Orange is a color of fascination, enthusiasm and passion; today, I am orange. Everything that drives this thesis is fascination and passion. I couldn’t be more excited that I get to work on something that means so much to me.
I am hoping that this post will not be long at all. In brief, and in this current phase of my thesis process, I am looking to do an autoethnography where I look at my own creative process. I would like to consider ideas surrounding how race and gender affects one’s process. Further, I want to look into the ways one can find/claim voice in oppressive social context. Can I touch on the ways new media tools have affected and/or enhanced this process (honing in on electronic literature there and the digital tools and spaces that I use to create my e-lit piece)? Sure, I suppose. There is a lot going on and a lot to consider. Moving along, with the paper, I am going to (as I have just stated) curate an electronic piece to compliment what I am doing (probably incorporating digital poetry).
The aforementioned is the best way that I know how to sum up my thesis in so few words. As soon as I update this post, I will link out to my one page google document where I explain my thoughts and ideas in more detail… riiight around here –> one pager. Right now, I want to get my hands on anything and everything that I possibly can to read and explore. One thing a colleague of mine said to me today was:
“Some students don’t understand that when they are given an assignment, and asked to add to a conversation, they are adding to a tradition.”
One cannot add to a tradition if one does not immerse onseself in what has come before. That is where I am. I am trying to get familiar with ideas, concepts, research, articles, books, poetry etc. that has anything to do at all with what I am touching on.
I have been directed toward articles by Chuck Stone, Andrea Benton, C, Tsehloane Keto, Sharon Harley and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Vershawn Young, and Jacqueline Jones Royster. So, if I were close off with a question, I would ask: Does anyone have any connections to or thoughts about writers, authors, scholars, poets that I can either talk to or look into for my work?
What I am looking for is a starting point. If I do not ground myself and touch down on something to then expand from there, everything is going to seem too vast and overwhelming. I was stuck for a while in trying to find more sources or things to help inspire me or even provoke thought. In addition, what are some other cool ways of reflecting aside from journaling, recording myself speak (audio), recording a video of myself talking? During my last class, Barbara Ganley threw out the possibility of explaining my thesis as if it was a color or a type of weather etc. (hence the reason why I am orange today).
So, I am off to do some reading, but I hope that this was helpful to understand where I am right now. Things are starting to take shape and I’m not quite there yet, but I can almost touch it. I can feel myself getting closer to solidifying what I am doing, what angle/perspective I am taking, and what all of this means for me and to me.