Saturday, April 29, 2006

Intro to Chapter II: The Conference

My experience with Wikki has been fun and interesting. At first, it was a little over whelming, but once you get the hang of it, it isn’t so bad. The thing you need to remember is: Take your time! Break it up into small sections so that you are not staring at a computer for hours. This can become very discouraging and it makes the experience less gratifying. You also need to do your homework on your chapter. This can be helpful in understanding your chapter but it can also be helpful in explaining it. My chapter was full of historical background which made it difficult for many to read. I tried to make it easier by adding links to each name so that when you read it, you can just click the link and can get the background information on each character.

My chapter is the second chapter and several new characters are introduced. I tried to make it easier for others by adding the links to each character. I also added definitions to certain words that either I didn’t know the meaning of or that I thought others might not know. I provided background information on certain characters that had already been talked about but not fully explained.

When editing this novel, I found it hard to catch certain errors. Some were easily identifiable and others you had to re-read over and over again to catch it. My advice to others who will be working on this project: read your chapter every few days to catch her errors. I am sure there are still some that have been missed, but every time I read my chapter I find a new one.
This project was a good experience for me and I had fun doing it. Once I figured out how to work with the chapter, it became a game to me. I wanted to play with and fix everything. The hyperlinks made explaining and learning my chapter fun. I hope the next person to read my chapter has an easier time understanding it now that I have added my touch.

Good luck to you all and have fun with this text!
Thanks, Apryl

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Mary Shelley has her ups and downs in her writing. Sometimes it has more imagery, other spots feel like a dragged on lecture you don't want to sit through. I found myself copy-editing the chapter instead of writing comments about it. If I could've done that instead I would be golden! I wouldn't mind using it as a tool to practice copy-editing, rather than reading off the internet and citing comments. But, for a project, it did seem like a bigger deal, which it is, it did seem like it took over the second half of the semester, along with the other books we had to read. It sat in the back of the head forever, so it will feel very good once its over with. It did keep us on our toes and try something new, which, isn't that what college is all about??
So close, yet so far! It does seem pretty simple, but it took me almost all night to really get a grasp of what IS going on in my chapter! It is getting easier, and I am finishing it slowly but surely!! The whole book is just a difficult read, but knowing they are real characters and she does make sure we know about each of their pasts it is entertaining. I also found that some of the other chapters were easier and more interesting than mine...oh well, that grass does always seem greener on the other side, right? I'm going to hop to on the introduction and get it out of my life.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

I'm done, I'm done, I'm done!

Overall, this is experience has been both difficult and enlightening. I still adhere to my feeling that having a print version of the novel would be beneficial. I believe my eyes are irreparable after staring at the computer screen for countless hours. I did, however, like the project overall. To know that this extremely important work will finally be made available to the masses is awesome. And the fact that my work will be available with it is even more awesome.

The importance of such an undertaking is immense. Since Mary Shelley really has only become much more respected in the past few decades, it is imperative that Perkin Warbeck be available to her fans. It is an excellent example of a historical text with pure imagination. The twisted and round-about plotline is unlike anything I've ever seen.

The editing of the chapters is completely necessary. If I were to read this text without any help from Dr. Webster-Garrett and any notes from my fellow classmates, I would have been lost beyond repair. Because Shelley alludes to so many different people, places, and events, the necessity of the notes becomes apparent.

I honestly can't wait to see this thing go "live" in a few years. It's something that I can look back upon and say, "Hey...I helped do that."

Saturday, April 15, 2006

After completing the novel, I realized that I would have enjoyed it even more if I had it in a hard copy, but all in all it was very good. I found that the web project wasn't very hard, it was deciding what you wanted to write that I found difficult. I think that the web project is a good idea, but I think it would have been easier to have read a hard copy of it, mark it up and then go online and make notes about it. Now that I have finished it doesn't seem like it was that hard.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Hello Guys,

I haven't been using this blog site, I have been using my original one that is linked to this page. I have finished my web of mind project and would really appreciate some feedback. I hope your projects are going well.


Sarah Bostock