A Victory For Church And Spooksy (Remix WritingAssignments1198)

In this assignment I’m supposed to onion-ize an article, then for the remix, add a sidekick.

Original Article

A local church group today in association with Spooksy announced a win for families of faith with children in the school system.  The victory comes from a decision made to allow for a Muslim holiday to warrant an extra day off of school for more than 150,000 children.  Spooksy, being the biggest proponent of this bill, said that anytime he can help get children out of school and onto the streets he was happy.  Spooksy claimed “the children are happier when they are far away from adult supervision.”  Going on to say “Children today aren’t independent enough, and people just need to leave them alone and let them carry out their responsibilities on their own instead of always being right beside them all the time and stuff.”  No word yet on the disappearance of Senator Thompson, who was the biggest road block for the bill, after his disappearance last week from a local park during a morning jog.


After I picked this assignment and hit the remix button, I knew Spooksy had to be the side-kick.  Because of this, there were very specific types of articles I was looking for to include him in.  Basically, I looked for anything with children.  I found this one, and I spent a bit of time trying to figure out how this would benefit Spooksy and how he would get involved.  I decided he could be one of the biggest supporters of this for his own reasons.  I wanted to hint very strongly at those reasons, but in a way that if you didn’t know Spooksy, you might miss.  I like the hiding in plain sight aspect.  Also, I had to have it get creepy at the end because, horror.

XimeR esreveR A edaM I(Remixed WritingAssignments554)

For this assignment you are supposed to talk about your favorite assignment from DS106.  For this remix, you’re supposed to play that assignment backwards.

Original Assignment

My favorite assignment for DS106 was one of the assignments I created for the class (yes, I am very narcissistic).  This assignment was a mashup assignment where you take at least 3 pieces of your own work and combine them together to make one cohesive piece.  I enjoyed it because it gave me an excuse to go back through my other works and see how I’ve progressed.  Also, I used elements from different areas of creativity to form one really solid piece.  I got in a little writing, I got a spooky ambiance sound track, and I got to read a home-made poem in the middle of it all.  The remix of this assignmet was to play it backwards, so here’s that too.

Truth be told, I made a bunch of mash-up content to practice.  This just happened to be one of the pieces, and I thought it was so good and experience so valuable to me that I would share it as an assignment for others.  It really does help to pull elements from different genres of creativity into one project, because you get to make something with a much higher production value than time normally allows for these assignments.


Nightmare on Insidious the 13th (WritingAssignments1517 3.5 Stars)

Movie Review: Nightmare on Insidious the 13th
“It was getting dark as Audrea and 5 sat on the back porch of the cabin overlooking the pristine lake. 5 had been trying to get Audrea to go swimming all day, but for some reason she couldn’t get Audrea near the water, it’s as if she knew something was in there that wasn’t supposed to be…”
First off, this movie is terrifying! It’s about a woman named Audrea, and her small Indian companion 5. They go to a lake house to escape the people chasing 5, but then she starts to have these nightmares, and eventually goes into a coma. The music is like the screeching metal of a car accident the entire time, you never get a break, it keeps you uneasy and tense for the duration. The make-up is one of a kind… When Jason pulls off his hockey mask to reveal that he’s been Chucky this entire time, it blows your mind.  The way the costumes and make-up come together to form this perfect image of terror is mind boggling. I think the scariest part for me is when Audrea has to enter 5’s dreams to rescue her, and finds Freddy waiting in the dream house. It was smart how she managed to escape into the woods, and trick him until she found a chance to kill him. All and all I give this movie 8.5/10 stars, and I’m not just saying that because I made it up myself.
Because we’re doing everything around host characters this week, I decided to get a little creative with this movie review. During our Radio show, Audrea and her host character 5 described their perfect horror movie, and I decided this week to review it! I wanted to set up the story a bit, so I wrote an excerpt from the book (waaaay better than the movie IMHO) to make it feel like a real work, and to give myself a jumping off point. I made a list of all the points and scenario’s Audrea talked about, and then tried to touch on each one of them in some fashion. It actually doesn’t sound like it would be a bad movie. A little reworking of some elements, and it could be a Halloween staple in no time.

If you want to check out Audrea’s perfect scary movie, check out the radio show here (her part starts at 5:30)

Everything Is Cool (WritingAssignment1648 3 Stars)

Offical HHBA notice:

The Horrible Hosts Bureau of Awesome would like to take this time to officially announce that: Everything is cool.

During an internal meeting held last Monday it was brought into question whether or not everything was, in fact, cool. After conducting a week long investigation, it was determined that everything, thankfully, is cool.

During a mission briefing in the HHBA action command center, HH 5 made the statement, “That’s cool!” To which HH Morlium replied “Is it? I don’t think so…” This led to a four hour conversation during which the hosts tried to figure out exactly what this conversation was about, and thus, what was possibly cool/not cool.

After conceding that no one could remember exactly what it was they were arguing about, they decided to set the scope of the investigation to include everything. Many long nights, late lunches, and missed nap times later the team finally broke their silence earlier this morning in a statement submitted by Spooksy, which was just a napkin with ‘everything’s cool’ scribbled in crayon.

No word yet on the implications of this finding, or whether or not this has any bearing or relevance on anything important. But we’ll continue our non-stop coverage of this napkin until we find out.


I think I’ve decided going forward that the horrible hosts should be a crime fighting action team.  I think the premise is funny, and there’s a lot of fun to be had with the interactions of the different host personalities that we weren’t able to explore with the radio show.  This will give me an excuse to watch the characters grow on the other host’s pages, and also interact with my group more, which we also didn’t get to do much during the project.  It does feel weird to mess with other peoples characters though.  I don’t want to upset anyone by taking too much license with their idea, so with this work I’m just kind of dipping my toe in the water to see how it feels.

Screwing around AND being productive

Extra, Extra, read all about it!

The league s6 e7 Netflix

Name: Dr
Age: 50’s
Clothing: Dr’s coat and stethoscope
Talk: She gave instructions on the use of a fecal sampling kit

Name: Penny
Age: low 30’s
Clothing: Dressed like a white girl from the 90’s trying to seem edgy
Talk: used French accent, annoyed everyone. Talked about her business making over cats to give them catitude.

Name: Father Maldoone
Age: mid 40’s
Clothing: basketball shorts and t-shirt
Talk: played rough basketball with main character, fouled him a lot, and said “I preach hard I play hard”

I liked this assignment because it’s interesting to call your attention to the side characters. For the most part they’re just story fodder, but this makes you look more closely at their acting and how legitimate they seem. I think this would have paired well with the write a side character background assignment, but alas the steak won the other assignment slot this week. I had been wanting to watch the new season of the league, so it was a good chance for me to catch up on my binge watching and get some work done.

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Oh, I’ll describe my food… IN SOOOOOOOOONG


Steak and potatoes with wine

Oh, steak so juicy and pink
With some California red to drink
Potatoes mashed with butter and salt
If it’s not delicious it’s your fault

Takes about an hour to make
Except the wine, that comes ready to drink
Sear your steak on high in pan
And baste with butter when you can

Boil potatoes and mash with milk
Salt and butter are their ilk
Empty all into your tummy
Then go write this poem dummy

I wrote this post on Memorial Day, so we were doing dinner up. We bought a $50 bottle of wine and made everything from scratch. I was really proud of this dinner, so when I saw this assignment, I got excited. I opted to do it as a poem because I’m a musician, and I like to rhyme things.

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A walk in the city

The animal I have chosen is a Kangaroo
As Patricia walked blindly through the unfamiliar streets, her dress covered in a crust of dust, she couldn’t help but wonder where she had left her guidebook, and how she would find her way out of the city. She could hear her mother’s words echoing in her head, warning her everything in her life would go haywire if she ever left out on her own to the big city. Her mother sheltered her too much, and she was determined to prove her words wrong. She would change her mother’s perception of her as a helpless child, she would not call for help, she would not admit defeat, and she would finish the trip on her own.
As she wandered the city looking for the bridge back into the country, she felt content in her endeavor. Maybe the trip hadn’t gone perfectly, but she had a lovely time at the theater last night, and loved every minute of spending her first night in the city. She giggled to herself as she remembered the silly kangaroo from the play, tripping all over himself and causing so much mischief. The kangaroo would get into the explorers food rations and he’d get so mad and yell at the beast, but they would always end their days as friends. She saw parallels of her own relationship with her mother in that…
As the songs of the sparrow ushered out the calm hush of the early morning time, she rounded a corner and realized that the giant wall she was staring at must border the outside of the city. A rush of excitement fell over her as she realized she had but to follow this wall until it eventually lead her to the bridge out of the city. She would relish her walk back home, down that old familiar country road, knowing that she tried something new, challenged herself, and managed it all without anyone else’s help.

I chose this exercise because I enjoy creative writing, and I relish the chance when I am able to do it. I tried to sign up for a creative writing course last semester, but I didn’t meet the pre-requirements, so challenges like this take the sting out of that a bit.
When I got my list of words, guidebook was the first word I latched onto. I immediately associated it with blindly, then being lost and needing a guidebook. A picture of a young man lost in the city came to mind. I glanced up at the words again and saw dress, so a quick gender swap later and I was establishing my female character and the backdrop of the city with dress and crust. I knew I would need another character for warning, so I added the mother and tried to knock out a few other words in her actual warning. I suppose I could have used it on a sign somewhere, but I didn’t feel like I would get as much utility out of it. Also, the city a pictured was more rustic and the time period I imagined was maybe a couple hundred years ago, and I didn’t want to spoil my city with signs and whatnot.
Originally, I forgot to use Kangaroo until I was writing this part of the assignment (I just realized it, so I’m writing this as if I’ve already gone back and added it). I think it should be easy to go back and make the kangaroo a comedy relief element in the play, as I can’t think of anywhere else it would fit in this context.
I’m pretty happy with the overall work. I feel like it tells a complete story in a very short space, and those are the stories I enjoy most. I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, but I have a very hard time reading the books. They get so bogged down in detail that they can become boring, and I feel like they hold your hand too much by describing the exact shade of green on the grass. I like to make a story my own by adding in those details myself in my mental picture of the scene. Because of this, I try to stay away from great detail in my writings (ironic, because this portion is getting super detailed).

le listo de bucket… uh… o.

1 – Learn another language – As the title to this post might suggest, I don’t know Spanish.  I have always been interested in learning though.  I think it’s a marketable skill, and the process of learning a language has always fascinated me.  I took a few Spanish classes in high school, but I don’t have a firm enough grasp on the subject to be able to use it.  I’ve always regretted not going farther with it.

2 – Go to Las Vegas – I originally wanted to go to Las Vegas to see Penn & Teller, but I just recently saw them on Broadway, so now it’s all about the poker baby!  Las Vegas has always fascinated me by how different it is from the rest of the U.S.  If I simply wanted to gamble, there are closer places I could go.  It seems so glamorous when it’s depicted in movies, and I want to experience that for myself.

3 – Making 6 figures – One of my life goals is to earn more than $100,000 in a single calendar year.  We all want nice things, but more than that I want the feeling of accomplishment that comes from reaching a goal most people never manage to.  In a lot of ways making 6 figures is like my Mount Everest.

4 – Learning to cook – I’m a strictly microwave man most of the time, but cooking has always fascinated me.  I like to watch food network, and looooove good food, so it’s only natural that I’d want to be able to make it myself.  Sadly, most of my past forays into the kitchen have been mediocre at best.  Hopefully one day I’ll find the time needed to become truly proficient.  Fun fact – I almost went to culinary school in Richmond before I decided to move to Fredericksburg and attend UMW.

5 – Building a motorcycle – Out of everything on this list, I think this is the loftiest of all.  I don’t even have a garage, and I’ve never worked on a car before, but this seems like it would be great fun.  I had a friend who attempted to build a motorcycle a few years ago and failed horribly.  While the result was pretty discouraging, the endeavor itself was very interesting.  Maybe if I ever do it I’ll let him ride it…


I picked this assignment because it seemed like a pretty effortless task, and it was something I actually had thought about doing from time to time.  Life gets so busy you forget to make time for the small things like this list, so it’s nice to take a second and indulge my inner fantasies.

While I was writing it I noticed most of the things on the list were things I’ve attempted in the past (in person or by proxy) unsuccessfully.  It seems a bit ironic that a list meant to facilitate having some interesting experiences in life turned out for me to be a list of past regrets.  I guess that’s one of the purposes of the list though, to make sure you don’t have any regrets left to list.

A lot on his mind during his big day…


Snuffles trained his whole life for this moment, and nothing could stop him now… As the clock counted down to the start of his first Olympic extreme squirrel water surfing finals, he took a moment to reflect. He remember his squirrelfriend Elizabeth, all the fights they’d had, all the fun they had, that one time she got scared when running across a power line a pooped on the head of some unknowing passerby down below… Without her support, and all the hours she spent gathering nuts and searching for shiny things none of this would have been possible. The gun sounded, the race had begun, and Dr. Snuffles MacArthur squishytail had work to do.


I chose this assignment because it seemed fun.  I’m a big fan a memes, and they often come with a bit of context with the original image so you can understand who the person or animal being depicted is and why they are the figurehead for that particular subject.  Since I’m so used to having context for the crazy pictures I see on the internet, I sort of automatically start building it for things that don’t have any.  Thus, this assignment came pretty naturally.

For this assignment, I googled crazy pictures, and found this near the top.  As soon as a saw it I had a picture of this squirrel training so hard to get to the Olympics.  Then I thought about the things he was probably neglecting in his life to accomplish that, so I gave him a girlfriend to establish a foundation for his success.  I figured they would’ve been together for some time, since it’s a big liability to accept the responsibilities of someone else’s life on their shoulders, so I wanted them to have some endearing memories together.

I imagined them hanging out, and was trying to decide what a squirrel couple would do together.  I remember a few week ago my girlfriend and I were leaving poppy hill restaurant in downtown, and I saw a squirrel running across a power line, I said to her “careful, you don’t want it to poop on you.”  That gave me the idea, and rounded out the story well.  I wanted the story to end with a moment of solitude and triumph for the squirrel, since he was so unique I wanted to make sure he got his moment in the sun at the end of the piece (also, for him being such a good sport and letting me write about him).