Unravelling the mysteries of writing

Monday, July 31, 2006

Finding for titles...

I'm still considering a title for my position paper in the mystery zone- Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes etc. I am also considering the science fiction section, as there are some interesting stories like 'The Time Machine' by H.G.Wells. Sooooo hard to decide, but I want to do something nice, and interesting and I am stumped for ideas.. So I am using this time now to browse the Web and maybe I'll find something.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Myths and folklore

Myths are very interesting as most of them never lose their ability to amaze us even now, hundred of years after the aforesaid myth came to be. This can be seen in almost every culture that has at least a myth that has been passed fom generation to generation. some of it are the origins of taboos that we see practiced in society, so myths do have a huge impact in society. The fall of Icarus is especially interesting, as this story has a rather dramatic storyline. The picture is very symbolic to show the idea that death of one person is something that may have a huge impact on their loved ones lives, but does not effect the strangers around them. Personally, I think this is a good issue to be brought up as life is unpredictable, and anything may happen at any given time. Therefore, should something untoward happen, we need the strength to survive the pain and the knowledge that we can overcome any obstacles by having full faith that time heals everything, and there may be happiness somewhere- despite how bleak the situation may appear now.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A journey just beginning...

Writing is a very powerful tool in our lives, and what we write can give a good insight of who we are, as it is a wonderful form of expression. The reason I have taken writing as something 'mysterious' is because everyone can write, but it is hard to make an impact, as only a good piece of writing would stand out . Afterall, "Easy reading is damn hard writing"as quoted by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a justification of the amount of work required to produce a good piece of work.

Writing takes a lot of effort and enthusiasm, hopefully I would have cultivated both in me by the end of the semester. I think that this semester each and every one of us can hone our writing skills, as the first class by Dr. Edwin last week, followed up by the tutorial class with Dr. Noreen has shed light and given a vivid picture of what is expected of us in this course. I think that this will be an interesting course,as I am already looking forward to it... and it gets better as there are no exams! (Hooray!) ;- )

There are a lot of wonderful stories compiled by Dr. Edwin, and so far the ones tackled in class has managed to be not only interesting, but it also makes you take a moment to reflect on the believes of people living at those times, and what makes them tick. Dr. Noreen's class has been very useful, as we have just learnt about thesis statements, a very crucial aspect for our position papers and research papers.

Lastly, I must say, I feel that I am very lucky and I can benefit a lot from this course as I always admired works of great authors and now I can actually work on some of these masterpieces, and this is something that cannot be done in any other course!