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QUIZ: What annoying feature of the German language are you?

Warning! This is not Buzzfeed. If you wanna take this personality test you’re going to need a piece of paper and a pencil to note down your answers, like real men (and women!) do. If you’re a lazy bum, just go on Buzzfeed and find out if you’re a bad person (which you are, if you’re leaving this page).

It’s Friday night and you’re awaited for dinner by:

A) My fans. I’m gonna show up one hour late and demand that we pick another restaurant. Just because.

B) One or two close friends, nothing major.

C) My Mom. Hopefully.

D) The Puzzles-and-ancient-languages-and-boring-hobbies Club. I’m the president.

E) Friends whom I don’t really like.

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Lady’s got Horns – a post about Betty Draper

One thing you probably don’t know about the Italian language is that if someone tells you “you’ve got horns” it means  your girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife is cheating on you. In fact, you can also say that the cheater is “giving you horns”.

Now. I just finished watching the third season of Mad Men (I know – I’m late – I know) and I can already tell that if the Italian saying was literal, Betty Draper would look like this:

betty_horns

 

Being a former horn carrier myself, I’ve bonded with Betty from the very beginning while simultaneously nurturing the deepest hate towards her husband. Read More

Frozen: the story behind the story

WARNING:
If you’re under the age of 16 you don’t wanna read this post.
If you’re an adult owning a Barbie collection, you don’t wanna read this post.
If you set a Google Alert that notifies you whenever a new Harry Potter erotic fanfic comes out, you probably wanna keep reading this.

 

Have you all seen Disney’s latest animated movie Frozen?

I think one of the reasons why it was so successful is that it managed to target wisely both the usual young audience and the adult one.

If on a surface level we had a story about magical powers and family values, in fact, hidden under its thick ice we find in Frozen a tale about acceptance horniness and  need, something we can all relate to.

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SYNOPSIS:

Anna and Elsa are two sisters living in a scandinavian castle with their disgustingly rich parents. Since there’s no other kid around and when you’re rich you don’t really need an education, their main activities are singing to one another and building snowmen. At age 5 Elsa finds out she has the ability to create snow and freeze everything around her is a lesbian. She has wet dreams about her sister but knows Anna doesn’t feel the same way, therefore she just locks herself in her room and listens to Ani DiFranco. Read More

The Future of Storytelling – Creative Task 4

The Future of Storytelling is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) born and developed at the University of Applied Sciences of Potsdam, near Berlin. The course is open to everyone in the world (who speaks English) and – if you enrol – it gives you weekly writing assignments. This is one of them.

TASK:

Take a camera, be it you mobile phone, a webcam, … , and introduce yourself to the other StoryMOOCers, telling us which works inspired your interest in storytelling most up to know. Pick out 1-3 works of art, literature, film, TV, game, a website or else and tell us what’s so special about it that you think it might help inspire somebody else anywhere on this planet.

I had many things in mind that could have been more hip, intellectual and alternative, but I realized that this had to be about Buffy.

I’m perfectly fine – in general – with art being just art. It doesn’t have to be life changing: you can like a movie or a book without having your world completely shaken by it, and it’s fine.

But then again I’d lie if I said that this tv show hasn’t affected the way I lived the most formative years of my life, my approach to the English language and the way I read and conceive art.

The Future of Storytelling – Creative Task 3

The Future of Storytelling is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) born and developed at the University of Applied Sciences of Potsdam, Berlin. The course is open to everyone in the world (who speaks English) and – if you enrol – it gives you weekly writing assignments. This is one of them.

TASK:
Last week we have dealt with character profiles for characters that already exist. This week we build on exactly this task by using your knowledge about how to create fictional characters to create a new fictional one.

susan

I’m afraid that is not the correct answer – said the man inside the tv. Gertrude Mueller shook her head without taking her eyes off the black outfit she was busy ironing. On the tv screen a text saying 10.000 Euros got smashed by a giant 3D hammer and dissolved into the close up of a sexy girl who was about to cry.  Ougandougou. That’s the capital of Burkina Faso – said Gertrude with a scolding tone. Read More

The Future of Storytelling – Creative Task 2

The Future of Storytelling is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) born and developed at the University of Applied Sciences of Potsdam, Berlin. The course is open to everyone in the world (who speaks English) and – if you enrol – it gives you weekly writing assignments. This is one of them.

 

TASK:
Please pick any existing serial protagonist that you know very well, and use the attached PDF/the form below to create a character profile. This profile should include his or her most important traits. Please post the ANSWER below this question post.

patty hewes

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The Future of Storytelling – Creative Task 1

The Future of Storytelling is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) born and developed at the University of Applied Sciences of Potsdam, Berlin. The course is open to everyone in the world (who speaks English) and – if you enrol – it gives you weekly writing assignments. This is one of them.

I registered to this cool online course about storytelling and – since I never say no to writing challenges – I’m gonna try to publish here my weekly assignments.
Hopefully I’ll manage to be consistent enough to do it at least twice before giving up/forgetting about it.

TASK:
Please think about which story you have read, seen, listened to, played or experienced has impressed you most in your life. … Which story can you still very well remember? Write down both, the summary of this story (what you remember of the story, not what Wikipedia says.. :) and – on the other hand: – what made it so special to you that you can still remember it.

rachel getting married

Some years ago Jonathan Demme made a movie called Rachel Getting Married. It’s about a recovering drug addict (played by Anne Hathaway) who goes back home for the wedding of her sister, opening old wounds and forcing the whole family to remember a traumatic event from their past. Read More