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Monthly Archive for September, 2011

Exercise 3

Write a story based on one of the four sentence openings below matched with one of the four phrases with characters and action. Due: Monday, September 12, 11:59 p.m. In the middle school library…            …the teenagers smoke… In the hospital waiting room…          …three men stood dressed all […]

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Yours Will Do Nicely

The complexity of the conflicts and the characters of “Yours Will Do Nicely” makes me extremely jealous. I wish my name could be stamped upon this story, and I could invoke some of the reactions Rivecca’s writing pulled from me as I read. I found myself unapologetically embarrassed sitting on my bed erupting into fits […]

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Yours Will Do Nicely

The first thing I noticed about this story, I didn’t like. The first paragraph reminded me of the way I wrote early on in my college career; the characteristic drop into a story without much of an entrance,  the summary of what was happening in a common way, then the single long sentence filled with […]

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I really liked this story because it seemed to be written out step-by-step. It was easy to see the characters doing what the author was describing and the imagery was well developed. I feel like the story would be used for a play or something because of the descriptions and how dead on each move […]

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I liked how throughout this whole story it sounded like it was being narrarated by a child. The voice fit the character. I could really get a feel for the full character of not only Jeffery, but also Dar. Jefferey just seems like the most adorable kid! He shows traits of being observant when he […]

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I really liked the parentheticals in this story that showed when Jeffrey used a word from his vocabulary book or a literary device. They, along with the physical description of Jeffrey, his thoughts about the counselor, and his mother’s conversation with her friend about Jeffrey’s special educational needs, create a strong image of an awkward little kid […]

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Yours Will Do Nicely

What I noticed most about this story is that everything that happened seemed mundane. The stream of consciousness style made it possible for Rivecca to use these meaningless events to build a character who was, apparently, trying to create herself. I got the sense that the narrator was unsure of her identity, which was emphasized […]

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Yours Will Do Nicely

The characters are alive and they have taken over. They have told us volumes about themselves simply through what they say. It could be about something that has little to no importance to the story and it would not only tell us about their character, but about how they have been living. It could be […]

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Yours Will Do Nicely

I love the voice that each character has had in both this story and in Death is Not an Option.  They have both been different, but we always seem to be following their train of thought rather than having them narrate a story to us.  It makes them feel more real and without them having […]

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Rash, “Back of Beyond”

This story is a lot less appealing to me than “Hard Times” was. Probably because it has a lot less of a wow factor, however, it is a still interesting in theory. The first thing I notice about Rash’s stories is that he introduces the main character instantly.  As the first sentence in “Hard Times” […]

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Exercise 2

  Below are fifteen randomly generated rooms from a website that appears to be named Serendipity (though its web address — http://nine.frenchboys.net/ — seems a tad more provocative). Your assignment is to create a story inside one of these rooms. The story should be about 750 words, and by the end of the story we should know […]

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Death Is Not an Option

When I read this story I was more focused on the place Emma is in her life. The author gave details about her transitioning from high school to college. She wants so badly to escape her Catholic high school for a mostly Jewish college. The author makes it clear that she wants to leave but […]

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