N.D. Storlid

N.D. Storlid

"A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it" -Roald Dahl

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The Formatting and Style of Writing

Most writers might be aware of the tedious rules that are involved in writing, particularly when they intend to publish in the media. Generally these guidelines are relaxed in the entertainment value of publishing, though there are larger expectations when dealing with other major groups, such as scholarly journals and education platforms.
The subject here pertains to the various formats designated to various organizations, and offers to investigate the reasons/causation for these different writing styles. It is suggested to review the details of what separates one format style from another, and what could it mean about their importance on the academic scale. An idea might also be to argue in favor for benefits to the formatting changes, or perhaps to dispute if a uniform format might serve best in the academic world. What is your contribution to the format standardization in writing?

  • Remember not to discuss the topic itself, but to provide ideas for fixing, expanding or clarifying the topic for others! – N.D. Storlid 1 year ago
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  • We can always use another voice on this topic! I think a focus on the purpose of it all would be very helpful for people. – Ian Boucher 1 year ago
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Where Have All The Epics Gone?

Since the time that the Epic genre has passed along some of the greatest works in literature, such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, there is a noticeable gap in the attention it has received in spite of its influential past. The genre continues to enjoy periodical bursts of success that extends beyond the 13th century, and various works have maintained a status of exceptional etiquette among scholars of the literary discipline. The question is, why has there been fewer Epics written, and what has become of this style of literature?
It is encouraged to research the background of the Epic genre, and the examples that represent it. A suggestion is to analyze the style of these pieces over the course of time, and how they portray the period in which they are written. And finally, it may be of great importance to see how certain Epics have continued or have been remodeled in the recent years (a brilliant example is the television adaption of War and Peace), and what that may mean about the modern approach to this ancient genre.

  • I would suggest to anyone taking on this topic to consider epics from all periods/civilizations, from the Epic of Gilgamesh, The Ramayana, and Dante's Divine Comedy to Paradise Lost in addition to War and Peace as a more recent example. The answer to this question may lie in looking at the rise of the novel as popular form. – MichelleAjodah 1 year ago
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  • A lot of people, myself included, would consider works like LOTR and Star Wars to be Epics, so it's not like they're not around, or that they're unpopular, but, I think in a way they aren't taken seriously as canon, rather, films/books/etc. like that are usually referred to these days as "fandoms." Nevertheless, the later Epics still have the same qualities (hero journey, specific arcs, etc.) as a work like Beowulf, so there definitely is so much to learn and to take seriously. Perhaps it's some people's belief that more modern works have not yet become immortal.Also, in the literary world, it's rough because query letters have to be short, you have to worry about word count--there's always something tricky to bypass. So many times it's all about what's quick.It's definitely an interesting topic. One could certainly write about what you mentioned, about the remodeling of the Epic, especially since so many are on film/television and there is a huge transition between cutting things out and separating the Epic by different films and episodes.Either way, and bare bones, it's possible not a lot show up all the time because frankly, sometimes it takes a lifetime to complete a great work. – Jaye Freeland 1 year ago
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  • ^ Remember that this meant to provide a revision or helpful note to the topic, as that could be the kind of response that a writer may take to use for their topic. I appreciate and enjoy what you have written, but this is a topic to give others an idea for something to write out, not necessarily to provoke a response. But I highly recommend you take the topic, as you could do well with writing about this subject. – N.D. Storlid 1 year ago
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  • Ah! Thank you! I appreciate that. Hmm. I think, then, to break everything down, the person who is interested is writing about might want to research society now verses hundreds of years ago, how society interacts with Epics and "Fandoms" now, what is deemed more marketable in the publishing community, and how long it takes to come up with a larger work. – Jaye Freeland 1 year ago
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  • Lifestyle and technology may have impeded the resonance of the epic. Immediacy, innovation, and quick change create tension with the journey and struggle which are elemental to epic. – Jeffery Moser 1 year ago
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The Bridges to Globalization

In the crowded space that is the media, the digital growth has left profound effects to which writing is contending to keep pace with. Primarily, though English has maintained itself to be the language of the cyber world, there is a consistent mingling of cultures and tongues that our entire world shares in. This topic is meant to provoke the questions about the assimilating values that have shaped the digital crowd, and what kind of adaptations are made to the languages we commonly speak. What can we gather and understand from these changes?

  • Although there are platforms dedicated to writing, like Medium for example, they compete with multimedia sites like Youtube. People's attention spans are short on the internet too which is why micro content vs. long form is important and introduces things like the 140 character limit on Twitter and 6 second videos on Vine. People from all over the world interact and speak different languages but we are also able to instantly translate entire web pages if we want to. I think the reason English is dominant and values are starting to assimilate is that the U.S. is the number one exporter of culture through media like movies and music and now on the internet. Emojis are an adaptation of language and they're fairly universal no matter what language you speak. I think this all just goes to show that our world is increasingly fast-paced and interconnected than was ever possible before. – LaurenG 1 year ago
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The World from our Telescope

In the growing sensation that emerged from technology, a question has poised an interesting observation of what has defined the "Modern World" versus what has become of the rest of it. Technology has become the basis of most lifestyles in some first-world countries, and certain perspectives have changed resulting from it. Though information is immediate and accessible, there is a conception born that a more refined, and civilized society is growing from it, while many view implications from it. The theme here directs the question of a contingency; has the world developed from closing distance with technology, or are there signs that it should suffer otherwise?

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    N.D. Storlid

    Check toward the end of the article, it is by the individual named Spencer. Who that is I have no idea nor a name.

    Why 'Brave New World' Has Fresh Significance in the Modern Day
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    For the while I read, I was baffled to recognize old colors and faded words that came to me when I started reading as a child, an experience that emits a side of me that I have not felt in a long time. This was a wonderful experience, in being so ignorant to some of the ideas that I had always felt were lost, and in part of my history. Even when I do not fondly look at the distorted parts to it, what can only be felt is a genuine jolt of joy is what reminds me how much we have forgotten our past-selves.
    Thank you dearly for this, this is one of the best that have come from the Artifice in a long while.

    The Broad Spectrum of Children's Point of View in Literature: The Child That's In Us
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    Excellent question Mr. Murphy, and that was briefly touched within the article that perhaps could have been expanded a bit more.
    It is difficult to pin to whom may have that sort of aversion to the genre overall, although in my experience between individuals reacting this way, it comes in a lot of forms. Generally I find that many people are not attracted to the surreal elements that they feel are irrelevant to reality, and often Fantasy might extend to some lengths that people are overwhelmed by the capacity of its bewildering nature. There are a lot of us, like me, that are greatly entertained by it, although some simply may not appreciate that quality Fantasy has to offer.
    I could also refer to more specific examples, and I believe a comment on this article by Rhanda shares some frustrations that Fantasy tends to establish itself on. Some themes might focus on tropes that are outdated, and in the era that we reside by, many tire of the recycled components common throughout the genre. Many mythical monsters and concepts tend to reappear in these works, and I think many are getting sick of the lack for refreshing ideas. That is why this article focuses on the problems of Postmodernism, as it is a fantastic tool that is not used to its full potential. I have found in several works by Postmodern writers to be using the same basis of common Fantasy works, such as magic and dragons, and using the Postmodernist interpretations to adapt the same pieces. I would agree that Postmodern writing does allow for one to make unique life from these ideas, but they are nonetheless the very same ones of previous works. As I see it, Postmodern works are extensions of the same work, but not the grounds for which Fantasy can grow into something more. If people are to enhance their writing, adapting writing interpretations such as Postmodernism is a wondrous way to do so, but it is what we build from these tools that determine what kind of Fantasy will come tomorrow.
    I greatly appreciate you commenting on this, and I always love having these discussions. Hopefully this answers some questions and perhaps levels for some new ones. Thank you for the time here.
    Best regards!

    Fantasize the Fantasy Tomorrow
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    I certainly see the many times context of Folk music is misunderstood by the general audience, simply for the fact that it is often associated with country or underground roots. If others understood how laden we are with the history of Folk songs and other historical pieces, they might see how much reflects so much of our cultures.

    Folk Music: A Timeless Genre
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    I would recommend it, if I might put my own personal experience as an offer for giving it another go. Though as I said, getting involved in the narrative makes it a bit difficult since it is engaged on the platform of the game itself and the community. Nevertheless, it is thoroughly entertaining, and past some people’s strange ideas and oddities, the theories and concepts are what brings this game to life. I imagine this will inspire other narratives to go to even better standards than FNAF.

    The Narrative of Five Nights at Freddy's
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    I always wondered how these various sitcoms would change over time, and this a good perspective of those adaptations over time. I still think most of drama remains the same, but they have turned directions in a few interesting ways for relationships.

    Relationship Gender Roles in Sitcoms: For Better or For Worse?
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    There tends to be a moment in life where these kinds of details pass over you without a second thought, and this article makes it evident through some prevalent examples in our daily lives. Perhaps the dependence on common tech has been rendering us numb to not only apparent issues with social intimacy, but with intellectual degrade by removing ourselves from things that we kept, like memory. I definitely appreciate how well considered the ideas are, and I feel this can be investigated in other aspects of our daily lives. We might see more on this, hopefully!

    From Noun to Verb: The Consequences of our New Idea of “Text”
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    It’s surprising that Marvel doesn’t ace the portrayal of some of their villains, when they are the ones who are responsible for giving them their name. There might be the issue that fans imagine the villain in different ways, and then Marvel brings out something they don’t recognize. So hard to translate between different mediums of entertainment!

    The Marvel Cinematic Villains: What Makes a Memorable Antagonist?