Thursday, February 13, 2020

Week 5 Story: The Daughter of Akba


The Daughter of Akba
By Maria Dawson

I picture this locket being the one Benni from our story must break. Picture from: Open Change

This story takes place in a sea, the forbidden sea
Most people would never set foot around this body of water
However, this is a tale of one brave devotee
Whom had his heart on some poor souls’ daughter

Legend has told to steal her heart
You must first possess a locket
No no, not just any locket, this one is state of the art
Here is the trick, it belongs to Akbas pocket

Long ago a spell was cast
In order to wed his offspring
One must first break this latch
While in her prime the maiden waiting

She was wanted by many
Only one man could have her hand
A journey stands before our lead character Benni
His trustees by his side and by him they stand

As many know but few will ever see
This sea is surrounded by woodland
To get through one must follow the lighted tree
Coming from the land of sand

This task will be beastly
Many triumphs stand in the way
But for Benni, the strong and mighty,
Her hand in marriage will pave the day

Little does he know the final task will be weary
For King Akba of the Aqua, ruler of this sea
Has many missions for his royalty
The final being the greatest you will see

Oh, whatever may this task be?
Our Prince Benni must shatter
This locket heart in two smitheree
For this task shall win the hand in this matter

Our first obstacle is coming near
How will our dear Leader fulfill?
This crossing in the woods Aw, by spear
And also, by skill

Once through he meets the King
To his surprise the trinket it is waiting
The brave Prince breaks this delicate piece in one simple swing
He runs to his princess and pulls out a ring

Bibliography: Nine Ideal Women Chapter Sita was written by Sunity Devee

Authors Note: 
I started out with wanting to rewrite this originally about how a suiter must break a bow in order to marry the king's daughter. While I was thinking about what I wanted to write about exactly I figured why not try something new and do a rhyming scheme. I noticed right off the bat this was going to be difficult and have a rhyming website open to help me! But I had so much fun writing this weels story and I hope you have fun reading it too! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Reading Notes: Promila and Sakuntala

Sakuntala
By: Maria Dawson 
One of the main details or this story includes a ring I picture such as this one. This image is from OpenClipArt 
One of the first things I noticed in this particular story is the amount of dialog within it. For example, talking goes back and forth between multiple charters creating the scene very well. For this particular story, I am most interested in the last page where Dushmanta puts a ring on Sakuntala's hand and says some beautiful words to her. After this scene, this story ends by telling all the amazing things Sakuntala did for his people. If I was going to retell this story there are two different pathways I see myself creating. One is just simply making changes to this scene but creating modern-day storytelling. Within this story, I could have symbolism such as the ring used in this one and have my charter go on to accomplish amazing things after this such as this story. Or I can see myself just focusing on the things Sakuntala does for Dushmanata's people. In this story, all that is said is "and she gave general of his love to all his people" I would like to expand on the ways I see her giving to his people and the thankfulness they have towards the couple. I would take into consideration the amount of dialogue created by the author and use this in my own telling. 

Bibliography: Nine Ideal Women Chapter Sakuntala was written by Sunity Devee

Monday, February 10, 2020

Reading Notes: Sita

Nine Ideal Women
By: Maria Dawson
In this story, there is mention of a baby reminding me of this carriage. Picture from OpenClipArt 
Right away from this story written by Sunity Devee within a book called Nine Ideal Women, I noticed a lot of backstory and details within this backstory. Within the first couple of paragraphs, I really like the internal dialogue inside the character's mind with the questions he is asking himself about the baby. I think this is a simple detail that would be easy to transform into my own writing. It is the first couple of paragraphs I am drawn to this story because it tells of a king wanting nothing more than a family which I find beautiful and would love to retell! I am also drawn to the story of how in order to marry Sita a man must be able to break a bow. I would like to tell this story from Sita's view and what she thinks of this task but also focus on making it a bit more modern. For this story, I would make sure the motifs are the same such as a king marrying his daughter away and the need for something to break to get her hand in marriage.

Bibliography: Nine Ideal Women Chapter Sita was written by Sunity Devee

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Storybook Plan

By: Maria Dawson
While looking around on Google I found this amazing image of a storybook that I wanted to include within this post! This picture is by HisLoveNeverFails
For this project, I have tried many paths and have done a ton of research on what interests me as a writer while also sticking to something I know very well. I started this research by narrowing down between wanting to look into Gods/Gossesses or Heroes/Heroines. While looking things up on heroines I found a subgenre called "Feminist Heroines", right up my ally. I love taking women and gender study classes to truly see how far women have come from while at the same time learning what we can do to improve. Being able to merge these two topics into one is something out of a dream!

During this more specific research, I have found three stories that interest me a lot. The first story is  Ruru and his wife Priyamvada this story is about love and sacrifice. The second story is called Shauntala: TheWoman Wronged which is about a woman who is seduced by a king and ultimately becomes pregnant where she raises the baby by herself. I would really like to recreate this one because I could easily rewrite it in today's modern times which is something I like to do. The third story is Savitri: The Perfect Wife I think this story was very feminist for its time and could be used to show how we take the main lesson learned, Savitri goes on to try and find her perfect husband instead of the husband being picked for her, into modern telling. 

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Epic Women Comment Wall
By Maria Dawson




I choose this picture for my topic because she is the lead "face" of feminism in Canada and also the face of my storybook project. This picture is by Pixabay

Back to the website: Epic Women 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Story Lab: Writers Write

Writers Write dot co
By: Maria Dawson
Even though most of our modern-day writing is done on computers I still enjoy a nice pen. Picture by: Piqsels
I wanted to start this post by talking over the website WritersWrite.co.za itself. There are many things this website is doing that is helping new writers, like myself, and experienced writers! For example, they provide courses for writing, advice, and even a humor section for when you just need a breath of fresh air. What I think I love the most though is that the posts are written by writers who are reaching out to help others who could use this help. 

The first post that caught my eye was called "5 Ways To Choose A Pseudonym" By Amanda Patterson. I think what caught my eye first about this post was the word "pseudonym" because it looks so different written out than how you pronounce it. I am also very intrigued by using an alias of sorts to keep my life sort of private and mysterious. This post was really awesome to read because she gives 5 different genres and examples of how to create your own pseudonym for what you are writing. I'll do one just for fun!

"1. To Create A Romance Pseudonym
First Name: Name of your first pet or your mother’s name.
Surname: Name of the first street you lived on".

For me, I would use my first pet "Cooper" and the street I grew up on "Newport" and together we get 

Cooper Newport

I LOVE it! SO if you ever see a Cooper Newport secret writer I guess you know it is actually really me.

Reading Notes: PDE Ramayana Part D

The Bridge: Notes 


By: Maria Dawson

For this story, I imagine a bridge such as this one to be Rama's Bridge. Picture by: Louise McLaughlin of The New River Gorge Bridge

I was immediately drawn to this story in particular because of the vivid details and pictures it creates in your mind. Mackenzie, the author of this story, has a great way with words and using them to create such a detailed story with only a few. That's the one downside I see to this story, in particular, is that it only has 200 words and the one we need for our storytelling has to be at least 300. Therefore, if I choose to do mine over this one I will need to get creative. 

Creativity is something I can see myself having a lot of when it comes to this story this author is able to draw some very distinct comparisons which I believe I can replicate in my own way. In this story, I read about 6 distinct characters that all play a role so I can use this to my advantage when I am creating my own to keep the storyline similar. Another thing I would like to include in my post when creating one based on this author is naming a particular object after the main character. I believe this is the main point of this particular story and I should do the same with mine. 


Bibliography: Indian Myth and Legend by Donald A. Mackenzie (1913)