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 2 years ago
  • 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 2 years ago

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 2 years ago
  • 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 2 years ago
  • ^ 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 2 years ago
  • 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 2 years ago
  • 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 2 years ago

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 2 years ago

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

    Great article; I certainly find that animation comes under unnecessary fire, especially for the artistic liberty that it already possesses. Animation is maturing since it has been developed, and from certain shows like “Big Mouth” having begun to explore taboo subjects, it’s a resourceful medium that is slowly beginning to become an accepted resource for original ideas, where often those unprepared foolishly like to delve into.

    The Double-Edged Stigma Faced By Western Animation
    N.D. Storlid

    Great article; I certainly find that animation comes under unnecessary fire, especially for the artistic liberty that it already possesses. Animation is maturing since it has been developed, and from certain shows like “Big Mouth” having begun to explore taboo subjects, it’s a resourceful medium that is slowly beginning to become an accepted resource for original ideas, where often those unprepared foolish like to delve into.

    The Double-Edged Stigma Faced By Western Animation
    N.D. Storlid

    Nietzsche! A wondrous exploration into what is a harrow journey into human existence, I do find that his place in this article is just and deserving.
    A little ways into the article though, I’m finding myself concerned in the way that you portray the elaborate ideas that Nietzsche possessed, in part that it does not pin the accurate philosopher, necessarily. How I am to tell you how you should interpret such a philosopher is not my right, but to share what I find to be a thinker that should be regarded much less seriously than you might figure. His rich and strikingly unique style of what to many are grim thoughts make for quite the journey, in what appears to sway and play with matters that carry a solemn regard, yet Nietzsche is nonetheless embolden. I should like to say he is the optimistic sort of nihilist, if at all to justify what makes the meaningless life pave for creations wholeheartedly real to humanity, to the vitality that he revealed in The Birth of Tragedy, the potential he invoked through Ecce Homo, and so on.
    I should like to resist immersing into hapless pondering and banter, but it is all that reading, studying, and most importantly enjoying the works of Nietzsche, that I want to help others understand how remarkable of philosophy he provides.

    The Death of a Purposeful Man
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    You often see language tends adapt toward changes that could condense the meanings and words to profit for less effort in conveying messages, which is something that has sort of been accessory for “improving” languages. I think when you have mediums that permit the sort of short, condensed language it is hard to ignore its usefulness, but you make the exact point that it doesn’t accomplish the exact meaning. We as humans are used to being able to breathe life through language, and it is because our meanings can be misunderstood that any language has such an elaborate structure, since we give ourselves an immense variety of words and tools to accomplish that purpose. Codifying is something that I’ve never thought of when describing the way people try to force this kind of medium, and it fits perfectly.

    Creative Texting: Writing and Textspeak
    N.D. Storlid

    This was a subject that I brought up in a rhetoric class at one point, and I’m glad now that someone took the time to investigate the art of trolling and its impact as a rhetorical tool. A lot of people are skeptical of it as a tool, though I see it is undermined primarily in context for how it is regarded in negative light, as tricksters often are throughout history and culture.

    The Art of Trolling: A Philosophical History of Rhetoric
    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
    N.D. Storlid

    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
    N.D. Storlid

    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