Commenting Boot Camp, Day 5

Today’s Commenting Boot Camp assignment is to comment on a comment. Sarah Doughty’s most recent poem on Heartsting Eulogies elicited a change suggestion from a reader, to which the author responded with the reasoning for her artistic decision. I enjoyed this brief conversation, and congratulated the author for her opennness.

Commenting Boot Camp, Day 4

The Commenting Boot Camp assignment for today is to attempt respectful disagreement, which I interpret as commenting in a way that engages rather than enrages (I know I used that same line a couple-few days ago, but I rather fancy it, thank you very much). Took the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone, and came across an artile on David F. Watson’s blog about a Christian response to The Fraud — simply can’t bear to use his name, but it should be clear of whom I refer. I detected a tone of cynicism that I didn’t think the author intended, and posted my observation in a comment. Curious to see if this is the start of a conversation.

Commenting Boot Camp, Day 2

The second Commenting Boot Camp assignment is to include a personal story in a comment. This opportunity led me to find an interesting analysis of fantasy literature types from Steven Atwood, and I’ve posted a comment on how those types could apply to Gray Metal Faces.

In order to show the imaginative power of my fencing team members (fencers are the most creative people I’ve ever met), I’ve included some short fantasy sequences, framed as dreams or hallucinations. Rune seeing an image of a Sea Goddess in the northern lights; Annie being visited by the spirit of her ancestor; The Bird dreaming the team enters the world of “Hamlet.” Unfortunately I haven’t been satisfied with most of the fantasies I’ve drafted so far; perhaps thinking in terms of the categories Steven identified will be of help as I revise those sequences.

Today’s assignment also came with a link to a very useful article on commenting etiquette.

Commenting Boot Camp, Day 1

The inaugural assignment for Blogging University’s Commenting Boot Camp is to post comments on three new blogs:

  • Andra Watkins pays tribute to the memory of a friend who made people feel like they mattered
  •  Jordan Rogers at The Politics of Writing reflects on those things that bring him enjoyment
  • Over at The Manic Years, a harrowing account of a mind suffering under the influence of bad energy