• REFLECTIVE REVIEWS

    “Kissing” by Anthony Farrington

    Anthony Farrington’s “Kissing” is a beautiful patchwork of non-linear memories. He offers snapshots of his relationships and the magic they represent, snapshots of fractured and broken connections. I love the idea that experiences, in some ways, are able to stand on their own. Maybe in hindsight we see that we were naive; maybe in hindsight we know that it would have been better for all involved to refrain from intimacy – physical and emotional. Maybe we hate ourselves for having loved someone. But our memories are sneaky, clumsy toddlers. Our memories find the ice cream and eat the whole pint. Our memories want these moments to remain precious, delicate, delicious.…

  • PEER REVIEWS

    PEER REVIEW #2 – Taking Life by the Love Handles

    Jenny Zhao’s site, Taking Life by the Love Handles, is clearly representative of her love for food, especially when shared with friends. Upon first glance, Jenny’s site is quite pretty, utilizing a pastel colour palette. I’m not sure if Jenny is focusing purely on sweets and bubble tea for the content of her site, but I found the colour palette to be a visual parallel to the foods and drink that she is reviewing. The presentation of the food itself is beautiful, and the colours used imitate that. I did find, however, that the site title and tagline colour was a little bit difficult to read with the bold image behind.…

  • PROCESS POSTS

    DESIGN AND CONTENT CHANGES – Process Post #5 and #6

    I am starting to get the hang of this course! I was unaware that we are meant to do a Process Post on the weeks that it is not indicated on the syllabus so I am going to complete two posts this week with respect to the development of my site. I missed doing one the week of our first peer review. Content Changes and Development of Public Previously, my homepage acted as an ‘About’ page – those visiting my site landed first on that page and would have to click on an option in the menu to find the main content on my site. After receiving feedback on the…

  • REFLECTIVE REVIEWS

    Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

    In Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay writes: “[w]hen you’re overweight, your body becomes a matter of public record in many respects… [p]eople project assumed narratives onto your body and are not at all interested in the truth of your body, whatever that truth may be” (120). Gay describes with such clarity the way in which the world we live in is so ill-equipped to make space for marginalized bodies – and more specifically – fat bodies*. Nevertheless, Hunger is an account of Gay’s life told on her own terms, an account that must be heard, deserves to be heard, though the world cannot hold it. Despite having…

  • REFLECTIVE REVIEWS

    Plan B by Anne Lamott

    Plan B – Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott is a collection of mini essays that pours all of life through a sieve, and concentrates on the flecks of gold that are left behind. That is Lamott’s gift to her readers – she holds up treasures of her experiences to the light and lets it shine through. I found myself thinking, this woman knows all the most wise, profound people. By the end of the book, I recognized that Lamott simply happens to see the treasure in her friends. Plan B is comprised of the thoughts and reflections of a religious woman. She talks about Jesus a lot – the way in which…

  • PROCESS POSTS

    I’M STARTING OVER – Process Post #4

    It’s week five and I’ve decided to change some pretty core pieces of my site. Instead of weekly prompts from a creative writing prompt book, I will be writing reading responses for collections of essays that interest me. This week I chose the first two: Plan B – Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott and Hunger by Roxane Gay.  I was reflecting on the my relationship with writing and one thing became clear to me: if I am not reading, I am not writing. My hope is that reading these personal essays by others will spur me on to be a more skilled and prolific writer. Ironically, I’ve always had trouble forming…

  • PEER REVIEWS

    PEER REVIEW #1 – An Elixir to Mayhem

    Alexa Griffith’s website, An Elixir to Mayhem – Rules for Life, combines personal experiences, popular culture references and anecdotes to live by, all supported by texts that she has pored over. The concept of living life according to guidelines is one that I identify with in a time of societal change and upheaval; boundaries can bring freedom rather than restriction. When one knows what one’s priorities are, life is lived with a clear mind, avoiding constant second-guessing and reexamining of values. The possible harshness of the idea of living life according to a set of rules is softened by Alexa’s casual, conversational tone in her posts. Alexa’s content is rife…

  • REFLECTIVE REVIEWS

    PROMPT – WEEK 3

    I remember the first time I noticed the man’s face in the moon. It was the first time I really looked at it. He looked lonely up there, all alone. Did the sun keep him company? I thought about how the moon is a kind of clock. The moon is out: I go to bed. The moon is on the other side of the earth: I am awake. The moon is visible in the blue sky: what a phenomenon. It marks the seasons. It says: Ready or not, winter is here. It says: Do you hear the birds singing? It’s spring.  I’ve heard it said that there is no scientific basis for…

  • PROCESS POSTS

    ART AS SCHOLARSHIP – Process Post #3

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between words and images in the creation process of this site – specifically with respect to accessibility and readability of graphic novels. Meghan Parker is a SFU graduate and her thesis is a “graphic autobiographical inquiry in comic book form”. My intention is to engage with this kind of practice as my site develops. I hope that it will not only help me in my efforts to engage with a different part of my brain and engage with a different expression of writing and scholarship, but help the viewers also to engage with my writing in a way that lights their brains…

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