“Broken Glass” is a story about former journalist Stephen Glass, who made up and created stories in The New Republic, a Washington newspaper, and passed those stories off as true. I thought the article was well written, but I wondered throughout the story how somebody could pass off so many newspaper stories as true when they were really all just made up. This story made me realize and confirm that not everything you read is true, and some or even most stories are somewhat fabricated.
This does make me quite a bit skeptical on the story “Prophets and Losses” we read earlier, which was written by Stephen Glass. After knowing that most of the stories Glass wrote were fabricated, I am somewhat doubtful that “Prophets and Losses” was entirely true. This article is different from “Prophets and Losses” in many different ways; one being the fact that the narration is different. “Prophets and Losses” was first-person narration by Glass, himself, “Shattered Glass” was third-person omniscient narration and it was told by an outside source, Buzz Bissinger. Also, the persuasion used is different in both stories; in “Prophets and Losses”, Glass is trying to persuade the audience by saying he actually did become a psychic. In “Broken Glass”, Bissinger persuades the audience by telling us about conversations and stories about and with Stephen Glass.
Overall, I thought it was a terrific and interesting story and it really shows that writers who fabricate stories eventually get caught and have to pay the price.
“Prophets and Losses” was an interesting article about Stephen Glass’ work as a psychic during the night. I did not really understand why an Ivy League graduate wanted to become a psychic when he already had a great job, but he seemed very invested in working as a one. Glass used the argument that most people call psychics just to talk to somebody and have them be reassured. Glass also claims that the phone psychics mainly tell people about what happened to them in their past. This seems silly to Glass because someone who was not there is telling someone who was there what happened.
This article made me come to the conclusion that if you have education and will-power, you can do anything. Glass was someone with an Ivy League education but no actual knowledge about being a psychic, and with determination, he became a terrific psychic. One thing I really enjoyed about this article was the story about Rochelle who worked at McDonalds and thre the bucket of secret sauce. I thought that story brought some needed humor to the article. I also liked the comparison of Sally, a fellow psychic, to Holden Caulfield. Overall, I thought this was a very enjoyable and interesting article to read.
In the story I am writing, the audience does not really play a big part in how the story goes. I would say the audience is pretty unimportant in my story. I would love for the audience to really put themselves in the character’s shoes and see what he is going through, but I would say that the audience does not really play a key role in the story. For my story, I really didn’t have a certain audience or demographic in mind when I was writing it, so the type of audience does not really effect the story. Also, if I removed the audience from my story, the topic of the story does not change, whatsoever.
I would say that the type of audience who would enjoy my story are people who like action, adventure, and like little bits of comedy thrown in a story. Although the things in my story would most likely never happen to anyone and are uncommon, I think people who have had to do something big or difficult for a family member or a friend can somewhat relate to the story. Overall, the audience really does not play a big part in my story and I would say they are pretty unimportant for this particular story.
For my conference earlier this week, we talked about changing the concept of the story a little bit. I needed to establish if this was going to be a heist story that is heightened reality, or a slice of life story that is a little bit more toned down. We also talked about having the stakes raised a little bit for the main character, so that he needs to complete the robbery or something terrible or catastrophic will happen.
As far as how my main character changes, he does something that he never thought in a million years he would do, which is stealing or robbing someone. He does it for the benefit of another person so it wouldn’t really be considered selfishness. I think the things that will influence revision for the rest of the story are excitement and understanding. I think having excitement in a heist or crime story in a main component in making the story great. I also want to coney the message of why he is stealing and have the reader really understand why the main character is doing this. I also really want to make the reader to really think about if they were in the main character’s situation, if they would do the same thing or do something completely different.
Endings in sports are basically inevitable. They play a large part in sports; all games, seasons, and careers must come to an end, eventually. Happy vs. sad endings are,for the most part, black and white, but there is a slight shade of grey in it for most situations. For example, if a team is having a poor year and the season is coming to a close and the team knows they will not be playoff contenders, they will usually get a higher pick in the draft for next year. It is even said that when some teams know they will not make the playoffs that year, they will purposely lose games towards the end of they season so they can get a higher draft pick. As far as careers and games go, they usually have a black and white ending. Either your career or game ends with triumph and success, or failure and defeat.
I would have to say the most significant ending in my eyes would be the retirement of my favorite baseball player ever, Ken Griffey Jr., he retired in June 2010, halfway through the season. His career ended because of old age and a few lingering injuries, so he went out in kind of a negative way, but he was still remembered as one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
The topic of my blog is something that is very close to me and something I have grown up with and loved my entire life, which is sports. The first sport I started playing was baseball, I had a great interest in baseball for as long as I can remember and started playing Little League when I was five years old. I started playing basketball a year later, I didn’t really love it as much as baseball, but still enjoyed shooting around with friends. As far as football, I never played in an actual league. I was a rather small kid, so having kids almost double my size tackle me didn’t seem like a great idea. But, football was and continues to be one of my favorite sports to watch.
I was introduced to this topic from a myriad of different people. These people included my dad, uncles, grandfathers, friends, and cousins, you name it. All of these people introduced me to certain aspects of each game that really caught me interest. I can’t really say there was a first experience that led me to become a fan of sports, because I have playing and watching them almost my entire life. I do remember, however, going to professional basketball and baseball games when I was somewhere between 4-6 years old. I was astounded while watching these athletes play and was very intrigued by the games. So that is basically how I was introduced to my topic. I am extremely grateful to the people who introduced me to sports, because without them, my life would be incomplete.
Out of the three drafts I wrote, I decided to choose the “Heightened Reality” draft. I picked this one because I thought it was the most interesting and I felt I could actually write a full 8-10 pages about this certain story. With the other two stories I wrote, I felt like I was almost running out of material to write even when the length had to be only two pages. For example, while I was writing the “Slice of Life” story, I was thinking to myself, “There is no way I will be able to write another six pages on just this topic.”
My workshop mates also agreed with me that my “Heightened Reality” story was the best out of the three and that I should choose that one. The draft I chose was definitely the one I expected to choose. While I was writing this draft, I knew it was going to be the most interesting one and the one I could get the most material out of. If I could not write my top choice, I would probably choose the “Not of This World” option. I thought this was much better than my “Slice of Life” story, but nowhere near as good as my “Heightened Reality” story.
My favorite story of all time is the television show “Two and a Half Men”, I have probably seen every episode over the 8 seasons it has been around, and I continue to watch it in it’s 9th season. This is my favorite story because I love the mix of characters in the show and the way they interact and how they mesh together. The plot started off with Alan, who is played by Jon Cryer, and his son Jake, going to live with his brother, Charlie, after going through a separation and eventual divorce with his wife. Charlie, who was played by Charlie Sheen, takes them into his home but is not happy about it at all. The relationship between Charlie and Alan was very sour, yet loving, which I feel most people with siblings can relate to. The plot changed after season 8, which was when Charile Sheen left the show and was killed off. He was replaced by Walden Schmidt, played by Ashton Kutcher, who is a billionare but is going through a divorce. Walden purchases Charlie’s old house, but Alan and Jake continue to live there, as well.
The point of view changes throughout the show, so there really is no set point of view, it usually is first-person, but changes by character depending on the episode. The dialog is very funny and seemed very banter-like between Charlie and Alan. With Walden and Alan, the dialog seems more mellow because they get along better than Charlie and Alan did. The setting mostly takes place in Malibu,CA, but sometimes takes place in various parts of Los Angeles. I think the settings add to the story because it shows the wealthiness and care-free, casual lifestyle that Charlie lived. Overall, I think Two and a Half Men is a terrific and humorous show that I will continue to watch as long as it airs.