Fern’s First Prototype & Social Media Adjustments

Hello ENG306!

This week was a tumultuous one…probably most obviously evidenced by the fact that my reflection post is coming in a little later than usual. The week was a challenging one in many ways— we had a CSS workshop, we built our first prototype, we continued our social media posting. On all three fronts, I experienced major challenges and difficulties. However, I’m hoping that this next week will be a little better because I’ve gotten my “feet wet” with challenging concepts.

I really loved playing around with CSS animations and realizing that learning a bit of short code could enable me to have really effects on my website; however, I still struggled in doing the homework as well as the activities during the workshop. However, it strikes me that this is probably a good thing. Struggling with new concepts reminded me again of the learning curve, feelings of discomfort, and general “stuck” feeling that comes along with growing and getting better at something.

I also met with Sundi to discuss the anxiety I was facing around my social media. I’d like to dedicate the rest of my reflection post to this major challenge I’m having now. Okay, disclaimer: I haven’t been posting MWF like I planned to. The first Wednesday I simply missed because I forgot, but then after that, I just have come into a state of slight paralysis despite my helpful conversation with Sundi. In my social media (and my website), I am taking on the voice of St. Valentine to narrate the holiday legacy that has grown out of him, in his name. While this started out as a light, helpful way to narrate a historical narrative (or so I thought), I actually began to take the task of impersonating a saint very seriously. I mean it wasn’t easy for me to post when I had no idea what a saint would be saying in this day and age, and I felt utterly unqualified to say anything. I’m no saint (clearly) and I don’t even know how to sound like one. Sundi helped me come up with a great solution: Fern gets on social media also! All of these thoughts I was (and still am) having in my head, I could then bring out into my conversations between St. Valentine (on Twitter) and Fern (on Twitter). I set out with great ambition to do that and then just kept thinking about it…as in I was still feeling weird about my prototype and how to do this whole thing of narrating from the voice of Saint.

After being lost in my haunting thoughts, I had another helpful conversation with a mentor in Germany who’s really good at imagining what a person would sound like today. He gave me some pointers and helped me get a sense of how I could go about having St. Valentine narrate his own holiday— so that has brought me here. And I am now going to finally get out of my head and onto Twitter to make that account.

And hey, on the bright side of things, I guess silence for a couple days isn’t that bad on a social media account of a saint either, if it was purposeful (which it was more the result of my paralysis). I am optimistic of a good week ahead! Seeds are being planted in the garden of our digital sites now, let’s see the flowers that spring out of them.

Self Bitmoji Saying "Hmmm"
Bitmoji of the Week: Being completely lost and haunted by the conversations in my head.

Until Next Time (Next Week Really) Eng306,

Sincerely,

Ikra

Prototype I (Fern)

Dear All,

Here’s my website “St. Valentine“.

For the inaugural prototype, I aimed to create a general visual scheme of the website, placing everything in its place and figuring out where I thought certain segments of information should be. It involved revisiting my wireframe, revisiting my theme, and thinking through what it is I wanted my audience to “feel” when they landed on my site, as photographer Jun Lee discussed with us in class. I was silent on quality content for this first prototype because I knew it would be challenging to do both in the first run, and I didn’t dedicate as much time to the quality of content as I did exploring with this theme’s format options and digital display options. I did try to include general informative blurbs on the various pages to help myself and my readers remember what this page is supposed to represent.

#1) “From Your Valentine” The Home Page 

The home page will feature the Blog of the website all categorized under From Your Valentine. This is a play on the historical myth-fact that St. Valentine supposedly sent a letter to a lady saying goodbye before he was martyred and signed it “From Your Valentine.” Legend has it that that is where the tradition began. Perhaps, that will be my first post.  Right now, there is one post (the first post) that is entitled “Who was Saint Valentine?” with a beginning paragraph explaining that this space of posts on the homepage is intended to be a series of recollections of the Saint based on all that I can find throughout my research. On the left panel is the menu bar, which has six items as of yet:

#2) History/His-Story

This is what I thought a creative, punny way to convey the synthesis of scholarship on the history of the holiday. I called history/his-story because I want it to be both a history of the holiday and his story, as in St. Valentine’s story after his death, to his feast, to his name arising in Chaucer’s poem and so on and so forth to today. I would like it to be a long story with digital images, graphics, etc. that makes for an interesting read.

#3) Historical Timeline from Neatline

This page will be dedicated to a chronological timeline of the holiday that I will build using Neatline. It will cover major dates and turning point’s in the history of the holiday. It will be a different temporal representation of the holiday, but it does overall aim to give a story like the first menu tab above. The two are similar in that they are both historical, but different in the way they present information. This place is going to arranged around dates. The former is more about a cohesive narrative that doesn’t centralize chronological order, but will probably also follow a general chronology of events. I wanted this one to have its own page so as to break up information into more manageable pieces and give my readers the option to go the quicker timeline option as opposed to scrolling through the entire written story, if they wanted.

(No Image in Gallery for this one because there is nothing there. It resembles a page similar to the Home Page Blog. It is not like the History/His-Story page which is in the “Landing” page format.)

#4) American Holiday 

Here, I will begin to collect and collate videos, articles, etc. about how the holiday is conceived in popular culture today. For example, one such artifact would include this SNL clip from this past Valentine’s day (thanks, Sundi) and numerous other articles. It could also include images from stores filled with roses, chocolates, and cards. It will be mostly visual with some text that analyzes, highlights, and comments on the present scene. Perhaps, it will be in “walking tour” format.

#5) The Shop 

This is my own fun space I wanted to have, where I will create original valentines cards as well as redrawn by hand valentines cards from the centuries. There is a very rich tradition of valentines cards, which is a more peculiar aspect of the holiday that I wanted to give a creative space to here on this page. I hope this will look something like this from the Mina-Loy website (thanks for the inspiration, Suzanne). This will be built over time. Perhaps I will have one or two valentines cards redrawn by the end of the semester.

#6) About 

Of course, every website feels incomplete without some about page orienting the reader about where all of this coming. Need I say more. My contact information will be here and I will likely try to create a more intriguing blurb than the one I have right now.

You may find my first prototype in images in the gallery below.

 

 

A Vision Coming Through, Fern

Hello World….or at least ENG306,

This week was a really interesting one…..I think it was the first one where I really started getting my “feet wet” with the whole digital space that my project my take. For example, I made my project’s Twitter account and settled on a theme (for now) for my project. I also got more clarity on my research and intervention through our literature and revised my social media plans. I think I have gotten into a rhythm of sorts, so that problem is thankfully resolved that kept coming up in my previous blog posts.

Making a new Twitter account was something I thought about a lot over the course of this week. Sundi discussed with us in class how we should think through the reasons for wanting to use either a new project Twitter account or tweeting from our personal account. We talked about pros and cons of each, and I started having doubts about starting a whole new Twitter account for my project for fear that it may become a dead space after this class ends. Of course, I hope that’s not the case but it very well may be so, lest I develop the discipline, dedication, and commitment to keep it up (the interest I am sure will remain).

On Thursday in class, we had some time to workshop where we worked on building our prototype. After going through various themes on Studio Press, I thought it might be cool to do a “profile” themed website that brought Saint Valentine to life in a way that he— being brought back from the dead at least in my digital imagination here— narrates and details the evolution, legacy, and developments of his own holiday. I found a wonderful theme that really looks quite similar to my wireframe!

This development on Thursday then….inspired me to also change my Twitter account to be from the voice of St. Valentine. Tweeting regularly has been challenging, and this weekend I still have a lot more to learn. Especially CSS…which I am SO looking forward to!

My week in a bitmoji: Punching bag because this week seemed intense and sporadic and filled with challenges (literature review, tweeting regularly) as well as fruits (finding a theme, making a Twitter).

Until next time fellow readers,

Fern

Revised Project Proposal, Ikra

St. Valentine’s Day

Revised Project Proposal

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Problem: I am researching the history of St. Valentines and its current expressions because I want to understand the timeline of this holiday and what it means for American culture today, so that my users will better understand a celebration that has become part and parcel of American economic, social, cultural life as a ritual observed yearly and marketed intensively. I suspect that the holiday retains little to no religious significance, as it might initially have given the name of Saint Valentine and once a commemoration of his death as a martyr. Rather, since the 14th century with Chaucer’s poem that popularized romance in relation to Valentine, the holiday has become meaningful cultural celebration in its own secular right.

For my sources & data, I have consulted various books by the expert scholar of the field, religious historian Eric Leigh Schmidt as well as a couple other scholars who have written on the matter. For data on contemporary understandings of the holiday, various popular culture artifacts found through articles on NPR, New York Times, and other nationally-recognized news networks as well as select YouTube clips will serve as windows into how Americans have come to understand Valentine’s Day and what it means for Americans today. Thus, my sources are a combination of primary popular culture sources from today + scholarly books and articles by professors in the disciplines of social sciences and humanities covering the history of the holiday.

Doing this project digitally presents its own fruits and challenges, some of which I have tried to delineate below.

PROS
*Bringing niche scholarship about more hidden aspects of the holiday, such as the tradition of exchange satire-imbued “valentines,” onto the web. There are certain facts hidden in scholarly books that people don’t know about the holiday. I want to bring light to that.

*Creating a digitally engaging platform accessible across the world on a holiday that is slowly spreading across the globe, while also making it actively response and interested in individuals’ experiences and thoughts on the matter across the globe.
CONS
*Challenging to both focus on QUALITY of content as well as DESIGN/DISPLAY. To do both in a short amount of weeks when I don’t have to write a “paper” will be challenging in that it will be unique and I will have to create and adapt to new writing styles suited to digital scholarship. I’m excited!

Social Media Networking Plan

1.Twitter @dayofvalentine

I chose to use Twitter because that’s the only social media that I am familiar with, and I like it as a platform. Basically, I like it a lot for various reasons- the short tweets, the hashtags, the trending topics, the funny accounts on there dedicated to various things like “Motivation Quotes” the metaphor of being a bird’s house and birds tweeting.

2. My bio as it stands now:

An account dedicated to St. Valentine’s Day and all that entails. A holyday commemorating a martyr saint turned holiday spreading love.

Right now, I am not pointing to my work because I don’t have one to showcase. I think I am going to modify my bio to include something of this being a place to share scholarship as well and put something about me as being a research, so there’s a person or face associated with the account.

My background: I am going to add something that says “Produced by student research @ Davidson College, Fern” …….or maybe I will make a Twitter account for FERN!

My work: I am going to alter my bio to also say “Digital Scholarship on this found here”–> and link to my site

My project: I will link to it once I have a prototype going (so next week?)

3. My cadence for posting will be every MWF sometime during the day (preferably evening) once a day. I’ll begin with that rhythm and try to increase and post as things come up or come to my mind in between.

As for finding communities, I have went ahead and followed several accounts on Valentine’s Day and love-related account. I am now also going to follow other holiday accounts and certain scholars who I may be interested. More research on this will be pursued the remained of this week.

Literature Review, Ikra


For those interested in studying the history of Valentine’s Day, the literature is rather sparse and dated. With the exception of the expert scholar on the field, religious historian Eric Leigh Schmidt, comparable other scholarly works on the history of the holiday date back to roughly the 1950s and 60s with authors such as Ruth Web Lee and Frank Staff. Even thought the quantity of authors writing on the matter is small, the conversation between them is rather lively. When it comes to retracing the origin story of the modern American holiday, minute details begin to make all the difference.

Within the study of Valentine’s Day, other literary scholars like Jack B. Oruch and Henry Ansgar Kelley have been particularly interested in studying the relationship of St. Valentine (the medieval saint) to Geoffrey Chaucer and other English writers’ poetry that references the name of the saint. Oruch and Kelley speak to one another, but their specific arguments are less relevant to us for their content and more meaningful when seen as pointing to a particular moment in time of great relevance: Chaucer’s poem. His writing carried grave consequences for the future of ideas of love and romantic engagements through the budding tradition of exchanging valentines. This moment is considered unanimously by scholars to be a significant turning point in the history of the holiday. How significant, on the other hand, is not such a unanimous decision.

The movement from Chaucer’s poems on St. Valentine to the modern holiday are often linked together, the prior as having been a direct cause to the latter. This is expressed in both popular media sources as well as in scholarship. However, how pertinent this moment was for the modern holiday remains debated. Anthropologist Anthony Aveni, in his book The Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays, expresses clearly how this moment— when Chaucer and other medieval poets connected St. Valentine to notions of love— was the turning point for the holiday. He writes, “The big shift from martyr to matchmaker happened in the late-fourteenth century” (Aveni, 41). In the rest of his chapter on February’s holidays, he discusses the predominating consumerism and romanticism of the 1840s in the United States as  having “sparked yet another reinvention of Valentine’s Day” (Aveni, 43). From this, it is clear that Aveni places more weight in the 14th century than the 19th century, seeing the consumer culture as an addendum or “second” shift to the already-established tradition of valentine exchanges and the Valentine holiday since Chaucer’s time. On the other hand, religious historian Schmidt ardently believes the 19th century to be the moment where the most telling shifts and reshaping of the holiday took place. In his article, “The Fashioning of a Modern Holiday: St. Valentine’s Day, 1840-1870,” he writes, “Few turns have been as dramatic as that of its transformation in the mid nineteenth-century United States. Out of the Old World folk, religious, and courtly traditions, largely moribund, the holiday was reinvented as a curiosity of the marketplace and a marvel of romantic fashion” (Schmidt, 245). While initially we may think, who cares whether the major shift of the holiday’s history was in the 14th century or 19th century? A closer re-examination will have us realize it makes all the difference because it points to the departure of an older tradition and to the beginning of a new ritual enshrined in certain cultural values. Whether those values come from 14th century English romanticism, or from 19th century American society amidst vibrant market forces actually greatly would alter the shape the story of this holiday’s origins takes. Nonetheless, in the evolution of the holiday, Aveni and Schmidt do have consensus on two major moments that marked the holiday’s shaping over the years, Chaucer’s medieval time period and the 1840s of America.

Furthermore, Aveni and Schmidt also agree on the “literary mystery” around why Chaucer decided to mention St. Valentine in the context of birds and lovers in his poems. For example, Aveni writes, “Why Chaucer and other medieval courtly romantic poets decided to link St. Valentine’s with birds and lovers choosing their mates is as much a mystery as the original St. Valentine” (Aveni, 42). Schmidt also comments, “Linking the saint to birds, springtime, and lovers was a striking innovation, and why Chaucer and his [peers] did so remains something of a literary mystery.” (Schmidt, 210). Evidently, there is a general shroud of unclarity around what could have led Geoffrey Chaucer to mention St. Valentine in his poems, a significant moment in time as we have already seen from the previous paragraph. However, scholar and writer Ruth Webb Lee, likely one of the first scholars to do a serious study of the holiday in her book A History of Valentines, is more optimistic in drawing such links and connections.

While Lee doesn’t specifically make reference to the moment of Chaucer’s poem,  she does incorporate and take a stance on another contentious area in the history of Valentine’s Day: the Roman festival Lupercalia and how it fits into the history of the holiday. Schmidt completely shies away from even a mention of the pagan festival is in his article. While he narrates the holiday’s evolution as a flow from St. Valentine to Chaucer onward to a culture of valentines cards and then undergoing various faces of commercialization, he doesn’t mention the potential Roman origin myths at all nor does he link St. Valentine to anything romantic or love-related (as the holiday now encompasses). He writes, “St. Valentine was remembered, like many other saints, for steadfastness in the face of a torturous martyrdom and for miraculous cures— not for any special affinities with the lovelorn.” (Schmidt, 210). However, scholar Ruth Web Lee certainly does take such liberties in connections. Lee writes, “Some skeptics have thought that there is no connection whatever beyond the holy man of the third century and the custom of exchanging lace-paper conceits popularly known as valentines, beyond the fact that the saint died on the fourteenth day of February. They seem, however, to be somewhat in error.” (Lee, 5). By some skeptics, she could very well be referring to scholars like Schmidt. Schmidt wrote in the 1990s, and Lee in the 50s, so they clearly aren’t speaking directly to one another (knowingly, at least), yet they are in conversation. She finds it easy to see how the Lupercalia, St. Valentine, and the romantic valentine cards all connect, while Schmidt doesn’t dare to make such bold connections.  Lee writes, “Legend has it that the priest [St. Valentine], while waiting execution, formed a friendship with the blind daughter of his jailor, whose sight he was able to restore. Doubtless saddened by his fate, he wrote a farewell message to her on the eve of his death and signed it, From your Valentine. If true then it was the origin of an expression which has been used millions of times over the centuries” (Lee, 6).. For Lee, the link is obvious between the holy-day of St. Valentine’s death and the modern holiday about love. She goes on to say, “The date of the beheading of the St. Valentine is given as February 14, of the year 270. His martyrdom would seem to have no relationship whatever with the exchanging of valentines, but there is a direct, though accidental link, for his death occurred at the time of year when the holiday spirit was much in evidence.” (Lee, 5). She is talking about the common Roman festival that took place around that time, Lupercalia. Lee uses the legends and myths around the origins of Valentine’s Day to create a cohesive narrative that brings in all faces of cultural and social history and paints a potential origin story of the holiday day, while Schmidt refuses to acknowledge any mention of such legendary details such as the the Roman pagan festival or St. Valentine’s status of lover. Aveni, without going as far as Lee does in making such close connections, mentions both the Roman festival and St. Valentine’s possible link to love, leaving it at that for the reader to decide which one may hold truer, if either. Lee seems to see the various evidences and anecdotes of the origin stories as a “1+ 1 = 2” scenario, Aveni in the middle, and Schmidt not so much buying into some of the earlier myths from antiquity.

From all this, a question arises: how much are we willing to buy into myths and legends? Do they negate “facts” or are myths very much a part of the realities we live? Among these scholars, their view on what is “fact” vs. “fiction” seems murkier, a place where I may serve as the merging link. Valentine’s Day proves a fascinating case study not only as a way to show how old traditions were merged, altered, and “refashioned” into new secular rituals in 19th and 20th century America, as Schmidt demonstrates, but also as a way to further examine notions of “myth,” reality,” and where the two can and at times do converge. From this, I hope to build the case for how Valentine’s day continues to be its own kind of contemporary folk ritual— grounded in its own, values, and sentimentalism. It’s just as much a vibrant holiday today as it was back then. However, now the American retail store plays a much larger role.

Bibliography

Schmidt, Leigh Eric. “The Fashioning of a Modern Holiday: St. Valentine’s Day, 1840-1870.” Winterthur Portfolio 28, no. 4 (December 1993): 209–45. https://doi.org/10.1086/496627.

Aveni, Anthony F. “February’s Holidays: Prediction, Purification, and Passionate Pursuit.” In The Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays, 29–46. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Lee, Ruth Webb. A History of Valentines. New York: The Studio Publications, Inc., 1952.


Ballroom, Where are the Guests? (Fern)

Why Hello Once Again World, or at least ENG306,

It’s nice to be back on here after last week, which was my spring break away from class and Davidson. I visited a monastery and searched for St. Valentine in the books on saints as well as the liturgical calendar. I couldn’t find him on there…I am guessing he is too “old” of an saint now to still be commemorated; however, in the medieval times, St. Valentine was quite popularly remembered and shrines and such were dedicated to him. Connecting my post pre-spring break to this one, I had hoped to be more engaged in a rhythm and I think it was finally a success this week. I did manage to remain engaged consistently throughout the week, including today. Getting into the texts has been exciting, and I’m anticipating a fruitful and challenging weekend ahead as we prepare our literature reviews. Why, you ask? Well, precisely because the literature on my topic seems to be super scarce in general.

In class this week, we created an arena after reading an article on how students can break into the conversations already happening among scholars on our topic. The dilemma I am running into is that there doesn’t seem to be much a debate….well because there isn’t much chatter about this one holiday to begin. Sure, I have found some source but they are only but a handful and it has been more challenging than I expected figuring out how exactly they are speaking to each other (besides speaking about the same topic). Schmidt is my go-to scholar right now. He’s the expert on the field, I would say, aside from Oruch and Ansgar Kelley both of whom write more on the poet Chaucer and St. Valentine (and not the holiday’s modern “refashioning” as Schmidt has called it).

This week went by way quicker than I expected, and getting into the scholarship on my subject has been door-opening. I have also had some new leads this week by visiting a research librarian and meeting with a professor…..looking forward to what the next week brings.

A bitmoji to capture the week:

Bring a magnifying glass to my texts and trying to figure out how the scholars are all interacting with one another and where I may step in. I can’t say I had a smile that large on my face the whole week, but the process is both equally and simultaneously challenging and very helpful in learning about “authorship” and scholarship.

Until Next Time World but really ENG 306,

Fern

Bridging Last Week to This One, Fern

Why Hello (& Soon Goodbye) World or at least ENG306,

Margaret’s comment on my reflection post from two weeks ago inspired that new change to my heading above. This week, I submitted my first SSR and an annotated bibliography. I also met with Suzanne outside of class. Sundi was away from the class this week due to a conference, but she left us comments on our Social Media Plan through Hypothesi.s. I am about to head on my spring break, which is quite literally going to be a “break” for me from of all of my work as I go on a spiritual retreat. That said, doing this reflection right before I go couldn’t be more timely. Reflecting on my goals from last week, they were:

  1. Immerse. Stay in the Conversation. Don’t let more than 48 hours slip by without having engaged in something class related.
  2. Buy binders and get organized.
  3. Meet with Sundi and/or Suzanne to discuss my research and where it’s led me.
  4. Figure out what’s going on with me & AJ’s still possible collaboration (which I may take on as additional to my Valentine’s Day project).

Let’s take each one by one and see where it ended up (this is also in an effort to develop some sort of rhythmic cadence, taking after Sundi’s annotations on my Social Media and Networking Plan, between my posts. In one of my earliest posts, I talked about wanting to get into a flow or rhythm of immersion with this course. I also mentioned it last week. One way to bring about more harmony may be a simple solve: simply picking up each week’s reflections from where I left off last time. Okay, this is all besides the point so back to the point:

Where did I end up with these four goals, you ask?

#1) Immerse. Stay in the Conversation. Don’t let more than 48 hours slip by without having engaged in something class related.

On this one, I am barely making it. I definitely remained engaged Monday and Wednesday, also some on Friday (because I went to Suzanne’s office hours and had to prepare for it beforehand) and today (Sunday) I’m writing this post— so I guess technically I did manage to somehow squeeze in something course-related without missing the 48 hour mark. Granted I could have been much more intentional it seems a bit more just by chance that I remained engaged in the class after midweek session on Wednesday because of this post and some office hours and prep, I think it still counts. What a way to start. While I’ll be gone this whole week on a spiritual retreat, I thought about taking some reading on St. Valentine with me. I will be at a monastery and the two didn’t seem vastly a part. Nonetheless, the decision has been made for me to not take any of my “work” in the sense of Davidson-related. I may try to do some reading before I head out in the morning.

#2) Buy Binders and get organized.

Okay— bought binders: CHECK. Got organized with the binders: NO CHECK. I did go buy the binders early this morning, and I began organize my papers and files but never finished it. New goal: come around to doing it next weekend when I get back.

#3) Meet with Sundi and/or Suzanne to discuss my research and where it’s led.

I’m proud to say: CHECK! I didn’t meet with Sundi (out of town) but I did meet with Suzanne on Friday and we had quite a fruitful conversation after I was a feeling a bit stuck with how “original” my project really was going to be. After all, what made my research any different than the already Googlable articles from History.com and Smithsonian Magazine on the History of Valentine’s Day, except maybe some more details here or there. Well, maybe it’s not necessarily about making some original contribution in just the CONTENT, but rather in the FORM. These are both online articles. Hopefully my site will be more thorough, exhaustive, collating and presenting scholarly research as well as bringing to the fore the commercialized & globalized aspect of the holiday as it has spread to other countries in a way that doesn’t necessarily come with a wave of pessimism or artificiality. And I did engage with Sundi’s comments on my Social Media Networking Plan, so we could say I had some form of a one-on-one virtual meeting.

#4) Figure out me & AJ’s collab thing?

We talked it out, and it seems we are both pursuing our original research questions in this course. Maybe our mutual interest in existentialist questions about life were meant for another time, another place.

And that brings me to today— this week was about getting into the details of the debates and arguments: what is being said about Valentine’s day? Who is saying? Who are the scholars? How are they positioned to one another? All of it….has been fruitful. I found more books and articles, began reading and annotating, learning more. A good week of “the meat” of my digital project: just doing some good ol’ fashioned reading and writing and thinking. The key to probably any good (or honestly just not terrible) project.

For this next week, it’s spring break and while we don’t have class, I still want to do some research and reading before our next class the following Monday. So that’s my new goal: come back, finish getting organized (i.e. use the binders before they collect dust!) and do some more research. I also think we have an SSR due, so it would be nice if I did one or two more of those just as a good practice.

Goodbye (quite actually because I’m unplugging for the week) World but really just my ENG306 class,

Fern

Oh! And I almost forgot. I was inspired by one or two of my classmates’ posts to include a GIF/BITMOJI (my secret love and part-time side hobby) that captures my week in an image. Here it is:

Basically me this week, checking out books from the library trying to smile through it while also a bit stressed and puzzled about how to figure out the scholarly debates going on in a such a niche topic.

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