Unravelling the mysteries of writing

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

That's all for now ...

This is the last week... passed up my Research paper already, and what a struggle... I had trouble staying within the word limit of 3000 words and took several hours to re edit my paper. Well, it was worthwhile and I am satisfied with my job. It has been fun this semester as unlike other semesters, we can decide what we want to research on and go ahead with it. I must say I have learnt a lot and am thankful to Dr. Edwin and Dr. Noreen for being making the journey of this course a really meaningful and educational trip for me. Thank you from the bottom of my hearts and hope you have enjoyed teaching me as mush as I have enjoyed learning from you.

Signing off,
Your Amateur Researcher...

Monday, October 09, 2006

Reporting: Hectic Week Ahead...

Have to pass up my research paper this week and also have my Microteaching with Cik Sharifah on Wednesday this same week. I’ve already changed my lesson plan twice for her microteaching, and yet I still think something’s wrong with it. This is part and parcel of a student’s life, so I’ll just have to live with it. Never mind, next week is the last week before the festive season- and the haze is not making things better… most of us feeling lethargic and sickly… and too bad as our Muslim friends are fasting, masking it twice as bad on them.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Power of Words...

I have to say that Martin Luther King Jr. 's speech is really one of the greatest speeches ever! This is a speech that not only inspires the listener but also gives a glimmer of hope to the frustrated people, as well as lifts up the spirit to be courageous enough to know what you want and get it. There are very few speeches like this which make such a great impact that the speech itself has lines that are common knowledge to all and will forever be immortalized and linked to the orator for years to come.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Research on going..

Still researching on the story- and I found there are plenty of parallel titles of the same story only with different titles like “The Kind and Unkind Girls and Diamonds and Toads.” This new website is at http://www.surlalunefairytales.com.
Well, I must say that I am impressed as I find out these folktales actually managed to be circulated throughout Europe although there were no savvy technology tools like the Internet. For example, Perrault’s story was circulated from France to Germany, while the Grimm brothers came across the story while conducting their research on Linguistics. It is amazing how many new things you can learn by just taking some time to do research on a topic!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Perrault and Grimm.

Now as I read the book by Jones, I do not want to do my Research Paper on Cinderella, or Snow White or Sleeping Beauty or any of those Disney Princesses. There is already too much hype on it, and I’ve known these stories forever, so there’s not much ‘trill’ in doing research on them. I am planning on choosing a totally new story but one that I have read before- Frau Holle (Mother Holle) by Grimm or The Fairies-(Perrault). The websites are http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/ashliman.html and http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/perrault.html. Moreover, according to Jones, only certain fairy tales apply to Young Adults, and this is one of them, along with the titles stated earlier. Nevertheless, I feel inspired to do my paper on this story – and the story itself emphasizes on moral values, which makes it easier to do the section on “Implications for Education.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Fairy Tale Mania...

This week I found another worthwhile book from the library, this time to help me with my Research Question. Written by Steven Swann Jones, it’s titled ‘The Fairy Tale: the Magic Mirror of the Imagination’. Another material to read, besides the countless web pages I have been browsing over the weekend for my research paper. Well, I guess that’s why it is a Research Paper- you have to take time to do research on the topic and find something new form it. As I checked online, not many people have actually attempted to compare and contrast Perrault’s work with the Grimm brothers. Never mind, I’m just cranky over doing a lot for other courses too, and I lack sleep… so I’ll get myself a cup of coffee.

Monday, September 11, 2006

What I want to do...

The holidays have flown past in supersonic speed, but we're still wishing the holidays have just only started. This week there's a monthly test, so its back to late nights again..Moving on, I think that I consider doing on Perrault and Grimm, as this two master Fairytalers are very famous for their fairy tales. Just found a magnificent article on the Grimm Brothers featured in the National Geographic by Thomas O'Neill at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/grimm/ about two days ago. My mind is made up now, yes! I’m doing a compare and contrast on Perrault and Grimm’s fairy tales by using a common story in both of their collections. This gives me the choice of Cinderella/ Little Glass Slippers (Perrault) or Aschenputtle (Grimm), Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and The Fairies.