Stolen Memories: A Post 9/11 Memoir From Beyond (Working Title) By: Laura Lopez My project is an experiment in genre-blending storytelling that pushes the boundaries between the classic memoir and historical fiction. I intend to explore the implications of mode and memory on character and plot development through the creation of a series of fictionalized […]Read More Excited About Thesis Tank!
Thursday night’s guest speaker was amazing! Barbara Ganley is truly inspiring and gave me some great advice for my project. “Just write the thing” was spot-on. I’d been delaying it for some time, not sure if I was “ready” and already burdened with more than enough research reading to catch up on. I think it […]Read More After the Rain
This week has been a whirlwind…and it’s not over yet…. It was a thrill to “Virtually Connect” with the DML conference last week. A great big thanks to Henry Jenkins and Kim Jaxon and ALL of the participants for taking the time to “meet” with us. And to our professors for continually providing us with […]Read More Reading, Research & Other Stuff
I feel like I’m at a good place with regard to my thesis development. There’s just the right amount of tension/stress/anxiety and a load of excitement/enthusiasm/energy. There are still, however, a bunch of questions. I struggle with trying to define the genre of my piece. Should I call it historical autofiction? Faction? Fictionalized memoir? […]Read More Thinking things through…
Although I’m not quite ready to begin drafting any of the fictitious “conversations” with my father, I have been thinking about what they might sound like. What I might say to him. And he to me. The thought of spending countless hours “interacting” with my father again (even in an imagined space) is exciting. And […]Read More A Chronicle of Contemporary History??
I envision and hope for my final thesis to be equal parts creative and analytical. Kinda like me. In three short weeks, I have eliminated 4 of my original 5 potential thesis topics. Replaced one of the eliminated topics with a completely (sorta) new topic . And, most recently, have managed to combine the […]Read More That to this…
After a productive conversation with Alan last week, I was able to narrow my five potential thesis ideas down to two. Yea! Progress… The next day, a powerful exploratory writing exercise in class confirmed that the “one that scares me” idea needs to remain on the list. For now. However, my “selfish” prospect of […]Read More Laura’s Digital Notebook Entry
In the required entrance essay to Kean’s Master’s program I rambled on about how I always thought of myself as a sort of “Jack of all trades” and that completing this degree would qualify me as a “Master of one…” So, here I am. The beginning of the end of my journey. I’m not surprised […]Read More Master of None??
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