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Week 5 Story: Sindbad

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The Young Sindbad    When I was young, I inherited golds and jewels form my parents and indulging in squandering my wealth and time. All I want is to keep this lifestyle until I am old. However, the money will run out one day if I just have fun. At that time, I would lose everything that I have today. Changing is crucial for me. But, the question is how to find the turning point of my life. One day, I sat on the bench in my manor and enjoyed the beautiful view of the sea. A ship that returning from a voyage appeared into my sight. In the light of the setting sun, the breeze carried the sound of the waves to my ears, as if I could hear the sailors' laughter in that ship. Suddenly, something touched my inner heart, "go to sea?". Maybe this is a good choice. An Elder    After his seven voyages, Sindbad realized that it is time to stop adventure and enjoy his life. Looking back, roc once carried him into the sea of clouds; fearful serpents once threatened his life; friendly…

Reading Notes: Sindbad Part B

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This story is part of the Voyages of Sindbad unit. Story source: The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Andrew Lang and illustrated by H. J. Ford (1898).
After I saw the end of the story, I am pretty sure that I would remember many excellent plots for a long period. After I saw all of the stories which are included in the storybook, I found that Sindbad has changed his mind from the beginning to the end of his journey. On the first journey, Sindbad was exciting and cordial. He enjoyed his adventure and he felt afraid rarely. However, in the end, he became a little bit impatient, and his journey is no more interesting for him. All he wants is to stay in his home and have a rest in peace. Also, he has mentioned he would like to spend more time to stay with his family and friends. In my opinion, I think this is a really important and crucial change for the character. With the development of the plot, the character in the story would also get older. Although there is nothing about Sindb…

Reading Notes: Sindbad Part A

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This story is part of the Voyages of Sindbad unit. Story source: The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Andrew Lang and illustrated by H. J. Ford (1898).
I really enjoy reading the adventure stories of Sindbad. I feel exactly the same as him when he feels weary and boring about his ideal life and decides to go for new navigation. For modern life, traveling would be an alternative way to relieve such a boring feeling. 
For the story plots, I realize that they are not like Aesop's Fables which are formed by many concise stories, but specific and vivid. For me, I think these characteristics of plots are very suit for the story since readers would like to imagine some pictures or scenes in their minds when they read these stories. For instance, when Sindbad went to the valley of diamonds, there are some depictions of the size of snakes that live in the valley and the amounts of diamonds. All of these descriptions are very helpful for me to understand and indulge in the plots. When I…

Storybook Plan

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In this storybook, I plan to write several stories. Stories are separated. But all these stories would happen in the same place - a Peach Blossom Village. Since these stories are myths, so I prefer to call this village Peach Blossom Fairyland. The stories would describe some scenes about how the creatures in the Classics of Mountains and Seas meet with some people in this fairyland.  Basically, they meet with each other and something happens. 
For me, I prefer to depict scenes in the storybook during a romantic style and transmit some values such as love, hope and peace. I would like to focus on the depiction of circumstances and personalities. Both of them would be an important factor for me to foil the whole atmosphere of the stories. 
A list for some episodes that I want to include: 1. A Nine-tailed Fox turned into a woman. She meets a scholar who wears a turquoise gown in the fairyland.  A Scholar who wears a Gown (In Chinese Style). Web Source: Ucxinwen.
2. Hundun travels to the fairy…

Comment Wall for The Peach Blossom Fairyland

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My Storybook Link The Creature in the Classics of Mountains and Seas. Web Source: Canva.

Week 4 Lab: Learn about Microfiction

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For me, I have never read about microfiction before. This class gives me a chance to realize these amazing little stories. The style of storytelling would be simple, pithy and attractive. They are simple because all of them are very short, each was about 100 words long. Describing some things which are close to life are common in these stories. Also, they are pithy. I found this characteristic from Tiny Love Stories. For example, in the stories, I Can't Believe You Heard Me and Boys, Bikinis and Cubed Fruit, they both depict a tiny but important thing from the life of the protagonist. In the first story, the author tells us how her husband and dog take care of her when she suffered from coronavirus. For the second story, the author talks about how love could be a bowl of cut fruit.     For me, the most intriguing story would be Ting Love Stories. I realized the power of small things from our life. I think I would try some microfiction writing in the near future. I also want t…

Reading Notes: Aesop's Fables (Jacobs) Part B

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The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs (1894)
    The little stories in Nature and Inanimate Objects would be my favorite at this part. The main characteristics are similar to the earlier part. For now, I would like to talk about those stories from some different aspects. 

    First, the third-person view would be the most commonly used perspective in this part. It provides the author with a border perspective. The author could use this method to avoid their own bias when they tell the story. For Aesop's Fables, the place where the author expresses his own opinion is at the end of each story. Moreover, the author uses this method to remove the side effect of the third-person view. When we use the third-person view to write a story, it always makes the story hard to build a connection with readers, and it is rigid compared to the other two points of view. However, a concluding sentence could smooth these disadvantages since it shows the author's thoughts directly, and it represents…