaking up the sun.  With only 54 days left until graduation…. SAY WHAT?! …. I have been really stressed and the break was much needed.

When I got back from break, my team had already done an amazing job getting the ball rolling on our radio show and it gave me more time to get back into the swing of things with school work and my job search.  It was hard to meet up with my team members due to our conflicting schedules, but I still feel like our show turned out amazing!

Tune into our show Wednesday night at 9pm to listen to all our hard work and Josh’s bomb editing skills!

Question of the week: 

If the apocalypse were to happen, and you had to become something. . .else. Which kind of something would you want to be and why?

I would want to become a time-traveler with the ability to potentially travel back and forth in time to change the outcome of the apocalypse. It would be so hard to watch our world come to an end, and it would become very lonely.  If I could time travel I could potentially prevent the apocalypse from happening. If I could bring some kind of proof back that it was going to destroy everything, maybe the government and scientists could work towards preparing a solution for it.  I WOULD BE A HERO! … and also I could time travel and do super awesome stuff… so that’s cool too.

Week 6 Reflection

I LOVED THIS WEEK!!! I LOVE DESIGN!!! This was my favorite week so far… so freaking fun!  I loved being able to be creative and it came naturally to me.  I learned a lot on photoshop and built up  my character a little more with some of the media assignments.
We have officially created a group and I am excited to collaborate with them with whatever is coming up next!

Group dynamics can be tricky.
What’s been the most succcesful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?

In response to this week’s question, the most successful group I have been a part of was the volleyball team here at UMW.  We were successful because we held each other accountable and used that as motivation to work as hard as we could towards our goals.  Everyone has a bad day here and there, but we were there for each other and picked up the slack for those who were falling behind. I think the key term to think about in this situation is TEAM… we knew we needed to work together well and we worked at that really hard.  Not every day was a good day but we all had a common goal and had to work as a team to reach that goal.


Week 5 Reflection

How are you feeling? Be specific.

I am just getting over being very sick last week and just like Professor Burtis said… I think I feel better now than I did before I was sick! I feel like I have more energy and appreciate being able to breathe through my nose so much more now.  This is my final semester of college… and let me tell ya, IT IS HARD.  Some of the classes I am enrolled in this semester are the hardest classes I have ever taken, but I am trying to utilize my planner as much as possible to stay on track.

This week was really tough for me… I was and still feel really unfamiliar with audio and the assignments took a lot of effort for me to comprehend this week but I kinda enjoyed a challenge.  Writing is something I am familiar with so it was fun to do something a little different!

One other thing that was really new to me this week was doing a self-evaluation, I have done something similar at work but never for school.  I think it is a great tool to have us reflect on the amount of effort we are actually putting into the course… it made me second guess myself a little bit if I could be working harder and that motivated me to strive for excellence as the course proceeds.

Week 4 Reflection

This week was definitely the most fun I have had so far and I might be a little obsessed with GIFs now!  I learned some super cool things that intimidated me a little at first… like the juxtapose… but after reading through help from my classmates I conquered this week like a boss!

I love photography and editing pictures to emphasize the best parts  of an image and I think this is a great tool for us to use to tell our story of The End.  Some of my favorite posts from this week were:

Alyssa’s super cool mutant picture!

Casey Spanitz reflections on the movie Mad Max because I felt the same way!

Question of the Week:

I definitely think a GIF can tell a story! I use them all the time in texts to tell my own story about a situation or how I feel instead of writing it out.  I think they make things wayyy more humorous for example…



I could say how upset I am about it being Monday… or I could just send that poor little kitty…



Or I could send that pupper when my boyfriend asks what I want to do tonight instead of typing out how tired I am and how I just want to relax and eat junk food.

PERFECT for lazy people like me who enjoy a few giggles here and there!


Week 3 Reflection

Weekly Reflection:

This week really helped me get into the creative spirit in an apocalyptic sense.  I am not very familiar with this subject matter but after reading some short stories and diving into my novel “I Am Legend” I have really acclimated to it.

It has made it easier for me to do writing assignments and raise my own questions on the subject matter.  I am starting to get a hang of using my website a little bit and have started to navigate and read other people’s journeys to the end.

My favorite part of this week was the daily creates… I really tickle myself with the little things my brain comes up with and love seeing other’s tweets.  This is a lot of work… but I love that we are all doing it together and that makes it really fun!


Work from other people:

I really enjoyed Jillian Gellman’s post on the apocalypse from a different perspective. It was hilarious! I would have never thought of “the dirt” having its own perspective.

I also really loved Taylor’s amazon review on the space heater… I LOLd reading it the whole time.  I get really cold and love a warm blanket next to a fire so I am glad she will have this item and liked using it!

Question of the Week:
“In the event of an apocalypse, do you think you’d be the kind of person to hoard your supplies (for yourself and your loved ones) or would you share them with those around you in need? Why or why not?”
I would definitely share my supplies with those around me that need them because I might be in need one day and I would want them to do the same.  Also, from what I’ve seen on TV and in movies…. the selfish know-it-all is always the first to die … and I don’t want that to be me.  I would like to set an example for those around me to grow a community that can rely on one another in times of need.

Week 2 Reflection

This week I started off with doing some pretty fun daily creates.

The first being: #tdc2207 “Your Brushroom” where I had to find an old kitchen tool and rename it.  I chose the cheese grater because I have never used it without almost losing a finger or too and I feel like that has to be its real purpose: “finger shredder”.

The next daily create I chose was #tdc2206 where we had to tell a flash fiction story about the zombie apocalypse in a single tweet.  Reading the “Twitter Fiction” article gave me some insight on how to be successful with this story.

I really enjoy doing the daily creates because it is a quick fun way to stay involved with other people in this course and see their creativity.

We also did a little learning from the article “Storytelling for the Twenty-First Century” where we dived into what digital storytelling is and what stories are and are not.  I think this article will help me in this course when filtering through my creativity in our assignments.

Question of the Week: In the event of a zombie apocalypse, would you rather be turned into a zombie or have everyone you love turned into a zombie? Why?

I think I would rather be turned into a zombie… it would be so hard to lose everyone I love and knowing that they are a danger to me. There could be a possibility that I would have to kill someone I love to save myself and I am not sure I could ever do that.  At least if I’m a zombie there is chance that I could still be with my family and loved ones.

Week 1 The Journey Begins

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

It is time to start preparing for THE END! Join me on my journey throughout Digital Storytelling 106.

This week I went through DS106 bootcamp and became familiar with the several platforms we will be using to communicate with one another such as creating a Domain of One’s Own.  I created this WordPress with the name “umwequestrianista” because I am student at Mary Washington and when I am not fulfilling my responsibilities as a student I am definitely at the barn riding my horse. I think it would be interesting throughout the semester to tie together my passion for horses to our apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction topics.

I also became familiar with using “Slack”, which is basically our way of communicating as a class to ask and answer questions and share our hard work.  I had never heard of this prior to our class, but I think it is a great tool to have since we aren’t physically meeting in a classroom.

The other platforms I created to help me become more successful in this course I am already pretty familiar with. I created an Instagram and Twitter account “umwequestrianista” to match my domain and also a YouTube and SoundCloud to work on things to post for our course.

What is your own personal relationship with apocalyptic or post apocalyptic fiction?

I have very little knowledge of this topic besides some movies I have seen in the past, so I am excited to dive a little deeper into it this semester.  I have really enjoyed the movies “Mad Max Fury Road” and “I Am Legend” because they were extremely action packed and both had characters I was rooting for to make it out to the end.

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I think that zombi apocalypse is my favorite genre.  I have been obsessed with “The Walking Dead” for years now.  It is interesting to think about putting myself in that situation and potentially having to see a loved one as zombie and choose my safety over the person who isn’t really a person anymore.

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